WFMT Press Room

For Immediate Release:

April 28, 2006


Broadcasts Syndicated Nationally by the WMT Radio Network

The New York Philharmonic This Week - a two-hour, national, weekly radio program of concerts by the New York Philharmonic - will begin its June 2006 concerts with Mahler's Symphony No. 7, conducted by Riccardo Chailly. Also in June: an evening of movie music conducted by John Williams, featuring excerpts from scores by Bernard Herrmann and Mr. Williams, with special guests Martin Scorsese and Steven Spielberg. Music Director Lorin Maazel will lead the Orchestra in two programs - one featuring Berlioz's colorful tone poem, Harold in Italy, with Principal Viola Cynthia Phelps as soloist, and Mahler's Symphony No. 1; the other, with works by Elliott Carter, Stravinsky, and Berlioz, with the French pianist Pierre-Laurent Aimard as soloist.

The New York Philharmonic This Week is generously underwritten by The Kaplen Foundation, The Peter Jay Sharp Foundation, the Audrey Love Charitable Foundation, and the Philharmonic's corporate partner, MetLife Foundation.

This 39-week concert broadcast series is syndicated nationally to more than 250 stations by the WFMT Radio Network. WFMT's Kerry Frumkin is the host; WFMT's Mark Travis is the broadcast producer; New York Philharmonic Audio Director Lawrence Rock is the engineer and music producer. The concerts are available on the Philharmonic's Website,, for one week following the broadcast. The program is heard locally in the New York metropolitan area on 96.3 FM WQXR on Tuesdays at 9:00 p.m.

The WFMT Radio Network, the international syndication division of award-winning Chicago classical music station 98.7 FM WFMT, produces and distributes these broadcasts nationwide. In addition to the New York Philharmonic broadcasts, WFMT syndicates concerts by the Seattle Symphony Orchestra, Jazz at Lincoln Center, and the
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, and news series, as well as specials to radio outlets around the world.
Host Kerry Frumkin, along with Mark Travis and Lawrence Rock, is responsible for the format of The New York Philharmonic This Week. Previously, Mr. Frumkin produced the nationally syndicated New York Philharmonic Live! for five years. A Peabody Award-winning producer, he is the afternoon drive-time host of WFMT, Chicago. He hosts and produces the station's weekly series of live studio performances, Live from WFMT, featuring soloists and ensembles from the Chicago area and across the nation, and is also the host and producer of summer broadcasts from the Ravinia Festival. For several years he hosted Rising Stars at Ravinia, which featured performances by up-and-coming artists. Mr. Frumkin hosted and produced the station's first live broadcasts from Colorado's Aspen Music Festival, and is the recipient of the Armstrong, Ohio State, San Francisco State Media, and International Radio Festival awards.

Mark Travis is a producer for 98.7 FM WFMT, Chicago, and the WFMT Radio Network. He produced the inaugural season of the The New York Philharmonic This Week in 2004-05, and during the 2003-04 season was the producer for the monthly New York Philharmonic Live! radio broadcasts, syndicated by the WFMT Radio Network. Since joining WFMT in 1999, he has written and produced specialty programs for local and national broadcast, including the highly successful Berlin Philharmonic broadcasts, and has produced a number of commercial recordings for labels such as RCA/BMG, Naxos, Sony, and Bis. Mr. Travis, an accomplished singer and classical guitarist, has also written and produced a syndicated radio series of broadcasts by L'Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, among numerous other projects.

Lawrence Rock has been Audio Director of the New York Philharmonic since 1997, overseeing all of the Orchestra's audio activities, including recording, broadcasting, and live sound. He received a 2005 Grammy Award in the category of Best Classical Album as co-producer, with composer John Adams, for Mr. Adams's On the Transmigration of Souls, which also won two other Grammy Awards including Best Classical Album. The work, commissioned by the New York Philharmonic and Lincoln Center's Great Performers, was recorded live during its World Premiere in September 2002 and released on CD in 2004, on Nonesuch Records. For the Orchestra's own recording label, New York Philharmonic Special Editions, Mr. Rock produced the Grammy-nominated Sweeney Todd: Live at the New York Philharmonic, and the 10-CD set, Kurt Masur at the New York Philharmonic. He has produced live broadcasts and commercial recordings for some of the most prestigious performance organizations in the United States, and received a Grammy Award in 1997 for his work on a recording with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra.


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