Sirius XM continues their trend of compelling content with a fantastic new concept that connects modern artists to the classics. Most musicians and music can trace roots back to classical music. We all know the greats such as Beethoven, Bach, Mozart, and others, as well as their differing styles. What would be compelling is to know which classical artists influenced which modern artist. Thanks to Sirius XM, we get a chance to gain even more perspective into some of modern musics top artists. The action starts with Sting.

Linked — Connecting the Classics, explores classical music’s unique connections to rock, pop, jazz, other music genres and popular culture. Each month will feature a different popular artist sharing their perspective on how classical music influences their work. This musical journey will be led by Peter Cummings, board member of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and New York Philharmonic.

The debut episode will feature an extensive discussion with Sting, who is set to launch his Symphonicity Tour backed by the 45-piece Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra, conducted by Steven Mercurio, this summer. During the show, Sting will share with listeners how he finds inspiration in classical music, including his morning ritual: starting his day listening to Bach. Additionally, SIRIUS XM listeners will have the opportunity to hear several new recordings of Sting’s most celebrated songs re-imagined for symphonic arrangement, including “Roxanne” and “Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic.”

You can catch this unique programming on Sirius XM Pops tonight at 9:00 PM ET. Rebroadcasts are scheduled for Sun 5/23 1:00 pm ET; Sun 5/23 8:00 pm ET; and Mon 5/24 11:00 pm ET (Sirius channel 79 – XM channel 77)

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