ETV Radio Brings Students in Studio for Face-To-Face Chamber Music Workshops
For Immediate Release
February 5, 2013
South Carolina ETV Radio brings school students face-to-face with the American Chamber Players, a chamber music ensemble led by Miles Hoffman, to create free musical development and appreciation workshops.
Sixty elementary school students are invited to the first workshop at ETV’s William Murray Studio on Monday, February 25. There, students are taught “up close and personal” by accomplished performers. The next two workshops go on location to Southeast Middle School and Lower Richland High School in Richland County on Tuesday, February 26. The resulting workshops will also become part of ETV’s online school resources.
Radio outreach into South Carolina schools is unique to ETV Radio, which is an acclaimed national music producer for NPR. Unlike commercial radio, ETV Radio works with actual musicians and has contacts school teachers might not have. “Because ETV Radio has cultivated strong relationships with world class musicians through our productions, we have the ability to connect these talented performers with educators and students in South Carolina,” said Shari Hutchinson, General Manager of ETV Radio. Miles Hoffman, who leads the American Chamber Players, hosts ETV Radio’s national series Chamber Music from Spoleto Festival USA and A Minute with Miles, in which he answers classical music questions in less than sixty seconds. The latter is available as a podcast to schools.
ETV Radio’s national productions also include Michael Feinstein’s Song Travels, Rising Stars, and NPR’s longest running jazz program, Piano Jazz, now in its 34th year. Guests recorded by ETV Radio in the past year include the American Chamber Players, Liza Minnelli, Bette Midler, Joshua Bell, Neil Sedaka and Jason Moran.
Miles Hoffman is a nationally renowned violist and founder of American Chamber Players. Other members of ACP include cellist Stephen Balderston, violinist Janet Sung, flutist Sara Stern, and pianist Anna Stoytcheva. Formed in 1985, ACP has toured throughout North America, been engaged and re-engaged by prestigious concert series from Florida to British Columbia, and traveled to Paris for a series of special gala concerts at the Paris Opera and the Bibliotheque Nationale. ACP has also been heard countless times on National Public Radio's Performance Today and on local radio stations throughout the U.S.
The workshops are made possible in part by the Paul M Angell Family Foundation and the ETV Endowment of South Carolina.
South Carolina ETV (presenting station) is the state's public educational broadcasting network. Using television, radio and the web, SCETV's mission is to enrich lives by educating children, informing and connecting citizens, celebrating our culture and environment and instilling the joy of learning. South Carolina ETV currently presents A Chef’s Life, Expeditions, and For Your Home on public television in addition to national radio productions Song Travels, Piano Jazz, Spoleto Festival USA, and World of Opera.