Elliott Forrest

WQXR Host

Elliott Forrest is the weekday afternoon host on WQXR. 

On top of providing the soundtrack to your evening commute and The Score at Four, he’s also the national host of the weekly concerts from the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and hosted more than 60 concerts on stage at Carnegie Hall.

On top of providing the soundtrack to your afternoon/evening commute and movie music during The Score at Four, Forrest is also the national host of the weekly concerts from the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and hosted more than 60 concerts on stage at Carnegie Hall. For 6 years he directed the annual NY Public Radio productions of A CHRISTMAS CAROL.

He’s hosted, produced and directed specials for PBS Television, including the oratorio, Considering Matthew Shepard and The Classical Comedy Contest from Carolines. For 12 years he was the host of A&E Television’s Breakfast with the Arts. For more than 20 years he’s been associated with Peter Schickele (PDQ Bach), appearing on stage with him and on his recordings.

Elliott regularly produces live events around the country, including at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, the Hollywood Bowl, Boston’s Symphony Hall and The Jerome L. Greene Space. He is the recipient of a George Foster Peabody Award and two Excellence in Broadcasting Awards from the New York State Broadcasters Association.

What made you fall in love with classical music: I hit a new level of love and appreciation with Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade. When I latched onto the Sultan’s theme, so bombastic at the start and mellow at the end, I came to understand the storytelling power of music.   

Music-related obsession: In my spare time, I create large visual elements like video, animations and images to go along with classical music. I loved Disney’s Fantasia from a little kid and it has inspired me ever since to marry visuals to music.

Elliott Forrest appears in the following:

The Greene Space

WQXR Presents An American in Paris Preview

Monday, February 23, 2015

7:30 PM

Mon, Feb. 23 | Join us in The Greene Space for an exclusive preview of the new production, including cast performances of classics from the beloved score by George and Ira Gershwin.

On-Demand Video: Jim Gaffigan on Comedy, Parenthood and His Love Affair with Food

Friday, November 07, 2014

As part of the New York Comedy Festival, comedian and author Jim Gaffigan joined us live in conversation with WQXR's Elliott Forrest. 

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The Greene Space

Jim Gaffigan in Conversation with Elliott Forrest

Thursday, November 6, 2014

7:00 PM

Thurs, Nov. 6 | The New York Comedy Festival and WNYC present a night of conversation with the comedian and author. A live video webcast will be available.

The Greene Space

WQXR Presents Joshua Bell

Monday, September 29, 2014

5:00 PM

Mon, Sept. 29 | The superstar violinist returns to The Greene Space to celebrate the release of his newest recording, BachA live video webcast will be available.

The Greene Space

WQXR Presents Piotr Anderszewski: Brunch with Beethoven

Sunday, April 27, 2014

11:00 AM

The pianist is renowned for his interpretations of music ranging from Bach to Bartok, Schumann to Chopin, Szymanowski to Janáček. See him in his only New York appearance this season.

The Greene Space

Inside Look: 'Casa Valentina'

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

7:00 PM

Join WQXR's Elliott Forrest for a conversation with four-time Tony Award-winner Harvey Fierstein as he takes us behind the curtain of his first new play in almost 30 years. Watch a live video webcast Tuesday, March 11 at 7pm ET.

The Greene Space

Inside Look: 'A Raisin in the Sun'

Thursday, February 27, 2014

7:00 PM

WQXR's Elliott Forrest takes us behind the curtain with director and Tony Award nominee Kenny Leon; Tony Award winner Anika Noni Rose; Tony Award nominee Stephen McKinley Henderson; and Sean Patrick Thomas. Watch a live video webcast of the conversation.

 

On-Demand Video: Get an Inside Look at Broadway's 'If/Then' with Anthony Rapp and LaChanze

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

The Greene Space's Inside Look: Broadway series continued on Monday, February 3 with a behind-the-scenes peek at the new Broadway musical, "If/Then" starring Idina Menzel. 

