“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.
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.
Author and professor Daniel Levitin unpacks synesthesia and Scriabin.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
I have only a few rules in my life and one of them is when asked to host at Carnegie Hall, I always say yes. Such was the case many years ago when I was asked to appear for a few minutes, mid concert, with The New York Youth Symphony. After hearing everything from 1st graders to high schoolers play, I was not sure what to expect. But within minutes of hearing these remarkable young people, I was blown away.
Recently the much loved opera tenor Placido Domingo stepped on stage into his 131st role at the age of 69 after undergoing colon cancer surgery. While he had given millions of opera lovers decades of joy and zillions of notes, how was he thanked? By being booed! People paid good money and sat for hours to see a super star in the world of opera return after a possibly life threatening illness--and he was booed!!
Mother’s Day is coming up and we’d like to invite you to contribute some fun musical programming ideas. What comes to your mind when you mix classical music and mothers?
Mondays through April bring back a long running vocal recital series to WQXR. On Wings of Song was the brain child of mezzo-soprano Marilyn Horne. The series started on stages in 1995 and shortly after that, on the radio. But this series is coming to a halt. Or rather, a change. After this season, it will be folded into The Song Continues, a series at Carnegie Hall.
Listen to the Orchestra of St. Luke's live broadcast from Carnegie Hall from Sunday, February 21. Conducted by Sir Roger Norrington.
Did you start to learn an instrument or start to take voice lessons ‘later in life’? Are you afraid you won’t really master it, because you’ve started later, or does that matter? I’d like to hear your stories.
This morning, Elliott Forrest is featuring Ottorino Respighi's The Three Botticelli Pictures. Each movement is insprired by one of Sandro Botticelli's paintings. Here are links to each painting so you can view them while listening.
We review some of the remarkable moments in classical music in 2009.