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:
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.
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
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.
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
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.
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.
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 ...
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.
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 ...
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, ...
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 ...
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
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 ...
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
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
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: ...
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
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 ...
Sunday, June 08, 1986
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 ...
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".
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 ...