Naomi Lewin is the weekday afternoon host on WQXR, and host of the weekly podcast Conducting Business. Before arriving at WQXR, Lewin was the midday host at WGUC, Cincinnati’s classical public radio station. In Cincinnati, she began writing and hosting the award-winning, weekly program Classics for Kids, which now airs on radio stations across the country. Lewin has produced feature stories and full-length music programs for national broadcast, as well as intermission features for Metropolitan Opera broadcasts. She has also served as an essayist for NPR’s Weekend Edition Sunday.
Given her previous lifetime as a singer and actress, Lewin continues to appear onstage. As a narrator, she has performed Peter and the Wolf, Carnival of the Animals, King David, William Walton's Façade, Eric McIntyre’s A Visit from the White Rabbit and Four Seasons of Italian Futurist Cuisine by Aaron Jay Kernis. She has given talks on operas from Aida to Zauberflöte, and has also written and performed her own opera introduction for children.
Lewin was born in Princeton, New Jersey.
Naomi Lewin appears in the following:
Monday, May 18, 2015
Former Lincoln Center president Reynold Levy is blunt about some of New York's most powerful arts leaders in a new book. He tells us why.
Wednesday, May 06, 2015
It's hard to talk about Tchaikovsky, who was born 175 years ago last Thursday, without getting into, well, sex.
Friday, May 01, 2015
Young musicians are still conforming to traditional gender stereotypes in their choice of instrument, according to a number of studies.
Wednesday, April 22, 2015
"If everyone does Beethoven's Ninth or everyone does "Swan Lake," a) we get very dull, and b) there are many versions of Beethoven's Ninth that you can get online."
Wednesday, April 15, 2015
Chicago Tribune chief theater critic Chris Jones says that nothing lights up his e-mail inbox like an opera company staging a Broadway musical using full amplification.
Thursday, April 09, 2015
Orchestras and arts organizations find themselves walking a fine line with protecting their brand when they hire an artist with controversial views.
Wednesday, April 08, 2015
Toronto Symphony president Jeff Melanson tells WQXR's Conducting Business that Valentina Lisitsa's politics had nothing to do with the orchestra's decision to drop her.
Friday, April 03, 2015
If you're a music fan of a certain age you’ll remember your first Walkman: likely a cassette player with a belt clip and possibly a built-in radio.
Friday, March 27, 2015
Frank Lewin composed orchestral works, opera and over 150 scores for film and television. His daughter, Naomi Lewin, remembers his greatest work.
Thursday, March 26, 2015
Virtual reality technology is being used to try and help musicians prepare for the cutthroat classical music world.
Wednesday, March 18, 2015
Classical music would sound rather different today if composers from Palestrina to Bach, Stravinsky to John Williams didn't borrow or steal melodies.
Wednesday, March 11, 2015
Without a shop where one can browse and get advice on sheet music, what online options are there for the classical musician? Two digital converts give their views.
Wednesday, March 04, 2015
Factors to consider include taste in repertoire, age, nationality, race, gender, fundraising skills -- and of course, musicianship.
Thursday, February 26, 2015
In the last week, two top violinists got a visit by the Repo Man. Find out what two industry watchers think is behind this.
Friday, February 13, 2015
RadioShack was once the place to get speaker wire, headphones, adapters, or even a Realistic-brand stereo system. But how times have changed.
Friday, February 06, 2015
Just over four percent of their musicians are African-American and Latino and when it comes to orchestra boards and CEOs, the numbers are even starker: only one percent.
Friday, January 30, 2015
Improvisation is a nearly obsolete art in classical music. But virtuosos used to improvise all the time. This week's episode features two guests who believe it should be kept alive.
Thursday, January 22, 2015
Some 31 million American adults said they wanted to go to an arts event in the past year but chose not to. The NEA has published a study exploring a few reasons why.
Wednesday, January 14, 2015
Usually, a polite discourse pervades arts journalism, but two cases underscore the tricky relationship between classical music organizations and the media that covers them.
Thursday, January 08, 2015
New York's Department of Cultural Affairs is embarking on the first comprehensive effort to measure racial and ethnic diversity at the city's museums, venues and performance groups.