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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Romeo and Juliet

In honor of the ongoing Shakespeare400 celebration this year, WNYC's Sara Fishko charts several iterations of Romeo and Juliet, and considers how that classic Shakespeare tragedy inspired a great Russian ballet score. (Produced in 2007)

Diane Arbus

Diane Arbus, the photographer who made her name taking pictures of ordinary people with extraordinary characteristics, is the subject of an exhibit which opened this week at the Met Breuer. More on Arbus from WNYC's Sara Fishko in this episode of Fishko Files. The exhibit, "Diane Arbus: In the Beginning," is at the Met Breuer through November 27, 2016. Music: "Main Title" - BLOW-UP (1966) "The Fur" - FUR (2006) "Interplay" (1962) - Bill Evans Bill Evans, piano; Freddie Hubbard, trumpet; Jim Hall, guitar; Percy Heath, bass; Philly Joe Jones, drums WNYC Production Credits Executive Producer: Sara Fishko Mix Engineer: William Moss Managing Editor, WNYC News: Karen Frillmann Web: Olivia Briley Guest Speaker: Vicki Goldberg

150th Anniversary of the Birth of Erik Satie

Tomorrow is the hundred fiftieth anniversary of the birth of the French composer Erik Satie. As WNYC's Sara Fishko tells us, Satie's music and thinking were more in tune with our time than with his own, in this edition of Fishko Files. Music by Satie heard in today's piece: Gymnopedie no. 1 D'Holothurie -From Embryons Desseches Sur un Casque (from Descriptions Automatique) Sur un Vaisseau ( same as above) Je Te Veux (Café song) Vexations Parade (ballet), Maurice Abravanel conducting Utah Symphone Orchestra Furniture Music –Wrought Iron Tapestry Gnossienne Gymnopedie no. 2 All piano pieces performed by Jean-Yves Thibaudet (Decca — the Complete Solo Piano Music of Satie) Stuart Isacoff is a pianist and music writer. His Wall Street Journal article on Satie appears tomorrow, May 17. Dr. Caroline Potter's book "Erik Satie, A Parisian Composer and his World" is published by Boydell Press. WNYC Production Credits Executive Producer: Sara Fishko Mix Engineer: William Moss Managing Editor, WNYC News: Karen Frillmann

Rostropovich

Mstislav Rostropovich was a rare combination: powerful conductor; courageous dissident; musical activist; but above all, he was a cellist. Shortly after his passing in 2007, WNYC's Sara Fishko spoke to cellists about the lasting impacts of his life and work. (Produced in 2007) WNYC Production Credits... Executive Producer: Sara Fishko Mix Engineer: Wayne Schulmister Managing Editor, WNYC News: Karen Frillmann

Three Critics

Recently some venerable cultural critics have been collecting their thoughts into books. WNYC's Sara Fishko opens them all in this edition of Fishko Files. WNYC Production Credits... Executive Producer: Sara Fishko Mix Engineer: Wayne Shulmister Managing Editor, WNYC News: Karen Frillmann Books: A.O. Scott Better Living Through Criticism: How to Think about Art, Pleasure, Beauty and Truth Penguin Press Ben Ratliff Every Song Ever: Twenty Ways to Listen in an Age of Musical Plenty Farrar, Straus and Giroux David Denby Lit Up: One Reporter, Three Schools, Twenty-Four Books That Can Change Lives Henry Holt and Co.

Surveillance

In June of 1947, the debut of a new radio show — using a hidden microphone — blurred the line between surveillance and entertainment. As Sara Fishko tells us in this archival edition of Fishko Files, the line is blurrier than ever. (Produced in 2007) WNYC Production Credits... Executive Producer: Sara Fishko Mix Engineer: Wayne Schulmister Managing Editor, WNYC News: Karen Frillmann

A Face in the Crowd

Right now in our current political season, as WNYC's Sara Fishko tells us, it's a new moment to rediscover an old film about an American rise and fall. Elia Kazan's "A Face in the Crowd" is screening at the IFC Centre this weekend, April 15-17. Screening details here. WNYC Production Credits... Executive Producer: Sara Fishko Mix Engineer: William Moss Managing Editor, WNYC News: Karen Frillmann Assistant Producer: Elizabeth Kulas

Stanwyck & Co.

Barbara Stanwyck was just one of a generation of Hollywood actresses — as WNYC's Sara Fishko tells us — who worked fiercely to hold onto their eccentricities of style, stance and voice. More in this Fishko Files. (Produced in 2007) WNYC Production Credits... Executive Producer: Sara Fishko Mix Engineer: Wayne Shulmister Managing Editor, WNYC News: Karen Frillmann

Composers Who Perform

Ravel, Debussy and Prokofiev are among the composers who made piano-recordings of their own works — and they have WNYC's Sara Fishko pondering the nature of interpretation in this edition of Fishko Files. (Produced in 2007) WNYC Production Credits... Executive Producer: Sara Fishko Mix Engineer: Wayne Shulmister Managing Editor, WNYC News: Karen Frillmann

The Mystique of the Horn Player

"Born to Be Blue," a new film starring Ethan Hawke as Chet Baker, opens in theaters tomorrow. A week later comes "Miles Ahead," with Don Cheadle directing and starring as Miles Davis. In this archival edition of Fishko Files, WNYC's Sara Fishko explores how the cool mystique of the jazz trumpeter has long fascinated fans and filmmakers, including Bruce Weber, who documented Baker's life in his 1988 film, "Let's Get Lost." (Produced in 2007) WNYC Production Credits... Executive Producer: Sara Fishko Mix Engineer: Wayne Shulmister Managing Editor, WNYC News: Karen Frillmann

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