New York Philharmonic Launches Third Season of Radio Broadcasts on WFMT Network

Classic Arts News   New York Philharmonic Launches Third Season of Radio Broadcasts on WFMT Network
The New York Philharmonic and the WFMT Radio Network in Chicago launch the third season of the concert broadcast series "The New York Philharmonic This Week" next Monday, October 2. On tap is an all-Shostakovich program in honor of the composer's centennial, with New York Philharmonic music director Lorin Maazel conducting the Cello Concerto No. 1, featuring soloist Lynn Harrell, and the Symphony No. 5.

The weekly two-hour radio program will be broadcast and syndicated nationally (over the full 52-week year) by the WFMT network. The program will cover 39 weekly concerts, representing most of the Philharmonic's 2006 _07 season; the broadcasts will also include interviews with orchestra musicians, guest artists and conductors.

The series is syndicated nationally to more than 200 markets by the WFMT Radio Network. WFMT's Kerry Frumkin is the host; WFMT's Mark Travis is the producer; New York Philharmonic audio director Lawrence Rock is the engineer and music producer.

The concerts (heard in the New York metropolitan area on 96.3 FM WQXR on Thursdays at 9 pm) will be available in streaming audio on demand at the Philharmonic's website ( for two weeks following the broadcast.

The New York Philharmonic's first live national radio broadcast took place in 1930 over the CBS radio network, with Erich Kleiber leading the orchestra at Carnegie Hall. The Philharmonic has since broadcast regularly on national radio; since 2002, the broadcasts have been available on its website.

The WFMT Radio Network, the international syndication division of 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 Los Angeles Philharmonic, Seattle Symphony Orchestra, Jazz at Lincoln Center and Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.

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