12 Shows of NSO's 'Greatest Hits' to Air on WETA-FM

By Anne Midgette
Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, March 28, 2008

For the first time in seven years, the National Symphony Orchestra will be involved in a regular series of radio broadcasts, the orchestra announced yesterday.

Starting Wednesday at 9 p.m. and continuing through the year, WETA (90.9 FM) will air a 12-part "NSO Showcase," featuring material drawn from the NSO archives. Rather than presenting individual concerts, the programs will be compendiums of "greatest hits" -- the first one, an all-Beethoven program, includes Symphonies No. 4 (under Ilan Volkov) and No. 7 (under Kurt Masur) as well as the Third Piano Concerto performed by Emanuel Ax under Leonard Slatkin.

Other programs -- which will also be streamed on the WETA Web site -- will feature the orchestra's incoming principal conductor, Iv¿n Fischer. Broadcasts will continue through Jan. 7, ending with an all-Strauss program under Slatkin and Lorin Maazel.

The NSO's last broadcast series was a sequence of 13 programs distributed nationally by Chicago's WFMT in the fall of 2001.

Rita Shapiro, the orchestra's CEO, said that she was thrilled by the announcement. "It's extremely important for us to project the sound of the National Symphony beyond the concert hall," she said. "Being on the airwaves in metro D.C. furthers our mission of bringing orchestra music to as many people as we can."

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