Fishko Files 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.
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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Toscanini

It's the 150th birth anniversary of the conductor Arturo Toscanini this year. As WNYC's Sara Fishko tells us in this Fishko Files replay, the celebrated and demanding Maestro dominated classical music for decades. The New York Philharmonic, where Toscanini also conducted, has opened its digital archive of the Toscanini years. It can be found on their website. Fishko Files with Sara Fishko Assistant Producer: Olivia Briley Mix Engineer: Wayne Shulmister Editor: Karen Frillmann

The Chopin Paradox

For the next two weekends, every aspect of the composer Frédéric Chopin will be examined at the annual Bard Music Festival, up the Hudson. It has WNYC's Sara Fishko considering the sources of that composer's inspiration, in this edition of Fishko Files. "Chopin and His World" opens tomorrow at Bard. For more details, visit their website. Jan Lisiecki's Chopin: Works for Piano & Orchestra is available on Amazon. Featured Music: Frédéric Chopin Étude Op. 10, No. 5 in G flat minor Jan Lisiecki, piano Johann Sebastian Bach Capriccio in B flat major, BWV 992 – III: Adagissimo Wilhelm Kempff, piano (1976) Gaetano Donizetti Al Dolce Guidami (from "Anna Bolena") Maria Callas Conducted by Nicola Rescigno Frédéric Chopin Nocturne Op. 15, No. 1 in F major Maria João Pires, piano Vincenzo Bellini Casta Diva (from "Norma") Renée Fleming Conducted by Sir Charles Mackerras Frédéric Chopin Mazurka Op. 33, No. 2 in D major Vladimir Ashkenazy, piano Frédéric Chopin Variations on "Là ci darem la mano" from Mozart's Don Giovanni, Op. 2 – Var. I Jan Lisiecki, piano Frédéric Chopin Étude Op. 10, No. 11 in E flat major Jan Lisiecki, piano Fishko Files with Sara Fishko Assistant Producer: Olivia Briley Mix Engineer: Bill Moss Editor: Karen Frillmann

Bonnie and Clyde

It's 50 years since the release of the movie "Bonnie and Clyde." The film opened during the "Summer of Love," which was also the era of the Vietnam war. As WNYC's Sara Fishko tells us in this Fishko Files replay, the divided response to the film put its director, the late Arthur Penn, at the center of a swirl of controversy. Arthur Penn was an American director and producer of television and films including the 1967 "Bonnie and Clyde." (Produced in 2007) WNYC Production Credits Executive Producer: Sara Fishko Assistant Producer: Olivia Briley Mix Engineer: Wayne Shulmister Managing Editor, WNYC News: Karen Frillmann

On Broadway

It's a summer of intersections between theater and political commentary, with an upcoming Broadway show that calls itself "subversive." It has WNYC's Sara Fishko thinking about Broadway, music, and politics - in this edition of Fishko Files. Michael Moore's one-man Broadway show, "The Terms of My Surrender," starts previewing at the Belasco Theatre tomorrow. Jack Viertel is the Senior VP of Jujamcyn Theaters and Artistic Director of New York City Center Encores!. He has been involved in dozens of productions including "City of Angels" and "Angels in America," and is the author of The Secret Life of the American Musical: How Broadway Shows are Built. Laurence Maslon teaches at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts and is the host of WPPB's Broadway to Main Street. His most recent publication is American Musicals: The Complete Books and Lyrics of Sixteen Broadway Classics. WNYC Production Credits Executive Producer: Sara Fishko Assistant Producer: Olivia Briley Mix Engineer: Wayne Shulmister Editor: Kaari Pitkin

Sid Caesar

This September will mark 95 years since the birth of Sid Caesar (1922-2014), undisputed master of the comedy sketch. For this archival edition of Fishko Files, Sara Fishko talked to Caesar as well as his castmate Carl Reiner about their insanely creative adventures in TV. WNYC Production Credits Executive Producer: Sara Fishko Assistant Producer: Olivia Briley Mix Engineer: Wayne Shulmister Managing Editor, WNYC News: Karen Frillmann

Segovia

The guitar master Andres Segovia - who died 30 years ago this summer - practically invented the art of classical guitar. In this archival edition of Fishko Files, Segovia's admirer and student Eliot Fisk reflects on their musical connection. (Produced in 2002) Segovia's 1952 rendition of Chopin's Prelude in A is available on YouTube. WNYC Production Credits Executive Producer: Sara Fishko Assistant Producer: Olivia Briley Mix Engineer: Wayne Shulmister Managing Editor, WNYC News: Karen Frillmann

Tap

Two great documentaries on tap dancing made in the late '70s and early '80s open at the Quad Cinemas Friday, July 7. They help kick off a whole week of tap-related events all over New York starting July 8. In their honor, WNYC's Sara Fishko and guests explore the art and history of tap in this Fishko Files. (Produced in 2005) For showtimes and tickets to No Maps on My Taps and About Tap, visit www.quadcinema.com. WNYC Production Credits Executive Producer: Sara Fishko Assistant Producer: Olivia Briley Mix Engineer: Wayne Shulmister Managing Editor, WNYC News: Karen Frillmann

The House I Live In

Not only is it the 4th of July, it's 75 years since a notable patriotic song was written – with much notoriety to follow. WNYC's Sara Fishko follows Earl Robinson's and Lewis Allan's "The House I Live In" on its journey from leftist statement to mainstream melody. (Produced in 2002) WNYC Production Credits Executive Producer: Sara Fishko Assistant Producer: Olivia Briley Mix Engineer: Wayne Shulmister Managing Editor, WNYC News: Karen Frillmann

Penn Station

Penn Station's current problems now have a name: "Summer of Hell." But Penn has a long history of even more serious disasters, including its destruction and re-creation before there was a Landmark's Commission to protect it. WNYC's Sara Fishko speaks to keepers of the Penn Station flame in this archival edition of Fishko Files. (Produced in 2001) WNYC Production Credits Executive Producer: Sara Fishko Assistant Producer: Olivia Briley Mix Engineer: Wayne Shulmister Managing Editor, WNYC News: Karen Frillmann

Jazz Masters

The National Endowment for the Arts has honored exceptional jazz figures with the Jazz Masters Fellowship for the past 35 years. Despite threats to the NEA's funding, the NEA has announced the next round of Masters for 2018. For this archival Fishko Files, WNYC's Sara Fishko listened in on a group of recently minted Jazz Masters as they reflected on their careers, and on jazz itself. (Produced in 2011) *The 2018 NEA Jazz Masters are Joanne Brackeen, Pat Metheny, Dianne Reeves, and Todd Barkan. For more information, visit https://www.arts.gov/. Note: Distinguished record executive and producer Orrin Keepnews (1923-2015) has died since this episode originally aired. 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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