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ANNOUNCES SECOND SEASON
OF SUNDAY SHOWCASE
...Series will feature 34 Philadelphia Orchestra broadcasts and five performances by the Opera Company of Philadelphia...
A new season of The Philadelphia Orchestra concert radio broadcasts will begin Sunday, October 6 at 8 pm on WHYY's Sunday Showcase. The series will debut with the Orchestra's Gala Season Opening Concert with Music Director Wolfgang Sawallisch, recorded September 18 at The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts. A total of 34 full-length concerts by The Philadelphia Orchestra will be broadcast throughout the series, as well as five operas performed by the Opera Company of Philadelphia.
WHYY's Ed Cunningham hosts the series, providing background information on each program's featured works and also interviewing guest artists and conductors. Sunday Showcase has been a hit with audiences in the region since the program began in July 2001, resulting in a 200% increase in WHYY's audience during the program's time slot.
"We are very excited to continue our partnership with The Philadelphia Orchestra," said WHYY President and CEO William J. Marrazzo. "Sunday Showcase provides a valuable opportunity for people across the region and the nation, through radio and the Web, to hear one of Philadelphia's greatest arts organizations. Many of the program's listeners might not otherwise have the chance to experience these exceptional performances."
"We at The Philadelphia Orchestra are pleased to continue our ongoing collaboration with WHYY," said Joseph H. Kluger, President of The Philadelphia Orchestra. "Through these radio broadcasts on 91FM, thousands throughout the region will hear the excitement of these concerts."
The Philadelphia Orchestra celebrates a decade of achievement with Music Director Wolfgang Sawallisch throughout the 2002-03 concert season. The season features 12 weeks of programs under Sawallisch's baton, including a five-week festival devoted to the music of the 19th-century German Romantic composer Robert Schumann. The season also includes 5 weeks of programs conducted by Music Director-Designate Christoph Eschenbach, and a dramatic special program in which Maestro Eschenbach pays tribute to Maestro Sawallisch by performing as piano soloist in a program conducted by him.
In addition to the Orchestra's concert broadcasts, WHYY's Sunday Showcase will also feature five performances by the Opera Company of Philadelphia. Performances will include: Carmen, La traviata, Cosi Fan Tutte, Macbeth and Ariadne auf Naxos. The Curtis Institute of Music concerts will also join the line-up of Sunday Showcase performances during summer 2003. Concerts will include performances by the Symphony Orchestra of The Curtis Institute of Music as well as students, faculty and alumni recitals from the 2002-2003 season. The Sunday Showcase series will conclude with a special Independence Day performance by Peter Nero and the Philly Pops.
In the last year, WHYY and The Philadelphia Orchestra have partnered on other productions including The Philadelphia Orchestra: A New Century, A New Home, the live broadcast of the inaugural performance of the orchestra from The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts -- which recently received a 2002 Mid-Atlantic Emmy -- and A Tribute Concert, a musical tribute to the victims of September 11. Both broadcasts were aired nationally.
Sunday Showcase is one example of the programming WHYY has produced in an effort to build its tri-state Arts and Culture Service show-casing the cultural richness of the Philadelphia region. In addition to featuring this content on traditional television and radio programs, the growth of digital technology will make it possible for WHYY to expand its reach through multiple television channels, satellite radio broadcasts, high quality internet audio and video, and transmission of educational material direct to televisions and computers as well as off-air community events.
Founded in 1900, The Philadelphia Orchestra has distinguished itself as one of the leading orch-estras in the world through a century of acclaimed performances, historic international tours, and best-selling recordings. Led by Music Director Wolfgang Sawallisch since 1993, The Philadelphia Orchestra annually touches the lives of more than 1 million music lovers worldwide through its performances (more than 300 concerts and other pre-sentations each year), publications, recordings, and broadcasts. In December 2001, The Philadelphia Orchestra moved to its new home at The Kimmel Cen-ter for the Performing Arts. Designed and built especially for the Orchestra, the Kimmel Center hosts the Orchestra's home subscription concerts each year from September through May, including expanded education and community partnership programs.
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Sunday Showcase is made possible by a grant from The Philadelphia Music Project, a cultural initiative funded by The Pew Charitable Trusts and administered by Settlement Music School. Sunday Showcase 2002-03 schedule is attached.