Robert Sherman

Robert Sherman

The WQXR Great Artists Series (no longer airing) contains dozens of fascinating interviews leaders of their fields in music and the performing arts. Robert Sherman speaks with guests including George Balanchine, Samuel Barber, Ray Bolger, Dave Brubeck, Betty Comden, Alicia De Larroccha, Benny Goodman, Alfred Hitchcock, Robert Joffrey, Erich Leinsdorf, Zubin Mehta, Ned Rorem, Mstislav Rostropovich and Michael Tilson Thomas, to name a few. Included as well are musical segments directly related to the interviews.

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

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Robert Joffrey

Sunday, March 10, 1985

Robert Joffrey about the dance company he started.


Zara Nelsova

Sunday, March 03, 1985

Cellist Zara Nelsova on her inspirations and repertoire.


Mstistlav Rostropovich

Sunday, February 24, 1985

Mstislav Rostropovich on his upcoming tenth anniversary of his debut as a conductor in the United States.


James Levine

Sunday, October 28, 1984

Bob Sherman talks to conductor James Levine about chamber music.


Julius Rudel

Sunday, October 21, 1984

Rudel on his former career as music director and current role conducting opera and symphony.


Erich Leinsdorf

Sunday, April 29, 1984

Leinsdorf: a master of the miniature pieces as well as the great, massive works.


Carlisle and Irving -- Comden

Sunday, February 12, 1984

Kitty Carlisle Hart and George S. Irving talk about their show On Your Toes. Betty Comden talks about being an actress and the play Isn't It Romantic.


Brubeck and Westenburg

Sunday, January 15, 1984

Dave Brubeck and Richard Westenburg about their collaboration.


Leonard Slatkin

Sunday, December 11, 1983

Bob Sherman talks to conductor Leonard Slatkin who is the music director of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra and guest conductor of the New York Philharmonic.


Dame Janet Baker

Sunday, June 12, 1983

Bob Sherman repeats an episode of The Listening Room with his interview with Dame Janet Baker, in which they discuss her book, Full Circle.


Franco Zeffirelli

Sunday, May 15, 1983

Franco Zeffirelli about the production of La Boheme at the Met and the film edition of La Traviata.



Sunday, November 28, 1982

A reprise of some favorites.


Met Marathon Encores

Sunday, November 28, 1982

As a follow up to the Metropolitan Opera Marathon on the previous day, Bob Sherman plays us a series of interviews he conducted which did not get aired in the New York area. We hear conversations with James Levine, Sherrill Milnes, Renata Scotto, and Luciano Pavarotti.

WNYC archives id: 70032


Irving Caesar

Sunday, July 11, 1982

Recordings of his songs recorded by others and a few sung by Caesar himself. Among these songs are safety songs and health songs for children.


Virgil Thomson

Sunday, July 04, 1982

Composer and music critic Virgil Thomson doesn't disappoint.


Joffrey & Arpino

Sunday, September 27, 1981

Bob Sherman talks to Robert Joffrey and Gerald Arpino of the Joffrey Company on the anniversary of the dance troupe.

WNYC archives id: 70029


Sir John Gielgud

Sunday, August 16, 1981

Bob Sherman repeats the broadcast of his interview with actor Sir John Gielgud, in which we also hear readings by the actor and corresponding pieces of music.


Daniel Barenboim

Sunday, May 10, 1981

Barenboim on being a solo pianist and a conductor.


Jan De Gaetani

Sunday, January 11, 1981

Jan De Gaetani talks about her technique and her career as a singer and teacher.


Natalia Makarova

Sunday, October 05, 1980

A reprise of a 1977 interview with the renown dancer.