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 A Greeting from Suzanne Vega


American Mavericks is a radio and Web series featuring the music and stories of visionary American composers. Inspired by the adventurous programming of the San Francisco Symphony and its concert festival of the same name, American Mavericks features the iconoclastic, tradition-breaking composers who shaped the development of American music—from Charles Ives and Laurie Anderson to Aaron Copland and John Adams.

Interviews with composers and discussion with San Francisco Symphony Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas highlight this celebration of musical inspiration and creativity. Suzanne Vega, renowned for her musical innovation, hosts this gathering of entertaining and compelling stories, personalities and performances.

American Mavericks incorporates a rich Web component that presents the music, words, and artwork of the composers featured in the series. The site, www.musicmavericks.org contains extensive streaming audio, extended interviews, and an e-studio that invites audiences to play with the concepts featured in the series.

The series is produced by Minnesota Public Radio in association with the San Francisco Symphony and Michael Tilson Thomas, music director. American Mavericks is distributed by Public Radio International, and will be carried by public radio stations nationwide beginning in April 2003.

American Mavericks is made possible by a grant from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.

Media Contacts

Brad Robideau, National Publicity Manager
480 Cedar Street
Saint Paul, MN USA 55101
Phone: 651-290-1113
Fax: 651-222-7794

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Photos and Artwork

Suzanne Vega and Michael Tilson Thomas

Photo: Melanie Nissen

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Photo: Susan Schelling

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