Juilliard Student Niccolo Athens composes new THIRTEEN/WLIW themes

At the end of April 2009, 30 talented Juilliard students gathered to record new ID theme music for WNET.ORG productions, and for THIRTEEN and WLIW21 air. In a new collaboration between our companies and The Juilliard School, the music for the spots, which debut on-air May 4 at midnight, was composed by a third-year composition student, Niccolo Athens.

The music for the THIRTEEN IDs was scored for orchestra by Athens, whose work was chosen for broadcast out of three other student finalists. For the WLIW21 IDs, composer Chuck Lovejoy arranged a jazz-rock version of the theme, with additional trumpet and piano added later. Both versions of the theme were performed by Juilliard students in a single live recording session held on Saturday, April 25 at Juilliard…

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