Wake Forest, NC (PressExposure) December 26, 2007 -- WCPE Offers Birthday Tribute to Ludwig van Beethoven Beethovenfest to Air December 14 through 16 on TheClassicalStation.org
WAKE FOREST, N.C. (December 10, 2007)--William Woltz, music director for WCPE, TheClassicalStation.org, announces today that in recognition of Ludwig van Beethoven's Birthday, WCPE is offering Beethovenfest the weekend of December 14.
The weekend radio festival will capture the full range of Beethoven's compositions, beginning at 7 a.m. ET on December 14 with "Leonore Overture No 3." The weekend offerings will include piano and violin concertos, full symphonies and sonatas. Of particular interest is "Archduke," a piano trio in B flat airing at noon ET on Saturday, December 15. As a bonus, WCPE will present the Cleveland Orchestra in a concert performance of "Symphony No. 3," the "Eroica," at 8 p.m. ET on Monday, December 17, the day of Beethoven's baptism.
"Ludwig van Beethoven towers as one of the greatest of classical composers," says Woltz. "He triumphed over a total loss of hearing to write some of the most heroic, uplifting music the world has ever known."
The actual date of Beethoven's birth is not documented, but his infant baptism, also known as a Christening, held at his Catholic parish church was recorded December 17, 1770. At that time, it was customary in Catholic countries to baptize infants the day after their birth.
Beethoven is the first composer to earn his living directly from his own work without being subsidized by a church or aristocrat. His piano-playing career ended in 1808 as his deafness became a detriment to his performance. Late in life, Beethoven began incorporating vocals into his musical compositions, laying the foundation for the Romantic Era in music.
WCPE's live broadcast of Great Classical Music, 24 Hours A Day can be accessed around the globe in several ways; on-line streaming in multiple formats, including IPv6, local cable television systems and traditional radio broadcasting. A complete list of the ways WCPE is available with instructions for cable and satellite reception can be found at theclassicalstation.org/listen.shtml.
In central North Carolina and southern Virginia, WCPE is found on the radio at 89.7 FM.
For more information on WCPE, or to print a downloadable version of Quarter Notes, please visit TheClassicalStation.Org.
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