WBJC's monthly newsletter to keep you informed about programming highlights, upcoming local events and general station news. 
What scares you?

I love Fall. Let me just state that categorically... To me, Fall is the colors of the changing leaves, a smell in the air of crispness, baked apples and campfires, the snuggly feel of  flannel clothes and the taste of pumpkin pie. It feels like the start of things, getting back to school or getting busy at work. 

October is my favorite fall month because of Halloween! As a kid, I loved dressing up as a pirate or a devil (nope, I never was a Princess) and watching scary movies... and I still love all things dark and spooky!

With "spooky" in mind, my October playlist always features the obvious picks like Mussorgsky's Night on Bald MountainSaint-Saëns' Danse Macabre and the Berlioz Symphonie Fantastique. The Dies Irae has been used so much in classical music, you could fill a whole day with it! I've just now added Liszt's Totentanz to my list.

I'd be negligent if I didn't add the Allegro from Raff's Symphony No. 5 "Lenore" for it's nightmare hallucination/horse-ride. Also, Bach's Cello Suite no. 5 makes my Spooky List because it was played throughout an anime horror series, Blood+ (to great effect!). Sometimes a movie or show can make an indelible impression with carefully chosen music (Bach's Toccata and Fugue, I'm looking at you!) 

We've just scratched the surface of scary classical music... So tell help me fill in my Halloween Spooky Classical Playlist. Hit reply to this email or post in the comments on the blog and tell me your picks!


Diana Ross 
Membership & Operations Assistant, Web Admin
Lover of Spooky Things
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

  • Odyssey Program at Johns Hopkins University

Jonathan Palevsky and Hopkins Symphony Orchestra's Music Director Jed Gaylin team up for two lectures (Thursdays October 6 and 13, 6.30-8.30pm) and a performance (Saturday October 15, 8pm) featuring Beethoven's Symphony No. 4.

  Kati, Jonathan and Dyana dressed to impress at the recent Baltimore Symphony Gala.  
  Thanks to you, the WBJC Fall Pledge Drive was a success! You can read the wrap-up post and see the numbers here. Thank you everyone who pledged your support of classical music on WBJC. You stepped up and made sure your classical station started out the fiscal year strong! 

Currently, the Membership Department is getting acknowledgements out in the mail.

Premiums have been ordered and will be sent out as soon as they arrive. If you didn't choose a Thank You Gift when you made your pledge, you can give us a call at 410-580-5800 or send back the premium list that comes with your Thank You letter. Or, y ou can choose to have all of your donation go to support programming. No need to do anything... it'll happen automatically if you don't pick a premium.

Very soon (in the next week or so), the online donation page will change. It will be hooked directly into the membership database. We're very excited about this leap forward! This means there will be significantly less lag between when you make an online donation and when you'll receive acknowledgments and thank you gifts. Further down the road, we're looking to set it up so you can log-in to your membership account and update your contact info, print out receipts for taxes and manage your giving! 
Programming Notes
Charles Darwin, Lord Kelvin, Linus Pauling, Fred Hoyle, and Albert Einstein are scientific icons, so it’s easy to forget they were also humans – and, as we know from the saying,”to err is human.”

Renowned astrophysicist and bestselling author Mario Livio has looked into some of their blunders.

Listen here!

San Francisco Opera

  • 10/22 - Carmen - Bizet @1pm
  • 10/29 - Don Carlos - Verdi @1pm
  • 11/05 - Jenufa - Janacek @1pm
  • 11/12 - TBD

Your continued support for opera keeps these and other live performances on WBJC Operafest Saturdays at 1pm throughout the year. And don't forget, the Metropolitan Opera Broadcasts begin December 5th!

  Getting a new car? “Don’t trade it, donate it!”  Before you head to the dealer, plan on donating your older vehicle to WBJC. Usually the value you'll receive for your donation will meet or exceed what the dealer will offer you as a trade-in and is fully tax-deductible.

Call 855-WBJC-CAR or donate securely online.  Click here to see how easy  it is!
Sponsor Spotlight

Ballet Theatre of Maryland presents The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

Friday October 21st, 7:30 PM, Saturday October 22nd, 7:00 PM and Sunday October 23rd, 2:00 PM.

This retelling of Washington Irving’s masterpiece will meet your every expectation.  Everyone loves a ghostly, spooky tale about things that go bump in the night—especially when the tale is full of good humor and beloved characters.  The lanky, comedic school teacher, Ichabod Crane, pits himself against the athletic “jock”, Brom Bones as they vie for the attention of the lovely, mysterious, wealthy Katrina Van Tassel.  And of course the spooky specter at the bottom of all the mysterious happenings is the Headless Horseman himself who will make a guest appearance onstage at Maryland Hall, in Annapolis.  

There will be a free Sleepy Hollow Spookfest on hour prior to Sunday’s matinee performance.