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Last modified: Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Classical music radio and TV host Fred Child to broadcast live from IU Bloomington

May 28, 2008

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- WFIU, WTIU, and the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music are bringing classical music radio and TV host Fred Child to Bloomington, June 17-19, to help kick off IU's Summer Music Festival.

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Fred Child, the host of American Public Media's "Performance Today," will come to Bloomington in June

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Child is the host of American Public Media's Performance Today, the most-listened-to classical music radio show in America, with more than 1.2 million weekly listeners on 237 stations around the country. Child is also the commentator and announcer for Live from Lincoln Center, the only live performing arts series on television.

While in Bloomington, Child will record two episodes of Performance Today from the studios of WFIU. His participation in the IU Summer Music Festival will include a special live broadcast event on WFIU of the "Pressler and Friends" concert from Auer Concert Hall, June 18 at 8 p.m. Child will also be featured on WTIU's The Weekly Special, which airs on Thursday, June 19 at 8 p.m. with a rebroadcast on Friday, June 20 at 10 p.m.

Child's public schedule while in Bloomington:

Tuesday, June 17
6:45 p.m.
Sweeney Hall, Jacobs School of Music
Child will give a pre-concert talk before the Tuesday evening performance by the Biava Quartet and pianist Jeannette Koekkoek.

8 p.m.
Auer Concert Hall, Jacobs School of Music
Child will host the IU Summer Music Festival performance by the Biava Quartet and pianist Jeanette Koekkoek, performing chamber music by Haydn, Janacek and Franck.

Wednesday, June 18
12:30 p.m.
Studio 6 RTV Building
A brown bag lunch, free and open to the public. Bring your lunch and ask Child your questions.

8 p.m.
Auer Hall
A live broadcast event by WFIU and the IU Jacobs School of Music. Child will host the "Menahem and Friends" concert featuring Mozart's Piano Quartet, K493, in E-Flat Major and Brahms' Piano Quartet No 1, Op. 25, in G Minor. The concert can be heard on WFIU 103.7, beginning just before 8 p.m.

About Performance Today
Performance Today features live concerts by famous artists in concert halls around the globe and from the American Public Media studios as well as interviews, news and features. The list of concert performers and studio guests on Performance Today is a Who's Who of the classical music world. Listeners to Performance Today, on any given day, may hear from performances in the great concert halls of New York, Prague, London, Berlin, Paris and Bloomington.

About WFIU
WFIU -- public radio from Indiana University -- is an NPR member station offering local and national news as well as jazz and classical music and broadcasts in Bloomington at 103.7 FM, with translators in Columbus at 100.7 FM, French Lick/West Baden at 101.7 FM, Greensburg at 98.9 FM, Kokomo at 106.1 FM, and Terre Haute at 95.1 FM.

About the IU Summer Music Festival
Featuring more than 40 free and ticketed events performed by guests, faculty and students from the IU Jacobs School of Music, the 2008 IU Summer Music Festival (June 15-Aug. 9) is the most active summer collegiate music program in North America, with orchestral concerts, opera, chamber music, jazz evenings, recitals and outdoor band concerts. Included is a performance by the Beaux Arts Trio on their farewell tour; vocal ensembles Sweet Honey in the Rock and Chanticleer; Canadian Brass; Maureen McGovern; the Festival Orchestra conducted by Lawrence Renes, Xian Zhang and Robert Spano; the return of the acclaimed Festival Jazz Orchestra; Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio; Penderecki Quartet; Weiss-Kaplan-Newman Trio, and the Biava Quartet. IU Opera Theater's production of Jerry Bock's romantic comedy She Loves Me will be presented in the Musical Arts Center, and ˇUnicamente la Verdad! will be produced at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater. The popular sunset band concerts on the MAC lawn will be offered on three consecutive July Wednesday evenings. Tickets are $20 for general admission and $10 for students and are available at the MAC Box Office (info: 812-855-7433), online at, or through Ticketmaster at 812-333-9955. A Festival Pass, discounted by more than 50 percent, is offered to the general public (with further reductions for any full-time students). Tickets and Festival Passes are available now. The Musical Arts Center Box Office is located on Jordan Avenue between Third and Seventh Streets, and is open Monday through Friday, 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

About WTIU
WTIU is 24-hour public television licensed to Indiana University. The station serves over 20 counties in west and south-central Indiana. WTIU's broadcast schedule combines the full national schedule of PBS programs with additional locally selected series and programs. Locally-produced programs include daily news breaks; a weekly magazine program covering local people, places and events, The Weekly Special ; The Friday Zone , WTIU's own weekly Emmy Award-winning children's program; and a number of local documentaries.