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      98.7WFMT presents Artur Rodzinski – A Perfectionist's Legacy

      A special documentary memoir of a remarkable conductor, 50 years after his death premieres Friday, November 28 at 4:00 p.m. only on 98.7WFMT and via wfmt.com

      Chicago – November 21, 2008 – 98.7WFMT, Chicago's Classical Experience, is pleased to announce the world premiere of an exciting new radio documentary, Artur Rodzinski – A Perfectionist's Legacy, on Friday, November 28 at 4:00 p.m.

      The program commemorates the 50th anniversary of the passing of the great and influential conductor Artur Rodzinski. He is best known today as the fiery Music Director of the Cleveland Symphony, New York Philharmonic, and Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and also as the virtuoso who, at the personal insistence of the legendary Maestro Arturo Toscanini, was engaged by NBC to select players and build up the magnificent NBC Symphony Orchestra. His colorful and outspoken personality, his fanatical perfectionism, and the brilliance, theatricality and high voltage discipline of his performances are recalled both by musicians who played with him and members of his family.

      Artur Rodzinski – A Perfectionist's Legacy includes personal reminiscences from former members of the Cleveland, New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony and Royal Philharmonic Orchestras, Maestro Rodzinski's son Richard (President of the Van Cliburn Foundation), and in an archive recording from 1968, the conductor's late widow Halina.

      The hour-long program includes a wide array of stellar orchestral music by Mendelssohn, Rimsky-Korsakov, Brahms, Wagner, Albeniz, Rachmaninoff, Gershwin, and Shostakovich, and a fascinating excerpt from an opera performance with legendary singers Birgit Nilsson and Wolfgang Windgassen in Wagner's Tristan und Isolde. Also featured is the broadcast premiere of a clip of Maestro Rodzinski in rehearsal with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, allowing us to hear his meticulous and intensely demanding attention to detail, precision, and the character of the music he conducted.

      Artur Rodzinski – A Perfectionist's Legacy is hosted and produced by Jon Tolansky. Executive Producers are 98.7WFMT's Steve Robinson and Peter Whorf. More information about 98.7WFMT and all of the station's programming is available at wfmt.com.

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