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August 12, 2003
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Streaming Video of Performance Today Event Broadcast Available on NPR.org from Aug. 14-21

WASHINGTON -- America's most listened-to classical music program takes on an unprecedented new visual component, as the Thursday, August 14th edition of NPR's Performance Today features streaming video of some of the nation's finest chamber musicians in live performance.

The performances by such artists as violin superstar Gil Shaham, violinist and La Jolla SummerFest Artistic Director Cho-Liang Lin, New York Philharmonic principle cellist Carter Brey, and celebrated guitar soloist Sharon Isbin, are taken from a live television broadcast on KPBS/San Diego, "La Jolla SummerFest in Focus," which aired on KPBS TV/FM on Thursday, August 7th. Fred Child, nationally renowned for his performance interviews with major artists, hosts the event, which features La Jolla SummerFest musicians playing works by Bartok, Falla, Boccherini, and Vivaldi. Video from the event will be available at www.npr.org for one week after the initial Aug. 14th broadcast.

Performance Today's weeklong, on-air residency at LaJolla SummerFest is the product of a unique collaboration among NPR, KPBS, and the LaJolla Music Society. The residency, the first by NPR at a West Coast venue, is supported by Sempra Energy of San Diego. The program is heard by approximately 1.5 million listeners per week on 262 public radio stations nationwide. To find a local station, visit NPR's "Where Can I Hear It" page.


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