Naomi Lewin is the weekday afternoon host on WQXR, and the host of WQXR’s bi-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:
Thursday, March 06, 2014
According to an audit by the New York State Comptroller, many city schoolkids do not receive the required amount of hours of instruction or are taught by non-certified teachers.
Wednesday, March 05, 2014
Nearly two years after a preservation battle began for Charles Ives's former Connecticut home, the new owners are speaking about it for the first time.
Thursday, February 27, 2014
While the Vienna Philharmonic has confronted its Nazi-era activities, questions remain about its lack of present-day diversity.
Thursday, February 13, 2014
The fallout continues from the scandal involving Mamoru Samuragochi, who admitted that he’d faked his own deafness and paid someone else to write his music for nearly two decades.
Wednesday, February 05, 2014
Details have emerged about the musical lineup in the Winter Olympics opening ceremony. Russian music historian Simon Morrison gives us some context.
Thursday, January 30, 2014
Sunday’s Super Bowl will feature 55 commercials and chances are, some of them will feature a symphony or an opera aria embedded in the soundtrack. Here's a look at how the process works.
Thursday, January 23, 2014
So, what comes next for the Minnesota Orchestra in the wake of the contract agreement that ended the bitter 15-month lockout and returns the musicians to Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis on Feb. 7?
Thursday, January 16, 2014
While CD sales declined in 2013, vinyl sales moved in the opposite direction: up 32 percent from 2012. In this podcast, a debate over the significance of the format's ongoing comeback.
Sunday, December 22, 2013
Three top music critics review the year 2013 in music: Anne Midgette of the Washington Post, Justin Davidson of New York Magazine and Heidi Waleson, from the Wall Street Journal.
Thursday, November 21, 2013
One day after a judge revoked his bail, opera-loving philanthropist Alberto Vilar returned to prison to continue serving a sentence for multimillion-dollar fraud.
Sunday, October 13, 2013
Gary Graffman jokes that the most-famous, best-selling album of his career barely acknowledges his participation on its cover.
Wednesday, June 05, 2013
Some believe naming rights are a necessary part of philanthropy. Others argue that giving should be a selfless, anonymous act. In this podcast, a look at what's driving the trend.
Monday, May 20, 2013
After two years on the disabled list, conductor James Levine made his comeback Sunday with the Met Orchestra. Naomi Lewin reports.
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Mark-Anthony Turnage’s opera about the former Playboy playmate and tabloid fixture will open the 2013-2014 City Opera season in September.
Thursday, November 01, 2012
After cancelling performances for two days, the Met returned Wednesday with – ironically – a scheduled performance of The Tempest, an opera based on Shakespeare by Thomas Adès.
Sunday, September 16, 2012
Tonight at 11 pm: As Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur are upon us, it's time to consider some of the great music associated with the Jewish holidays.
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
WQXR Host Naomi Lewin shares her impressions from Marvin Hamlisch's funeral.
Saturday, June 23, 2012
If the story of the Broadway musical Rent sounds familiar, that’s because Jonathan Larson, the composer of the musical Rent, used the same plot for this musical as Puccini did for La Boheme. Other composers also used classical music when they wrote their Broadway hits. Kismet is adapted from compositions by Russian composer Alexander Borodin and The Song of Norway uses tunes by Edvard Grieg to tell the story of Grieg's life.
Saturday, June 16, 2012
La Boheme is a famous opera, but Puccini wasn’t the only composer inspired by Bohemia. This week on Classics for Kids, you can hear Bohemian music written by a lot of other composers.
Saturday, June 09, 2012
The Italian people have always had a love affair with opera, which has been a part of their life for more than 400 years. This week on Classics for Kids, take a trip through the history of Italian opera.