Elliott Forrest


Elliott Forrest appears in the following:

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 often used to sell everything from cars to soda.

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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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The Greene Space

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.

The Greene Space

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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New York Philharmonic: Opening Night Gala

Monday, September 13, 2010

Tonight at 7:30 p.m., WQXR broadcasts the New York Philharmonic's opening night gala concert live, featuring the U.S. premiere of Wynton Marsalis's Swing Symphony. Terrance McKnight and Elliott Forrest co-host the event.

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Quintessential New York

Sunday, August 22, 2010

We at WQXR are putting together a very special CD. The theme is New York. So if you live in New York, used to live in New York, wish to live in New York or have heard of New York – we want to know what classical music you’d want on such a recording -- and why?

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When Musicians Become Politicians

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Rapper Wyclef Jean recently announced he is running for president of Haiti. Yet musicians have frequently had trouble making the move into politics. Today, guest host Elliott Forrest takes a look how artists fare as politicians and leaders. Also: the clapping, snapping, stomping and throat-singing sounds of the Body Music Festival.

Tell us: What can an artist bring to a higher office? Leave a comment.

WQXR Rorschach Logo

Saturday, July 03, 2010

WQXR has a new logo. Much thought went into the color, font and musical notation for it. Perhaps you know what the two dots and two lines mean? Perhaps you don’t. Perhaps you see it as an emoticon.

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The Greene Space

Jazz Talks in partnership with CareFusion Jazz Festival New York

Monday, June 21, 2010

7:00 PM

Join us for a night of jazz, talk and wine, as host Elliott Forrest presents Esperanza Spalding and Anat Cohen with performances and a conversation.

It’s Not a Song

Saturday, June 19, 2010

I am not a stickler type person. I recognize that the English language is a flexible, ever changing colorful source of communication. BUT, I do have a bit of a pet peeve.

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Cultural Capital

Monday, June 07, 2010

Join guest host Elliott Forrest! Learn how English became the dominant global language. Then, the new novel Ilustrado. Plus, Glee’s Chris Colfer. And, the one and only John Waters!