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Great Sacred Music host Rob Kennedy joins me on this Thursday evening's special edition of the Opera House. Once again we'll be playing arias, choruses and ensembles from our vast library of opera recordings, including our thank-you gifts (see below), while asking for your new or ongoing financial support. During the Spring Membership Drive, we have a couple of wonderful gifts we’ll be happy to send you as our thanks for your fulfilled pledge:

  • For $120, Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor. Diana Damrau first sang the title role at the Metropolitan Opera in New York. Five years later, for this recording from Munich’s Philharmonie Gasteig, she is joined by two splendid singers from the Mediterranean: tenor Joseph Calleja as her lover Edgardo, and baritone Ludovic Tézier as her brother Enrico. Recorded live in concert in July 2013, this 2-CD set captures Damrau’s first Lucia in Munich.

  • For $150, Puccini's Tosca. Jonathan Kent's atmospheric and evocative DVD production, which has established itself as a Royal Opera House classic, features three of today's finest singers. Angela Gheorghiu's sensitively portrayed Tosca is paired with Jonas Kaufmann's intense and compelling Cavaradossi, while Bryn Terfel is thrillingly malevolent as Scarpia. Antonio Pappano's masterfully paced conducting captures all the drama and beauty of Puccini's exhilarating opera.

Watch Diana Damrau sing Lucia's "Mad Scene":

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Spring Pledge Drive Begins!

Thank You, Loyal Listeners!

CD #10: Brahms Complete Chamber Music

The Brandis Quartet, Tokyo String Quartet and Nash Ensemble are among the performers on this remarkable collection. 12 discs for your pledge of $500 or more in support of Great Classical Music.

WCPE Education Fund

When your contribution is at least $50.00, you may, in lieu of choosing a gift, designate that 10% of your donation go toward the WCPE Education Fund. Please check the appropriate box in the Secure Pledge Form!

We spoke with Jennifer Curtis, artistic director of Overtone Series, which, presents an evening of eclectic chamber music on Monday, March 23 at Cat’s Cradle in Carrboro featuring Gabriel Kahane, the North Carolina Symphony String Quartet and Curtis, herself, playing violin. The Overtone Series offers a meeting point for international artists and the energetic creative communities of North Carolina, which manifests in intimate concerts at unique venues through the area. The project is fueled by acts of reciprocity between performers and audience — an invitation to all to reflect upon the arts’ resonances through life. Each performance curates a transformative experience at the source of virtuosic collaboration. This series event is present in collaboration with the North Carolina Symphony and Carolina Performing Arts. INFO: carolinaperformingarts.org and ncsymphony.org.

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WCPE Honors Women’s History Month


Burns & Allen made us laugh, Astaire & Rogers inspired us with their grace, Gilbert & Sullivan gave us unforgettable stories and songs. By working together, these artists produced their finest work.

At WCPE, we believe we accomplish our best work together too. WCPE is truly a Classic Collaboration: the collaborative efforts of our volunteers, supporters and listeners have enabled WCPE to keep the Great Classical Music playing for over thirty-seven wonderful years.

Make your pledge today and join our Classic Collaboration! You can call us at 800-556-5178 or make your pledge on-line at our Secure Pledge Page Here. When you make your pledge, please take a moment to fill out the comment area where you can share your thoughts and opinions with us. WCPE values your input!

Thank you for supporting WCPE!

The Metropolitan Opera Announces the 2014-15 Season

The Met’s 2014-15 Season Will Feature 26 Operas, Including Three Met Premieres, In Six New Productions and 18 Revivals!

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"Quarter Notes"
WCPE's Member Magazine
Published quarterly, this magazine and listener guide offers featured works and program highlights for the WCPE season to come, plus station news, reviews, interviews and other articles designed to enhance your classical music journey.

Quarter Notes is sent to WCPE members in print version, and members may also choose to view this website's "green" online version. To become a WCPE member (your gift is tax-deductible!) and receive a year's subscription to Quarter Notes, click here.

Donate your car to WCPE!
If your automobile (truck, boat, motorcycle, RV, or aircraft) is no longer of use to you, it can still go a long way as a donation in support of the Great Classical Music you rely on from WCPE. Learn how!

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