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WHQR is honored to donate our great old upright piano to DREAMS. At WHQR, this beauty has been played by most musicians in town and we have many fond memories. We're sure it will make many new, exciting ones at its new home in The Gallery at DREAMS, their exhibit space. 

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Tuesday in Fayetteville, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will hold an all-day series of meetings. This is in response to North Carolina residents having been exposed to chemicals like GenX in the Cape Fear River, and toxic firefighting foam on military bases around the State.

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Athenian Press and Workshops holds Art of Resistance Charity Gala & Exhibit Saturday, August 11 at the Athenian House on Wrightsville Avenue. In addition to the exhibit and auction, the event features poetry, live music, and uncensored conversation. 

It’s not news that the Cape Fear region suffers from some of the highest numbers per capita of people addicted to heroin and opioids.  In response to what’s now commonly “the opioid crisis”, law enforcement strategies have changed, with officers carrying the anti-overdose drug Naloxone and authorities looking to put more offenders into treatment instead of jail. 

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There are 18 states in the U.S. that the League of Women Voters calls Gerrymandering Trifecta states.  That means state legislators draw their own district maps, they draw Congressional maps, and there is no citizen mechanism to change the process.  Of those 18 states, 11 are in the South.  One of them is North Carolina.

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The film came out in 1950, and the musical hit Broadway in 1994. It took nearly 25 years after that for the noir classic Sunset Boulevard to hit the stage in Wilmington. Opera House Theatre Company presents the award-winning musical at Thalian Hall through Sunday, August 19. 

Bob Nichols / Photo courtesy of USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service

North Carolina agriculture is facing a host of challenges. The Trump Administration has levied tariffs against many countries, more notably China, Mexico, the European Union, and Canada. 

Rest easy, friends. WHQR's locally programmed, produced and hosted classical music has been here from the station's beginning, and continues today on 91.3 HD2, 92.7, 102.3, and now 96.7! So, some of you may be wondering about the recent absence on weekday mornings of Pat Marriott, Bob Workmon and Jemila Ericson.

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Alligator hunting season starts next month in North Carolina for the first time since 1973.  Only Hyde County in the northeastern part of the state applied – after officials offered ten counties and their municipalities the option of an alligator population reduction hunt. 

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President Franklin Roosevelt had profound, even heartbreaking decisions to make in the months after the Japanese attack on the United State's naval base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Among these was one that impacted American citizens of Japanese ancestry in ways that echo into the 21st century. 

From American Public Media, WHQR presents Order 9066, the story of our government's incarceration of more than 120,000 people of Japanese descent for the duration of World War II.  https://www.apmreports.org/order-9066

WHQR will run this 3-part special over the following few weeks.

  • Wednesday, August 1st at noon -- Part 1 (repeats on Sunday at 3pm)
  • Wednesday, August 15th at noon -- Part 2 (repeats on Sunday at 2pm)
  • Thursday, August 16th at noon -- Part 3 (repeats on Sunday at 3pm)

We are pleased to announce WHQR is broadcasting classical music at 96.7 fm in much of the southern Brunswick county region! Yes, it’s been a long time coming, but we managed to turn on the switch July 9th. The signal on 96.7 is the same as Classical 92.7, broadcasting the classical music you love 24 hours per day. An expanding classical music signal was promised as part of our emPowering Our Future campaign. Welcome, southern Brunswick county listeners!

We are under construction! Phase 1 of our facility renovation project has begun. We are completely renovating the MC Erny Gallery, the kitchen, restrooms, and hallways. This is very exciting as this space has not seen any upgrades in many years. Renovations were made possible from the financial support of our community through WHQR's emPowering Our Future campaign.

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In downtown Wilmington, businesses come and go. Crust Kitchen and Cocktails Restaurant just opened on Princess Street. Another restaurant, Grace and 2nd, just closed on Grace. And GDN – Guys Do Nails – is about to open on Princess. Downtown will always be, on some level, a revolving door of businesses.

