On the eve of its seventh anniversary on-air, Classical South Florida (CSF), the area’s only public radio organization dedicated to broadcasting classical music, announced the re-launch of Concierto, a program featuring the rich and varied contributions of Hispanic and Latin culture to classical music from musicians and composers presented in a bilingual format.
The program enhances CSF’s varied classical music programming geared to Latinos, a large and growing audience. Concierto began Oct. 26 airing Sundays from 8 to 10 p.m. on 89.7 FM on and is hosted by the illustrious Frank Dominguez. Mobile listeners can tune in to Classical South Florida via smart phone or tablet devices. To find more information about Classical South Florida visit: http://classicalsouthflorida.org/.
“The fact that our most avid listeners are Latino, coupled with the pure demographics of Miami — approximately 66 percent are Latino — truly makes Concierto a precious gem in our station’s programming repertoire and schedule,” said Néstor Rodriguez, president of Classical South Florida and the first Latino senior leader of Classical South Florida, a company of American Public Media.
“Miami is a world-class city with a thriving arts community and we are excited to nurture new generations of Latino listeners,” Rodriguez said.
Concierto is a weekly two-hour program featuring classical music presented in Spanish and English. The program spotlights classical music by Latin American and Spanish composers and musicians including world renowned names such as Plácido Domingo, Gustavo Dudamel, Alicia de Larrocha, and Arturo Márquez among others. Concierto is carried on more than 30 American Public Radio stations across America.
“Concierto means different things to different listeners,” Dominguez said. “English speakers get a chance to explore repertory and performers they haven’t heard before while Spanish speakers appreciate hearing their native tongue and a different aspect of Hispanic culture celebrated than what is usually portrayed in the media.”