Peabody Award–winning broadcaster, producer, and director Elliott Forrest has been on the radio in New York City for 30 years. He is the host of afternoon drive on 105.9 FM WQXR, New York City’s classical radio station, and is also heard on WNYC. Mr. Forrest is the director of the upcoming PBS television special and live tour Considering Matthew Shepherd by Craig Hella Johnson. He is the executive and artistic director of ArtsRock in Rockland County, New York, which presents concerts, conversations, and family programming. He regularly produces and designs large-scale symphony concerts including with New York Philharmonic, Houston Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, The Philadelphia Orchestra, Atlanta Symphony, New Haven Symphony, Pasadena Pops, and the Little Orchestra Society in venues including the Hollywood Bowl, Philadelphia’s Mann Center, and Lincoln Center and has hosted more the 60 concerts at Carnegie Hall. Mr. Forrest directed the annual radio drama of A Christmas Carol for New York Public Radio; past cast members include Kathleen Turner, F. Murray Abraham, Mark Linn-Baker, David Hyde Pierce, and Tony Roberts. Mr. Forrest hosts staged events and conversations around New York City and in The Jerome L. Greene Performance Space, with interviewees including Alec Baldwin, Harvey Fierstein, Elisabeth Moss, Stephen Sondheim, Mike Nichols, Wynton Marsalis, Sting, Philip Seymour Hoffman, and Patrick Stewart. Elliott Forrest is the host of the international radio concerts of The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center; has been a “voice” of CNN and Live From Lincoln Center; and regularly hosts shows on PBS. For 12 years he was the host of the A&E television network’s Breakfast with the Arts and Biography. As a teenager, he appeared on the original The Gong Show on NBC. Elliott Forrest earned his bachelor of arts in theater from The University of Texas at Austin. He is a board member of the New York Youth Symphony.
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