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".

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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.


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Why does a composer write music the way they do? Jennifer Higdon says influences come from just about anywhere, and the road to becoming a classic...

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The "People's Favorite": pianist Garrick Ohlsson talks about the universal popularity and mood altering music by Chopin. It's like "dessert" -- wh...

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  • Added: Mar 28, 2007
  • Length: :27
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More than a dozen composers have written music based on an engaging melody by Nicolo Paganini. Rachmaninoff's Rhapsody on a Theme by Paganini is th...

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  • Added: Mar 28, 2007
  • Length: :29
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Overnight success does happen but it's more myth than reality. Violinist Sarah Chang made her debut when she was 8 years old. Her success that ev...

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  • Added: Mar 28, 2007
  • Length: :18
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Composer Jennifer Higdon maintains a full schedule of commissions and enjoys more than 200 performances of her music a year. "Blue Cathedral" is o...

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  • Added: Mar 28, 2007
  • Length: :27
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While some might say Beethoven is best known for his 9th Symphony, or the famous first four notes of his Symphony Number 5, pianist Garrick Ohlsson...

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  • Added: Mar 28, 2007
  • Length: :30
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Audiences are thrilled by young musicians, especially child prodigies who toss off virtuosic phrases with childlike ease and exuberance. Violinist...

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  • Added: Mar 28, 2007
  • Length: :30
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Blue Cathedral is composer Jennifer Higdon's most popular work, receiving more than 200 performances each year. Originally, she had no intention o...

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  • Added: Mar 28, 2007
  • Length: :34
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New music can be complex and difficult to process at first, second and even third hearings. Guitarist David Starobin has spent much of his career ...

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  • Added: Mar 28, 2007
  • Length: :28
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They "contain canons buried in flowers." "Pianist Garrick Ohlsson talks about the mixed messages contained within the Chopin Polonaises for piano....

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  • Added: Mar 28, 2007
  • Length: :31
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