In this archival edition, WNYC’s Sara Fishko looked back at recordings of pianists of the 20th century, just as the year 2000 approached. (Produced in 1999)
On the occasion of Ms. Magazine’s 40th anniversary, WNYC’s Sara Fishko asks: what’s the history of that term “Ms.,” anyway? It’s the subject of today’s Fishko Files
In hundreds of Hollywood films, from “Modern Times” to “Casablanca,” you could hear violinist Louis Kaufman’s golden tone shining through. But Kaufman’s name and musical gifts were largely unknown outside the studios. WNYC’s Sara Fishko takes us inside. Produced in 2003.
The Delacorte Theater in Central Park was launched on June 18th, 1962, especially for Joe Papp’s Shakespeare productions. In this 50th anniversary season, WNYC’s Sara Fishko has the story of the determined Mr. Papp, and his long road to Shakespeare in the Park. Here is the next Fishko Files.
Producer Manny Azenberg has spent a lifetime in the theater business. Hence his prize on Tony Awards night, this Sunday. WNYC’s Sara Fishko sat down with the prolific producer to talk about hits, flops, Neil Simon and movie stars, for this edition of Fishko Files…
Being a musician, even a good amateur musician, requires hours of practice alone with one's instrument. But many players prefer company, and still rely on a system that's more than a half-century old. WNYC’s Sara Fishko visits Music Minus One. (Produced January, 2000)
Lena Horne and author David Margolick take us through the tangled story of a short song –Strange Fruit, 1930. (This Fishko Files was produced in 2000)
Next week will see the release of the cast album of the Tony-nominated Broadway production of Porgy and Bess. As WNYC’s Sara Fishko tells us, the controversy over the style and scale of the musical is in keeping with the long history of the piece. Here is the next Fishko Files…
With some good advice from her mother (“who needs Harvard?”), political dynamo Bella Abzug went to law school and later exploded on the political consciousness in the 1970s. As WNYC’s Sara Fishko tells us, listening to Bella is still a powerful experience. (Produced in 2008).
This coming Wednesday, a rare performance of the Busoni Piano Concerto will be heard at Carnegie Hall. As WNYC’s Sara Fishko tells us, Busoni was a musician with a fantastic combination of gifts, musical styles and inspiring thoughts about music’s future. Here is the next Fishko Files.
As we say good-bye to April, which is National Poetry Month, WNYC’s Sara Fishko listens to recorded poets, and asks, how do their speaking voices compare to their poems?
Some items of interest to Jazz Loft listeners.
As World War Two was ending in the mid 1940s, John Huston began to make a film for the US Army on veterans who’d been psychologically damaged in battle. As WNYC’s Sara Fishko tells us, the film “Let There Be Light” was filled with gripping footage of ailing veterans. But the film never saw the light of day until thirty-five years later. Here is the next Fishko Files…
Next weekend The Little Orchestra Society will end its season with Sergei Prokofiev’s popular piece of 1936, Peter and the Wolf. As WNYC’s Sara Fishko tells us, millions of children listened to the narrated musical saga, which used the instruments of the orchestra to evoke its characters and action. But that’s only part of the story…
Fifty years ago last week, a now-famous classical concert turned into a musical battleground – with very instructive results. WNYC’s Sara Fishko tells the story, in this edition of Fishko Files.
To the world in general, Leonard Bernstein was a great, multi-talented figure. But to New Yorkers, he was the conductor of our home-town orchestra, the New York Philharmonic. WNYC’s Sara Fishko spoke to five NY Phil players who had strong memories of “Lenny.” (originally produced in 2000).
Miklos Rozsa was one of Hollywood's most celebrated composers. His work on film noir classics in the 40's and epic films in the 50's was, and still is, well known. But, as WNYC’s Sara Fishko tells us, it turns out Rozsa had another composing life.
A new staging of the play Death of a Salesman opened last night on Broadway, with incidental music by Alex North. The score goes back 63 years to the play’s original production. In today’s Fishko Files, WNYC’s Sara Fishko has this appreciation of North’s musical gifts…
You have only two more weeks to see the “Photo League” photography show at the Jewish Museum, entitled “Radical Camera.” As WNYC’s Sara Fishko tells us, the League was not just a convenient place to meet other photographers. The “Photo League” was organized around a way of looking at the world. Here is the next Fishko Files.