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WNYC and NPR will broadcast a special live performance by the world-renowned Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra from Carnegie Hall. Conducted by Mariss Jansons, the repertoire includes Beethoven's Symphony No. 2 and Shostakovich's Symphony No. 5. This special broadcast, a co-production of WNYC and National Public Radio, will be co-hosted by WNYC's John Schaefer and NPR's Fred Child, and will be heard as part of NPR's SymphonyCast later this year.
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Host John Schaefer takes a look at how the Vienna Philharmonic has evolved since it first began accepting female musicians into its ranks in 1997.
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Airs March 11 at 7PM on 93.9 FM
In the hour preceding the live broadcast from 7PM8PM, host David Garland will play selections spanning the recorded history of the Vienna Philharmonic.
About the Vienna Philharmonic
Hailed as one of the world's greatest orchestras, this performance will air as part of the Vienna Philharmonic's annual visit to Carnegie Hall. The orchestra is comprised of members of the esteemed orchestra for the Vienna Staatsoper, and has been self-managed since its founding in 1842.
About Mariss Jansons
Latvian conductor Mariss Jansons was honored as Conductor of the Year in 2004 by the Royal Philharmonic Society. He is chief conductor of the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra in Munich, and music director of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, in Amsterdam. He is currently recording the complete Shostakovich symphonies with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra for EMI.
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About John Schaefer
As host of WNYC's weekday program Soundcheck, John Schaefer showcases the finest composers and performers with a talk show focused squarely on New York's vibrant cultural scene, frequently highlighted by exclusive in-studio performances. Schaefer has also hosted and produced the popular new music radio program New Sounds since 1982.
Schaefer's writings include New Sounds: A Listener's Guide to New Music (Harper & Row, NY, 1987; Virgin Books, London, 1990); a biography of composer La Monte Young (in Sound and Light, Bucknell University Press, 1996); and Songlines: The Voice in World Music (Cambridge Companion to Singing, Cambridge University Press, UK, 2000).
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About Fred Child
Fred Child is the host of America's most-listened-to daily classical music radio show, NPR's Performance Today. The program reaches 1.5 million listeners every week on 250 stations around the country. Performance Today features classical music in concert across the nation and around the world, music in concert from the NPR studios, plus classical music news, interviews and issues.
In recent years, Child has hosted a series of important live national concert broadcasts, including the Los Angeles Philharmonic's first ever concerts from Walt Disney Hall, the Berlin Philharmonic live at Carnegie Hall, and the New York Philharmonic's world premiere of John Adams's "On the Transmigration of Souls."
Child's CD reviews appear on NPR's All Things Considered, his classical music reports appear on NPR's Morning Edition and Weekend Edition. He's been a contributor to Billboard magazine, and a commentator for BBC Radio 3.
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