- 10/01 Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Strauss's Salome, Poole
- 09/22 Metropolitan Opera’s New ‘Otello,’ Bold and Tentative
- 09/17 Sir David Willcocks: his musicality was impregnable
- 09/12 Marin Alsop: 'The Last Night of the Proms is more than just a concert'
- 09/08 BPO's new concertmaster comes from Toronto, via Finland
- 08/25 Exclusive Video: Anja Harteros records 'O Patria mia'
- 08/16 Lars Vogt Presents Late-Career Beethoven and Schubert
- 08/13 Written on Skin and the problem of new opera
- 08/12 R.I.P. Ronald Wilford, talent manager
- 08/06 Totenberg’s Stolen Stradivarius Is Found After 35 Years
- 08/03 Spectacle and Substance at Bregenz Festival
- 07/25 Leif Ove Andsnes and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra showed the many faces of Beethoven
- 07/20 Kentucky Opera director dies in car crash in Illinois
- ♬ Special Note: On the Organ Trail in Manhattan
- 07/12 R.I.P. Jon Vickers, Tenor
- 07/06 Self-taught Frenchman takes Russia by storm
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This week Great Sacred Music will feature music sung by Ars Nova Copenhagen, the Tallis Scholars and Chanticleer in the first hour.
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Our Bach cantata is BWV 169 "Gott soll allein mein Herze haben" which will be followed by Sir Arthur Sullivan's Boer War Te Deum.
Our featured work in the third hour is Charles Gounod's Requiem.
Great Sacred Music. The best choirs and organists. Every Sunday morning. 8 until 11 eastern. With your host Rob Kennedy.
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Sunday October 4th at 6PM EST
This week on WCPE's Preview! we'll hear violinist Anne Akiko Meyers from her new CD performing Leonard Bernstein's Serenade (after Plato's Symposium).
Tara Lynn speaks with composer Stephen Jaffe about the upcoming performance of his "HIP" Concerto, based on Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No. 2, by the Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle.
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Cellist Inbal Segev plays selections from the Bach cello suites, and pianists Martha Argerich and Lang Lang team up to play Ravel's Mother Goose Suite.
Preview! the best in new classical recordings and arts news each Sunday from 6 to 9 p.m. Eastern Time, on The Classical Station, WCPE.
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Sunday October 4th at 9PM EST
This week on WCPE's Wavelengths we present Symphony No. 4, "The Gardens" by Ellen Taafe Zwilich, with Leon Gregorian conducting the Michigan State University Symphony Orchestra, Choral Ensembles and Children's Choir.
(Learn more about Leon Gregorian below).
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And in honor of the IBMA World of Bluegrass events held in Raleigh this week, we'll hear Night Flight over Water, for banjo and string quartet, played by its composer, Bela Fleck, with the ensemble Brooklyn Rider. Wavelengths brings you the best in contemporary classical music, Sunday at 9 p.m. Eastern time on The Classical Station, WCPE.
Leon Gregorian is Distinguished Professor of Music Emeritus, Director of Orchestras, and Head of Graduate Orchestral Conducting Program at the Michigan State University College of Music. He holds degrees from the New England Conservatory of Music and Michigan State University. At the personal invitation of Charles Munch, music director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, he studied conducting with celebrated maestros Munch, Richard Burgin, and Erich Leinsdorf at the Tanglewood Music Center for two successive summers.
From 19711986, Gregorian was music director and conductor of the Owensboro Symphony Orchestra in Kentucky. His work gained national recognition, and he served on several national and international boards as evaluator of programs and conductors for the Ford Foundation and American Symphony Orchestra League. In 1984, he joined the Michigan State University music faculty. Under his leadership the Michigan State University Symphony and Chamber Orchestras have performed in such prestigious halls as Avery Fisher Hall and Alice Tully Halls in New York, Orchestra Hall in Chicago, Orchestra Hall in Detroit, and at several music conferences, both national and international, to critical acclaim. His conducting students can be found across the world in prominent conducting positions. From 19871996, he also served as the artistic director/conductor of the Midland Symphony Orchestra in Michigan.
Gregorian has received many awards and honors throughout his career. Michigan State University awarded him the TeacherScholar Award, the Apollo Award, and the Distinguished Faculty Award, and he has received honorary awards from the State Houses in Massachusetts, Kentucky, Indiana, and Michigan.
Gregorian has guest conducted leading orchestras in Venezuela, Mexico, South Korea, Italy, Rumania, Armenia, Russia, Brazil, Argentina, Czech Republic, Australia, and the People’s Republic of China, as well as many orchestras in the United States, including the Boston Symphony, Boston Pops, and the Esplanade Orchestras. He has recorded for PBS, Koch International Classics, Crystal, and Arizona University Records. A three- volume, 10 CD set, “Teaching Music Through Performances in Orchestra,” was recently recorded by Gregorian with the Michigan State University Symphony Orchestra. These resource recordings were made for GIA Publications in Chicago for worldwide distribution.
In May of 2007, at the invitation of the Austrian government, Leon Gregorian and the Michigan State University Chamber Orchestra represented the state of Michigan and participated in the worldwide celebration of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s 250th birth anniversary, with four concerts in Salzburg and Vienna to critical acclaim.
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My Life in Music:
Acting Principal Clarinet
North Carolina Symphony
Currently in his first full season with the North Carolina Symphony as Acting Principal Clarinet, Samuel Almaguer came to us by way of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. Sam cohosts My Life in Music with WCPE’s Tara Lynn this month, sharing his favorite classical and contemporary works, including Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte, Schubert’s Quintet in C, Chamber Symphony by Thomas Ades, and Dreams and Prayers of Isaac the Blind by Osvaldo Golijov.
Monday, October 5 at 7:00 p.m. on WCPE.
Sunday, October 11 at 5:00 p.m.
Explore great music with the pros on My Life in Music every first Monday of the month on WCPE!
We spoke with one of classical music’s great power couples on “Preview!” this week. Violinist Pinchas Zukerman and his wife, cellist Amanda Forsyth, come to North Carolina in January to perform Brahms’s Double Concerto with the Greensboro Symphony under the direction of Dmitry Sitkovetsky. Hear what they have to say about being on the road together for seventeen years, and the role the Double Concerto played in their love story.
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WCPE FM, The Classical Station, announces five grants totaling more than $8,000 from its WCPE Education Fund for the 2015–16 season.
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The Metropolitan Opera Announces the 2015-16 Season
The Met’s 2015-16 Season Will Feature 26 Operas, Including Three Met Premieres, In Six New Productions and 18 Revivals!
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