What is your history with All Classical Portland?

As an only child, my room was filled with sports equipment, National Geographic’s and records. My first memory of music that ‘hit home’ was The Children’s Prayer from Hansel and Gretel. Lovely themes and the power of symphonies made an impression that has only grown through the years. For example, during my late 20’s, I was entrapped by my school’s mentor to join a local choir that performed Handel’s Messiah. And, fast forward, most recently, I was especially touched by the Festival of Carols. One selection, in particular, introduced by Christa Wessel, was the Dame Myra Hess version of Bach’s “Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring”. It brought me back to Dame Hess’ performance in Boston’s Symphony Hall in the Winter of 1960/61. I was lucky to have been there for that moment for it would be her last appearance in Boston.

Today 89.9 FM is on at home and in my car. It continues to get into my soul each day. A bonus is that I am enjoying composers from outside my past comfort zone.

What inspires you to contribute to All Classical Portland?

All Classical Portland and the vitality of its program hosts affects how I go through my day. Much of that is wrapped up in emotion, and I am deficient in finding just the right words to convey how meaningful that truly is.

What do you wish for the station in the future?

I hope that All Classical Portland will continue to grow in its development of a global audience and build a solid financial base for future operations while maintaining a staff of support professionals who share their obvious passion for classical music.

How would you encourage listeners to contribute or to become a future founder through our planned giving option?

Personally, it is important to me to continue making a monthly contribution to All Classical Portland. The benefit to me is in every minute I am listening. I believe that All Classical Portland may be one of the outstanding classical stations operating today. Friends in my car and in my home hear the station constantly. Talking to them about the need to contribute is the way to sustain and develop this station.

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