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      Chicago's Classical Radio Station 98.7WFMT to broadcast MAKE MUSIC CHICAGO

      WFMT to provide live remotes from various locations throughout the June 21 citywide music festival.

      CHICAGO – June 6, 2012 – 98.7WFMT, Chicago’s Classical Experience, announced that the station will provide live coverage of MAKE MUSIC CHICAGO, the city’s second annual public music festival, taking place on Thursday, June 21 in numerous locations throughout the city. WFMT will broadcast (locally and worldwide via streaming) music and interviews from five of the locales in approximately two-hour blocs, from 10:00 am-9:00 pm. The hosts are still to be determined:

      • 10:00 am
        Music Institute of Chicago -- classical music from MIC faculty in Nichols Hall.
      • 12:00 noon
        Old Town School of Folk Music -- folk music from theatre, lobby, street settings.
      • 2:00 pm
        Fine Arts Building -- classical music and Jazz from Pianoforte studio and showrooms, FAB lobby.
      • 4:00 pm
        International House/University of Chicago -- World Music.
      • 6:00 pm (includes WFMT’s weekly Rush Hour concert series broadcast)
        St. James Cathedral -- classical, contemporary, gospel, and more.

      "WFMT is delighted to bring this unique event to our listeners, both here and around the world," said Steve Robinson, Executive Vice President and General Manager for Radio. "Showcasing local musicians is central to our mission, and the challenge of having our hosts all over the city broadcasting live on this special day is very exciting for us," he added.

      This live, one-day music festival celebrates the ability of everyone to make music. People of all ages, music of all genres, and amateurs, professionals, and marquee artists will gather throughout the day in Chicago’s public spaces to engage in spontaneous music making. In its inaugural year in 2011 over 10,000 people experienced live music at 35 sites all over the city; in 2012 its "spontaneous musical combustion" will spread across the city with more than 700 performers at 75 sites. The festival is completely FREE for musicians and audience alike.

      The event was inspired by France’s "Fête de la Musique," a national musical holiday marking its 30th anniversary this year. Since 1982, this international phenomenon has taken place on June 21 (the first day of summer) in more than 460 cities in 110 countries, including Germany, Italy, Egypt, Syria, Morocco, Australia, Vietnam, Congo, Cameroon, Fiji, Colombia, Chile, Nepal, and Japan.

      RUSH HOUR CONCERTS, under the direction of Creative Director Deborah Sobol, is pleased to present MAKE MUSIC CHICAGO in 2012, with lead sponsor Comcast and supporting sponsor Tishman Speyer, in partnership with 98.7 WFMT, Alliance Française de Chicago, the Consulate General of France in Chicago, Chicago Sister Cities International, Concierge Unlimited International, Entertainment Company, the Chicago Park District, and St. James Cathedral as a part of this global celebration with Make Music New York, Make Music Los Angeles, and Make Music D.C.

      About 98.7WFMT
      98.7WFMT provides the best and broadest selection of classical music and fine arts programming in the country. A broadcasting force which recently celebrated its 60th year on the air, 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.

      WFMT Contact:
      Julia Maish
      98.7WFMT and the WFMT Radio Network
      (773) 509-5551