Naomi Lewin

Classics For Kids Host

Naomi Lewin appears in the following:

The Best and Worst of Classical Music in 2013

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Three top music critics review the year 2013 in music: Anne Midgette of the Washington Post, Justin Davidson of New York Magazine and Heidi Waleson, from the Wall Street Journal.

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Alberto Vilar Returns to New York Prison

Thursday, November 21, 2013

One day after a judge revoked his bail, opera-loving philanthropist Alberto Vilar returned to prison to continue serving a sentence for multimillion-dollar fraud.

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Gary Graffman Talks Woody Allen, Conductors and Vodka

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Gary Graffman jokes that the most-famous, best-selling album of his career barely acknowledges his participation on its cover.

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In Philanthropy, Why Naming Rights are the Name of the Game

Wednesday, June 05, 2013

Some believe naming rights are a necessary part of philanthropy. Others argue that giving should be a selfless, anonymous act. In this podcast, a look at what's driving the trend.

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Review: James Levine, Wheelchair-Bound, Returns from 2-Year Absence

Monday, May 20, 2013

After two years on the disabled list, conductor James Levine made his comeback Sunday with the Met Orchestra. Naomi Lewin reports.


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'Anna Nicole' is Coming to City Opera in September

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Mark-Anthony Turnage’s opera about the former Playboy playmate and tabloid fixture will open the 2013-2014 City Opera season in September.

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Sandy Meets The Tempest: The Met Opera Reopens

Thursday, November 01, 2012

After cancelling performances for two days, the Met returned Wednesday with – ironically – a scheduled performance of The Tempest, an opera based on Shakespeare by Thomas Adès.

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Music for the Jewish High Holidays

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Tonight at 11 pm: As Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur are upon us, it's time to consider some of the great music associated with the Jewish holidays.

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Marvin Hamlisch Loved Music And People Loved Him

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

WQXR Host Naomi Lewin shares her impressions from Marvin Hamlisch's funeral.

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Classical Music that Turned into Musical Theater

Saturday, June 23, 2012

If the story of the Broadway musical Rent sounds familiar, that’s because Jonathan Larson, the composer of the musical Rent, used the same plot for this musical as Puccini did for La Boheme. Other composers also used classical music when they wrote their Broadway hits. Kismet is adapted from compositions by Russian composer Alexander Borodin and The Song of Norway uses tunes by Edvard Grieg to tell the story of Grieg's life.

Bohemian Music

Saturday, June 16, 2012

La Boheme is a famous opera, but Puccini wasn’t the only composer inspired by Bohemia. This week on Classics for Kids, you can hear Bohemian music written by a lot of other composers.

A Brief History of Italian Opera

Saturday, June 09, 2012

The Italian people have always had a love affair with opera, which has been a part of their life for more than 400 years. This week on Classics for Kids, take a trip through the history of Italian opera.

Music Written for Children

Saturday, May 19, 2012

A lot of classical music was written just for kids. Peter and the Wolf is just the beginning -- there are also pieces based on children's books, toys, games, and more.

Transcendent Voice: Memories of Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau

Friday, May 18, 2012

"Sometimes the anticipation of an event seeing someone perform can lead to disappointment. But not Fischer-Dieskau," writes Naomi Lewin.

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Exploring the Children’s Corner Suite

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Claude Debussy’s daughter Emma-Claude began taking piano lessons at the age of 3. Her proud father composed the Children's Corner as a present for her, even though it was much too hard for her to play at the time. Instead, it entertained her because it starred her favorite toys.

The Life and Music of Claude Debussy

Saturday, May 05, 2012

Claude Debussy loved to experiment with new sounds. That got him into trouble when he was a student at the Paris Conservatory, but it turned out to be a good thing when he grew up. Inspired by Impressionist poets and visual artists around him, Debussy created Impressionism in music. You can hear the beautiful results this week on Classics for Kids.

Classical Music Featuring Dances from European Countries

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Many composers used European dance forms in their work. Dvorak, Haydn, Chopin and Beethoven are just a few of the composers featured here.

Mostly Mozart Festival Music Director Louis Langrée Dons a New Chapeau

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Frenchman Louis Langrée, music director of the Mostly Mozart Festival, and a conductor at the Metropolitan Opera, is the new music director of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra.

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The Brahms Hungarian Dances

Saturday, April 21, 2012

When he was a young pianist, Johannes Brahms accompanied a Hungarian violinist, and fell in love with Hungarian music.  His own Hungarian-flavored dances were written to entertain his friends at parties.  Those friends convinced Brahms to publish his dances.  When the first set was a hit, Brahms wrote and published another set.

Johannes Brahms - About Johannes Brahms

Saturday, April 07, 2012

Brahms, Bach, and Beethoven are known as the "Three B’s" of classical music. Brahms always knew that he wanted to be a composer -- by the time he was six, he had thought up his own system for writing music down on a page.