Chicago Symphony Orchestra Back On WFMT
December 1, 2006 at 5:55 AM (PT)
The CHICAGO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA will return to WINDOW TO THE WORLD Classical WFMT/CHICAGO and its syndication arm after a six-year absence, inking a sponsorship deal with BP that will restore the two-hour weekly broadcast to the station in JANUARY. The orchestra left WFMT in 2001 after losing funding for the broadcasts. Thirty-nine new weekly broadcasts are scheduled, plus 13 weeks of "CSO RETROSPECTIVES" archival recording shows. BP will provide $2.4 million over three years for the broadcasts.
Also included in the deal with BP and the CHICAGO FEDERATION OF MUSICIANS is a new label to release the symphony's performances as CDs and digital downloads. The new label, CSO RESOUND, partially funded by BOEING, will release at least six new CDs in the next three years plus three or four digital-download-only releases per year.