First project will be a broadcast of Chapman's beloved holiday special.
Burbank, CA - November 12, 2012 - KCET, the nation's largest independent public television station serving Southern and Central California, and Chapman University, one of California's oldest and most respected private universities, based in Orange County, have announced a partnership to bring Chapman University's dynamic people, programs and special events to a public broadcast audience on KCET.
The partnership will provide a wide range of arts and culture programming produced by Chapman University's Panther Productions that KCET will acquire and broadcast to its more than 2.2 million monthly viewers.
The first joint project will be a special broadcast of Chapman University's 49th annual Holiday Concert airing on KCET Dec. 19 at 8 p.m. Conducted by Stephen Coker, Angel Vazquez-Ramos and Daniel Alfred Wachs, the concert features the university's combined choirs and chamber orchestra for a performance of traditional and world music for the season, featuring more than 125 singers and musicians.
"We are eager to become a media voice for the vibrant student and faculty work coming from Chapman University's campus," said Al Jerome, President and Chief Executive Officer of KCET. "We look forward to celebrating the diversity of their talent and being a conduit to Orange County arts and culture for our audience."
"Chapman University is delighted to join with KCET in this exciting partnership," said Chapman President Jim Doti. "There is so much potential for programming from our campus, so many stories to tell, so much culture and creativity to share from our talented students and faculty. We feel that KCET is the perfect medium to share these inspiring and entertaining programs and performances with a dedicated and discerning audience."
On-air, online and in the community, KCET plays a vital role in the cultural and educational enrichment of Southern and Central California. KCET offers a wide range of award-winning local programming as well as the finest public television programs from around the world. KCET currently produces the Emmy®, duPont-Columbia and Peabody Award-winning SoCal Connected, a hard-hitting prime-time nightly television news program that examines the issues and people of Southern California. Throughout its 48-year history, KCET has won hundreds of major awards for its local and regional news and public affairs programming, its national drama and documentary productions, its quality educational family and children's programs, its outreach and community services and its website, kcet.org. KCET is a donor-supported community institution. For additional information about KCET productions, web-exclusive content, programming schedules and community events, please visit kcet.org.
ABOUT CHAPMAN UNIVERSITY
Consistently ranked among the top universities in the West, Chapman University provides a uniquely personalized and interdisciplinary educational experience to highly qualified students. Our programs encourage innovation, creativity and collaboration, and focus on developing global citizen-leaders who are distinctively prepared to improve their community and their world. For more information visit www.chapman.edu.
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