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John Scherch

About John

The newest announcer and WBJC's evening and Listener's Choice host, a former heavy metal program director and erstwhile enthusiast, and Peabody graduate in voice and pedagogy, both of which he still practices. Full bio here.

Jun. 27 2021

Parting Thoughts

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If you’ve listened to the afternoon show today, or perhaps Listener’s Choice this past Friday, you will have heard that today, June 27th, was my last day on WBJC. Some of you have likely already heard that I’m only going up two hours on I-95 to Philadelphia, to take over the morning slot on WRTI. […]

Apr. 19 2021

Handel Choir’s Baroque Extravaganza

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Handel Choir of Baltimore offers its latest online premiere this Saturday, April 24, at 7:30 PM. Artistic Director Brian Bartoldus talked with us over the phone about the program!

Dec. 08 2020

A hybrid live/virtual Messiah, courtesy of Handel Choir

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2020 can’t stop Handel Choir from performing Messiah! This year, due to the pandemic, some of the performers will be live from Grace UMC in North Baltimore, and others have recorded from home. Brian Bartoldus talked with us over the phone about what to look forward to, which you can find on handelchoir.org.

Jun. 09 2020

Black Music Month

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As was first declared by President Jimmy Carter in 1979, June is Black Music Month (later renamed African American Music Appreciation Month by President Obama in 2016, but still regularly referred to by its original name). It is always important, but especially so given the current circumstances, to recognize the contributions that people of the […]

Jun. 03 2020

A new fantasy novel by Erik Kiessling

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Maryland author Erik Kiessling has a new book called The Giant’s Journey, available now at Dorrance Publishing. He and I talked over the phone about the book’s fantasy elements, its ’80s film nostalgia, and its connection to classical music.

May. 31 2020

Playlist: May/31/20

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TIME COMPOSER TITLE CONDUCTOR ENSEMBLE SOLOIST 1 SOLOIST 2 SOLOIST 3 SOLOIST 4 SOLOIST 5 RECORD LABEL SPINE NUMBER 7:00:00 Georges Bizet Symphony No.1 Jesus Lopez-Cobos Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra Telarc 80224 7:32:00 Victor Herbert Cello Concerto No. 1 Sir Neville Marriner Academy of St Martin in Fields Lynn Harrell, cello London 417672 8:00:00 Joseph Haydn […]

May. 23 2020

The Peabody Preparatory moves their summer session online

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The Peabody Preparatory, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, has moved their Summer Session online this year. Director Maria Mathieson stopped by via Zoom to talk about their Summer Session, as well as the many programs available to adults. More info is at their website.

May. 05 2020

#bassclones

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Mar. 01 2020

Women’s History Month in the evenings

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(As with last month, I won’t be expressing much of my opinion on the merits of programming music by women here, but I am happy to discuss it with you privately via email. In short, I am very much for it.) Last month, and a little bit late, at that, I made a post with […]

Feb. 28 2020

New (and old) opera comes to Bel Cantanti

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Bel Cantanti Opera presents the world premiere of Frances Pollock and Robert Misbin’s Briscula the Magician, based on Thomas Mann’s novella Mario and the Magician, at the Randolph Road Theater in Silver Spring from March 3rd to the 15th on Saturdays and Sundays. The opera features many quotes of opera from the 19th century, and […]

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