This final McGraw-Hill Companies Young Artists Showcase of 2011 celebrates WQXR’s 75th anniversary by featuring some former artists: Alec Templeton, Leopold Stokowski and a special April Fools’ Day visit with Abram Chasins and actor Sir Peter Ustinov, who also plays the part of such "international colleagues" as unknown new music expert Herr Professor Dr. Doctor Hoempler Ziegler, and the obscure scholar Sir Banbury Cross, author of two pseudo-books: The Elgar I Knew and The Elgar Who Knew Me.
Host Bob Sherman ambles through the archives with highlights from the 1940s and ’50s and a WQXR history of music from Medieval chant to ragtime.
Johnny Green: Body and Soul.
-- Alec Templeton, piano.
JS Bach: Stokowski Transcription of Toccata in C Minor.
-- Bournemouth Symphony Orch, Jose Serebrier, conductor.
Alec Templeton: April Fool’s Day music for WQXR.
-- Written and performed by Alec Templeton, piano and vocals.
Abram Chasins interview with Sir Peter Ustinov (excerpts).
Sergei Prokofiev: Love for Three Oranges, Op. 33: March.
-- Gil Shaham, violin and Akira Eguchi, piano
Aaron Copland: El salon Mexico (excerpt).
-- New York Philharmonic, Leonard Bernstein, conductor.
Percy Grainger: Molly On The Shore.
-- Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chamber Ensemble.
Sergei Prokofiev: War and Peace, Op. 91: New Year's Eve Ball Waltz (excerpt).
-- The Bekova Sisters Trio.
Sergei Prokofiev: Sarcasms, Op. 17 (excerpts).
-- Sergei Babayan, piano.
Audio extra: The unabridged early 1950s "interview" with Sir Peter Ustinov playing three roles.