Fishko Files

Fishko Files

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Since 1999, Sara Fishko has been producing personal essays on music, art, culture and media. Fishkos pieces provide an insightful and accessible look into culture by mixing colorful sound, intimate interviews and thoughtful commentary. The comprehensive archive examines everything from obscure figures in film history to the masterpieces of the greatest classical composers.More from Fishko Files »

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Common Man

Seventy-five years ago, with America in the thick of the Second World War, the world first heard a celebrated patriotic fanfare by Aaron Copland. WNYC's Sara Fishko has more in this edition of Fishko Files. Hear Henry Wallace's speech "The Price of Free World Victory," as recited in the 1943 Paramount Pictures documentary short Paramount Victory Short No. T2-3: The Price of Victory. WNYC Production Credits Executive Producer: Sara Fishko Assistant Producer: Olivia Briley Mix Engineer: Wayne Shulmister Managing Editor, WNYC News: Karen Frillmann

Toons

Classical music and cartoons have a long and happy history together. With a look at the odd affinity between, say, Richard Wagner and Elmer Fudd, here is WNYC's Sara Fishko - with another Fishko Files. (Produced in 2005) WNYC Production Credits Executive Producer: Sara Fishko Assistant Producer: Olivia Briley Mix Engineer: Wayne Shulmister Managing Editor, WNYC News: Karen Frillmann

Glass in Paris

American composer Philip Glass turns 80 tomorrow. As WNYC's Sara Fishko tells us in this Fishko Files, Glass's time away from America in the '60s was central to his music, as he encountered a pair of powerful influences. Listen to "An Hour with Philip Glass" here. (Produced in 2006) The Bruckner Orchestra Linz celebrates Glass's birthday with the world premiere of his new Symphony No. 11 tomorrow, January 31 at Carnegie Hall. For tickets and more information, visit carnegiehall.org. National Sawdust hosts Philip Glass & Foday Musa Suso with Jeffrey Zeigler on Sunday, March 12 as part of their "Glass @ 80" celebration. For tickets and more information, visit nationalsawdust.org. WNYC Production Credits Executive Producer: Sara Fishko Assistant Producer: Olivia Briley Mix Engineer: Wayne Shulmister Managing Editor, WNYC News: Karen Frillmann

McCarthy and the "ism"

"Trump-ism" is looming large. As Sara Fishko tells us in this archival edition of Fishko Files, another political "ism" captured undivided attention in a divided 1950s America. (Produced in 2008) WNYC Production Credits Executive Producer: Sara Fishko Assistant Producer: Olivia Briley Mix Engineer: Wayne Shulmister Managing Editor, WNYC News: Karen Frillmann

Nichols and May

The late Mike Nichols (d. November 19, 2014) lives on through many accomplishments, not least his perfect pairing with Elaine May for sketch comedy that influenced generations to come. WNYC's Sara Fishko saw them reunited on stage - for this Fishko Files. (Produced in 2006) WNYC Production Credits Executive Producer: Sara Fishko Assistant Producer: Olivia Briley Mix Engineer: Wayne Shulmister Managing Editor, WNYC News: Karen Frillmann

Candide

This Friday, legendary director Harold Prince and New York City Opera brings a new opera house production of Candide to Lincoln Center. The original version of the musical opened on Broadway in the 1950s. As WNYC's Sara Fishko tells us in this edition of Fishko Files, the project came with certain challenges attached. Candide opens January 6th at the Rose Theater for a limited engagement. For tickets and more information, visit www.jazz.org/. WNYC Production Credits Executive Producer: Sara Fishko Assistant Producer: Olivia Briley Mix Engineer: Wayne Shulmister Managing Editor, WNYC News: Karen Frillmann

Life of the Party

The New Year is right around the corner, and so are the parties. As WNYC's Sara Fishko tells us in this edition of Fishko Files, the truth comes out at parties – both past and present. WNYC Production Credits Executive Producer: Sara Fishko Assistant Producer: Olivia Briley Mix Engineer: Wayne Shulmister Managing Editor, WNYC News: Karen Frillmann

