Thursday, July 4, 2013

Raymond Leppard broadcast interview series to start on WICR-FM

Raymond Leppard, the eminent British-born conductor who was music director of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra from 1987 to 2001, will add new visibility to his position as artist-in-residence at the University of Indianapolis in a broadcast interview series beginning Sunday.


Raymond Leppard is UIndy artist-in-residence
"Authenticity in Music" is a 13-part series of interviews with Michael Toulouse, adjunct UIndy faculty member and vice president of programming for the Fine Arts Society, which broadcasts classical music over WICR-FM (88.7), the campus radio station. The series title comes from a 1986 book by Leppard that addressed the problems of performing today the music of earlier periods in the manner envisioned by its composers.  "Authenticity in Music" is a Fine Arts Society production.

Since his retirement as the ISO's fifth music director, Leppard has held the position of conductor laureate. He conducts the ISO's annual "Classical Christmas" concert at the Scottish Rite Cathedral. A resident of Indianapolis and a naturalized U.S. citizen, Leppard continues to make guest-conducting appearances here (including at UIndy) and abroad.

 The one-hour interviews will air at 7 p.m. Sundays, starting July 7, and at noon Saturdays on WICR's digital HD-2 channel.

"The conversations will be illustrated with recordings from Leppard's personal collection and with stories from his six decades on the podium," according to a University of Indianapolis news release.