Robert Sherman


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. 


Robert Sherman appears in the following:

Bob Sherman interviews Natalia Makarova, 1977

Monday, April 23, 2012


This week the Leonard Lopate Show interviews Natalia Makarova. Listen to a WQXR interview Bob Sherman did with Makarova in 1977, when she was prima ballerina at American Ballet Theatre.

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The Greene Space

60th Anniversary Celebration of the Concert Artists Guild

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

7:00 PM

Celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Concert Artists Guild with performances by current members in this special concert in The Greene Space, paying tribute to the organization's mission of discovering, nurturing and promoting young artists.

The Greene Space

Young Concert Artists 50th Anniversary Celebration

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

7:00 PM

Celebrate the 50th anniversary season of Young Concert Artists with stirring performances from generations of talented musicians. Robert Sherman hosts a festive tribute to Young Concert Artists (YCA), the ground-breaking organization that discovered and developed the careers of many of today’s renowned musicians.

Surveying the Fall Season

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

On tonight's McGraw-Hill Companies Young Artists Showcase, a preview of some of the rising stars that we'll be featuring during the fall season.


The Greene Space

McGraw Hill Young Artists Showcase

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

7:00 PM

The McGraw-Hill Young Artists Showcase will present exciting young newcomers – the M5 Brass Ensemble and Elena Urioste – live from The Greene Space.

WQXR 50th Anniversary Show [Album # 26]

Sunday, October 05, 1986

Final program in the WQXR 50th Anniversary album. Host Bob Sherman dedicates the entire series to past WQXR president, Walter Neiman.

Sherman plays a rare snippet about the "speed gadget" from Alec Templeton's April Fool's Show in the 1940s, followed by announcer Lloyd Moss telling a story ...


WQXR 50th Anniversary Show [Album # 25]

Sunday, September 28, 1986

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.

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WQXR 50th Anniversary Show [Album # 22]

Sunday, September 07, 1986

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 ...


WQXR 50th Anniversary Show [Album # 21]

Sunday, August 31, 1986

This episode of the 50th Anniversary show features the music of Fritz Kreisler and Jascha Heifetz. Host Bob Sherman plays excerpts from past tribute programs for both Kreisler and Heifetz.

The Kreisler 80th birthday tribute includes best wishes from Mischa Elman, Yehudi Menuhin, Nathan Milstein, Erica Molreni, ...


WQXR 50th Anniversary Show [Album # 19]

Sunday, August 17, 1986

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 ...


WQXR 50th Anniversary Show [Album # 17]

Sunday, August 03, 1986

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.

WNYC archives id: 66297


WQXR 50th Anniversary Show [Album # 16]

Sunday, July 27, 1986

Host Bob Sherman plays clips from WQXR's Mailbag over the years. The earliest clip is from 1937. Clips include:

1. A reader recounts his experience listening to Beethoven's Eroica (3rd Symphony) on WQXR while in the Navy.
2. WQXR founder John Hogan testing music and voice ...


WQXR 50th Anniversary Show [Album # 15]

Sunday, July 20, 1986

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.

WNYC archives id: 66295


WQXR 50th Anniversary Show [Album # 14]

Sunday, July 13, 1986

Bob Sherman says "happy birthday" to his mother, pianist Nadia Reisenberg, by playing an assortment of her past performances.

WNYC archives id: 66294


WQXR 50th Anniversary Show [Album # 13]

Sunday, July 06, 1986

Once again, host Bob Sherman brings us back to July 13, 1962, the day WQXR host Commander Edward Whitehead interviewed singer and actor Martyn Green. This is part 2 of 2 of the interview.

The two discuss Green's career and play music both featuring Green and others: ...


WQXR 50th Anniversary Show [Album # 11]

Sunday, June 22, 1986

Host Bob Sherman remembers Igor Stravinsky. Sherman plays an interview with conductor Pierre Monteux reminiscing about Stravinsky from April 5, 1955.

A highlight is Stravinsky himself on WQXR in 1949 talking about his ballet Orpheus, with performances by the Chicago Symphony.

WNYC archives id: 66291


WQXR 50th Anniversary Show [Album # 24]

Sunday, June 08, 1986

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, renaissance influence, Elizabethan madrigals, romanticism, art song, opera, operetta, modernism, unexpected syncopations, piano blues and ...


WQXR 50th Anniversary Show [Album # 09]

Sunday, June 08, 1986

A Short History of WQXR.

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WQXR 50th Anniversary Show [Album # 10]

Sunday, June 01, 1986

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".

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WQXR 50th Anniversary Show [Album # 02]

Sunday, April 20, 1986

This show is dedicated to the memory of WQXR host Jacques Fray. Host Bob Sherman plays excerpts from Fray's show, including his first demo tape from August 21, 1947. Sherman also plays an April Fool's Day program from 1949, hosted by Alec Templeton. Templeton plays and sings a send-up about ...