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Naomi Lewin

WQXR Host

Naomi Lewin is the weekday afternoon host on WQXR, and host of the weekly podcast Conducting Business. Before arriving at WQXR, Lewin was the midday host at WGUC, Cincinnati’s classical public radio station. In Cincinnati, she began writing and hosting the award-winning, weekly program Classics for Kids, which now airs on radio stations across the country. Lewin has produced feature stories and full-length music programs for national broadcast, as well as intermission features for Metropolitan Opera broadcasts. She has also served as an essayist for NPR’s Weekend Edition Sunday.

Given her previous lifetime as a singer and actress, Lewin continues to appear onstage. As a narrator, she has performed Peter and the Wolf, Carnival of the Animals, King David, William Walton's Façade, Eric McIntyre’s A Visit from the White Rabbit and Four Seasons of Italian Futurist Cuisine by Aaron Jay Kernis. She has given talks on operas from Aida to Zauberflöte, and has also written and performed her own opera introduction for children.

Lewin was born in Princeton, New Jersey.

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Naomi Lewin appears in the following:

Reynold Levy Delivers Frank Assessment of Lincoln Center and Its Leaders

Monday, May 18, 2015

Former Lincoln Center president Reynold Levy is blunt about some of New York's most powerful arts leaders in a new book. He tells us why.

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Tchaikovsky: Does His Sex Life Matter to His Music?

Wednesday, May 06, 2015

It's hard to talk about Tchaikovsky, who was born 175 years ago last Thursday, without getting into, well, sex.

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Tubas for Girls, Harps for Boys: Shaking Gender Roles Among Instrumentalists

Friday, May 01, 2015

Young musicians are still conforming to traditional gender stereotypes in their choice of instrument, according to a number of studies.

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Michael Kaiser To Ailing Arts Groups: 'Don't Play It Safe'

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

"If everyone does Beethoven's Ninth or everyone does "Swan Lake," a) we get very dull, and b) there are many versions of Beethoven's Ninth that you can get online."

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Do Broadway Musicals Have a Place on the Opera Stage?

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Chicago Tribune chief theater critic Chris Jones says that nothing lights up his e-mail inbox like an opera company staging a Broadway musical using full amplification.

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Valentina Lisitsa Episode: Lessons in Damage Control

Thursday, April 09, 2015

Orchestras and arts organizations find themselves walking a fine line with protecting their brand when they hire an artist with controversial views.

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Toronto Symphony President Defends Decision to Drop Controversial Pianist

Wednesday, April 08, 2015

Toronto Symphony president Jeff Melanson tells WQXR's Conducting Business that Valentina Lisitsa's politics had nothing to do with the orchestra's decision to drop her.

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Forget the iPod. Was the Sony Walkman the Real Game-Changer?

Friday, April 03, 2015

If you're a music fan of a certain age you’ll remember your first Walkman: likely a cassette player with a belt clip and possibly a built-in radio.

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Remembering My Dad, Composer Frank Lewin, on His 90th Birthday

Friday, March 27, 2015

Frank Lewin composed orchestral works, opera and over 150 scores for film and television. His daughter, Naomi Lewin, remembers his greatest work.

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Can a Performance Simulator Train Musicians for High-Stress Gigs?

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Virtual reality technology is being used to try and help musicians prepare for the cutthroat classical music world.

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Detecting Music Plagiarism, After the 'Blurred Lines' Case

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Classical music would sound rather different today if composers from Palestrina to Bach, Stravinsky to John Williams didn't borrow or steal melodies.

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Sheet Music: In with the Tablet, out with the Page?

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Without a shop where one can browse and get advice on sheet music, what online options are there for the classical musician? Two digital converts give their views.

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What Do Orchestras Really Need in a Music Director?

Wednesday, March 04, 2015

Factors to consider include taste in repertoire, age, nationality, race, gender, fundraising skills -- and of course, musicianship.

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Violinists Surrender Their Prized Instruments as Prices Soar

Thursday, February 26, 2015

In the last week, two top violinists got a visit by the Repo Man. Find out what two industry watchers think is behind this.

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Did a Loss of People's Leisure Time Kill RadioShack?

Friday, February 13, 2015

RadioShack was once the place to get speaker wire, headphones, adapters, or even a Realistic-brand stereo system. But how times have changed.

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American Orchestras Grapple With Lack of Diversity

Friday, February 06, 2015

Just over four percent of their musicians are African-American and Latino and when it comes to orchestra boards and CEOs, the numbers are even starker: only one percent.

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Why Don’t More Classical Musicians Improvise?

Friday, January 30, 2015

Improvisation is a nearly obsolete art in classical music. But virtuosos used to improvise all the time. This week's episode features two guests who believe it should be kept alive.

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Study Reveals Why the Arts Must Become More Accessible

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Some 31 million American adults said they wanted to go to an arts event in the past year but chose not to. The NEA has published a study exploring a few reasons why.

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New Battle Lines Drawn Between Press and Arts Organizations

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Usually, a polite discourse pervades arts journalism, but two cases underscore the tricky relationship between classical music organizations and the media that covers them.

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'Taken 3,' 'Inherent Vice,' 'Mozart in the Jungle,' and Listener Mail

Friday, January 09, 2015

It's the early days of January, and you know what that means when it comes it movies...
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