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The Greene Space

Inside Look: 'If/Then'

Monday, February 3, 2014

7:00 PM

Get a behind-the-scenes look at the new musical coming to Broadway this spring. With Tony and Pulitizer-Prize winning songwriting team Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey; director Michael Greif; Tony Award winner LaChanze; and actor Anthony Rapp. Hosted by WQXR's Elliott Forrest.

The Greene Space

Inside Look: 'Bullets Over Broadway'

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

7:00 PM

Tues, Jan. 28 | Go behind the curtain with stars of the new musical adaptation: three-time Tony Award-nominee Marin Mazzie; Vincent Pastore; Tony-nominee Brooks Ashmanskas; and Heléne York. Hosted by WQXR's Elliott Forrest.

Inside Look: Broadway's Spring Openings

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

The Greene Space's Inside Look series is back, giving you a peek behind the curtain of the season's most anticipated shows.

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The Greene Space

WQXR Presents Musical Gifts: Joshua Bell and Friends

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

6:00 PM

Celebrate the season with the superstar violinist as he makes The Greene Space his living room for an exclusive evening of holiday music. Watch a live video webcast!

Video: August Wilson Talk Series - Bringing Black Works to Broadway

Monday, September 23, 2013

A conversation on the challenges and triumphs of staging works on Broadway that feature prominent African-American characters, actors and story lines. Hosted by WQXR's Elliott Forrest. 

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The Greene Space

Bringing Black Works to Broadway

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

7:00 PM

Of the roughly 33 plays and musicals to open in the 2011-2012 Broadway season, only five featured prominent African-American characters, actors or storylines. Join WQXR's Elliott Forrest in a thought-provoking discussion about the challenges and triumphs of bringing Black works to Broadway.

Violinist Gil Shaham and pianist Orli Shaham play from their new album Nigunim: Hebrew Melodies

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

On April 15, WQXR presented violinist Gil Shaham and his sister, the pianist Orli Shaham, performing an evening of Jewish and Jewish-themed music live in The Greene Space. The sold-out concert featured selections from Nigunim: Hebrew Melodies, their forthcoming new album which includes music by Ernest Bloch, John Williams and Avner Dorman.

Host Elliott Forrest asked Gil Shaham about the tradition of violin in Jewish music.

"There's something about the weeping violin, there's something about the soulful sound, the human voice that lends itself [to the music]," Shaham said. Also, he added, "My teacher...used to say, 'Many Jews played the violin because they could not afford to buy pianos.'" 

Not missing an opportunity to rib her brother, Orli Shaham clarified, "Because, of course, the piano is the better instrument."

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The Greene Space

Inside Look: The Madrid

Thursday, March 21, 2013

5:00 PM

Get a behind-the-scenes look at the new Off-Broadway play. Featuring actors John Ellison ConleeEdie Falco, playwright Liz Flahive and director Leigh Silverman. Hosted by WQXR's Elliott Forrest. Watch on-demand now.

The Greene Space

WQXR Presents: 'Passion' in the Afternoon

Thursday, February 14, 2013

12:00 PM

Thursday, Feb. 14 | Spend Valentine's Day with beloved composer Stephen Sondheim. Featuring performances and conversation. Watch on-demand video of the sold-out event.

The Greene Space

Inside Look: Ann

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

7:00 PM

Tuesday, Jan. 22 | Emmy Award-winning actress Holland Taylor gives us an inside look at her new Broadway play about the legendary late governor of Texas. Hosted by WQXR's Elliott Forrest.

The Greene Space

Inside Look: The Other Place

Thursday, January 17, 2013

5:00 PM

Go behind the curtain with stars of Broadway's riveting new thriller, including Laurie Metcalf, Daniel Stern and playwright Sharr White. Hosted by WQXR's Elliott Forrest.

The Greene Space

Inside Look: An Enemy of The People

Thursday, October 11, 2012

5:00 PM

Tony winner Doug Hughes (Doubt, The Royal Family, The Whipping Man, Defiance) returns to MTC to direct a fresh and provocative version of Henrik Ibsen’s AN ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE and Emmy winner Richard Thomas (Race, Democracy, Fifth of July).  They will join us for an Inside Look.