Music Critics’ Round-Table - 92Y, New York

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Music Critics’ Round-Table

Online Class with Naomi Lewin and guests Heidi Waleson, Zachary Woolfe, Zoë Madonna
Naomi Lewin, Heidi Waleson, Zachary Woolfe, Zoë Madonna

What does a music critic listen for in a performance? What informs their expertise? How does a changing media landscape impact their work?

Find out as beloved former WQXR host Naomi Lewin talks with three of music’s most distinguished and influential critics. At the online table: The New York Times’ Zachary Woolfe, the Wall Street Journal’s Heidi Waleson and The Boston Globe’s Zoë Madonna. Don’t miss the chance for a rare inside look at the art and craft of music criticism, straight from the pros.


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Naomi Lewin

Naomi Lewin is the former host of weekday afternoon music on WQXR, and of the podcast Conducting Business. Before that, she was midday host at WGUC in Cincinnati, where she created the award-winning weekly program Classics for Kids, which airs on radio stations across the country. She has produced music programs and arts reports for NPR; intermission features for Metropolitan Opera broadcasts; and podcasts on subjects ranging from the Yale Glee Club, to Tippet Rise Art Center, to the bicentennial of St. George's Choral Society. Südwestrundfunk in Stuttgart recently com ...

Heidi Waleson

Heidi Waleson has been the opera critic of the Wall Street Journal for over 25 years …

Zachary Woolfe

Zachary Woolfe has written criticism for The New York Times since 2011, and has been classical music editor of The Times since 2015 …

A.Z. Madonna

A.Z. Madonna (she/her or they/them) has been writing about classical, pop, and folk music for the Boston Globe since 2015 …

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