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Music Party - Live Classical Music and Conversation from Intimate NYC Settings

A Co-production of WNYC and the BBC

Tuesday, November 16, 2004

WNYC and the BBC bring classical music and conversation back into the most of intimate of settings: the homes of music lovers.

These one-hour specials called Music Party, are a collaboration between the BBC World Service, which will broadcast the specials in hundreds of countries, and WNYC, which will air the specials locally on 93.9 FM. WNYC will make these programs available nationally within the US in September, 2005.

Broadcast internationally on BBC World Service and locally on WNYC 93.9 FM

» The Music Party featuring Imani Winds
Saturday, July 2, 2005 at 8PM on 93.9 FM
Imani Winds, one of the classical world’s hottest young ensembles, will perform from the Armor Hall at historic Wave Hill.

» The Music Party with Wu Han and David Finckel
Saturday, June 25, 2005 at 8PM on 93.9 FM
Listeners will be transported to the unique and opulent setting of the Music Room in the House Museum at Caramoor for a stunning performance by husband-and-wife team David Finckel and Wu Han.

» The Music Party with the Ritz Chamber Players
Saturday, December 4, 2004 at 8PM on 93.9 FM
Listeners will be transported to a historic brownstone in Harlem, the former residence of African American composer Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson, to hear the Ritz Chambers Players, a two-year old ensemble based in Florida that not only performs standard repertoire but commissions music by black composers.
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» The Music Party featuring the renowned Orion String Quartet
Saturday, December 11, 2004 at 8PM on 93.9 FM
The renowned Orion String Quartet will be heard in the lovely parlor setting of the Stefania De Kenessey residence off Central Park West.
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Imani WindsThe Music Party featuring Imani Winds
Saturday, July 2, 2005 at 8PM on 93.9 FM
From Wave Hill in the Bronx, the Music Party offers works by Maurice Ravel, Mongo Santamaria, Lalo Schifrin, and Astor Piazzolla, some of them in original arrangements by members of the quintet, as well as a set of spirituals. Imani Winds will talk about their amazing range of repertoire, their highly energized and personal performing style, and the close bonds that they forge as they tour, perform, and record together.

Imani Winds is an ensemble of African-American and Latin-American players whose repertoire ranges from traditional masterworks for wind quintet to music from a wealth of heritages, all performed with infectious energy and remarkable artistry. Wave Hill is an 1843 former country estate in the Bronx overlooking the Hudson River that was once home to Maestro Arturo Toscanini. It is now a 28-acre public garden and cultural center.

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Wu Han and David Finckel - photo by Christian SteinerThe Music Party with Wu Han and David Finckel
Saturday, June 25, 2005 at 8PM on 93.9 FM
Recorded on location at Caramoor, the Music Party will offer a program of “first movements” of sonatas by Beethoven, Brahms, Britten and Prokofiev for cello and piano, an exploration that reveals an astonishing range of musical invention.  Hosts Margaret Juntwait of WNYC and Iain Burnside of BBC World Service talk with Wu Han and David Finckel about their busy lives and artists, programmers, and ground-breaking musical entrepreneurs.

Pianist Wu Han and cellist David Finckel are co-artistic directors of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and founders of Music@Menlo, a chamber music festival in Silicon Valley, as well as ArtistLed, the first musician-directed and Internet-based recording company. David Finckel is also cellist of the renowned Emerson String Quartet. Caramoor is the former residence of Walter and Lucie Rosen in Katonah, New York, and the current home of the internationally renowned Caramoor Music Festival.

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The Ritz Chamber PlayersThe Music Party with the Ritz Chamber Players
Saturday, December 4, 2004 at 8PM on 93.9 FM
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Recorded on location at the Jo-Ann and Archie Hamilton residence in Harlem, this is a rare opportunity to hear works by prominent African-American composers Adolphus Hailstork and the recently-departed Coleridge Taylor-Perkinson, traditional spirituals arranged by Marvin Mills, plus selections by Mozart, Mendelssohn, and Prokofiev. 

Hosts Margaret Juntwait of WNYC and Iain Burnside of BBC World Service talk with the Ritz players about creating a primarily African-American ensemble based in Jacksonville, Florida, championing music of black composers, and forging a path as “the nation's first chamber music ensemble comprised solely of accomplished musicians spanning the African diaspora.”

WNYC Music Director George Preston, who scouted locations in New York City to complement the ensembles and repertoire, said “We are thrilled to be able to introduce the Ritz Chamber Players from a home with such rich African American musical history. With this program, they continue this great tradition.”

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The Music Party Featuring the Renowned Orion String Quartet
Saturday, December 11, 2004 at 8PM on 93.9 FM
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From the De Kennessey Residence, off of Central Park West, the Music Party offers works by Chick Corea, Wynton Marsalis, Bartok, Beethoven, Haydn, and Ravel.  The conversation encompasses the quartet's restaurant touring guide, the endless rewards of interpreting the Beethoven Quartets, and the opportunities of having works written expressly for them by Corea and Marsalis.

Orion String Quartet photoThe Orion String Quartet, hailed for its exquisite artistry, technical mastery and astute approach to concert programming, is particularly renowned for its interpretations of the Beethoven String Quartets. One of the most admired chamber ensembles on the international music scene, the Quartet has been consistently praised for the fresh perspective and individuality it brings to performances of a broad range of repertoire.

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Credits
· Elena Park, WNYC's Executive Producer for Music & Culture
· BBC Producer Radek Boschetty, Sound Engineer Michael Bacon, and Host Iain Burnside

· WNYC thanks the following individuals for their support and participation: Jo-Ann Wyke Hamilton, Archie Thomas Hamilton, and Margaret & Joseph Wyke for hosting the Ritz Chamber Players party; Judith Pine Bobéfrom the Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson Foundation; Stefania De Kenessey for hosting the Orion String Quartet party; Paul Rosenblum, Michael Barrett and Meg Slavin of Caramoor for hosting the Wu Han and David Finckel Music Party; and Kati London, Jennifer McGregor and Kathryn Heintz of Wave Hill for hosting the Imani Winds party.

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Other Recent WNYC Music and Culture Programs
» The Heart of Song: Renée Fleming with Fred Hersch
» Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra Live from Carnegie Hall
» A "Kiss for All the World" from WNYC on New Year's Eve 2004!
» Music Party Specials
» "The Ring and I: The Passion, The Myth, The Mania"
» Bernstein's Candide
» WNYC celebrates the opening of Carnegie's Zankel Hall

Additional Links and Resources
» The Ritz Chamber Players website
» The Orion String Quartet's website
» More about the Imani Winds
» Wu Han and David Finckel's label

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