WGBH News and Media Relations


April 1, 2013

April is Public Radio Music Month

WGBH’s Classical New England Originates New Choral Program; Hosts Farewell Concert of Tokyo String Quartet
BOSTON, Mass. (April 1, 2013) – Public radio stations are well known for news, but more than 40 percent of public radio listeners tune in for the music performances, stories and interviews that only public radio provides. Across the nation, public radio airs more than 5 million hours of music each year.
WGBH’s Classical New England (CNE) has been at the heart of the Boston music scene for more than 60 years, and this month joins with other public stations to celebrate the vital role public radio plays in the cultural economy through music. The nationwide Public Radio Music Month celebrates this central role that connects local stations, artists and audiences with one-of-a-kind performances, special downloads, exclusive online content and special programming.
The centerpiece of CNE’s Public Radio Music Month programing is a special ‘Farewell to Boston’ concert by the Tokyo String Quartet. After 45 years of performances, including 20 in Boston, the acclaimed quartet will take the stage for the last time on Wednesday, April 3 at WGBH. They will perform for an audience in WGBH’s Fraser Performance Studio, which will be recorded for broadcast on Sunday, April 7 at 3pm on CNE. WGBH and CNE will share the broadcast with other public radio stations across the country.
“Boston has a flourishing music scene and Classical New England is proud to be a partner in providing an increasingly rare platform for new and emerging artists from a variety of genres,” said CNE managing director Benjamin Roe. “This month, we will extend a fond farewell to the Tokyo String Quartet, and welcome a new program that celebrates ‘The First Art’ – choral music. And we’ll feature daily performances on our new WGBH Music YouTube channel by prominent national, regional, and emerging artists recorded right in our studio.”
Together in Song, hosted by Boston Children’s Chorus artistic director Anthony Trecek-King, is a new choral program produced by CNE and airing every Sunday at 6pm. Building on the popularity and success of such television programs as Glee and The Voice, along with the rise of community choral organizations like college a cappella groups and community choirs, Together in Song honors the music and ensembles that join voices in devotion, sorrow and celebration with performances from noted ensembles and choirs such as the Boston-based Cantata Singers and Cape Cod’s Gloria Dei Cantores. The new program debuted yesterday with a special Easter Sunday program.
Other Public Radio Music Month programs include a special Drive Time Live (DTL) with the winners of the American Pianists Association Competition from WQXR’s New York studios and Duo Sonidos, a joint DTL production with WFMT in Chicago featuring guitarist Adam Levin and violinist William Knuth. Duo Sonidos will be broadcast in front of a live audience from WGBH’s Fraser Performance Studio.
For additional information about CNE’s Public Radio Music Month programming, visit www.classicalnewengland.com/prmm. To learn more about station events across the country, visit the Public Radio Music Month blog at www.publicradiomusicmonth.org. Join the conversation on Twitter by following @ClassicalNewEng and using #thankspublicradio or #PRMM.
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