42 episodes

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.

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    • 4.9 • 566 Ratings

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.

    Jennifer Egan on Chopin's Narrative Masterclass

    Jennifer Egan on Chopin's Narrative Masterclass

    Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Jennifer Egan explains what Chopin’s music taught her about writing.

    • 21 min
    Rowan Williams on Bach and the Daily Discipline of Silence

    Rowan Williams on Bach and the Daily Discipline of Silence

    The former Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams reflects on how listening to Bach feels a lot like prayer.

    • 13 min
    Dexter Filkins on Tension, Tenderness, and Ravel

    Dexter Filkins on Tension, Tenderness, and Ravel

    While covering the Iraq War, journalist Dexter Filkins witnessed impossible scenes of suffering. Here, he speaks about finding respite in the music of Ravel.

    • 21 min
    Marin Alsop on Beethoven and Humanity’s Infinite Potential

    Marin Alsop on Beethoven and Humanity’s Infinite Potential

    Conductor Marin Alsop guides us through the unforgettable finale of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 and how this music serves as a testament to human connection.

    • 25 min
    Nathalie Joachim on the Connection Between Brahms and Haiti

    Nathalie Joachim on the Connection Between Brahms and Haiti

    Grammy-nominated flutist and composer Nathalie Joachim talks about her love for Brahms and the musical connection to her family’s native Haiti.

    • 20 min
    Elizabeth Day on Jacqueline du Pré’s Elgar and Navigating Loss

    Elizabeth Day on Jacqueline du Pré’s Elgar and Navigating Loss

    Novelist, broadcaster and "How to Fail" podcast host Elizabeth Day talks about encountering Jacqueline du Pré’s rendition of Elgar’s Cello Concerto and how it helped her navigate life and loss.

    • 11 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
566 Ratings

566 Ratings

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Love this!

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Delightful!

New listener, love the show and the music. My favorite podcast to listen to. Thank you

Starpinenana ,

My new favorite podcast!

This is insightful and beautiful. Great choice of guests even if I don’t know them! Thank you so much. Keep it up!

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