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:
Friday, November 07, 2014
Sunday, April 27, 2014
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.
Tuesday, March 11, 2014
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.
Thursday, February 27, 2014
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.
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.
Monday, February 3, 2014
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.
Tuesday, January 28, 2014
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.
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.
Tuesday, December 10, 2013
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!
Monday, September 23, 2013
Tuesday, September 17, 2013
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.
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."
Thursday, October 11, 2012
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.