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This Week At The Classical Station

by Rob Kennedy

Wednesday, July 17, 2019


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Photo: Wikipedia.org

July 17 Birthdays

On July 17 we observe the birthdays of American sopranos Eleanor Steber (1914-1990) and Dawn Upshaw (1960-) and American composer and authority on P.D.Q Bach, Peter Schickele (1935-). A West Virginia native, Ms. Steber graced the stages of major opera houses during her career. She also appeared on some of the popular radio programs of the day. Grammy Award winner Dawn Upshaw is equally at home singing operatic roles or art songs. The discoverer of the hitherto unknown composer P.D.Q. Bach, Peter Schickele is an accomplished bassoonist.

Photos: Ms. Upshaw: John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation; Others/Wikipedia.org

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

App What's Playing

Our App now shows what music is playing. That information is streamed for you on the first row of the App. For any app and audio geeks out there, our talented Music Director William Woltz exports an XML file containing the day's playlist to a server from which the App retrieves the performance information and cover art.

This method of bringing you What's Playing will be superceded in the fall when an upgrade to our streaming software and hardware is complete. Then the software will stream the metadata simultaneously for whatever we are playing.

Please let us know what you think of this enhancement to our App. Seeing what's playing on our App is something you have asked for ever since the App went live in 2014. We are thrilled to be able finally to provide that information to you! Look for our App in your device's store where it is listed as "WCPE The Classical Station".

July 16 Birthdays

On July 16 we observe the birthdays of Soviet-born American pianist Bella Davidovich (1928-), Scottish conductor Bryden Thomson (1928-1991), and Israeli violinist Pinchas Zukerman (1948-). Bella Mikhaylovna Davidovich was just nine years old when she performed Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 1. Happy 91st birthday! Bryden Thomson was a champion of the music of English and Scottish composers. Israeli violinist Pinchas Zukerman has earned two Grammy awards and enjoys a fine reputation as a conductor.

Photos: Pinchas Zukerman/Cheryl Mazak; Others/Wikipedia.org

Monday, Ju1y 15, 2019

Orpheus Chamber Orchestra

This evening Monday Night at the Symphony features the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. Hear this conductorless ensemble perform music of Felix Mendelssohn, Antonio Vivaldi and Pyotr Tchaikovsky, with soloists Jan Lisiecki, piano, and Sarah Chang, violin. See What's Playing for details.

You can enjoy the concert beginning at 8 p.m. on 89.7 FM in Central North Carolina and streaming everywhere online and on our apps.

Photo: Orpheus Chamber Orchestra/Matt Dine

July 15 Birthdays

On July 15 we observe the birthdays of three English musicians: guitarist Julian Bream (1933-), and composers Geoffrey Burgon (1941-2010) and Harrison Birtwistle (1934-). Julian Bream has won four Grammy Awards for his playing. He is widely considered one of the greatest classical guitarists of the 20th century. Geoffrey Burgon wrote scores for film and television. The income from his music for Monty Python's Life of Brian, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy and Brideshead Revisited allowed Burgon to indulge his love of other musical styles. Harrison Birtwistle's style of composing is distinctive. He often writes music which he disassembles so that he can rearrange it, all with good dramatic effect.

Photos: Wikipedia.org



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