This Week At The Classical Station

Photo:  Nancy Carty from our Virtual Art Exhibit

This Week At The Classical Station

by Rob Kennedy

Sunday, May 22, 2022

The Dover Quartet opens Preview! this week with a performance of Beethoven’s String Quartet No. 11 in F minor. Harpist Yolanda Kondonassis talks about her new recording Five Minutes for Earth.

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

This morning Great Sacred Music includes music sung by the Howard University Choir, the Wartburg College Choir, and the Sixteen. Also on the playlist is music by Johann Sebastian Bach, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, and Francois-Joseph Gossec.

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 22 we observe the birthday of German composer Richard Wagner (1813-1883). Herr Wagner transformed opera and influenced music and musicians substantively. Got a favorite piece of Wagner? Why not ask us to play it next Friday on All Request Friday or on the Saturday Evening Request Program? You can make your request online or by calling 919-556-0123.

Photo: Richard Wagner, Franz Hanfstaengl, Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons


Saturday, May 21, 2022

“On Armed Forces Day, we honor and offer our profound appreciation and gratitude to the patriots who are serving in our Nation’s Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Space Force, and Coast Guard. Their professionalism and unwavering dedication to supporting and defending our Constitution has been vital in allowing our democracy to flourish, safeguarding peace and growing prosperity for our citizens, and giving hope to oppressed peoples or those facing tyranny abroad. Less than one percent of Americans serve on active duty in the Armed Forces. Those who do volunteer to put their lives on the line to protect our country and democracy wherever they are called to serve. Whether they are Active Duty, National Guard, or in the Reserve, they are true American heroes, and we all owe them.” Source: A Proclamation on Armed Forces Day

Photo: Public Domain Pictures

The Metropolitan Opera’s 2021-22 season of Saturday matinee broadcasts continues with the haunting bel canto tragedy Lucia di Lammermoor by Gaetano Donizetti. Soprano Nadine Sierra stars as Lucia, a loving soul in an oppressive world, driven to despair and violence. Tenor Javier Camarena is Edgardo, the only joy in Lucia’s life – and her family’s mortal enemy. They’re joined by baritone Artur Ruciński as Enrico, Lucia’s ruthless and manipulative brother, and bass Matthew Rose as the sympathetic chaplain Raimondo. Riccardo Frizza conducts the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus in Donizetti’s timeless drama, performed in a vivid new production by Simon Stone.

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

On May 21 we observe the birthdays of Greek pianist Gina Bachauer (1913-1976), French trumpeter Maurice André (1933-2012), and Swiss oboist Heinz Holliger (1939-).

Ms. Bachauer was one of the great pianists of the 20th-century. Maurice André made over 300 recordings and was known for his playing of the piccolo trumpet. In addition to being a very fine oboist, Heinz Holliger is a composer.

Photos: Gina Bachauer, Dimboukas, Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons; Maurice André, Unknown Author, Fair Use,  Asociacion Culturel Demusica; Heinz Holliger,, Fair Use

Friday, May 20, 2022

The Metropolitan Opera presents
Gaetano Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor
Saturday, May 21, 1 p.m. Eastern


Photo courtesy of North Carolina Chamber Music Institute

Classical music is a tapestry of instruments, of experience, of emotion, of story. Every piece of music you hear on The Classical Station is also part of the larger tapestry of musical history, a history that goes back through centuries of composition and more than a century of recordings. Every day The Classical Station weaves a tapestry drawn from the many thousands of recordings in our vast music library.

But today the story is all about you. So seize the day by showing your support today for The Classical Station. Give securely online, via our app, via mail to The Classical Station, PO Box 828, Wake Forest, NC 27588, or by calling 800-556-5178 anytime.

Thursday, May 19, 2022

This week’s Thursday Night Opera House features an encore performance from the Al Ruocchio archives of Gaetano Donizetti’s Lucrezia Borgia. Set to an Italian libretto by Felice Romani, it was based on Victor Hugo’s play Lucrèce Borgia, which mixes fact and fiction about the legendary daughter of Pope Alexander VI. Lucrezia Borgia premiered on December 26, 1833 at Milan’s Teatro all Scala.

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

On May 19 we observe the birthdays of Australian coloratura soprano, Dame Nellie Melba (1861-1931), German composer and organist Johann Jakob Froberger (1616–1667), and American composer and organist Albert Hay Malotte (1895–1964).

