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Richard Wagner’s final opera, Parsifal, is featured on this Maundy Thursday's expanded edition of the WCPE Opera House. The vessel that was used to serve the wine at Jesus Christ’s Last Supper has been one of the supposed subjects of Holy Grail literature in Christian mythology. The quest for the Holy Grail makes up an important segment of the Arthurian cycle, combining Christian lore with a Celtic myth of a cauldron endowed with special powers. The early Grail romances centered on Percival, who—in the hands of Wagner—evolved into Parsifal. Parsifal was described by Wagner as a Bühnenweihfestspiel (stage consecration festival play).

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My Life in Music - Jess Isaiah Levin

My Life in Music:
Jess Isaiah Levin
Violin I, North Carolina Symphony

North Carolina Symphony violinist Jess Isaiah Levin co-hosts this month’s edition of My Life in Music, sharing historic Jasha Heifetz recordings, symphonies by Prokofiev and Brahms, and even music he, himself, has written. In addition to his other talents, he is an accomplished photographer.

To listen to excerpts from Tara Lynn's My Life in Music interview with Jess Isaiah Levin please click here!


WCPE CD of the Month
for April at Quail Ridge Books & Music

Igor Levit: Beethoven ­ The Late Piano Sonatas

Igor Levit: Beethoven ­ The Late Piano Sonatas

Sony Classical 2013

Born in Russia, raised in Germany, Igor Levit is the youngest artist to compete in the Artur Rubinstein International Piano Master Competition, where he won four awards in 2005. But he waited until the relatively mature age of 26 to release his first recording. And for this debut he chose music demanding even greater maturity: the late piano sonatas of Ludwig van Beethoven.

Listen to our Preview! interview with Igor Levit here!

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Spring Pledge Drive Begins!

If you haven't already Pledged, there is no time like the present! Thank You, Loyal Listeners!

CD #1 - Bizet: Symphony in C -
Martin West leads the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra in this masterpiece symphony written by Bizet at age 17, plus Children's Games and Chromatic Variations. A great performance and a superb recording.

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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Meet the Announcer
Ever wonder what your favorite voice looks like? See photos and read brief biographies of WCPE's announcers!

"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.

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