Elliott Forrest


Elliott Forrest appears in the following:

A Classical Crack-Up

Monday, September 19, 2011

Classical music has been described as stuffy, elitist... and positively hilarious. From P.D.Q. Bach to Jack Benny to Bugs Bunny, we take a look at classical music's lighter side. Plus, a sneak preview of the WQXR Classical Comedy Contest with WQXR host Elliott Forrest.

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Fixing, Fonts, Healing, Home Repair

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Elliott Forrest fills in for Leonard Lopate. He'll speak with a Liberian woman about her activism and her efforts to broker peace in her war-torn country by mobilizing Muslim and Christian women. Then, we'll take a look at the history of fonts—from Gutenberg’s favorites to the much maligned Comic Sans. Lucia Greenhouse discusses her journey away from Christian Science. Plus, Al and Larry Ubell take your calls on home repair!

Behind the Scenes

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Elliott Forrest fills in for Leonard Lopate. Washington Post reporter Dana Priest discusses the ever-expanding top-secret world that the U.S. government created after 9/11. Calvin Trillin talks about his latest collection of writing. Tahmima Anam discusses her latest novel, The Good Muslim, about the rise of Islamic radicalism in Bangladesh. And Michael Moore talks about his autobiographical book, Here Comes Trouble.

Escape Route

Monday, September 12, 2011

Join guest host Elliott Forrest on today’s show: He’ll speak with musicians Laurie Anderson, Dar Williams, and Joan Osborne about how they wrestled with whether to leave New York City after 9/11. Also, a look at upstate farms struggling in the wake of Hurricane Irene.Then, Julie Salamon on Wendy and the Lost Boys, her revealing biography of the very private Wendy Wasserstein. Plus, Albert Brooks and director Nick Refn on their new movie "Drive"!

Coming Together

Friday, August 05, 2011

A new CD collection called “Come Together” compiles Beatles covers that were recorded by African-American artists. We'll discuss how black musicians shaped – and were shaped by – the Fab Four. Guests include the author of the disc’s liner notes, Tony Rounce, and music journalist Nelson George.

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In Studio: Trio con Brio Copenhagen

Friday, August 05, 2011

Trio con Brio Copenhagen likes to say that two plus two equals three. That’s because the group is made up of two pairs – sisters Soo-Jin and Soo-Kyung Hong… and married couple Jens Elvekjaer and Soo-Kyung Hong. While you’re doing the math, the award-winning piano trio will play live in our studio.


Your Comments: Boogie Nights and Belching Bassoons

Friday, August 05, 2011

Soundcheck guest host Elliott Forrest shares some of our listeners' comments and suggestions from our segments on New York's roller disco scene and the "clown of the orchestra," otherwise known as the bassoon.


The Beatles and Black America

Friday, August 05, 2011

The early sound of the Beatles was shaped by African American musicians like Chuck Berry and Little Richard. Today, guest host Elliott Forrest looks at how The Fab Four influenced - and were influenced by - the music of black America. Plus: The piano trio Trio con Brio Copenhagen plays live in the studio.


Latin Jazz vs. The Grammys

Thursday, August 04, 2011

Back in April, the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences – the group behind the Grammys – announced the elimination of 31 of its award categories. Latin jazz happened to be one of them, and the genre’s musicians aren’t just singing the blues about it. Ben Sisario of the New York Times fills us in on the four musicians who are taking the Academy to court.

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The Bassoon: A Cultural History

Thursday, August 04, 2011

It’s an instrument that’s been typecast by pet-food commercials, the movie The Princess Bride, and even composer Joseph Haydn. We learn about the cultural history of the clown of the orchestra, otherwise known as the bassoon, with writer (and bassoonist) Eileen Reynolds and Monica Ellis, bassoonist with the quintet Imani Winds.

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In Studio: Alana Amram

Thursday, August 04, 2011

Musician and self-professed record geek Alana Amram fell in love with the work of Vince Martin, an influential but underappreciated singer songwriter of the 1950s and ‘60s folk world. The resulting album, “Snow Shadows,” contains Amram’s interpretations of Martin’s hallmark recordings and a few unreleased tracks. Alana Amram joins us in studio for a live performance.

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The Belching Bedpost

Thursday, August 04, 2011

Today, guest host Elliott Forrest explores the cultural history of the clown of the orchestra, otherwise known as the bassoon. Plus: the musician Alana Amram joins us to shed light on an underappreciated singer-songwriter of the 1950s and ‘60s, Vince Martin. And, she performs live.

Roller Boogie

Wednesday, August 03, 2011

In the late 1970s, disco strapped on a pair of wheels. Today, guest host Elliott Forrest explores the hand-in-hand history of roller skating and music. Plus: a Vanished Venue tour of the birthplace of roller disco... the Empire Roller Skating Center in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. And: A live performance from rock roots musician JD McPherson.

The Greene Space

Setting the Stage: the RSC in The Greene Space – Stand up for Shakespeare

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

7:00 PM

Stand Up For Shakespeare is a conversation about Shakespeare and education with Michael LoMonicoMichael FentimanDavid RubinJacqui O’HanlonRussell GranetNoelle Gentile and three of her students, moderated by WQXR's Elliott Forrest.

The Greene Space

Bernard Herrmann: 100th Birthday Celebration

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

7:00 PM

Join conductor John Mauceri, writer Dorothy Herrmann, director Josh Waletzky, composer Rob Schwimmer, and film composer Michael Giacchino for a celebration of composer Bernard Herrmann, best known for scoring Psycho, Citizen Kane and Taxi Driver.

Wedding Music Remixed

Friday, June 03, 2011

It’s June – so it must be wedding season! Today: Guest host Elliott Forrest asks a DJ and an event planner to break down the do’s and don’ts of a wedding playlist – from the first dance…to dessert. And: jazz-guitarist Bill Frisell and Brazilian singer-songwriter Vinicius Cantuária perform live in the studio.

Listening to the Royal Wedding Music

Friday, April 29, 2011

WQXR's Elliott Forrest talks with Kerry Nolan about the music played at this morning's Royal wedding.

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Musicians of the Titanic

Thursday, April 14, 2011

99 years ago today the massive steamship Titanic hit an iceberg…leading to one of history’s most infamous disasters at sea. Today: Guest host Elliott Forrest of WQXR discusses the story of the musicians who played on while the ship went down. 

The Little Sparrow That Could

Tuesday, April 05, 2011

From Parisian street corners to the stage at Carnegie Hall, “the little sparrow” flew far from her humble beginnings. Today: Guest host Elliott Forrest discusses the colorful life and legacy of French singer Edith Piaf with the author of a new biography. Plus: The composer and lyricist behind hit musicials Wicked and Godspell, Stephen Schwartz, joins us to preview his first opera with a live performance. 


Two Broadway Shows: Which One is More Offensive?

Saturday, April 02, 2011

This last Wednesday I attended The Book Of Mormon, the new Broadway musical from the team who created South Park. Then on Thursday I saw the current revival of the classic musical How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying staring Daniel Radcliffe, of Harry Potter fame. Just for fun I’d like to compare the two and make the case that How To Succeed is the more offensive of the two.

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