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Classical APM Monthly – October 2023

October 2023

Reminders

This is the Classical APM Monthly. If you’re looking for updates on our News/Talk programming please, subscribe to our News/Talk APM Monthly here. You will also find past News/Talk programming updates on our blog.

Watch for Classical updates in the APM Weekly newsletter each Thursday. Forward-promote what listeners can anticipate on APM classical programs and on C24. Subscribe to the APM Weekly here. These updates are also posted to our blog.


Content Conference

It was great to see so many of you at the PRPD Content Conference in Philadelphia! Thank you for swinging by the APM booth and for sharing your experiences and ideas in 1:1s and hallway conversations. While it is especially nice to connect in person, we are always happy to continue the conversation (or start a new one!), answer your questions or coordinate a meeting with our classical content partners. Reach out to your rep anytime.

In the meantime, the Conference Archive is posted on the PRPD website. There, you can revisit the general sessions, including the BBC’s Jatin Aythora’s The Rise of AI and What it Means for Public Media.


Programming News

C24 2023 Holiday Programming

C24 has lots of celebrating planned for the 2023 holiday season, beginning with Halloween and continuing through the end of December:

  • Halloween, October 31st – Creepy Classics on C24
    • Steve Seel hosts music for your Halloween (8-11pm CT)
  • November 8-22nd: YourClassical’s Top Carols (working title, new name coming)
    • Give your listeners a say by asking them to rank their favorite Christmas songs. We’ll tally the results and reveal them in our national broadcast special “as voted by you!” Voting details to be shared soon.
  • Thanksgiving Eve and Day, November 22 & 23
    • Festive music to celebrate family, feasting and the harvest
  • Chanukah 2023 December 7-15
    • From 3pm CT Thursday, December 7th through the 15th, Classical 24 celebrates Chanukah, the Jewish Festival of Lights, with a bit of special music on each day of the 8-day holiday.
  • December 23rd – Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Ballet with Mindy Ratner (4-6pm CT)
  • Christmas Eve, December 24th – The Night Before Christmas
    • Listen for this classic tale, complete with classical music and sound effects, narrated by C24 host, Lynne Warfel, at 6:01pm CT, and 9:01 pm CT (inside the news windows).

As in the past, Classical 24 will gradually increase Christmas programming following Thanksgiving. Here’s what you can expect:

  • November 24 – December 3: 3-5 minutes of Christmas music per hour
  • Week of December 4: 5-10 minutes of Christmas music per hour
  • Week of December 11: 10-15 minutes of Christmas music per hour
  • December 18 – 21: 50% Christmas programming
  • December 22 – 25: Wall-to-wall Christmas music

More Holiday Programming from C24

Round out your holiday programming at no additional cost by taking advantage of these C24 bonus hours. Reach out to your Station Relations Representative for more information.

  • Additional Holiday Programming included in your C24 affiliation
    • C24 offers 8 additional hours of pre-recorded Christmas music hosted by Mindy Ratner. You may use these hours to best suit your needs. They will be posted on Content Depot Dec. 1, 2023.
    • C24 affiliate stations airing any daypart of C24 are entitled to 20 additional C24 hours per quarter without charge. Many stations use this C24 bonus to supplement their holiday programming and offer staff time off during the holidays.
  • Additional Holiday Programming available with your APM affiliation
    • As a holiday gift to classical stations, C24 is available to all APM affiliates (regardless of whether you carry C24 or not) during the following periods:
      • November 23-26th
      • December 22-25th (100% holiday music)

October Classical Specials

Music for the Days of Awe: An Observance of the Jewish High Holidays
Available now – October 31, 2023

Reclaiming the Sound Waves: with Connor Chee – Encore
Available October 1 – November 30, 2023

My Journey, Yours: A Cantus Immigration Special
Available October 1 – November 30, 2023

Check out the full list of specials on our APM Distribution website.  Sneak Peak

C24 recently invited harpist Ashley Jackson into the Maud Moon Weyerhauser recording studio to perform her arrangements of spirituals centered on the hopeful and healing energy of water. “Take me to the Water,” will be an APM special offered in 2024. In the meantime, you and your listeners can listen for these exclusive performances on the C24 stream.Pipedreams 40th Anniversary Concert

Last month, Pipedreams fans gathered at Benson Great Hall on the campus of Bethel University in Arden Hills, MN, to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Pipedreams. Guests listened as host Michael Barone, alongside organists Aaron David Miller, Brenda Sevcik and Stephen Self, performed a festive concert of music for organ and orchestra, led by conductor William Eddins, featuring the hall’s 67-rank Blackinton pipe organ.

