This Week At The Classical Station

Photo: “Summer Flowers” by Dale Marie Muller, Roberts, Montana

This Week At The Classical Station

by Rob Kennedy

Sunday, June 12, 2022

Pianist Charles Richard-Hamelin opens Preview! this evening with a performance of the Prelude in E minor, Op. 28 No. 4 by Frederic Chopin. Cellist Mikhail Veselov of the Neave Trio talks about the Trio’s new recording, Musical Remembrances, which features trios by Brahms, Ravel, and Rachmaninoff.

Preview! brings you the latest classical music releases and local arts news every Sunday at 6 p.m. Eastern. With Dan Poirier.

Photo: Neave Trio by Arthur Moeller

North Carolina composer Terry Mizesko is our guest on the June edition of My Life In Music. My Life In Music is made possible by our listeners and by The Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle. See their website for tickets and more information.

Join Rob Kennedy for My Life In Music this afternoon at 5 p.m. Eastern.

This morning Great Sacred Music includes music sung by the Choir of Trinity College, Cambridge, the BBC Symphony Chorus, and the Chamber Choir of Europe. Also on the playlist is music by Johann Sebastian Bach, Anton Bruckner, and Stephen Paulus. The Rt. Rev. Samuel Rodman offers a commentary on St. Patrick’s stirring hymn I bind unto myself today.

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

Saturday, June 11, 2022

The Metropolitan Opera’s 2021-22 season of live Saturday matinee broadcasts concludes with Igor Stravinsky’s captivating morality tale, The Rake’s Progress. It stars tenor Ben Bliss as Tom Rakewell, an ambitious but lazy young man. Bass-baritone Christian Van Horn is the diabolical Nick Shadow, who seems to offer him a shortcut to life’s pleasures. Soprano Golda Schultz is Ann Trulove, whose virtue and courage may be Tom’s only hope for salvation. And mezzo-soprano Raehann Bryce-Davis makes her network broadcast debut as Baba the Turk, the bearded lady. Susanna Mälkki conducts the Met Orchestra and Chorus in Stravinsky’s brilliant neoclassical score.

The curtain goes up at 1 p.m. Eastern.

New recordings of old favorites and works from modern composers, performers, and conductors are featured on Preview! each Sunday night and distributed throughout our summer program. These beautifully rendered works breathe new life into pieces that have stood the test of time, and highlight a promising future for classical music.

Hear Leif Ove Andsnes perform Mozart in stunning detail, Ruth Slenczynska illuminate Rachmaninoff, and the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet perform Andrew York’s exuberant Passages.

Summer is the season for new music at The Classical Station.

Caleb Gardner, Music Director


On June 11 we observe the birthday of German composer Richard Strauss. Bridging the late romantic and early modern periods in classical music, Richard Georg Strauss enjoyed great success as a composer and a conductor. His 1905 opera Salome was so well-received that it enabled Strauss to finance the purchase of a house.

Photos: 1918 Portrait of Strauss by Max Liebermann on; Stamps honoring Richard Strauss in the collection of Jiumn-wen Lin


Friday, June 10, 2022

The Metropolitan Opera presents
Igor Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress
Saturday, June 11, 1 p.m. Eastern

Go the last mile with your used vehicle. If your 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 programs you rely on from The Classical Station. Plus, it’s a great opportunity for you to reduce your taxable income when itemizing taxes.

Here’s how it works:

Center for Car Donations 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.

Your gift also comes with a one-year subscription to Quarter Notes.

Thursday, June 9, 2022

This evening the Thursday Night Opera House presents Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte. This is comic opera at its best! Two gentlemen are in love with women who are sisters, and they devise a plot to test their fidelity. The men go off to a fictitious war and return disguised as Balkan soldiers. They try to seduce each other’s lover. Do the sisters give in? Tune in and find out.

