PROGRAM: GIVING THANKS TO MUSIC (Thanksgiving Special)

Code: THK16
Genre: Music, Holiday (Thanksgiving)
Length: 1 hour (58:30)
Frequency: Special
Delivery Type: PRX and CD
Optional Breaks: One
Air Window: November 1, 2016 – December 31, 2017

Host: Carl Grapentine
Producer: Jon Tolansky
Executive Producer: Tony Macaluso
Project Manager: Heather McDougall

 

Contact Information:
Estlin Usher: 773-279-2112, eusher@wfmt.com
David Sims: 773-279-2027, dsims@wfmt.com
Tony Macaluso: 773-279-2114, tmacaluso@wfmt.com

PRX Link:
http://www.prx.org/pieces/183726-giving-thanks-to-music

This special is available free of charge to all affiliate stations and will be available for two broadcasts from November 1, 2016 to December 31, 2017.

 

Music holds a special meaning. Sometimes it marks a momentous time in one’s life, or recalls a deep-seated emotion that stirs us to our core. And sometimes it changes our lives in a profound way. The WFMT Radio Network has invited eight individuals from different walks of life to describe something they all have in common: the profound value classical music has had for them.  As these outstanding people from the worlds of poetry, music, opera, film, theatre, humanitarian aid, and radio and television news reveal their experiences, we take a moment to give thanks for the music that has enriched our lives.

The guests taking part in this Thanksgiving holiday special are:

  • Opera singer Renee Fleming
  • US Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera
  • Film, television and theatre actress Joanna Lumley
  • Author, humanitarian and charity founder Terry Waite
  • Conductor JoAnn Falletta
  • Author and news and current affairs host and documentary maker John Humphrys
  • Opera singer Jose Carreras
  • Television newscaster Geeta Guru-Murthy

 

Music has played an especially healing role for two of our contributors who faced enormous ordeals in their lives: former Church of England Special Envoy Terry Waite, who was held captive in Beirut, chained to a wall for nearly five years; and acclaimed tenor Jose Carreras, who overcame a near-fatal catastrophe when he was diagnosed with leukaemia.

Some of the music that these guests are thankful for are Elgar’s oratorio The Dream of Gerontius, Beethoven’s Violin Concerto, the aria O Silver Moon from Dvorak’s opera Rusalka, Debussy’s Clair de Lune from his Suite Bergamasque, the Intermezzo from Puccini’s opera Manon Lescaut, and Bartok’s Concerto for Orchestra, among others.

There will be two versions of this special available; one that is specific to Thanksgiving, and one that is evergreen and available year-round. Just get in touch if you have any questions!