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WHQR and Thalian Hall are presenting a live performance of Phil Furia’s feature program The Great American Songbook on Friday, March 2nd on Thalian Hall’s main stage. Before the big event, WHQR's Rachel Lewis Hilburn is taking a deeper look at the history of the Great American Songbook with a three-part series. It’s delightful, it’s delicious, it’s de-lovely… that familiar phrase found its way into the English lexicon in the first half of the twentieth century. In Part II of our special series on the history of The Great American Songbook, WHQR’s Rachel Lewis Hilburn and Phil Furia, creator of the Midday Café feature, explore how so many of the great lyricists started life as light verse poets. For tickets to the event, visit thalianhall.org.

Friday Feedback for May 18, 2012

Listener Beth wrote:

In my growing up home, life was lived pursuant to The Gospels and The Standards. Though I backslide as to the former, I can’t get enough of the later. Regretfully, I don't get to hear Phillip Furia's Great American Songbook often enough. [A recent] piece about Irving Berlin's remarkable "What'll I do" made my day and I loved hearing Linda Ronstadt and Nelson Riddle bringing it home. My favorite version of that song was recorded by Michael Feinstein as part of a medley/duet with Liza Minnelli. The arrangement weaves Remember, Always, and What'll I Do into a heartbreaking yet beautiful ballad. Check it out.

Here’s a note for Great American Songbook fans: Phil Furia and company are presenting one of their popular stage shows with narration, visuals and music in Lumberton tomorrow night (May 19, 2012) at 7 pm, with a reception at 6. It will be at the Carolina Civic Center Historic Theater. George Scheibner and I will be there; should be lots of fun.

On Monday of this week, listener Trish wrote:

Oh, Pat Marriott, why did you have to play Barber's Adagio for Strings when I was already chopping onions? Seriously! Keep those great selections coming.

I've passed Pat's comment along to Pat and to Bob Workmon, who programs our daytime classical music.

Donna Giles responded to a recent blog post by Laura Hunsberger, one of our graduate interns from UNCW. Donna wrote:

I loved seeing/hearing the behind-the-scenes stuff that goes on. It's always interesting and surprising to see what a small operation the station is, given the extraordinary quality listeners get day in and day out. I'm a fan!

Finally, John and Amy Beausang wrote, possibly tongue in cheek (they titled it ‘Important Feedback’):

[We] love Fridays because of all the great feedback. After hearing comments on the correct time and how you say the station name too much, we would like to contribute one other: Please use em-dashes instead of colons in your scripts. It could help speed up transitions between ideas. Punctuation can be the difference between a great segment and an almost-great segment.

We’d love to hear from you on Friday Feedback, for your questions and comments, likes and dislikes about any aspect of the station. You can also send us feedback with with an email message. Or call our Feedback Phone: 910-292-WHQR (9477). And thanks for your feedback.