Virtuoso Voices(tm)

Series produced by Listener Directed Productions, Inc.

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Virtuoso Voices is a collection of timely and topical sound bites from classical music's leading performers. Each sound bite (or clip) will bring your listeners an insider's perspective to the classical music they enjoy on your station. Virtuoso Voices offers classical music announcers an additional way to enhance their breaks by using the voice of the artist whose recording they're about to play on their shift.

Virtuoso Voices is an interview clip service for classical music stations, presenting today's most influential classical music performers, conductors and composers talking in 20 to 35 second clips.

These topical and evergreen sound bites will enable announcers to bring an additional insider's perspective to the music they play on their shifts.

For example, an announcer playing Joshua Bell's recent recording of the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto could introduce it by using a clip of Mr. Bell talking about how he tries to bring a fresh sound to this very familiar work. After the clip, the announcer returns and segues into playing the recording.

The Virtuoso Voices service provides you a Suggested Host Intro to effectively set up each clip, and includes a brief Outro to help you segue to the music. Your announcers can use this copy verbatim, or as inspiration to write their own version.

Virtuoso Voices clips are versatile. In addition to music intros, you can also use them to enhance forward promotion, create compelling billboards and create content for your website.

Virtuoso Voices provides stations with a new strategy for presenting classical music on the radio by directly involving the performer in the introduction of the music. These topical and evergreen clips enable announcers to bring an additional insider's perspective to the music they introduce and play on their shifts.

Program content is taken from interviews with internationally recognized classical music performers, such as Gil Shaham, Yo-Yo Ma, Marin Alsop, Lorin Maazel, Joshua Bell, Hilary Hahn and Michael Tilson Thomas.

As of January 2010, we are offering our Virtuoso Voices Performer Clips to all stations for free. We offer three types of distribution.

-- Downloaded off our ftp site: no charge

-- Downloaded from PRX: (triple PRX points) – requires PRX station membership

-- 10 months a year, receive a CD: $100 flat fee to cover postage and handling for the year.

For more information and to see additional ways to use these clips, please visit our website, www.virtuosovoices.org.

Signing up is easy and free. To receive a short subscription form, please send an email to info (at) listenerdirect.org or call (703) 751-0342.

Virtuoso Voices™ Fundraising Service

Virtuoso Voices(tm) is also Public Radio's primary source for classical music fundraising messages.

Twice a year, we provide your station with three types of fundraising messages, with options enabling you to customize each spot to the specific sound and fundraising terminology of your station. These messages, from performers like Anne-Sophie Mutter, Sarah Chang and Jean-Yves Thibaudet, follow Public Radio's Best Practices for fundraising.

These produced fundraising messages are distributed in February and September in advance of when most stations fundraise, including the nationally coordinated drives. Stations may request custom fundraising scripts read by the performers we interview. We fill these requests whenever possible and in the order in which they are received.

Our Virtuoso Voices fundraising material is offered as a separate subscription, with fees based on market size (as determined by Arbitron) – and cover a portion of the production expenses for Virtuoso Voices.

This service includes a (minimum) of 40 fundraising messages – a combination of Custom Station Spots, Straight Read Spots, Produced Funders and Unhosted Produced Funders

-- $500 for stations with a market ranking of 1 to 50;
-- $325 for stations ranked between 51-150;
-- $150 for stations with an Arbitron market ranking of 151 and above.

Please visit the fundraising page of our website for further examples and further information. www.virtuosovoices.org/fundraising.

VIRTUOSO VOICES

"Classical Music's Virtuosos Want a Word with Your Listeners."

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Virtuoso Voices is an interview clip service for classical music stations, presenting today's most influential classical music performers, conductors and composers talking in 20 to 35 second clips. These topical and evergreen sound bites will enable announcers to bring an additional insider's perspective to the music they play on their shifts. For example, an announcer playing Joshua Bell's recent recording of the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto could introduce it by using a clip of Mr. Bell talking about how he tries to bring a fresh sound to this very familiar work. After the clip, the announcer returns and segues into playing the recording. The Virtuoso Voices service provides you a Suggested Host Intro to effectively set up each clip, and includes a brief Outro to help you segue... Show full description


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Caption: Piotr Anderszewski
Piotr Anderszewski’s association with Beethoven’s music goes back a long way. It’s a connection he cherishes, but like all relationships, they’ve ...

