Listener Directed Productions, Inc.

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Listener Directed Productions, Inc. is the producer of Virtuoso Voices, an interview clip service for classical music stations, presenting preeminent and upcoming classical music performers, conductors and composers talking in 20 to 35 second clips. These topical and evergreen sound bites enable announcers to bring an additional perspective to the music they play on their shifts.

Virtuoso Voices is also Public Radio's primary source for classical music fundraising messages, providing stations a variety of fundraising material featuring most of the performers we interview. Virtuoso Voices was the most downloaded PRX Series in 2007. Please listen to both our enanced intro clips and fundraising spots by visiting our website www.virtuosovoices.org .  There you can also see and hear how stations are using Virtuoso Voices on their air.

HOW DOES VIRTUOSO VOICES WORK? We're continually interviewing leading classical music performers around the country. Every month, a new collection of clips from these interviews is available on our ftp site, on CD and here on PRX. You have access to an ever increasing bank of content from a wide variety of performers whose views and experiences you can access anytime.

For more information send an e-mail to "info (at) listenerdirect (dot) org".

Series

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A 60-second introduction and invitation to enjoy the best moments and best pieces in classical music.

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An ongoing series and collection of Public Radio Fundraising Messages with celebrities, icons and other public figures your listeners love.

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The 2009 Classical Music Grammy Award winners: Use these brief performer clips to enhance your introductions to the Grammy Award winning recordings by this year's winners, or for use during your local arts-magazine programming.

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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.

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Virtuoso Voices offers you three types of classical music fundraising messages: Produced Funder Spots, Un-hosted Funders and Straight-read Funder Spots. All feature classical music's leading performers and conductors. Use these Funder Spots during your classical music fundraising shifts to add variety, credibility and authority to your on-air fundraising sound. The Virtuoso Voices Funders Series includes Gil Shaham, Joshua Bell, Hilary Hahn, Evelyn Glennie, Stephen Hough, Richard Stoltzman, Yolanda Kondonassis, Andrew Litton, Leila Josefowicz, Roy Goodman, Murray Perahia, Emanuel Ax, Andre Watts, the Canadian Brass, Riccardo Muti, Menahem Pressler, Garrick Ohlsson, Marin Alsop, Sharon Isbin and many others.


Pieces

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Athletes are often role models, as are some politicians and teachers. And musicians, like pianist Awadagin Pratt, can be considered role models as...

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  • Added: May 01, 2007
  • Length: :28
  • Purchases: 1
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Some say the perfect job is the one that's also your hobby or first love. Violinist Joshua Bell makes his living playing the violin, but it's more...

Bought by KUHF, North State Public Radio, KENW, WCVE, KALW and more


  • Added: Apr 02, 2007
  • Length: :17
  • Purchases: 7
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There's an old saying in the music business: never turn down work. Composer Jennifer Higdon maintains a full schedule of commissions, and sometim...

Bought by WITF and WFCR


  • Added: Mar 28, 2007
  • Length: :31
  • Purchases: 2
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Feedback can be helpful, informative or devastating. Musicians constantly receive feedback, invited and uninvited, and some of Jennifer Higdon's h...

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  • Added: Mar 28, 2007
  • Length: :18
  • Purchases: 2
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Composed while Chopin was still a teenager, Pianist Garrick Ohlsson calls Chopin's Piano Concerto No.2 "as great a masterpiece as anybody has ever ...

Bought by WITF and WFCR


  • Added: Mar 28, 2007
  • Length: :30
  • Purchases: 2
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Spanish composer Fernando Sor wrote a ton of music for the guitar. On the surface, they're mostly short, sweet and delightful little pieces. Guit...

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  • Added: Mar 28, 2007
  • Length: :28
  • Purchases: 2
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Chopin's Piano Concerto No. 1 is a joyful ride through all of the melodies and pianistic prizes you associate with Chopin. Its Second Movement, pi...

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  • Added: Mar 28, 2007
  • Length: :22
  • Purchases: 2
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Beethoven's 4th Piano Sonata is one of the longest of his 32 sonatas, and pianist Garrick Ohlsson says every minute is rich with melody, musical in...

Bought by WITF and WFCR


  • Added: Mar 28, 2007
  • Length: :23
  • Purchases: 2
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Some composers go unnoticed, or become forgotten for a variety of reasons. Mauro Giuliani composed in Beethoven's shadow, but guitarist David Star...

Bought by WITF and WFCR


  • Added: Mar 28, 2007
  • Length: :32
  • Purchases: 2
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How does the musical life of a child prodigy begin? For Sarah Chang, playing the violin was simply a hobby. Use this 24 second clip to introduce ...

Bought by WITF and WFCR


  • Added: Mar 28, 2007
  • Length: :25
  • Purchases: 2