WFMT Press Room

For Immediate Release:

October 11, 2006

98.7WFMT and Chicago Symphony Orchestra Announce New Radio Series

The CSO Soloists Presented by National City to debut live from WFMT's Studios on Sunday, October 22 from 3:00-4:00 pm

Chicago, IL – 98.7WFMT, Chicago's Classical Experience, and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra are proud to announce the creation of a new radio series: The CSO Soloists Presented by National City. Featuring performers from the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in an intimate recital setting, this 6-part series will be broadcast live from WFMT's own Fay and Daniel Levin Performance Studio. Each of the one-hour recitals will be performed in front of a studio audience.

"Bringing live music performance to our audience has always been a hallmark of 98.7WFMT's programming," says Steve Robinson, Senior Vice President and General Manager. "Our long-standing relationship with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra has allowed WFMT and the WFMT Radio Network to share the riches of Chicago with the nation and world for many, many years. Now, with the support of The Private Group at National City, WFMT will be able to share a new, unique and intimate experience with listeners as we present this new series of CSO soloists in recital, live from our studios. I want to thank everyone at the CSO for their ongoing partnership. I also want to thank The Private Group at National City for making this series possible. Together, we can bring the Chicago Symphony Orchestra experience to the largest possible audience."

This original performance series debuts on Sunday, October 22 from 3:00-4:00 pm with Lei Hou, violin and Catherine Brubaker, viola. The program will include: W. A. Mozart's Violin and Viola Duo #2 in B- Flat Major, K 424 and Bohuslav Martinu's Three Madrigals for Violin and Viola.

Lei Hou joined the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in 1997. Active as a soloist and chamber musician, Ms. Hou recently performed in a chamber music concert with Pinchas Zukerman at the Ravinia Music Festival, and a string quartet concert tour in Germany, Switzerland, and Italy with fellow CSO members. She earned both bachelor's and master's degrees in violin performance from the Peabody Conservatory. Ms. Hou is a native of Dalian, China.

A member of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra since 1989, Catherine Brubaker is a graduate of The Juilliard School, where she was a student of William Lincer. Ms. Brubaker is a former member of the Dallas and Seattle symphony orchestras and has served on the music faculty at Northwestern University, teaching orchestral repertoire for viola. An avid performer of chamber music, she appears annually on the CSO Chamber Music Series and has been heard on WFMT's Dame Myra Hess concert series. Raised in Arizona, Ms. Brubaker lives in Evanston.

The series continues on Sunday afternoons from 3:00-4:00 pm with the following artists and dates (currently confirmed):

Sunday, December 17, 2006 – Rong-Yan Tan, violin and Kuang Hao Uang, piano
Sunday, February 11, 2007 – to be determined
Sunday, April 15, 2007 – Gary Stucka, cello with guest pianist
Sunday, June 10, 2007 – Sarah Bullen, harp and Max Raimi, viola
August, 2007 – date and artist to be determined

"The CSO is delighted to collaborate with 98.7WFMT and National City on this unique new recital series, an opportunity to showcase the talents and musical personalities of individual members of our great Orchestra," said Deborah R. Card, President of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association. "The CSO as a whole is known internationally for its world-class musicians, the extraordinary quality of the ensemble as a whole, its musicality, and a deep commitment to artistic excellence. The Orchestra's overall strength as a team can only be attributed to the exceptional musical gifts that each and every player possesses and contributes to the ensemble. Drawing upon this incredible pool of talent, it will be wonderful to invite our musicians to step into the spotlight as soloists, sharing their own musical perspectives and programming with listeners."

The series is underwritten by The Private Group at National City.

"National City has always been committed to the arts, and pledging our support to WFMT and a cultural icon like the Chicago Symphony Orchestra is something we're proud to do. Sponsoring the CSO Soloists series gives us a chance to help showcase these outstanding musicians and the CSO to a broader audience in a unique setting," said David W. Dunning, Executive Vice President and Senior Managing Director. "The Private Client Group at National City has also agreed to contribute $5,000 or more to WFMT or the CSO in the name of any new client who establishes a $1 million dollar trust or investment management relationship with us, as a result of our involvement with WFMT or the CSO."

More information about the Chicago Symphony Orchestra's 2006/2007 season is available at More information about 98.7WFMT and the WFMT Radio Network is available at

The CSO Soloists Presented by National City is an original production of 98.7WFMT, presented in partnership with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. The series is underwritten by The Private Group at National City.

Background and Contact Information:

About 98.7WFMT
98.7WFMT, Chicago's Classical Experience, provides the best and broadest selection of classical music and fine arts programming heard in the country. A broadcasting force for more than 50 years, the station's appeal continues to widen. 98.7WFMT is currently serving the largest audience and enjoying the highest ratings in its history.

About the Private Client Group at National City
The Private Client Group is the cornerstone of wealth management at National City and delivers comprehensive financial solutions to high-net-worth individuals and families with $1 million or more in investable assets. The Private Client group is made up of experienced and trusted financial advisors who provide a single point of access to a team of experts in investment management, fiduciary services, estate administration, private banking, brokerage* and financial consulting services. Clients of the Private Client Group report higher levels of overall satisfaction compared to the total affluent market, according to a survey by TNS, an independent research firm, and are more likely to recommend it to others. For more information about the Private Client Group at National City Corporation, contact David Dunning at 312-214-2145 or visit our website at

*Brokerage products and services are provided by NatCity Investments, Inc., a registered broker dealer, member NASD and SIPC and a subsidiary of National City Corporation.

About the Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Founded in 1891, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra is consistently hailed as one of the greatest orchestras in the world. In collaboration with the best conductors and guest artists on the international music scene, the CSO performs well over one hundred concerts each year at its downtown home, Symphony Center, and at the Ravinia Festival on Chicago's North Shore, where it is in residency each summer. The CSO's comprehensive education and community programs engage close to 100,000 Chicago-area residents annually. Music lovers outside Chicago enjoy the sounds of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra through best-selling recordings and frequent sold-out tour performances in the United States and around the globe. Since 1971, the CSO has undertaken 32 international tours: 24 to Europe, five to the Far East, as well as one each to Russia, Australia, and South America. Recordings by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra have been awarded 58 Grammy® Awards from the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, more than any other orchestra in the world.

WFMT Media Contact:
Holly H. Gilson
98.7WFMT and the WFMT Radio Network
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Synneve Carlino
Chicago Symphony Orchestra
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