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As the threat of funding cuts looms over us, it's never been more important for you to become a Steward of the Arts. Now is the time to stand up and take care of the services you hold dear. We hope that WBJC is a service you value. 

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Romanticism is one of those useful umbrella terms that covers not only our personal predilections – candle lit dinners, happy endings – but also that great swath of artistic endeavor that embraced thinking, literature, art, and music from the late 18th century through the early 20th century. The first whispers of Romanticism came with the Sturm und Drang (Storm and Stress) movement, which emphasized individual subjectivity and emotion – as opposed to the rationalism of Classicism during the Enlightenment. Even sunny Josef Haydn had a Sturm und Drang period, with his minor key Symphony No. 45, the “Farewell” symphony, being the most famous example.

The first composer to be labeled “Romantic” was the Frenchman, Étienne Nicolas Méhul, who was an important opera composer in France during the Revolution. But it was German poetry, drama, legend, and love of transcendental that put German-speaking countries at the heart of early Romanticism – and the crossover in music happens with Ludwig von Beethoven.

In Beethoven’s early period you can already hear that he was striving for a different impression from Mozart and Haydn. There is an assertive, even aggressive, quality that is famously present in, for instance, his Pathétique Sonata, No 8. The 1802 Heiligenstadt Testament that Beethoven wrote to his two brothers ushers in his “heroic” second period...

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The Chesapeake Shakespeare Company is branching out with a musical – The Fantasticks. Their Managing Director, Lesley Malin, came to talk about it, and their 2017-2018 season.

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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!

Programming Notes

Maryland native, Deborah Rudacille, author of The Scalpel and the ButterflyThe Riddle of Gender, and Roots of Steel, has been awarded a prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship. She came to talk to Booknotes about the honor.

We bid farewell to the Metropolitan Opera until their next season, but never fear.... Opera continues on WBJC year-round! The Lyric Opera of Chicago begins May 27th.

Don't forget to join Jonathan Palevsky a half hour before the opera for the Opera Preview Show!

  • 05/27 - Das Rheingold - Wagner @1pm
  • 06/03 - Lucia di Lammermoor - Donizetti @1pm
  • 06/10- Les Troyens - Berlioz @1pm
  • 06/17 - Don Quichotte - Massenet @1pm

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. 

Sponsor Spotlight

Chesapeake Chamber Music Festival

Ten concerts over two music-filled weeks, the 2017 Chesapeake Chamber Music Festival will feature musicians from the world stage, renowned musical ensembles, and a range of familiar classics— Beethoven, Mozart, Gershwin, Ravel, Liszt, Tchaikovsky and more from Germany, Austria, Czechoslovakia, Italy, Hungary, Russia, and Latin America. The Festival also includes the premiere of a Primosch Quintet for oboe, violin, viola, cello and piano, commissioned for Chesapeake Music.

The opening concert at the Avalon Theatre in Easton will feature a potpourri of music from around the world and a pre-concert cocktail party. Festival goers will enjoy this year’s addition of two concerts at new venues to include the Aspen Institute’s Inn at River House, and the Tred Avon Yacht Club.

More information is online by clicking here