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This Week At The Classical Station

by Rob Kennedy

Wednesday, January 23, 2019


A servant outwits his noble master, who wants to bed his fiancée, unwittingly saving the Count's own marriage. Join Bob Chapman for Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro Thursday at 7:00 p.m. Eastern on the WCPE Opera House.

The curtain goes up at 7:00 p.m. Eastern on 89.7 FM in Central North Carolina, streaming everywhere on our apps and online.

Photo: Scene from The Marriage of Figaro/Metropolitan Opera

January 23 birthday

On January 23 we observe the birthday of American composer John Luther Adams (1953-). Recipient of a Grammy Award and a Pulitzer Prize, John Luther Adams writes for many musical genres.

Photo: Donald Lee


Tuesday, January 22, 2019

January 22

On January 22 we observe the birthdays of French composers Charles Tournemire (1870-1939) and Henri Dutileux (1916-2013), and South Korean pianist and conductor Myung-whun Chung (1953-). A student of César Franck, Monsieur Tournemire was noted for his liturgical improvisations as well as his composition L'Orgue Mystique, a work which comprises 51 sets of pieces for the liturgical year. Besides being a composer, Monsieur Dutileux was Head of Music Production for Radio France for many years. A student of Olivier Messiaen, Myung-whun Chung is Principal Guest Conductor of the Staatskapelle Dresden.

Photo of Myung-whun Chung by Jean-Francois Leclerc; Other photos: Wikipedia.org


Monday, January 21, 2019

Atlanata Symphony Orchestra

This week Monday Night At The Symphony features the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. Hear music of Aaron Copland, Samuel Barber and Ludwig van Beethoven, in performances led by Louis Lane, Robert Shaw and music director Robert Spano.

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

Photo: Jeff Roffman

January 21 Birthdays

On January 21 we observe the birthdays of English composer Thomas Attwood Walmisley (1765-1838), Italian violinist and conductor Uto Ughi (1944-), and Spanish conductor and baritone Placido Domingo (1941-). Mr. Walmisley was organist of Trinity College, Cambridge, where he was also a professor of music. Signor Ughi is considered one of Italy's greatest violinists. One of the great tenors in his day, José Plácido Domingo Embil now sings roles for baritone, conducts, and functions as an arts administrator. He currently has almost 500 recordings available.

Photos: Wikipedia.org



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