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.
WQXR's Elliott Forrest talks with Kerry Nolan about the music played at this morning's Royal wedding.
99 years ago today the massive steamship Titanic hit an iceberg…leading to one of history’s most infamous disasters at sea. Today: Guest host Elliott Forrest of WQXR discusses the story of the musicians who played on while the ship went down.
From Parisian street corners to the stage at Carnegie Hall, “the little sparrow” flew far from her humble beginnings. Today: Guest host Elliott Forrest discusses the colorful life and legacy of French singer Edith Piaf with the author of a new biography. Plus: The composer and lyricist behind hit musicials Wicked and Godspell, Stephen Schwartz, joins us to preview his first opera with a live performance.
This last Wednesday I attended The Book Of Mormon, the new Broadway musical from the team who created South Park. Then on Thursday I saw the current revival of the classic musical How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying staring Daniel Radcliffe, of Harry Potter fame. Just for fun I’d like to compare the two and make the case that How To Succeed is the more offensive of the two.
In advance of this weekend's game, we’ve identified some current and previous Super Bowl ads that prominently feature symphonic music. Have a look and tell us why classical music is often used to sell everything from cars to soda.
Ok, I admit it. One of my guilty pleasures is getting lost on YouTube. While I hear most of America zeros in on cats doing funny things or the latest teenager doing something stupid, I find myself drawn to old TV shows. How could you not watch Salvador Dali on What's My Line? These clips give us a window into a different time and culture and there’s plenty about classical music to watch.
This holiday season WQXR and WNYC are broadcasting a radio drama version of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol with David Hyde Pierce as Scrooge and many of your favorite public radio hosts as narrators and characters. Composer John Forster played piano and A Prairie Home Companion's Fred Newman performed stunning live sound effects.
As the New Year approaches, people always talk about their resolutions, primarily what they plan to do. But what about what you plan not to do? I saw a piece on the news about a woman who was encouraging mothers not to volunteer so much! Horrors! Seems like a very non-PC thing to say, but what with PTA, non-profits, religious and other volunteer organizations, people are finding less time for their themselves, family and friends.
Gather ‘round The Greene Space for a truly special holiday treat. Join your favorite WQXR and WNYC hosts for a reading of Charles Dicken’s A Christmas Carol starring Tony Award-winning actor David Hyde Pierce as Scrooge.
Some remember Sting's pre-1993 career as the true period filled with "fields of gold." Others prefer the pop superstar's life (both musical and otherwise) since then. Leave it to Soundcheck to settle the question -- guest host Elliott Forrest of WQXR dons the whistle to referee this Smackdown debate. Plus: The Atlantic Yards development project in Brooklyn has inspired a musical called "In the Footprint." The cast performs live in our studio.
“Begin Again,” a new biography of John Cage, takes a comprehensive look at the experimental artist. Instead of critiquing his music, author Kenneth Silverman recounts the composer’s life, work ethic and personal relationships. Silverman joins guest host Elliott Forrest to talk about this in-depth excavation.
Composer John Cage's experiments with noise and silence divided critics and listeners, but a new biography focuses on the facts of his life. Today, guest host Elliott Forrest of WQXR is joined by the book's author to discuss the details of this 20th century icon. Plus: A look at the long-awaited Broadway debut of "Spider-Man." Also: The band Warpaint has roots in sunny Southern California, but plays a distinctly cool brand of indie rock live in the studio.