WFMT Press Room

For Immediate Release:

December 19, 2006

98.7WFMT and the WFMT Radio Network Unveil New Radio Series Lyon & Healy Presents: The Glory Of The Harp

The first in-depth exploration of music for the harp debuts in January, 2007

Chicago, IL – 98.7WFMT, Chicago's Classical Experience, will launch Lyon & Healy Presents: The Glory Of The Harp, a new local and national radio series, this Saturday, January 6 at 10:00 am on 98.7WFMT and over radio stations across the country (check local listings). The 26-week series centering on the harp, both as a solo instrument and in a chamber and concerto music settings is produced in partnership with Lyon & Healy and hosted by well-known classical music personality Joan Kjaer of Iowa Public Radio. The series is produced by award-winning documentarian Jon Tolansky and is created and produced by The WFMT Radio Network.

"The whole concept of The Glory of the Harp – presenting a weekly showcase for this great instrument and the vast range of music written for it – is so much a part of a vision shared by WFMT and Lyon & Healy, the series seemed a natural, exciting addition to our schedule," said Senior Vice President for Radio, Steve Robinson. "A musical exploration of this type has never been done for radio and when we surveyed stations around the country earlier this year, the response was over the top. The combination of Lyon & Healy's access to the best harpists in the world, Jon Tolanskly's tremendous producing skills and host Joan Kjaer has created a pioneering radio series that we are proud to broadcast locally on 98.7WFMT and to offer nationally and internationally through The WFMT Radio Network."

"The Glory of the Harp will take the listener through a journey that explores the unique sounds of the harp," said Maria Luisa Rayan-Forero, Artistic Director for the series. "The series will present an array of harp music that displays a variety of musical styles. It will comprise music from the Baroque to the 20th century, presenting the harp in different mediums – as a solo, chamber and orchestral instrument. The music selected is extracted from commercial recordings and live concerts at the Lyon & Healy Hall."

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The first one-hour episode in the series will feature French Music with harp works by Ravel, Fauré, Saint-Saëns, and Caplet. Each program in the series will explore a different theme and some will include a live performance element from Chicago's Lyon & Healy Hall.

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About Lyon & Healy
Founded in 1864 in Chicago, Lyon & Healy Harps built its first pedal harp in 1889. With more than a century of experience and twenty-five current styles, Lyon & Healy Harps remains one of the most respected instrument-makers in the world. The unparalleled Lyon & Healy sound is marked by its resonance, its clarity, its carrying ability and most importantly, its consistency. It is the instrument of choice in orchestras and symphonies all over the world. For more information, please call (312) 786-1881 or visit

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 55 years, the station's appeal continues to widen. 98.7WFMT is currently serving the largest audience in its history.

About The WFMT Radio Network
The WFMT Radio Network, one of the world's most respected producers and distributors or fine arts radio programming, syndicates concerts by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Lyric Opera of Chicago, the New York Philharmonic, Vienna Philharmonic, Jazz at Lincoln Center, and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, as well as ongoing series and documentary specials such as Exploring Music with Bill McGlaughlin and the Peabody award winning documentary Leonard Bernstein: An American Life with Susan Sarandon. The WFMT Radio Network also offers exclusive programming from Germany's Deutsche Welle Radio, the British Broadcasting Corporation, and dozens of classical, folk, jazz, and news series, as well as specials to radio outlets around the world.

WFMT Media Contact:
Holly H. Gilson
98.7WFMT and the WFMT Radio Network
(773) 509-5424

Heather Capple
Lyon & Healy
(312) 786-1881 ext. 312