WGBH News and Media Relations


January 31, 2013

Classical New England to help listeners fall in love with the symphony all over again

BOSTON, Mass. (January 31, 2013) – Classical New England, 99.5 in Boston and New Hampshire and 88.7 in Providence, will celebrate the Valentine month by highlighting the ‘Symphonies We Love.’ Throughout February, Classical New England hosts, staff, and supporters will introduce and air their favorite symphonies. Listeners are invited to submit their own favorites at www.classicalnewengland.org and share their own stories about the symphonies they hold dearest.
“It’s been said that the very word ‘symphony’conjures up ‘a mass of images, remembrances, and ideals,’” said Classical New England Managing Director Benjamin K. Roe.  “This month, we invite our listeners from all around Boston, New England, and indeed the nation to share their stories about their most cherished symphonies.”
‘Symphonies We Love’ kicks off on Friday, February 1, at 9am with morning host Laura Carlo’s initial pick: Beethoven’s Symphony No. 1 in C Major, Op. 21. The series will continue every day through the month of February, including a day-long airing of ‘Symphonies We Love’ from Classical New England hosts, friends, and supporters on Valentine’s Day, Thursday, February 14.
“Throughout February, we hope our love letters to the greatest symphonies – both well-known and obscure – will help new listeners find a new or renewed love for the musical genre that’s been called ‘a revolution of expression, sound, and form,’” Roe said.
Listeners can also post their favorite symphonies on Facebook (www.facebook.com/teamclassical) or using #LuvSyms on Twitter. For more information, follow Classical New England on Facebook and Twitter and visit www.classicalnewengland.org.
About WGBH and Classical New England
Classical New England is a service of WGBH, Boston, America’s preeminent public broadcaster and the largest producer of PBS content for TV and the Web, including Masterpiece, Antiques Roadshow, Frontline, Nova, American Experience, Arthur, Curious George, and more than a dozen other prime-time, lifestyle, and children’s series. WGBH’s television channels include WGBH 2, WGBH 44, and the digital channels World and Create. WGBH’s Radio services reach listeners across New England with 89.7 WGBH, Boston Public Radio; WCAI, the Cape and Islands NPR® Station, and Classical New England, operator of 99.5 WCRB, serving Boston and southern New Hampshire, 89.7 WGBH HD-2 Boston, 96.3 W242AA on Beacon Hill, 89.5 WNCK Nantucket, and 88.7 WJMF, Smithfield/Providence RI. Classical New England also boasts five additional online classical-music channels, including the BSO Concert Channel, Kids Classical Channel, The Bach Channel, and the Boston Early Music Channel. Find more information at wgbh.org and classicalnewengland.org.


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