This Week At The Classical Station

Photo: Dale Marie Muller, Roberts Montana

This Week At The Classical Station

by Rob Kennedy

Sunday, May 1, 2022

Florence Price’s Juba Dance from Symphony No. 3 opens Preview! performed by The Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra conducted by John Jeter. Professor Andy Teirstein, of New York University, talks about his CD Restless Nation.

Tell your smart speaker to “Play The Classical Station” at 6 p.m. Eastern on Sunday for Preview!, bringing you the latest classical releases and local arts news.

This morning’s Great Sacred Music includes music sung by Sequentia, The Brabant Ensemble, and the Choir of St. John’s Episcopal Church, Washington, D.C. Also on the playlist is Cantata 85 by Johann Sebastian Bach, Dona Nobis Pacem by Ralph Vaughan Williams, and the cantata “Wer nur den lieben Gott läßt walten” by Georg Philipp Telemann.

Great Sacred Music. Beautiful choral and organ music. Every Sunday morning. 8 a.m. Eastern. Right after Sing For Joy. With Rob Kennedy.

On May 1 we observe the birthdays of Swedish composer Hugo Alfvén (1872-1960) and Czech-born British conductor Walter Susskind (1913-1980). A violinist and a painter, Hugo Alfvén created over fifty compositions. A student of George Szell, Maestro Susskind was noted for his interpretation of opera. He was Music Director of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra from 1968-1975.

Photo: Hugo Alfvén, Peder Severin Krøyer, Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons; Walter Susskind, Unknown Author, St. Louis Symphony Orchestra

Saturday, April 30, 2022

The Metropolitan Opera’s 2021-22 season of Saturday matinee broadcasts continues with Puccini’s heart-rending tragedy, Madama Butterfly. Soprano Eleonora Buratto stars as Cio-Cio-San, the young Japanese girl who believes that her marriage to an American naval officer will bring her true love and an honorable life. And tenor Brian Jagde is Lieutenant Pinkerton, who thinks the marriage is just a bit of harmless fun. The cast also features mezzo-soprano Elizabeth DeShong as the faithful maid Suzuki, and baritone David Bizic as the American consul Sharpless. Maestro Alexander Soddy leads the Met Orchestra and Chorus in Puccini’s exquisite score.

Tell your smart speaker to “Play The Classical Station” at 1 p.m. Eastern.

On April 30 we observe the birthdays of Austro-Hungarian composer Franz Lehár (1870-1948) and American conductor Robert Shaw (1916-1999).

Herr Lehár wrote over forty operas and operettas. The opera best known to modern ears is The Merry Widow which is mounted with great regularity in opera houses worldwide. Robert Shaw was affectionately known as the Dean of American choral conductors.

Photo: Franz Lehár, Unknown Author (Bain News Service, publisher). Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons; Robert Shaw, Unknown Author, Fair Use, Wikimedia Commons

Friday, April 29, 2022

The Metropolitan Opera presents
Giacomo Puccini’s Madama Butterfly
Saturday, April 30, 1 p.m. Eastern

Want to know more about the music you love so much here on The Classical Station?

  • Play Classical Conundrum weekday mornings on Rise and Shine.
  • Hear composers, conductors, singers, and instrumentalists talk about their art on Conversations.
  • Solve Naomi Lambert’s Enigma which she poses on As You Like It.
  • Learn about the plot of this week’s opera on the Thursday Night Opera House.
  • Find out more about the sacred choral and organ music planned for you on Great Sacred Music.

On April 29 we observe the birthdays of English conductors Sir Thomas Beecham (1879-1961) and Sir Malcolm Sargent (1895-1967), as well as Indian conductor Zubin Mehta (1936-).

Wealthy and witty, Sir Thomas Beecham led a rather extraordinary life, both professionally and personally. A bit of a showman who added the sing-along to the Last Night of the Proms, Sir Malcolm Sargent was Chief Conductor of the BBC Symphony Orchestra from 1950 to1957. Considered one of the great conductors of the latter part of the 20th-century and early 21st-century, Maestro Mehta was Music Director of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra (1961-67); Music Director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra (1962-1978); the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra (1981-); and Music Director of the New York Philharmonic (1978-91).

Photos: Sir Thomas Beacham, Culver Pictures, New York, Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons; Sir Malcolm Sargent, Unknown Author, Fair Use, Wikimedia Commons; Zubin Mehta, Antman Oded, Opera Online

Thursday, April 28, 2022

This evening the Thursday Night Opera House features Léo Delibes’ Lakmé, the beautiful but ultimately tragic love story of the daughter of a Brahmin priest and a British military officer in colonial India. Lakmé contains two very famous numbers, the Bell Song (a coloratura soprano favorite) and the Flower Duet (used in Ghiradelli chocolates and British Airways TV commercials). Delibes, who was born on February 21, 1836, is perhaps best known as the composer of the ballets Coppélia and Sylvia. Based on Pierre Loti’s 1880 autobiographical novel Rarahu, ou Le Mariage de Loti, the opera was first heard at Paris’s Opéra Comique on April 14, 1883.

Tell your smart speaker to “Play The Classical Station” at 7 p.m. Eastern. Jay Pierson hosts.

On April 28 we observe the birthday of Israeli conductor Yoav Talmi (1943-). Maestro Talmi attended The Juilliard School and has been music director of several orchestras in the U.S., Canada, and Europe.


Wednesday, April 27, 2022

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 beautiful music you love on The Classical Station. 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 The Classical Station is the recipient of your donation.

A CFCD representative will schedule a pickup that’s convenient for you, and provide you with confirmation of your donation. We will mail you a confirmation that states how much your vehicle sold at auction. This amount is what you can claim on your itemized tax return. You also will receive a one-year subscription to our quarterly member magazine, Quarter Notes.

Photo: 1974 Ford Pinto, Pat M., Public Domain on

On April 27 we observe the birthdays of German composer Friedrich von Flotow (1812-1883) and French-Canadian pianist Louis Lortie (1959-).

While Herr von Flotow wrote thirty operas, he is perhaps best known to modern audiences for his opera Martha. Besides appearing in venues worldwide and recording extensively, Monsieur Lortie is the Master in Residence at the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel in Waterloo, Belgium.

Photos: Friedrich von Flotow, Unknown Author, Gallica Digital Library, Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons; Louis Lortie by Elias Photography

Tuesday, April 26, 2022

Our Spring Fund Drive Drive has ended, the pledges are in, and Thank You gifts that haven’t already arrived are being mailed. You have given us the means necessary to keep the great classical music coming to you. Thank you for your generosity.

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Monday, April 25, 2022

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This evening Monday Night at the Symphony features the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra performing music of Ludwig van Beethoven, Peter Tchaikovsky, and Anton Bruckner . See the playlist for more information. Christoph Eschenbach, Neeme Järvi Jonathan Nott and Jakub Hruša conduct the orchestra which was founded in 1946.

The Classical Station brings you a concert by a great orchestra on Monday Night at the Symphony, every Monday at 8 p.m. Eastern. Tell your smart speaker to “Play The Classical Station.”