SymphonyCast

Coming up in the last few months of 2023,SymphonyCast will highlight performances by the Oslo Philharmonic with cellist Sol Gabetta, the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra with violinist Randall Goosby, and the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra.

2023 BBC Proms Programming

For all stations:
American Public Media is thrilled to showcase the most memorable performances of the 2023 BBC Proms, the U.K.’s annual celebration of classical music. Share up to eight weeks of memorable performances from London’s Royal Albert Hall.

SymphonyCast will broadcast eight concerts in their entirety, including the last night of Proms. All concerts will follow the standard SymphonyCast clock (1:59).

Hosted by Steve Seel, these eight programs are available to all APM affiliate stations, free of charge via ContentDepot, regardless of SymphonyCast carriage. These are regular weekly feeds, and open for all Proms concerts.

View our detailed list of weekly broadcasts beginning Monday, July 31 through Sunday, September 24.

If you would like to carry this programming, please contact your Station Representative.

For BBC affiliates:
The BBC World Service will broadcast four specially selected highlight programs of Proms concerts, featuring one each week from Saturday, August 5 through Friday, September 1, with repeats each Sunday. You can view the BBC Proms schedule here.

Highlights of the 2023 season features a Proms debut by South Korean violinist, Bomsori, playing Bruch’s First Violin Concerto, a tribute to Bollywood legend Lata Mangeshkar from the Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, an exploration of German Romanticsim from celebrated pianist, Sir Andras Schiff, and a meditation on night and stillness in a stress-busting concert from Grammy-nominated vocal group VOCES8, pianist-composer Ola Gjello, and the Carducci String Quartet.

NOTE: These programs will be broadcast on the BBC World Service – so news stations will hear this classical music programming during the regular World Service schedule and there will be NO POSTS at the bottom of the hour.

These highlight programs make great complements to the full concerts from SymphonyCast and are available for broadcast to all current BBC World Service affiliate stations through APM.

Details and downloads for all seven programs are coming soon to the BBC Media Partner Centre: Broadcast time: Saturdays, 2-3 p.m. ET; repeats Sundays, 7-8 a.m. ET

Length: 53 minutes

Clock: Proms programs will not follow the BBC World Service clock; there are no breaks at the bottom of the hour.

Questions about BBC Proms programming? Please contact your Station Representative.

2021 BBC Proms Programming

For all stations:

American Public Media is thrilled to showcase the most memorable performances of the 2021 BBC Proms, the U.K.’s annual celebration of classical music. Share up to eight weeks of memorable performances from London’s Royal Albert Hall.

SymphonyCast will broadcast each concert in its entirety, including the last night of Proms. All concerts will follow the standard SymphonyCast clock (1:59).

Hosted by Julie Amacher, these eight programs are available to all APM affiliate stations, free of charge via ContentDepot, regardless of SymphonyCast carriage. These are regular weekly feeds, and open for all Proms concerts.

View our detailed list of weekly broadcasts through Tuesday, September 27.

If you would like to carry this programming, please contact your Station Representative.

For BBC affiliates:

The BBC World Service will broadcast six specially selected highlight programs of Proms concerts, featuring one each week from Saturday, August 7 through Saturday, September 11, with repeats each Sunday.

The 2021 season features leading British orchestras as well as international soloists and conductors. Highlights include a performance from the UK’s first professional orchestra with a majority of ethnically-diverse players, a musical journey through the sights and sounds of two continents and two centuries featuring Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons, and winner of the 2016 BBC Young Musician competition Sheku Kanneh-Mason’s performance of Dvořák’s Cello Concerto in B minor.

