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Cedille Records Founder to Host New Weekly Music Program on Chicago’s WFMT Radio

January 24, 2013 | By Nat Silverman
Nathan J. Silverman Co. PR
James Ginsburg, founder and president of Cedille Records, Chicago's Grammy award-winning independent classical music label, will host a new hour-long weekly program on Chicago radio station WFMT (98.7 FM) starting February 6, 2013.

"Cedille Chicago Presents" will air at 10 p.m. Central time Wednesdays on the city's flagship classical station. The pre-recorded show, scripted by Ginsburg and produced by WFMT staffer Matt DeStefano, will also stream live at wfmt.com.

The program will draw on the label's CD catalog of over 140 albums, all devoted to classical performers and composers in or from Chicago. Ginsburg launched the label in November 1989 to showcase exceptional Chicago talent deserving worldwide stature. The internationally distributed, nonprofit label is supported by The Chicago Classical Recording Foundation.

Ginsburg, who has served as record producer for the majority of Cedille’s CDs, says, "In addition to presenting great music by Chicago’s top artists, I’m looking forward to giving listeners a behind-the-scenes view of the record industry and the recording process. I’ll also share backstage stories of artists and recording sessions."

WFMT program director Peter van de Graaff says the station happened to be looking for a new program to fill the Wednesday time slot when Ginsburg proposed the idea.

"I jumped at it, first of all, because of the quality of Cedille’s productions," van de Graaff says. "And I want to continue to make Chicago artists and performers a real hallmark of what we do at WFMT. I thought it was a perfect fit for us."

Ginsburg is no stranger to WFMT listeners. He has hosted the station’s annual "Cedille Day" specials, 13-hour marathon broadcasts showcasing the label's artists. Launched in 2010, "Cedille Day" was the brainchild of station manager Steve Robinson, a long-time champion of the label and board member of The Chicago Classical Recording Foundation.

"Jim Ginsburg brings a unique perspective to the airwaves," Robinson says.

Ginsburg says the February 6 debut broadcast of "Cedille Chicago Presents" will focus on keyboard recordings, including the label's very first offerings. Featured artists will include pianists Dmitry Paperno, Easley Blackwood, Ramon Salvatore, Ursula Oppens, and Jorge Federico Osorio; organist, harpsichordist, and fortepianist David Schrader; and duo-pianists Georgia and Louise Mangos.

The second program, to air February 13, will showcase Cedille recordings by violinists Jennifer Koh and Rachel Barton Pine. Wind players and cellists will take center stage in the third and fourth installments of the ongoing series.

Among Cedille's most widely recognized artists, in addition to violinists Koh and Pine, are the Pacifica Quartet, multi-Grammy-winning new-music sextet eighth blackbird, period instrument ensemble Trio Settecento, the Grant Park Orchestra and Chorus, Chicago Sinfonietta, Chicago Opera Theater, and Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

The show's playlists will be archived on the label’s website, cedillerecords.org, and programs will be made available as podcasts on WFMT’s site.

Cedille Records

Audiophile-oriented Cedille Records releases albums as physical CDs, "lossless" FLAC downloads, and MP3 downloads. All are available directly via its website, cedillerecords.org. In spring 2011, Cedille began offering new releases as studio-quality 24-bit FLAC downloads. (The 24-bit FLACs for Cedille albums issued from October 2012 onward are at the 96 kHz sample rate.) Earlier albums are available as CD-quality 16-bit FLAC downloads. In early 2012, Cedille began offering extra-high-quality 320 Kbps MP3 file downloads of new releases. Earlier titles are available as 256 Kbps MP3s (same as the new iTunes standard).

Cedille Records is distributed in the Western Hemisphere by Naxos of America and its distribution partners, by Select Music in the U.K., and by other independent distributors in major international classical music markets.

Cedille Records is at 1205 W. Balmoral Ave., Chicago, IL 60640; (773) 989-2515; e-mail: info@cedillerecords.org.

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