The Dallas Symphony Orchestra has created a concert series that will be syndicated nationally and will also be broadcast in China.
Thirteen DSO concert performances from the 2014/15 season were recorded for the broadcasts. The shows are hosted by Wade Goodwyn, the NPR national correspondent who covers Texas and the Southwest.
The concerts will be made available through WFMT Radio Network beginning Jan. 1 and continuing weekly. Stations that pick up the broadcast will also stream it live, says Denise McGovern, DSO Director of Communication. And the programs will be available soon at the DSO’s web site.
In China, the shows will air on Shanghai Classical 94.7 FM.
“It’s great to get these concerts out beyond Dallas,” says McGovern. “We make such great music here at the Meyerson, then it’s kind of fleeting. If you’re here, you hear it and enjoy it. And we haven’t had many opportunities to share it beyond the walls here. This gives us a chance to have people really experience this orchestra and where we are and how we’re playing and it’s incredibly exciting.”
WFMT Radio Network is based in Chicago. It syndicates and broadcasts a variety of classical music programming including series from the New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic and San Francisco Symphony
Here’s more from the DSO press release:
Dallas Symphony Orchestra
Announces New National, International
Thirteen concerts from 2014/15 season to air beginning January 1, 2016
Concerts by Music Director Jaap van Zweden, others recorded live at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center
Dallas, TX (December 18, 2015) – The Dallas Symphony Orchestra (DSO) announces live concert broadcasts will be available nationally and internationally beginning January 1, 2016 through the WFMT Radio Network to radio stations throughout the United States using the Public Radio Exchange and in China via the Shanghai East Radio Company on Shanghai Classical 94.7 FM.
Broadcasts will feature performances conducted by Dallas Symphony Orchestra Music Director Jaap van Zweden and internationally-renowned guest artists Emanuel Ax, Augustin Hadelich, Nicholas Phan and others. Concerts were recorded live at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center in Dallas, Texas. Broadcasts will be hosted by Wade Goodwyn, NPR National Desk Correspondent covering Texas and the surrounding states. Thirteen live concerts by the Dallas Symphony Orchestra from the 2014/15 season will be broadcast and available on a weekly basis to The WFMT Radio Network beginning January 1, 2016.
“To bring concerts by Jaap van Zweden and the Dallas Symphony to a national and international audience via The WFMT Radio Network is an important way to share the Dallas Symphony’s music with an audience beyond our region,” Dallas Symphony Orchestra President & CEO Jonathan Martin said. “Audiences have embraced the excitement and emotion of our concerts, and we’re happy to share our finest programming with WFMT’s hundreds of affiliates and thousands of fans around the world.”
Dallas Symphony broadcasts on the WFMT Radio Network are an addition to existing and long-standing concert broadcasts aired in North Texas on WRR Classical 101.1 FM and wrr101.com.
About The Dallas Symphony Orchestra (DSO)
The Dallas Symphony Orchestra, under the leadership of Music Director Jaap van Zweden, presents the finest in orchestral music at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center, regarded as one of the world’s premier concert halls. As the largest performing arts organization in the Southwest, the DSO is committed to inspiring the broadest possible audience with distinctive classical programs, inventive pops concerts and innovative multi-media presentations. In fulfilling its commitment to the community, the orchestra reaches more than 270,000 adults and children through performances, educational programs and community outreach initiatives. A European Tour in March 2013 elevated the orchestra to national and international prominence. The DSO’s involvement with the City of Dallas and the surrounding region includes an award-winning multi-faceted educational program, community projects, popular parks concerts and youth programming. The DSO has a tradition dating back to 1900, and it is a cornerstone of the unique, 68-acre Arts District in downtown Dallas that is home to multiple performing arts venues, museums and parks, the largest district of its kind in the nation. The DSO is supported, in part, by funds from the Office of Cultural Affairs, City of Dallas.
About the WFMT Radio Network
The WFMT Radio Network creates, seeks out, and distributes radio programs of importance, depth and beauty to stations serving audiences across the United States and around the world. In addition to syndicating concerts by such renowned orchestras as the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Civic Orchestra of Chicago, Dallas Symphony Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Deutsche Welle Festival Concerts and Salzburg Festival, the WFMT Radio Network also makes available signature WFMT shows like Midnight Special with host Rich Warren, Exploring Music with Bill McGlaughlin, Collector’s Corner with Henry Fogel, Fiesta! with Elbio Barilari, focusing on the classical music of South America, Spain and Portugal; and Relevant Tones with Seth Boustead, exploring contemporary music in the classical tradition.
The WFMT Radio Network broadcasts full seasons of opera from such distinguished American companies as Lyric Opera of Chicago, Los Angeles Opera On-Air, and San Francisco Opera. We are also an important source for early music, chamber music, jazz and folk, with shows like Millennium of Music, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival.
WFMT Radio Network programs have received every major broadcasting award and honor, including the George Foster Peabody Award, Prix Italia and Major Armstrong Award. In its mission to provide highly affordable programming of the highest quality, the WFMT Radio Network brings the best to the world.