The new Ute and William K. Bowes, Jr. Center for Performing Arts will include facilities for the 70-year old radio station in the heart of the San Francisco Arts District, leading to a new era of collaboration between KDFC and SFCM.
The Bay Area’s Classical music radio station KDFC and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music (SFCM) today announced a new and unique collaboration. With the imminent opening of the William K. Bowes, Jr. Center for Performing Arts in 2020, SFCM has invited the 70-year-old radio station to join them by relocating from the current broadcasting facility on 3rd Street to the hub of the San Francisco Arts District, on the second floor of the new Bowes Center, located at 200 Van Ness Avenue, across from Davies Symphony Hall.
“KDFC is a cornerstone of the cultural life of the Bay Area and a critical resource in the global community of classical music,” said David Stull, president of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. “I look forward to partnering with KDFC to provide additional and unique career growth opportunities for our students.”
“David’s invitation came at a perfect time; KDFC is at a pivotal moment in its history and is greatly looking forward to collaborating with the talent from the Conservatory and the surrounding arts community,” said KDFC President Bill Lueth. “Relocating to the heart of the Arts District, combined with our large listening audience, will position the station to have an even greater impact upon the entire Bay Area arts ecosystem and community.”
KDFC became a listener-supported local arts institution in 2011, and reaches nearly 350,000-plus weekly listeners, and 100,000-plus accessing the stream through computers, smartphones and smart speakers. In its new home, KDFC will be anchored in the heart of the Conservatory’s professional development activities with students. Collaboration plans include showcasing on air the talented musicians from the Conservatory and from throughout Northern California. The station also will be able to tap into the dynamic new performance spaces of the Bowes Center, which will be wired into KDFC’s studios to share performances and other activities with a broader audience. Whether it is a brief performance with a major arts group in the area, or one of the many free SFCM public concerts, KDFC will be able to strengthen its mission of Music for All.
Closer proximity to the city’s premier performing arts groups will allow KDFC to expand its outreach and programming to include pre-performance talks and soirees for interested music lovers who can then walk across the street to a performance.
About Classical KDFC
KDFC is a 70-year-old classical radio station based in San Francisco. As one of the premier all-classical radio stations in the country providing classical programming 24/7 with “live” hosts, KDFC plays an important role in the Bay Area’s performing arts ecosystem. In January 2011, KDFC converted to a listener-supported status after 60 years as a commercial enterprise. As the station enters its eighth year as a nonprofit radio station, the organization is poised to expand its focus to deepening its footprint in the community at large. Our mission is to champion classical music in the community and we reache 350,000-plus weekly listeners, and 100,000-plus accessing the stream through computers, smartphones and smart speakers. KDFC is heard on several transmitters in Northern California that extend from Ukiah 102.5 FM, throughout the Napa/Sonoma Wine country 89.9 FM, through SF and Oakland 90.3 FM, into Silicon Valley and San Jose 104.9 FM, and south to Monterey/Carmel 103.9 FM. Also online at kdfc.com.
About the San Francisco Conservatory of Music
Founded in 1917, the San Francisco Conservatory of Music (SFCM) is a global destination for musical excellence, earning an international reputation for producing musicians of the highest caliber. Located in the heart of San Francisco’s Civic Center, SFCM’s faculty includes nearly 30 members of the San Francisco Symphony as well as Grammy Award-winning artists in fields ranging from orchestral and chamber performance to classical guitar. The Conservatory offers its 400-plus collegiate students fully accredited bachelor’s and master’s degrees and professional diplomas in composition and instrumental and vocal performance, as well as in newly established, groundbreaking tracks such as Technology and Applied Composition and Roots, Jazz, and American Music. SFCM’s collaborations with major Bay Area arts presenters, including the San Francisco Symphony, Opera, Ballet, and SFJAZZ Center, present an unprecedented learning environment for Conservatory students to engage with the world’s leading artists. The Conservatory’s relationships with Sony Playstation, Skywalker Sound, and other Silicon Valley companies also offer unique opportunities that reinforce the institution’s innovative curricular approach in artistic, intellectual, professional, and individual development, a connected learning sequence that gives students an education for life. SFCM’s collegiate and Pre-College students have appeared at such storied venues as Carnegie Hall and Davies Symphony Hall and have performed on national radio programs including NPR’s Live from Here and Performance Today. Notable alumni include violinists Yehudi Menuhin and Isaac Stern, conductor and pianist Jeffrey Kahane, soprano Elza van den Heever, the Naumburg Award-winning Telegraph Quartet (on faculty as SFCM’s Quartet-in-Residence), Blue Bottle Coffee founder James Freeman, and Ronald Losby (President of Steinway & Sons – Americas), among others. For more information, visit sfcm.edu.