November 10, 2006 Contact:
Emily Lenzner, NPR
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Jennifer Houlihan, WNYC
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NPR AND WNYC TO BROADCAST LIVE U.S. PREMIERE
OF SIR PAUL MCCARTNEY’S ECCE COR MEUM,
FROM CARNEGIE HALL ON NOVEMBER 14

SPECIAL COVERAGE OF ORATORIO'S
ONLY U.S. PERFORMANCE
INCLUDES LIVE INTERVIEW WITH MUSIC LEGEND;
ENTIRE PROGRAM TO BE STREAMED LIVE ONLINE


New York, NY and Washington, DC; November 10, 2006 – WNYC New York Public Radio and NPR Music will offer a special live broadcast of the first and only U.S. performance of Sir Paul McCartney's new choral work – Ecce Cor Meum ("Behold My Heart") – from New York's Carnegie Hall on Tuesday, November 14, 7:30-10:00PM (ET). The special, which will also include a live interview with the artist, will be hosted by Fred Child, host of NPR Music’s Performance Today and Creators at Carnegie, and John Schaefer, host of WNYC's Soundcheck and New Sounds.

The program will air live on WNYC 93.9FM on November 14; it will air on many other NPR Member stations that evening or within a seven-day window (check local stations for date and time). It will also be streamed live at www.WNYC.org and www.NPR.org and archived for one year. In addition, the November 15 edition of the NPR program Performance Today will feature concert highlights.

NPR Music and McCartney have collaborated many times since 1991, when NPR broadcast his Liverpool Ontario. "We're thrilled to be continuing our warm relationship with Sir Paul and, in particular, to be able to bring his non-traditional musical efforts to audiences on-air and online," said Anya Grundmann, Executive Producer, NPR Music.

"It's gratifying to be a part of this special live performance since WNYC has a long history with Ecce Cor Meum," said Schaefer. "The title came to Sir Paul when he participated in a Sir John Tavener concert our station produced in 2000. Now, several years later, we get to hear the lovely music attached to the name."

The on-air and online sponsor of the McCartney program is UBS, the global financial services firm.

Written in the style of sacred English choral music, Ecce Cor Meum is McCartney's fourth classical opus and took eight years to complete. By some accounts, the piece is an elegy to his first wife, Linda McCartney, who died in 1998 during its composition. Unlike his previous classical work, the four-movement oratorio was written to include a children’s chorus and was initially commissioned to commemorate the 550th anniversary of Magdalen College, Oxford, U.K. in 1998. The Carnegie Hall production – which is the U.S. premiere and only scheduled performance – will include the Orchestra of St. Luke's, the Concert Chorale and the American Boys Choir. The world premiere was held November 3, 2006 at London’s Royal Albert Hall.

About NPR Music

NPR's music activities span every genre and media platform. Last year, it offered more than 1000 hours of broadcast music programs including the series From the Top, World of Opera, World Café and Sacred Classics. It also provides more than 1400 hours of acquired performance audio segments for broadcast and online distribution; more than 600 music features on its news magazines, and regular live performances – from Bonnie Raitt to Josh Groban – on the daily Talk of the Nation. The NPR Music brand has rapidly expanded into new media and will launch a Digital Music Service in the first half of 2007 that will pool the public radio system’s collective resources in music content of all genres. Currently, NPR produces more than 200 hours of music content for NPR.org, including live concerts and the hit online-only program All Songs Considered, also one of the world's most-downloaded podcasts. NPR has 10 music-themed podcasts and, since Fall 2005, has provided Member stations with five 24/7 HD Radio digital multicast channels in classical (CPRN/Classical Public Radio Network), folk, jazz, electronica and AAA formats. More information is available at www.NPR.org

WNYC, New York Public Radio, is New York's premier public radio station, comprising WNYC 93.9 FM, WNYC AM 820 and www.WNYC.org. As America's most listened-to public radio stations, reaching more than one million listeners every week, WNYC FM and AM extend New York City's cultural riches to the entire country and air the best national offerings from affiliate networks National Public Radio and Public Radio International. WNYC 93.9 FM broadcasts a wide range of daily news, talk, cultural and classical music programming, while WNYC AM 820 maintains a stronger focus on breaking news and international news reporting. For more information, visit www.WNYC.org