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Music from Northwestern on WFMT 98.7 FM

New broadcast time set for January concert series featuring guest artists, faculty and students

EVANSTON, Ill. --- For the ninth consecutive year, the Northwestern University Henry and Leigh Bienen School of Music and WFMT 98.7 FM will broadcast a weekly Sunday afternoon radio series in January showcasing Northwestern music faculty, ensembles, distinguished alumni and guest artists in performance and conversation. 

The four-part “Music From Northwestern” series will be aired and streamed each Sunday from Jan. 6 through Jan. 27, at the new time of 5 p.m. CST on Chicago’s fine arts and classical music station.

Peabody Award-winning WFMT program host and Northwestern alumnus Kerry Frumkin will host the broadcasts. Richard Van Kleeck, director of concert activities for the Bienen School of Music, is co-producer of the Winter 2013 series of radio broadcasts with Jesse McQuarters, a producer of internationally syndicated programming for the WFMT Radio Network.

The January hourlong program series will feature all-new recordings of faculty, guest artists and students from Northwestern’s Bienen School of Music. Selections range from chamber music to orchestral compositions.

The series begins Jan. 6 with two works by Aaron Copland. Mallory Thompson, Northwestern’s director of bands, conducts the Symphonic Wind Ensemble in a performance of Copland’s “Ceremonial Fanfare” and Copland’s Duo for Flute and Piano, Movement I, “Flowing,” features flutist John Thorne and pianist Elizabeth Buccheri. Wagner’s “Der Zug zum Munster” from his romantic opera “Lohengrin” is performed by the Northwestern University Cello Orchestra, conducted by Hans Erik Deckert. Internationally acclaimed soloist Timothy McAllister, the Bienen School’s new associate professor of saxophone, performs composer JacobTV’s “The Garden of Love” for soprano saxophone and pre-recorded electronics -- a piece that is based on a poem by William Blake. The “Andante” from Mozart’s Horn Quintet in E-flat Major features hornist Gail Williams, violinist Renee-Paul Gauthier, violists Jonas Benson and Amy Hess and bassist Andrew Raciti. Robert Hasty conducts the Northwestern University Symphony Orchestra in a performance of Carl Nielsen’s Concerto for Violin and Orchestra, Op. 33, Movement IV: “Rondo: Allegretto scherzando.” Donald Nally, the Bienen School’s new director of choral organizations, conducts the Bienen Contemporary/Early Vocal Ensemble in a performance of Morten Lauridsen’s 1993 “O magnum mysterium.”

Details related to the Jan.13, Jan. 20 and Jan. 27 Music From Northwestern broadcasts will be posted as they become available at

In addition to airing on 98.7 WFMT and, the complete four-week series of 2013 programs, as well as those of the previous eight seasons, will be made available for streaming on demand by visiting the Pick-Staiger Concert Hall website at

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