Radio Features

Below is a selection of radio pieces that I have hosted or produced.

James Gaffigan, conductor
James Gaffigan

Chicago Symphony Orchestra: James Gaffigan Conducts Bernstein, Barber and Rachmaninov

James Gaffigan leads the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in the Symphonic Suite from On the Waterfront, Leonard Bernstein’s only film score. Plus, mid-century scores by Barber and Rachmaninov.


Gil Shaham, violinist - ©Todd Rosenberg Photography 2017
Gil Shaham, violinist

Chicago Symphony Orchestra: John Storgårds Conducts Sibelius and Mendelssohn

John Storgårds makes his CSO debut leading his fellow countryman Jean Sibelius’s First Symphony, along with Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto with Gil Shaham.


Susanna Mälkki (Photo: Simon Fowler)
Susanna Mälkki (Photo: Simon Fowler)

Chicago Symphony Orchestra: Susanna Mälkki and Branford Marsalis

On this Chicago Symphony Orchestra broadcast, Susanna Mälkki and Branford Marsalis team up for a program with jazz and Spanish inspiration. The program also features the world premiere of the CSO commissioned work, Proceed, Moon, composed by Melinda Wagner.


Daniel Gingrinch, associate principal horn, Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Daniel Gingrinch.

Chicago Symphony Orchestra: De Waart Conducts Beethoven

On this broadcast of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Edo de Waart conducts Beethoven’s Symphony No. 2 and two works by Mozart: the Symphony No. 38 and Horn Concerto No. 3.


A 1950 stamp with a javelin thrower (wikipedia commons)

Olympic Overtures: Classical Music at the Games

Classical music has played a role in the Olympics for more than a century. The games have inspired works by composers as diverse as Richard Strauss, Dmitri Shostakovich, Philip Glass and Josef Suk. This hour-long special explores this up-and-down history.


Metropolitan Opera House

Labor Dispute at the Met Opera: What Was At Stake

The labor dispute that shook the Metropolitan Opera in the summer of 2014 was not the first of its kind. In this WNYC Radio report, I looked at the history of such disputes, and examined what was at stake if a threatened lockout were to occur.


The Sphinx Virtuosi at Carnegie Hall in 2011

For Many Orchestras, Racial Diversity Remains Elusive

Racial and ethnic diversity has remained elusive for many American orchestras. In February 2015, I convened a panel of experts to look at the roots of this complex issue, touching on audition practices and other issues.