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WUIS to air two new series beginning in April

March 30, 2007

Contact: Sinta Seiber-Lane, 217/206-7395, sseib1@uis.edu

SPRINGFIELD – Starting in April, Public Radio WUIS 91.9FM-WIPA 89.3FM will air two special series exploring the creative process and the impact that music can have on our lives.

The MTT Files, a new eight-part series hosted by San Francisco Symphony Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas, explores classical music and how it can influence on our lives, in sometimes unexpected ways. The program can be heard on WUIS Mondays at 9 p.m. from April 2 through May 21.

In The MTT Files, Thomas metaphorically pulls out "files" full of ideas about music and art, as well as reminiscences of and interviews with some of the legendary artists he has known. The series "house band" is the San Francisco Symphony, and music throughout the episodes is drawn from live recordings made during Thomas' 12-year tenure with the orchestra.

Produced in association with the San Francisco Symphony, the series is part of the Keeping Score project, which is designed to make classical music more accessible to people of all ages and musical backgrounds. For more information about Keeping Score, visit www.keepingscore.org. More information about The MTT Files is available at http://americanpublicmedia.publicradio.org/programs/mtt_files/.

The creative lives of celebrated musicians take center stage in four new specials from the "Musicians in Their Own Words" project. The episodes will be aired on WUIS as part of The Saturday Beat, Saturdays at 8 p.m. between April 7 and April 28.

Hosted by Bonnie Grice, each hour-long program in the CPB-supported series features first-person portraits that go deep inside the creative life. More information is available at www.ownwords.org/.

WUIS-WIPA is broadcast from the University of Illinois at Springfield, and is service of the Center for State Policy and Leadership at UIS. As listener-supported public radio, the station’s mission is to satisfy a curious, societally engaged audience through programming and community outreach. For more information or a complete program schedule, visit www.wuis.org.



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