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This Week At The Classical Station

by Rob Kennedy

Sunday, March 24, 2019


Today is the final day of our Spring Membership Drive 2019. If you have not yet pledged your support of the beautiful music which you enjoy here on The Classical Station, we encourage you to do that as soon as you can.

We have been listener-supported and volunteer-powered since 1978. We receive no tax dollars. No university or public radio association gives us a grant. We have no benefactors who will write us a check for $100,000 if we come up short at the end of the year. You keep this beautiful music coming with your sustaining membership of $10, $15 or whatever you decide the music is worth to you.

Pledge securely online or better yet, call 800-556-5178 so that we can welcome you personally into this special family of classical music listeners. Thank you for helping us raise the final $34,000 of our Spring Membership Drive goal.

March 24 Birthdays

On March 24 we observe the birthdays of American pianist Byron Janis (1928-) and Canadian violinist Angèle Dubeau (1962-). Byron Janis studied with Vladimir Horowitz. He is known for his interpretation of the music of Frederic Chopin. A distinguished violinist in her own right, Ms. Dubeau and La Pietà, the ensemble which she founded in 1997, are highly-acclaimed both in Canada and worldwide.

Photos: Ms. Dubeau/; Mr. Janis/

Saturday, March 23, 2019


Visitation in Misericordia Church, Braga, Portugal

This week Great Sacred Music will include festive music sung by the Cambridge Singers, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, the Choir of St. John's College, Cambridge, the Choir of Saint Paul's Cathedral, London and more. North Carolina organists David Arcus, Robert Parsons, and Thomas Brown will delight us with their playing. This final Sunday of our Spring Membership Drive 2019 features 4 hours of Great Sacred Music. What's Playing has a detailed playlist. Please do what you can to help us raise $12,000 for Great Sacred Music by pledging securely online. Better yet, give us a call at 800-556-5178 so we can personally welcome you into this family of classical music lovers.

Great Sacred Music. Beautiful choral and organ music for your Sunday morning. Right after Sing For Joy. This Sunday with Rob Kennedy and Naomi Lambert.

Stained glass window of the Visitation in Misericordia Church, Braga, Portugal/Wikimedia Commons

March 23 Birthdays

On March 23 we observe the birthdays of German composer Julius Reubke (1834-1858), Austrian composer Franz Schreker (1878-1934), French composer Eugène Gigout (1844-1925), English composer Edmund Rubbra (1901-1986), and English mezzo-soprano Dame Janet Baker (1933-). While Herr Reubke died very young at the age of 24, he will be forever remembered by organists for his monumental composition entitled Sonata on the 94th Psalm . Herr Schreker was known as an opera composer. A pupil of Camille Saint-Saëns, Monsieur Gigout was an organist who taught Léon Boëllmann and André Marchal among others. A prolific composer, Edmund Rubbra wrote 11 symphonies and many other works in a variety of genres. Active from the 50s to the 80s, Dame Janet Baker was highly regarded for her interpretations of baroque as well as contemporary music.


Friday, March 22, 2019


Samson and Dalilah

The 2018-19 Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season continues with Samson et Dalila, Saint-Saëns's dramatic opera based on the biblical tale of Samson and Delilah. Mezzo-soprano Anita Rachvelishvili and tenor Gregory Kunde star as the Philistine seductress and the Hebrew leader whose love and strength she betrays. Bass-baritone Laurent Naouri is the High Priest of Dagon, bass-baritone Tomasz Konieczny is the Philistine commander Abimélech, and bass Günther Groissböck is the Old Hebrew. Sir Mark Elder conducts the Met orchestra and chorus in the new production by Tony Award winner Darko Tresnjak that opened the 2018-19 season.

The Met Opera will be broadcast on The Classical Station at 1:00 p.m. Eastern on Saturday, March 23. Our listeners make these broadcasts of the Metropolitan Opera possible with their financial support of The Classical Station. Pledge your support securely online or call 800-556-5178 anytime to speak with a member of staff.

