Sara Fishko

Sara Fishko appears in the following:

Dear Diary

Saturday, September 03, 2005

We live in an age of blogs, confessional TV, and an overload of information about the private lives of celebrities. But literary self-exposure is still respectable, and more people than ever are writing old-school journals. Sara Fishko has been thumbing through a lot of diaries lately and finds there's a ...


The Untidy and Irresistible History of Jazz

Saturday, August 20, 2005

The Oxford Companion to Jazz is a hefty tome of over 800 pages with articles by 59 different jazz specialists, and it’s just become available in paperback. Sara Fishko found that wandering through its pages took her through as many delightful surprises as a great jazz solo. ...


1 Tree, 4 Axes

Saturday, August 06, 2005

The harmonies of a string quartet come from the score and the players of course, but also from the instruments themselves. Sara Fishko talked to the Miro Quartet, whose members are experimenting with the sounds that can be created from one old maple tree.


Irén Marik

Saturday, June 18, 2005

Back in the 1970s, on a routine visit to a record store in New York City, Allan Evans bought an LP recorded by a Hungarian pianist whose name meant nothing to him. But the moment he heard the music, he felt like he'd discovered a "musical Tutankhamen." Sara Fishko tells ...


Angels in America

Saturday, May 14, 2005

Tony Kushner's Angels in America was a sprawling, epic 2-part play that burst onto the Broadway stage in 1993. Kushner, along with his director George C. Wolfe and a stellar cast, crafted a monumental response to the 1980's. The play created a world populated by ghosts, angels, ...


The Pianist

Saturday, April 02, 2005

Sviatoslav Richter, considered one of the greatest pianists of the 20th Century, would have celebrated his 90th birthday last month. In a field full of eccentrics, Richter was still regarded as particularly unpredictable and moody — and one of the most enthralling performers who has set foot on a stage. ...


How Art Works: Dancing Feet

Saturday, March 19, 2005

Back in the day, there was one thing every entertainer had to know how to do: tap dance. Sara Fishko explains how a generation of dancers learned how to speak with their feet.


How Art Works: Bach Chaconne

Saturday, February 26, 2005

If there’s one piece in the cannon of classical music that would win an award for Most Transcribed, Most Beloved and Most Mysterious, Bach’s Chaconne would be a shoo-in. Sara Fishko explains how so many musicians have spun so much music out of this one piece.


How Art Works: Scatting

Saturday, February 05, 2005

Beeee-de-be-de-be-pode-e-ba-da-bah. No one’s sure exactly how scatting — the art of singing improvised gibberish — began. But as Sarah Fishko reports, this purely American musical device took on a life of its own as each of the great jazz vocalists took a shot at singing free-for-all.


Concert Halls

Saturday, November 13, 2004

How do you bring music lovers back to live concerts when they have a multitude of technological choices available to them in the 21st century? One solution is to turn concert halls into architectural wonders that demand to be experienced. Sara Fishko reports on the new Frederick P. Rose ...


100 Musicians, 1 Philharmonic

Saturday, October 23, 2004

It is a cliché to say that an orchestra is an example of the “whole being greater than the sum of its parts.” And it would be only a cliché, if it weren’t so true. Each of 100 or so instruments plays a part that may sound obscure or just ...


An Hour With Dave Brubeck

Friday, June 25, 2004

Brubeck discusses his childhood, musical influences (from jazz pianist Art Tatum to classical composer Darius Milhaud) and development. 

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100 musicians, 1 Philharmonic

Saturday, May 29, 2004

It is a cliché to say that an orchestra is an example of the “whole being greater than the sum of its parts.” And it would be only a cliché, if it weren’t so true. Each of 100 or so instruments plays a part that may sound obscure or just ...


Now Playing: Candide

Saturday, May 01, 2004

In 1956 Leonard Bernstein and Lillian Hellman staged a musical out of Voltaire’s Candide — the satiric French novel from 1759 that made a laughingstock of optimism. The Bernstein/Hellman musical was one of the most esteemed failures in American theatre. Over the years, Candide has been revived many times. The ...


Ziegfeld Girl

Saturday, April 10, 2004

Doris Eaton is over 100 years old and she's about to have her Broadway comeback. Eaton will perform in New York next week for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS on the same stage where she made her debut 80-odd years ago as a Ziegfeld Follies dancer. Sara Fishko talked to ...


Dave Brubeck

Saturday, April 03, 2004

Jazz legend Dave Brubeck and his wife Lola are being honored this week by the University of the Pacific for their lifelong commitment to social justice. Brubeck established himself early on with the jazz mega-hit, "Take 5." He's gone on to write many other kinds of music since, including ...


Cultural Exchange

Saturday, February 07, 2004

For a moment during the Cold War — in the decade between Josef Stalin's death until the Cuban Missile Crisis — something called "Cultural Exchange" formed a warm glow in US-Soviet relations. It started with one pianist in 1955, named Emil Gilels, and led to a sudden mutual discovery of ...


Now Playing: Walt Disney Concert Hall

Saturday, November 15, 2003

Frank Gehry's new orchestra hall in Los Angeles is more than a showpiece for a celebrated architect. It's also a grand musical space for the pop culture capital of the world. Sarah Fishko looks at how the long-awaited Disney Hall puts modern forms in the service of classical sounds.


What Can I Say?

Thursday, September 25, 2003

"You want to send a message? Call Western Union," said Sam Goldwyn.

Right now, as "loyalty" and "treason" are being redefined by world events, so are cultural expressions of patriotism and dissent. From "message" pictures in the old Hollywood, to morale-building songs, to satirists' comic visions, politics and mass ...


Memory and Music

Saturday, September 06, 2003

In classical music, the music can give us the grandeur and gravity we crave, and the words can bring it down to earth, closer to the specifics of what we're trying to recall. Sara Fishko looks at memory, music and the art of capturing a profound moment in time.