WBJC's monthly newsletter to keep you informed about programming highlights, upcoming local events and general station news. 
Thank you each and every person who donated during both the Spring Drive and the Spring Buy-Back-a-Day challenge! Both campaigns were truly successful, and have put us right on track for meeting our fiscal year budget goals.

In Membership, we’ve sent out the “Bill Me’s” and have started getting acknowledgements out in the mail. If you gave over $100 and didn’t already choose a Thank You gift, you’ll be getting a Premium List and return envelope in your acknowledgement letter.

Premiums will begin shipping out next week. If you chose the New York times digital subscription and did not provide an email address, look for your redemption code and instructions in the mail!

Again, thank you everyone for supporting classical music on WBJC! And as always, if you have any questions or needs, please contact Yvonne or myself in the Membership department at 410-580-5800 or email us at membership@wbjc.com.


Diana Ross
membership & operations asst.

The BSO’s OrchKids, modeled after Venezuela’s El Sistema, is hosting a concert as the capstone to a day of fundraising on May 16. Here is the Executive Director of OrchKids, Raquel Whiting Gilmer...

Royal Opera House
May 18 - Falstaff / Verdi - 1pm
May 25 - Das Rheingold / Wagner - 1pm
June 1 - Die Walküre / Wagner - 1pm
June 8 - Siegfried / Wagner - 1pm
June 15 - Simon Boccanegra / Verdi - 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. 

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 YOU, our members.

This month:


Poet and essayist, Lia Purpura, has come out with a new essay collection from Sarabande Books. She is our guest this month.

Listener's Choice
What's your favorite piece?

John Scherch 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 John gets your request!
Blog Highlights

May Day is Labor Day for many other countries, and we’re going to pretend it’s the reason this didn’t go up on May 1st (sorry, folks). Here is your allotment of new music performances for this month, and as always, if I am missing anything, let me know!

My publisher at  Green Writers Press  is floating the idea of printing Old New Worlds on hemp—and my instinctive response of “oo!” has quickly turned to Google.

– Jason L. Merrill, U.S. Department of Agriculture chief scientist in 1916

So what on earth is a “hurd?” Actually, let’s go back even further, what exactly is hemp? Oh! Hemp is part of the Cannabis species. But before we get too excited, industrial hemp is evidently a different strain from the Cannabis-as-a-drug variety... read the rest here!

Damien Escobar is a world renowned violinist, author, entrepreneur, and philanthropist, hailing from Jamaica, Queens, New York. His musical career spans over a decade, and his inspiring journey of making it big, losing it all, fighting to rebuild, and getting a second chance at success is as much apart of his brand identity than being among the top violinist in the world... read more here!
Recently, my husband and I watched, or in my case re-watched, A Night to Remember, the 1958 British film about the sinking of the Titanic. I am decidedly not a fan of the 1997 film on the same subject, but when it sparked a popular obsession with the ship, I was pulled in and wanted to learn more about the events surrounding one of the most infamous maritime disasters in history...

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!

John Scherch is playing the role of Vasily Sobakin in Bel Cantanti’s production of Rimsky-Korsakov’s The Tsar’s Bride, Saturday and Sunday, May 18th and 19th.

John will also be guest-starring as Sarastro in Bethesda Summer Music Festival's production of The Magic Flute; two performances at Bethesda Presbyterian Church on June 29th, at 2:30 and 7:30,

A Lastly, John will be a featured performer in the Young Victorian Theatre Company's "From London to Baltimore."

Marking the 200th anniversary of the birth of American poet Walt Whitman, Judith Krummeck will join Brian Prechtl and other members of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra for a concert of works by Prechtl inspired by Whitman's poetry. The performance will take place at on Wednesday, May 29 at 8pm.
Sponsor Spotlight
The Friends of the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra hosts the 39th annual Concert of Tastes!  This gala will be a culinary experience, featuring classic American dishes with a contemporary twist from some of the best restaurants in Annapolis.  This year’s event will highlight stunning panoramic views of the beautiful Chesapeake Bay and live music performed by Sharon Donovan and friends.  A live auction and Golden Chance Raffle will all benefit youth education and community outreach programs of the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra.