98.7WFMT and the WFMT Radio Network will broadcast HEALING THE BROKENHEARTED, a special 60-minute memorial concert in remembrance of the twenty children and six teachers lost to gun violence last month at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT. The concert, free and open to the public, will take place on Sunday, January 13 at 5:00 pm at St. James Cathedral, 65 East Huron Street in downtown Chicago. 98.7WFMT will broadcast the program two hours later, at 7:00 pm.
For the first time, five of Chicago's nationally recognized children's choirs will join together in concert at St. James Cathedral -- Soul Children of Chicago, Chicago Children's Choir, Anima Young Singers of Chicago, Pro Music Youth Chorus, and Red Rose Children's Chorus. The groups will be joined by the St. James Cathedral Choir and the William Ferris Chorale. They will perform not just as choirs singing together, but as musical citizens determined to sing with "one voice" in service of the grieving families who lost their children.
The combined choirs will be joined by an interfaith roster of spiritual leaders -- The Very Rev. Joy Rogers, Rector of St. James Cathedral, along with a rabbi and a Buddhist monk who will offer interfaith meditations -- plus a host of celebrated vocal artists, including soprano Michelle Areyzaga, tenor David Portillo, baritone Levi Hernandez, and pianist Luciano Laurentiu. Also participating will be members of the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra, organist Bruce Barber II, and harpist Julia Coronelli. The radio broadcast, fittingly, will be hosted by 11-year-old Masha Lakisova, a talented violinist and engaging speaker who was heard recently on WFMT's Introductions.
HEALING THE BROKENHEARTED will feature American music, including a newly commissioned requiem mass by Lita Grier interspersed with a prayerful array of solo art songs. The Project Director is Doreen Rao, who will also conduct.
The program has been offered to radio stations throughout the country via the WFMT Radio Network, and notably, will be carried by WMNR Fine Arts Radio in Connecticut which has radio stations throughout the state. It will also be heard in California, Colorado, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Utah and Virginia, with more stations being added daily. It is produced by Carolyn Paulin and engineered by Eric Arunas, both of WFMT.
The concert is free and open to the public; donations are welcome.
98.7WFMT, Chicago's classical radio station, provides the best and broadest selection of classical music and fine arts programming in the country. A broadcasting force for more than 60 years, the station's appeal continues to widen. Via the WFMT Radio Network and WFMT's enhanced streaming service at wfmt.com/streaming, the station is currently serving the largest audience in the station's history, with its programming available to a global audience. More information about 98.7WFMT is available at wfmt.com.