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WCPE Offers Special Programming for Chanukah
[December 03, 2012]

WCPE Offers Special Programming for Chanukah

Wake Forest, NC, Dec 03, 2012 ( via COMTEX) -- WCPE's Music Director William Woltz announces today that will air special programming at 6 p.m. ET on December 8 honoring the Jewish Festival of Lights, Chanukah.

WCPE will celebrate the lighting of the first candle of the eight candle menorah. The program will feature 'Chanukah: In Story and Song' with Leonard Nimoy, guest narrator. There will be performances by The Western Wind with guest instrumentalists Mary Rowell, violin, Anne Demarinis, accordion and Bret Simner, double bass.

The acclaimed vocal sextet and the renowned actor present 25 eclectic selections, from the Ladino songs of the Spanish Jews and Yiddish melodies of Eastern Europe to modern Israeli tunes and their original version of "I Have a Little Dreydle." The singers sing a cappella and are also joined by instruments including violin, accordion, bass and guitar. The narration written by Rabbi Gerald Skolnik sheds light on the holiday customs and rituals.

"There will be other Hebraic composers and music featured throughout the eight day holiday," offers Woltz.

These will include; Bruch, Kol Nidrei (Adagio on Hebrew Melodies); Bloch, Baal Shem Suite; and Bullard, Chanukah Suite.

From the Hebrew word for dedication or consecration, Chanukah marks the re-dedication of the Temple in Jerusalem after its desecration by the forces of Antiochus IV and commemorates the "miracle of the container of oil." According to the Talmud, at the re-dedication following the victory of the Maccabees over the Seleucid Empire, there was only enough consecrated olive oil to fuel the eternal flame in the Temple for one day. Miraculously, the oil burned for eight days, which was the length of time it took to press, prepare and consecrate fresh olive oil.

The festival is observed in Jewish homes by the kindling of lights on each night of the holiday: One on the first night, two on the second, and so on.

The Great Classical Music, 24 Hours A Day offered by WCPE transcends belief systems, being crafted by artists from all traditions and listened to by a global audience reflective of the world's diversity. Found throughout WCPE's programming are the traditions of people from all walks of life.

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: In central North Carolina and southern Virginia, WCPE is found on the radio at 89.7 FM.

About WCPE: Since 1978 WCPE 89.7 FM has been dedicated to excellence in Great Classical Music broadcasting. WCPE is one of the first community-supported stations to stream on the Internet. The programming is available on our own satellite channel and on multiple Internet streams, including IPv6. WCPE receives no tax-derived support, rather depends on tax-deductible support through on-air fundraising and mail-out campaigns. More information can be found at or by calling 919-556-5178.

Media Contact: Curtis Brothers 919.556.5178 curtis(at)TheClassicalStation(dot)org # # # Read the full story at

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