Martin Bookspan (1926-2021)

Martin Bookspan (1926-2021)

The Boston Symphony Orchestra is deeply saddened by the news of Martin Bookspan’s passing.

Charles Munch and Martin Bookspan
Charles Munch and WQXR radio music director and program director (1956-1967) Martin Bookspan chat in the recording booth backstage in the Koussevitzky Music Shed at Tanglewood, ca. 1960
Credit: Heinz Weissenstein

Martin Bookspan

Martin Bookspan, radio announcer for WQXR, poses in the radio booth backstage in the Koussevitzky Music Shed at Tanglewood, ca. July 1960.
Credit: William Tague

Considered by many to be one of the finest classical music announcers of the past century, Bookspan was a longtime radio host of Tanglewood and BSO programs, attending virtually every summer at Tanglewood from 1946 – 2018, and interviewing nearly all of the legends who passed through.

For those familiar with Bookspan’s mellifluous voice and seemingly infinite musical knowledge, he had no equals in the world of broadcasting. And for that and his deep love for music and Tanglewood, we are greatly honored and grateful.

In July 2016, Brian Bell spoke with Martin Bookspan at Tanglewood. In celebration of Martin's life and deep connection with the BSO, here is the full interview in three parts.

The Berkshire Eagle has posted his obituary here:
Martin Bookspan, legendary host, commentator noted for work at Tanglewood, dies at 94