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Contact: Kristin Tutino, (585) 258-0253

WXXI-FM’S BACKSTAGE PASS BRINGS HOME A BRONZE FROM
THE NEW YORK FESTIVAL AWARDS

(Rochester, NY) July 9, 2009 – Backstage Pass, Classical 91.5’s radio series that highlights local and visiting artists, received a Bronze World Medal from the New York Festival (NYF) Awards for its episode featuring the Cello Divas. Winning in the category of "Best Regularly Scheduled Music Program," the episode featured a live performance by the Cello Divas and candid talk, as the four musicians shared their secrets of success with program host Julia Figueras.

Ingrid Bock, Rosemary Elliott, Mimi Hwang, and Kathleen Murphy Kemp make up the Cello Divas. Their 2001 debut in the Eastman School of Music's Kilbourn Hall was an instant hit, and since that time the Divas have delighted audiences with a unique blend of music spanning the globe and the centuries. To hear the award-winning Backstage Pass episode online visit: <http://www.newyorkfestivals.com/main.php?p=3,1&wp=info&id=402711>.

Backstage Pass is an hour-long radio series that is committed to highlighting performing artists – providing Classical 91.5/90.3 listeners with an up-close and personal connection with both local and nationally recognized musicians performing live. The series’ production team includes WXXI-FM Music Director and Backstage Pass host/producer Julia Figueras, Senior Audio Technologist Dave Sluberski, Audio Engineer Andrew Croucher and Vice President of Radio and Backstage Pass Executive Producer Jeanne Fisher. The series is made possible in part by a grant from the Gouvernet Arts Fund at Rochester Area Community Foundation.

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