NOTE: These programs will be broadcast on the BBC World Service – so news stations will hear this classical music programming during the regular schedule.

These highlight programs make great complements to the full concerts from SymphonyCast and are available for broadcast to all current BBC World Service affiliate stations through APM.

Details and downloads for all six programs are coming soon to the BBC Media Partner Centre:

  • Broadcast time: Saturdays, 2-3 p.m. ET; repeats Sundays, 7-8 a.m. ET
  • Length: 49 minutes 30 seconds or 59 minutes including News Update, billboard & promo
  • Clock: Proms programs will not follow the BBC World Service clock; there are no breaks at the bottom of the hour.
  • Promos: Promo spots will be made available via the BBC Media Partner Centre.

Questions about BBC Proms programming? Please contact your Station Representative.

From YourClassical: Minnesota Varsity Showcase

An annual showcase for high school musicians is an opportunity to build awareness of your station, engage with your audience to help create content and support local school-age talent. This guide was developed by YourClassical MPR, and is available to APM affiliates through their affiliation fee.

The showcase provides a way to engage with new and existing audiences, with many features that can be utilized to customize the experience to suit your needs . This resource guide aims to provide a framework for building your own youth-focused performance event. Each expression will be unique, and we hope this guide is helpful and expands your understanding of what might be possible.

Download the resource guide.

Performance Today Overview as shared by Fred Child

We spoke with Fred Child, host of Performance Today, to learn more about the popular classical music program including its origin, mission, and the processes applied in selecting music and artists to highlight. Fred has hosted Performance Today since 2000 and is a lifelong lover of music. 

Fred Child has hosted Performance Today since 2000

What is the origin of the show? Performance Today was founded in 1987 by NPR, National Public Radio.  It was initially conceived as a bridge between the morning news program, Morning Edition, and midday music (then in vogue on many stations that carried both news and music.

How has its mission/focus evolved?  Performance Today is a music program with a clear focus on classical music and those two words:  Performance Today.  In the beginning, and still, the focus is on music in PERFORMANCE – i.e., the presence and vitality found in concert recordings.  And TODAY: the current state of the music scene – contemporary music, diverse talent and the most inventive and enthralling of today’s interpreters of the great works of the past. 

What is your philosophy as host?  To convey a true love of music, to share that joy in an accessible way with listeners and to be an exclusive home for recordings and concert highlights not heard anywhere else – all while providing a certain degree of musical insight and occasional education tidbit for those interested, while not hectoring those who aren’t.

Share the talk:music Ratios:   9.5 minutes of talk and 49.5 minutes of music each hour. (1/0 billboard; .5/4.5 cutaway; 3/18 seg003; 0/1 seg004; 2/18 seg005; 0/1 seg006;  3/9 seg007) Episodes that include a performance interview typically have more talk, but the talk segment in those cases does not exceed 3.5 minutes.

How much “new/contemporary” classical is played per program/per year?   Generally, a new piece of classical music broadcasts on Performance Today once per program, a couple of times each week – or roughly 100-150 contemporary pieces annually of the approximately 1600 featured pieces of music on our show each year (about 5-10% of our music).


How are the new pieces introduced on PT selected?  Our producers listen to live concert recordings after the year 2000 that we receive from around the world.  From those we chose compositions that are musically interesting, have fascinating stories behind them and fit in our programming principle to ‘delight and surprise.’

How are the traditional pieces played on PT chosen?  Producers choose familiar classical pieces to broadcast on the show when the performance is exceptionally outstanding or inclusive or rare performance nuances.

How are the artists/composers highlighted selected?   We feature performers and composers whose artistry we find captivating.

Tell us more about the available ::30 Imaging Spots:  These ::30 second daily promo spots are available to stations to help to encourage listeners who aren’t familiar with PT to familiarize themselves with the show.  In addition, the spots also work to promote specific pieces of music or stories coming up on the next program so as to underscore the program’s capacity for discovery, access and the storytelling within the genre of contemporary classical music.

