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      The WFMT Radio Network debuts The Art of the Cantor

      New 8-part series, hosted by Cantor Alberto Mizrahi, premieres Sunday, May 10 at 4:00 p.m. on 98.7WFMT

      Chicago - May 5, 2009 - The WFMT Radio Network is pleased to announce the premiere of a new 8-hour series, The Art of the Cantor, featuring the music of some of the greatest cantors of the 20th century, including the voices of Richard Tucker, Gershon Sirota, Yossele Rosenblatt, Moyshe Oysher, Jan Peerce, The Koussevitzky brothers, and many more.

      The first episode airs on 98.7WFMT on Sunday, May 10 at 4:00 pm, which will be its regular timeslot. The series was offered free of charge to other classical radio outlets via the WFMT Radio Network, and so far, 40 stations nationwide will be airing the series.

      Hosted by internationally known Hazzan Alberto Mizrahi, Cantor of Chicago's Anshe Emet Synagogue, The Art of the Cantor provides historical background and personal insight into the lives and voices of these very special spiritual and musical leaders. Comprised of 8 one-hour episodes, each program focuses on a different musical theme, including Great Cantors of the Golden Age, Operatic Cantors and Cantors in Opera, Cantors in Concert and Cantors After the Golden Age. The schedule is as follows:

      • Program 1: Greatest Cantors of the 20th Century, 1
      • Program 2: Greatest Cantors of the 20th Century, 2
      • Program 3: Greatest Cantors of the 20th Century, 3
      • Program 4: Operatic Cantors and Cantors in Opera
      • Program 5: The Cantor in America
      • Program 6: Cantors in Concert
      • Program 7: The Western European Tradition
      • Program 8: Cantors After the Golden Age

      The Art of the Cantor was written and hosted by Hazzan Alberto Mizrahi at the WFMT studios in Chicago. The programs were produced by Beth Schenker, and edited and mixed by Beth Schenker and Allison Schein. Barry Serota was musical advisor, and Allison Schein was series engineer. Series concept, direction, and initial underwriting by Ricardo Rosenkranz for Opus Magica Music, LLC.   The production of this series was made possible by a gift in memory of Cantor Martin Baum of Chicago.

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