This Fall on Artist Spotlight: The Berlin Philharmonic

November 9th is the anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. This anniversary and a marvelous series about the Berlin Philharmonic produced at WNYC combine to make a rich line-up of Artist Spotlight programs on WDAV this November. Listen beginning Sunday, November 2nd at 5 p.m. The series begins with the spotlight on conductor Sir Simon Rattle. The Sound, The Players, The Conductors, and The Homecoming round out a month of Artist Spotlight programs you won’t want to miss.

ABC News Report: The Fall of the Berlin Wall

Faust, Faust, and More Faust

faust_rembrandt.jpgIn anticipation of WDAV”s live broadcast of Opera Carolina”s Faust (by Gounod) on Saturday, I was asked by another staff for examples of other music inspired by the Faust legend. So how about these:
Berlioz: Damnation of Faust
Spohr: Faust
Liszt: A Faust Symphony
Wagner: A Faust Overture
Schumann: “Faust” Concert Overture and oratorio

Ginastera: Overture to the Creole Faust
That”s what I can think of. What about you? Can you add to this list?

Scenes from a Fund Drive: Bags of Beans, The Devil's Trill, and Hot Chanticleer

Notes, News and Views from Day One of WDAV”s Celebration 2008 Fall Fundraiser:
WDAV_mug_120.jpgSo, just who is listening to WDAV at 5 o”clock in the morning? For one month now, Mike McKay has been waking the WDAV faithful an hour earlier, with the Classic Commute kicking off at 5 am, as part of Classical Public Radio”s for our 30th anniversary season.
So we thought we”d brew up a little reward for the early-morning risers (or late-night-go-to-bedders!) with the launch of the WDAV Breakfast Club….a special incentive for any listeners who called in or made an online pledge before 6 am: Not only a WDAV coffee mug (hey, we”re a public radio station, after all!), but also a whole bag of coffee beans from Summit Coffee in Davidson. And whadya know? Turns out there are plenty of listeners, from near and far, online and over the air, who are now charter members. Including one new member in the Smoky Mountains gateway town of Otto, NC, some 200 miles away from the WDAV transmitter!