A new organization is bringing chamber music to informal venues around the city, including restaurants, cafés and wine bars. Elliott Forrest reports from a former auto-repair shop.
Get an inside and behind the scenes look at the Broadway premiere of David Ives’ “Venus in Fur,” starring Nina Arianda and Hugh Dancy.
Graham Parker, vice president of WQXR, and WQXR’s Elliott Forrest give details about the upcoming Beethoven Awareness Month, which includes a “Where’s Beethoven?” photo contest and a 12-hour marathon of Beethoven’s piano sonatas performed by some of classical music’s brightest rising stars, including Joyce Yang and Jonathan Biss in Greene Space.
Elliott Forrest fills in for Leonard Lopate. He'll speak with a Liberian woman about her activism and her efforts to broker peace in her war-torn country by mobilizing Muslim and Christian women. Then, we'll take a look at the history of fonts—from Gutenberg’s favorites to the much maligned Comic Sans. Lucia Greenhouse discusses her journey away from Christian Science. Plus, Al and Larry Ubell take your calls on home repair!
Elliott Forrest fills in for Leonard Lopate. Washington Post reporter Dana Priest discusses the ever-expanding top-secret world that the U.S. government created after 9/11. Calvin Trillin talks about his latest collection of writing. Tahmima Anam discusses her latest novel, The Good Muslim, about the rise of Islamic radicalism in Bangladesh. And Michael Moore talks about his autobiographical book, Here Comes Trouble.
Join guest host Elliott Forrest on today’s show: He’ll speak with musicians Laurie Anderson, Dar Williams, and Joan Osborne about how they wrestled with whether to leave New York City after 9/11. Also, a look at upstate farms struggling in the wake of Hurricane Irene.Then, Julie Salamon on Wendy and the Lost Boys, her revealing biography of the very private Wendy Wasserstein. Plus, Albert Brooks and director Nick Refn on their new movie "Drive"!
The early sound of the Beatles was shaped by African American musicians like Chuck Berry and Little Richard. Today, guest host Elliott Forrest looks at how The Fab Four influenced - and were influenced by - the music of black America. Plus: The piano trio Trio con Brio Copenhagen plays live in the studio.
Trio con Brio Copenhagen likes to say that two plus two equals three. That’s because the group is made up of two pairs – sisters Soo-Jin and Soo-Kyung Hong… and married couple Jens Elvekjaer and Soo-Kyung Hong. While you’re doing the math, the award-winning piano trio will play live in our studio.
Soundcheck guest host Elliott Forrest shares some of our listeners' comments and suggestions from our segments on New York's roller disco scene and the "clown of the orchestra," otherwise known as the bassoon.
Back in April, the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences – the group behind the Grammys – announced the elimination of 31 of its award categories. Latin jazz happened to be one of them, and the genre’s musicians aren’t just singing the blues about it. Ben Sisario of the New York Times fills us in on the four musicians who are taking the Academy to court.
It’s an instrument that’s been typecast by pet-food commercials, the movie The Princess Bride, and even composer Joseph Haydn. We learn about the cultural history of the clown of the orchestra, otherwise known as the bassoon, with writer (and bassoonist) Eileen Reynolds and Monica Ellis, bassoonist with the quintet Imani Winds.
Musician and self-professed record geek Alana Amram fell in love with the work of Vince Martin, an influential but underappreciated singer songwriter of the 1950s and ‘60s folk world. The resulting album, “Snow Shadows,” contains Amram’s interpretations of Martin’s hallmark recordings and a few unreleased tracks. Alana Amram joins us in studio for a live performance.
In the late 1970s, disco strapped on a pair of wheels. Today, guest host Elliott Forrest explores the hand-in-hand history of roller skating and music. Plus: a Vanished Venue tour of the birthplace of roller disco... the Empire Roller Skating Center in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. And: A live performance from rock roots musician JD McPherson.
Stand Up For Shakespeare is a conversation about Shakespeare and education with Michael LoMonico, Michael Fentiman, David Rubin, Jacqui O’Hanlon, Russell Granet, Noelle Gentile and three of her students, moderated by WQXR's Elliott Forrest.
Join conductor John Mauceri, writer Dorothy Herrmann, director Josh Waletzky, composer Rob Schwimmer, and film composer Michael Giacchino for a celebration of composer Bernard Herrmann, best known for scoring Psycho, Citizen Kane and Taxi Driver.
It’s June – so it must be wedding season! Today: Guest host Elliott Forrest asks a DJ and an event planner to break down the do’s and don’ts of a wedding playlist – from the first dance…to dessert. And: jazz-guitarist Bill Frisell and Brazilian singer-songwriter Vinicius Cantuária perform live in the studio.