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It’s less and less common to see classical music represented in popular culture these days, especially in a positive sense, so imagine my delight when I recently saw that Turner Classic Movies was airing  Love Me Forever , a 1935 film starring Metropolitan Opera soprano Grace Moore. I’m rather ashamed to admit I didn’t know Moore’s work prior to seeing the film – I just happened to be browsing TCM’s broadcast schedule, noticed the words “opera singer” in the plot summary, and set my DVR to record.

Moore was born in Mary Willie Grace Moore in Slabtown, Tennessee on December 5, 1898. She briefly studied music in Nashville before moving to Washington, D.C. and then to New York, where she got her first professional singing gig at the Black Cat Cafe in Greenwich Village. She performed in musicals and revues by Jerome Kern and Irving Berlin during the 1920’s, then moved to Paris to study opera. Moore made her Metropolitan Opera debut as Mimi in  La Boheme  on February 7, 1928. She must have made quite a hit as she went on to reprise the role at Covent Garden and sang sixteen seasons at The Met!... 

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Programming Notes
This month, Booknotes takes a sneak peek behind the visual arts scene.

Gary Vikan , former Director of the Walters Art Museum, has used his considerable behind the scenes experience to write a book about the Sacred and Stolen of the arts world. He came to tell us more.

Listen here!

Glimmerglass Festival

  • 11/12 - Sweeney Todd - Sondheim @1pm
  • 11/19 - Thieving Magpie - Rossini @1pm

Bayreuth Festival

  • 11/26 - Parsifal - Wagner @1pm
    (due to the length of the opera, there will be no Face The Music)

The Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcasts begin!

  • 12/03 - Manon Lescaut - Puccini @1pm
  • 12/10 - L'amore de Loin - Saarriaho @1pm
  • 12/17 - Salome - Strauss @1pm

Your continued support for opera keeps these and other live performances on WBJC Operafest Saturdays at 1pm throughout the year. 

Stay tuned for the WBJC Holiday Program Schedule! We'll send that out to you around December 5th.

Well mes petits amis it’s almost Thanksgiving and Mary and I are planning our wine strategies for the holiday.  This year Kati and I are both working on Thursday so we have created Thanksgiving Monday.  We are planning a medium sized Bacchanal and are asking our guests to UBER over!  Mary is bringing dessert…we will give you a full report I promise.

Here’s our show.  It’s never too early to do your wine shopping!

Local Appearances
  • Odyssey Afternoon Book Discussion  

The Personal Essay Sunday Shorts at the Johns Hopkins Club, Homewood campus Judith Krummeck has chosen eight of her favorite personal essayists, ranging in style, period, gender, and nationality, from Virginia Woolf and F. Scott Fitzgerald to Joan Didion and David Foster Wallace. November 20th and December 4th from 3-5pm

  •  Women’s Club of Roland Park

Mark the Music – a presentation by Judith Krummeck of music inspired by Shakespeare’s plays January at 5th at 1.15pm

  • Friends of Pikesville Library Guest Lecture Series

Transitions: from Africa to America, from broadcaster to writer, with Judith Krummeck January 11th from 2.30-3.30pm

Sponsor Spotlight


Saturday, December 3, 1:00 PM, 5:00 PM
Sunday, December 4, 1:00 PM, 5:00 PM

Modell Performing Arts Center at the Lyric
140 W Mount Royal Ave
Baltimore, MD  21201

The most famous Christmas Party of all time takes place at The Modell Lyric this December, as The Ballet Theatre of Maryland presents The Nutcracker.  The possibility of dreams, the magic of Christmas and the wonder of the child merge through young Clara's adventures with mechanical dolls, life-size rats, and whirling Kingdoms of Snow and Sweets.  Help Clara rescue her beloved Nutcracker from the Rat Queen's evil spell and discover her true destiny.

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