Naomi Lewin

WQXR Host

Naomi Lewin appears in the following:

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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Norman Lebrecht on Mahler's Songs

Friday, December 03, 2010

Gustav Mahler's bittersweet songs are getting renewed attention this year. To get some insight on this, Naomi Lewin talks with Norman Lebrecht, author of the new book, Why Mahler?

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Leif Ove Andsnes 'Rachs' Out

Thursday, December 02, 2010

When it comes to classical piano concertos, nearly everyone agrees which is the hardest to play: Rachmaninoff's Third. Pianist Leif Ove Andsnes talks with Naomi Lewin about tackling this work.

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Christmas, Christmas Time is Near

Monday, November 29, 2010

Naomi Lewin asks: What does a nice Jewish girl know about Christmas music? After decades as a choral singer, church soloist, and radio host, the answer is, "Plenty!"

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Name That Tune

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Everyone has had the experience of singing or humming a tune that’s been driving you crazy, trying to identify it. A music discovery Web site offers some help.

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An Ill Wind Nobody Blows Good

Monday, November 01, 2010

"No one seems exactly sure who turned that phrase about the oboe, but it does seem to have happened long before my assault on the instrument," says our Naomi Lewin.

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Opening Night at the Met

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

For WQXR's Naomi Lewin, the biggest stars of the Met's opening-night gala were James Levine and the Met Orchestra. If you attended, give us your review.

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James Jorden on the New Opera Season

Monday, September 27, 2010

The Metropolitan Opera season opens tonight with Das Rheingold, the first opera in Wagner's epic Ring cycle. My guest today is James Jorden, who is most famous - or should I say infamous - for his alter ego La Cieca on the e-zine Parterre.com. He also writes about opera for the New York Post.

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In Memoriam Erich Kunzel

Wednesday, September 01, 2010

Erich Kunzel, long-time conductor of the Cincinnati Pops, died a year ago, at the age of 74. Kunzel wasn’t just Cincinnati’s conductor -- for nearly two decades, he led the National Symphony Orchestra in A Capitol Fourth and Memorial Day concerts on the lawn of the Capitol Building that were broadcast around the country on PBS.

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