Peter and the Wolf

2016 marks 80 years since the first performance of Prokofiev's children's piece, Peter and the Wolf. As WNYC's Sara Fishko tells us, the millions of children listening over the decades knew only part of the story. (Produced in 2011) Read the English translation of Prokofiev's text for Peter and the Wolf here Walt Disney and Sergei Prokofiev met in Hollywood in 1938. Later, Disney made this promotional film about their meeting. (The man at the piano is an actor, not Prokofiev) Peter and the Wolf showcased some of the great voices and orchestras of the 20th century. See a list of some of the recordings used in Fishko Files, below. Peter and the Wolf(s) Koussevitzky Conducts Prokofiev: Boston Symphony, Serge Koussevitzky, conductor, Richard Hale, narrator. Pearl 1991. (recorded 1939) Boston Symphony Orchestra, Serge Koussevitzky, conductor, Eleanor Roosevelt, narrator. Listen to the recording here. (Recorded 1950) Vienna State Opera Orchestra, Mario Rossi, conductor, Boris Karloff, narrator. Vanguard, 1992. (Recorded 1957) Vienna State Opera Orchestra, Sir Eugene Goossens, conductor, Jose Ferrer, narrator. MCA, 1989. (Recorded 1959) Stadium Symphony Orchestra of New York, Leopold Stokowski, conductor, Bob Keeshan, narrator. Everest, 1997. Academy of London, Richard Stamp, conductor, John Gielgud, narrator. Virgin, 1989. (Recorded 1989) Orchestra of St. Luke's, James Levine, conductor, Sharon Stone, narrator. DG, 2001. (Recorded 2001) The Philadelphia Orchestra, Eugene Ormandy, conductor, David Bowie, narrator. RCA, 1978. (Recorded 1978) New York Philharmonic, Leonard Bernstein, conductor and narrator. Sony, 1998. (Recorded 1960) Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Zubin Mehta, conductor, Itzhak Perlman, narrator. EMI, 1996. (Recorded 1986) Other Music by Prokofiev Used in this Episode Romeo and Juliet, excerpt from Suite #2 Op. 64 C. Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Armin Jordan, conductor. Erato, 1992. Sonata #6, excerpt from 1st movement, Sviatoslav Richter. Philips Classics, 1998. Winter Bonfire, Op. 122, excerpt from "Departure." The New London Orchestra. Ronald Corp, conductor. Hyperion, 1991. For more from the speaker in this episode of Fishko Files... Visit Professor Harlow Robinson's website, here. You can see his book, "Sergei Prokofiev: A Biography," here. WNYC Production Credits Executive Producer: Sara Fishko Assistant Producer: Olivia Briley Mix Engineer: Wayne Shulmister Managing Editor, WNYC News: Karen Frillmann

The Steadicam Story

In 1976, Garrett Brown became an inventor and, as WNYC's Sara Fishko tells us, changed the face of movies. He and his invention, the Steadicam, are being honored at a film series starting tomorrow. More in this edition of Fishko Files... The Film Society of Lincoln Center series "Going Steadi: 40 Years of Steadicam" starts tomorrow at the Walter Reade Theater. For tickets and more information, visit filmLINC.org. Going Steadi: 40 Years of Steadicam Walter Reade Theater Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts 165 W. 65th Street New York, NY 10023 Garrett Brown's demo reel of "impossible shots" captured by the Steadicam The Art of Steadicam, a supercut of Steadicam shots compiled by Refocused Media WNYC Production Credits Executive Producer: Sara Fishko Assistant Producer: Olivia Briley Mix Engineer: Wayne Shulmister Managing Editor, WNYC News: Karen Frillmann

Jacqueline Kennedy's White House

With the new film Jackie now in theaters, we offer this Fishko Files, documenting the 1962 Valentine's Day broadcast of the then-First Lady's White House Tour. As WNYC's Sara Fishko tells us, a stunning number of Americans tuned in to the program - and gained a greater interest in both Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy and the Presidential residence. (Produced in 2012) JACKIE is now playing in theatres everywhere Directed by Pablo Larraín Starring Natalie Portman WNYC Production Credits Executive Producer: Sara Fishko Assistant Producer: Olivia Briley Mix Engineer: Wayne Shulmister Managing Editor, WNYC News: Karen Frillmann

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