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Hope you're staying warm next to your radio or streaming device. I know I love to spend cold mornings with my mug of coffee, some knitting and great classical music. But I'm ready for Spring any day now!

The 2021 Tax Statements have been mailed out. To keep costs down, we only send paper statements to Sustainers and donors over $250. If you find yourself in need of a statement sooner or you fall outside of those categories, you may always generate one on-demand through the MyWBJC portal. (Details to create an account at the bottom of this email.)

We had to make the tough call to have yet another volunteer-less pledge drive for February. Hopefully we'll be over the latest variant surge sooner rather than later, but we're erring on the side of caution. We miss seeing our volunteers' lovely faces!

And in hopes that we'll be able to return to normal by April, the WBJC Spring Tour has only a few spots remaining! Read below for more details.

And Member, Volunteer and technical guru Dick Cassidy shares his lovely Member Story just below.

Stay warm and be well!

Diana Ross
WBJC's Membership & Operations Asst.
WBJC VISITS THE WINDY CITY - only a few spots remain!

WBJC is pleased to announce our next travel adventure. A fabulous 6-day trip to Chicago in April of 2022 is in the works and we’d love for you to come along.

Highlights include Prime tickets to five major performances: two concerts by the Chicago Symphony, a recital by Yuja Wang, Terence Blanchard’s historic opera Fire Shut Up in My Bones, and a new play at the Goodman Theatre. Plus art, architecture, and wonderful restaurants.

Member Stories - Dick Cassidy

"I’ve loved classical music as long as I can remember. Every evening when I was five, I would stand by the radio and begin to dance when I heard the opening strains of Tchaikovsky’s First Piano Concerto followed by my Dad’s voice coming from the little box.

My Dad was a classical music announcer for 44 years in Los Angeles hosting the Gas Company’s Evening Concert on KFAC. Back then every program opened with a catchy musical theme. To this day I get a shot of adrenaline hearing that Tchaikovsky war horse and thinking about my Dad. I followed him in my broadcasting career, building my classical neighborhood radio station when I was 12, managing a classical music station while in college at Loyola University, and taking my first job as the chief engineer for classical station KSFR in San Francisco.

 Through the years I have maintained my love and involvement with classical radio broadcasting. As NPR’s first chief engineer, I had a chance to assist in some of NPR’s first live broadcasts including the opening of Wolftrap in 1971 with quadraphonic sound and the first live broadcasts of the Metropolitan Opera Auditions. In later years I had the chance to program three classical music channels for Music Choice, the music service heard on cable channels, and recording many outstanding artists performing chamber music at Washington, DC’s embassies.

Now retired in Montgomery Village, Maryland I have been a volunteer for several years at WBJC involved in optimizing the listening experience for the WBJC Internet streams and posting its playlists to radios and smartphones. Kudos to the WBJC hosts who bring their love and knowledge of classical music to us each day, playing the right balance of the familiar toe-tappers but giving us a generous helping of classical, romantic and contemporary gems I haven’t heard before, even after all these years. WBJC gives me the daily fix I need as a classical music junkie."

If you'd like to write down your story, we'd love to feature your personal experience or reflections on classical music and the fine arts in our newsletters and on the WBJC blog.

Contact us at membership@wbjc.com for more information!

The Metropolitan Opera returns for their 91st season! All broadcasts at 1 PM Eastern Time except as noted

February 5
The Met’s First Decade on the Air
Highlights from historic Met broadcasts

February 12
Verdi’s Requiem

February 19
Mussorgsky’s Boris Godunov

February 26
Celebrating Black History Month: Groundbreaking Artists on the Air
Broadcast highlights from some of the Met’s most revered African American stars

March 5
Listeners’ Choice
Don't miss your chance to vote!

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 year. 

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. Booknotes is made possible by our members.

Another jewel in the crown of indie bookstores in the Baltimore area opened up in Northeast Baltimore just last November. They are Booknotes underwriters, Snug Books, co-owned by Katie Beltz and Emanuel Figueroa, who are life partners as well as being business partners. It was a pleasure to talk to them about their vision.

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!

Junction Trio is made up of Stefan Jackiw, violin; Conrad Tao, piano, and Jay Campbell, cello—each of them internationally recognized soloists in their own right. Judith spoke with Conrad Tao about the trio’s performance for Shriver Hall Concert Series.

By: Shannon Werbeck – Associate Attorney – Elville and Associates, P.C.

In initial consultations with clients, one of our main goals, among other things, is to determine which type of estate plan will best suit a client. The two main types of estate plans are a Last Will and Testament or a Revocable Living Trust. Once we determine which estate planning tool would best meet a client’s needs, we further customize and build on the plan based on the client’s current assets, goals and needs. Not every estate plan is alike and designing an estate plan can become overwhelming for a client – that is why we as attorneys are here to advise each client in a direction that will best suit their needs! READ MORE
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 this link to log-in:

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Once we connect your membership account you will have access to your membership!
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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.
WBJC is the Classical radio voice of Baltimore City Community College