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      Exploring Music's Bill McGlaughlin in Performance in Chicago with the Grant Park Music Festival on July 2 and 5

      Chicago, IL -- Bill McGlaughlin, host of the WFMT Radio Network's wildly popular weekly series, Exploring Music with Bill McGlaughlin, will be joining the Grant Park Music Festival and Principal Conductor Carlos Kalmar on Wednesday, July 2 and Friday, July 5 to narrate a special program exploring American classical music.

      In Exploring Music with Bill McGlaughlin: America Then and Now, the captivating conductor, composer and Peabody-award winning broadcaster will take audiences on an orchestral journey through 125 years of American classical music.

      The Wednesday, July 2 program will be taped for a later national broadcast by the WFMT Radio Network and will also be heard live on 98.7WFMT. Exploring Music's Executive Producer Steve Robinson will host a pre-concert broadcast on 98.7WFMT from 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm, followed by the regular weeknight episode of Exploring Music with Bill McGlaughlin. The live broadcast from The Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park will begin at 8:00 p.m. and will be dedicated to the memory of longtime Exploring Music with Bill McGlaughlin supporter Earl Shapiro and his wife Brenda.

      Exploring Music with Bill McGlaughlin: America Then and Now

      Wednesday, July 2 at 8:00 p.m. (Broadcast live on 98.7WFMT and via enhanced web streaming at wfmt.com)
      Saturday, July 5 at 8:00 pm
      Grant Park Orchestra; Carlos Kalmar, Conductor; Bill McGlaughlin, Narrator All

      CHADWICK - Jubilee from Symphonic Sketches
      STILL - In Memoriam: The Colored Soldiers Who Died for Democracy
      BERNSTEIN - Three Dance Episodes from "On the Town"
      NELSON - Savannah River Holiday
      SVOBODA - Overture of the Season
      GARROP - Shadow (2001)
      ADAMS - Slonimsky's Earbox
      THEOFANIDIS - Rainbow Body

      Bill McGlaughlin will appear on WTTW11's Chicago Tonight on Tuesday, July 1 at 7:00 p.m. to discuss this project with the Grant Park Orchestra, as well as his career in both music and broadcasting. He has served as principal trombonist with the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Pittsburgh Symphony, and has led a number of orchestral groups, including his roles as Associate Conductor of the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra and Music Director of orchestras in Eugene, Tucson, San Francisco and Kansas City. As a broadcaster, Bill is known for his work with the BBC and PBS, as co-host of the chamber music series Center Stage From Wolftrap and host of St. Paul Sunday. His series Exploring Music with Bill McGlaughlin is now entering its fifth season of weekly journeys through the world of classical music and is heard weeknights on 98.7WFMT at 7:00 p.m., via WFMT's enhanced web streaming at wfmt.com and on radio stations across the country through the WFMT Radio Network.

      Background and Contact Information Contact: Holly H. Gilson/ 98.7WFMT and the WFMT Radio Network 773-509-5424 or hgilson@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.

      The WFMT Radio Network, the international syndication division of award-winning Chicago classical music station 98.7WFMT, is one of the world's most well-regarded sources for classical, jazz and folk music programming. The WFMT Radio Network syndicates performances by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Lyric Opera of Chicago, and Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, as well as ongoing series and documentary specials such as Exploring Music with Bill McGlaughlin and Leonard Bernstein: An American Life. The WFMT Radio Network also offers exclusive programming from Germany's Deutsche Welle Radio, the British Broadcasting Corporation, and dozens of classical, folk, jazz, news series, and specials to radio outlets around the world. Many of the WFMT Radio Network's series and specials are available for on-demand listening for a nominal fee at wfmt.com/streaming.

      About Grant Park Music Festival Acclaimed by critics and beloved by audiences, the Grant Park Music Festival is the nation's only free, municipally-supported, outdoor summer classical music series of its kind. The Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park, located between Michigan and Columbus Avenues, at Washington Street, is the official home of the Grant Park Music Festival. Founded by the Chicago Park District in 1935 and co-presented by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and the Grant Park Orchestral Association since 2001, the Grant Park Music Festival presents 32 concerts between June 11 and August 16, 2008, typically on Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday nights.

      All Grant Park Music Festival performances are free to the public. Open lawn and pavilion seating are available on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, please call the Grant Park Music Festival at 312-742-7638 or visit the Festival's website at www.grantparkmusicfestival.com. Concert information is subject to change.

      Farrah Malik/Beth Silverman
      The Silverman Group, Inc.

      Jill Hurwitz
      Millennium Park