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This Week At The Classical Station


Wednesday, September 19, 2018

  Amadigi di Gaula

This week our Opera House presentation tells the story of the scheming sorceress Melissa tries to entice Amadigi away from the lovely Oriana, who is also hopelessly desired by the Prince of Thrace.

Join host Bob Chapman for George Frideric Handel's Amadigi di Gaula. The curtain goes up this Thursday at 7:00 p.m. Eastern on 89.7 FM in Central North Carolina, streaming everywhere on our apps and online. Don't forget that you can hear and watch most of the operas which we play on Opera House on our YouTube channel.

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Kurt Sanderling

On September 19 we observe the birthday of German conductor Kurt Sanderling (1912-2011). Maestro Sanderling had a long and distinguished career during which he held positions with the Dresden Staatskapelle, the Berlin Symphony Orchestra, the Madrid Symphony Orchestra, the Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra, to name just a few. He was a friend of the composer Dmitri Shostakovich.



Tuesday, September 18, 2018

WCPE studios

Calling all volunteers! Since 1978 we have been listener-supported and volunteer-powered. Our amazing volunteers come to the station for a couple of hours a week to answer phones, stuff envelopes for our mailings, and take air shifts as announcers evenings and weekends. We could not do this without our hard-working, devoted volunteers. Hundreds of them!

Right now we are looking for volunteers who can help with landscaping the grounds around our studio and transmitter buildings. We also need somebody who can mow the 40 acre field adjacent to our studios. If you have experience, time, and talent which you would like to contribute to The Classical Station, contact Jane O'Connor, our Volunteer Coordinator, at 919-556-5178 during business hours on weekdays. You can also email Jane.

Anna Netrebko

On September 18 we observe the birthday of Russian soprano Anna Netrebko. Conductor Valery Gergiev gave Ms. Netrebko her start and mentored her early on in her career. She has since gone on to sing in major opera houses worldwide.



Monday, September 17, 2018

Dallas Symphony Orchestra

This week Monday Night at the Symphony will feature the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. On the program is music of Sergei Rachmaninoff, Paul Dukas and Peter Tchaikovsky in performances led by Andrew Litton, Eduardo Mata, and Jaap van Zweden.

The concert begins at 8 p.m. Eastern on 89.7 FM in Central North Carolina and streaming everywhere online.


September 17 birthdays

On September 17 we observe the birthdays of Italian composer Saverio Mercadante, American composer Charles Griffes, and Dutch composer Hendrik Andriessen. Giuseppe Saverio Raffaele Mercadante was a composer of operas who never enjoyed the fame of his younger colleagues Donizetti and Bellini. He wrote over 50 operas, only a handful of which are performed or recorded these days. Elmira, New York native Charles Griffes studied in Berlin. His music was written in what might best be described as an American impressionistic style. Professor Andriessen composed over 60 works and was instrumental in revitalizing Roman Catholic church music in The Netherlands.




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