An (Almost) New Year’s Eve Party for WQXR’s 75th

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Wednesday, December 28, 2011

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.

Program details:

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.

Comments [3]

Jerry ODe;; from Near Ann Arbor, MI

Believe it or not, I've been listening to you folks for about 60 years.
In the early days (50's), we in the Cincinnati area could get you on 1550 khz, I think. Classical stations were all but nonexistent in those days.

Now, I greatly enjoy your programming, through my WI FI radio. We have 4 or 5 classical stations in the Detroit area, but all they play is really ancient music, and Bartok (not my favorite). You will even play (gasp)
a tad of Mozart from time to time! Worse, you might play Wagner. Heresy.

Good Job, Jerry O

Apr. 07 2012 11:02 AM
Kenneth Bennett Lane, Lake Hiawatha, NJ from Richard Wagner Music Drama Institute, Boonton, NJ

The CEO of WNYC at the time i had my OPERATIC SPOTLIGHT program was Dr. Herman Neumann.

Apr. 05 2012 01:52 AM
Kenneth Bennett Lane, Lake Hiawatha, NJ from Richard Wagner Music Drama Institute, Boonton, NJ

For two years 1957 to 1959, I hosted and occasionally sang on my own program,OPERATIC SPOTLIGHT with Met Opera and New York City Opera singers on WNYC following the OSCAR BRAND program. I was informed in 1998 when I was preparing my fourth solo concert in the main hall, the Isaac Stern Auditorium of Carnegie Hall, that almost all of the recordings of interviews and actual live performances at WNYC by composers, singers, painters, sculptors, writers and political figures were discarded, destroyed. My concern at the time was to review some of my performances. This past week the current archivist Andy Lanfet, who came on the scene years after my inquiry, inquired of me if I had any recordings oif those broadcasts; that he would format them onto CDs. He has been the archivist for the past 11 years. My copies were on reel to reel magnetic tapes and occasionally on audiocassettes. When I have them collected, I will certainly provide them for those at WNYC for their library or other pirposes. WNYC has the most longevity and august history of all radio stations prresnting classical music and its reaches into all subjects is most awesome and much appreciated.
I am an opera composer, "Shakespeare" and "The Political Shakespeare," a Wagnerian heldentenor and the director of the Richard Wagner Music Drama Institute. At my website,, one may download at "Recorded Selections," free, 37 complete selections from the over one hundred I have sung in four three hour long solo concerts in the main hall, the Isaac Stern Auditorium, of Carnegie Hall. They are all LIVE performances. On Saturday June 9th, I will sing a program of 27 selections, BRING HIM HOME, that will deal with the love of country, the desire to return our valia.nt military to their families, and songs celebrating hope and pride, at the YOGA EXPO at the New Yorker Hotel, at 6 PM.

Apr. 05 2012 12:58 AM

Apr. 05 2012 01:47 AM

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