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Mozart might be a little envious…
Great music 24 hours a day? Available at home or when you travel? Live performances and historic recordings, all introduced by informed, engaging hosts? Yes, Mozart would be envious.
WBJC helps make classical music more widely available than at any time in history. Without depending on the wealth of royal patrons.
Midnight, June 30, is the end of our budget year, known as our fiscal year at WBJC, when our community support has to hit an all-important goal. It’s the day we know we have met the financial commitments that allow us to broadcast programs from throughout the world. We are the official station of the Metropolitan Opera and the Lyric Opera of Chicago. And we bring you programming that can only be heard on WBJC:  Face the Music , Toccata , Music in Maryland , Music from Movies , and others, including WBJC Listener’s Choice , the show that you program.
A one-time donation or a monthly sustaining gift before June 30, might help a host bring new works to our schedule, or help WBJC connect you with great concert halls around the world.
Balancing our budget is a more than a goal, it’s a commitment at WBJC. Being member-supported, we are committed to bringing you classical music 24-hours a day, seven days a week, even while other stations are dropping or reducing their Classical formats.
It takes people like you, people who share our deep love of classical music and a desire to make it freely available.  Please click this link to make a secure gift today .
You’ll help us do something even more important than finish our budget year successfully. You’ll also help WBJC begin our new “music year” on July 1 with solid footing.
Please don’t delay. We depend on member support on June 30, and every day beyond.  
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Programming Notes

Join  Mark Malinowski  for “ Toccata ,” a weekly trip through the world of keyboard music.

Keyboard music comes in many forms, and whether it’s piano, harpsichord, organ, or even accordion, it will find its way on the program.

Royal Opera House
June15 - Simon Boccanegra - 1pm
June 22 - The Queen of Spades - 1pm
June 29 - La Forza del Destino - 1pm
July 06 - Billy Budd - 1pm
July 13 - Andrea Chenier - 1pm
Operas from RAI Italy
July 20 - Adina - 1pm

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 YOU, our members.

This month:


Award winner author, D. Watkins, is out with a new book,  We Speak for Ourselves: A Word from Forgotten Black America . He speaks to Booknotes.

Listener's Choice

What's your favorite piece?

John Scherch 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 John gets your request!
Blog Highlights

Ever wondered about the provenance of the famous Earl of Oxford’s March by the Elizabethan composer, William Byrd? He wrote it for the 17th Earl of Oxford, Edward de Vere, about whom I got some inside information when I visited my ailing sister in England last month. .. Read the rest here!

The In Series has had an excellent season in artistic director Tim Nelson’s first year, and he closes the season by stage and music directing his own interpretation of Handel’s Serse, which ends its DC run this weekend (June 8-9) at the  Atlas Performing Arts Center , and comes to  Baltimore Theater Project  June 14-16. I had a chat with Tim about The Tale of Serse, reinterpreting standards, sensitivity where there was once exoticism, and their upcoming season titled Lean In. Click here to listen!
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!

John Scherch will appear as Sarastro in Bethesda Summer Music Festival’s performance of Die Zauberflöte; there are two performances, both on Saturday, June 29th at Bethesda Presbyterian Church.

He will also be a featured performer in the Young Victorian Theatre Company’s From London to Baltimore this July
Judith Krummeck's biographical memoir, Old New Worlds, will be published by Green Writers Press in mid September. The official launch is 5pm Sunday September 15th at The Ivy Bookshop.

More information is available here. Keep an eye out for upcoming readings and book signings!
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