KMFA launches “Icons of Broadway” program

Austin’s KMFA Classical 89.5 will debut a new locally-produced weekly show spotlighting legendary Broadway singers and composers.

Created, written and hosted by favorite Austin vocalist and actress Mela Dailey, “Icons of Broadway” debuts 12 noon Saturday July 11 on 89.5 FM and on www.kmfa.org.

The new program is just one of many impressive and creative changes KMFA has undertaken in the past year as it redefines what a locally-focused non-profit classical music radio station can be in the 21st century.

Read our previous coverage of KMFA’s changes.

 

Mela Dailey
Mela Dailey

The premiere “Icons of Broadway”  episode is the first of a two-episode celebration of Judy Garland.

Other Broadway musical stars highlighted in the coming weeks include Mandy Patinkin, Barbra Streisand, Stephen Sondheim, Audra McDonald and Brian Stokes Mitchell, among others.

In addition to background information and a well-curated selection of recordings, each “Icons of Broadway” program will feature Dailey and invited top Austin singers performing a classic Broadway song.

“KMFA has played great orchestral Broadway music for many years in its daily programming. So the idea of a Broadway show is a natural extension of that, and something our listeners have been asking for,” said KMFA President & General Manager Ann Hume Wilson.Judy_Garland_publicity_photo

“The innovative concept of this Broadway show is that it is artist-focused – a wonderful idea that came from Mela Dailey, as did adding a live performance to complement the recorded versions. This is another way that KMFA can bring the amazing talents of Austin’s musical artists to wider audiences.”

“Icons of Broadway” will also be available for free streaming and replay at kmfa.org.

Author: Jeanne Claire van Ryzin

Jeanne Claire van Ryzin is the arts critic for the Austin American-Statesman. She writes about visual art, theater, dance, music, performance, public art, architecture and just about any combination thereof.

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