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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JoAnn Falletta is the conductor of the Virginia Symphony and the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra. Although she is a frequent guest conductor around...

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  • Added: Dec 27, 2006
  • Length: :23
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Pianist Orion Weiss joins cellist Julie Albers for a performance of "Variations on a Paganini Theme" by Piatigorsky. It's a virtuosic showstopper f...

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  • Added: Dec 28, 2006
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Two friends, both musicians, team up to play a romantic moment by Beethoven and Mozart. Even though, they're "just friends", cellist Julie Albers ...

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  • Added: Dec 28, 2006
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Throughout his illustrious, 60-year career, pianist Menahem Pressler has been associated with the biggest names in classical music, from Toscanini ...

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  • Added: Dec 29, 2006
  • Length: :30
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At best, making music with others is a successful marriage -- there's give and take and compromise. Pianist Menahem Pressler is the founding membe...

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  • Added: Dec 29, 2006
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Getting accepted as a student at a prestigious music school is a grueling and highly competitive process. At Indiana University, Piano Professor (...

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  • Added: Dec 29, 2006
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The Haydn Piano Trios have always been an important part of the Beaux Art Trio repertoire. The Trio's Pianist Menahem Pressler offers this multipl...

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  • Added: Dec 29, 2006
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The "Meditation" from the Opera, "Thais", is the only moment we know from this all but forgotten opera by Jules Massenet. Today, the "Meditation" ...

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  • Added: Jan 01, 2007
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The piano part has the most notes -- thousands -- but it's a cello sonata. Pianist Orion Weiss talks about his need to play second fiddle to the ce...

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  • Added: Jan 01, 2007
  • Length: :20
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This 10 second clip is intended to be used as a "Top of the Hour" Billboard or as an Enhanced Forward Promo. In pianist Orion Weiss' first recordi...

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  • Added: Jan 04, 2007
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In the event you may be undergoing surgery in the near future, harpist Yolanda Kondonassis suggests you check to see if your health insurance cover...

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  • Added: Mar 01, 2007
  • Length: :28
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Some Rock 'n Roll musicians are notorious for going on the road and destroying their hotel rooms. Violinist Hilary Hahn doesn't trash her room whe...

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  • Added: Mar 01, 2007
  • Length: :27
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Did you ever want to learn to play a musical instrument? It's not too late and not as difficult as you might think. Evelyn Glennie has just the r...

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  • Added: Mar 01, 2007
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Something's missing in violinist Hilary Hahn's latest CD. Rather than take the traditional "show off your fantastic technique" approach in two hig...

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  • Added: Mar 01, 2007
  • Length: :27
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When Evelyn Glennie tells people she plays percussion, they often assume she's the drummer in a Rock band. But since there are literally thousands...

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  • Added: Mar 01, 2007
  • Length: :32
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We all makes mistakes -- some just get noticed more than most, like when you're playing your violin on stage before an audience of thousands. Viol...

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  • Added: Mar 01, 2007
  • Length: :24
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The idea of a keyboard instrument being a soloist in a concerto is obvious to us today, but in Bach's time, the keyboard usually played politely in...

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  • Added: Mar 01, 2007
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While Alan Hovhaness' music has a distinct and recognizable sound and texture, it's the sum of many different cultures and nationalities. Harpist ...

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  • Added: Mar 01, 2007
  • Length: :35
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We often hear about the healing qualities of music. Percussionist Evelyn Glennie recommends we take it in regular doses. Use this 31 second clip ...

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  • Added: Mar 01, 2007
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"Assume nothing," says harpist Yolanda Kondonassis. Just because the harp has been linked to the angels, she adds, doesn't mean the harp and its p...

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  • Added: Mar 01, 2007
  • Length: :31
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