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Monday, March 10, 2008

WFMT Radio Network to Webcast Massive Mahler Symphony March 15 From Quebec City

WFMT Radio Network
5400 N. St. Louis Ave.
Chicago, IL 60625-4623
Tel: (773) 279-2000

For Immediate Release


With Exclusive Rights, Leading Classical Broadcaster
To Air and Stream French Canadian Capital's
400th Birthday Kickoff Concert

CHICAGO, March 10, 2008 ’Äî The WFMT Radio Network has announced it will produce and distribute the exclusive live radio broadcast and Web simulcast of the historic March 15 concert of Gustav Mahler's massive Symphony No. 8 from Quebec City.

The concert, to be staged with 1,000 performers in the cavernous Colisˆ©e Pepsi sports arena, will launch the French Canadian capital's year-long 400th anniversary celebration.

The two-hour concert presentation will be streamed live at 7:30 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (00:30 Greenwich Mean Time March 16) at Web access is free.

The concert will also air live over 98.7/WFMT, Chicago, the network's flagship station, and is being offered free, for live or later broadcast, to any radio station that's interested, said Steve Robinson, WFMT's general manager and executive producer for the Mahler broadcast.

Mahler's Eighth Symphony, written in 1906, is also known as the "Symphony of a Thousand" because of the enormous number of orchestral musicians and singers it requires. It's rarely performed with the full, large-scale forces that will be assembled on one stage for the Quebec City concert.

Maestro Yoav Talmi will conduct the Quebec Symphony Orchestra, the Trois-Riviˆ®res Symphony Orchestra, and other orchestras; a combined chorus from more than a dozen vocal ensembles; and eight vocal soloists.

"It's going to be exciting to hear what this gargantuan Mahler symphony sounds like on the radio and on the Web," Robinson said.
A WFMT team consisting of on-air hosts Lisa Flynn (and a co-host to be named), producer Peter Whorf, and engineer Eric Arunas will be in Quebec City for the special broadcast.

"To remain relevant, broadcasters need to offer unique, high-value programs online and over the air," Robinson said. "At the same time, the WFMT Radio Network's celebratory symphony broadcast from Quebec City recalls the Golden Age of network radio, when live coverage of important cultural events at home and overseas received high priority."

The cost of the broadcast is being underwritten by the Quebec Ministry of Tourism, Canadian Tourism Commission, and Tourism Quebec.
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Nat Silverman
Nathan J. Silverman Co. PR
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Evanston, IL 60201-3774
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