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On this week's WCPE Opera House I'm presenting a delightful Russian fairy tale featuring sea kings and princesses, nymphs, and golden fish. Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov's Sadko is based on legends about the life of a twelfth-century guslyar, a musician who entertained the nobility by singing bilini--a distinctive type of Russian heroic ballad. He began writing music based on the Sadko legend three decades earlier with a tone poem that quickly achieved national fame. The opera Sadko, which recycled much of the music from the tone poem, was first performed on December 26, 1897 at the Solodonikov Theater in Moscow.

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WCPE's "Preview"

We spoke with the Grammy Award nominated, prize-winning Steinway Artists Ensemble ZOFO this week on Preview!

We spoke with the Grammy Award nominated, prize-winning Steinway Artists Ensemble ZOFO this week on "Preview!" The group's name is derived from shorthand for "20 Finger Orchestra". Since 20089, pianists Keisuke Nakagoshi and Eva-Maria Zimmerman have been forging a new path for piano-four-hands with their annual commissions. Their latest release, ZOFO Plays Terry Riley, includes the ensemble's own piano-four-hand arrangements as well as a newly commissioned work by Riley. We discuss the process of creating arrangements and sharing such a small and lovely workspace.

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WCPE FM, The Classical Station, announces five grants totaling more than $8,000 from its WCPE Education Fund for the 2015–16 season.

WCPE Education Fund

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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
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