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MPTV to Broadcast Concert Commemorating 10th Anniversary of 9.11 Attacks

July 25, 2011


MPTV to Broadcast Concert Commemorating 10th Anniversary of 9.11 Attacks

Milwaukee, WI - Milwaukee Public Television will broadcast United We Stand, a free concert of Mozart's Requiem on Sunday, September 11 at 3:00 PM. The outdoor event marks the tenth anniversary of the 9.11 attacks, and features the Bel Canto Chorus and Milwaukee Chamber Orchestra.

MPTV will present a live broadcast on channel MPTV 10.1 of the free outdoor concert event United We Stand on September 11, 2011 at 3:00 PM. The concert will be rebroadcast at 6:30 PM on MPTV 36.1 on September 11, 2011. The concert will take place in Cathedral Square Park in downtown Milwaukee, and marks the tenth anniversary of the terrorist attacks on New York, Washington, DC, and Pennsylvania. The centerpiece of the performance will be Mozart's Requiem, featuring the Bel Canto Chorus, the Milwaukee Chamber Orchestra, and soloists, conducted by Maestro Richard Hynson. Samuel Barber's "Adagio for Strings" will also be performed by the Milwaukee Chamber Orchestra. Written in 1938, it is well-known for its evocation of "pathos and cathartic passion."

The broadcast will be in High Definition (HD) and stereo audio. Dan Jones of MPTV will be the on-air host.

"United We Stand is a significant community event, a chance for Wisconsinites to remember our fellow citizens who perished in the heinous acts of 9.11, and honor those who risked their lives responding to the devastation," said Ellis Bromberg, General Manager of MPTV. "By broadcasting the program, we allow all our viewers to join with those present at the event in commemorating this solemn tenth anniversary."

"We are most grateful for this live broadcast by Milwaukee Public Television. It will allow even more people to experience United We Stand, which aims to instill a sense of unity, while offering solace, remembrance, and healing through music," said Bel Canto Music Director Richard Hynson.

United We Stand will feature appearances by local and state government, community, and religious officials. First responders and veterans are encouraged to attend in uniform, as they will be publicly honored during the concert. In addition to the chorus and orchestra, the performance will feature special guest soloists Rebecca Whitney (soprano), Nicole Warner (mezzo-soprano), Gregory Schmidt (tenor), and Gerard Sundberg (baritone).

LISTING INFORMATION
What United We Stand When Sunday, September 11 at 3:00 PM Where Cathedral Square Park (825 N. Jefferson Street, Milwaukee, WI) Rain site: The Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist (812 N. Jackson St., Milwaukee, WI)

Who
Bel Canto Chorus with the Milwaukee Chamber Orchestra. Featuring soloists Rebecca Whitney, Nicole Warner, Gregory Schmidt, and Gerard Sundberg.

Broadcast
September 11, 2011, 3:00 p.m. HD Stereo on Milwaukee Public Television Channel 10.1. September 11, 2011 6:30 p.m. Rebroadcast on MPTV Channel 36.1.

Tickets The concert is free and open to the public. Premium tickets ($100) include chair seating, a guaranteed seat inside the Cathedral in case of rain, and access to the post-concert reception. To purchase tickets, please call the Box Office at (414) 481-8801.

About Milwaukee Public Television
MPTV is a community-supported service of Milwaukee Area Technical College. Since its inception, MPTV has inspired, entertained, and impacted the residents of Southeastern Wisconsin. Today, MPTV offers viewers a family of 10 digital channels, a full-service website, locally produced programming, outreach services for all ages, and numerous support opportunities. The MPTV main switchboard is open weekdays from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Viewer Services can be reached at (414) 297-7520, tvviewer@matc.edu, and at Twitter and Facebook.

About Dan Jones
Born and raised in Milwaukee, Dan Jones is from a large family that included eleven children. He was educated at Marquette University High School, UW-Madison and UW-Milwaukee. He has been a TV news videographer, reporter, producer, anchor and executive producer. He worked on air in La Crosse and Green Bay before coming to WITI-TV6 in Milwaukee in 1984. He was a reporter and anchorman at WITI -TV from 1984-1993. Jones also has worked in broadcast sales and freelance TV production. He is presently the executive producer of the weekly program Interchange at Milwaukee Public Television. Other projects for MPTV have included production of a variety of different reports and several documentaries about Milwaukee.

About Bel Canto Chorus
Formed in 1931, Bel Canto Chorus is Southeastern Wisconsin's longest continuously performing arts group. Under the direction of Maestro Richard Hynson, the chorus opened its 80th anniversary season last October to a sold-out house and rave reviews of its "dynamic, polished performance" (Elaine Schmidt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel).

About Milwaukee Chamber Orchestra
Milwaukee Chamber Orchestra, Richard Hynson, director, presents the finest quality music and innovative programming for small orchestra and ensembles through performances, education and outreach; offers professional performance opportunities for professional musicians and artists; and collaborates with other arts and educational organizations. www.MilwaukeeChamberOrchestra.org

Contact information/interviews For additional information, promotional photos, or interview requests, contact Bel Canto Chorus at (414) 481-8801.