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98.7WFMT TO DEBUT NEW SERIES FOCUSING ON LOCAL YOUNG MUSICIANS
Introductions to debut Saturday, April 5 at 11:00 a.m.
CHICAGO, IL - March 24, 2008 - 98.7WFMT will launch Introductions starting in April, a new weekly live performance series that will feature the Chicago region's most talented pre-college musicians. Introductions will air on Saturday mornings at 11:00 a.m., beginning April 5 on 98.7WFMT, and via live streaming at wfmt.com.
"This is the most important project that I've ever worked on," said WFMT's General Manager Steve Robinson. "That's because we consider supporting young musicians to be a core part of our mission, and this program is our way of reaching out to young musicians and showcasing their enormous talent to our listeners. In addition to the most gifted instrumentalists and chamber groups in our listening area, we'll also feature the most accomplished high school orchestras, bands and choruses. Introductions is already creating enormous buzz, and we expect it to continue once the program launches. I can't wait!"
In addition to their performances, the musicians featured on Introductions will be interviewed briefly about their passion for music, their outside interests, and their hopes and dreams for the future. Smaller ensembles and soloists will perform live in WFMT's Levin Performance Studio and at facilities generously provided by lead corporate sponsors Flashpoint: The Academy of Media Arts and Sciences LLC in Chicago, and at the Barretts Home Theatre showroom in Naperville. The orchestras, bands and choruses will be recorded in their school auditoriums for broadcast on future programs. Groups interested in participating in the Introductions series may visit www.wfmt.com/Introductions or call 773-279-2019 for application information.
Each one-hour episode of Introductions will celebrate the fresh, talented, non-professional musicians who are a vital part of the Chicago arts community. In keeping with the spirit of the series as something created by young artists for young artists, the series will be hosted by two student-musicians, Lisa Brownstone (age 20) from the University of Chicago and Raja Burrows (age 21) from Northwestern University. Both are eager for the opportunity to meet fellow performers and to work to expand the audience for classical music among their peers.
Series Producer David Polk, a recent college graduate himself, is developing a unique companion website for the series (www.wfmt.com/Introductions) that will use interactive technologies to create an electronic community based around the program. The site will include archived audio of the weekly programs, pictures from the broadcasts, biographies of the performers, links to the various schools represented on the program, and a regional high school performing arts calendar. "The long-range goal is to make the Introductions website a community for young classical music lovers to learn from and a means to communicate with each other," says Polk.
Introductions is an original production of 98.7WFMT. Series Producer is David Polk. Executive Producer is Steve Robinson. In addition to the corporate sponsorship provided by Flashpoint: The Academy of Media Arts and Sciences LLC and Barretts Home Theater, Introductions is made possible by the generous support of Richard and Mary L. Gray, Jim and Kay Mabie, The Negaunee Foundation, The John R. Halligan Charitable Trust, Susan and Richard Kiphart, Fay and Daniel Levin, The Music Institute of Chicago and members of the WFMT Fine Arts Circle.
More information about Introductions and all of 98.7WFMT's programming is available at www.wfmt.com.
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 in its history. 98.7WFMT is available to listeners across the nation and around the world via the station's enhanced web streaming at www.wfmt.com.
WFMT Media Contact:
Holly H. Gilson
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