July 5, 2017

WWFM Hosts Program On Local Young Pianists

Mercer County Community College’s (MCCC) WWFM the Classical Network announces the launch of “Kids on Keys,” a new monthly broadcast series spotlighting some of the best young piano talent in the radio station’s immediate broadcast region of Central and Southern New Jersey.

Hosted by pianist, composer, critic and author Jed Distler, The Classical Network’s artist-in-residence, the program will air on the first Saturday of each month at 1 p.m. Each “Kids on Keys” program will feature performances given by young artists in recital at the Lawrenceville location of Jacobs Music Company, which is the program’s sponsor, and other regional venues.

“The range of talent among these young pianists impresses me as much as their obvious love for music, their dedication to the piano, and their capacity for hard work,” Mr. Distler said. “Each deserves to be heard, and, to that end, ‘Kids on Keys’ showcases their artistry and their future potential.”

“We consider it to be our responsibility to carry on our company’s long tradition of sponsoring recitals, master classes, young artist competitions, teaching and technical seminars, and other events aimed at musical enrichment,” said Bob Rinaldi, senior vice president of Jacobs Music. “We are extremely happy to partner with The Classical Network in recognizing the talents and dedication of the remarkable young pianists who will be showcased on ‘Kids on Keys.’ It is truly our honor and pleasure to do so.”

Called “a witty, genial and adventurous pianist and composer” by The New York Times, Jed Distler hosts “Between the Keys” on The Classical Network and “Piano Excursions” on WWFM’s JazzOn2. Mr. Distler has been recording a wide range of repertoire for the Steinway Spirio High Definition Player Piano.

The Classical Network, operating from MCCC’s West Windsor Campus, is a full-time classical music network serving central and southern New Jersey, Philadelphia, eastern Pennsylvania, and portions of Delaware and Maryland, as well as reaching listeners in Colorado via satellite and around the world through streaming on wwfm.org. In the fall of 2008, the station launched JazzOn2, a 24-hour jazz station available on its HD channel 2 and JazzOn2.org.