Haas, in his daily radio broadcasts, ADVENTURES IN GOOD MUSIC,
is heard by millions of music lovers throughout the world. In
the United States, his network comprises well over two hundred
cities, from Alaska to Florida and from the west coast to the
eastern seaboard. Over four hundred stations of the American Armed
Forces Network beam his ADVENTURES IN GOOD MUSIC to all continents.
Thirty-seven stations of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation
take pride in their own dissemination of the daily program. At
the request of the South German Broadcasting Corporation (Suddeutscher
Rundfunk), Karl Haas has made available a selected series of ADVENTURES
in German, heard via shortwave throughout Europe. He has also
recorded them in French for use by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.
Never in the history of broadcasting has a daily hour of good
music been so widely acclaimed nor has it continued for an uninterrupted
run of thirty-five years.
Haas, renowned pianist-conductor and a student of the legendary
Artur Schnabel, conceives, plans, and hosts his ADVENTURES with
great love and unabashed enthusiasm. Without ever a script, he
delves into his life-long experience and knowledge of music, a
true and lasting "love affair," as he readily admits
to anyone. This is why he chooses his subjects of the day with
great care, weaving around each theme a wondrous web of pertinent
music. His choice is as wide as the repertory of music history,
limited only by the exigencies of any given theme at hand. From
the historical to the biographical, and from the analytical to
the humorous, he has the world of music at his fingertips.
Haas twice has been awarded the coveted George Foster Peabody
Award (most recently in 1988), the "Emmy" Award of Broadcasting,
a rare and prestigious honor in recognition of his outstanding
contribution to broadcasting; he has been awarded the National
Telemedia Award as well. Boston's renowned classical music station,
WGBH, has chosen him Person of the Year. As a result of that award,
he conducted the Boston Pops Orchestra.
active performer on the recital concert tour circuit, he sold
out houses with standing room only in Chicago (five weeks in advance),
Cincinnati, and Harrisburg. According to The Chicago Tribune,
"Haas has emerged as the world's leading point man for serious
music." His annual Florida recital turns away hundreds after
standing room only tickets are sold. In addition, this fall marks
his 37th concert series (bi-annual) of live ADVENTURES IN GOOD
MUSIC at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, a series
which is sold-out by subscription, also with standing room only.
He has given a similar set of concerts at New York's Carnegie
several years, Dr. Haas was called upon to be consultant to the
Ford Foundation in the field of International Affairs, Mass Communications,
and Arts and the Humanities. Shortly after the Berlin Wall was
built, he conducted the Ford Foundation's elaborate cultural program
as resident director in West Berlin. He also served as United
States Delegate to congresses of the International Music Council
Haas was honored in 1956 by the French Government by being appointed
"Officier d'Académie" to recognize his services in the
cause of French culture. He became one of the few Americans decorated
with the "Chevalier d'ordre des arts et lettres" in
1962, an order established by André Malraux. In 1964 he received
the First Class Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany
from President Heinrich Lübke for his services in the cause of
cultural relations between the United States and West Germany.
Haas has served as "Distinguished Visiting Professor"
at leading universities in the United States. He is the recipient
of eight honorary doctorates in music, fine arts and humanities,
awarded by various American universities and colleges. A scholarship
recently has been established in his name at the University of
Michigan at Ann Arbor for the most deserving young music student.
1984 saw the publication by Doubleday of a book by Karl Haas (now
in its tenth printing) entitled "INSIDE MUSIC," an elaborate
reference work dealing with all phases of music. It includes a
chapter on the interrelationship of music, the arts and current
events, as well as a section on how to build a home record library.
"INSIDE MUSIC" has also been published in Australia
and now, in an Italian translation, is being published in Italy.
Haas broadcasts from his studio in New York City and appears regularly
as recitalist and conductor throughout the country, as well as
on radio and television. In 1991, he received the National Endowment
for the Humanities Charles Frankel award, which was presented
to him at a ceremony conducted by President Bush at the White
Haas released his first compact disc, "THE ROMANTIC PIANO,"
in the fall of 1993. In December of that year, his classic "STORY
OF THE BELLS" program was also released on CD. Both recordings
became immediate best sellers, rising to the number one and two
positions for the Radio Music Source's list of best sellers for
all of 1993. In the spring of 1994, his third compact disc, "SONG
AND DANCE," was released. It will be followed by a special
program devoted to Jewish holiday music.
March of 1995, Karl Haas was nominated for induction into the
Radio Hall of Fame in Chicago. He is the first classical broadcaster