Pianist Murray Perahia, as WNYC’s Sara Fishko tells us, has found Bach -- late in a stellar pianistic career. He talks about Bach, harpsichords, Horowitz and musical storytelling in this Fishko Files episode (originally produced in 2000).
Starting Thursday, the Mark Morris Dance Group is dancing for three nights to two fascinating musical works, Beethoven’s “Choral Fantasy” and Virgil Thomson’s “Four Saints in Three Acts,” at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. Learn more about the performances and listen to classic recordings of the music.
This Sunday, the Motion Picture Academy gives out its Oscars, and the silent film “The Artist” is nominated in ten categories. As WNYC’s Sara Fishko tells us, that film is driven by a story engine that just won’t quit. Here is the next Fishko Files…
Every musician is different; some love to play music that everyone knows, and others love to explore new musical horizons. In this archival edition of Fishko Files, Sara Fishko spoke to one pianist who has somehow managed to do both; and who's tried to open people's ears in the process (Produced during Pollini’s “Perspectives” series at Carnegie Hall, 2001).
Fifty years ago, in the simpler days of television, all three networks aired a tour of the White House led by First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy. As WNYC’s Sara Fishko tells us, a stunning number of Americans tuned in and took notice. Here is the next Fishko Files.
Awards season is in full swing; still to come: Annies (for animation), Grammies and Oscars. Winning one can be a thrill. But as WNYC’s Sara Fishko found out, how you handle winning the prize can be an art in itself. (Produced in 2001).
Next week, a 1950s English play opens off-Broadway that was more than just a play, says WNYC’s Sara Fishko. It was a cultural landmark that shook English class consciousness to its foundations. A trip to post World War II Britain –in this episode of Fishko Files.
We got word today that renowned jazz musician-turned-manager, John Levy, has died– just three months shy of his 100th birthday. Levy made a profound impact on the jazz world. As a bassist he jammed, played and recorded with Ben Webster, George Shearing, Billie Holiday, Art Tatum and many other greats. But later, Levy took his love of jazz and applied it to the business side of music: He became the first African-American Jazz artist’s manager. His management roster featured Nancy Wilson, Joe Williams, Ramsey Lewis, and Shirley Horn, to name a few.
With the much praised film The Artist gathering steam this awards season, here’s a related “Fishko Files”: WNYC’s Sara Fishko explores Charlie Chaplin and the power of silence and sound in film (Originally produced in December 2003).
Some of the major struggles and victories of the Civil Rights movement in the 1960s coincided with a most active period for jazz music. In honor of Martin Luther King Jr's Birthday, WNYC’s Sara Fishko looks at a few cases where the movement and the music came together. Here’s the next Fishko Files…
This Saturday the Preservation Hall Jazz Band celebrates its 50th anniversary with a performance at, of all places, Carnegie Hall. As WNYC’s Sara Fishko tells us in this archival edition of Fishko Files (recorded in pre-Katrina New Orleans), Preservation Hall is about as far from Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center as a concert space can get.
Actress Michelle Williams has received multiple nods this awards season for her portrayal of Marilyn Monroe in “My Week With Marilyn.” For WNYC’s Sara Fishko, it’s another in the chain of actresses trying to capture the essence of the iconic blond star of stars. Here’s “Marilyn,” a holiday highlight of this year’s Fishko Files…
Sometimes, says WNYC’s Sara Fishko, you have to be far away to see something clearly. In this year-end edition of Fishko Files, thoughts on distance
Best of Fishko Files: The tradition of siblings singing together is as old as song. WNYC’s Sara Fishko looks at brothers, sisters and sibling harmony, in this edition of the Fishko Files...
Cultures the world over have long recognized the power of individuality in the creation of art.. But when the individual artist is threatened, can there can be creative power in groups? WNYC’s Sara Fishko explores the world of “Tunisian Collaborative Painting” –in this edition of Fishko Files
Best of Fishko Files: Tis the season to make music. And, as WNYC's Sara Fishko tells us, music is sometimes best made with what you have available -- your voice. (Produced in 2001)
Ken Russell, who died Sunday at age 84, was a British movie director whose name was a household word a few decades ago. No more, I guess. But people are writing about his life in interesting ways, noting that he was a “provocateur,” that he pioneered male frontal nudity in the movies (Women in Love), and that he popularized a passionate and boldly specific approach to telling the story of musical lives on film (Song of Summer, the best ever film about a creative person). Among other things.
Best of Fishko Files: WNYC’s Sara Fishko explores the contradictory career of the Russian composer-pianist Sergei Rachmaninoff in this episode from 2001.
This Sunday at the Greene Space, as part of what is being called “Beethoven Awareness Month,” a lineup of pianists will perform a marathon concert of the 32 piano sonatas by Beethoven. As WNYC’s Sara Fishko tells us, these pieces provide a particular window into the soul of one of our greatest composers. Here is the next Fishko Files…
Best of Fishko Files: Chick Corea, pianist, composer, improvisor, bandleader, is coming to town this month. As WNYC's Sara Fishko tells us, he’s had a career filled with variety, and he’s managed to do it without all that much forward planning involved.