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John Scherch

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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. 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


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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 […]

Feb. 28 2020

Handel Choir presents Rachmaninoff’s All-Night Vigil

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Handel Choir of Baltimore will be performing Sergei Rachmaninoff’s All-Night Vigil at the Baltimore Basilica on March 7 at 2:30 PM. Artistic Director Brian Bartoldus stopped by to talk about the work, as well as the symphonic use of chorus.

Feb. 18 2020

IN Series brings their Carmen to Baltimore, and much more!

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Tim Nelson of IN Series stopped by to talk about their new take on Bizet’s classic, Le Cabaret de Carmen, as well as exciting new things happening for the company and opera in Baltimore.

Feb. 17 2020

Black History Month, as I’ve programmed

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A running list of each of the 25 different black composers I’ll be programming this Black History Month.