Anita Rachvelishvili as Dalila in Saint-Saëns's Samson et Dalila.Photo: Ken Howard/Met Opera

March 22 Birthday

On March 22 we observe the birthdays of Scottish composer Hamish MacCunn (1868-1916), English humourist Gerard Hoffnung (1925-1959), and English composer Andrew Lloyd Webber (1948-) A conductor as well as a composer, Hamish MacCunn studied briefly at the fledgling Royal College of Music. Gerard Hoffnung delighted audiences with his musical parodies and jokes. Baron Lloyd-Webber has written 13 musicals, a couple of film scores and a requiem mass, among other works.



Thursday, March 21, 2019

March 21 Birthdays

Today we observe the birthdays of German composer Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750), Russian composer Modest Mussorgsky (1839-1881), Belgian composer Jules Van Nuffel (1883-1953), French cellist Paul Tortelier (1914-1990), Belgian violinist Arthur Grumiaux (1921-1986), American violinist Joseph Silverstein (1932-2015), and American conductor Erich Kunzel (1935-2009).

A composer thoroughly-versed in the skills of his trade, Bach drew from the past and looked to the future in the music which he wrote for all manner of occasions and purposes. Originally destined for a military career, Mussorgsky abandoned his commission in 1858 to devote his life to music. While cantor at Mechelen Cathedral, Father Van Nuffel worked with Flor Peeters, a noted organist and composer. One of the great cellists of the 20th-century, Monsieur Tortelier taught at several universities during his lifetime. Monsieur Grumiaux was one of the great violinists of the 20-th century. Besides being a fine violinist and concertmaster of the Boston Symphony Orchestra for many years, Joseph Silverstein was also a conductor and teacher. A well-known musician, Maestro Kunzel is best-known for his long tenure with the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra.



Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Montserrat Caballe

Celebrate Montserrat Caballé, enjoy The Magic Flute in English, plus arias, choruses and ensembles from our extensive music library. Join co-hosts Bob Chapman and Rob Kennedy for the Spring Membership Drive edition of Opera House Thursday at 7:00 p.m. Eastern.


March 20 birthday

On March 20 we observe the birthday of Russian pianist Sviatoslav Richter (1915-1997). The son of musical parents, Sviatoslav Teofilovich Richter was considered one of the greatest 20th-century pianists, on a par with his fellow countryman, Vladimir Horowitz.


Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Chopin Complete Impromptus

Today we introduce a very special Thank You gift: Chopin: Complete Impromptus & Other Works performed by pianist Gustavo Romero. This recording is no longer in print, and these new copies are available only through The Classical Station for a pledge of $100. Gustavo Romero is a Juilliard graduate and a winner of the Avery Fisher Career Grant. He served for nine years on the faculty of the Eastern Music Festival in Greensboro, North Carolina. Since 2002 he has been a faculty member at the University of North Texas College of Music. We thank our volunteers, Charles and Kimberly Holloway, for providing these limited edition CDs for our membership drive. Chuck was the executive producer for this 1994 recording.

You can make your pledge online and request this special CD Thank You gift by putting "Chopin Impromptus" in the Comments section. Or, better yet, call 800-556-5178.

March 19 Birthdays

On March 19 we observe the birthdays of King John IV of Portugal (1604-1656), and German composer Max Reger (1873-1916), and Korean cellist Myung-Wha Chung (1944-). King John ruled the Portuguese empire at its zenith. He was also a patron of the arts and a gifted composer. A prolific composer, Herr Reger's music is familiar, and indeed terrifying, to organists. After studying with Leonard Rose at The Julliard School, Myung-What Chung has gone on to an active performing career. She teaches at professor of cello at The Mannes College of Music in New York.


Monday, March 18, 2019

March 18 Birthdays

On March 18 we observe the birthdays of Russian composer Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov (1844-1908), Japanese violist Nobuko Imai (1943-), and American conductor James Conlon (1950-). Rimsky-Korsakov was one of The Mighty Handful of Russian composers that included Mily Balakirev, César Cui, Modest Mussorgsky, and Alexander Borodin. After studying at Julliard and Yale, Ms. Imai has gone on to have a distinguished career performing and teaching. A native of Douglaston, Queens, New York, Maestro Conlon is currently Music Director of Los Angeles Opera and Principal Conductor of the Italian RAI National Symphony Orchestra.




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