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- 06/22 Recognition of Ernest Tomlinson, orchestral composer
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- ♬ Special Note: Carla Dirlikov becomes first opera singer to be named to The
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- ♬ Special Note: Kansas City Symphony players take Haydn, Mozart to prison
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- ♬ Special Note: Daniel Barenboim reveals radical new piano design
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- 05/03 Paul Bryan inducted into the NC Bandmasters Association Hall of Fame
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- 04/28 Trumpeter Rolf Smedvig Dies Suddenly
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- 04/15 North Carolina native Caroline Shaw ignores the divides
- 04/14 ECU Chamber Singers win international choral competition
- 04/11 Listen to the Future
- 04/09 Twitter Outrage Takes Toronto, Canceling Two Pianists
- 04/09 Music by living composers is faring well
- 04/02 Vienna Philharmonic will do 3-year residency in Naples
- 04/01 Steinway's New Player Piano
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- Special Note: Opera world pays tribute to Germanwings crash victims Maria Radner and Oleg Bryjak
- 03/29 Meet the hottest new talent in classical music
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WCPE News: Press Releases
Curtis Brothers, Outreach Director
WCPE Celebrates Black History Month
WAVElengths on TheClassicalStation.org
Wake Forest, N.C. (February 3, 2011) – WCPE’s WAVElengths Producer Kenneth Bradshaw announces a series of programs celebrating Black History Month. The programs air at 9 p.m. ET each Sunday evening, bringing the musical voices of a new generation.
“The music displays depth and emotion,” says Bradshaw. “Each composer brings her/his life and experience to their music.”
“We will enjoy music by Billy Childs, Leslie Burrs, Valerie Coleman and Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson,” he adds.
However, on Sunday evening, February 6th, WAVElengths will present the music of just one composer, William Grant Still. Still is a great American composer who is also called the "Dean of African-American Composers" because of his trailblazing, segregation-shattering work. There are so many "firsts" attributed to him - the first Black to have a major American symphony perform their composition, the first to conduct a major American Symphony - and the list goes on. Follow this link to read more about his incredible life: http://www.williamgrantstill.com/wgsbiography/
William Grant Still composed over 150 works during his lifetime, not counting a large number that have been lost - including orchestral, opera, chamber, organ, choral and solo vocal works. The compositions you'll hear this Sunday evening are:
- Reverie (organ work)
- And they lynched him from a tree (a choral work that evokes the pathos of a not-so-distant past)
- Elegy (organ work)
- Symphony No. 1 (orchestral) - also known as The Afro-American Symphony
The rest of the month is:
- February 13 Billy Childs, pianist and composer, has the wonderful ability to create memorable melodies, whether writing jazz or classical music, as heard in Prelude in E Minor.
- February 20 Valerie Coleman combines African-American heritage with urban culture to create a distinctive sound. Hear her Concerto for Wind Quintet.
- February 27 Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson was equally at home in classical, jazz and popular music, as shown in his work, Sinfonietta no. 1.
With a 30 plus year history, WCPE 89.7 FM is a non-commercial, 100 percent listener-supported, independent station dedicated to excellence in Great Classical Music broadcasting. Community-minded business underwriters and foundations are among the 150,000 listeners in the North Carolina broadcast area. General Manager Deborah S. Proctor’s leadership has enabled the WCPE community to include national and worldwide listeners. Big and small dish home satellite transmissions serve North America. Other radio stations and cable television systems use these services to rebroadcast Great Classical Music, 24 Hours A Day. WCPE is one of the first public broadcasters to stream on the Internet. WCPE is heard worldwide on the Internet in multiple formats, including the next generation IPv6. Because WCPE receives no tax-derived support, the station conducts two on-air fundraising campaigns and two major mail-out campaigns per year to raise needed operating funds. For more information, visit www.TheClassicalStation.org or call 919-556-5178.
WCPE’s 24/7 live broadcast of Great Classical Music can be accessed around the globe in several ways; on-line streaming in multiple formats, including IPv6, local cable television systems and traditional radio broadcasting. A complete list of the ways WCPE is available with instructions for cable and satellite reception can be found at this link.
In central North Carolina and southern Virginia, WCPE is found on the radio at 89.7 FM.