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WCPE and Quail Ridge Present North Carolina Master Chorale

TheClassicalStation.org Examines Handel and Baroque Practice



Wake Forest, N.C. (November 8, 2011) - WCPE Community and Arts Liaison Tara Lynn announces the November edition of the WCPE Local Arts Series in collaboration with Quail Ridge Books and Music. Presented this month is a Chamber Choir from the North Carolina Master Chorale and the Master Chorale's Music Director Alfred E. Sturgis. They will examine sections of Handel's Messiah and demonstrate Baroque style performance practice. One lucky guest will win tickets to Handel’s Messiah Sunday, November 27, 2011 at 3 p.m., Meymandi Concert Hall, Progress Energy Center in Raleigh, NC. The free event at Quail Ridge Books and Music, 3522 Wade Avenue, Raleigh, NC will be Monday, November 14, 2011, 7:30 p.m.

"We look forward to exploring the wonderful drama and story telling that is built into this music,” offers Sturgis. “A light, clean and rhythmically unified approach to Handel's vibrant counterpoint can really help bring this music to life in a new way for the listener."

Alfred E. Sturgis was appointed Music Director of the North Carolina Master Chorale in 1993. Under his skilled artistic leadership the NC Master Chorale has made several appearances at state and regional conferences of the American Choral Director’s Association, recorded three Christmas CDs as well as a broadcast for UNC-TV and been involved in numerous successful collaborations with The Carolina Ballet and The North Carolina Symphony. In addition to his work with the Chorale, Sturgis serves as Music Director of The Carolina Ballet, Tar River Orchestra and Appalachian Institution.

The mission of the North Carolina Master Chorale is to present exceptional performances of choral music, promote the choral art and enrich the cultural lives of singers, audiences, artistic communities and the community at large.

"WCPE appreciates the opportunity to connect music lovers and performers through our partnership with the staff at Quail Ridge Books and Music and our collaborative series," Lynn adds.

About North Carolina Master Chorale:

Founded in 1942 as the Raleigh Oratorio Society, the North Carolina Master Chorale is committed to bringing the very finest in choral music performance to Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill audiences. Under the direction of Dr. Alfred E. Sturgis since 1993, the Chorale boasts a 170-voice symphonic chorus and a 22-voice professional chamber choir. Hailed by critics as Raleigh’s premier choral ensemble, the Chorale primarily performs choral masterworks with orchestra. The NCMC Chamber Choir had its debut during the 1996-97 season and performs works ranging in style from the Renaissance to contemporary. Singers in both ensembles, many of whom are professional singers, conductors and music educators, are selected by audition from across Wake and neighboring counties.

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.