  • Added: May 25, 2010
  • Length: :25
Caption: Carol Wincenc, Credit: Cori Wells Braun
Call it precocious or simply amazing, Mozart wrote some remarkable music when he was 8-years old. Flutist Carol Wincenc says age is truly relative...

  • Added: May 25, 2010
  • Length: :24
Caption: Anna Netrebko, Credit: Annie Leibovitz
Russian soprano Anna Netrebko has a recording of songs by Tchaikovsky and Rimsky-Korsakov. It’s not just a Russian themed disc – it’s more about m...

  • Added: May 25, 2010
  • Length: :18
Caption: Rafal Blechacz, Credit: Felix Broede-DG
With Rafal Blechacz's recording of piano sonatas by Beethoven, Mozart and Haydn, the Polish pianist likes to mention that of these three most influ...

  • Added: Apr 27, 2010
  • Length: :26
Caption: Janine Jansen
Violinist Janine Jansen has played the Beethoven Violin Concerto but learned something new when she recorded it. Use this 27 second clip to intro...

  • Added: Apr 27, 2010
  • Length: :27
Caption: Janine Jansen
Composer Benjamin Britten is known for his operas and symphonic works like the “Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra.” You may not know he also w...

  • Added: Apr 27, 2010
  • Length: :23
Caption: Janine Jansen
All good pieces of music have at least one magical moment that either raises the roof, or hits you right in the gut. The Violin Concerto by Benjam...

  • Added: Apr 27, 2010
  • Length: :30
Caption: Janine Jansen
With Concertos – who’s in charge... the soloist or the conductor? Violinist Janine Jansen prefers it when both she and the conductor avoid taking ...

  • Added: Apr 27, 2010
  • Length: :28
Caption: Semyon Bychkov
The “Symphonic Dances for Orchestra” is one of the best known works Rachmaninoff wrote after a long and punishing creative drought. The Dances rep...

  • Added: Apr 27, 2010
  • Length: :25
Caption: Semyon Bychkov
Composer Sergei Rachmaninoff suffered the musical equivalent of writer’s block for three agonizing years. When he finally emerged from his creativ...

  • Added: Apr 27, 2010
  • Length: :22
Caption: Semyon Bychkov
Do you have to be American to play Jazz? Or Viennese to play a waltz, or French to play... any French music? The answer is “no.” But conductor S...

  • Added: Apr 27, 2010
  • Length: :25
Caption: Simone Dinnerstein
When Bach asks the keyboard player to play fast, pianist Simone Dinnerstein responds with bright, even snappy tempos. She also remembers to come u...

  • Added: Apr 27, 2010
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Caption: Simone Dinnerstein
Do you remember the Sam Cooke song from the 50s about not knowing music much about history, biology and trigonometry? Like many performers, pianis...

  • Added: Apr 27, 2010
  • Length: :26
Caption: Simone Dinnerstein
Bach’s music often incorporated steps and rhythms from the dance music of his day. And often he was writing actual dance music, like a gavotte or ...

  • Added: Apr 27, 2010
  • Length: :20
Caption: Simone Dinnerstein
On a warm New York night in August, 2007, an unknown pianist went to bed not knowing that she was about to become an overnight sensation. Her name...

  • Added: Apr 27, 2010
  • Length: :25
Caption: Rafal Blechacz, Credit: Felix Broede-DG
When the Polish pianist Rafal Blechacz was putting together the principals for his recording of the Chopin Piano Concertos, he had two goals. One ...

  • Added: Apr 27, 2010
  • Length: :23
Caption: Rafal Blechacz, Credit: Felix Broede-DG
Who owns the music – the performer or the composer? When it comes to interpretation, pianist Rafal Blechacz has his priorities and knows who come...

  • Added: Apr 27, 2010
  • Length: :23
Caption: Rafal Blechacz, Credit: Felix Broede-DG
Pianist Rafal Blechacz is from Poland, so it’s perhaps natural he would play a lot of Chopin, Poland’s most famous composer. But there are other r...

  • Added: Apr 27, 2010
  • Length: :27
Caption: Rafal Blechacz, Credit: Felix Broede-DG
When pianist Rafal Blechacz was making his recording of piano sonatas by Mozart, Haydn and Beethoven, the piano was the farthest thing from his min...

  • Added: Apr 27, 2010
  • Length: :23
Caption: Menahem Pressler
Playing chamber music is like any relationship. You give, you take, you listen and you compromise. As one of the preeminent chamber musicians of ...

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  • Added: Mar 31, 2010
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