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August is "New Member" month on WBJC! Since you're getting this newsletter, we know you're already a member. But maybe you know someone who isn't?

We're asking our current members to help us raise awareness that WBJC is a member-funded venture. More than 70% of our operating budget is generated by individuals such as yourself! Underwriting and grants fill in the remainder of those funds, but it's the supporting members who are the bread and butter of this station.

Our membership roster has been shrinking over the past few years, partly because of donor attrition, but also because we've worked hard to limit the amount of on-air pledge drives... pledge drives are the #1 way we get people who are already listening to take the next step and become members. But who really wants to listen to more music-interruption?

Yeah, neither do we.

So throughout the month you'll hear messaging to entice those listeners to become members and Jonathan has even started a new round of composer vignettes called 31 in 31 to motivate them. So if you know someone who's a classical music fan and isn't already member, ask them to join today!

And you can hear 31 in 31 each weekday at 9a, 1pm and 6pm, Saturdays at 9am, Noon and 6pm, and Sundays at 9am, Noon and 7pm. And don't worry, if you miss one, they'll be posted to the website after they've all aired!
Dust off your passport and join Jonathan Palevsky and Richard Miles in Portugal this fall!

  • 4 major performances in Porto and Lisbon, including two orchestral and one choral concert, plus a recital by major Icelandic pianist Víkingur Ólafsson
  • 1—2 private concerts, exclusive to the group
  • Tours of major sites in and near both cities, including guided tours in Porto, Coimbra, Sintra, and Lisbon, with expert guides
  • Visit to and tasting at an authentic quinta in the Douro Valley region
  • Excursion to the royal sanctuary of Sintra
  • Fado performance in Lisbon
  • Deluxe 5-star accommodations in Porto and Lisbon
  • Private motorcoach transportation to all destinations in the itinerary including excursions
  • Breakfast daily, 4 dinners and 6 lunches • Free time for relaxing, shopping, and further sight-seeing

Saturdays at 1pm (unless otherwise noted)

Boston Early Music Festival

AUGUST 6 – Double-Bill: Charpentier / Lalande
AUGUST 13 – Almira / Handel

Vienna State Opera (Austria)

AUGUST 20 – Boris Godunov / Mussorgsky
AUGUST 27 – Manon Lescaut / Puccini

La Scala (Italy)

SEPTEMBER 3 – La Giaconda / Ponchielli

Your continued support for opera keeps the Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcasts and other live performances on the WBJC Operafest coming to you on Saturdays throughout the entire year. 
1st FRIDAY @ 5:15 PM
1st SATURDAY @ 10 AM

3rd FRIDAY @ 5:15 PM
3rd SATURDAY @ 10 AM

Join Judith Krummeck for an interview series on WBJC devoted to the world of books — from different genres, to book awards, to local and national authors — everything to do with books.

The 13th novel of spy craft and international intrigue by former foreign correspondent for the Baltimore Sun, Dan Fesperman, is called Winter Work, and it’s set during the chaotic first months after the Berlin Wall came down.
July's Booknotes Review!
Programming Notes
The BSO Encore series returns to the airwaves... a bit late!

Due to Jonathan's unintentional delay returning from Italy, BSO Encore will NOT start this weekend. The series will begin on Sunday 8/14.

Sundays at 1pm beginning 8/14, Jonathan Palevsky and Kati Harrison host 10 weeks of fabulous concerts performed by our fantastic hometown orchestra.

Please keep an eye on the website for the upcoming schedule!
Listener's Choice

Kati Harrison plays your requests every Friday evening during our long-running request show, Listener's Choice. You can request your favorite music anytime by emailing listenerschoice@wbjc.com or by visiting us on Facebook. You can even call in during the week (410-580-5800) and we'll make sure Kati gets your request!
From the Blogs
By Judith Krummeck

Twenty years ago, a small group of gifted and optimistic artists opened a brand-new Shakespeare company in Ellicott City on a shoestring budget, and now the Chesapeake Shakespeare Company is looking forward to a year-long 20th anniversary season. I spoke with Producing Executive Director, Lesley Malin. LISTEN HERE

If you missed the July Music in Maryland tribute to Leon Fleischer, you can still listen to the interview that Jonathan recorded with him in his 90th year by clicking here.
By Mark Malinowski

Last November, I was feeling very sick, and my son took me to the emergency room at St. Agnes hospital. It turns out I had Multiple Myeloma, which is a form of blood cancer. I began treatments and within a few months went into remission. Now that I am in remission, I am able to get a bone marrow transplant at Johns Hopkins. It is a long procedure, and will take me out of commission for the entire month of July, and the first part of August. Believe me when I tell you that I would much rather be in the studio every morning sharing the world’s greatest music with you, but I need to do this so that I can continue to share that great music with you in the coming years. Abhin, Kati, Jonathan, Dyana and Judith will be covering my shifts at one time or another. I can’t thank them enough for their generosity of spirit. I can’t thank you enough for the support you have showed me over the years. I’m going to be back just as soon as possible. Thanks again, and keep listening!
mother handing key to daughter

Leave a legacy that will keep classical music radio alive for years to come. Consider a bequest or trust to WBJC. Speak to your financial planner today and help secure WBJC's future for the next generation of classical music lovers.
Judith is at the Chautauqua Institute in New York state August 8 – 12 presenting a 5-part course on Synergy of the Arts Across Ages, and she plans to share highlights with you for the September newsletter. 

On Thursday, September 22 at 6 pm, Judith will join poet Hiram Larew (whose organization the Cynipid Fund underwrites BookNotes) and Patti Ross (a poetry leader in Ellicott City) to read from and chat about their respective work at the Ivy Bookshop.

Judith and her compatriot, Tony Peake, now based in the UK, will be reading from and chatting about their latest books at Charm City Books on Tuesday, November 1st at 6 PM.
Getting a new car? Don’t trade-in, donate!

Before you head to the dealer, plan to donate 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. We also take boats and RVs!

Call 855-WBJC-CAR or donate securely online.  Click here to see how easy it is!
MyWBJC is the online Membership Portal that allows WBJC members secure access to their own membership account. Members can view several years of giving history, update contact info, edit/adjust Sustainer pledges, add/delete/update credit cards, and print on-demand tax receipts

If you have already signed up, click here to log-in.

If you have not already signed up for MyWBJC:
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  • choose a security question for future password resets

Once we connect your membership account you will have access to your WBJC membership!
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