How to raise money for classical radio: Throw an all-day party in the ArtsDistrict
As a longtime NPR listener, I've often wished they could put out a secret frequency during campaign pledge drives for those who've already donated. Everyone could still listen, of course, in the spirit of public radio. But if you hadn't coughed up a couple of bucks, you'd get the pitch on the 5's and 10's. If you had, well, then it'd be nonstop news and commentary for you.
WRR 101.1 FM has come up with an even better way to handle pledge drives: by hosting an all-day party and concert at the Dallas City Performance Hall on Wednesday, October 3.
From sunup to sundown, WRR friends and members will take over the performance hall with live music, tours and a reception from 6 to 8 pm.
The culmination of the event will be a concert by the Dallas Opera Orchestra and tenor Shawn Mathey.
Other guests to appear throughout the day include Lyric Stage, Joyce Mitchell, Kristin Anderson of the Van Cliburn Amatuer Competition, Brad and Becky Todd, the Dallas String Quartet, Betty Mullens, Yo-Yo Ma, Vance Miller, Greg Ballew, Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Philip McCaffrey, and the Fort Worth Guitar Society.
Membership starts at $25 for students and goes all the way up to $1,011 (get it?) for the auspicious title of benefactor.