The late string quartets of Beethoven performed in completion by the Cypress String Quartet is enchanting. The Cypress String Quartet formed in 1996 and is comprised of Cecily Ward violin, Tom Stone violin, Ethan Filner viola, and Jennifer Kloetzel cello. 

MSR Classics


Duo Landon performs Béla Bartók’s 44 Duos for 2 violins with great talent and clear interpretation. Duo Landon is a collaborative effort between two Icelandic violinist, Hílf Sigurjónsdóttir and Hjörleifur Valsson. 

Love Raise Your Voice is a collaborative album of contemporary compositions for Soprano, Violin and Piano. The chamber ensemble consists of soprano, Christine Howlett, violinist Patrick Wood Uribe and pianist Holly Chatham.  The album’s titled track “Love Raise Your Voice” composed by Tarik O’Regan is a highly charged piece with a bouncing melodic line and playful accompanying lines articulating the great joys of love...

Kathleen Edwards On World Cafe

Feb 14, 2012

Canadian singer-songwriter Kathleen Edwards is enjoying a huge career boost with her new fourth album, Voyageur. Produced in part by Justin Vernon of Bon Iver, Voyageur sounds deeply personal and genuine: Edwards sings of failed marriages, life in the spotlight and the delicate happiness that comes with new beginnings.

The Great American Songbook - Live!

Feb 13, 2012

Dear WHQR Friends,

WHQR is thrilled to be co-presenting The Great American Songbook Live at Thalian Hall on Friday, March 2 at 8:30. The show, with an expanded cast of musicians, will be a live version of our popular radio feature with Phil Furia, heard each afternoon at 1:30.

The Fox Hunt On Mountain Stage

Jan 28, 2012

The string band The Fox Hunt returns to Mountain Stage to dispense more dirt-laden tales of drinking, cheating and damnation around a single shared condenser microphone. Led by singer-songwriter John R. Miller, the Martinsburg, W.V., group assimilates influences that begin with early-20th-century string-band music and end with a variety of punk and rock.

As snowstorms hit the country today, All Things Considered revisits a vivid story that choreographer and dancer Bill T. Jones shared about one winter song. It originally aired Dec. 13, 2011.

Linda Lavin on her new CD, "Possibilities"

Dec 5, 2011

Today marks the official release date of Linda Lavin’s first CD, “Possibilities”. It features an eclectic mix of Broadway standards and cabaret songs, with musical direction, arrangements and piano by Billy Stritch. It’s a big day for the Tony- and Golden Globe winning actress and Wilmington resident...and although she’s celebrating tonight with a release party at New York City’s Birdland (the famous jazz club) she took some time out to talk with WHQR’s George Scheibner about the new CD.

Tuesday night's Performance Today will broadcast the following selection from Nicolas Duchamp and Wilmington's Barbara McKenzie, in concert at Spivey Hall:
Paul Taffanel: Andante pastoral et Scherzettino
Nicolas Duchamp, flute; Barbara McKenzie, piano
Spivey Hall, Morrow, GA
October 31, 2010
Barbara McKenzie is the founder of Chamber Music Wilmington. Her collaboration with Nicolas Duchamp was also presented in Wilmington and at Carnegie Hall in 2010.

Renée Fleming reprises her celebrated performance as the title character in Handel’s Rodelinda as the 2011-12 Metropolitan Opera season begins this Saturday.

Bob Workmon is running through his Smooth Landings checklist: Jane Siberry, k.d. lang, Spandau Ballet (yes!), Ana Laan, Rhett Miller...check and double check. We go live at 6:30 this evening, leading off with a nod to Clair Hartman's new exhibit in WHQR's M.C. Erny Gallery, Faithful: A Series of Dog Paintings.

During the month of November, Front Street Blues will feature a strong roster of female voices.  Make no mistake - women have a firm hold on this genre, and they're not letting go.

Amber Rubarth On Mountain Stage

Oct 6, 2011

Cleve Callison reports on the 2011 Spoleto and Piccolo Spoleto Festivals in Charleston, SC

Charleston, SC – The 35th annual Spoleto Festival began May 27th in Charleston, South Carolina and runs though June 12th. WHQR Station Manager Cleve Callison was there, and reports that the Festival continues to burst at the seams with offerings, including sacred music in sacred spaces, a vibrant Dock Street Chamber Music Series, and The Magic Flute -- among many, many others.

