The WFMT Radio Network

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Genre:    Documentary, Classical Music
Length:    2 hours
Frequency:   Special
DELIVERY TYPE:  ContentDepot File transfer and CD
Optional Breaks:  One

Host:     Lynn Harrell
Producer:    Louise Frank
Recording Engineer:   Hudson Fair
Executive Producers:   Louise Frank & Steve Robinson

The WFMT Radio Network proudly presents Songs My Father Taught Me, an intimate, musical memoir by the internationally celebrated cellist, Lynn Harrell.

Through a combination of narration and performance, Lynn Harrell tells the story of his musical life and journey of self-discovery apropos of his father, legendary opera singer Mack Harrell.  He describes growing up in a musical family, losing both his parents when he was a teenager, diving into the world of the performing arts before he was twenty, and in time, finding and claiming his own voice as a musician.  At times he incorporates recordings of his father singing, sometimes accompanying them.  Throughout the program he also demonstrates his conviction that the cello is a singing instrument by performing a variety of vocal works on the cello with piano accompaniment.  His deeply personal story yields a compelling, bittersweet, and uplifting experience throughout its two-hour duration.

The program is full of great music. Lynn Harrell's frequent collaborator, pianist Victor Santiago Asuncion, joins him for a selection from Francoeur's virtuosic Cello Sonata in E Major, as well as Beethoven's Sonata for Cello and Piano No.5 in D, Op.102, No. 2 in its entirety.  Songs My Father Taught Me also features various vocal works which have been transcribed for cello.  These include selections from Schumann's Dichterliebe; and Verdi arias such as "Di Provenze Il Mar" from La Traviata, "Celeste Aida" from Aida, and "Pace Pace" from La Forza del Destino, and more.

Songs My Father Taught Me is offered free to all stations beginning July 1 and expires June 30, 2012.  For more information, please contact Tony Macaluso at (773) 279-2114, email: or Carol Martinez at (773) 279-2112, email:

Photos of Lynn Harrell are available at



(2-Hour Version)

Broadcast Schedule — Spring/Summer 2011