Radio Features

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

Riccardo Muti conducts Bruckner 7
Riccardo Muti conducts Bruckner 7

Chicago Symphony Orchestra: Muti Conducts Bruckner 7

On this Chicago Symphony Orchestra broadcast, Riccardo Muti conducts a program of creative breakthroughs. It includes Strauss’s swaggering tone poem, Don Juan, and Bruckner’s Seventh Symphony. Plus, hear Mussorgsky’s demonic showpiece, A Night on Bald Mountain.


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.


Kirill Gerstein (photo: Marco Borggreve)

Kirill Gerstein on the Piano Concerto You’ve Been Hearing All Wrong

Russian pianist Kirill Gerstein demonstrates why he feels history has embraced the “wrong” version of Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1. Gerstein had recently released the world premiere recording of the concerto’s 1879 version.



A scene from John Adams's opera The Death of Klinghoffer (credit: Richard Hubert Smith, English National Opera)

The Highs and Lows of 2014 in Classical Music

As 2014 came to a close, three top music critics looked back at the year in classical music: Anne Midgette, the classical music critic of the Washington Post; David Patrick Stearns, classical music critic of the Philadelphia Inquirer; and Zachary Woolfe, classical music editor of the New York Times.


Kids at a Young People's Concert by the New York Philharmonic

What’s the Right Age for Kids to Attend ‘Adult’ Concerts?

This edition of Conducting Business considers: what is the appropriate age for kids to attend grown-up concerts? And how should they be prepared for the experience? Guests include a concert pianist and the founder of Park Slope Parents.


The Boston Pops in concert (credit: Flickr/derekbruff)

Panel Discussion: State of the Arts

The NEA in 2013 published a five-year study on audience trends across the performing and visual arts. The research provided a springboard for a lively discussion by four prominent arts leaders in The Greene Space at WQXR.


The Temple of Dendur at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Met Museum’s Temple of Dendur Stars in New Staged Work

The Temple of Dendur is one of the most popular sites at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and a magnet for sketch artists and tourists snapping selfies. In 2014, it inspired a musical theater piece.


The Brooklyn Philharmonic performs "You're Causing Quite a Disturbance" in June 2013.

Brooklyn Philharmonic, Innovative But Sounding a Troubled Tune

New York City Opera made international headlines in 2013 after it filed for bankruptcy. But another longstanding New York arts organization faced similar troubles, and with much less fanfare. Hear why in this exclusive report.