Michael Shobe is the assistant program director for New York’s classical music radio station WQXR.
When New York Public Radio acquired WQXR in 2009, Shobe was hired to build the digital music library and database in preparation for the station’s re-launch at 105.9FM. Shobe has handled the operational responsibilities for WQXR, produced the station’s fundraisers and worked on live broadcasts from Carnegie Hall to The Jerome L. Greene Performance Space. He's programmed the internet stations devoted to holiday music, Mozart, Beethoven, Great Symphonies, Vintage WQXR, the WNYC/WQXR September 11th Decade of Remembrance: Measuring Time and worked on the launch of Operavore. Most recently, he has worked with Jonathan Schwartz on the launch of The Jonathan Channel, the new home for the American songbook at WNYC.org.
Prior to joining WQXR, Shobe worked in music programming at Sirius/XM Satellite Radio, and held positions at L'Oreal and Epic Records. He also currently writes and performs the music for Louis CK's hit comedy "Louie."
Born in San Francisco, Shobe holds degrees in music business & management and music performance from Berklee College of Music in Boston. His work as a musician has taken him across the US, Europe, South America and Japan. He has performed and recorded with Oh Land, Cage the Elephant, SweetPro, Amazing Baby, Wu Li, Dana Leong, the Dymaxion Quartet, Tam Lin, Maxfield Gast and others. Michael lives in Brooklyn with his wife and their dog and cat.
Michael Shobe appears in the following:
Tuesday, January 17, 2017
This week, the He Sang/She Sang team is joined by WQXR morning show host Jeff Spurgeon to discuss Charles Gounod's "Romeo and Juliet."
Tuesday, January 10, 2017
On this week's episode of He Sang/She Sang, soprano Ailyn Pérez and bass Edward Hanlon discuss one of the best-loved operas in the repertoire, Puccini's "La Bohème."
Tuesday, January 03, 2017
"Nabucco" is the opera that got Verdi back in the game, but its premiere almost didn't happen. Hear the story and more on this week's podcast.
Tuesday, December 27, 2016
On this week's episode of He Sang/She Sang, author Fred Plotkin, soprano Ying Fang and mezzo-soprano Rihab Chaieb discuss Rossini's masterpiece "L'Italiana in Algeri."
Tuesday, December 20, 2016
On this week's episode of He Sang/She Sang podcast, hear how a story about a child-eating witch became a Christmas classic.
Monday, October 17, 2016
Luciano Pavarotti was the undisputed king of classical crossover. The duets from his Pavarotti and Friends benefit concerts raised money for victims of war and violence in the 1990s.
Thursday, October 06, 2016
Swedish music producer and remixer Seth Everman is a "classical pianist who listened to hip hop once." He takes making music seriously but keeps whimsy in his re-mixing videos.
Wednesday, September 28, 2016
Croatian duo 2Cellos are the de facto bad boys of classical crossover whose videos have evolved into short-form art films.
Tuesday, September 20, 2016
What is this genre called classical crossover? We found five videos that are exploring the idea of classical-meets-pop.
Thursday, September 08, 2016
The U.S. Open tennis tournament wraps up this weekend in Queens and that has us thinking about the story of two famous composers who struck up a surprising friendship on the court.
Thursday, September 01, 2016
Ozawa, the longtime Boston Symphony Orchestra music director, was once described as 'calligraphy in motion.' We speak to the BSO's Larry Wolfe on the occasion of Ozawa's 81st birthday.
Friday, August 05, 2016
From pieces written exclusively for the games to others that have become identified with them, here are nine works whose history is tied to the Olympics.
Thursday, July 21, 2016
Composer Austin Wintory, who wrote the Grammy-nominated score to the game Journey, is one of a new generation of artists finding success and creative freedom in video games.
Thursday, December 17, 2015
Take a listen to the classical music inspirations behind John Williams' music for the "Star Wars" films.
Monday, August 24, 2015
All summer long, we are profiling subway musicians who make our commutes a little bit cooler with classical music. This week: James Murphy
Sunday, August 16, 2015
All summer long, we are profiling subway musicians who make our commutes a little bit cooler with classical music. This week: Double Entendre.
Sunday, August 09, 2015
All summer long, we are profiling subway musicians who make our commutes a little bit cooler with classical music. This week: the Washington Square Winds.
Sunday, August 02, 2015
Every Monday this summer, we are profiling subway musicians who make our commutes a little bit cooler with classical music. This week: violinist James Graseck.
Sunday, July 26, 2015
Today we are profiling a subway musician who makes our commutes a little bit cooler with classical music: Harpist, Emily Hopkins.
Sunday, July 19, 2015
Every Monday this summer, we are profiling subway musicians who make our commutes a little bit cooler with classical music. Today: The Helvetica String Trio.