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Marc-André Hamelin Interview on WCPE’s Show “Preview!”

Wake Forest, NC, May 12, 2007 --( TheClassicalStation.Org, announces today that their weekly program “Preview!” will feature an interview with pianist Marc-André Hamelin. Airing Sunday, May 13 at 6 p.m. (ET), Hamelin will talk about his upcoming May 15 concert in Raleigh, N.C. as part of the Raleigh Chamber Music Guild's 2007 season.

“Preview!” will highlight Hamelin’s music CD, Brahms: The Piano Quartets, recorded with the Leopold String Trio, and discuss his DVD, It’s All About The Music.

A Montréal native, Marc-André Hamelin is internationally-renowned for his musical virtuosity and refined pianism. The International Piano Quarterly says he is: “One of the most adventurous and certainly the most courageous pianists of recent times.”

Hamelin began playing piano at age five, and by the age of nine he won top prize in the Canadian Music Competition. In recognition for his lifetime of outstanding achievement, dedication to the community and service to Québec and Canada, Hamelin is a Chevalier de l'Ordre national du Québec and an Officer of the Order of Canada, the highest honors awarded to citizens of the providence and nation.

“WCPE is excited to be a part of his upcoming visit and appreciates the Raleigh Chamber Music Guild's continued passion for bringing world class music to central North Carolina,” says Deana Vassar, WCPE’s “Preview!” producer.

The Raleigh Chamber Music Guild's concert, featuring Marc-André Hamelin, will be held Tuesday, May 15 at 8 p.m. at the Fletcher Theater in Raleigh, N.C.

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In central North Carolina, WCPE is found on the radio at 89.7 FM. “Preview!” airs every Sunday evening from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. (ET) and presents the latest in classical recordings and upcoming classical events.

About WCPE:
With a 28-year history, WCPE 89.7 FM is a non-commercial, 100 percent listener-supported, independent station dedicated to excellence in Great Classical Music broadcasting. Community-minded business underwriters and foundations are among the 150,000 listeners in the North Carolina broadcast area. General Manager Deborah S. Proctor’s leadership has enabled the WCPE community to include national and worldwide listeners. Big and small dish home satellite transmissions serve North America. Other radio stations and cable television systems use these services to rebroadcast Great Classical Music. WCPE is one of the first public broadcasters to stream on the Internet. WCPE is heard worldwide on the Internet in multiple formats, including the next generation IPv6. Because WCPE receives no tax-derived support, the station conducts two on-air fundraising campaigns and two major mail-out campaigns per year to raise needed operating funds. Quarter Notes, the WCPE Program Guide, is published four times a year as a means to enhance appreciation and understanding of classical music. It is distributed to station supporters and is also available online at For more information, visit TheClassicalStation.Org or call 919-556-5178.

About Marc-André Hamelin:
Hamelin studied at the Vincent d' Indy School of Music and Temple University in Philadelphia, where he now lives. Well established in both North America and Europe, his current schedule includes concerto engagements with the world’s top philharmonic orchestras and symphony orchestras. Under his exclusive contract with Hyperion, Hamelin’s 36 eclectic recordings range from concertos, solos and complete sonatas, to the complete Godowsky Studies on Chopin’s Études, winner of the 2000 Gramophone Instrumental Award. His latest projects include a double album of Albeniz’s Iberia and Espagna. For more information, call Hemsing Associates at 212-772-1132, or visit

About The Raleigh Chamber Music Guild:
Celebrating 66 Years: 1941-2007, the fundamental mission of the Raleigh Chamber Music Guild is to promote and present chamber music in the Greater Raleigh area. For more information, visit

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