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Giving the Gift of Music

Elly Schook and Carolyn Peters, Librarian and Science teacher at Jamieson Elementary receive Toscanini CDs

Elly Schook and Carolyn Peters, Librarian and Science teacher at Jamieson Elementary receive Toscanini CDs

“I played the first mp3 for my trumpet studio class this morning at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (high school, college, grad and post grad students).”

–Judith Saxton

It’s impossible to number the ways in which classical music programming touches lives. This week, North Carolina educator Judith Saxton wrote this of WFMT’s Bud Herseth documentary, “I so appreciate WFMT for posting these mp3’s. These are excellent (no surprise!) and I played the first mp3 for my trumpet studio class this morning at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (high school, college, grad and post grad students). They are tasked to listen the rest of the tribute on their own.”

It is with this in mind, a gift between generations, that WFMT created the “Bach to School” music donation program. The program enables Encore Society members to share music in two ways: 1. by supporting WFMT programming (like the Bud Herseth documentary) 2. by giving a collection of CDs to a school in the community. Participating schools place themselves on a waiting list. When an Encore Society member chooses to make a school donation, WFMT presents the collection to the school.

Most recently, Jamieson Elementary, part of the Chicago Public Schools system, received eighty-four CDs (right), plus a DVD, of Arturo Toscanini’s performances with the New York Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Orchestra and the NBC Symphony.

Listeners wishing to make a “Bach to School” donation can do so by clicking here.

 

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