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WNYC/WQXR introduce new LIVE webstream: “Q2”

WNYC, with its proud 85-year history of championing new music, complements the new Classical 105.9 WQXR with the launch of Q2, a vibrant 24/7 music stream presenting contemporary classical fare.
Q2, available at, offering recordings by some of the most passionate and plugged-in musical minds of today, as well as notable live events from venues around New York, including WNYC’s newly-opened broadcast studio and performance venue, The Jerome L. Greene Performance Space, and the hugely popular Le Poisson Rouge.
The first live stream event, the American choral premiere of David Lang’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Little Match Girl Passion, took place on November 8 at The Greene Space. The audio of this performance was webcast live on Q2, and the event was (video) streamed live at
Also on November 8, a record release party and performance celebrating Terry Riley’s “In C Remixed” at Le Poisson Rouge, emceed by Radiolab host and “In C” remixer Jad Abumrad, was recorded for Q2; this will run multiple times during the week of November 23.
Limor Tomer, WNYC’s Executive Producer for Music, describes the new Q2 stream as “a virtual meeting place for passionate music lovers, a center for ideas, rants, opinions and conversation, and a guide to the musically curious. Q2 is a New York-based, internationally connected, inclusive musical playground rooted in the music of our times and the radical composers of the past.”
A radio version of Q2 also airs on WQXR 105.9 FM once a week on Saturday evenings from 10pm-midnight, hosted by Terrance McKnight.

Fall highlights:

November 8: First live stream: David Lang’s The Little Match Girl Passion live from The Greene Space
Week of November 23:  Terry Riley’s “In C Remixed”
Recorded at LPR on November 8
Post-produced event with Radiolab host and “In C Remixed” remixer Jad Abumrad, hosting from LPR; streamed multiple times during the week of November 23.
November 30: First live stream from Le Poisson Rouge
John Hollenbeck plays Hollenbeck + Meredith Monk, John Hollenbeck Large Ensemble, Future Quest and Hollenbeck/Reynolds/Moran trio.
December 10-16: Maximum Steve: Celebrating Steve Reich
An audio-sensory immersion into the heart and mind of Steve Reich.  
Reich introduces his pieces on Q2; other composers/performers contribute audio/video including Michael Lang, Michael Gordon, Meredith Monk and many more.

WNYC Radio is New York’s premier public radio franchise, comprising WNYC FM, WNYC AM, and WQXR, as well as and As America’s most listened-to AM/FM public radio stations, reaching more than one million listeners every week, WNYC extends New York City’s cultural riches to the entire country on-air and online, and presents the best national offerings from networks National Public Radio, Public Radio International, American Public Media, and the British Broadcasting Company. WNYC 93.9 FM broadcasts a wide range of daily news, talk, cultural and classical music programming, while WNYC AM 820 maintains a stronger focus on breaking news and international news reporting. Classical 105.9 WQXR is New York City’s sole classical music station, which presents new and landmark classical recordings as well as live concerts from the Metropolitan Opera, the New York Philharmonic, among other New York City venues, immersing listeners in the city’s rich musical life. In addition to its audio content, WNYC produces content for live, radio and web audiences from The Jerome L. Greene Performance Space, the station’s street-level multipurpose, multiplatform broadcast studio and performance space. For more information about WNYC, visit

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