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For immediate release
March 5, 2001
Laura Gross,


WASHINGTON, DC - This spring, NPR unveils the first concert program to bring the nation's top orchestras into one comprehensive weekly series, SymphonyCast. Debuting the first week in April, SymphonyCast heralds the next generation of the traditional weekly symphony broadcast, presenting timeless music with timely information both on the air and online. It is the latest addition to NPR's award-winning lineup of classical-music programs that includes Performance Today, Sunday Baroque and NPR World of Opera. SymphonyCasts's host will be Korva Coleman, NPR newscaster and weekend host of Performance Today, who brings her enthusiastic and familiar voice to the new program.

Honored with a National Medal of Arts in 2000, NPR's Cultural programming has included the vibrancy and vitality of classical music among its offerings for thirty years. SymphonyCast will continue that tradition by presenting some of the nation's and the world's best orchestra concerts in the best venues, in state-of-the-art audio fidelity. It will showcase notable symphonic events - the hails and farewells, as well as compelling celebrations of artistic, historic and musical significance.

"SymphonyCast is a music show - but with a real story to the music. Whether it's the sweep of a Mahler symphony, the emotion of a conductor's farewell or the excitement of inaugurating a brand-new hall, each program will be an event, combining the personalities and the passion behind some of the world's greatest music. I'm excited to be a part of it," said host Korva Coleman.

In its inaugural series of broadcasts,SymphonyCast will take listeners to the all-star celebration of the Philadelphia Orchestra's 100th anniversary concert at Philadelphia's historic Academy of Music; the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra's historic Cuba Concert in Havana; Domingo Conducts Verdi, Placido Domingo's centennial performance of Giuseppe Verdi's Requiem from Washington, D.C.; and Hogwood Says Goodbye to Handel & Haydn, the poignant farewell concert by early-music maestro Christopher Hogwood broadcast, live from Boston's Symphony Hall.

In addition, SymphonyCast will have a comprehensive Web site with online program notes, venue information and commentary about each program, available at

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