June 8, 2007
Anna Christopher, NPR
Jennifer Houlihan, WNYC


Concert Streamed Live at www.NPR.org/music

June 8, 2007; Washington, D.C. and New York, NY – NPR Music and WNYC, New York Public Radio will offer a special live online concert of Rufus Wainwright’s sold-out show from the Gramercy Theatre in New York City on Saturday, June 9 beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET. The concert will be streamed live at www.NPR.org/music. NPR Music All Songs Considered’s Bob Boilen and WNYC’s Jad Abumrad, host and producer of Radio Lab, will co-host the online concert.

WNYC will present an encore broadcast of Wainwright’s performance on Friday, June 29 at 7:00 p.m. ET on 93.9FM and via a live webstream at www.WNYC.org. NPR Music and WNYC will make this special radio broadcast available to NPR Member stations.

Rufus Wainwright is from a gifted musical family – his parents are folk singers, his sister, Martha, a pop-rock singer-songwriter. Wainwright became a critical favorite in his own right after his debut self-titled release in 1998, launching a career that has spawned five studio albums showcasing his signature, richly-orchestrated pop music. His latest album, Release the Stars, is an ornate collection of grand sounds, which Wainwright describes as a message for listeners “to fulfill your destiny.” Wainwright will talk about that album in an interview airing today, Friday, June 8 on NPR News All Things Considered.

NPR Music’s hit audio webcasts, produced by the popular broadcast and online music program All Songs Considered, launched in January 2005 and have featured more than 100 live events to date. The concerts have showcased an eclectic group of performers, including Björk, The Decemberists, The Arcade Fire, Nellie McKay, The White Stripes, Ray Lamontagne, James Brown, Iggy Pop and the Stooges and Lucinda Williams, among many others. Upcoming concerts include The National on June 20 and Richard Thompson on June 22. For information about these shows and to hear archived concerts, visit www.NPR.org/liveconcerts.

On air and online, NPR Music features reports, interviews and performances by outstanding artists in all music genres. The top-rated weekly program All Songs Considered, which is now available for broadcast as well as offered online and as a podcast, offers an eclectic music mix and has featured such celebrity guest DJs as Lily Allen, Conor Oberst, and film director John Waters. The podcast “Open Mic” features a wide-ranging mix of independent, unsigned or self-produced artists. The NPR.org Podcast Directory includes more than 30 music-related titles produced by NPR and Member stations from around the country: www.NPR.org/podcasts.

WNYC, New York Public Radio, is New York's premier public radio station, comprising WNYC 93.9FM, 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 NPR, Public Radio International, and American Public Media. WNYC 93.9FM 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.