|Beautiful Bay Area III: Press Release|
BEAUTIFUL BAY AREA Returns to KQED Public Television 9 With "Our Beautiful Parks"
Visits to 15 Area Parks Filmed in High-Definition and Set to Classical Music
"Presently you lose consciousness of your own separate existence: you blend with the landscape, and become part and parcel of nature."
John Muir, noted conservationist and Sierra Club founder
The natural bounty of Northern California is famous the world over. From towering redwoods to windswept mountains and dramatic coastlines, nature's artistry is on display in a glorious scenic gallery. On Monday, August 6 at 7:30 p.m., KQED is pleased to highlight the natural treasures in our midst with The Beautiful Bay Area III: "Our Beautiful Parks."
Featuring 15 of the Bay Area's most beautiful parks, this program takes viewers on a non-narrated, dream-like journey along nature trails, placid lakes and mountaintops. The gorgeous scenery is enhanced by and set to some of the world's best-loved classical selections from Mozart, Schubert, Puccini, Vivaldi and others. Shot with the latest high-definition technology (HDTV), The Beautiful Bay Area III offers a crisp and exceptionally beautiful look at the parks that grace the Bay Area.
The parks were selected for their beauty, variety and location. Most are within an hour or two of almost any spot in the Bay Area. A map highlighting the parks will also be posted on KQED's The Beautiful Bay Area III Web sitekqed.org/bba (launches Friday, August 3).
We wanted to create a program that not only encourages viewers to join the station, but to motivate Bay Area citizens to visit their parks," says executive producer Kurt Mendelsohn. "This program is sure to do both."
This program is the third in the Beautiful Bay Area series, which has become a staple during KQED's membership drives. The first program in the series premiered in 1997 and featured a wide variety of Bay Area footage set to classical music. Two years later, the second episode took the skies and provided HDTV aerial footage of Northern California set to original music.
KQEDfor the first time in memorywill be able to offer a pledge thank you gift at the limited income level of $25 per year. Although new members at this level receive the Fine Tuning program guide and the KQED MemberCard, they will also receive a compact disc recording of the 14 classical musical selections from the program.
Rick Butler, the Emmy-winning director of The Fillmorepart of KQED's Neighborhoods seriesis the director of photography. Bud Gundy is producer; Herb Ferrette is editor; Hanna Lin is associate producer. The music was arranged, conducted and performed by Tom Disher of Disher Music & Sound in San Francisco.
KQED operates KQED Public Television 9, the nation's most-watched public television station, and Digital Television 30, Northern California's only public television digital signal; KQED Public Radio 88.5 FM, the most listened-to public radio station in the nation; the KQED Education Network, which brings the impact of KQED to thousands of teachers, students, parents and media professionals through workshops, seminars and resources; and kqed.org, which harnesses the power of the Internet to bring KQED to communities across the Web.