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Compact Discoveries is a radio series that takes a light, personal, friendly approach to beautiful, classical and classic popular music. Each hour is based on a different theme, such as “Discs for Dishwashing,” “Best Music for Back Rubs,” “Musical Beasts,” “Musical Feasts,” “From Norway to Broadway,” “From the Classics to Carmen Cavallaro,” “A CATalog of Music,” “The Color of Music,” “Music by the Numbers,” “Crazy About Kalinnikov,” “Sullivan without Gilbert,” and “Nino Rota’s Piano Concertos.”

The series delights listeners in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Brazil, France, England, Germany, Spain, the Czech Republic, Kuwait, Japan, the Philippines, and around the world. Read their comments here.

The award-winning programs are hosted by Fred Flaxman, the author of the Pinnacle Award-winning memoir, Sixty Slices of Life… on Wry: The Private Life of a Public Broadcaster. He loves music and shares that enthusiasm with his audience. He delights particularly in uncovering unjustly neglected composers and compositions that listeners will enjoy on first hearing.

Now there are three free ways to listen to Compact Discoveries!

1. 24 hours a day, 7 days a week on the RadioTunes Internet  Compact Discoveries Channel.

2. The programs of your choice streamed on demand via the Compact Discoveries website (just click on Listen Now! after the program description).

3. Tune in on your local public radio station in select towns and cities across the U.S. and abroad. If your favorite station doesn't carry the series, ask them to add it to their schedule.

Who pays for this service?

Compact Discoveries has been made possible in part by grants from an anonymous donor in Palm Beach, Florida; Isabel and Marvin Leibowitz; Art and Eva Stevens; the Puffin Foundation (“continuing the dialogue between art and the lives of ordinary people”); the Leroy Anderson Foundation; Barry and Florence Friedberg; members of the Compact Discoveries, Inc., Board of Directors; and listeners. Re-editing and distribution of 26 early programs originally distributed from Chicago by the WFMT Radio Network has been made possible by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (“a great nation deserves great art”) and by the Public Radio Exchange Reversioning Project.

In-kind support, in the form of compact discs, comes from, Bridge Records, Çedille Records, Chandos, CRI Recordings, Crystal Records, Delos, Divine Arts Recordings, Dorian, EMI and Virgin Classics, Fleur de Son Classics, Harmonia Mundi, Hyperion, Linn Records, MSR Records, Naïve, Navona Records, Naxos, Parma Recordings, Pierian, Reference Recordings, Sono Luminus, Telarc, Timpani, Universal, and Warner Classics.

Who runs this organization?

Compact Discoveries is a production of Compact Discoveries, Inc., a nonprofit, tax-exempt corporation under 501(c)(3) of the U.S. Internal Revenue Service codes.  Contributions and bequests to Compact Discoveries, Inc., are thus tax deductible in the U.S.  Contributions may be sent to Compact Discoveries, Inc., 36 Pickens Lane, Weaverville, NC 28787, or they may be made online by clicking the “Donate” button above.

The Board of Directors of Compact Discoveries, Inc., includes:

- Peter Bradley, retired instructor of English, Grossmont College, El Cajon, Calif. - Descanso, Calif.

- Peter Breiner, internationally known composer, conductor, arranger, pianist, and recording artist, New York, N.Y.

- James Brooks-Bruzzese, conductor of the Symphony of the Americas, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

- Walter Meyer, retired U.S. Governemnt attorney - Reston, Va.

- Thomas Tirino, internationally known concert pianist, recording artist, composer, arranger, and musicologist - New York, N.Y.

The officers are:

- Fred Flaxman, President & CEO (former vice president of nonprofit public broadcasting stations WXEL-TV-FM, West Palm Beach, Florida; WTTW-TV, Chicago; and WETA-TV-FM, Washington, D.C., where he was founding manager of WETA-FM), Weaverville, N.C.

- Karl Miller, Vice President (president of Pierian Recording Society, a nonprofit corporation),  Austin, Texas

- Annick Story Flaxman, Secretary (former assistant to the editor of Plate World magazine, Chicago, Ill.), Weaverville, N.C.

- Robert Anderson, Treasurer (retired senior economist with the U.S. Treasury Department, Washington, D.C.), Reston, Va.

Our thanks to Koch International Classics for providing this web site's introductory music: Brejeiro by Ernesto Nazareth, performed by pianist Thomas Tirino. You can hear more music by Nazareth on Compact Discoveries programs 1, 90 and 91.

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