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Naomi Lewin

WQXR Host

Naomi Lewin is the weekday afternoon host on WQXR, and the host of WQXR’s bi-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:

Are American Orchestras ‘Blatantly Ignoring’ American Music?

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Only a small handful of American works are staples of the orchestra repertoire. Some feel this not just an oversight, but a disgrace.

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San Diego Opera Crisis Underscores Need for Fresh Business Models

Thursday, April 03, 2014

When San Diego Opera decided suddenly to fold after 49 years in business, it declined to consider alternative business models to stay afloat, according to the city's leading music and arts critic.

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The Greene Space

WQXR Presents the Metropolitan Opera National Council Award Winners

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

7:00 PM

Hear tomorrow's opera stars today! Meet the 2014 winners, straight from the Grand Finals concert on the Met stage, in their first New York performances as winners. Watch live video webcast at 7pm ET.

Soprano Sharleen Joynt on Resuming an Opera Career After Reality TV's 'The Bachelor'

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Sharleen Joynt, a Canadian soprano who is currently an understudy at the Met, talks about how a stint on ABC's "The Bachelor" involved a tricky set of personal and career trade-offs.

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In a Rough Job Market, More Conservatories Stress Business Skills

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Some institutions of higher musical learning are trying to bring academic training closer to job market realities. Here's how.

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Can Gustavo Dudamel and El Sistema Navigate Venezuela's Upheaval?

Thursday, March 13, 2014

As the LA Phil arrives in New York, its music director, Gustavo Dudamel, faces an increasingly difficult political situation back in his native Venezuela.

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With NYC School Reforms, a Plan for Arts Programs?

Thursday, March 06, 2014

According to an audit by the New York State Comptroller, many city schoolkids do not receive the required amount of hours of instruction or are taught by non-certified teachers.

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New Owners Vow to Preserve Embattled Charles Ives House

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

Nearly two years after a preservation battle began for Charles Ives's former Connecticut home, the new owners are speaking about it for the first time.

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Vienna Philharmonic: Facing its Nazi Past But Struggling with Diversity

Thursday, February 27, 2014

While the Vienna Philharmonic has confronted its Nazi-era activities, questions remain about its lack of present-day diversity.

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'Japan's Beethoven': Understanding the Ghost Composer Scandal

Thursday, February 13, 2014

The fallout continues from the scandal involving Mamoru Samuragochi, who admitted that he’d faked his own deafness and paid someone else to write his music for nearly two decades.

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Russia's Classical Stars Expected at Sochi Olympics Opening Ceremony

Wednesday, February 05, 2014

Details have emerged about the musical lineup in the Winter Olympics opening ceremony. Russian music historian Simon Morrison gives us some context.

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Classical Commercials: Can Gounod Sell Shampoo? Actually, Yes.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Sunday’s Super Bowl will feature 55 commercials and chances are, some of them will feature a symphony or an opera aria embedded in the soundtrack. Here's a look at how the process works.

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Rebounding Minnesota Orchestra is 'Still Mad at Itself'

Thursday, January 23, 2014

So, what comes next for the Minnesota Orchestra in the wake of the contract agreement that ended the bitter 15-month lockout and returns the musicians to Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis on Feb. 7?

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The Puzzling Revival of the Vinyl LP

Thursday, January 16, 2014

While CD sales declined in 2013, vinyl sales moved in the opposite direction: up 32 percent from 2012. In this podcast, a debate over the significance of the format's ongoing comeback.

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The Best and Worst of Classical Music in 2013

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Three top music critics review the year 2013 in music: Anne Midgette of the Washington Post, Justin Davidson of New York Magazine and Heidi Waleson, from the Wall Street Journal.

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The Greene Space

WQXR Presents A Chanukah Celebration Across the Globe

Thursday, December 5, 2013

7:00 PM

Join us for an evening of music from Central Europe, Central Asia, the Balkans, the Middle East — and Uganda! Featuring East of the RiverShashmaqam and The Dave Levitt Klezmer Trio.  

Alberto Vilar Returns to New York Prison

Thursday, November 21, 2013

One day after a judge revoked his bail, opera-loving philanthropist Alberto Vilar returned to prison to continue serving a sentence for multimillion-dollar fraud.

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Gary Graffman Talks Woody Allen, Conductors and Vodka

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Gary Graffman jokes that the most-famous, best-selling album of his career barely acknowledges his participation on its cover.

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The Greene Space

Richard Tucker Award Winner Isabel Leonard and Friends

Friday, October 4, 2013

7:00 PM

Friday, Oct 4 | WQXR presents an exclusive performance with the mezzo-soprano and guests Matthew Polenzani and Anthony Roth Costanzo. Featuring a conversation with Sherrill Milnes.

Interview: New York City Opera May Cancel Season

Monday, September 09, 2013

New York City Opera will be forced to cancel most of its current season and all of next season if it does not raise $20 million by the end of December, company officials said on Sunday.

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