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CLASSICAL WQED-FM 89.3 TO BROADCAST LIVE THE PITTSBURGH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA RETURN TO THE DOLLAR BANK THREE RIVERS ARTS FESTIVAL
Sunday, June 5 at 6 p.m. on WQED-FM 89.3 & WQEJ-FM 89.7

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
May 31, 2011

CONTACT:
George Hazimanolis
412-622-1366
ghazimanolis@wqed.org

CLASSICAL WQED-FM 89.3 TO BROADCAST LIVE
THE PITTSBURGH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
RETURN TO THE DOLLAR BANK THREE RIVERS ARTS FESTIVAL
Sunday, June 5 at 6 p.m. on WQED-FM 89.3 & WQEJ-FM 89.7

PITTSBURGH—When the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra (PSO) takes the stage after a 34-year absence at the Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival, Classical WQED-FM 89.3 will broadcast the historic event LIVE.

On Sunday, June 5 at 6 p.m. Jim Cunningham (host of the QED Morning Show, Monday – Friday, 6 – 11 a.m. on WQED-FM 89.3, and of Pittsburgh Symphony Radio, heard on more than 100 stations nationwide) will host the evening’s LIVE broadcast with PSO Music Director Manfred Honeck conducting. The concert of audience favorites will include Bernstein’s Overture to Candide, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5, music by Johann Strauss Jr., Dvorak and others, with an explosive finale: Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture.

“WQED-FM 89.3 is the Voice of the Arts in Western Pennsylvania so we’re thrilled to share the PSO’s historic Arts Festival return with an audience beyond what can fit at the Point,” said WQED Executive Director of Radio, Susan Johnson. “Many thousands from Windber to Weirton, Morgantown to Meadville, know classical music enriches our region. And they will be listening!”

While this is the PSO’s first time at the festival in more than three decades, WQED has had a long-term on-air relationship with the PSO in regular series or specials since the television station went on the air in 1954, and has been showcasing the orchestra since WQED-FM 89.3 went on the air in 1973.

Each of the PSO’s season performances can be heard year-round on WQED-FM 89.3 Sundays at 8 p.m. as the Pittsburgh Symphony Radio program. Now in its 30th season, Pittsburgh Symphony Radio is distributed nationally by WQED-FM 89.3 to public radio stations through Public Radio International with underwriting provided by Bayer Corporation. Complete information for Pittsburgh Symphony Radio including artist photos, blogs and program listings can be found at www.pittsburghsymphonyradio.org

WQED Pittsburgh, honored with the 2007 and 2006 Mid-Atlantic Emmy® Award for Station Excellence, was founded in 1954 as the nation’s first community-supported broadcaster. The people of WQED create, produce and distribute quality programs, products and services to engage, inform, educate and entertain the public within their community and around the world. WQED Pittsburgh is one of the first broadcasters in the country to be fully high-definition (HD) in its studio and field production capabilities. It is the parent company of WQED-TV (PBS); WQED: The Neighborhood Channel; WQED: The Create Channel; Classical WQED-FM 89.3/Pittsburgh; Classical WQEJ-FM 89.7/Johnstown; local and national television and radio productions; WQED Interactive (www.wqed.org); and The WQED Education Department.

Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival is a division of The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust. This year’s 10-day festival will be held June 3-12, 2011. The festival has been a celebration of the arts for 52 years and will continue its annual traditions featuring the artists’ market and free live music series, sponsored by Dollar Bank, on the Dollar Bank Stage at Point State Park in downtown Pittsburgh. For information, visit 3riversartsfest.org or call 412-456-6666.


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