Take a New Vacation Every Hour? Try It on Classical KUSC’s Musical Mystery Tour Starting June 17

June 12, 2013

The Temple Bar in Dublin, Ireland.

CONTACT: Allison Engel at (213) 740-1927 or allison.engel@usc.edu

This summer, Classical KUSC listeners can take musical mini-vacations to destinations around the globe by tuning in to “The KUSC Musical Mystery Tour,” beginning June 17.

This new Classical KUSC feature involves music inspired by colorful cities, monuments and natural wonders throughout the world. Listeners can try to guess the stops by listening to musical clues given each workday hour — and can visit kusc.org to view beautiful visual postcards along the route.

Composers throughout history have been inspired by their own trips around the world, from Felix Mendelssohn’s “Italian” symphony to Antonín Dvořák’s New World Symphony, and from Camille Saint-Saën’s “Egyptian” piano concerto to John Barry’s soundtrack for Out of Africa.

Bill Lueth, vice president of USC Radio, oversees programming.

“Classical fans love to travel,” Lueth says. “With summer vacation on everyone’s mind, this is a fun way to escape without leaving the office.”

Want to influence the itinerary? If you have an image of a favorite vacation spot, upload it now at kusc.org/tour/submit.aspx. It might make the tour!

Classical KUSC, located downtown Los Angeles, broadcasts hand-picked commercial-free classical performances, expert music commentary and coverage of the arts in Southern California. The listener-supported station has been broadcasting for over 60 years as a broadcast service of the University of Southern California at 91.5 FM in Los Angeles and Santa Clarita, 88.5 KPSC in Palm Springs, 91.1 KDSC in Thousand Oaks, 88.7 KQSC in Santa Barbara and 99.7 KESC in Morro Bay/San Luis Obispo. It is live-streamed on the Web at kusc.org, attracting listeners around the globe.

[Photo of the Temple Bar in Dublin, Ireland submitted by KUSC listener Cherie McCabe of Ojai.]