Robert Sherman, award-winning broadcaster and writer, recently celebrated his 56th anniversary with WQXR. Formerly Program Director and later Senior Consultant, he continues to produce and host The McGraw-Hill Companies' Young Artists Showcase -- now in its 34th year on the station -- and since their inception, has hosted the Lincoln Center presentations of the annual the Avery Fisher Career Grants. His popular and award-winning folk series Woody's Children, which began on WQXR is 1969, is now heard on WFUV.
For more than forty years, Bob was a music critic and columnist for The New York Times and for nearly twenty served on the faculty of The Juilliard School. A concert narrator with such esteemed ensembles as Canadian Brass, the United States Military Academy (West Point) Band and the Greenwich Symphony, he sits on the Advisory boards of many cultural organizations, also serving them variously as competition judge, pre-concert lecturer, panel moderator and fundraising emcee.
Co-author of The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Classical Music and two best-selling books with Victor Borge, he also joined with his brother, Alexander Sherman, to compile a pictorial history of their celebrated mother, pianist Nadia Reisenberg.
Bob Sherman talks to conductor Leonard Slatkin who is the music director of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra and guest conductor of the New York Philharmonic.
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Bob Sherman begins this episode with music from the ballet Triumph of Neptune which is introduced by Vera Zorina. In his interview with the dancer and choreographer, they talk about her new album and art book, Dancer's Choice, and hear music from the album as well.
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Robert Sherman provides a somewhat revisionist view of musical history though the ages using the WQXR theme. Beginning with the cave men, to Gregorian Chant, to harmony through Organim, plain chant and organim, polifany, syncopation, ...
Bob Sherman interviews Martin Bookspan about Conductor Serge Koussevitzky. Various performances conducted by Koussevitsky are highlighted.
Bookspan was music director and program director at WQXR from 1956-1967.
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Host Bob Sherman interviews Elliott Sanger, one of the founders of WQXR, from May 1973. This is part 2 of the interview.
Jascha Zayde, Al Simon, and Eleanor Sanger join Elliott Sanger on the occasion of his book "Rebel in Radio".
Bob Sherman goes to the Metropolitan Opera to talk to conductor James Levine, though the focus of their conversation is not on opera but on chamber music. He opens the episode with a recording of the first movement of Johann Sebastian Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No. 2. conducted by Levine with ...
In this edition of the 50th anniversary of WQXR, Robert Sherman interviews WQXR host George Jellinek who discusses his tenure at the station where he began the well-known program, The Vocal Scene. Sherman plays an excerpt from Music in Review as well as an interview with De los Angeles. At ...
Bob Sherman repeats an episode of The Listening Room with his interview with Dame Janet Baker, in which they discuss her book, Full Circle.
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Bob Sherman talks to pianist, arranger, conductor, and impresario Andre Kostelanetz about the Promenade Concerts, which is in its fifteenth season.
On the 15th anniversary of Andre's Promenade Concerts, the Maestro explains his concept : lighter and more modern music, popular soloists, an informal setting and theatrical ...
Bob Sherman opens this episode with a recording of the introduction to Adolphe Adam's Giselle, one of Alonso's great roles. He talks with Alicia Alonso, the director of the Ballet Nacional de Cuba, which is on tour and currently in New York for three weeks at the Metropolitan Opera.
In this episode, Bob Sherman talks to Jorge Mester who is in New York City for the Mostly Mozart concerts. They talk about his eleven-year history as music director for the Louisville Orchestra and play some of his recordings.
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Bob Sherman talks to Ray Bolger, who is best known at the Scarecrow in the Wizard of Oz. He has also served as a conductor and worked with Balanchine among other musical pursuits.
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Abram Chasins' 83rd birthday tribute. Host Bob Sherman intersperses an interview with Chasins with one of his compositions, Three Chinese Pieces (1926).
At the end of the interview, Chasins talks about his book, The Van Cliburn Legend (1959). Sherman plays an excerpt from an interview with Cliburn ...
Bob Sherman shares his recent conversation recorded at the Aspen Music Festival with Leonard Slatkin, the director of the New Orleans Symphony and music-director elect for the St. Louis Symphony.
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Host Bob Sherman plays clips from WQXR in the 1940s. The Randolph Singers perform and we hear the voice of Irving Deacon, the station's first ballet show host. Deacon's April 25, 1940 show was first ever broadcast of the ballet Giselle.
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Host Bob Sherman dedicates this program to pianist Vladimir Horowitz and replays his first ever live broadcast from Carnegie Hall in 1951. The recording features just the second half of the performance. In addition to the performance, WQXR program director Abram Chasins recounts his experience with the broadcast.
This is a special Christmas rebroadcast of a September 1977 interview with Jacqueline du Pre. Bob Sherman recounts his visit with du Pre in her home in London and proceeds with audio from his interview.
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Bob Sherman repeats his interview with Virgil Thomson which was broadcast a few days before his 85th birthday. He opens the episode with a scratchy recording of "Capitals, Capitals," which was composed by Thomson and features him on the piano as well.
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Bob Sherman talks to Erich Leinsdorf, who will be conducting the Cleveland Orchestra at Carnegie Hall and then a series of concerts with the New York Philharmonic. He opens the episode with a few recordings of Mozart's German dances, proving that Leinsdorf is a master of the miniature pieces as ...
Host Bob Sherman rebroadcasts an interview from May 1973 with Elliott Sanger, one of the founders of WQXR and the author of the book "Rebel in Radio", for an overview of the history of WQXR. This is part 1 of the interview. Jascha Zayde and Alma Dettinger (via telephone) are ...