Michael Shobe

Assistant Program Director, WQXR

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.

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Michael Shobe appears in the following:

The Definitive American Songbook: Johnny Mercer Pt. 2

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Part two of The Definitive American Songbook: The Music of Johnny Mercer has five more must-have recordings for your collection.

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The Definitive American Songbook: Johnny Mercer Pt. 1

Thursday, October 05, 2017

Johnny Mercer was one of the most prolific lyricists in American history, penning more than 1500 songs. Watch five definitive performances of his work.

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The Definitive American Songbook: George Gershwin Pt. 4

Thursday, September 28, 2017

The final edition of The Definitive American Songbook: The Music of George Gershwin looks at five must-have recordings of music from his time in Hollywood.

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The Definitive American Songbook: George Gershwin Pt. 3

Thursday, September 21, 2017

This week’s edition of The Definitive American Songbook: The Music of George Gershwin looks at five must-have recordings of music from Porgy and Bess.

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The Definitive American Songbook: George Gershwin Pt. 2

Thursday, September 14, 2017

We’re back with part two of The Definitive American Songbook: the music of George Gershwin with five more must-have recordings.

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The Definitive American Songbook: George Gershwin Pt. 1

Thursday, September 07, 2017

There are many great recordings of the music we call the Great American Songbook, but which ones define the genre? Every week we give you the must-have recordings for your collection.

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Listen: He Sang/She Sang Podcast on Gounod's 'Romeo and Juliet'

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."

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Listen: He Sang/She Sang Podcast on Puccini's Most-Loved Opera

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."

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Listen: He Sang/She Sang Podcast about the Opera that got Verdi back in the game

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.

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Listen: He Sang/She Sang Podcast on Rossini's 'L'Italiana in Algeri'

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."

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Listen: He Sang/She Sang Podcast on Humperdinck's 'Hansel and Gretel'

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.

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When Pavarotti Reigned as the Classical Crossover Duet King

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.
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Für Elise and Moonlight Sonata Like You've Never Heard Them

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.
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2Cellos Take Classical Crossover Videos to the Next Level

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.
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5 Great Videos to Begin Exploring Classical Crossover

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

What is this genre called classical crossover? We found five videos that are exploring the idea of classical-meets-pop.
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When Gershwin and Schoenberg Played Tennis Together

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.

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Listen: Honoring Seiji Ozawa on His 81st Birthday

Thursday, September 01, 2016

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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.

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9 Classical Music Works Inextricably Linked to the Olympics

Friday, August 05, 2016

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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.
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Listen: Music Jumps from the Console to the Concert Hall

Thursday, July 21, 2016

WQXR
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. 

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The Classical Music Influences Inside John Williams' 'Star Wars' Score

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Take a listen to the classical music inspirations behind John Williams' music for the "Star Wars" films.

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