CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., April 16, 2012 — KRCU at Southeast Missouri State University announces plans to air “Song Travels with Michael Feinstein,” a program that works to uncover the intimate journey singers and songs take with one another, each changing the other through the course of a lifetime. “Song Travels” will air Tuesday evenings at 7 p.m., beginning April 17. The renowned “Ambassador of the Great American Songbook” and five-time Grammy nominated performer Michael Feinstein hosts the program, a 13-week series examining how popular standards and show tunes have evolved through the years. Each week a new guest joins Feinstein for intimate explorations of the journeys of songs and the artists who perform them. The line-up spans the musical spectrum, from Liza Minnelli and Bette Midler, to violinist Joshua Bell and Pink Martini pianist Thomas Lauderdale, and U.K. current pop sensation Rumer, bringing the Great American Songbook to a whole new audience. Each guest shares their passion for the songs through solo performances and duets with Feinstein, illustrating the continuing development of the songs across time. “In this series, we talk about songs. How important they are in our lives… how they’ve changed our lives…how sometimes they make life worth living,” Feinstein has said. KRCU General Manager Dan Woods said, “Our listeners have shown a great interest in popular standards, and this program is a perfect fit. I am confident it will be well received by KRCU listeners.”
The series hopes to bring the music of George & Ira Gershwin, Cole Porter, Johnny Mercer, and so many more, to a whole new audience. With the wild success of television programs like Glee, now is the perfect time to re-introduce the original canon of American show tunes and standards through a fresh, insightful interpretation. Host Feinstein is uniquely poised to do just that, as both a seasoned performer and advocate for the musical repertoire.
As the area’s source for diverse musical programming and award winning NPR news, KRCU strives to continuously excel in providing the highest quality public radio programming to Southeast Missouri and Southern Illinois. The station broadcasts 24 hours a day from the campus of Southeast Missouri State University on 90.9 FM in Cape Girardeau and 88.9 FM in Farmington and Ste. Genevieve.