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.
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 tonight at 6pm!
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.
Suzan-Lori Parks’ Pulitzer Prize-winning tragedy Topdog/Underdog is one of the most powerful dramas in the American theater. Acclaimed for its taut theatricality and surprising humor, the play tells the story of two brothers, Lincoln and Booth—names given to them as a joke by their father, as ...
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. They discussed Lewis’ life, his comedy, the world around us that he rails about and the upcoming election.
This season, Wynton Marsalis marks 25 years at the helm of Jazz at Lincoln Center. To celebrate this milestone, Marsalis sat down with Elliott Forrest, the Peabody Award-winning radio host of WQXR and WNYC.
Elliott Forrest fills as guest host. He’ll speak with David Wessel about the federal budget as the United States approaches the so-called fiscal cliff. Photographer Lawrence Schiller tells us about his relationship with Marilyn Monroe. Charles Yu discusses new collection of short stories Sorry Please Thank You. And D. L. Hughley describes why he thinks America is in need of a wake-up call.
Elliott Forrest fills in for Leonard. He’ll speak with Michael Lemonick about climate change and the future “global weirdness” he sees coming. We’ll look at the dark side of SeaWorld, and the problems with holding killer whales in captivity. Two of the stars of “Nice Work if You Can Get It,” a new musical comedy featuring the music and lyrics of the Gershwins, talk about the show. And Lisa Miller looks at the money-empathy gap.
This week, one of the hottest shows on TV today, "Dancing with the Stars," has embraced classical music for the second year in a row. Elliott Forrest thinks it's a good thing.
Arthur Miller's Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning masterpiece Death of a Salesman, in a new production directed by eight-time Tony Award(r) winner Mike Nichols and starring Academy Award(r) winner Philip Seymour Hoffman as Willy Loman, Obie Award winner Linda Emond as Linda Loman and Andrew Garfield (The Social Network, The ...