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      98.7WFMT to air new documentary: Sergei Rachmaninoff: The Path to Eternity

      World premiere on 98.7 WFMT on Sunday, February 21 at 4:00 pm CST

      Chicago – February 9, 2010 – 98.7WFMT, Chicago's Classical Experience, announces the world premiere of a revealing new documentary as part of its month-long celebration of the life and work of an iconic Russian composer, pianist, and conductor. Sergei Rachmaninoff: The Path to Eternity will debut on Sunday, February 21 at 4:00 pm CST.

      Produced by award-winning documentarian Jon Tolansky and hosted by Peter Van De Graaff, this unique two-hour program tells the colorful, moving, and dramatic story of Rachmaninoff, revealed in the words of his grandson Alexander, his letters to close friends and relatives, comments from some of his most acclaimed interpreters and scholars, and a wide selection of extracts from his music – both his most popular compositions loved by fans for more than a century and many inspired and highly original master-works that were rarely performed until recently.

      "With this program, we hope to illuminate for listeners the many-sided genius of a man whose fertile imagination and passionate musical creativity produced a remarkably wide and varied array of orchestral, instrumental, chamber, opera, choral, and solo vocal compositions," said Tolansky. "In all of these, there is the unmistakable voice of Sergei Rachmaninoff – a man who rarely spoke about himself in words, and whose aristocratic refinement and reserve discreetly cloaked a life of excitement and drama. That life and personality were inextricably wedded to the Russia Rachmaninoff loved so deeply and lost so traumatically – the country to which he was never able to return after the Revolution of 1917," he added.

      A stellar lineup of celebrated performers and scholars, including Valery Gergiev, Antonio Pappano, Vladimir Jurowski, Gianandrea Noseda, Garrick Ohlsson, Dennis Matsuev, Sean Botkin, Nicolai Lugansky, Geoffrey Norris, and Welz Kauffmann share their thoughts about a wide range of the composer's creations.

      Sergei Rachmaninoff: The Path to Eternity is a WFMT Radio Network production presented in association with the Serge Rachmaninoff Foundation, which is generously underwriting this documentary. The Executive Producers are Steve Robinson, Executive Vice President of the WFMT Radio Network, and Alexander Rachmaninoff, President of the Serge Rachmaninoff Foundation. The Producer is Jon Tolansky.

      About 98.7WFMT
      98.7WFMT, Chicago's Classical Experience, provides the best and broadest selection of classical music and fine arts programming in the country. A broadcasting force for almost 60 years, the station's appeal continues to widen, and is currently serving the largest audience in the station's history. Via WFMT's enhanced streaming service at www.wfmt.com/streaming, the station's programming is now available to a global audience. More information about 98.7WFMT is available at wfmt.com.

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