Robert Sherman, WQXR Host of Classical and Folk Music Shows, Dies at 90

“For someone that young, it was a big deal,” he said by phone, adding that he easily accepted the radio appearance. “What he let me do, which I flipped out, is he let me read some ads for the show. It made me say, ‘And now Emmanuel Ax is going to read the next ad’.”

Mr. Ax was among the performers at the memorial concert. Sherman celebrated his 90th birthday last year.Sherman himself hosted, along with violinists Qi Yun Kim, Joshua Bell, Ani Kabafian and the Emerson String Quartet. Kim also spoke and talked about her first appearance at the Young Artist Showcase when she was a teenager.

“I have never spoken on a radio station, not even in South Korea,” she said. “And I said to you, ‘I’m very nervous, but this is a live show, so what if I fail?’ Did you say, “Speak into the mic when you’re talking to me, and people happen to listen, that’s it.” It’s just the two of us. ’ And I was like, “OK.” “

Robert Sherman was born on July 23, 1932 in Manhattan. His parents were immigrants, and his father, Isaac, who ran an import-export business, was from Ukraine. His mother, Ms. Reisenberg, was Lithuanian.

She taught Robert the piano without much success.

“I had the talent, but I lacked the discipline to do anything,” Sherman said in a 2019 interview with the Avery Fisher Artist Program’s Oral History Project. She said, “My mother always said to me, ‘Please don’t tell anyone that you are studying with me because you are not typical of my class.’

He joked that he chose to attend the academically rigorous Stuyvesant High School, instead of performing arts school where he thought he would be the worst pianist, where he thought he could be the best. .

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