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Overview | Naomi Lewin

Naomi Lewin is a classical music host at WQXR in New York City. She also writes and hosts the award-winning weekly feature Classics for Kids, a demystification of classical music for children of all ages airing on radio stations from Vermont to Utah (and the Philippines!). In her spare time, Lewin has produced feature stories for Cincinnati’s news/talk public radio station WVXU and for national broadcast. Subjects have ranged from the Underground Railroad to a “roots” trip to Silesia to Cincinnati’s Big Pig Gig – a story that included her prize-winning hog call. In the aftermath of a raccoon invasion of her house, Lewin also became a regular essayist on NPR’s Weekend Edition Sunday. Her Veterans Day story Remembering the War to End All Wars, about World War I cemeteries in France, won 2008 PRNDI and SPJ awards. Earlier this year, Lewin wrote and produced The Spectacular Legacy of Erich Kunzel, a two-hour tribute to the late Cincinnati Pops conductor, which has aired on stations around the country.

In a previous lifetime, Lewin was a singer and actress, appearing in a variety of opera, musical theater, and theater productions. Lewin continues to appear onstage as well as behind the microphone. As a narrator, she has performed Peter and the Wolf with the Cincinnati Symphony and the Dayton Philharmonic, King David with Cincinnati’s Vocal Arts Ensemble, and William Walton's Façade with both the Linton Chamber Music Series and the ARC Ensemble. With ARC, she has also narrated Four Seasons of Italian Futurist Cuisine by Aaron Jay Kernis. Lewin gives song recitals as well, and has served as mezzo-soprano soloist for Handel’s Messiah, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, and the Vivaldi Gloria. She currently performs as part of the trio Alegría with flutist Suzanne Bona and guitarist Richard Goering. A frequent guest speaker for the Cincinnati Opera, she has presented talks on Carmen, Madame Butterfly, The Magic Flute, La Traviata, and La Bohème and an introduction to opera for children.

In 1997, when Internet radio was in its infancy, Lewin broke new ground by hosting a seven-hour, live Internet broadcast of Webbed Feats presents BYTES of Bryant Park – a Stephan Koplowitz dance/theater/poetry performance event in New York City.

Lewin is a native of Princeton, New Jersey, and holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from Yale.

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