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November 13, 2012

Renowned Radio Host Isaiah Sheffer Dies at 76

Isaiah Sheffer

Isaiah Sheffer

It is with great sorrow that we share the news that ASCAP member and Founding Artistic Director of Symphony Space in New York Isaiah Sheffer has passed away at the age of 76. Isaiah is best-known as the voice of Symphony Space’s radio program "Selected Shorts," which broadcast on 130 public radio stations nationwide, reaching hundreds of thousands of listeners each week.

From the Symphony Space website: "Isaiah Sheffer is co-founder and artistic director of Symphony Space and director and host of 'Selected Shorts' live and on radio. His radio, television, theatre, and film credits are extensive and include work as a commentator on the arts for WNYC’s weekly radio column Around New York; producer/writer for 'The Road to the White House,' a 20-minute public affairs series for NBC-TV (Emmy nomination); and writer/director, 'The Last Chapter,' award-winning historical documentary film on 1,000 years of Polish-Jewish history. Mr. Sheffer wrote the book and lyrics for the musicals 'Yiddle with a Fiddle' and 'The Rise of David Levinsky.' His latest play is 'Dreamers and Demons: The Three Worlds of Isaac Bashevis Singer.'"

A memorial service is being planned for this December. For more information, visit Symphony Space's Isaiah Sheffer Memorial Page.