“In recent years the growth of classical music in China has prompted many American orchestras to tour there and to establish long-term relationships with Chinese institutions,” writes Michael Cooper in Wednesday’s (12/17) New York Times. “Now the cultural exchange is coming to the radio dial: starting next month the New York Philharmonic, the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the San Francisco Symphony will be broadcast on a weekly radio program in Shanghai, and programs from the Shanghai Spring International Music Festival will be broadcast next year on radio stations in the United States. The radio partnership is the result of an agreement signed by the WFMT Radio Network, a major producer and distributor of classical programming that is based in Chicago, and the Shanghai East Radio Company. The American orchestras will be broadcast in Shanghai starting next month every Friday night, and programs recorded at the Shanghai festival, which is held in the spring, will be broadcast in the United States sometime next fall.” WFMT General Manager Steve Robinson “said that the first American radio programs in Shanghai would feature Alan Gilbert conducting the New York Philharmonic in music of Haydn, Wagner and Christopher Rouse.”

Posted December 18, 2014