New VPR classical station to receive kick-off

On June 8, VPR Classical-Vermont Public Radio's 24-hour classical music service-will go on the air in Addison County.

The new full-power transmitter at WOXM 90.1 FM will broadcast Vermont Public Radio's classical music service to a population of more than 83,000 from Chipman Hill in Middlebury.

The station will provide a strong signal to most of Addison County, including Salisbury, Cornwall, Shoreham, Addison, New Haven, Vergennes, south to Brandon, and including some towns across Lake Champlain in New York.

VPR will celebrate the launch with a breakfast celebration at the Mahaney Center for the Arts at Middlebury College, featuring a live performance by pianist Annemieke Spoelstra. The community is invited to join the celebration starting at 8:30 a.m.

"We are so happy to be bringing VPR Classical to Addison County," said VPR President Robin Turnau. "At a time when commercial classical stations are disappearing, the ongoing expansion of VPR Classical shows that Vermonters have a deep passion for classical music and want it to be available for this generation and for generations to come. We are grateful to our friends at the Mahaney Center for the Arts for hosting this event and we look forward to celebrating this special occasion with members of the community."

The Mahaney Center for the Arts opened in 1992. It is a hub of arts activity at Middlebury College and for the surrounding communities, and features an art museum, black-box style theatre, dance theatre, a music library, and a 370-seat recital hall.

"We are so pleased with VPR's success in bringing high quality classical music radio to Addison County," said Middlebury College President and Mrs. Ron and Jessica Liebowitz.

VPR Classical is Vermont's only classical music network featuring local hosts throughout the day. Cheryl Willoughby, Walter Parker and Joe Goetz share their extensive knowledge and passion for the music Monday through Friday. Weekend highlights include Saturday Afternoon at the Opera, Sunday Baroque, and From the Top.

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