Thursday, August 14, 2014
Composer Alex North was best known for his sharp and observant film scores, including the iconic music for "Streetcar Named Desire" --but his music always spoke for itself. In this archival edition of Fishko Files, WNYC's Sara Fishko provides details on the work of one of Hollywood's most modest citizens (March 2012).
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.
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...
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.
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.
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…
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.
Thursday, December 26, 2013
What's more powerful than coming across an old handwritten letter? As a dramatic device, it’s been fueling plots and theatrical twists since time immemorial. Sara Fishko considers the letter's inspiring role in dramas from opera to pop culture.
Thursday, October 24, 2013
This Saturday night, assembled former students and protégés of the late, great Andres Segovia will gather for a tribute to the master. As WNYC’s Sara Fishko tells us in this edition of Fishko Files, Segovia was a major force in the artistic life of the guitar.