Thanks, Greg Waxberg!

On a recent Monday I tuned in to PRM* a little before 9:00 P.M. to catch PipeDreams. I heard the tail end of Mississippi Concert Hall (which Greg produces), and was pleasantly surprised with a selection by the 17th/18th century Spanish organ composer Juan Cabanilles, played by Warren Steele on the Wilhelm organ in the University of Mississippi's Paris-Yates Chapel. It was a thoughtful lead-in to PipeDreams, and was as good as anything I heard on that program. Steele is an outstanding player, and the Wilhelm organ is a unique and wonderful instrument.

Thanks, Greg!

*Public Radio in Mississippi is still a legal name of the radio side of Mississippi Public Broadcasting, because it was called that in the enabling legislation, which has not, so far as I know, been changed. I use PRM unashamedly when I wish to refer to the radio side of MPB. MPB is, however, a legal alias: "Public Radio in Mississippi, doing business as Mississippi Public Broadcasting", and I use it when I wish to refer to the combined radio and television operation.

It is my impression that classical music programming on PRM has increased somewhat since the major programming upheaval (more than a year ago), and, because there is only one Greg Waxberg, who cannot be everywhere at all times, the network broadcasts of Peter Van de Graaff have been used to fill in in the daytime, as well as in the evening. This is a good arrangement. On Thursday night (Aug 10), for example, I heard an absolutely astonishing aria from Vivaldi's opera Griselda, sung by an Italian female vocalist, whose name I did not catch. As I myself have at best a voice that is not even as good as mediocre, I can only admire from afar, and while I have heard some excellent singers, I have never before heard anything like this. I am still not sure that what I heard was really possible.

I also appreciate the occasional live classical music concerts from the University of Mississippi - they have been both exciting and informative. Mississippi Concert Hall continues, as does request day on Fridays. PRM thus still features classical music significantly, and I am grateful for that, and for the informed comments by Greg Waxberg (and by Peter Van de Graaff) that go with it. Thanks again, Greg!

Glenn A. Gentry