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WQXR presents “Magyar Magic” at The Greene Space (March 8)

On March 8 at 7pm, Classical 105.9 FM WQXR – New York City’s classical station will present “Magyar Magic”: a lively evening of conversation and music with ever-innovative conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen.  The event, to be held at the station’s state-of-the-art, intimate live-event venue, The Jerome L. Greene Performance Space, is a special preview of the New York Philharmonic’s “Hungarian Echoes: A Philharmonic Festival,” conducted by Esa-Pekka Salonen, taking place on March 10-26 at Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center.  Open to the public, the event will also be broadcast live on Classical 105.9 FM WQXR, and be available as a live video webcast at
Nadia Sirota, a host on Q2 – WQXR’s 24/7 contemporary music webstream – will lead a conversation with Salonen, who conceived “Hungarian Echoes” to showcase the nation’s extraordinarily inventive musical tradition.  The discussion will be illuminated by performances of works by Haydn, Bartók, and Ligeti (including the latter’s harpsichord music) by Philharmonic musicians, and by pianists Pierre-Laurent Aimard (a soloist in one of the Philharmonic’s programs) and Conor Hanick, among others.
Magyar Magic will traverse three eras and more than 250 years of innovative music steeped in Hungary’s vibrant folk tradition.  This special evening will explore the rich terrain – both national and artistic – that binds Haydn, Bartók, and Ligeti.  As Salonen notes, the connection goes beyond geography: “All these composers are cutting-edge, but from different times.”
Running from March 10 to March 26 at Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall, “Hungarian Echoes: A Philharmonic Festival” will see Salonen lead the New York Philharmonic in three early Haydn symphonies (Nos. 6-8); Ligeti’s Concert Romanesc, Clocks and Clouds, and Piano Concerto (with soloist Aimard); and Bartók’s Concerto for Orchestra, Suite from The Miraculous Mandarin, Piano Concerto No. 1 (with Olli Mustonen), and opera Bluebeard’s Castle (produced with supertitles, featuring mezzo-soprano Michelle DeYoung, bass Gábor Bretz, and actress Marthe Keller).
WQXR presents “Magyar Magic”
A preview of the New York Philharmonic’s “Hungarian Echoes: A Philharmonic Festival,” conducted by Esa-Pekka Salonen
Tuesday, March 8 at 7pm
The Greene Space at WQXR 
44 Charlton Street (at Varick Street) 
New York, NY 10014
Tickets are $10, available at
Live video webstream at; live broadcast at 105.9 FM WQXR.

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New York Public Radio is New York’s premier public radio franchise, comprising WQXR, WNYC, and The Jerome L. Greene Performance Space, as well as,, and www.thegreenespace.orgClassical 105.9 WQXR is New York City’s sole 24-hour classical music station, presenting new and landmark classical recordings as well as live concerts from the Metropolitan Opera, the New York Philharmonic, and other New York City venues, immersing listeners in the city’s rich musical life.  As America’s most listened-to AM/FM news and talk public radio stations, reaching 1.1 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.  In addition to its audio content, WQXR and WNYC produce 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 New York Public Radio, visit

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