Singer, choir director, educator, and guest artist Marva Robinson tells us about a special concert by the Wilmington Symphony Orchestra this Saturday at 8 at Kenan Auditorium. The Williston Alumni Community Choir and the Student Concerto Competition Winners join the symphony for A Change is Gonna Come, celebrating the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Civil Rights Act (in July 1964 by President Lyndon Baines Johnson).
We often get comments about news topics here on Friday Feedback. In this past week, it seems as if near all were about our music. Abigail Lanier wrote:
I enjoy the quality programing on WHQR, but one of the things I always enjoy listening for is the music between programing. I like to try and pick out the music bed under WHQR's hosts while they're announcing the time or weather. Recently, I've been so excited to hear such composers like Mychael Danna and Rob Simonsen… High-five to whomever selects such music!
Working at WHQR (my top station, if there be doubts) as the webmaster, I think a lot about radio, and what makes good radio. There are some generally agreed upon production standards that can help programs sound good or bad. There are basic problems, like that one dj who always plays with the zipper of his jacket on-air so you can't think about the weather advisory he's reading. All you hear is zzzzzzip zzzzzip zzzzzip. Beyond basic sound issues like that, though, it starts to get wishy-washy, creative, and cool.
Residents of Flemington, a small community located off of U.S. 421, will soon be connected to New Hanover County’s main water system. Officials from Cape Fear Public Utility Authority, or CFPUA, say they'll construct a new connective water pipeline this year. This is because groundwater containing coal ash slurry from Duke Progress Energy’s Sutton Plant has been slowly seeping toward Flemington’s current drinking wells. The CFPUA held a public meeting to discuss the pipeline Tuesday night, but fewer than five private citizens attended—and none made public comments.
In a special edition of WHQR's midday interviews, classical music host Pat Marriott spoke with Sunday Baroque host Suzanne Bona. Sazanne will be a special guest in Wilmington this weekend for "A Sunday Baroque Weekend," featuring various musical and social events with the long-time, popular radio host.
Beginning as an acoustic duo over a decade ago, Mac & Juice now travel the countryside as a quartet (acoustic and electric), playing original music described as “a broad-spectrum, rock & roll mosaic” with a vast stylistic range. Their latest release, Step Into The Light, is a mélange of genres that runs the gamut – from Stevie Wonder to Merle Haggard, with hook-laden songwriting and elements of bluegrass, jazz and Americana throughout. Every show is a surprise, and this episode of Soup To Nuts Live! will be no different.
Regular classical host and guest interviewer Pat Marriott interviws Olympia Yarger, who leads a group that supports families of Marine Special Operations Command. They’re having a Valentine’s Day Dance and fundraiser and want WHQR listeners to have all the event details.
North Carolina’s public schoolteachers have a new advocate. The group Aim Higher N.C. formed last year around a single objective: Raising educators’ salaries to match the national average. On Monday, affiliated teachers and parents gathered for a rally at Wilmington’s downtown library. And the mission has already gained local legislative support.