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2012.11.28 > For Immediate Release
contact: Kim Balkovec - KVNO
phone: 402.554.5876 - email: kbalkovec@unomaha.edu

American Broadcast Premiere of Swedish Composer on KVNO Dec. 2

Omaha - On Sunday, Dec. 2 at noon, listeners of Classical 90.7 KVNO, which broadcasts from University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO), will be the first in the country to hear an oratorio by internationally acclaimed composer Fredrik Sixten.

The United States broadcast premiere of Sixten’s Christmas Oratorio will be heard on KVNO’s show "Going Beyond Words.” The program can be heard on radio, online and on mobile devices at http://www.kvno.org/Listen/listen_live.php.

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Sixten is from Sweden and one of the country’s best-known composers of church music.

Stanley Schmidt, producer of "Going Beyond Words,” said bringing the composition to American radio has been an arduous process.

"Several years ago at an American Choral Directors Association convention, I met a representative of Footprints Records in Sweden who gave me some sample recordings, including a couple Sixten tracks I really liked," Schmidt said. "Although at the time the recordings were unavailable as part of an album, we maintained an email correspondence … four years later, he has finally released his Christmas Oratorio album in Sweden, and I am thrilled that it will enjoy its U.S. radio debut December 2 on Going Beyond Words."

Schmidt said Sixten's Christmas Oratorio was commissioned in 2008 by the director of one of the largest cathedrals in Sweden, in part because no Swedish composer had ever written an oratorio.

Sixten's composition follows the traditional biblical Christmas story from Matthew and Luke. Like Bach, Sixten uses chorales and hymn tunes, but in this case they are Swedish folk tunes. Melodies of these chorales will be familiar to many listeners. The work will be broadcast in its entirety, in three parts comprising nearly 48 minutes of uninterrupted music composed for orchestra, choir and soloists.

"Going Beyond Words" is in its 20th year of celebrating the beauty and variety of choral music worldwide every week on KVNO. It began in early 1993 when nine professional choirs existed in Omaha, and the station manager at the time suggested to Schmidt that a program focused on choral music would have an audience. Now one of the longest-running programs of its type in the country, "Going Beyond Words" has featured 1,000 episodes.

Renowned composer/conductor John Rutter has called Schmidt "the perfect host for a music program on the radio."

Classical 90.7 KVNO is a service of the UNO’s College of Communication, Fine Arts and Media. As Omaha's premier nonprofit radio station, KVNO serves and enriches the community and university through quality programming that enlightens, entertains and informs. More information can be found at www.kvno.org.

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