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WCPE and Quail Ridge Present Durham Symphony

TheClassicalStation.org Features More Than a Community Orchestra



Wake Forest, N.C. (June 20, 2011) - WCPE Community and Arts Liaison Tara Lynn announces the June edition of the WCPE Local Arts Series in collaboration with Quail Ridge Books and Music. The Conductor and Music Director William Henry Curry presents Durham Symphony: More than a Community Orchestra - Our Mission and Vision for the Future. This free event is on Wednesday, June 29, 2011, 7:30 p.m. at Quail Ridge Books and Music, 3522 Wade Avenue, Raleigh, NC.

A trio from the Durham Symphony will perform Haydn’s “London Trio No.1 in C Major" plus other classical favorites. Members of the trio are: Anne Aitchison, flute; Dorothy Pugh, violin; Julius Prescott, cello.

An interview with Curry will air on WCPE’s weekly program Preview!, which airs from 6- 9 p.m., with host Paul Jordan on Sunday, June 26, 2011. Curry discusses his growth as a conductor, experiences with the state orchestra as well as his success with and vision for the Durham Symphony.

“I’m sticking to my programming credos of doing Top 40 favorites because I believe those draw an audience,” says Curry. “I believe that’s how you make an orchestra better- to play pieces they have some familiarity with, but each rehearsal becomes, then, a master class- how to get it to the next level.”

“The other part of my credo is to do American music,” he adds. “You’d be surprised how many American orchestras don’t do any American music.”

WCPE’s Tara Lynn says, “It’s refreshing to stop talking about orchestras that are failing all around the country and, instead, focus on a success story. I also think the audience will enjoy hearing Curry’s secret to keeping the orchestra’s sound fresh while he continues to achieve a new level of excellence.”

About the Durham Symphony Orchestra:

The Durham Symphony began in 1976 as an all-volunteer community orchestra, offering free concerts. The symphony was incorporated as a not-for-profit organization in 1977. All musicians audition to perform with the orchestra, which is composed of a combination of volunteers and professionals, all classically trained. Throughout its history, the DSO’s mission has been to foster the appreciation of music through the production of high-quality music for and by the residents of Durham and surrounding communities. The DSO also has an outreach program that seeks to introduce classical orchestral music to young people in the school system. Traditionally, between October and June, the DSO performs several classical concerts, a Young Artists concert, Holiday Pops and outdoor family concerts.


About The Local Arts Series by WCPE and Quail Ridge:

Co-sponsored by WCPE FM and Quail Ridge Books and Music, the Local Arts Series is a monthly free event in which a local arts organization will talk about its mission and one of its upcoming performances. Designed to be as entertaining as it is educational, each event also includes a performance aspect. WCPE and Quail Ridge Books and Music both look forward to working with more arts groups in the future and, together, focusing on community educational efforts.
Quail Ridge Books and Music, 919-828-1588, 3522 Wade Avenue, Raleigh, NC, is an independent shop with a friendly, knowledgeable staff dedicated to providing the best in customer service. Their Music Department specializes in classical, jazz and traditional music and presents a diverse program of free concerts.
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. 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.