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WUKY Partners With Chamber Music Festival of Lexington to Air Highlights of Past Concerts

LEXINGTON, Ky. (July 16, 2021) — WUKY is announcing its recent partnership with the Chamber Music Festival of Lexington. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, the Chamber Music Festival of Lexington was not able to present its typical 10-day event celebrating chamber music. 

While CMFL is back for the 2021 season, the festival will be an abbreviated version offering three mainstage concerts at the Pam Miller Downtown Arts Center on Sept. 16-19, 2021.  

To offer listeners even more of the chamber music they love leading up to the festival, WUKY will rebroadcast highlights from past CMFL seasons handpicked by Artistic Director Nathan Cole — complete with musical commentary from CMFL’s Executive Director Taylor Jewell, a master’s student in arts administration, and Sean Radermacher, a doctoral student in conducting, both of whom attend the University of Kentucky.  

The performances will air on WUKY’s HD-2 channel, Essential Classics. The first broadcast Tuesday, July 13,  featured performances of Schumann’s Piano Quartet in E-flat and Shostakovich’s String Quartet No.3 from the Chamber Music Festival of Lexington’s second season in 2008.

The broadcasts will continue for six consecutive weeks, 7 p.m. Tuesdays and again the following Sundays at noon. Visit for more information as the schedule becomes available. 

"The concerts of the Chamber Music Festival of Lexington are one of the most significant events in Lexington's musical life," said Tom Godell, WUKY general manager. "The excellence of the performances and the diversity of the repertory are unquestioned. We are delighted to add these thrilling performances to the WUKY HD-2 broadcast schedule."

Listeners who do not have an HD radio or who live outside Central Kentucky can listen online via, with their smart speaker (say "Play WUKY HD Two") or with the WUKY phone app from the Play Store or iTunes.

Essential Classics is Central Kentucky's home for the world’s greatest classical music, 24/7. Complete, full-length symphonies, concertos and sonatas are presented without interruption. Selections include the best performances of our own time and the most remarkable recordings of the past — both stereo and mono — often played from the original vinyl LPs.

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