Spring Pledge Drive Thanks
Thank you to our broadcasters and phone volunteers who rearranged their schedules to lend support to our Spring Pledge Drive, but particular appreciation goes out to those listeners who called or web-pledged their support to WMNR Fine Arts Radio last month.Thank you!
Piano Music on WMNR
Mike Shakinovksy of Monday Evening Classics hosts Great Pianists of the 20th Century, Mondays at 8:00 pm. In May he will feature four of the finest on successive Mondays: Martha Argerich, Vladimir Horowitz, Teresa Carreño and Vladimir de Pachman. If you enjoy piano music, also tune in on Sunday, May 12 at 3 pm when we broadcast Emanuel Ax performing Mozart's "Piano Concerto No. 25 in C Major, K 503" with the New York Philharmonic.
Richard Wagner Bicentennial
May 22 marks the bicentenary of Richard Wagner's birth. To mark the occasion Exploring Music with Bill McGlaughlin features the composer in a weeklong series from May 13 to 17, each afternoon at 5:00 pm. As Bill writes, Wagner "stretched tonality and orchestration to their utmost limits."
WMNR's Internet Video
To celebrate our 30th Anniversary there is a new WMNR Fine Arts Radio internet video featuring 27 broadcasters and staff. It is a loving tribute that gives you an inside look at the people who make up the station. Produced by WMNR’s own H. William Stine, with Associate Producer Megan Stine. To view the video click the photo.
Meet Broadcaster David Citronberg
David Citronberg of Tuesday Evening Classics tells us that WMNR Fine Arts Radio is his "first and only radio gig." He has enjoyed the medium since childhood when the Saturday evening symphony broadcasts would keep him company when his parents went out. Since then, and over his 26 years at WMNR, David has expanded his knowledge of composers and seen radio technology change dramatically.
When David puts together his program he has no particular approach, rather he puts together favorites with pieces he has heard elsewhere that he'd like to share with his listeners. Most of his selections can be found amongst the thousands of CDs in the WMNR library. He keeps the fact that his program is two hours long in mind, as he doesn't want to use of too much of that time on a single long piece.
Says David "I like to spread it around, but it is always music designed to uplift. I enjoy powerful music." He rarely plays contemporary composers, but will mix in some Copland from time to time. His favorite era is the Romantic period and he names Beethoven's "Ninth Symphony" as the "finest piece of music ever written." David tells us the greatest benefit to be derived from WMNR is that the broadcasters pick their own music and create their own playlists. "I pick the music for myself and when I pick it for me, I'm really picking it for you."
To read WMNR's Theatre Reviews with Rosalind Friedman click here