Dame Nellie Melba whose real name was Helen Porter Mitchell took the stage name Melba after her home town Melbourne. Admired by none other than Johann Sebastian Bach, Herr Froberger composed music for the keyboard in a variety of forms. Alfred Hay Malotte is remembered for his dramatic setting of The Lord’s Prayer.

Photos: Dame Nellie Melba, Henry Walter Barnett; Johann Jakob Froberger, Unknown Author, Alchetron, Fair Use; Alfred Hay Malotte, Unknown Author,, Fair Use

Wednesday, May 18, 2022

WCPE FM, The Classical Station, has been broadcasting Great Classical Music since 1978, thanks to support from listeners like you.  A planned gift in your will or estate will help support the music you love for generations to come.

Our legal name is the Educational Information Corporation. We are a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit, listener-supported radio station. Read more about planned giving or give Dan McHugh a call at 919-556-5178.

On May 18 we observe the birthdays of Hungarian-born Viennese composer Karl Goldmark (1930-1915) and English pianist Sir Clifford Curzon (1907-1982).

Károly Goldmark was largely a self-taught composer who at one point made his living as a music critic. English pianist Sir Clifford Curzon studied with Artur Schnabel, Nadia Boulanger, and Wanda Landowska.

Photos: Karl Goldmark, Unknown Author, Public Domain, Wikimedia; Sir Clifford Curzon, Bascon, CC ASA 3.0 Unported, Wikimedia Commons

Tuesday, May 17, 2022

It’s a simple fact that the great majority of our operating budget comes from our listeners, from people who love and treasure classical music – just like you. Listener support delivers Mozart and Brahms… the power of Mahler and Beethoven… and the beauty of Schubert and Haydn. Whether it’s early music or baroque or twentieth-century masters or all the treasures that lie between, there would be no great classical music without listeners.

Your donation today plays the classical music of tomorrow and days to come on The Classical Station. Give securely here on this website, on our app, via mail to The Classical Station, PO Box 897, Wake Forest, NC 27588, or by phone anytime. 800-556-5178.

On May 17 we observe the birthdays of French composer Erik Satie (1866-1925),  Swedish dramatic soprano Birgit Nilsson (!918-2005), English horn player Dennis Brain (1921-1957) and English pianist Paul Crossley (1944-).

Éric Alfred Leslie Satie was unusual both as a person and as a composer. Ms. Nilsson was highly-acclaimed for her roles in Richard Wagner’s operas. Dennis Brain died tragically in a car crash at the age of 36. Paul Crossley studied with Olivier Messiaen.

Photos: Erik Satie, Henri Manuel, Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons; Birgit Nilsson, Gunar Harnesk, Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons; Dennis Brain, Unknown Author, Discogs, Fair Use; Paul Crossley, Unknown Author,, Fair Use.

Monday,  May 16, 2022

Did you become a Sustaining member of The Classical Station during our recent Spring Membership Drive? If you did, thank you! You are enjoying convenient, automatic, ongoing monthly contributions which you can change or stop at any time! Becoming a Sustaining Member is an easy way to increase the power of your support and put more of your dollars into the great classical music you depend on.

As a Sustaining Member, you will:

  • Enjoy uninterrupted membership status at The Classical Station.
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  • Provide The Classical Station with a steady and reliable stream of income which allows us to plan for a sustainable future.

Here’s how a Sustaining Membership works: Your monthly contribution is deducted automatically from the account of your choice on the same day each month until you tell us to stop. You can make changes or cancel your Sustaining Membership at any time.

To become a Sustaining Member, visit our Donation Page. Or call 800-556-5178 anytime. A member of staff will be happy to take down your information and instructions, as well answer any questions you may have. Don’t forget to take a Thank You Gift or designate 10% of your Sustaining Membership to the Education Fund if you prefer. Thank you for being a Sustaining Member!

This evening Monday Night at the Symphony features the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. On the program is music by George Gershwin, Peter Tchaikovsky, Modest Mussorgsky, and Erich Wolfgang Korngold in performances conducted by Andrew Litton, Eduardo Mata, and Jaap van Zweden.

The Classical Station brings you a concert by a great orchestra on Monday Night at the Symphony every Monday at 8 p.m. Eastern.

On May 16 we observe the birthday of American conductor Andrew Litton (1959-). A native of New York City, Maestro Litton has been associated with several prominent orchestras including the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra. He was our guest on My Life In Music in July 2019. Listen to our interview with him on our Conversations page.

Photo: Steve J. Sherman