BSO broadcasts to be syndicated on Classical New England network

December 30, 2011 at 5:32 pm

By Lawrence A. Johnson

Benjamin K. Roe

The Boston Symphony Orchestra and WGBH will now collaborate in airing BSO broadcasts on Classical New England outlets

The announcement made before Christmas was a bit upstaged by the ensuing breaking news that Opera Boston would be shutting its doors. In the long run, this expansion of BSO broadcasts will likely have an even greater impact on regional classical music audiences.

“It’s a thrill for me to see that WGBH and the BSO are not only honoring our past, but taking bold steps together into the future to make the in-concert performances by this great organization available to more people, in more places, in more ways than at any time in our 60-year history,” said Classical New England managing director Benjamin K. Roe in a released statement.

The new collaboration was inaugurated last week with the Boston Pops’ holiday program.

BSO broadcasts will now air in Maine, Vermont, Western Massachusetts and the capital region of New York. The concerts will be carried by: seven radio stations of the Maine Public Broadcasting Network (MPBN), including WMEA/90.1 Portland and WMEH/90.9 Bangor; 13 radio signals of VPR Classical in Vermont, including WOXR/90.9 Burlington; WAMC/90.3, Northeast Public Radio and its extended network in Upstate New York and Western Massachusetts; and WMNR/88.1 in Monroe, Connecticut.

In addition to BSO concert broadcasts from Symphony Hall, the syndicated programs will bring live BSO concerts from Tanglewood in the Berkshires, and the annual Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular Fourth of July Concert from the Esplanade.

The move to syndicate BSO concerts broadcasts is the latest development in a string of initiatives, which coincide with the 60th anniversary of the BSO broadcast relationship with WGBH, the longest continuous relationship between a broadcaster and symphony orchestra in the nation.

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