Naomi Lewin

WQXR Host

Naomi Lewin appears in the following:

A Brief History of Italian Opera

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.

Music Written for Children

Saturday, May 19, 2012

A lot of classical music was written just for kids. Peter and the Wolf is just the beginning -- there are also pieces based on children's books, toys, games, and more.

Transcendent Voice: Memories of Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau

Friday, May 18, 2012

"Sometimes the anticipation of an event seeing someone perform can lead to disappointment. But not Fischer-Dieskau," writes Naomi Lewin.

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Exploring the Children’s Corner Suite

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Claude Debussy’s daughter Emma-Claude began taking piano lessons at the age of 3. Her proud father composed the Children's Corner as a present for her, even though it was much too hard for her to play at the time. Instead, it entertained her because it starred her favorite toys.

The Life and Music of Claude Debussy

Saturday, May 05, 2012

Claude Debussy loved to experiment with new sounds. That got him into trouble when he was a student at the Paris Conservatory, but it turned out to be a good thing when he grew up. Inspired by Impressionist poets and visual artists around him, Debussy created Impressionism in music. You can hear the beautiful results this week on Classics for Kids.

Classical Music Featuring Dances from European Countries

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Many composers used European dance forms in their work. Dvorak, Haydn, Chopin and Beethoven are just a few of the composers featured here.

Mostly Mozart Festival Music Director Louis Langrée Dons a New Chapeau

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Frenchman Louis Langrée, music director of the Mostly Mozart Festival, and a conductor at the Metropolitan Opera, is the new music director of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra.

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The Brahms Hungarian Dances

Saturday, April 21, 2012

When he was a young pianist, Johannes Brahms accompanied a Hungarian violinist, and fell in love with Hungarian music.  His own Hungarian-flavored dances were written to entertain his friends at parties.  Those friends convinced Brahms to publish his dances.  When the first set was a hit, Brahms wrote and published another set.

Johannes Brahms - About Johannes Brahms

Saturday, April 07, 2012

Brahms, Bach, and Beethoven are known as the "Three B’s" of classical music. Brahms always knew that he wanted to be a composer -- by the time he was six, he had thought up his own system for writing music down on a page.

After Fiscal Woes, Trinity Church Revives Lunchtime Series

Wednesday, March 07, 2012

Host Naomi Lewin reports on the return of Bach at One, the series from Trinity Wall Street that is back after a funding crisis put it on hiatus.

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Eric Owens's Top Five Operatic Entrances

Tuesday, February 07, 2012

We all know what they say about making a first impression. Eric Owens shares his list of the top five character entrances in opera and the music that accompanies them.

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Wild Night at Philharmonic After Phone Interruption

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Tuesday night's New York Philharmonic performance of the Mahler Ninth was stopped dead by an audience member's iPhone. Read Naomi Lewin's account and take our poll.
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Top Five Beethoven Variations on Someone Else's Theme

Friday, October 28, 2011

In Beethoven's day, variations on a popular tune -- especially one from a favorite opera or oratorio -- sold well to the burgeoning home music-making market.

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Top Five Beethoven Arrangements of Non-German Songs

Friday, October 28, 2011

When a Scottish publisher approached Beethoven about creating some genteel arrangements of folk songs -- from Scotland to Italy -- he accepted. The results are utterly charming.

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Montreal's New Concert Hall Leaps Into View

Thursday, September 08, 2011

When the Montreal Symphony opened its new concert hall to the public on Wednesday night, the festivities included acrobats from the Cirque Éloize. Host Naomi Lewin reports on the three-ring festivities from our neighbors to the north.

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Exclusive: City Opera's George Steel Rebuts Critics, Looks Forward

Thursday, July 14, 2011

The "people's opera" will have a reduced season next year, but George Steel, its general manager, hopes it's not for long.

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Stephen Collins Foster: America's Bard

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Get your Foster fix in our one-hour special devoted to the American songsmith on July 4 at 6 pm. Included are many of his classic songs, including Oh, Susannah, Beautiful Dreamer and Old Folks at Home.

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A Little Liszt, Some Rach and a Chorus of MTA Buses

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

For the second year in a row, WQXR jumped into the June 21st "Make Music New York" festival with both feet. Actually, with many more feet than that -- Jeff Spurgeon and I both sang, accompanied by Jing Li, who's a member of the WQXR music team, and we brought along an audio/video crew of three to capture it for you to enjoy on our Web site.

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The Great(?) Outdoors

Tuesday, June 07, 2011

I've sung plenty of outdoor gigs (including WQXR's appearance last summer at the "Play Me I'm Yours" piano near Columbus Circle, where the video producer was kind enough to cut away at the point when I nearly tripped over a tree root in mid "Amour!"). Outdoor performances proliferate in summer -- and so do the hazards that come with them.

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James Levine Gets The PBS Treatment

Monday, June 06, 2011

Last week, PBS aired a program in its American Masters series called James Levine: America's Maestro. The show included great footage showing how James Levine gets the results he does from his musicians, and interesting insights from some of the people who work with him. If you missed it, you can watch it online, through June 16.

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