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This Week At The Classical Station

by Rob Kennedy

Thursday, August 22, 2019

Der Freischutz

An opportunistic and comically unsuccessful seducer gets his comeuppance in this operatic adaptation of Shakespeare's Merry Wives of Windsor. Giuseppe Verdi was nearly 80 years old when his final opera, Falstaff, premiered on February 9, 1893. Based on episodes from three of Shakespeare's plays--The Merry Wives of Windsor and both parts of Henry IV, its libretto by Arrigo Boito captures the character of the roguish fat knight, Sir John Falstaff, in a way that would certainly have pleased the Bard of Avon. Musically it's unlike any of Verdi's previous works, more closely resembling comic operas by Haydn and Mozart. Join host Bob Chapman for Giuseppe Verdi's Falstaff this evening at 7:00 p.m. Eastern on the WCPE Opera House.

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Photo: Ken Howard/Met Opera

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August 22 Birthday

On August 22 we observe the birthdays of English composers Christopher Gibbons (1615-1676) and Sir Edward Bairstow (1874-1946), and French composer Claude Debussy (1862-1918). Gibbons was the second son of Orlando Gibbons who was one of England's prominent composers of the late Tudor period. Sir Edward Bairstow was Organist of York Minster from 1913-1946. It was Claude Debussy who stated that "Works of art make rules; rules do not make works of art." The two leading impressionistic composers, Debussy and Ravel, delighted in breaking musical rules. The result was a whole new approach to musical composition.

Photos: Claude Debussy/Félix Nadar; Others/Wikipedia.org

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Car Donation

Go the last mile with your used vehicle. If your vehicle - automobile, truck, boat, motorcycle, RV, or aircraft - is no longer of use to you, it can still go a long way as a donation in support of the programs you rely on from WCPE. Here's how it works: Center for Car Donations (CFCD), manages the donations on our behalf. Call them toll-free at 1-877-927-3872 for more information and to begin the car donation process. Don't forget to mention that WCPE is the recipient of your donation.

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Photo: Wikipedia.org

August 21 Birthdays

On August 21 we observe the birthdays of French composer Lili Boulanger (1893-1918) and British mezzo-soprano Dame Janet Baker (1933-). Sister of Nadia Boulanger who taught many American musicians, Lili was a child prodigy who died at the very young age of twenty-five. Her compositions reveal a remarkable talent, leaving one to marvel at what might have been had she lived longer. Active from the 50s to the 80s, Dame Janet Baker was highly regarded for her interpretations of baroque as well as contemporary music. Happy 86th birthday, Dame Janet!

Photos: Wikipedia.org

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Ticket Giveaway

Join The Classical Station's Nick Robinson during As You Like It for a special ticket giveaway for Concerto For Two presented by the North Carolina Symphony on September 20th at Meymandi Concert Hall in Raleigh, North Carolina. Listen between 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. on Wednesday August 21st for a chance to win.

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August 20 Birthdays

On August 20 we observe the birthdays of Austrian composer Josef Strauss (1827-1870), Canadian conductor Mario Bernardi (1930-2013), and Israeli violinist Maxim Vengerov (1974-). Josef Strauss was a member of the famous Viennese musical family. He was the son of Johann Strauss I, and brother of Johann Strauss II. Maestro Bernardi was the founding conductor of the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa, Ontario, as well as the conductor of the CBC Radio Orchestra. Vengerov has appeared with many of the world's major orchestras. Photos: Others/Wikipedia.org

Photos: Maxim Vengerov/Pascale Bitz; Others/Wikipedia.org

Monday, August 19, 2019

The Seattle Symphony Orchestra

This evening Monday Night at the Symphony shines the spotlight on the Seattle Symphony Orchestra. On the program is music of Robert Schumann, George Gershwin, and Karl Nielsen in performances led by Seattle's longtime conductor Gerard Schwarz, Ludovic Morlot and the orchestra's current music director, Thomas Dausgaard. 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: Wikipedia.org

August 19 Birthdays

On August 19 we observe the birthdays of Romanian composer and conductor George Enescu (1881-1955) and American conductor Gerard Schwarz (1947-). Enescu shares the distinction with Fritz Kreisler of being the youngest students admitted to the Vienna Conservatory at the age of seven. Maestro Schwarz has been the music director of the Eastern Music Festival in North Carolina since 2007. He was music director of the Seattle Symphony Orchestra from 1985-2001, and Music Director of Lincoln Center's Mostly Mozart Festival from 1982-2001.

Photos: Gerard Schwarz/Yuen Lui; George Enescu/Wikipedia.org



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