Sara Fishko

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Now Playing: Candide

Saturday, May 01, 2004

In 1956 Leonard Bernstein and Lillian Hellman staged a musical out of Voltaire’s Candide — the satiric French novel from 1759 that made a laughingstock of optimism. The Bernstein/Hellman musical was one of the most esteemed failures in American theatre. Over the years, Candide has been revived many times. The ...


Ziegfeld Girl

Saturday, April 10, 2004

Doris Eaton is over 100 years old and she's about to have her Broadway comeback. Eaton will perform in New York next week for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS on the same stage where she made her debut 80-odd years ago as a Ziegfeld Follies dancer. Sara Fishko talked to ...


Dave Brubeck

Saturday, April 03, 2004

Jazz legend Dave Brubeck and his wife Lola are being honored this week by the University of the Pacific for their lifelong commitment to social justice. Brubeck established himself early on with the jazz mega-hit, "Take 5." He's gone on to write many other kinds of music since, including ...


Cultural Exchange

Saturday, February 07, 2004

For a moment during the Cold War — in the decade between Josef Stalin's death until the Cuban Missile Crisis — something called "Cultural Exchange" formed a warm glow in US-Soviet relations. It started with one pianist in 1955, named Emil Gilels, and led to a sudden mutual discovery of ...


Now Playing: Walt Disney Concert Hall

Saturday, November 15, 2003

Frank Gehry's new orchestra hall in Los Angeles is more than a showpiece for a celebrated architect. It's also a grand musical space for the pop culture capital of the world. Sarah Fishko looks at how the long-awaited Disney Hall puts modern forms in the service of classical sounds.


What Can I Say?

Thursday, September 25, 2003

"You want to send a message? Call Western Union," said Sam Goldwyn.

Right now, as "loyalty" and "treason" are being redefined by world events, so are cultural expressions of patriotism and dissent. From "message" pictures in the old Hollywood, to morale-building songs, to satirists' comic visions, politics and mass ...


Memory and Music

Saturday, September 06, 2003

In classical music, the music can give us the grandeur and gravity we crave, and the words can bring it down to earth, closer to the specifics of what we're trying to recall. Sara Fishko looks at memory, music and the art of capturing a profound moment in time.


Louis Kaufman

Saturday, August 23, 2003

Violinist Louis Kaufman went to Hollywood in 1934. He became a fixture in movie orchestras and played the soaring violin of Hollywood’s golden age. Kaufman’s memoir, A Fiddler's Tale, is about to see the light of day, thanks to the efforts of his frequent accompanist and wife of 62 years, ...


Spoken Word

Saturday, July 12, 2003

It used to be that poetry was an entirely spoken form. But then, thanks to the printing press, poetry became a mostly silent literary form. Sara Fishko discovers how disconcerting it can be to hear the words you're used to only seeing on the page.


Now Playing: Carnegie Hall

Saturday, June 07, 2003

The New York Philharmonic announced this week that it's moving out of Lincoln Center, where it has performed since the place opened 41 years ago and returning to Carnegie Hall, a half mile south. As Sara Fishko explains, this latest change shaking the classical musical world may also be ...


J.S. Bach's Irresistible Chaconne

Friday, May 30, 2003

Every composer dreams of having a work last forever. Some spectacular pieces of music, Sara Fishko tells us, do seem to last. One such undying favorite is the subject of today's Fishko Files - J.S. Bach's Chaconne.



Saturday, May 17, 2003



From Renaissance Italy to Benin

Saturday, April 26, 2003

Rivals have been around as long as people have envied each other's success. Sara Fisko found some places where rivalry is productive — and where it isn't.


Diaries & Journals

Saturday, March 22, 2003

A look at why collectors are attracted to the intimate written thoughts of strangers. Produced by Sara Fishko.


1 Maple, 4 Instruments

Saturday, March 08, 2003

The harmonies of a string quartet come from the score and the players of course, but also from the instruments themselves. Sara Fishko talked to the Miro Quartet, whose members are experimenting with the sounds that can be created from one old maple tree.


What Exactly is Improvisation?

Saturday, March 01, 2003

In the world of the jazz standard, improvisation is a very specific thing: it's a way of embellishing or even re-inventing a melody, using the structure of a song as a basis. Sara Fishko tried to get jazz improvisers to tell her about how they do it and she ...


Movie Mistakes

Saturday, January 04, 2003

A look at how we watch movies closely, and how even their tiniest storytelling flaws resonate on the set and off. Produced by Sara Fishko.


Schoenberg and the Classical Revolution

Saturday, December 21, 2002

The beginning of the 20th century was an era of revolution, and that’s true too of classical music. Twentieth-century composition went through a gigantic harmonic shift, and Arnold Schoenberg was at the heart of it.



Saturday, December 14, 2002

Many of us think the first great revolution of the 20th century came in October 1917 in Russia. But before Russia, there was Mexico. And with the Mexican revolution came an unparalleled period of artistic excitement and productivity. Sara Fishko has the story of a Mexican composer who was ...


Now Playing: Glenn Gould

Saturday, September 28, 2002

The Canadian pianist Glenn Gould was born 70 years ago this week. He died shortly after his 50th birthday. It was Gould's staggering performances of Bach's music that brought him — and Bach, for that matter — to broad popular attention. Sara Fishko asked pianists who play Bach today to comment ...