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Freeway Series: Music from the Pacific Coast

After the success of the first Freeway series, KUSC has decided to offer a new 8-week, 2-hour season beginning in April, 2011, with a broadcast window thru March 31, 2012.

Southern California is not just a mecca for dreamers. It boasts a thriving classical music scene, or rather, scenes. Top-notch concert series are as wide-ranging geographically as the terrain, and we’ve travelled the distance to bring you a cross-section of world-class music-making.

This season’s concerts include an extremely rare concert performance of the late Henryk Górecki conducting his own Third Symphony. Also this season: Guitar virtuoso Pepe Romero plays music of Spain with the L.A. Guitar Quartet; you’ll hear Viennese Classics with Santa Barbara’s Camerata Pacifica, and hop on a Road Trip through California composers with Jacaranda: Chamber Music from the Edge of Santa Monica. Rising operatic star, tenor Alek Shrader (star of the PBS special, The Audition) sings a recital of art songs by Barber, Grieg, and more. And San Francisco Symphony Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas returns to his alma mater to conduct the USC Thornton Symphony, one of the world’s great student orchestras, and to reminisce about his days as a USC undergraduate, working as rehearsal pianist with Igor Stravinsky and Jascha Heifetz. The Freeway Series: Music from the Pacific Coast offers listeners a rich introduction to the diverse world of Southern California art music.

Program host and co-producer John Schneider is an internationally recognized guitarist, composer, author and broadcaster whose weekly radio and television programs have brought the sound of the guitar into millions of homes. He is the founder of MicroFest, a yearly music festival in Southern California showcasing microtonal music. A past president of the Guitar Foundation of America, Schneider is the author of the now standard textbook The Contemporary Guitar (University of California Press).

Broadcast Rights:

These eight 2-hour programs are available to all stations free of charge, beginning April 1, 2011 thru March 31, 2012. Stations may broadcast once only.

For more information please contact Carol Martinez at (773) 279-2112,

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