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"Bringing Back the Music"

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Friday, October 28 at 7PM on 93.9 FM and online at

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WNYC will offer a live broadcast of “Bringing Back the Music,” a benefit concert for the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra (LPO), featuring that New Orleans-based ensemble and the New York Philharmonic. The all-American program includes special guests Wynton Marsalis, Audra McDonald, Randy Newman and Itzhak Perlman with host Beverly Sills.

The WNYC broadcast, hosted by Margaret Juntwait and John Schaefer, begins with a pre-concert special at 7pm which will include recorded performances by the LPO and conversations with Babs Mollere, the orchestra’s managing director, and others. Featured music will include excerpts from the October 4th benefit concert organized by the Nashville Symphony (provided courtesy of National Public Radio), which marked the first time LPO musicians regrouped following Hurricane Katrina. The concert broadcast will start at 8pm live from Avery Fisher Hall.

“WNYC has been covering the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina with special news reports and cultural programming, but this broadcast addresses the plight and story of the Louisiana Philharmonic, the nation’s first self-owned and self-governed orchestra, whose concert hall was flooded and whose members are now dispersed around the country,” said Elena Park, WNYC’s Executive Producer of Music & Culture. “Although New Orleans is heralded as a legendary center for jazz and blues, the city was one of the early capitols for classical music and opera in the United States. In this broadcast, WNYC will explore that rich legacy and the essential role classical music continues to play in the Crescent City today.”

“Bringing Back the Music” will feature Gershwin’s Cuban Overture; Randy Newman’s songs, “I Think It’s Going to Rain Today,” “Dixie Flyer,” and “Louisiana 1927”; Copland’s “The Promise of Living” from The Tender Land and the fourth movement of his Symphony No. 3; the first movement of Barber’s Violin Concerto; John Adams’s Short Ride in a Fast Machine. All proceeds will benefit the Louisiana orchestra. Conductors will include New York Philharmonic music director Lorin Maazel and Louisiana Philharmonic music director-designate Carlos Miguel Prieto, as well as James Conlon, Leonard Slatkin, and Ted Sperling.

This live concert broadcast comes on the heels of WNYC’s “Parting the Waters” special, an hour-long program hosted by WNYC’s Leonard Lopate featuring excerpts from The New Yorker magazine’s Town Hall benefit on September 24; and the live broadcast of “Higher Ground,” the benefit event organized by Wynton Marsalis and Jazz at Lincoln Center on Saturday, September 17.

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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
» Program and information on New York Philharmonic's Web site
» Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra 2005-2006 Schedule
» Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra Web site
» WNYC's "Parting the Waters" special
» "Higher Ground" concert on NPR
» WNYC's coverage of Hurricane Katrina: Updates and Analysis

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