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April Is Public Radio Music Month

Without public radio, the survival of musical treasures -- and with them, a slice of our cultural heritage -- would be in jeopardy.

Host Mark Chilla with Ether Game Brain Trust volunteers Melanie Hunter (left) and Maryann Iaria (right) celebrate Public Radio Music Month.

Access and insights to the world’s best artists. Conversations with musical legends and emerging talents. Troves of new music and multiple genres. Free front-row seats to original live performances. This is the sound of public radio music.

Throughout April, WFIU is joining stations nationwide in participating in the second annual Public Radio Music Month, an initiative that celebrates public radio stations’ role in America’s music culture. It’s an opportunity to showcase the rich tapestry of music found on public radio today, and the work that stations like WFIU do every day in preserving America’s musical traditions and fostering and nurturing the development of music talent.

As part of Public Radio Music Month, WFIU will feature several live in-studio performances by, and interviews with, jazz and classical artists, scheduled to include:

– students from the IU Jacobs School of Music’s International Vocal Ensemble on Friday, April 5, at 10 a.m., during Classical Music with George Walker
– vocalist Rachel Caswell and bassist Jeremy Allen on Wednesday, April 10, at 3:30 p.m., during Just You & Me with David Brent Johnson
– the Wasmuth Quartet on Thursday, April 11, at 9 a.m., during Classical Music
– singer/guitarist Tomas Lozano and viola da gamba player Erica Rubis on Monday, April 15, at 10 a.m., during Classical Music
– Trio Collective on Tuesday, April 16, at 3:30 p.m., during Just You & Me
– baroque violinist Julia Wedman on Friday, April 26, at 10 a.m. during Classical Music
– trombonist Brent Wallarab, with guitarist Matt MacDougall, bassist Anna Butterss, and drummer Mitch Shiner; and jazz historian Loren Schoenberg on Tuesday, April 30 (International Jazz Day), at 3:30 p.m., during Just You & Me

Mayor Mark Kruzan has issued a proclamation designating April, 2013, Public Radio Music Month in Bloomington. You can read it here.

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