FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                               Date:  April 26, 2001

                                                                        Contact:  Lezli Austen

Art to Music programs to air on WUIS/WIPA

SPRINGFIELD WUIS (91.9 Springfield)/WIPA (89.3 Pittsfield) will broadcast "Sound of Art: Music Inspired by Painting," a special series of National Public Radio's "Performance Today" programs, from 1 to 3 p.m. during the week of April 30 through May 4. These programs are designed for school children to have the opportunity to create art based on these performances, just as this music was inspired by paintings. Music and art teachers in the Springfield area are invited to let their students listen to these famous compositions on WUIS/WIPA.

Fred Child, host of "Performance Today," will dedicate each day to a different composer's canvas. Examples of music inspired by paintings include the Botticelli Tryptich by Ottorino Respighi  (inspired by "The Birth of Venus" by Sandro Botticelli) and Frescoes of Piero della Francesca by Bohuslav Martinu (which was prompted by "Discovery of the True Cross" by Piero Della Francesca). "Performance Today" will broadcast a performance of the latter work by the Long Beach Symphony Orchestra, conducted by JoAnn Falletta. The Russian National Orchestra, conducted by Mikhail Pietnev, will perform Rachmaninoff's The Isle of the Dead, after a painting by Arnold Boecklin. The series will also feature Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition.

"Performance Today" features live, not yet commercially available, performances from around the world and evaluates commercially available recorded performances as well. Commentators, including Miles Hoffman (who has performed locally with the Illinois Symphony Orchestra), appear regularly on this program to offer insight and criticism for new and long-time fans of classical music.

For more information, contact Jiffy Johnson at 206-6516.

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