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Your Year is 48 Hours longer
That is the amount of classical music you have added to your year because of your generosity. Our donors have bought back two full days of programming that would otherwise have been spent fundraising. So take a bow!

Now we get down to the business of the Pledge Drive. Throughout the year, we bring you the finest classical music. There are no management-imposed playlists or computer algorithms selecting the music. Our hosts, with well over a century of collective experience, program and curate their own shows. They give you facts and anecdotes about the recordings, composers, performers and conductors, putting the work in the context of history and the lives of its creators. That is our mission to you. But we can only do this with your help.

Most of our revenue comes from you: our members pay for 70% of our expenses. This is why we need you to step up and keep the service that you depend on thriving.

Think about what WBJC means to you, and if you haven't already, make your gift today. Please click here to make your contribution securely on-line. Your gift will keep WBJC healthy and the classical music coming.

Jonathan Palevsky
WBJC Program Director

Richard Miles
WBJC General Manager
P.S. Together, we can keep WBJC-FM healthy. We are counting on you.
Programming Notes
by Jonathan Palevsky

We see a host of savage, vulgar faces, we hear crude curses, and smell the booze. In the course of a discussion of obscene illustrations, Friedrich Vischer once maintained that there were pictures in which one could see stink. Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto for the first time confronts us with the hideous idea that there may be compositions whose stink one can hear.”

This is often cited as the worst review in western music history and it has lots of competition! Eduard Hanslick definitely earned himself a place in the history books for these epic words. But let’s begin at the beginning mes petits amis and spend a few minutes putting things in context.
One of the nice things about returning to my erstwhile job of Program Director is that I get to spend more time with music! Afterall, it was music and not administration that attracted me to radio and I have spent the last five decades studying it and being fulfilled by these amazing collections of notes. Therefore, I was delighted when the Annapolis Symphony scheduled the work for their first concert... READ AND LISTEN HERE
by Jonathan Palevsky

I was asked to do this podcast by the Candlelight Concert Society for their upcoming concert on October 9 at the Linehan Concert Hall at UMBC in Catonsville (top of the food chain according to my colleague Mark Malinowski) featuring violinist Kristof Barati and pianist Roman Rabinovich.

This should be a fabulous concert…Kristof Barati has recorded all the Beethoven Sonatas and they are excellent performances!

And so Mes Petits Amis…What do Rodolphe Kreutzer, George Bridgetower, Beethoven, Tolstoy, Janacek and a very sharp tuning fork all have in common? The Answer is Beethoven’s amazing Kreutzer Sonata. It’s a fabulous piece and an amazing story. I thought it would be a nice way to say thank you to all the amazing WBJC listeners/members who helped us buy back these two days.
It is my delight to share it with you and I hope you enjoy the podcast, the concert on October 9 and also these two fabulous days of music you have bought back! LISTEN HERE

September 25 @1pm
Pelléas et Mélisande (in French) - Debussy
Rouen Normandy Opera

October 2 @1pm
La Clemenza di Tito (in Italian) - Mozart
LA Opera

October 9, 2021 @1pm
Billy Budd (in English) - Britten
LA Opera

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.

Woodhall Press is an independent publisher operating (mainly) out of Connecticut. Judith spoke with CEO, David LeGere, and COO, Matthew Winkler, about the landscape for indie presses in the current publishing climate.

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!
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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.
From the Blogs

Dr. Leana Wen, former health commissioner for the city of Baltimore, has just published a book called “Lifelines: A Doctor’s Journey in the Fight for Public Health.” To her way of thinking, public health is not limited only to the medical field.


Many senior citizens who live in Maryland are eligible for tax credits toward their rental or home ownership costs. Are you among them? Dyana's recent chat with Francine Hyman, Director of SOAR (Securing Older Adult Resources), a program of the Maryland Consumer Rights Coalition, may help you answer that question. SOAR offers Take the Credit, which assists eligible Maryland seniors in obtaining tax credits for their housing expenses. LISTEN HERE
Judith Krummeck will moderate an after concert Talk Back and Q&A with conductor, James Conlon, when he makes his Baltimore Symphony Orchestra debut at the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall on Friday, October 1 at 8pm.

Serving as the BSO's new Artistic Advisor, Mr. Conlon will present a program featuring Austrian Alexander von Zemlinsky and American William Dawson, highlighting his evolving Recovered Voices mission to revive and restore music suppressed under the Nazi regime and the systemic discrimination of all societies

In collaboration with the Enoch Pratt Free Library and Greedy Reads Judith Krummeck willl be in conversation with Richard Antoine White about his life, work, and new book, I'm Possible: A Story of Survival, a Tuba, and the Small Miracle of a Big Dream.

Richard is the first African-American to earn a doctorate in music for tuba performance, and he will become the first ever Black tenured professor of tuba performance—a job that has 15 positions in the entire country. You can join us for this virtual event—from anywhere in the world— CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION
The University of Baltimore MFA program in Creative Writing & Publishing Arts invites you to an anniversary event celebrating the accomplishments of its alumni (of whom Judith Krummeck is one.)

There will be performances, books sales by The Ivy Bookshop, and open mic.

Sunday, October 24, 2-6pm
Racers' Café, 7732 Harford Road, Parkville, Maryland
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!