Today, the world marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of Fryderyk Chopin, often called the “poet of the piano.” In a year-long celebration of the anniversary, WDAV announces the launch of Radio Chopin: 200 stories for the 200 years of Fryderyk Chopin. Each two-minute story recounts the people, places and particulars behind the composer and his timeless works.
For any parent, grandparent, teacher or student who wonders whether music lessons are a wise investment:
And the Orchestra Played On
By JOANNE LIPMAN
Published by The New York Times: February 27, 2010
The other day, I found myself rummaging through a closet, searching for my old viola. This wasn’t how I’d planned to spend the afternoon. I hadn’t given a thought to the instrument in years. I barely remembered where it was, much less how to play it. But I had just gotten word that my childhood music teacher, Jerry Kupchynsky — “Mr. K.” to his students — had died.
Giuliano Carmignola, the violinist who is buring it up in the Mozart Cafe today, is hailed as a player “who brings back [the] golden age of Italian violin virtuosity with performances as emotionally inspired as they are technically dazzling.” Have a look!
On Saturday, February 20th, Opera Carolina offers a special Latin “Love Notes” benefit concert at the Knight Theater in Uptown Charlotte, and WDAV listeners can now take advantage of a 10% discount on tickets to the event. It benefits the Hispanic Scholarship Fund and Opera Carolina, and features internationally acclaimed singers: soprano Olivia Gorra, tenor Israel Lozano and baritone Luis Ledesma. The program includes Grand Opera and Spanish folk music to celebrate Valentine”s Day “Latin style.”
To learn more about the event, visit the WDAV Events Calendar or Opera Carolina”s online Box Office!
Last weekend’s winter storm wreaked havoc all over the region…including WDAV’s technical connections with NPR. Due to a satellite snafu, our faithful World of Opera listeners only got to hear two-thirds of a production of Handel’s Agrippina, presented by the legendary Venice opera house La Fenice.