WQXR at 50 An Anniversary Album : About

This special series aired from April 13 to October 5, 1986

In 1986, Robert Sherman was tasked with a great undertaking: to cull through the station's tapes, cassettes, lacquer discs and assorted ephemera and create a 26-episode series encapsulating the 50 year history of WQXR. 

Through an assemblage of clips, stories, interviews, oral histories, and -- above all -- music, Sherman created hour-long programs called "WQXR at 50, an Anniversary Album". The programs include some of the earliest historical moments in the collection, including a 1937 excerpt from talks by John Vincent Lawless Hogan, a co-founder of WQXR. In a New York Times article from July 8th, 1986, Sherman spoke enthusiastically about the special anniversary program.  

"We have an interview with Sir Thomas Beechman on 'Happiness in Music.' We have William Schuman honoring Serge Koussevitzky on the day the noted conductor died. We have a very funny and typical program with Alec Templeton, the blind pianist and humorist. Martyn Green speaks of his days with the D'Oyly Carte company. Abram Chasins interviews Fritz Kreisler on Kreisler's 80th birthday and reads tributes to the great violinist from such colleagues as Mischa Elman, Joseph Szigete, Isaac Stern and Jascha Heifetz. Alicia Markova talks about Giselle, Stravinsky about Orpheus." 

Funded (in part) by a grant from the GRAMMY Foundation®

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  • Robert Sherman - WQXR Host

    Juilliard professor, music critic and columnist for The New York Times, New York City native and concert host Robert Sherman spans classical and folk music as host of The McGraw-Hill Companies Young Artists Showcase on WQXR and Woody's Children on WFUV.