Make Trouble

Make Trouble works at the intersection of three theatrical elements: ensemble-building, devising, and Shakespeare. The group presents the final performances of Romeo & Juliet and Love's Labour's Lost this weekend.

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The stories of Wilmington -- from mythical tales surrounding Jacob’s Run, that underground passageway in  Wilmington, to the legend of the woman buried sitting in a barrel of booze to the heroism of Abraham Galloway -- which are fact and which are fiction? 

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The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality’s Division of Air Quality Thursday announced its decision on the use of methyl bromide in log fumigation operations in Columbus County. Rather than grant a permit to the company’s facility in Delco, DEQ says more steps have to be taken. Here's the latest on a story that we first brought you last spring. 

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Rhiannon Giddens is a singer and songwriter.  She plays the banjo and the fiddle.  She’s a storyteller, activist, and musical historian.  She’s also a founding member of the Grammy Award-winning Carolina Chocolate Drops -- inducted into the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame in 2016. 

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Mouths of Babes Theatre Company is adapting stories from the book Stolen Voices: Young People's War Diaries into a theatrical production. The group wants input about this work-in-progress at its staged reading tonight (Wednesday) at UNCW. 

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The trade war with China and other U.S. allies is hitting close to home, as Bladen County just earned a unique distinction. According to research by the Brookings Institution, Bladen County ranks 4th among all U.S. counties that could be hurt by President Donald Trump's tariffs. 

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The U.S. House passed a resolution to affirm support for the work of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency – also known as ICE – on Wednesday.  The non-binding resolution came in answer to a push by some Democratic lawmakers and progressive activists to abolish the Agency.  Democrats in the Senate blocked the resolution the same day.

Won’t You Be My Neighbor? runs from Monday, August 13 thru Wednesday, August 15th. It screens Monday to Wednesday at 7pm with an additional screening on Wednesday at 4pm in Thalian Hall’s Main Stage Theatre.

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The New Hanover County Airport Authority has a new chairperson... and for the first time in its history, the chair is a woman. Donna Girardot was appointed to the position last week. She becomes Chair as Wilmington International Airport goes through another year of growth. WHQR sat down with Girardot, to discuss her new role.

A Composer Among Us

Jul 20, 2018

Elise Seifert is a composer, bassoonist, Wilmington native, WHQR volunteer, and so much more.

While still in high school, Elise interned for Bob Workmon, helping with the music library and building playlists before going off to study music at UNC Greensboro.

Coming soon to Classical HQR, we celebrate the CHRISTMAS in JULY and The Festival of Lights – Hanukkah!

Sonoco Recycling

China’s ban on 24 types of trash imports is changing the recycling business and waste management in the United States.  The new policy on what China will accept limits the type of plastic and unsorted paper recycling collectors are taking, while a new threshold for acceptable contamination sits at 0.5%.  

DEQ

This week the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality hosted a public hearing in Wilmington, and nobody came. The meeting was to discuss the clean-up of hazardous materials at a site off Sunnyvale Drive. It’s not uncommon for these hearings to go unattended.

Alchemical Theatre

Director Christopher Marino presents another immersive Shakespeare performance to Wilmington with Twelfth Night, or What You Will. The flexible SRO Black Box Theatre makes possible a staging without walls between audience and performers. 

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Die Fledermaus is hilarious and a great "first opera" for the uninitiated, according to Opera Wilmington singers. The show is onstage at UNCW's Main Stage Theatre for just 4 performances: July 20, 22, 27, & 29.

Listen above to our backstage rehearsal conversation with Director Nancy King and singers Michelle Lerch, Shannon Kessler Dooley, and Joshua Collier. See our gallery of pictures below. 

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Tuesday night the Wilmington City Council will consider a resolution that asks North Carolina’s General Assembly and Governor to consider legislation that would prohibit those deemed an extreme threat to themselves or others from being able to purchase – or keep - weapons like handguns and rifles. 

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