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WCPE and Eastern Music Festival CD Announcement

TheClassicalStation.org Fund Drive Offers Unique Thank You Gift

WCPE's 2011 Fall Pledge Drive

WAKE FOREST, N.C. (October 16, 2011) — WCPE’s Assistant Music Director Kenneth Bradshaw announces the release of “Gerard Schwarz and the Eastern Music Festival 50th Anniversary Collection”, a 3 volume set of double discs available for a donation of $100 per volume or $250 for all three. This is a compilation of the best of this year’s concerts that took place over 5 weeks in July, 2011 – performed by the Festival Orchestra, comprised of professional musicians from around the world, all conducted by Maestro Gerard Schwarz.

“A number of Volunteers and Staff at WCPE attended one or more of the performances and can say, without hesitation, you are in for a treat,” says Bradshaw, who is also host of “Allegro”.

In addition to the orchestra, world-renowned soloists performed with them, including Metropolitan Opera star Susan Graham (mezzo-soprano), violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, pianist Andre Watts and more.

The Best of Volume 1 – Bizet’s Carmen with selected arias sung by Metropolitan Opera Star Susan Graham, mezzo-soprano. Additionally are Debussy’s La Mer and 6 world premiere compositions written especially for the 50th Anniversary of the Festival held on the campus of Guilford College in Greensboro, NC including Dan Locklair’s Concerto for Organ and Orchestra.

The Best of Volume 2 – Brahms’ monumental Concerto for Violin and Violoncello in A minor, with violinist Caroline Goulding (18 years old) and cellist Julian Schwarz (19 years old). Also in this Volume, Johannes Brahms’ Piano Quartet in G minor for Large Orchestra, a work arranged by Arnold Schoenberg, as well as Dmitri Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 5 in D minor and Bela Bartok’s Suite from The Miraculous Mandarin.

The Best of Volume 3 – Pianist Andre Watts performs Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-flat Major (Emperor), as well as Susan Graham, mezzo-soprano, singing arias by Handel, Mozart, Franz Lehár and George Gershwin. On CD 2 in this volume are Brahms’ Symphony No. 2 in D Major and Max Bruch’s Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor featuring renowned violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg.

Proceeds from this CD not only help WCPE, but a part of it also goes to the scholarship fund at the Eastern Music Festival to help orchestral students between the ages of 14 and 22 attend the EMF School for 5 weeks and study with the professional musicians and soloists who make up the orchestra.

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