Arts & Culture

Gil Shaham and Friends

The 48th annual Music Personnel Conference (MPC) is currently underway at WNYC/WQXR in New York City, and public radio music managers and hosts from all over the country have gathered to talk shop and enjoy some great music.

I am attending in my capacity as Program Director for KUHF-Classical, along with my colleague Dacia Clay, the newly-hired CD Library Assistant.  We’re here to ensure KUHF stays up-to-date on the latest developments in the world of classical music broadcasting, and to swap ideas with representatives from other classical public stations.

The MPC is organized each year by AMPPR (the Association of Music Personnel in Public Radio), the national organization representing public radio stations that feature music as a regular part of their program schedules.  Through the conference, AMPPR aims to promote the broadcasting of music on public radio stations; enhance the pubradio audience for music; and disseminate the latest research on music and music programming, all with the goal 0f strengthening the role of pubradio music personnel at stations across the country.

Last year I was elected to the board of directors of AMPPR.  In the present radio world, where classical music is often touted as a dying format, AMPPR is an important resource for stations, and I wanted to make sure KUHF was well-represented nationally.

One of the great things about the MPC each year is the musical artists who come to perform for the conference attendees.  Today, in the Jerome L. Greene Performance Space at WNYC/WQXR, we were treated to mini-concert by violin great Gil Shaham who performed music by Pablo de Sarasate with his wife, violinist Adele Anthony, and renowned pianist Akira Eguchi (see pictures).  The three of them almost set their strings on fire with their virtuosic stampede through some of Spanish composer’s pieces for violin and piano which are included on their 2009 Canary Classics CD release “Pablo de Sarasate: Virtuoso Works for Violin.” 

Also performing today were flutist Laurel Zucker and guitarist Mark Delpriora, frequent collaborators who entertained us pubradio folks with some Spanish-influenced works from their 2006 CD “Romanza Andaluza” (Cantilena Records).

The Jerome L. Greene Performance Space (or The Greene Space as it is known) is a state-of-the-art, multimedia performance space and broadcast studio on the ground floor of WNYC/WQXR’s new home on Charlton Street at Varick in NYC’s SoHo.  It is a perfect venue for a whole range of events, including musical or theatrical performances, public forums, or lectures–every public radio station should have such a facility!

More from the MPC later.