Robert Sherman, award-winning broadcaster and writer, recently celebrated his 56th anniversary with WQXR. Formerly Program Director and later Senior Consultant, he continues to produce and host The McGraw-Hill Companies' Young Artists Showcase -- now in its 34th year on the station -- and since their inception, has hosted the Lincoln Center presentations of the annual the Avery Fisher Career Grants. His popular and award-winning folk series Woody's Children, which began on WQXR is 1969, is now heard on WFUV.
For more than forty years, Bob was a music critic and columnist for The New York Times and for nearly twenty served on the faculty of The Juilliard School. A concert narrator with such esteemed ensembles as Canadian Brass, the United States Military Academy (West Point) Band and the Greenwich Symphony, he sits on the Advisory boards of many cultural organizations, also serving them variously as competition judge, pre-concert lecturer, panel moderator and fundraising emcee.
Co-author of The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Classical Music and two best-selling books with Victor Borge, he also joined with his brother, Alexander Sherman, to compile a pictorial history of their celebrated mother, pianist Nadia Reisenberg.
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Wednesday, September 15, 2010
On tonight's McGraw-Hill Companies Young Artists Showcase, a preview of some of the rising stars that we'll be featuring during the fall season.
Sunday, October 05, 1986
Final program in the WQXR 50th Anniversary album. Host Bob Sherman dedicates the entire series to past WQXR president, Walter Neiman.
Sherman plays a rare snippet about the "speed gadget" from Alec Templeton's April Fool's Show in the 1940s, followed by announcer Lloyd Moss telling a story ...
Sunday, September 28, 1986
Host Bob Sherman dedicates this program to pianist Vladimir Horowitz and replays his first ever live broadcast from Carnegie Hall in 1951. The recording features just the second half of the performance. In addition to the performance, WQXR program director Abram Chasins recounts his experience with the broadcast.
Sunday, September 07, 1986
In this edition of the 50th anniversary of WQXR, Robert Sherman interviews WQXR host George Jellinek who discusses his tenure at the station where he began the well-known program, The Vocal Scene. Sherman plays an excerpt from Music in Review as well as an interview with De los Angeles. At ...
Sunday, August 31, 1986
This episode of the 50th Anniversary show features the music of Fritz Kreisler and Jascha Heifetz. Host Bob Sherman plays excerpts from past tribute programs for both Kreisler and Heifetz.
The Kreisler 80th birthday tribute includes best wishes from Mischa Elman, Yehudi Menuhin, Nathan Milstein, Erica Molreni, ...
Sunday, August 17, 1986
Abram Chasins' 83rd birthday tribute. Host Bob Sherman intersperses an interview with Chasins with one of his compositions, Three Chinese Pieces (1926).
At the end of the interview, Chasins talks about his book, The Van Cliburn Legend (1959). Sherman plays an excerpt from an interview with Cliburn ...
Sunday, August 03, 1986
Host Bob Sherman plays clips from WQXR in the 1940s. The Randolph Singers perform and we hear the voice of Irving Deacon, the station's first ballet show host. Deacon's April 25, 1940 show was first ever broadcast of the ballet Giselle.
WNYC archives id: 66297
Sunday, July 27, 1986
Host Bob Sherman plays clips from WQXR's Mailbag over the years. The earliest clip is from 1937. Clips include:
1. A reader recounts his experience listening to Beethoven's Eroica (3rd Symphony) on WQXR while in the Navy.
2. WQXR founder John Hogan testing music and voice ...
Sunday, July 20, 1986
Bob Sherman interviews Martin Bookspan about Conductor Serge Koussevitzky. Various performances conducted by Koussevitsky are highlighted.
Bookspan was music director and program director at WQXR from 1956-1967.
WNYC archives id: 66295
Sunday, July 13, 1986
Bob Sherman says "happy birthday" to his mother, pianist Nadia Reisenberg, by playing an assortment of her past performances.
WNYC archives id: 66294
Sunday, July 06, 1986
Once again, host Bob Sherman brings us back to July 13, 1962, the day WQXR host Commander Edward Whitehead interviewed singer and actor Martyn Green. This is part 2 of 2 of the interview.
The two discuss Green's career and play music both featuring Green and others: ...
Sunday, June 22, 1986
Host Bob Sherman remembers Igor Stravinsky. Sherman plays an interview with conductor Pierre Monteux reminiscing about Stravinsky from April 5, 1955.
A highlight is Stravinsky himself on WQXR in 1949 talking about his ballet Orpheus, with performances by the Chicago Symphony.
WNYC archives id: 66291
Sunday, June 08, 1986
Robert Sherman provides a somewhat revisionist view of musical history though the ages using the WQXR theme. Beginning with the cave men, to Gregorian Chant, to harmony through Organim, plain chant and organim, polifany, syncopation, renaissance influence, Elizabethan madrigals, romanticism, art song, opera, operetta, modernism, unexpected syncopations, piano blues and ...
Sunday, June 08, 1986
Sunday, June 01, 1986
Host Bob Sherman interviews Elliott Sanger, one of the founders of WQXR, from May 1973. This is part 2 of the interview.
Jascha Zayde, Al Simon, and Eleanor Sanger join Elliott Sanger on the occasion of his book "Rebel in Radio".
Sunday, April 20, 1986
This show is dedicated to the memory of WQXR host Jacques Fray. Host Bob Sherman plays excerpts from Fray's show, including his first demo tape from August 21, 1947. Sherman also plays an April Fool's Day program from 1949, hosted by Alec Templeton. Templeton plays and sings a send-up about ...
Sunday, April 13, 1986
For this first episode of WQXR at 50, host Bob Sherman creates an audio montage of music and reminiscences from some of the station's founders. The program Includes interviews with Elliot and Eleanor Sanger as well as former Music Director Abram Chasins.
The show starts with a ...
Sunday, March 10, 1985
Bob Sherman talks to Robert Joffrey about the dance company he started. They talk about upcoming performances, including Jamboree by Gerald Arpino which was commissioned by the City of San Antonio and Hexameron by Philip Jerry. We hear excerpts of Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet and Philip Jerry's Hexameron.
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Sunday, March 03, 1985
Bob Sherman talks to cellist Zara Nelsova who talks about her inspirations and her repertoire. She is also a visiting artist-in-residence at the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music. We hear recordings from Don Quixote and Dvorak's Rondo in G minor.
WNYC archives id: 70147
Sunday, February 24, 1985
Bob Sherman talks to conductor Mstislav Rostropovich about his upcoming tenth anniversary of his debut as a conductor in the United States and hear several of his recordings with the National Symphony of which he has been the music director for eight seasons. He introduces this episode with a recording ...