Specials for summer holidays, milestones and appetites

The latest specials from APM Celebrates honor our nation’s independence, first Moon landing and favorite foods, and the 200th birthday of a classical music prodigy.  

Promote your broadcasts with digital ads for your website, social media and newsletters. Available now in the ‘Marketing Tools’ section of APM Celebrates program pages.

Arts & Culture

Witness History: The Race to the Moon

One hour. Available July 1-31, 2019.

Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing with this moving and memorable new special from the BBC World Service, featuring highlights from its Witness History programs and presenters.

“The Race to the Moon” presents stories and recollections of key moments from diverse voices – all of whom recollect the Moon landing with fondness and pride.

Let’s Be Frank: TBTL Salutes The Great American Hot Dog(Encore)

One hour. Available July 1–September 30, 2019.

Join hosts Luke Burbank and Andrew Walsh over a sizzling grill as they celebrate one of America’s most beloved and most ridiculed foods: The Hot Dog.

Perfect for Independence Day, Labor Day and the entire summer grilling season, this lighthearted encore special takes audiences from the grill to the ballpark, and shines a funny, mouthwatering spotlight on an American favorite (and veggie alternatives), with special guest Francis Lam, host of The Splendid Table.

Classical Music

To Honor and Inspire: U.S. Military Bands Special

One hour. Available July 1-12, 2019.

Andrea Blain hosts this uplifting, patriotic new special featuring performances by the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine bands, including marches by Sousa, Jewell and Gould, and classical works by Copland, Saint-Saens and Holst. 

Let Freedom Sing (New for 2019)

One hour. Available July 1-12, 2019.

Join Julie Amacher for this new Independence Day celebration with traditional, patriotic choral music performed by the world-renowned Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra.

Clara Schumann: ‘A fallen, abominable, wicked girl’

One hour. Available September 1-30, 2019.

September 13, 2019 is the 200th birthday of world-renowned performer and composer Clara Schumann.

Classical concert pianist and storyteller Jade Simmons hosts this celebration of Schumann’s extraordinary life and inspiring musical achievements, and the challenges of being a female prodigy in the 19th century.

New spring fundraising tools

As you look forward to warm spring days and member drives, we’re here to help with new fundraising assets to raise your audience engagement and revenue.

Segments are available now on ContentDepot. Subscribe to individual fundraising program pages now to receive all future updates.

New for spring 2019:

 All programs

  • Updated talking points for your live pitches are available now on ContentDepot (following each rundown on fundraising pages) and on our website (under ‘Fundraising’ on program pages).
  • New fundraising promo options (excluding BBC World Service and The Daily) include general, sustainer, sustainer upgrade, and thank you messages from our hosts; new spots are between 0:25 and 0:59.

 Live from Here

  • Fundraising episode with 13 interchangeable segments featuring Chris Thile and a variety of artists: David Crosby, Jon Batiste, Lindsey Buckingham, John Prine, Meshell Ndegeocello, Emmanuel Ax, St. Vincent, Jonathan Biss, Dessa, Cory Henry and the Funk Apostles, Vulfpeck, Tuneyards, Jeff Tweedy, Sylvan Esso, Snarky Puppy, David Rawlings, Willie Watson & the Fairfield Four, Parker Millsap, The Knights, Rachael Price, Gaby Moreno, Sarah Jarosz, Aoife O’Donovan, Sara Watkins, Punch Brothers, Tracy K Smith, The Sklar Brothers, Jim Gaffigan, Chris Gethard, Joey Ryan, and Tom Papa.

 Performance Today

  • Long-form, in-studio segments with a variety of classical artists.

