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Elliott Forrest

WQXR Host

Elliott Forrest is the midday host on WQXR. Since his return to WQXR in 2002, he’s hosted and produced live events from Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, Hollywood Bowl and The Jerome L. Greene Space, among others. Forrest is the recipient of a George Foster Peabody Award and two Excellence in Broadcasting Awards from the New York State Broadcasters Association.

After starting his radio career at KNFM, in his hometown of Midland, Texas, Forrest became Program Director of KXTR-FM in Kansas City. In New York he worked at WEVD, WKJY and WNCN. Forrest is a regular guest host of multiple shows on WQXR’s sister station, WNYC, including The Leonard Lopate Show and Soundcheck.

 

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Elliott Forrest appears in the following:

Enough of Handel's Messiah? Try One by Monty Python's Eric Idle

Monday, December 15, 2014

Eric Idle, the famous member of the absurdist-comedy collective Monty Python, talks with WQXR's Elliott Forrest about his work in comedy and classical music.
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On-Demand Video: Jim Gaffigan on Comedy, Parenthood and His Love Affair with Food

Friday, November 07, 2014

As part of the New York Comedy Festival, comedian and author Jim Gaffigan joined us live in conversation with WQXR's Elliott Forrest. 

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The Greene Space

Jim Gaffigan in Conversation with Elliott Forrest

Thursday, November 6, 2014

7:00 PM

Thurs, Nov. 6 | The New York Comedy Festival and WNYC present a night of conversation with the comedian and author. A live video webcast will be available.

Live Now: Jim Gaffigan Talks to a Classical Music Host for the NY Comedy Festival

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

The comedian and author of Dad Is Fat is doing a live chat with WQXR's own Elliott Forrest in the Greene Space. Stream it here.

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The Greene Space

WQXR Presents Joshua Bell

Monday, September 29, 2014

5:00 PM

Mon, Sept. 29 | The superstar violinist returns to The Greene Space to celebrate the release of his newest recording, BachA live video webcast will be available.

Holocaust Opera The Passenger to Make Its NY Debut at Park Avenue Armory

Thursday, July 10, 2014

WQXR's Elliott Forrest spoke with Patrick Summers of the Houston Grand Opera, who is conducting this production, about the work's belated New York premiere.

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The Greene Space

WQXR Presents Piotr Anderszewski: Brunch with Beethoven

Sunday, April 27, 2014

11:00 AM

The pianist is renowned for his interpretations of music ranging from Bach to Bartok, Schumann to Chopin, Szymanowski to Janáček. See him in his only New York appearance this season.

Mark O'Connor's Prized Violin Damaged in Backstage Accident

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Mark O'Connor dropped his fiddle as he was getting ready to go on stage Monday night in Sioux Falls, SD, causing several major cracks in the wood. He tells Elliott Forrest how it happened.

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The Greene Space

Inside Look: 'Casa Valentina'

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

7:00 PM

Join WQXR's Elliott Forrest for a conversation with four-time Tony Award-winner Harvey Fierstein as he takes us behind the curtain of his first new play in almost 30 years. Watch a live video webcast Tuesday, March 11 at 7pm ET.

The Greene Space

Inside Look: 'A Raisin in the Sun'

Thursday, February 27, 2014

7:00 PM

WQXR's Elliott Forrest takes us behind the curtain with director and Tony Award nominee Kenny Leon; Tony Award winner Anika Noni Rose; Tony Award nominee Stephen McKinley Henderson; and Sean Patrick Thomas. Watch a live video webcast of the conversation.

 

On-Demand Video: Get an Inside Look at Broadway's 'If/Then' with Anthony Rapp and LaChanze

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

The Greene Space's Inside Look: Broadway series continued on Monday, February 3 with a behind-the-scenes peek at the new Broadway musical, "If/Then" starring Idina Menzel. 

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Inside Look: 'If/Then'

Monday, February 3, 2014

7:00 PM

Get a behind-the-scenes look at the new musical coming to Broadway this spring. With Tony and Pulitizer-Prize winning songwriting team Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey; director Michael Greif; Tony Award winner LaChanze; and actor Anthony Rapp. Hosted by WQXR's Elliott Forrest.

The Greene Space

Inside Look: 'Bullets Over Broadway'

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

7:00 PM

Tues, Jan. 28 | Go behind the curtain with stars of the new musical adaptation: three-time Tony Award-nominee Marin Mazzie; Vincent Pastore; Tony-nominee Brooks Ashmanskas; and Heléne York. Hosted by WQXR's Elliott Forrest.

Inside Look: Broadway's Spring Openings

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

The Greene Space's Inside Look series is back, giving you a peek behind the curtain of the season's most anticipated shows.

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Jeff Daniels; a Divided Korea; Magritte at MoMA

Thursday, January 02, 2014

Elliott Forrest fills in for Leonard Lopate. On today’s show: Actor and musician Jeff Daniels talks about playing at 54 Below and his Emmy-winning role as Will McAvoy on HBO’s “The Newsroom.” Robert Carlin describes how North and South Korea have diverged since the end of World War II. Curator Anne Umland talks about the Surrealist work of René Magritte that’s on view at MoMA. Plus, New Yorker contributing writer James Carroll discusses Pope Francis. 

The Greene Space

WQXR Presents Musical Gifts: Joshua Bell and Friends

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

6:00 PM

Celebrate the season with the superstar violinist as he makes The Greene Space his living room for an exclusive evening of holiday music. Watch a live video webcast!

FULL VIDEO | August Wilson Talk Series: Bringing Black Works to Broadway

Monday, September 23, 2013

Watch our recent conversation on the challenges and triumphs of bringing works featuring prominent African-American characters, actors and story lines to Broadway. Hosted by WQXR's Elliott Forrest. 

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The Greene Space

Bringing Black Works to Broadway

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

7:00 PM

Of the roughly 33 plays and musicals to open in the 2011-2012 Broadway season, only five featured prominent African-American characters, actors or storylines. Join WQXR's Elliott Forrest in a thought-provoking discussion about the challenges and triumphs of bringing Black works to Broadway.

Elliott Forrest Fills In! Clifton Leaf on Not Winning the War on Cancer; Violinist Nicola Benedetti; NYPL Renovation; "Kinky Boots"

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Elliott Forrest guest hosts. He speaks with journalist and cancer survivor Clifton Leaf about why we have made such limited progress in fighting the disease. Then, 25-year-old violin virtuoso Nicola Benedetti talks about her latest album. We’ll take a look at the controversial renovation of the New York Public Library. And Billy Porter and Stark Sands discuss their roles in the Tony Award-winning new musical “Kinky Boots”!

Violinist Gil Shaham and pianist Orli Shaham play from their new album Nigunim: Hebrew Melodies

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

On April 15, WQXR presented violinist Gil Shaham and his sister, the pianist Orli Shaham, performing an evening of Jewish and Jewish-themed music live in The Greene Space. The sold-out concert featured selections from Nigunim: Hebrew Melodies, their forthcoming new album which includes music by Ernest Bloch, John Williams and Avner Dorman.

Host Elliott Forrest asked Gil Shaham about the tradition of violin in Jewish music.

"There's something about the weeping violin, there's something about the soulful sound, the human voice that lends itself [to the music]," Shaham said. Also, he added, "My teacher...used to say, 'Many Jews played the violin because they could not afford to buy pianos.'" 

Not missing an opportunity to rib her brother, Orli Shaham clarified, "Because, of course, the piano is the better instrument."

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