Pay-for-play is the new game at the Wilmington Symphony Orchestra. For the first time in its 35-year history as a volunteer group, the Orchestra is moving toward paying stipends? to some of its players.

Wilmington, NC – What does an eighty-dollar check mean for a Wilmington Symphony Orchestra player, after she's put in five weeks of rehearsals and given up a Saturday night to perform? WSO Executive Director Reed Wallace thinks it could mean everything.

Catch up on what's ahead on the classical music calendar when WHQR asks Chamber Music Wilmington and the Wilmington Concert Assocation to give us a preview of their seasons.

Wilmington, NC – WHQR sits down with conductors and artistic directors from some of the region's main performing groups to give you a leg up on the coming classical music season.

(c) the North Carolina Symphony

The humidity's dropping, the kids are back in school: It's time to turn away from the beach, and turn back to the concert hall. WHQR's here to help you decide what to put in your ears, with previews from the North Carolina Symphony and the Wilmington Symphony Orchestra.

Wilmington, NC – WHQR sits down with conductors and artistic directors from some of the region's main performing groups to give you a leg up on the coming classical music season.

NC Symphony

Symphony-goers know the conductor mainly as a tense back, flailing arms, and a big bow at the end. But before showtime their work involves everything from labor negotiations to history books. WHQR's Megan Williams looked into the conductor's creative role...

Carolina Ballet

This past weekend, UNCW announced it's partnering with the Carolina Ballet on summer residency program. The addition of a professional ballet company is a big change for the school, and the region. WHQR's Megan Williams looked into this coming attraction...

(c) Quartetto Gelato

The quirky ensemble, Gelato Quartetto plays at Thalian Hall this coming Sunday night at seven-thirty. And to whet your appetite, WHQR's General Manager Susan Dankel got the group's oboist, Cynthia Steljes the phone to learn more about their unique sound...

Wilmington, NC – Cynthia Steljes is the oboeist for Quartetto Gelato. Learn more about the group at their website.

UNCW's Jazz Festival gets underway today... This year's featured composer is drummer Duffy Jackson. Jackson would be famous enough in his own right, after all, he's made a career playing with the likes of Artie Shaw and Dizzie Gillespie... But he's also the son of legendary bassist, Chubby Jackson. Duffy Jackson recently got on the phone with WHQR's own jazz host, Gano Evans, to talk about everything from running afoul of Count Bassie to teaching the next generation of musicians...

If Wilmington does eventually get a new large-scale performance hall, it will likely look very different from the original plans. A consulting company hired last year to determine the feasibility of the project presented its final report last month and WHQR's Megan Williams sat down with the firm's president to hear what he learned...

Extended excerpts from WHQR's interview with Pulitzer Prize composer George Crumb.

George Crumb talks about developing, and stealing, extended instrumental techniques. (3 minutes)

For anyone who ever tried hiding army men in the family piano as a kid... or figured out how to make ghost noises on the flute... This weekend the Chamber Music Society of Wilmington is playing your song. In a program designed around environmental themes, one piece stands out with a musical vocabulary all its own. WHQR's Megan Williams has more...

In their October show, the Wilmington Symphony Orchestra performs Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet, a more modern piece than the group usually presents, and more challenging. WHQR's Megan Williams looks at the difficulties of putting on this piece.

George Scheibner speaks with author, Dr. Philip Furia, our guest at the next meeting of the WHQR / Star News Bookclub. Monday, October 27th at 5:30pm.

Wilmington NC – From an interview with WHQR's George Scheibner, in August 2003, UNCW Professor and author, Dr. Philip Furia shares never before heard stories of one of America's greatest songwriters, the legendary Johnny Mercer.

Click the LISTEN button above to find out what the Skylark has to say to you.

This celebrated son of North Carolina hails from Hamlet. But the music he made has been heard far and wide.

Wilmington NC – North Carolina Blue Notes features biographies and music of fifteen A-List Jazz and Blues artists who called North Carolina home. The program is produced for WHQR by music journalist Roberta Penn, and hosted by jazz artist and educator Dr. Maurice Martinez.

This Caldwell County native is one of the great legends of Piedmont Blues guitar.

Wilmington NC – North Carolina Blue Notes features biographies and music of fifteen A-List Jazz and Blues artists who called North Carolina home. The program is produced for WHQR by music journalist Roberta Penn, and hosted by jazz artist and educator Dr. Maurice Martinez.

Etta Baker is one of the legends of the Piedmont. Her finger-picking style is one of the defining strains of Blues guitar.