Carnegie Hall Live


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Produced by WQXR and Carnegie Hall, and syndicated by the WFMT Radio Network, Carnegie Hall Live features some of the world’s greatest performers and ensembles in a wide range of styles, from early music to solo recitals to orchestral performances. Carnegie Hall Live is hosted by WQXR’s Jeff Spurgeon and co-hosted by other arts and media personalities. 


KMFA Broadcast Schedule:

October 18, 2020: The Cleveland Orchestra
Nicolai: The Merry Wives of Windsor: Overture
Beethoven: Romance for Violin and Orchestra in G Major, Op. 40
Beethoven: Triple Concerto in C Major, Op. 56
R. Strauss (arr. Robert Mandell): Der Rosenkavalier Concert Suite
Beethoven: Symphony No. 8 (performed by Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique)

October 25, 2020: Valery Gergiev and the Munich Philharmonic
Jörg Widmann: Con brio
Brahms: Violin Concerto
Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5

November 1, 2020: Mariss Jansons and the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
R. Strauss: Four Symphonic Interludes from Intermezzo
Brahms: Symphony No. 4 in E Minor, Op. 98
Brahms: Hungarian Dances (encore)

November 8, 2020: The Chicago Symphony Orchestra Presents Berlioz, Bizet, and Respighi
Bizet: Roma
Berlioz: La mort de Cléopâtre
Respighi: Pines of Rome

November 15, 2020: Sheku and Isata Kanneh-Mason Play Beethoven, Rachmaninoff and More
Beethoven: Twelve Variations on "Ein Mädchen oder Weibchen," Op. 66 
Lutoslawski: Grave 
Barber: Cello Sonata, Op. 6 
Rachmaninoff: Cello Sonata in G Minor, Op. 19

November 22, 2020: Sir John Eliot Gardiner and the Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique Perform Beethoven
Beethoven: Symphony No. 8 in F Major, Op. 93
Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 in D Minor, Op. 125

November 29, 2020: Gustavo Dudamel conducts the Vienna Philharmonic
Brahms: Academic Festival Overture
Brahms: Variations on a Theme by Haydn
Brahms: Symphony No. 1

December 6, 2020: Sir András Schiff, piano
Haydn: Piano Sonata in C Major, Hob. XVI: 50
Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 30 in E Major, Op. 109
Mozart: Piano Sonata in C Major, K. 545
Schubert: Piano Sonata in C Minor, D. 958

December 13, 2020: L'Arpeggiata Presents Music of the Italian Renaissance

December 20, 2020: Mahler Chamber Orchestra and Leif Ove Andsnes Play Beethoven
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 2
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 3
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 4

December 27, 2020: Budapest Festival Orchestra and Marc-André Hamelin
Weber: Overture to Der Freischütz
Liszt: Piano Concerto No. 1
Chopin (arr. Liszt): My Joys (Polish song)
Hamelin: Pavane Variée
Prokofiev: Symphony No. 5
Anon: Traditional Russian Hymn (encore)

January 3, 2021: Michael Tilson Thomas Leads the San Francisco Symphony in Mahler
Mahler: Adagio from Symphony No. 10 in F-sharp major
Mahler: Symphony No. 1 in D Major 

January 10, 2021: The National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America Performs Berlioz and Strauss
Berlioz: Les nuits d'été
R. Strauss: Eine Alpensinfonie
Elgar: Nimrod from Enigma Variations, Op. 36 (encore)



Jeff Spurgeon has been the morning host of WQXR since 2006. He joined WQXR in 1997 and during his 30-year career in radio, Spurgeon has been an announcer, reporter, newscaster, interviewer and producer. In addition to hosting Around Broadway each Wednesday with Charles Isherwood of the New York Times, Spurgeon hosts remote broadcasts in New York City and internationally.

His New York radio career began when he joined Mix 105’s Morning Team in 1989. Spurgeon also taught and developed a course in broadcast journalism at Townsend Harris High School at Queens College in Flushing. Outside the station he has been a member of an a cappella quartet with a wide-ranging repertoire, and he continues to sing and play the piano for his own pleasure, though seldom for anyone else. Originally from western Nebraska, Spurgeon now lives in Brooklyn with his wife Judy.


Sunday, 7 pm - 9 pm

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Host Jeff Spurgeon | Marco Antonio via WQXR.