Thank you so much for your steadfast financial support of Public Radio Tulsa. Listener support for public broadcasting has never been stronger, and I hope you are hearing the difference, such as an even stronger news department, with the addition of reporter Matt Trotter, the continuing partnership between all of the public stations in Oklahoma with State Impact, a wonderful limited series devoted to health care, Medical Matters with Dr. John Schumann, more local classical music with our partnership with KUCO in Edmond with Kimberly Powell and Performance Oklahoma, and, of course, our own Tulsa Symphony Orchestra broadcasts and our regular music programs.
This spring, I’m pleased to announce a new cultural reporting initiative. Thanks to the support of the Raymond and Bessie Kravis Foundation, we will be adding more in-depth reporting of our community’s cultural offerings, focusing on the performing arts, visual arts, humanities, and cultural communities and institutions, along with a renewed focus on these issues on StudioTulsa.
We have done all of this thanks to your considerable generosity and the support of some significant institutions in Tulsa. As you well know, there is nothing like public radio on commercial airwaves. I thank you for understanding the value of public broadcasting: in-depth news, our substantial and reasoned information programs, and cultural programming, be it classical, opera, jazz, western swing or “Red Dirt” music.
Over the next few weeks, we will be reminding you of how critical listener support is for your favorite programs, and your public radio stations. I encourage you to give this drive as we wrap up our fiscal year in June.
So, whether you’re tuning in to public radio to receive the latest in-depth and unbiased news and information or enjoying the timeless beauty of classical music, or enjoying our other HD jazz, world news, and American Songbook offerings, you depend on Public Radio Tulsa to be here to serve you. If you do, and are financially able, please make a gift to support the station this spring with your tax-deductible donation. Our goal is $200,000, which is about half of our yearly programming fees. Your contribution made online reduces the amount of time spent fundraising on-air, and your gift will repay you throughout the year with programming that will keep you informed with all of the important issues of the day, or offer a high quality musical experience to transport you far away.
Public Radio Tulsa General Manager
Sibelius Symphonies Nos 1 & 4
Minnesota Orchestra - Osmo Vanska
Of all of Jean Sibelius’ seven symphonies, the two recorded here are those that reveal the furthermost poles of his symphonic art; the one an essay in the received tradition, the other a work so original and inward-looking as to open up an entirely new world. Composed right around the turn of the previous century, the First Symphony may be described as a pivotal work in Sibelius’s career, in that he here took a decisive step away from the Wagnerian world that had occupied him so much in the 1890s, casting a personal vote of confidence in absolute music, and in the symphonic tradition. On the basis of a particular tunefulness, among other aspects, the First is often said to be the most Tchaikovskian of Sibelius’s symphonies. In contrast, the Fourth Symphony is extremely concise and highly concentrated both in terms of its musical material and the way Sibelius uses the orchestral forces – the scoring is, in fact, often compared to chamber music. Available for a gift of $120 or more.
NPR Matte Black Travel Tumbler
Your beverage just tastes better when kept in this great travel tumbler. Handsome matte black finish carries the 4-color NPR imprint. Foam-insulated, double-wall 18/8 stainless steel tumbler with push-on lid comes in a white gift box. This 7.75" tall, 3.375" diameter mug should not be put in the dishwasher or the microwave. Available for a gift of $150 or more.
NPR Vintage Logo Lunch Cooler
Eat lunch with the cool kids when you’re carrying this premium package featuring the popular vintage logo, circa 1994. This 9"L x 10"H x 4.5"W turquoise leatherette lunch cooler with top grab handle and trendy accent piping in white has a dual zippered closure and guarantees you’ll never eat lunch alone again. Available for a gift of $180 or more.
The fair market value of these Spring 2014 thank-you gifts are subtracted from the tax-deductible portion of your gift; this will be detailed on your tax letter (sent to you in January 2015). As a courtesy to those who wish 100% of their contribution to be applied toward station programming, thank-you gifts will not be sent unless you mark the correct box on your pledge form. Gifts will be available through July 31, 2014 or while supplies last.