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The WFMT Radio Network is proud to offer the first ever extensive nationally syndicated U.S. radio series offering listeners the chance to experience the world's largest combination of arts festivals: the renowned Edinburgh Festivals.

Born from the trauma of the Second World War, Edinburgh's unique combination of festivals is a triumph of international shared storytelling. Encompassing classical music, theater, literature, popular and folk music, science, visual art and a city-wide sharing of culture, this radio series will give listeners a first-hand experience of being in one of the world's most creative and cosmopolitan cities during a period when over 600,000 visitors experience the "annual cultural equivalent of the Olympics" during which over 4,000 performances take place in hundreds of venues ranging from exquisite concert halls to site-specific fringe spaces. 

The four programs are built around concerts recorded at this year's Edinburgh International Festival, one of the most important classical music festivals in the world. Among the classical music highlights are: pianists Leif Ove Andsnes and Daniil Trifonov, chamber music by Trio Zimmerman, Les Vents Français and the Calder Quartet, violinist Leonidas Kavakos with pianist Nicola Lugansky, bass-baritone Luca Pisaroni, with pianist Justus Zeyen, the European Youth Orchestra conducted by Gianadrea Noseda, and the Iraqi Youth Orchestra, led by Paul MacAlindin.

Jazz at Lincoln Center Music Director Wynton Marsalis

In addition, the series features conversations with Scotland's National Poet Liz Lockhead, Edinburgh Book Festival Director Nick Barley, Dr. Donald Smith, Director of the Scottish Storytelling Centre, and Edinburgh Tattoo Director Brigadier Alfrey.  We'll also hear from Edinburgh International Festival Director Jonathan Mills, Scottish Cabinet Secretary Fiona Hyslop, VisitScotland Chief Executive Malcolm Roughead, and Edinburgh Chorus Director Christopher Bell.

This mini series of four 2-hour programs will be available for broadcast starting November 1, 2012 and may be broadcast twice before December 31, 2013.

This series is free of charge to all stations.  For more information, please contact Tony Macaluso at 773-279-2114, email: or Carol Martinez at 773-279-2112, email:

For more information on visiting Scotland or Edinburgh's various festivals, we recommend the following websites:

VisitScotland, Scotland's official tourism organization:

Edinburgh Festivals, an overview of all of the city's festivals:

Edinburgh International Festival:

Edinburgh Fringe Festival:

Edinburgh International Book Festival:

Edinburgh Military Tattoo:

Edinburgh Art Festival:

Scottish Storytelling Center:

Broadcast Schedule - Fall 2012

Please Note:  These listings are subject to change.  More music to be announced for each program.

PROGRAM #:  EFS 12-01
RELEASE:  November 1, 2012

Nikolai Medtner: Three Fairy Tales (Daniil Trifonov, piano)
Mendelssohn:  String Quartet in f minor, Op. 80 (Calder Quartet)
Stravinsky:  Duo Concertant (Leonidas Kavakos, violin; Nicolai Luganzky, piano)
Debussy:  Trios Nocturnes (European Union Youth Orchestra; Edinburgh Festival Chorus; Gianandrea Noseda, conductor)
Ravel:   2nd movement from String Quartet (Calder Quartet)

PROGRAM #:  EFS 12-02
RELEASE:  November 8, 2012

Ibert:   Trois pieces bréves (Les Vents Français)
Ezzet: Desert Camel (Iraqi Youth Orchestra, Paul MacAlindin, conductor
Scriabin:  Piano Sonata No. 3 (Daniil Trifonov, piano)
Schubert:  String Trio in B-Flat Major (Trio Zimmermann)
Taffanel:  Quintet in G (Les Vents Français)
Zemlinsky:  Humoreske (Les Vents Français)
Janacek:  Violin Sonata (Leonidas Kavakos, violin; Nicolai Luganzky, piano)

PROGRAM #:  EFS 12-03
RELEASE:  November 15, 2012

Stravinsky:  Three Dances from The Firebird (Daniil Trifonov, piano)
Brahms:  Violin Sonata No. 1 in G (Leonidas Kavakos, violin; Nicolai Luganzky, piano)
Debussy:  Reflet dans l'eau from Images (Daniil Trifonov, piano)
Thomas Adés:  String Quartet No. 1, Arcadiana (Calder Quartet)
Liszt:   Three Songs: Vergiftet sind meine Lieder;  O lieb, so lang du lieben kannst; Die Vätergruft (Luca Pisaroni, bass-baritone; Justus Zeyen, piano)
Malcolm Arnold: Tam O'Shanter, based on the poem by Robert Burns (Scottish national Orchestra, Charles Mackerras, conductor)

PROGRAM #:  EFS 12-04
RELEASE:  November 22, 2012

Chopin:  Ballade No. 1 in G Minor (Leif Ove Andsnes, piano)
Chopin:  Four Waltzes, Op. 70 and Op. 42 (Leif Ove Andsnes, piano)
Liszt:   Tre Sonetti di Petrarca
Schubert:  An die Musik  (Luca Pisaroni, bass-baritone; Justus Zeyen, piano)
Richard Causten: Twenty-seven Heavens (UK Premiere) European Union Youth Orchestra; Gianandrea Noseda, conductor)
Milhaud:  Quintet, La cheminee du Roi Renée (Les Vents Français)
Chopin:  Waltz in A-Flat Major, Op. 34, No. 1 (Leif Ove Andsnes, piano)