Visit the ‘Episodes’ section of the pages below to find new fundraisers, with suggested pitch points following each rundown:

News

BBC World Service (generic promos and pitch points)

The Daily (generic promos, pitch points and listener testimonials)

 Marketplace

Arts and Culture

Live from Here (fundraising episode, pitch points)

The Splendid Table (6 promos with Francis Lam, pitch points)

Classical Music

Classical 24 (11 promos with C24 hosts, pitch points)

Performance Today (7 promos with Fred Child, 5 in-studio segments with guest artists, pitch points)

Pipedreams (6 promos with Michael Barone, pitch points)

SymphonyCast (6 promos with Alison Young, pitch points)

Custom Promo Requests

We encourage you to use our new fundraising promos, but we’re here to help if you need a custom spot. Please complete our custom promo form.

Due to ongoing production schedules, please allow 3-4 weeks for custom promo delivery, and up to 6 weeks for BBC World Service spots. Note: BBC World Service is prohibited by British law to make direct asks to listeners for monetary support.

New spring fundraising tools

As you look forward to warm spring days and member drives, we’re here to help with new fundraising assets to raise your audience engagement and revenue.

Segments are available now on ContentDepot. Subscribe to individual fundraising program pages now to receive all future updates.

New for spring 2019:

 All programs

  • Updated talking points for your live pitches are available now on ContentDepot (following each rundown on fundraising pages) and on our website (under ‘Fundraising’ on program pages).
  • New fundraising promo options (excluding BBC World Service and The Daily) include general, sustainer, sustainer upgrade, and thank you messages from our hosts; new spots are between 0:25 and 0:59.

 Live from Here

  • Fundraising episode with 13 interchangeable segments featuring Chris Thile and a variety of artists: David Crosby, Jon Batiste, Lindsey Buckingham, John Prine, Meshell Ndegeocello, Emmanuel Ax, St. Vincent, Jonathan Biss, Dessa, Cory Henry and the Funk Apostles, Vulfpeck, Tuneyards, Jeff Tweedy, Sylvan Esso, Snarky Puppy, David Rawlings, Willie Watson & the Fairfield Four, Parker Millsap, The Knights, Rachael Price, Gaby Moreno, Sarah Jarosz, Aoife O’Donovan, Sara Watkins, Punch Brothers, Tracy K Smith, The Sklar Brothers, Jim Gaffigan, Chris Gethard, Joey Ryan, and Tom Papa.

 Performance Today

  • Long-form, in-studio segments with a variety of classical artists.

Visit the ‘Episodes’ section of the pages below to find new fundraisers, with suggested pitch points following each rundown:

News

BBC World Service (generic promos and pitch points)

The Daily (generic promos, pitch points and listener testimonials)

 Marketplace

Arts and Culture

Live from Here (fundraising episode, pitch points)

The Splendid Table (6 promos with Francis Lam, pitch points)

Classical Music

Classical 24 (11 promos with C24 hosts, pitch points)

Performance Today (7 promos with Fred Child, 5 in-studio segments with guest artists, pitch points)

Pipedreams (6 promos with Michael Barone, pitch points)

SymphonyCast (6 promos with Alison Young, pitch points)

Custom Promo Requests

We encourage you to use our new fundraising promos, but we’re here to help if you need a custom spot. Please complete our custom promo form.

Due to ongoing production schedules, please allow 3-4 weeks for custom promo delivery, and up to 6 weeks for BBC World Service spots. Note: BBC World Service is prohibited by British law to make direct asks to listeners for monetary support.

Winter specials from APM Celebrates

New specials celebrate winter holidays, history months and remembrance days.

Promote your special programming with digital ads for your website, social media pages, and newsletters. You’ll find them under ‘Marketing Tools’ on the APM Celebrates program pages.

NOTE: You must subscribe to ContentDepot pages for this year’s specials, even if you aired the same title last year.

Kaddish: Reflections on the Holocaust in Music and Words (Encore)
One hour. Available now through May 16, 2019

 Mindy Ratner hosts this powerful, 2017 encore special, with first-person stories by survivors, and works by composers affected by the Holocaust. The program offers thoughtful reflections for International Holocaust Memorial Day (Jan. 27) and Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day, May 1-2).

