WNPR Receives Grant from Hartford Foundation to Sponsor Weekly Broadcasts of Pipedreams

Release Date: 02/25/2010

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WNPR/Connecticut Public Radio is pleased to announce that it has received a grant from the Richard P. Garmany Fund at the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving to sponsor weekly broadcasts of the music program Pipedreams, beginning on Sunday, March 7, at 10 p.m.
 
Celebrating more than 25 years on the air, Pipedreams is the only weekly radio program that explores the full range of the art and potential of the pipe organ. Each week, Pipedreams host Michael Barone shares selected organ works and performances, providing greater appreciation and insights into this very special world of music. Listeners are encouraged to engage both their ears and imaginations to gain greater appreciation of the pipe organ, as Barone talks with composers, organists, organ builders and restorers. The show features brand new instruments in churches and concert halls, plus historic pipe organs recorded in locations around the world, from ancient instruments in vast cathedrals to the “mighty Wurlitzers” of movie house fame.
 
“We are pleased to be able to bring this signature program Pipedreams to WNPR on a weekly basis,” said Dean Orton, senior vice president of development and media services for Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network (CPBN), parent company of WNPR. “Pipedreams has been celebrating the distinctive, powerful sounds of the pipe organ for almost 30 years, and we are happy to bring that sense of music appreciation to WNPR. We are also proud to be a part of Richard P. Garmany’s legacy of commitment to music and the performing arts, a commitment that WNPR has always shared.”
 
Pipedreams will air on WNPR each Sunday night from 10 p.m. to 11 p.m.
 
As a child, Richard Garmany studied music and piano, playing with the Houston Symphony at age 11. He graduated from the University of Texas and earned a master’s degree at the University of Chicago. Soon thereafter, he moved to Avon, making that his home for 40 years.  From there, he traveled the world, enjoyed tennis, fishing, boating, the performing arts, and entertaining his friends. He also developed a long and successful career at Aetna in the pension and financial services division and rising to the management level. Before his death in 2008 he created a donor-advised fund at the Hartford Foundation through his will, naming a close friend as the official fund advisor, and two other friends to also be involved in recommending grants from the fund.
 
About Hartford Foundation for Public Giving
The Hartford Foundation for Public Giving is the community foundation for the 29-town Greater Hartford region, dedicated to improving the quality of life for area residents for the past 85 years. The Foundation receives gifts from thousands of generous individuals and families, and last year, awarded grants of nearly $26 million to a broad range of area nonprofit organizations. For more information about the Hartford Foundation, visit www.hfpg.org or call 860-548-1888.
 
About WNPR
WNPR/Connecticut Public Radio is a media service of the Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network (CPBN, www.cpbn.org). It is an affiliate of National Public Radio, Public Radio International and American Public Media. WNPR serves over 200,000 listeners in Connecticut, New York and Rhode Island with news and information. Its award-winning local programming includes The Faith Middleton Show and Where We Live. Overall, the network brings a broad spectrum of public affairs, entertainment, sports, and educational programming to viewers, listeners, and readers. The Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network also includes CPTV/Connecticut Public Television, a locally and nationally recognized producer and presenter of quality public television programming, including UConn Women’s Basketball, original documentaries, and educational programming. CPTV has built a reputation as a leader in children’s programming, including playing a historical role in bringing Barney & Friends™, Bob the Builder™ and Thomas & Friends™ to public television. The station offers 11 hours of positive, nurturing children’s programming each weekday, reaching 50,000 to 70,000 households daily. For more information, visit www.wnpr.org and/or www.cptv.org.
 
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