Naomi Lewin

WQXR Host

Naomi Lewin appears in the following:

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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What’s So Special about Gilbert and Sullivan? Or We’ve Got a Little List...

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

With the first-ever Gilbert and Sullivan sing-along taking place at Symphony Space and Caramoor kicking off its summer season with H.M.S. Pinafore, Naomi Lewin and Midge Woolsey talk about the timeless charm of the dynamic operetta duo.

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What's Muti Got that Other Conductors Don't?

Monday, May 02, 2011

Editor's Note: On Tuesday Riccardo Muti won Spain's Asturias Arts Award.

Earlier this month, I heard two of the Chicago Symphony programs that Riccardo Muti conducted in Carnegie Hall – the concert performance of Verdi’s opera Otello, and the concert that included Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 5. Both were extraordinary examples of music-making, which left me wondering: Why is this conductor different from all other conductors? I put that question to a former cellist from the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, who happened to be sitting next to me at the first concert. His answer was, “Only one thousand and two hundred different ways, but it’s impossible to put into words.”

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Take Your Money and Run

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Naomi Lewin remembers being asked to sing "I Don't Know How to Love Him" from Jesus Christ Superstar at a wedding.

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Two Passover Macaroons

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Just in time for Passover, Naomi Lewin shares two of her favorite holiday recipes, both featuring the scrumptious macaroon.

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Wozzeck: Who Knew?

Friday, April 08, 2011

Who knew that Alban Berg's opera Wozzeck would be, hands down, the best all-around performance this year at the Met? (Fred Plotkin, maybe – he posted about it earlier this week on our blog WQX-Aria.)  But I was totally unprepared to be blown away – by the singing, acting, staging, orchestral colors… the total package. The evening began with cheers for James Levine’s appearance in the pit at the beginning of the opera, and ended with a standing ovation. A real one.

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Sorry or Grateful: Should Orchestras Play Show Tunes?

Tuesday, April 05, 2011

On the WQXR blog, Naomi Lewin is pleased with the trend of orchestras like the New York Philharmonic playing show tunes. "Some may call it crossover, but I call it great musicians giving a performance of great American music," she writes.

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Rescued from Obscurity, Part Deux

Friday, March 25, 2011

Last night, I had the extreme pleasure of seeing Gioachino Rossini’s opera Le Comte Ory. Hard to believe that it premiered in 1828, and this is the first time it’s being done at the Met.  Granted, there’s almost no plot, and what there is seems hopelessly politically incorrect. But then so are lots of opera plots, so how much does it matter when there's such delightful music involved?

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Orpheus Chamber Orchestra: Live from Carnegie Hall with Rudolf Buchbinder

Saturday, March 19, 2011

WQXR brings you a live broadcast of the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra from Carnegie Hall tonight at 8 pm. Pianist Rudolf Buchbinder joins the orchestra in the music of Mozart. 

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Rescued from Obscurity

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

The Naomi Lewin Theory of Obscure Music says that obscure music is usually obscure for a good reason. But every once in a while, a piece comes along that disproves the theory. What piece do you think is neglected?

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Why It Was Time for James Levine to Step Down

Thursday, March 03, 2011

When I heard that James Levine was resigning as music director of the Boston Symphony, I felt what many people probably did: relief that he might now be able to recuperate fully from the hard few years he’s had, medically.

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Aging Singers

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Naomi Lewin observes: "Through a combination of good genes and career choices, some singers, like Placido Domingo, are the Energizer Bunnies of their profession; others crash and burn far too young."

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150 Years of Yale Glee

Friday, February 11, 2011

The Yale Glee Club is celebrating its 150th anniversary this weekend. Alumna Naomi Lewin returned to her alma mater to speak to fellow glee club members and trace the history of the group, its camaraderie and choral arrangements over a diverse repertoire.

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Aguilera's 'Star-Mangled Banner'

Monday, February 07, 2011

Naomi Lewin writes: "With all the hoo-ha over Christina Aguilera's reinvented lyrics to the Star-Spangled Banner at the Super Bowl, I have to say that I have some sympathy for her. I can relate."

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You in Row F, Put Away That Cell Phone!

Monday, January 17, 2011

Naomi Lewin observes, "At a performance the other day, the guy across the aisle from me had his cell phone on and open, sending e-mail. During the performance." How the matter was resolved is another story.

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Snowbound

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Naomi Lewin considers which music she'd listen to on a snow day -- Mahler’s Fourth Symphony, maybe, or Brahms’s First. What about you? What’s your idea of perfect music for snow?

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Fly the Friendly Airwaves

Friday, December 17, 2010

Naomi Lewin observes: How cool is this? Instead of being bombarded by Muzak, passengers at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Airport (CVG) now tote that baggage and lift that laptop to the strains of Beethoven and Tchaikovsky.

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Live from Trinity Church: Handel's Messiah

Monday, December 13, 2010

Trinity Church has presented Handel's Messiah every holiday season since 1770. Tonight at 7:30 pm, WQXR presents a live broadcast of the oratorio featuring the Trinity Baroque Orchestra.

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A Memory of December 8, 1980

Wednesday, December 08, 2010

I have a very vivid memory from thirty years ago tonight.

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