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WCPE Highlights Eastern Music Festival


TheClassicalStation.org Features Compelling Performances


WAKE FOREST, N.C. (April 13, 2009)—WCPE’s Assistant Music Director Larry Kirwan announces a series featuring great performances from the 2008 Eastern Music Festival. The Greensboro, NC based festival has emerged as one of the premiere music festivals and educational opportunities in the country.

“They are now bringing in performers of the highest caliber,” says Kirwan. “I've enjoyed performances by Mark O'Connor, the Eroica Trio, Awadagin Pratt, and Elmar Oliveira.”

“With a Festival of this importance happening in North Carolina,” continues Kirwan, “I felt WCPE had to bring these performances to our listeners.”

The series will air Sundays at 3 p.m. ET April 19 through May 17, 2009.

The schedule is:

  • April 19th: Midori performs Brahms Violin Concerto in D
  • April 26th: EMF Music Director Gerard Schwarz conducts Mahler’s Symphony No. 1, “Titan”
  • May 3rd: Cecile Lecad performs Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 3
  • May 10th: Elmar Oliveira performs Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto in D Major
  • May 17th: EMF Music Director Gerard Schwarz conducts Richard Strauss’ “Ein Heldenleben”

Music Director Gerard Schwarz is an enthusiastic believer in and promoter of the EMF. “The Eastern Music Festival is the finest educational summer festival for high school and college kids,” Schwarz says in an interview. “What we do educationally there is second to none."

WCPE can be heard worldwide, 24/7, via the Web in multiple streaming formats, including the next generation IPv6. Visit TheClassicalStation.org/internet.shtml to begin listening online.

About WCPE:

With a 30-year history, WCPE is a non-commercial, 100 percent listener-supported, independent station dedicated to excellence in Great Classical Music, 24 Hours A Day. 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. Other radio stations and cable television systems can 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. Quarter Notes, the WCPE Program Guide, is published four times a year as a means to enhance appreciation and understanding of classical music. It is distributed to station supporters and is also available online at TheClassicalStation.org/guide. For more information, visit TheClassicalStation.Org or call 1-800-556-5178.

About the Eastern Music Festival:

The Festival is an annual classical music festival combining a six-week professional concert series with an intensive training program for advanced music students. It is a series of concerts not only of classical performances, but also jazz, blues and classes for kids and seniors. More information is at http://www.easternmusicfestival.org.

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