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On this week's Opera House we'll celebrate the artistry of Eleanor Steber and Anna Russell, both of whom star in our featured work, Carl Ditters von Dittersdorf's Arcifanfano, King of Fools. Dittersdorf is today an almost entirely forgotten composer (except at The Classical Station, where we regularly play his twelve short symphonies based on Ovid's Metamorphoses). A contemporary of Gluck, Haydn and Mozart, Dittersdorf was an important composer in his day. Born August Carl Ditters on November 2, 1739 in Vienna, he was also an outstanding violinist.

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WCPE's Preview Interview with the Cypress-String-Quartet

Recently on "Preview!" we spoke with cellist Jennifer Kloetzel and violinist Tom Stone of the Cypress String Quartet about their latest release, Schubert: Quintet and Quartettsatz. With the addition of cellist Gary Hoffman in this recording, the quartet seamlessly becomes "an instrument of five."


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

The Silver Album - Anne­Sophie Mutter and Lambert Orkis

The Silver Album
Anne­Sophie Mutter and Lambert Orkis


We sometimes forget that in chamber music there is no soloist, and no accompanist. All the players are equal partners in the creation of beautiful music.

This summer, violinist Anne­Sophie Mutter and pianist Lambert Orkis celebrate their 25­year musical partnership with the release of "The Silver Album", two discs of favorites old and new, including sonatas by Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms and Faure, with new works by Krzysztof Penderecki and Andre Previn.

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Robert D. -Bob- Kennedy

[ via N&O ] Robert D. "Bob" Kennedy, age 84, of Zebulon died at Rex Hospital on 16 June 2014.

Bob retired to Zebulon in 1988 after 35 years of service with the Central Intelligence Agency. He was a member of their Senior Executive Service and served many years in the Far East.

Bob was born in Vigan in the province of Ilocos Sur, Philippines of missionary parents. He graduated from high school in Little Rock, Arkansas receiving an honors scholarship to Columbia University in New York where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa. He then attended Columbia's School of International Affairs and the East Asian Institute, receiving his M.I.A. in 1952.

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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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