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:
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.
Wednesday, December 17, 2014
The year 2014 saw plenty of highs and lows in classical music, as we hear from music critics Anne Midgette, David Patrick Stearns and Zachary Woolfe.
Thursday, December 11, 2014
There are still hoops to be jumped through, but it looks like, as Monty Python would say, New York City Opera is not dead yet.
Thursday, December 04, 2014
How many big-money awards are given because of altruism and how many are, to put it frankly, good marketing gimmicks? Hear what two observers of the awards business have to say.
Friday, November 21, 2014
With the recent announcement that Lincoln Center will release Avery Fisher Hall's naming rights, the question of brand recognition comes into sharper focus.
Friday, November 14, 2014
Do the best performances of Bach – or of any sacred work – come from musicians who identify with their spiritual message?
Tuesday, November 04, 2014
The pianist Dejan Lazic wants Google to remove a critical review from its search results. He explains why to the critic, Anne Midgette of the Washington Post.
Thursday, October 30, 2014
A recent incident in Florida caused quite a sensation on the Internet and raised questions including, what is the appropriate age for kids to start attending grown-up concerts?
Thursday, October 23, 2014
Conductor Vladimir Jurowski has strong feelings about his native Russia, whether parsing the political subtexts in Soviet repertoire or addressing modern-day civil liberties.
Thursday, October 16, 2014
The Ulster Orchestra played on through the 1970s and '80s, despite bomb threats. But can it survive 2014?
Wednesday, October 15, 2014
"Puppetry is just the essence of bringing something to life," says Basil Twist. "It's animating the inanimate."
Thursday, October 09, 2014
Protests in the concert hall are nothing new: think of the riot-inducing premiere of Stravinsky's 'The Rite of Spring' in 1913. Sometimes they can shed light on the music.
Saturday, October 04, 2014
Like many young sopranos, Amanda Majeski has been making her mark in the operas of Mozart. But unlike many, she's done so with a particular flair for the dramatic.
Wednesday, October 01, 2014
Classical music's soothing qualities are well known. But some argue that focusing on this feeds a misperception that the artform is benign and boring.
Thursday, September 25, 2014
As the lockout of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra musicians enters its third week, the two sides appear to be digging in for a long fight.
Thursday, September 11, 2014
It's no secret that social media can help classical musicians promote their work. But when artists cross certain boundaries, they can find their careers at risk.
Wednesday, August 27, 2014
The refined world of classical music is not usually linked to addiction. But a British TV documentary opens the door to a lesser-known side of the business.
Thursday, August 21, 2014
Memorization can liberate a performer, but it can also inhibit them, creating an unnecessary fear of forgetting the music.