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The Open Ears Project

WQXR & WNYC Studios

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The Open Ears Project

The Open Ears Project

WQXR & WNYC Studios

27
Followers
224
Plays
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Part mixtape, part love-letter. Real people tell us a story every day about the classical track that means the most to them.

Latest Episodes

BONUS: Tom Hiddleston on The Nutcracker

Actor Tom Hiddleston reminisces about his childhood love of Tchaikovsky’s ballet The Nutcracker and reveals that he still turns to the Russian Dance whenever he needs a shot of vitality in his day.

5 MIN2019 DEC 21
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BONUS: Tom Hiddleston on The Nutcracker

Esther Perel on Peace

For the final episode in our opening season of The Open Ears Project, relationship therapistEsther Perel talks about the first time she heard Fauré’sRequiemas a young woman and how it seemed to “understand” an inexpressible sadness she was carrying inside her. She describes with great tenderness the way music connects her to her mother, a survivor of the Holocaust, and how this piece transports her to something akin to a religious experience. Keep listening after the episode to hear the full track.

11 MIN2019 OCT 10
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Esther Perel on Peace

Krystal Hawes on Imperfection

Project CoordinatorKrystal Hawes explores the perfect imperfection of Maurice Ravel's Pavane pour une infante défunte. Keep listening after the episode to hear the full track.

10 MIN2019 OCT 9
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Krystal Hawes on Imperfection

Dessa on Patience

Rapper Dessa discusses how the craft, structure and emotion of Bach's Chaconne in D minor resonates through her life and work, revealing dynamic connections between classical and rap music.

18 MIN2019 OCT 8
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Dessa on Patience

Jesse Eisenberg on History

Actor Jesse Eisenberg talks about how a trip to Poland led him to discover not only more about his family history and the holocaust, but the music of Frédéric Chopin, in particular the Etude Opus 10, No. 1. Keep listening after the episode to hear the full track.

5 MIN2019 OCT 7
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Jesse Eisenberg on History

Christopher Wheeldon on A Journey

Choreographer Christopher Wheeldon gives moving insight into his long and inspiring journey with the music of Prokofiev’s Second Violin Concerto. Keep listening after the episode to hear the full track.

17 MIN2019 OCT 6
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Christopher Wheeldon on A Journey

Megan Reid on What Changed My Life

TV producer Megan Reid talks about Arvo Pärt’s Spiegel im Spiegel helped spark a lifelong obsession with ballet. Keep listening after the episode to hear the full track.

12 MIN2019 OCT 5
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Megan Reid on What Changed My Life

Terrance McKnight on Overcoming Adversity

Broadcaster Terrance McKnight links family, art, a late Beethoven piano bagatelle, and the extraordinary poetry of Langston Hughes.

8 MIN2019 OCT 4
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Terrance McKnight on Overcoming Adversity

Justin Jackson on Imagination

New York City art teacher Justin Jackson talks about howEdvard Grieg’s In the Hall of the Mountain King inspired him as a child to march around the living room, and how he shares that excitement with his young students as he passes on his love of creativity, imagination, and the arts. Keep listening after the episode to hear the full track.

5 MIN2019 OCT 3
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Justin Jackson on Imagination

Alison Stewart on Just Letting Go

WNYC host Alison Stewart talks about how she gave up learning the piano when she was young after the sudden death of her piano teacher, and how the rocking ebbs and flows of Satie’s Gymnopédie No. 1 helped her come back to the instrument as an adult — and learn to let go. Keep listening after the episode to hear the full track.

7 MIN2019 OCT 2
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Alison Stewart on Just Letting Go

Latest Episodes

BONUS: Tom Hiddleston on The Nutcracker

Actor Tom Hiddleston reminisces about his childhood love of Tchaikovsky’s ballet The Nutcracker and reveals that he still turns to the Russian Dance whenever he needs a shot of vitality in his day.

5 MIN2019 DEC 21
Comments
BONUS: Tom Hiddleston on The Nutcracker

Esther Perel on Peace

For the final episode in our opening season of The Open Ears Project, relationship therapistEsther Perel talks about the first time she heard Fauré’sRequiemas a young woman and how it seemed to “understand” an inexpressible sadness she was carrying inside her. She describes with great tenderness the way music connects her to her mother, a survivor of the Holocaust, and how this piece transports her to something akin to a religious experience. Keep listening after the episode to hear the full track.

11 MIN2019 OCT 10
Comments
Esther Perel on Peace

Krystal Hawes on Imperfection

Project CoordinatorKrystal Hawes explores the perfect imperfection of Maurice Ravel's Pavane pour une infante défunte. Keep listening after the episode to hear the full track.

10 MIN2019 OCT 9
Comments
Krystal Hawes on Imperfection

Dessa on Patience

Rapper Dessa discusses how the craft, structure and emotion of Bach's Chaconne in D minor resonates through her life and work, revealing dynamic connections between classical and rap music.

18 MIN2019 OCT 8
Comments
Dessa on Patience

Jesse Eisenberg on History

Actor Jesse Eisenberg talks about how a trip to Poland led him to discover not only more about his family history and the holocaust, but the music of Frédéric Chopin, in particular the Etude Opus 10, No. 1. Keep listening after the episode to hear the full track.

5 MIN2019 OCT 7
Comments
Jesse Eisenberg on History

Christopher Wheeldon on A Journey

Choreographer Christopher Wheeldon gives moving insight into his long and inspiring journey with the music of Prokofiev’s Second Violin Concerto. Keep listening after the episode to hear the full track.

17 MIN2019 OCT 6
Comments
Christopher Wheeldon on A Journey

Megan Reid on What Changed My Life

TV producer Megan Reid talks about Arvo Pärt’s Spiegel im Spiegel helped spark a lifelong obsession with ballet. Keep listening after the episode to hear the full track.

12 MIN2019 OCT 5
Comments
Megan Reid on What Changed My Life

Terrance McKnight on Overcoming Adversity

Broadcaster Terrance McKnight links family, art, a late Beethoven piano bagatelle, and the extraordinary poetry of Langston Hughes.

8 MIN2019 OCT 4
Comments
Terrance McKnight on Overcoming Adversity

Justin Jackson on Imagination

New York City art teacher Justin Jackson talks about howEdvard Grieg’s In the Hall of the Mountain King inspired him as a child to march around the living room, and how he shares that excitement with his young students as he passes on his love of creativity, imagination, and the arts. Keep listening after the episode to hear the full track.

5 MIN2019 OCT 3
Comments
Justin Jackson on Imagination

Alison Stewart on Just Letting Go

WNYC host Alison Stewart talks about how she gave up learning the piano when she was young after the sudden death of her piano teacher, and how the rocking ebbs and flows of Satie’s Gymnopédie No. 1 helped her come back to the instrument as an adult — and learn to let go. Keep listening after the episode to hear the full track.

7 MIN2019 OCT 2
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Alison Stewart on Just Letting Go
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