Thursday, March 06, 2008

Massachussetts Musical Life in WGBH's Classical Connections

This just arrived in a news release from WGBH, New England's fine classical radio station:

On March 28, WGBH 89.7 introduces a new feature, Classical Connections, to its broadcasts of NPR's Morning Edition and All Things Considered. Airing every Friday at 6:35am, 8:35am and 5:45pm, Classical Connections will tell stories about the vast classical music experience in Massachusetts and examine what classical music has meant, and continues to mean, to those living and working in the Commonwealth.

Directed by award-winning radio producer Michelle Sweet, Classical Connections will feature the voices of WGBH 89.7 classical hosts Cathy Fuller, Richard Knisely, and Brian McCreath, as well as the myriad of music schools, conservatories, teachers, composers, and musicians that populate the Bay State. Classical Connections premieres on Friday, March 28 with "Why Massachusetts?" in which violinist Kristopher Tong, violinist Miriam Freed, and cellist Laurence Lesser explain why they call Boston their home.

You can check out WGBH's website for a full roster of the station's offerings, as well as links to their online streams for those who live outside their broadcast area. Kudos to WGBH for expanding the range and quality of its classical offerings at a time when another prominent classical station has just begun cutting and dumbing down its classical programs.

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