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On this week’s WCPE Opera House, I’m delighted to present George Frideric Handel’s Rinaldo, the first Italian-language opera written specifically for the London stage. A story of love, war and redemption, set at the time of the First Crusade, Rinaldo is loosely based on Torquato Tasso's epic poem Gerusalemme liberata ("Jerusalem Delivered"), and its staging involved many original and vivid effects. It was a great success with the public, despite negative reactions from critics hostile to the contemporary trend towards Italian entertainment in English theatres. The work was first performed at the Queen’s Theatre in London's Haymarket on February 24, 1711, and it is still regarded as one of Handel’s greatest operas.

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Celebration of African American Music on TheClassicalStation.org

WCPE-FM Education Fund Announces New Grant Application Period for 2017-2018 Season
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WCPE Education Fund

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Music education plays an important role in building a young person's confidence and self esteem. This season, a grant to Community Music School of $2,000.00 will provide professionally taught weekly music lessons for $1 per lesson to children who would not otherwise be able to afford them.

WCPE Education Fund


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!



The Metropolitan Opera Announces the 2016-17 Season

The Metropolitan Opera’s 2016-17 Season—Its 50th Anniversary at Lincoln Center — Will Feature 225 Performances of 26 Operas, With Six New Productions, Including a Met Premiere!

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Online playlists
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Meet the Announcer
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"Quarter Notes"
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