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

On June 9 we observe the birthdays of German composer Otto Nicolai (1810-1849), Danish composer Carl Nielsen(1865-1931), French composer Albéric Magnard (1865-1914), and Romanian soprano Ileana Cotrubaș (1939-). Carl Otto Ehrenfried Nicolai was one of the founders of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. Leonard Bernstein exposed Nielsen’s symphonies to a wider audience with a recording of his Fifth Symphony in 1962. Monsieur Albéric studied with Vincent D’Indy. Ms. Cotrubaș’ career spanned the 19602 through the 1980s during which time she was in demand at opera houses around the world.

Photos: Carl Nielsen, Gerhard Lynge, Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons; Otto Nicolai, Josef Kriehuber, Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons; Albéric Magnard, Unknown Author, Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons; Ms. Cotrubaș, Unknown Author, Fair Use,

Wednesday, June 8, 2022

Remember a loved one with a special Day Dedication announcement. You can schedule a Day Dedication with a donation of $200 or more to The Classical Station. Your announcement will run four times throughout the day of your choosing. Birthdays, anniversaries, and memorials are just some of the ways that many people have chosen to celebrate those special to them.

To set up or renew a Day Dedication, contact Dan McHugh at 919-556-5178 during business hours or email him. It takes a couple of business days to process a Day Dedication, so please let us know your wishes as soon as possible. Thank you for your support.

On June 8 we observe the birthdays of Italian composer Tomaso Albinoni (1671-1751), German composer Robert Schumann (1810-1856), and Polish-born American pianist Emmanuel Ax (1949-).

In his day, Albinoni wrote operas, very few of which have survived. Robert and Clara Schumann were friends of Johannes Brahms. Ax is a champion of the works of contemporary composers.

Photos: Robert Schumann, Josef Kriehuber, Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons; Tomaso Albinoni, Unknown Author, Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons;  Emmanuel Ax by Maurice Jerry Beznos

Tuesday, June 7, 2022

Here at The Classical Station, we believe in developing and sustaining a community of classical music lovers by nurturing, educating, and offering the human side of music. One of the ways we do that is by speaking with performers, conductors, and composers on Preview! every Sunday evening at approximately 7 p.m. Eastern. Now, if you were busy and missed some of our interviews, not to worry. We have them all archived for you.

These musicians are passionate about their art. It’s fascinating to hear them talk about their early years, the influences which shaped their careers, and so much more. Thank you for making these interviews possible.

On June 7 we observe the birthdays of Hungarian-born American conductor George Szell (1897-1970), French conductor Philippe Entremont (1934-), Estonian-born American conductor Neeme Järvi (1937-), and Bolivian violinist Jaime Laredo (1941-).

George Szell was a protégé of Richard Strauss. M. Entremont is a noted pianist who recorded the Rachmaninoff concerti with Eugene Ormandy. Järvi was Music Director of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra from 1990-2005. Laredo has enjoyed a career of over six decades as a soloist, teacher, conductor, and chamber musician.

Photo: George Szell, Unknown Author, Michiganesian, Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons

Monday, June 6, 2022

This evening, Monday Night at the Symphony features the Philadelphia Orchestra. On the program is music by Antonín Dvořák, Florence Price, and Sergei Rachmaninoff in performances conducted by Eugene Ormandy, Wolfgang Sawalisch, and current music director Yannick Nézet-Séguin.

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

North Carolina composer Terry Mizesko is our guest on the June edition of My Life In Music. My Life In Music is made possible by our listeners and by The Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle. See their website for tickets and more information.

Join Rob Kennedy for My Life In Music this evening at 7 p.m. Eastern.

On June 6 we observe the birthdays of English composer Sir John Stainer (1840-1901), American composer Vincent Persichetti (1915-1987, and Soviet-Armenian composer Aram Khachaturian (1903-1978). Stainer was noted in his day for revitalizing the choir of Saint Paul’s Cathedral, London. Persichetti counted Philip Glass, Richard Danielpour,  and Peter Schickele among his students. Khachaturian studied with Reinhold Glière.

Photos: Sir John Stainer, Unknown Author, Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons;; Vincent Persichetti, Unknown Author, Philadelphia Music Alliance, Fair Use; Aram Khachaturian, Rob Mierement/Anefo, CC BY-SA 3.0 nl, Wikimedia Commons