Calling All Saints…

POSTED October 28, 2011 — On Halloween, you can count on spooky classics from Classical Public Radio at 89.9 and wdav.org. Our programming will feature Bach’s Toccata and Fugue and Saint-Saën’s Danse Macabre, Liszt’s Mephisto Waltz and more. From 7 to 9 p.m., listen for a reprise of the two-part Reel Music Halloween special, with music from classic horror films such as The Bride of Frankenstein, Cat People, Rosemary’s Baby, The Omen, and Silence of the Lambs. And at 9 p.m., Frank Dominguez opens his bag of tricks and treats for a special edition of Halloween Night Music, featuring more haunting classical favorites.

WDAV has your Halloween soundtrack. It should be devilishly good fun!

WDAV to Distribute World of Opera

Effective November 11, 2011, WDAV will begin distributing the popular program World of Opera, which had previously been distributed by NPR. Listeners’ experience of the show will be unchanged: World of Opera will continue to feature the same high-quality operas from European and American opera houses, and Lisa Simeone will continue as host. World of Opera, carried by some 60 public radio stations across the nation, is the only radio show in America devoted to broadcasting full-length operas captured in performance from around the world. Productions from La Scala, Bayreuth, Vienna, Paris and Geneva regularly grace World of Opera’s airwaves, as well as performances from great American opera companies, including Washington National Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Glimmerglass, Santa Fe and New York City Opera.

More on WDAV & World of Opera

We are seeing a lot of misleading media reports about WDAV’s relationship to World of Opera host Lisa Simeone. To clarify and correct:

As host of World of Opera, Lisa Simeone is an independent contractor of WDAV Classical Public Radio. Ms. Simeone’s activities outside of this job are not in violation of any of WDAV’s employee codes and have had no effect on her job performance at WDAV. Ms. Simeone remains the host of World of Opera.

 We continue to work with NPR to find a solution to the issues surrounding World of Opera, and we’ll publish any updates here!

WDAV & NPR World of Opera

You may have heard or read news coverage of an issue with NPR World of Opera and our host, Lisa Simeone. Here’s WDAV’s statement:

WDAV and NPR have different missions. WDAV respects NPR’s mission to serve as a leading news provider. WDAV on the other hand, exists to serve as a leading provider of arts and cultural programming nationally and internationally. Based on the differing missions of these two organizations, we are working together to find a solution to the issues surrounding NPR World of Opera.

We’ll offer updates here as they are available!

Oct 17-22 on WDAV: Liszt-o-Mania!

POSTED October 15, 2011 — October 22, 2011 marks the 200th birth anniversary of pianist and composer Franz Liszt. To celebrate, WDAV brings you Liszt-o-mania!

Franz LisztDuring the week of Monday, October 17th – Saturday, October 22nd, you’ll hear Liszt’s most important works on WDAV, as well as commentary on each piece from Bruce Murray, concert pianist and dean of the Brevard Music Center in Brevard, North Carolina.

On Liszt’ actual birthday, Saturday, October 22nd, we’ll feature a  Liszt “Mini-Marathon” between 7 am and 7 pm, with a different Liszt work scheduled each hour. There’ll be CD giveaways and more! Join in the week-long birthday party, as we celebrate the life and works of Franz Liszt!

(Now, if only we could get Liszt to enjoy himself…)

Thank you!

Thank you to the 1,300+ listeners who helped us make our Fall Membership Campaign goal of $210,000 — the largest campaign goal in the station’s history. We are grateful for your support, as well as the tireless efforts of our volunteers, the generosity of area restaurants who fed us all for the last ten days, and the patience of our colleagues, family and friends!

Thank you for supporting the best classical music from the Carolinas and beyond on WDAV Classical Public Radio!

The WDAV Staff