The Open Ears Project

A podcast by WQXR & WNYC Studios - Mondays


50 Episodes

  1. Caroline Shaw on Mendelssohn and Possibility

    Published: 6/3/2024
  2. Nick Ferrone on Why Barber’s “Adagio” Gets a Bad Rap

    Published: 5/27/2024
  3. Lucy Boynton on Chopin and Getting Into Character

    Published: 5/20/2024
  4. Martha Lane Fox on Perseverance and Beethoven

    Published: 5/13/2024
  5. Steve Reich on Why Medieval Music Sounds So Fresh

    Published: 5/6/2024
  6. Anne-Sophie Mutter on Why Bach Is Always the Answer

    Published: 4/29/2024
  7. Víkingur Ólafsson on the Unpredictable Futurism of Rameau

    Published: 4/22/2024
  8. Garth Greenwell on Finding Refuge in the Music of Britten and Pears

    Published: 4/15/2024
  9. Jennifer Egan on Chopin's Narrative Masterclass

    Published: 4/8/2024
  10. Rowan Williams on Bach and the Daily Discipline of Silence

    Published: 4/1/2024
  11. Dexter Filkins on Tension, Tenderness, and Ravel

    Published: 3/25/2024
  12. Marin Alsop on Beethoven and Humanity’s Infinite Potential

    Published: 3/18/2024
  13. Nathalie Joachim on the Connection Between Brahms and Haiti

    Published: 3/11/2024
  14. Elizabeth Day on Jacqueline du Pré’s Elgar and Navigating Loss

    Published: 3/4/2024
  15. Damien Sneed on Dreams, Family and Franz Liszt

    Published: 2/26/2024
  16. Deborah Frances-White on Chance Encounters and Mozart

    Published: 2/19/2024
  17. Tom Hiddleston on Arvo Pärt and the Infinite

    Published: 2/12/2024
  18. The Open Ears Project Returns!

    Published: 2/6/2024
  19. BONUS: Tom Hiddleston on The Nutcracker

    Published: 12/20/2019
  20. 30. On Peace

    Published: 10/9/2019

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Part mixtape, part sonic love-letter, The Open Ears Project is a podcast in which people share the classical track that means the most to them and why. Created by journalist and former WQXR Creative Director Clemency Burton-Hill, each episode offers a brief and soulful glimpse into human lives, helping us to hear this music — and each other — differently. Guests from the worlds of film, books, dance, comedy and fashion as well as firefighters, taxi drivers, and teachers share cherished musical memories and remind us that extraordinary things happen when we simply stop and listen. Transcripts are posted to individual episode pages as they become available. The Open Ears Project is produced by WQXR and WNYC Studios.