August 24, 2012
92nd Street Y and WWFM Announce Collaboration in Broadcast Initiative

92nd Street Y is proud to announce 92nd Street Y Presents, a collaboration with WWFM The Classical Network to broadcast multiple performances, live and archived, starting Saturday, August 25, 2012. Extending the reach of the world’s greatest musicians beyond the walls of 92Y’s Kaufmann Concert Hall, Israel “Buzz” Herman hosts the Saturday evening program from 7:30PM – 9:00PM which will also include interviews with 92Y artists throughout the season.

Of the new initiative, Hanna Arie-Gaifman, Director of 92nd Street Y's Tisch Center for the Arts, says, "I’m delighted that 92nd Street Y and WWFM are joining forces in this wonderful collaboration, just as 92Y is opening its new concert season. Together, we can share with millions the thrills that come from 92Y’s singular programming of the highest caliber."

The Saturday, August 25 broadcast begins at 7:30PM and will feature pianist Peter Serkin’s April 2008 piano recital with works by des Prez, Messiaen and Brahms along with the world premiere of Charles Wuorinen's Scherzofor piano. Future Saturday evening programs include archival recordings of Steven Isserlis, the Orion String Quartet, the Zukerman ChamberPlayers, Eliot Fisk, Gil Shaham and Miklós Perényi. As the relationship progresses, 92Y and WWFM will continue to work their way backwards through the archival recordings, unearthing programmatic jewels from seasons past. Check out the 92Y and WWFM websites for additional programming information as it becomes available.

92nd Street Y is a world-class nonprofit community and cultural center that connects people at every stage of life to the worlds of education, the arts, health and wellness, and Jewish life. Through theMilstein/Rosenthal Center for Media & Technology and other 92Y programs, 92Y disseminates programs to reach audiences well beyond New York City. For over ten years, the satellite-broadcast program Live from New York's 92nd Street Y™ has simulcast 92Y events to locations across North America. Selections from 92Y concerts have been included in American Public Media's renownedPerformance Today program, which has more than 1.3 million weekly listeners on more than 260 stations across the U.S. and Canada. Recordings of 92Y talks are also available through media partners AmazonAudible.comFORA.tv and NYC Media. Additional material can be found on the 92YiTunesU and YouTube channels and on Shalom TV, a Jewish television cable network available throughout North America. 92Y’s Online Audio & Video Archive features archival recordings of full programs and excerpts from over 350 events.

WWFM The Classical Network has been broadcasting classical music 24/7 for 30 years to Central New Jersey and Eastern Pennsylvania. In the last twelve months, The Classical Network has expanded its range and audience through digital radio partnerships and can now be heard in the greater New York City region on 89.9 HD2 and in Center City, Philadelphia on 89.5 HD2. A potential audience of nearly 20 million now sits under The Classical Network signal. WWFM’s online listenership via www.wwfm.orggrows each month to include loyal listeners from across the US and abroad. WWFM’s hallmark programming reflects a wide and diverse playlist and is augmented by eighteen in-house produced weekly specialty programs. This has now been enhanced through the use of the latest technology to include concert broadcasts and partnerships with top ensembles, venues and presenters throughout the New York-Philadelphia corridor and beyond including 92Y, Metropolitan Museum, Trinity Church Wall Street, Symphony Space, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, Le Poisson Rouge, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, American Composers Orchestra and many others. The Classical Network also looks to the future presenting weekly programs from the elite music schools and institutions in our listening area: Curtis Institute of Music; Manhattan School of Music, Mannes School; Columbia, Rutgers and Princeton Universities and the Westminster Choir College as well as a web-based music education platform focused on classical music initiatives and organizations geared towards toddlers to twelfth grade students.

92nd Street Y Presents is generously supported by Joan L. and Dr. Julius H. Jacobson, II.

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