CHICAGO – February 13, 2012 — 98.7WFMT, Chicago’s Classical Experience, today announced a special partnership with the Cultural Service of the Consulate General of France in Chicago, in celebration of the sesquicentennial of French composer Claude Debussy. Special programming of “Debussy 2012” will be presented on 98.7 WFMT and throughout the world in simulcast on WFMT’s web stream at www.wfmt.com on Wednesday, February 22 from 2:00pm to 4:00pm, CST, the same day of the opening of the anniversary exhibition in Paris at the Musée de l’Orangerie. “Debussy, la musique et les arts” (http://www.musee-orangerie.fr/homes/home_id24797_u1l2.htm) will be on view until June 11.
A special 2-hour documentary, “Claude Debussy: Visionary Revolutionary” will air in its entirety on Friday, February 17th at 8:00pm, CST on 98.7 WFMT and at www.wfmt.com. Additional excerpts of the 2-hour documentary featuring noted French Debussy authority Denis Herlin and Jon Tolansky, WFMT Radio Network producer, will air in February culminating in this special broadcast on February 22. Director at the Institut de Recherche sur le patrimoine musical français and President of the French society of musicology since 2009, Herlin is the co-editor of the first complete edition of Debussy’s letters at Gallimard. He will be live in the WFMT studio to discuss the creativity of the author of La Mer and Pelleas and Melisande, and to present the world premiere of a newly discovered composition by Debussy.
Thanks to the support of many, Denis Herlin is traveling this month from Paris to North America on a four-city tour to honor Claude Debussy’s legacy. In addition to Chicago, Herlin will appear in Cleveland, Montreal and Rochester to present lectures and interviews on Debussy’s music and its influence over the past 150 years.
About the Cultural Service at the Consulate General of France
The Cultural Service at the Consulate General of France in Chicago supports cultural and educational projects and initiatives in the Midwest. Its mission is variously advisory, conceptual, developmental and promotional. Under the direction of the French Ambassador to the United States, its mandate is to promote and sustain a high-spirited cultural exchanges between the most promising French and American artists, writers, thinkers and educators, and to enhance the number and caliber of opportunities available to them. For more information : www.frenchculture.org and www.consulate-chicago.org->http://www.consulate-chicago.org]
About the Orangerie Museum
Located on the scenic banks of the Seine in Paris and totally renovated in 2006, the Orangerie Museum has some of the finest impressionist and post-impressionist paintings. It is well known for most famous painting of water-lillies that is popularly referred to as the Nympheas. It also offers a fabulous concentration of masterpieces from the Jean Walter and Paul Guillaume Collection, a highly original insight into modern art featuring Cézanne, Renoir, Picasso, Rousseau, Matisse, Derain, Modigliani, Soutine, Utrillo and Laurencin. For more information www.musee-orangerie.fr and www.rmn.fr
About the Centre de Documentation Claude Debussy
Located in the Music Department of the French National Library in Paris, the Centre de Documentation Claude Debussy was created in 1972 on the initiative of musicologist François Lesure, in order to promote Debussy studies and provide specialist researchers with the resources about the composer and his work. For more information : www.debussy.fr.
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Photo credit : Claude Debussy © Centre de documentation Claude Debussy