Martin Goldsmith

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Radio personality and author Martin Goldsmith is the author of The Inextinguishable Symphony: A True Story of Music and Love in Nazi Germany. Hailed as "a literary journey reminiscent of Art Spiegelman's in 'Maus,'" the book tells the riveting story of the Jewish Kulturbund, an all-Jewish performing arts ensemble maintained by the Nazis between 1933 and 1941, an ensemble that included Mr. Goldsmith's parents. Martin Goldsmith is also director of classical music programming at XM Satellite Radio in Washington. For ten years, from 1989 to 1999, he served as the host of Performance Today, National Public Radio's daily classical music program. During Mr. Goldsmith's tenure as host, Performance Today won the coveted Peabody Award for broadcasting. In September 1998 Mr. Goldsmith was awarded a Cultural Leadership Citation from Yale University “in recognition of service to the cultural life of the nation.” He joined NPR in 1986; before that he worked at member station WETA-FM in Washington for a dozen years, serving as producer, announcer, music director and, eventually, program director. He began his radio career at commercial classical station WCLV in Cleveland, where his mother was a violist in the Cleveland Orchestra. Mr. Goldsmith was born in St. Louis, where his mother spent 21 years as a member of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra. A graduate of the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, he has sung in the chorus of the Baltimore Opera Company and made a guest appearance with the Washington Opera. He has also acted in many roles in Washington-area theaters, including Arena Stage.