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WFMT-FM (98.7) to Air Northwestern Music Series Jan. 13-Feb. 17

January 8, 2008 | by Judy Moore

EVANSTON, Ill. --- For the fourth consecutive year, the Northwestern University School of Music and WFMT-FM (98.7), Chicago's only classical music station, will broadcast a weekly Sunday afternoon radio series showcasing Northwestern music faculty, ensembles, distinguished alumni and guest artists in performance and conversation.

This winter's six-week "Music From Northwestern" series will air hour-long shows each Sunday at 4 p.m. Central Standard Time (CST), from Jan. 13 through Feb. 17.

WFMT-FM program host and Northwestern University alumnus Kerry Frumkin will host the broadcasts. Richard Van Kleeck, director of concert activities for the School of Music, is co-producer of the Winter 2008 WFMT-FM radio broadcasts with Jesse McQuarters.

The Jan. 13 opening program will feature pre-recorded highlights from recent performances by Northwestern faculty members and student ensembles. Concert excerpt highlights will include the Northwestern University Symphony Orchestra (NUSO), under the direction of Victor Yampolsky, performing movements from Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 4, Op. 36 and Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 1, featuring School of Music student pianist and 2007 Concerto Competition winner Sergiy Komirenko. Also aired will be the University Chorale and NUSO members, both conducted by Robert A. Harris, performing selections from Perischetti's Song Cycle, Op. 103.

The five remaining programs in the series -- to be broadcast Jan. 20, Jan. 27, Feb. 3, Feb. 10 and Feb. 17 -- will feature Northwestern student soloists, faculty performances, the University's Symphonic Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band, various choral groups and a program devoted to orchestral music.

Featured music faculty artists during the series will include pianist Alan Chow, violinist Gerardo Ribeiro, clarinetist Steven Cohen, percussion professor and marimba player Michael Burritt, pianist James Giles, string (double) bassist Peter Lloyd and clarinetist and saxophonist Victor Goines, the School of Music's new director of jazz studies.

Student ensembles will include the Northwestern University Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Robert Hasty; the Symphonic Wind Ensemble led by Mallory Thompson; the Symphonic Band, conducted by Ryan T. Nelson; the Baroque Music Ensemble, conducted by Stephen Alltop; the Brass Ensemble, conducted by Gail Williams; the Jazz Ensemble, conducted by Joel Spencer; and the Percussion Ensemble, under the direction of Michael Burritt. Northwestern student competition winners also will be featured as soloists.

In addition to airing on WFMT-FM, the complete six-week series of 2008 programs, as well as those of the previous three seasons, will be available for "streaming on demand" by visiting the Pick-Staiger Concert Hall Web site at <www.pickstaiger.com>. For more information, call Pick-Staiger at (847) 491-5441.

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