For immediate release
May 1, 2000

NPR'S Performance Today To Bring Music From The Viginia Waterfront International Arts Festival to Listeners Nationwide

Washington, DC-Producers and sound technicians from NPR's Performance Today® will transform Norfolk, Virginia's Wells Theatre into a recording studio on Thursday, May 4th, bringing world-class music from the Virginia Waterfront International Arts Festival to radio listeners nationwide. Performance Today is National Public Radio®'s (NPR®) award-winning, daily classical music program, which reaches more than 1.4 million listeners each week via 250 public radio stations. Performance Today's Virginia Waterfront International Arts Festival broadcast, hosted by Lisa Simeone, will air on Monday, May 8th, 2000.

Performance Today 's festival program will include performances by flutist Debra Wendells Cross, the Miami String Quartet, pianist Andre-Michel Schub, violinist Ani Kavafian and cellist Nathaniel Rosen. Cross and members of the Miami String Quartet will perform Mozart's Flute Quartet in C. Schub will perform a Muzio Clementi piano sonata, and will join forces with the Miami String Quartet for the finale of the "Trout" Quintet by Franz Schubert. Later, Schub will be joined by Kavafian and Rosen for Felix Mendelssohn's Trio in C Minor. In addition to these classical works, the broadcast will feature some down-home tunes when harpist Barbara Chapman joins Cross to play a selection of Virginia folk songs.

Press are invited to cover NPR's producers and engineers as they prepare Wells Theatre, 110 E. Tazewell Street, for the Performance Today recording between 3-6 p.m. on Wednesday, May 3rd, and between 4:30-5:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 4th. The concert will be recorded at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday evening.

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 George Foster 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 the National Endowment for the Arts, The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and The Geraldine C. and Emory M. Ford Foundation.

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.