Classical KUSC Press Releases

KUSC Press Releases



Station teamed with Creative Kids Education Foundation and


August 27, 2010

Contact: Brenda Barnes
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Los Angeles – Interactive Media Awards, Inc., (IMA) announced this week that Classical KUSC’s Hansel & Gretel: Build Your Own Opera website-feature for children won Best in Class, the highest honor bestowed by IMA. In presenting the award, the organization described the program as representing the very best in planning, execution and overall professionalism.
“It has long been our goal to welcome children into the world of classical music in the most interactive way possible,” said KUSC President Brenda Barnes. “With the combined talents of Dr. Jama Laurent of the Creative Kids Educational Foundation, and Ann Zumwinkle of, this goal has become a reality.”

The Hansel & Gretel website program invites children to produce and direct their own version of the classic tale, while listening to the opera. Choosing costuming and set production options are a few of the interactive opportunities.

According to the announcement by IMA, KUSC’s team won the award by successfully passing through a comprehensive judging system and by adhering to specific guidelines and criteria. In this way, judges were able to maintain the highest degree of fairness and integrity.
To help your family direct its own version of the classic opera, visit and click on Games, then Hansel and Gretel.


Classical KUSC is one of the largest and most listened to non-profit classical music stations in the country. KUSC is dedicated to preserving classical music as a living art. Located in downtown Los Angeles, Classical KUSC uses digital transmission technology to broadcast commercial-free uninterrupted classical performances. The non-profit, listener-supported station has been broadcasting for over 60 years. The station is a broadcast service of the University of Southern California at 91.5(FM) in Los Angeles; 88.5 KPSC in Palm Springs; 91.l KDSC in Thousand Oaks, 88.7 KQSC in Santa Barbara, and 99.7 KESC in Morro Bay/San Luis Obispo. For more information, please visit
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