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Artie Shaw

Friday, May 21, 2010

Artie Shaw looked like a matinee idol, had his own big band, and a major hit while still in his twenties. But that success may have been the beginning of his undoing. This week Shaw would've turned 100, and WNYC's Sara Fishko takes a look back ...

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Revueltas: Composing a Revolution

Friday, May 14, 2010

A hundred years after the start of the revolution in Mexico, people are finally paying attention to a Mexican composer who mixed his music with his political convictions. As WNYC’s Sara Fishko tells us in this edition of the Fishko Files, the results were dramatic.

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Artie Shaw: Major Player

Thursday, April 29, 2010

This May will mark 100 years since the birth of Artie Shaw, the bandleader and clarinet player. As WNYC’s Sara Fishko tells us in this edition of the Fishko Files, Shaw is worth remembering for more than just his music.

Swing bands of the 1930s and ...

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Remembering Dede Allen with WNYC's Sara Fishko

Monday, April 19, 2010

Film Editor Dede Allen, who worked on classic films like "The Hustler," "Serpico," and "Little Big Man," has died at the age of 86 after suffering from a stroke. Starting as a messenger for Columbia Pictures as a young woman, Allen went on to become renowned for her work, and was the first editor to receive sole credit for a film: 1967's Bonnie and Clyde. WNYC's culture producer Sara Fishko, who was once a film editor herself, tells us more. 

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Critics: Us and Them

Friday, April 09, 2010

The cancellation of the long-running TV series "At the Movies" has stimulated speculation about the future of film criticism. Sara Fishko weighs in on this edition of the Fishko Files.

  • Listen to a clip from critic Andrew Sarris and Sara Fishko’s (now-defunct) WNYC film discussion ...

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Happy Birthday, Chopin

Friday, March 26, 2010

"His music seems to fall from heaven," says Garrick Ohlsson of Frederic Chopin. As we mark the composer's 200th birthday, Ohlsson talks to WNYC's Sara Fishko about Chopin's influence on classical piano music.

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Sviatoslav Richter: Classical Charisma

Thursday, March 25, 2010

In a year filled with interesting centennial and bicentennial occasions, Sara Fishko still can’t shake the memory of one pianist who would have been 95 this week, Sviatoslav Richter. She offers an appreciation on this edition of The Fishko Files.

Sviatoslav Richter was one of the ...

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The Fishko Files: Chopin's 'Raindrop' Prelude

Friday, March 19, 2010

This month, the world is celebrating the bicentennial of Frederic Chopin. Locally, we’re celebrating what we hope is the end of a long, long winter. As Sara Fishko tells us, "Chopin" and "winter" came together in 1838 to create a popular musical favorite.

Chopin’s Opus 28, ...

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Oscar Time: Art vs. Commerce

Friday, March 05, 2010

Although all eyes will be looking forward to the results of this year's ceremony, the Oscars also provide an opportunity to take a look backward, at Oscar's past.

Back in 1928, screenwriter Ben Hecht was awarded the first Original Screenplay Academy Award, for 1927's "Underworld." Despite ...

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Ohlsson on Chopin

Friday, January 29, 2010

It’s the bicentennial year of composer Frederic Chopin, born in Poland in March of 1810. That makes this a very big year for pianist Garrick Ohlsson, who talked to WNYC’s Sara Fishko about Chopin’s music for this edition of the Fishko Files.

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Fishko File Extra: Pianist Garrick Ohlsson’s Breakthrough

Thursday, January 28, 2010

It’s the bicentennial year of composer Frederic Chopin, who was born 200 years ago in March of 1810.  This year marks a related anniversary for pianist Garrick Ohlsson, who won the gold medal at the International Chopin Competition in Warsaw, Poland back in 1970.

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The Fishko Files: Art Tatum

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

The jazz piano great Art Tatum was born 100 years ago today. WNYC's Sara Fishko has this remembrance.

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New Thelonious Monk Biography Challenges Assumptions

Saturday, October 10, 2009

The great jazz pianist and composer Thelonious Monk would have turned 92 this year. A new biography is challenging some assumptions about the jazz icon. WNYC’s Sara Fishko has more.

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Robert Frank, 50 Years After The Americans

Monday, September 21, 2009

It’s been 50 years since the publication of Robert Frank’s landmark book: "The Americans".

The book chronicled in pictures the impressions of the Swiss-born photographer, as he crisscrossed America. WNYC’s Sara Fishko talked with Frank in his downtown Manhattan studio earlier this year about his working ...

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Jazz Loft Musicians Seek Space to Jam in the City

Tuesday, May 05, 2009

The energy of New York City has always provided musicians with fuel for performance. But one thing the city doesn't have a lot of is space. As part of WNYC’s continuing Jazz Loft Project, WNYC’s Sara Fishko looks at how players 50 years ago worked ...

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West Side Story, 1957

Friday, April 17, 2009

WNYC's Sara Fishko tells a story rarely heard about the musical's legendary creators Jerome Robbins, Leonard Bernstein, Arthur Laurents, and Stephen Sondheim. And she explores how Cold War tensions simmered under the surface of the show's ethnic gang battles. 

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Remembering Rosenman

Friday, December 05, 2008

Composer Leonard Rosenman passed away earlier this year but his scores for films like "East of Eden," "Fantastic Voyage," and "Rebel Without a Cause" live on. Produced by Sara Fishko.

Watch the original "Fantastic Voyage" trailer

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Remembering Bernstein

Friday, September 26, 2008

This fall New York is celebrating what would’ve been Leonard Bernstein’s 90th birthday. As conductor of the New York Philharmonic, he changed the way audiences understood classical music. Five musicians from the Philharmonic remember playing under Bernstein’s baton. Produced by WNYC’s Sara Fishko.

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Fishko Files

Friday, May 09, 2008

Actor Charles Boyer had a continental flavor that went over big here in the US. Ten of his most engaging films will be screened in New York this month.

Sara Fishko asks why, in this edition of the Fishko Files.

OUTRO: Charles Boyer and the Art of ...

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Van in the USSR

Friday, April 04, 2008

Fifty years ago, a pianist from Texas named Van Cliburn won the Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow. It was the height of the Cold War and when he returned to the States, he was honored with a ticker tape parade down Broadway’s “Canyon of Heroes.” Produced by WNYC’s

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