Elliott Forrest is currently the weekend morning host on WQXR. Since his return to WQXR in 2002, he has 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.
Forrest has been heard nationally as the radio host for concerts by The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the Seattle Symphony, the Jerusalem Symphony and Spring For Music, and host and producer of the award-winning podcasts for the New York Philharmonic.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Greene Space's Inside Look series is back, giving you a peek behind the curtain of the season's most anticipated shows.
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.
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!
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.
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 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”!
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."
This fall, Grammy Award winning comedian and America's favorite curmudgeon, Lewis Black returns to Broadway. He sat down with Elliott Forrest, Peabody Award winning host of WQXR and WNYC, in a free-wheeling conversation in The Greene Space. They discussed Lewis' life, his comedy, the world around us that he rails about and the upcoming election.
Tony winner Doug Hughes (Doubt, The Royal Family, The Whipping Man, Defiance) returns to MTC to direct a fresh and provocative version of Henrik Ibsen’s AN ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE and Emmy winner Richard Thomas (Race, Democracy, Fifth of July). They will join us for an Inside Look.