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.


Pieces

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The Stradivarius Violin is the gold standard when it comes to violin making. Although violinist Joshua plays a Strad today, he remembers his very ...

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  • Added: Dec 01, 2006
  • Length: :20
  • Purchases: 2
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Clarice Assad is a composer, singer, arranger, and her musical arena includes classical music, Jazz and Brazilian Pop. When she was asked to write...

Bought by WITF and WFCR


  • Added: Dec 01, 2006
  • Length: :34
  • Purchases: 2
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Classical Music isn't always SO SERIOUS. Pianist Stephen Hough has made a specialty of playing little novelty works, known as "miniatures." They'...

Bought by WITF and WFCR


  • Added: Nov 30, 2006
  • Length: :32
  • Purchases: 2
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The power of music is so strong for some it takes on religious proportions. That's the case for violinist Joshua Bell. Music IS his religion, whe...

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  • Added: Nov 30, 2006
  • Length: :23
  • Purchases: 2
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Violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg fulfills her life-long dream to turn the holiday music memories of a child into her own Christmas Music CD. She...

Bought by WITF and WFCR


  • Added: Nov 30, 2006
  • Length: :23
  • Purchases: 2
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Tired of the same old Holiday Music? Pianist Stephen Hough has a few holiday tunes to add to your list. While they're not specifically Christmas ...

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  • Added: Nov 30, 2006
  • Length: :30
  • Purchases: 2
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What makes Handel and Handel's Messiah so powerful and magnificent? That may seem like a question with no complete answer or a long list of answer...

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  • Added: Nov 30, 2006
  • Length: :33
  • Purchases: 3
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Recycling one's own music was a common practice in Handel's day. Interestingly, or strangely, one of the best known choruses from Handel's Messiah...

Bought by WITF, WFCR, and KWAX


  • Added: Nov 29, 2006
  • Length: :29
  • Purchases: 3
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There's a longstanding debate over the appropriate time of year to perform Handel's "Messiah." With its Christmas and Easter messages, is it more ...

Bought by WKYU, WITF, WFCR, KISU, and KWAX


  • Added: Nov 29, 2006
  • Length: :28
  • Purchases: 5
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Some of America's earliest classical music came from the Moravians, a German Protestant sect, who settled in isolated regions of Pennsylvania and N...

Bought by WITF, WFCR, and KWAX


  • Added: Nov 29, 2006
  • Length: :26
  • Purchases: 3