Naomi Lewin appears in the following:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Wednesday, January 11, 2012
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”