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May 01, 2000

NPR'S Performance Today® Broadcasts Live
From the Gilmore International Keyboard Festival in Michigan

Kalamazoo, Mich.—Music fans throughout the country will be focused on Michigan when NPR's Performance Today® broadcasts from the largest gathering of piano talent in the Western Hemisphere at the Gilmore International Keyboard Festival. NPR's Performance Today, which is heard by more than 1.4 million people each week on more than 250 radio stations around the country, will feature award–winning pianists who have converged in Michigan to display their musical talents and skill.

The main event happens on Monday, May 1, 2000, when NPR's producers, engineers, and technicians transform the Dalton Center's Multi-Media Room at Western Michigan University into a recording studio for a live broadcast in front of a studio audience. This special broadcast will include performances by Leif Ove Andsnes, David Owen Norris, Ursula Oppens, and Gilmore Young Artists Andrew Von Oeyen and Orion Weiss. Also featured on the broadcast will be interviews with artists performing at the Festival, and expert commentary, as well as a preview of the extraordinary concerts that will be broadcast on NPR's Performance Today throughout the week.

NPR's Performance Today recreates the thrill of live concerts by world-renowned classical music artists on stages around the world. Through Performance Today, listeners can experience the finest solo, chamber, and symphonic works – not on CD, but performed in the concert hall by today's foremost musicians. NPR's Performance Today has received broadcasting's highest honor, the Peabody Award, as well as the prestigious ASCAP-Deems Taylor Award for excellence in music broadcasting. On its tenth anniversary in 1997, President Clinton honored the program with a gala concert at the White House. NPR's Performance Today is made possible by funding from National Endowment for the Arts, The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and The Geraldine C. and Emory M. Ford Foundation.

In addition to the Western Michigan University live broadcast, NPR's Performance Today will record concerts throughout the state as part of the Gilmore International Keyboard Festival, all taking place during the week of April 29 through May 6. Host Lisa Simeone will be on the scene spotlighting the talents of up-and-coming artists, as well as today's front-ranking keyboard virtuosos including NPR's own Marian McPartland, Alfred Brendel, Andre Watts, Ursula Oppens, Peter Serkin, and Gilmore Artists Leif Ove Andsnes and David Owen Norris.

Renowned for its journalistic excellence and standard-setting news, information, and cultural programming, NPR reaches a growing audience of nearly 15 million Americans each week via more than 644 public radio stations. NPR® also distributes programming to listeners in Europe, Asia, Australia and Africa via NPR WorldwideSM, to military installations overseas via American Forces Network and throughout Japan via cable.