Bach to the Future

In 2003, in part through the generosity of the Verizon Foundation, The Discovery Orchestra (TDO) television show Discovery Concert: Bach to the Future© was released by American Public Television to public television stations across the US. To date, over 80 stations, reaching more than 37 million households, have programmed this educational show.

“Verizon New Jersey has been a proud supporter of the arts in the state for several decades,” said Peter J. Ventimiglia, retired Vice President-External Affairs. “Bach to the Future© addresses the critical elements of Verizon’s commitment to arts education and literacy. Under the direction of Maestro Maull, the program creates an audience of informed ‘listeners.’ And we all know that the more we understand what we listen to, the greater the appreciation we have for what we’re hearing.”

Discovery Concert: Bach to the Future© is a one-hour program taped before a live audience at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Newark, in TDO’s unique concert/lecture format. Featuring Bach’sBrandenburg Concerto No. 4, Third Movement, it highlights why Bach’s music has remained as exciting as when it was written. Soloists for the performance were Peter Winograd, first violinist of the American String Quartet and TDO concertmaster, as well as recorder soloists Stephen Hammer and Nina Stern, two of the country’s leading players of baroque woodwinds.

Deemed “one of the finest conductor/teachers” by Classical New Jersey Magazine, Artistic Director George Marriner Maull introduced the interactive Discovery Concert format in 1997 to enthusiastic audiences. Since then, thousands of concertgoers have attended these educational concerts in which Maestro Maull uses an engaging and entertaining style to help both classical music novices and experienced concertgoers discover the “goose bumps” sensation of music listening.

Written and hosted by Maestro Maull, produced by Elise van Stolk and directed by Jeff Friedman,Discovery Concert: Bach to the Future© is presented by American Public Television (APT). For over 40 years, APT has been a major source of programming for the nation’s public television stations. APT has more than 10,000 hours of available programming including Discovering the Real World of Harry Potter, Globe Trekker, Muhammad Ali: Through the Eyes of the World, Nightly Business Report, Rick Steves’ Europe, Julia and Jacques Cooking at Home, Ballykissangel, Brian Jacques’ Redwall and The Three Tenors Christmas. APT is known for identifying innovative programs and developing creative distribution techniques for producers. In four decades, it has established a tradition of providing public television stations nationwide with program choices that enable them to strengthen and customize their schedules.


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