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January 2012 DONATE!   

From the GM's desk...
Rock Marathon thanks!

If you haven't heard the good news yet, the 2012 Rock Marathon met its fundraising goal, topping $30,000 and then some! That is a spectacular result - and the best ever for the WTJU Rock Marathon. Our deep thanks to all of you who donated or pledged.

During marathons, it's easy to focus on the money part, almost to the exclusion of everything else. But the "everything else" during the Rock Marathon was pretty great, too. The shows were terrific, the community of support was inspiring, and I had a really good time.

And the money helps. At the end of the day, raising these tens of thousands of dollars will allow us to do more as a station. To execute our mission more fully. To advance technologically. To enable new forms of creative expression. And fundamentally, to provide an even better service to our communities.

Thanks again for your support, and keep listening!

Nathan Moore
General Manager

WTJU-FM, University of Virginia

Issue Archives

Upcoming Shows & Specials

Here are a few of the WTJU events and program specials coming down the pike:

Thurs, March 1, 12-2pm: Danny Schmidt and Carrie Elkin stop by the Cosmic American Jamboree this Thursday for a visit with host Pinetops Stephen.

Fri, March 2, 5 pm: Steve Smith & the Hard Road Trio stops by Sunset Road for some live music and conversation with host Pete Marshall.

Sat, March 3, 9am: Brooklyn indie-folk band Leland Sundries joins Atlantic Weekly Part I host Steve Kindig for some live music and conversation.

Tues, March 6, 12-2pm: James Leva visits WTJU's "Walk Right In" for a special program honoring his friend, Mike Seeger. James will not only talk about Mike's accomplishments, but also perform a few tunes often associated with Seeger.

Wednesdays in March & early April, 4pm: WTJU airs Assembly Conversations from Virginia Public Radio while the State Assembly is in session. The Wednesday Democracy Now will return in April.

April 30 - May 6: Mark your calendars for the WTJU Folk Marathon.

Black History Month special:
The "DeSeg Center"
Mothers bringing children to Venable School, Charlottesville, on the first day of integration, 1959
Mothers bringing children to Venable School, Charlottesville, on the first day of integration. 1959.

In 1967, to facilitate school desegregation in Virginia, U.Va.'s Curry School of Education established the Consultive Resource Center. The Deseg Center, as it came to be known, helped public schools solve problems remaining after desegregation. WTJU's Ellen Daniels produced this special report as part of WTJU's celebration of Black History Month.

Grammy in the family
Veronica O'Brien
Veronica O’Brien (stage name “Veronica Swift”), daughter of Jazz vocalist and WTJU DJ Stephanie Nakasian, was selected to the 2012 Grammy Jazz Choir. Eight singers were selected from across the entire country to receive this honor and were flown to Los Angeles to participate in the 2012 Grammy Awards. Congratulations!

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Three WTJU DJs star in documentary
By Nathan Moore, General Manager

Robin Tomlin in "On Air"WTJU DJs are many things: experts in music, passionate about sharing it, often musicians themselves. And now three WTJU DJs are stars in a new documentary produced by Muriel MacDonald and Ellie Stanton. Ellie is WTJU's News Director.

Watch the video here. And then tell Robin Tomlin, Sarah O'Halloran, and Pete Marshall how terrific they are. Many thanks to Ellie and Muriel for producing this and sharing it with us.

Live from the WTJU Studios

Beleza (2:28)
Video from their live performance of "Deusa de Amor" on Radio Tropicale. Recorded on Feb 8.

The Naming Game, Part 2: Cataloging Chaos
By Ralph Graves, Classical Department

Scarlatti SonataThose jumble of letters and numbers after a classical title are there for a reason. They're catalog numbers. They uniquely identify each of the 500 pieces Dominico Scarlatti unhelpfully titled "sonata." They help you zero in on any generically named work by J.S. Bach. And they explain why Franz Joseph Haydn is forever associated with Hoboken -- even though he never visited New Jersey.


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Live from the WTJU Studios

Ned Oldham & Matty Metcalfe (4:07)
Video from their live performance of "Mountaintime" on Walk Right In. Recorded on Feb 7.

Volunteer Profile: Michael Shelton

Michael TrammellName: Michael S. Trammell  (Yes, MichaelShelton is my real name.)

Joined WTJU:  Big thanks to a chance conversation with Rebecca Foster that led to my first hosting during the Jazz Marathonin the fall of 2005.  She ran the board and pitched while i selected & talked up the music.  Soon after, i went through the training and started subbing, having my first 'WOW'  moment the following March when Chick Corea - after standing us up twice for a phoner - stopped by for a live interview.  It was all last minute, and Bruce Koplin graciously allowed time out of his show to let it happen.  One minute into the interview though, i realized that i'd placed my notes out of reach, using memory & improv to carry through.  I was truly blown away when he asked for a copy - something his road manager said rarely happens.  He'd already autographed 4 albums, 4 CDs (including his latest release), and a copy of the book his newest work was based on when he invited me to the concert with a chance to meet the band backstage afterwards.  It was an incredible jolt to be backstage in a place where, earlier in my lifetime, i wouldn't have been allowed to enter through the front door.  Talk about a natural high!  Those cats up in the Russian space station are still scratching their heads trying to figure out what the hell it was that went floating by them.


February news from the Folk folks
By Peter Jones, Folk Director

WTJU FolkHard to believe spring is almost in the air, which means we in the folk department are getting ready for festival season.  The first big one of the year of course is Merlefest, this year running April 26-29.  After a two year hiatus, WTJU and Merlefest will be resuming our long standing relationship.  So stay tuned to WTJU for your chance to pick up tickets to the  twenty-fifth annual Merlefest..


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Live from the WTJU Studios

Nathan Salsburg (3:18)
Video from his live performance of "Sought and Hidden" on Walk Right In. Recorded on Feb 7.

The revolution in classical music
By Gregory Cox, Classical Department

For much of the 20th Century, the music of the Renaissance (1350 to 1600), the Baroque era (1600 to 1750), and the Classical period (1750 to 1825), was performed without much care or understanding of the composers' purpose. Thus, the intent of the music (playful or sacred) and the effect it produced (joyful or somber) was often lost.
For example, even though Beethoven knew the inventor of the Metronome, Johann Malzel, and encouraged him to invent it so that music tempos would never be a matter of question - and marked his works accordingly – his music was played far more slowly than he intended after 1850.

It was largely the influence of Richard Wagner's ingenious but ponderous operas (1833 to 1882) that produced this interpretive sea change. They were performed at a relative snail's pace. Musicians changed their style of play to accommodate him, instruments were altered to increase volume, new instruments were invented, and orchestras became massive. All music from 1850 onward was subjected to the Wagner aesthetic treatment.
When Sir Roger Norrington began conducting Beethoven symphonies on the world stage in the 1990's, at the original Malzel tempos, he created a sensation and a firestorm of controversy. Many critics claimed he was misinformed, and was making Beethoven sound “ he arrived in a Lamborghini...” (San Francisco Chronicle, 1993).

This realization has forced conductors and musicians to reinterpret and adjust their performances through all historical periods, and the results have been profound. The speed of a piece can have a dramatic effect on our emotions.

Almost all symphonic instruments before 1800 are different from standard 20th Century ones. Stringed instruments carry less tension and have a softer sound, wind instruments are mainly wood – not metal, and the horns have no valves. Orchestras were much smaller before 1800, and performances were a much more intimate experience.


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Contributors: Ralph Graves, Peter Jones, Michael Trammell, Gregory Cox, Ellen Daniels, and Jane McDonald

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