All-Star Orchestra to bring classical masterworks to WNET, APT

By Dru Sefton

The All-Star Orchestra, made up of top professional musicians from across the country, will produce eight pubTV programs of classical masterworks.

The one-hour shows, titled All-Star Orchestra and set for broadcast on New York’s WNET over eight Sundays this fall, will feature performances of classics by American composers as well as guest interviews and commentary by the group’s Music Director Gerard Schwarz. American Public Television will distribute the programs nationally.

In last month’s announcement, WNET programming exec Stephen Segaller said the project is “in the tradition of Leonard Bernstein’s celebrated programs that popularized classical music on television,” such as the critically acclaimed Omnibus, 1952–61, and Young People’s Concerts, which Bernstein led from 1958–72, the first series televised from Lincoln Center.

The All-Star Orchestra’s performances were filmed in HD with 19 cameras last August at New York’s historic Grand Ballroom at Manhattan Center. An educational website and performance DVDs are in the works.

This item was first published in Current, April 29, 2013.

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