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WFMT to broadcast Rachel Barton Pine concert recorded at North Central College

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On April 20, 98.7WFMT—Chicago’s classical and fine arts radio station—will broadcast a concert by renowned violinist Rachel Barton Pine recorded last year in North Central College’s acoustically stunning Wentz Concert Hall.

The concert will be broadcast at 8 p.m. Friday, April 20 and may be heard on the radio in the Chicago area at WFMT-FM 98.7 or online anywhere at

This is the first full-length broadcast of a performance recorded in North Central College’s Wentz Concert Hall, which opened in 2008 and has been hailed for its exceptional acoustics designed by Talaske Sound Thinking. Talaske’s credits include the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Chicago’s Grant Park and numerous concert halls and venues praised for their sound.

“Broadcasting a concert by Rachel Barton Pine recorded at Wentz Concert Hall is a dream come true, for at least two reasons,” says Steve Robinson, General Manager of WFMT and the WFMT Radio Networks. “First, Rachel is one of WFMT’s very favorite performers and collaborators who has been on the air and partnered with us on many, many occasions. Second, the acoustics at Wentz Concert Hall are wonderfully clear and warm. Put the two together and it is indeed a dream come true.”

Barton Pine is a Chicago-based violinist who has received worldwide acclaim for her virtuosic technical mastery, lustrous tone and perceptive performances. The performance at North Central College was recorded April 30, 2011. The evening’s program featured Barton Pine accompanied by pianist Matthew Hagle performing Franz Liszt’s “La lugubre Gondola” and “Grand Duo Concertante.” The concert included Liszt’s “Die drei Zigeuner,” “Elegy No. 1” and “Elegy No. 2;” Leos Janacek’s “Sonata;” and Maurice Ravel’s “Tzigane.”

98.7WFMT, Chicago’s Classical Experience, provides the best and broadest selection of classical, folk, jazz and contemporary music, and fine arts programming in the country. A broadcasting force now celebrating its 60th year on the air, the station’s appeal continues to widen, and is currently serving the largest audience in the station’s history. Via WFMT’s enhanced streaming service at, the station’s programming is now available to a global audience. More information about 98.7WFMT is available at

Founded in 1861 and celebrating its Sesquicentennial in 2011-2012, North Central College is an independent, comprehensive college of the liberal arts and sciences that offers more than 55 undergraduate majors and graduate programming in six areas. Located in the Historic District of Naperville, Illinois, North Central College is just 30 minutes from Chicago’s Loop. With more than 3,000 undergraduate and graduate students, North Central College is committed to academic excellence, a climate that emphasizes leadership, ethics, values and service, a curriculum that balances job-related knowledge with a liberal arts foundation and a caring environment with small classes. Visit to learn more.