25th Anniversary EMA Member Concerts/Performance Today Broadcasts

6 Dec 2010

Early Music America’s 25th Anniversary is celebrated throughout North America with over 100 special concerts by EMA Members.

American Public Media's Performance Today® radio series will feature highlights from EMA member concerts, reaching millions of listeners nationwide.

[SEATTLE, WA]—The 2010-2011 season marks the 25th Anniversary of Early Music America (EMA), the North American service organization for the field of early music.

In honor of EMA’s 25th Anniversary over 100 concerts in 25 different states and provinces will be performed from December 2010 through summer 2011 by individual and organizational members of EMA in an effort to raise awareness of the widespread and vibrant activity in early music in North America. The complete list of concerts is found here: http://www.earlymusic.org/25th-anniversary-celebration-concerts.

Performance Today, American Public Media's nationally syndicated classical music radio program, will create broadcasts featuring selected EMA honorary concerts to be aired throughout EMA's 2010-2011 season. Performance Today, broadcast on some 260 public radio stations across the country and heard by 1.3 million listeners each week, shares the vitality of classical music-making by connecting its audience to great recent performances, buzzworthy stories, and unforgettable people. It is the most listened-to classical music program in the country. More information on Performance Today’s EMA anniversary concert broadcasts will be announced at a later date. To find out when Performance Today is broadcast in your area, please visit www.performancetoday.org

EMA Executive Director Maria Coldwell commented, “Over the last 25 years, early music in North America has become widely accepted as part of the classical music mainstream. From coast to coast, early music is being performed by professionals of the highest caliber. EMA is extremely honored to support the music-making of our members, and we are grateful for their recognition of EMA’s 25th anniversary. That Performance Today will make several of our members’ special concerts available to an even broader listening audience is just wonderful. We believe American Public Media’s interest in broadcasting these performances is a testament to the quality and vibrancy of today’s early music performances.”

About Early Music America
Early Music America serves and strengthens the early music community in North America and raises public awareness of early music. EMA provides its 3,000 members with publications, advocacy, and technical support. Individual and organizational members hail from all over the U.S. and Canada and from at least 16 other countries. EMA publishes the quarterly magazine Early Music America.

Contact:
Patrick Nugent, Director of Public Relations
(206) 720-6270 or 888-SACKBUT
ads@earlymusic.org; www.earlymusic.org
or Nikki Scandalios, Nikki Scandalios Public Relations
(704) 340-4094; nikki@scandaliospr.com