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Peter and the Wolf

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Millions of children listened to Sergei Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf, which used the instruments of the orchestra to evoke its characters and action

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Photo League

Thursday, September 11, 2014

In New York starting in 1932 The Photo League had a mission to gather and support photographers who took realistic pictures that might someday bring about social change.

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Jacqueline Kennedy's White House Makeover

Thursday, August 21, 2014

When she moved in, Ms. Kennedy said the White House looked like a hotel furnished from a January clearance sale. So she redecorated, and the results were showcased on national TV.

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Concertmaster

Thursday, June 19, 2014

At the end of June, violinist Glenn Dicterow will end his long run as concertmaster of the New York Philharmonic.  As WNYC's Sara Fishko tells us in this Fishko Files, Dicterow has navigated his way across a complex musical map.

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Oscar Night and the Blacklist

Thursday, June 05, 2014

Fifteen years ago, a contentious battle erupted over the presentation of a special Academy Award to director Elia Kazan –who had named the names of some his colleagues during the Blacklist years.  Just before that Oscar night, 1999, WNYC’s Sara Fishko spoke to writer Walter Bernstein, a victim of the Blacklist, to hear his side of the story.    

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Pianists of the Past

Thursday, May 29, 2014

From the Fishko Files Archive: As the year 2000 approached, WNYC’s Sara Fishko listened to a new outpouring of recordings and
films of some of the greatest pianists of the 20th century –and found much to re-discover.  

 

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Musicians in Movies

Thursday, May 22, 2014

The music world has always had a special appeal to filmmakers, who've used musical fact and fiction to great advantage in countless movies; but, as WNYC's Sara Fishko tells us in this archival edition of Fishko Files, it's a particular image of the musician that they've created...

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Remembering Chopin

Thursday, May 15, 2014

In 1999, there were numerous celebrations of the composer Frederic Chopin, who had died 150 years earlier in 1849.  WNYC's Sara Fishko took the moment to ponder, in this archival edition of Fishko Files, the question of what Chopin actually did for music.

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Play-Along

Thursday, May 01, 2014

Music Minus One became an institution after WWII in a different America.  In this Fishko files WNYC’s Sara Fishko explored MMO’s product ---music minus the solo instrument (“your cello here…”)—during its half-century celebration.  

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Hoagy Carmichael

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Hoagy Carmichael occupied a particular place in music and movie history.  WNYC's Sara Fishko and guests considered his legacy in this Fishko Files from 2002.  Note: both Mary Cleere Haran (1953-2011) and Richard Sudhalter (1938-2008) have died since the piece was produced.

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World's Fair 1939

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Seventy five years ago, the “The World of Tomorrow,” held a special promise for Depression-era America.

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Remembering Harris Goldsmith

Thursday, April 03, 2014

We’ve learned that music critic and pianist Harris Goldsmith died earlier this month in a Manhattan hospital. He was 78.

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The Theremin

Thursday, April 03, 2014

More than 90 years ago, the music world was changed by a remarkable musical instrument that still seems new. WNYC's Sara Fishko tells us about an electronic marvel that has its own sound, and its own bizarre story. Here's the next Fishko Files...

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Whistle While You Work: Ennio Morricone

Thursday, March 20, 2014

A three day mini-film festival, “The Music of Morricone,” begins tonight at BAM.  The superstar film-composer Ennio Morricone is noted for mixing all kinds of sounds into his scores.

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Arnold Schoenberg

Thursday, March 13, 2014

The composer Arnold Schoenberg, father of the twelve tone system, scandalized the music world in 1913 Vienna -- and became the go-to music teacher for innumerable American composers after he moved to the US in 1934.  How can we understand his music?  WNYC’s Sara Fishko gives it a try in this Fishko Files.  

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Angela Hewitt

Thursday, March 06, 2014

Angela Hewitt will be in New York next week to give a master class in the performance of music by Bach.  As WNYC’s Sara Fishko tells us, Bach’s keyboard music has been especially appealing to pianists with a strong point of view.  Here is this Fishko Files…

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Wyler's Dodsworth

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Film director William Wyler had a soft spot for a good story.  The result, says WNYC’s Sara Fishko in this edition of Fishko Files, was a catalogue of films –many of them great-- that didn’t necessarily look like the work of a single “auteur.” 

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Cinerama

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Fishko Files on the rise and fall of the innovative wide-screen film format Cinerama, which, as WNYC's Sara Fishko tells us, delighted viewers and gave the post-WWII film business a much-needed jolt.

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Sid Caesar

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Sid Caesar, the comic genius behind some of the most memorable sketches ever created for TV, died Wednesday in Beverly Hills at age 91. WNYC’s Sara Fishko spoke to Caesar for this episode of Fishko Files in 2000.

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Henry Butler

Thursday, January 02, 2014

WNYC's Sara Fishko traveled to New Orleans to interview pianist Henry Butler in 2005.  Since then Butler has moved to Brooklyn, and his spectacular piano-playing will be featured this week at the Jazz Standard in Manhattan.   Here's a taste of Butler for this Fishko Files podcast.

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