Lyric Opera of Chicago to Stay on Radio Through 2011-12

Classic Arts News   Lyric Opera of Chicago to Stay on Radio Through 2011-12
 
Lyric Opera of Chicago has announced that is has sufficient funding to stay on the airwaves through at least the 2011-12 season.

The company has secured funds matching last fall's $2 million grant from the Matthew and John Bucksbaum families and General Growth Properties. This contribution enabled the company to resume broadcasts last October after four years off the air.

Plegding the matching funds are the Crown family of Chicago ($1 million) and, at $500,000 each, New York's Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and Richard P. and Susan Kiphart.

Heading the Crown family is Lyric board member Lester Crown. Mr. Kiphart is also the board's president.

"It is particularly gratifying" that those who stepped up alongside Matthew and John Bucksbaum families and General Growth Properties are closely associated with the company, said its general director William Mason.

Last season, more than 200 national markets carried the Bucksbaum Family Lyric Opera Broadcasts through the WFMT Radio Network, which also distributed the broadcasts internationally to the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and the European Broadcasting Union.

Lyric Opera expects to reach over 25 million listeners through live broadcasts during the coming season and internationally syndicated rebroadcasts afterwards.

"My wife Susie and I are pleased to play a role in this important endeavor," said Mr. Kiphart.

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