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Classical KUSC’s ‘Mystery Tour’ offers a musical escape

Photo of the Dordogne River near Beynac, France, was submitted by listener Donna Fontana of Playa Del Rey, Calif.

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 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-Saëns’ “Egyptian” piano concerto to John Barry’s soundtrack for Out of Africa.

“Classical fans love to travel,” said Bill Lueth, vice president of USC Radio, who oversees programming. “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 at kusc.org/tour/submit.aspx.

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

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