Order 9066: Japanese American Incarceration in WWII
Three one-hour episodes. Available January 28-March 31, 2019

Order 9066 chronicles the history of World War II incarceration with first-person accounts of those who lived through it. Hosted by Sab Shimono and Pat Suzuki, veteran actors who were both incarcerated at the Amache camp in Colorado, this three-episode series offers a moving tribute for Japanese American Remembrance Day (Feb. 19).

Love is on the Air: A TBTL Valentine’s Day Special
One hour. Available February 1-March 1, 2019

 Too Beautiful to Live (TBTL) podcast hosts Luke Burbank and Andrew Walsh share stories of puppy love, first crushes, and misadventures of the heart. This lighthearted new special is perfect for Valentine’s Day and winter weekend programming.

Witness: Black History Month
One hour. Available February 1-28, 2019

The BBC World Service presents a new special edition of its Witness program, with incredible, first-person interviews about the African-American experience. This year’s special includes interviews with civil rights activist Gloria Richardson, Superbowl quarterback Doug Williams, and Congresswoman Barbara Lee.

Irish Inspirations: Women in Irish Classical Music
One hour. Available February 28-March 31, 2019

Host Andrea Blain presents this celebration of the lives and achievements of Irish female musicians and composers. Perfect for Women’s History Month and St. Patrick’s Day.

Witness: Women’s History Month
One hour. Available March 1-31, 2019

The BBC World Service presents this new edition its Witness program to celebrate women’s lives and stories. Audiences will hear interviews with Eleanor Roosevelt’s granddaughter, a woman who ran a secret school for girls in Afghanistan under the Taliban, and the astounding journey of the remains of Eva Peron, one of Latin America’s most popular politicians.

Contact your Station Representative to learn more about APM Celebrates, our unique package of holiday programs and more.

Celebrate the new year with new specials

New specials celebrate winter holidays, history months and remembrance days.

Promote your special programming with digital ads for your website, social media pages, and newsletters. You’ll find them under ‘Marketing Tools’ on the APM Celebrates program pages.

NOTE: You must subscribe to ContentDepot pages for this year’s specials, even if you aired the same title last year.

Kaddish: Reflections on the Holocaust in Music and Words (Encore)
One hour. Available January 3-May 16, 2019

 Mindy Ratner hosts this powerful, 2017 encore special, with first-person stories by survivors, and works by composers affected by the Holocaust. The program offers thoughtful reflections for International Holocaust Memorial Day and Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day).

Order 9066: Japanese American Incarceration in WWII
Three one-hour episodes. Available January 28-March 31, 2019

Order 9066 chronicles the history of World War II incarceration with first-person accounts of those who lived through it. Hosted by Sab Shimono and Pat Suzuki, veteran actors who were both incarcerated at the Amache camp in Colorado, this three-episode series offers a moving tribute for Japanese American Remembrance Day.

Love is on the Air: A TBTL Valentine’s Day Special
One hour. Available February 1-March 1, 2019

 Too Beautiful to Live (TBTL) podcast hosts Luke Burbank and Andrew Walsh share stories of puppy love, first crushes, and misadventures of the heart. This lighthearted new special is perfect for Valentine’s Day and winter weekend programming.

Witness: Black History Month
One hour. Available February 1-28, 2019

The BBC World Service presents a new special edition of its Witness program, with incredible, first-person interviews about the African-American experience. This year’s special includes interviews with civil rights activist Gloria Richardson, Superbowl quarterback Doug Williams, and Congresswoman Barbara Lee.

Irish Inspirations: Women in Irish Classical Music
One hour. Available February 28-March 31, 2019

Host Andrea Blain presents this celebration of the lives and achievements of Irish female musicians and composers. Perfect for Women’s History Month and St. Patrick’s Day.

Witness: Women’s History Month
One hour. Available March 1-31, 2019

The BBC World Service presents this new edition its Witness program to celebrate women’s lives and stories. Audiences will hear interviews with Eleanor Roosevelt’s granddaughter, a woman who ran a secret school for girls in Afghanistan under the Taliban, and the astounding journey of one of Latin America’s most popular politicians.

Contact your Station Representative to learn more about APM Celebrates, our unique package of holiday programs and more.