In-Studio Sessions

The Escher Quartet Plays at Zabar's
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Below is a selection of video and audio features that I’ve produced. They range from live in-studio performances (and Cafe Concerts) to a celebrity chef’s Top 5 list to a flash mob in a grocery store.


Joshua Bell and Jeremy Denk Perform Franck’s Sonata in A, Fourth Movement


Joshua Bell and Jeremy Denk appeared on WQXR’s Cafe Concert series in 2012 to perform the final movement of Franck’s Sonata in A Major. (Video: Amy Pearl; Audio: Edward Haber.)


The Pacifica Quartet with Anthony McGill Performs Mozart

In November 2013, Anthony McGill, then principal clarinetist of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, joined the Pacifica Quartet in the WQXR Cafe to perform the slow movement of Mozart’s Clarinet Quintet. Two months later, McGill was named principal clarinetist of the New York Philharmonic. (Video: Amy Pearl; Audio: Noriko Okabe.)


Daniel Hope Pays Homage to Ravi Shankar

Daniel Hope, the English violinist, Gaurav Mazumdar, a virtuoso on the Indian sitar, and Vishal Nagar, a tabla player performed a tribute to Ravi Shankar in the WQXR Cafe. “I enjoy it,” Hope said of the format. “Though I don’t think I’ll want to play the Brahms Concerto sitting down on the floor.” (Video: Kim Nowacki; Audio: Edward Haber.)


Joseph Calleja Performs “O Sole Mio”

The tenor Joseph Calleja came to WQXR’s Cafe along with pianist Alan Hamilton to perform “O Sole Mio” (above) and “E lucevan le stelle” from Puccini’s Tosca. (Video: Amy Pearl; Audio: Edward Haber.)


The Escher Quartet Plays Zabar’s

The Escher String Quartet agreed to this fishy flash mob at Zabar’s in 2011, performing the first movement of Beethoven’s “Serioso” Quartet. Watch the reactions from busy New Yorkers as they go about their shopping. (Video: Amy Pearl and Jen Hsu.)


Anne Akiko Meyers Plays Charlie Chaplin’s ‘Smile’


Violinist Anne Akiko Meyers gave a WQXR Cafe Concert, performing on her “Vieuxtemps” Guarneri del Gesu. It included this version of Charlie Chaplin’s “Smile.” (Video: Amy Pearl; Sound: Noriko Okabe.)


American Boychoir Sings Bach’s Domine Deus

Eleven members of the American Boychoir, led by music director Fernando Malvar-Ruiz, came to the WQXR studios early in December 2014 to present a selection of carols and songs. (Video: Kim Nowacki; Audio: Irene Trudel.)


Jacques Pepin’s Top Five Pieces for the Kitchen


Jacques Pépin, the cookbook author and TV chef turns, out to be a music lover whose tastes range from Chopin and Albinoni to Sinatra and Brubeck. In this video he presents his top five works to cook by. (Video: Kim Nowacki.)


Ballaké Sissoko and Vincent Segal play Ma-Ma FC

The duo of kora player Ballaké Sissoko and cellist Vincent Segal brought their unique fusion of chamber music and traditional Malian music to WQXR. (Video: Amy Pearl; Sound: Edward Haber.)


Eric Owens’s Top Five Operatic Entrances

Bass-baritone Eric Owens shared his top five favorite opera characters and the music that brings them to the stage. (Video: Kim Nowacki.)


Johannes Moser and Michael Brown

Cellist Johannes Moser and pianist Michael Brown performed a movement of the Brahms Cello Sonata No. 1 in late 2015.