Elliott Forrest


Elliott Forrest appears in the following:

The Belching Bedpost

Thursday, August 04, 2011

Today, guest host Elliott Forrest explores the cultural history of the clown of the orchestra, otherwise known as the bassoon. Plus: the musician Alana Amram joins us to shed light on an underappreciated singer-songwriter of the 1950s and ‘60s, Vince Martin. And, she performs live.

Roller Boogie

Wednesday, August 03, 2011

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.

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Setting the Stage: the RSC in The Greene Space – Stand up for Shakespeare

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

7:00 PM

Stand Up For Shakespeare is a conversation about Shakespeare and education with Michael LoMonicoMichael FentimanDavid RubinJacqui O’HanlonRussell GranetNoelle Gentile and three of her students, moderated by WQXR's Elliott Forrest.

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Bernard Herrmann: 100th Birthday Celebration

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

7:00 PM

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.

Wedding Music Remixed

Friday, June 03, 2011

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.

Listening to the Royal Wedding Music

Friday, April 29, 2011

WQXR's Elliott Forrest talks with Kerry Nolan about the music played at this morning's Royal wedding.

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Musicians of the Titanic

Thursday, April 14, 2011

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. 

The Little Sparrow That Could

Tuesday, April 05, 2011

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. 


Two Broadway Shows: Which One is More Offensive?

Saturday, April 02, 2011

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.

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Saturday Morning Cartoons

Friday, February 11, 2011

We are playing classical music from a Saturday Morning Cartoon today at 9:00 am. The music is Franz Liszt's Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2. It has been used most memorably in Rhapsody Rabbit, a Bug's Bunny Warner Brother's cartoon from 1946:
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Classical Super Bowl Commercials

Friday, February 04, 2011

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 o...
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A Classical Trove on YouTube

Friday, January 28, 2011

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.

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The Modern Radio Drama

Saturday, December 25, 2010

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.

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Just Say No

Saturday, December 11, 2010

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.

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Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol

Thursday, December 9, 2010

5:00 PM

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.

Smackdown: Sting

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

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.

Beyond 4'33"

Monday, November 29, 2010

“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.

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Cage Completely

Monday, November 29, 2010

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.

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A Life in the Theater: A Conversation with Patrick Stewart

Thursday, October 28, 2010

5:00 PM

The Greene Space presents an intimate conversation between Patrick Stewart and WQXR's Elliott Forrest that takes us behind-the-scenes of this master craftsman's work and creative process.

Synesthesia, Scriabin and Seeing Music

Friday, October 22, 2010

Author and professor Daniel Levitin unpacks synesthesia and Scriabin.

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