This Week At The Classical Station

Photo: “Dogwood Blossoms” by Helen Tsui from our Virtual Art Exhibit

This Week At The Classical Station

by Rob Kennedy

Sunday, June 26, 2022

Guitarist David Starobin opens Preview! this week with a performance of Matiekga’s Sonata No. 3 in G. Caleb Gardner speaks with Chris Williams, Executive Director of the Eastern Music Festival.

Tune in at 6 p.m. this evening for Preview!, bringing you the latest music releases and local arts news.

This morning Great Sacred Music includes music sung by Coro Cervantes, the Choir of Trinity Church, New York, and the Back Bay Chorale. Also on the playlist is music by Johann Sebastian Bach, T. Tertius Noble, and John Knowles Paine. Rob Kennedy offers a commentary on the Montreal Organ Book.

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


On June 26 we observe the birthdays of Czech composer Leopold Koželuh (1747-1818) and Italian conductor Claudio Abbado (1933-2014). Herr Koželuh preceded Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart as music director of the Royal Court in Vienna. A piano virtuoso, he composed over 400 works, including thirty symphonies and over twenty piano concertos. Maestro Abbado was one of his generation’s finest conductors. He conducted most of the world’s great orchestras and made hundreds of recordings.

Photo: Leopold Koželuh, W. Ridley, Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons; Claudio Abbado, Unknown Author, Corgrisi, Fair Use

Saturday, June 25, 2022

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Leif Ove Ansdnes
Photo © Özgür Albayrak

Last April Leif Ove Andsnes released a second Mozart Momentum album with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, presenting a portrait of the master composer during the years in which his writing for the piano was at its most revolutionary, creative and game-changing. Caleb Gardner spoke with Leif about this stunning new recording in an interview we first aired on Preview!

Over the years on Preview! we have broadcast dozens of conversations with distinguished musicians talking about their new recordings, their art, and much more. These musicians love what they do and are most eager to share their art with everybody. Let your family and friends know about these conversations, which they can listen to or download anytime. You can also listen to these conversations on our apps.

Today we observe the birthday of French composer Gustave Charpentier (1860–1956) and American composer Ethel Glenn Hier (1889-1971). Charpentier is best known to modern audiences for his opera Louise. Cincinnati native Ms. Hier studied with Ernest Bloch among others.

Photo: Gustave Charpentier, Unknown Author, Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons

Friday, June 24, 2022

The world of classical music is a unique body of work – spanning centuries, continents, cultures, and communities. It’s marked by both great traditions and great changes. Classical music is listened to, played, and loved on every continent, in almost every country. Just as the symphonies and musicians who give us their performances have been supported by their audiences, the stations that are devoted to classical music are also supported by listeners, by people like you. Your support is unique!

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On June 24 we observe the birthdays of French cellist Pierre Fournier (1906-1986) and German composer Hugo Distler (1908-1942). Monsieur Fournier counted Julian Lloyd Webber among his pupils. Herr Distler is now mainly remembered for his sacred choral music.

Photos: Pierre Fournier, Manxruler, CC BY-SA 3.0, Wikimedia Commons; Hugo Distler, Sebjarod, Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons;

Thursday, June 23, 2022

This evening the Thursday Night Opera House presents Viva Verdi! Three hours chock full of arias, great moments, scenes, and acts from the 19th-century Italian operatic master, Giuseppe Verdi. We’ve programmed music for you from Rigoletto, La Traviata, Otello, Don Carlos, and more.

The curtain goes up at 7 p.m. Eastern. With Dr. Jay Pierson.

On June 23 we observe the birthday of German composer Carl Reinecke (1824-1910). Herr Reinecke was one of the most influential musicians of his time. He taught Edvard Grieg and Sir Arthur Sullivan, among others, and conducted the premiere of Brahms’ A German Requiem.

Photo: Carl Reinecke, Unknown Author, Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons

Wednesday, June 23,  2022

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 enjoy here on The Classical Station. It’s also a great opportunity for you to reduce your taxable income when itemizing taxes.

Here’s how it works:

Center for Car Donations (CFCD), manages the donations on our behalf. Call them at 877-927-3872 for more information and to begin the car donation process. (Don’t forget to mention that WCPE 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 will also receive a one-year subscription to Quarter Notes.

Photo: 1999 Chevrolet Cavalier, Eigenes Werk, Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons

On June 23 we observe the birthday of German composer Carl Reinecke (1824-1910). Herr Reinecke was one of the most influential musicians of his time. He taught Edvard Grieg and Sir Arthur Sullivan, among others, and conducted the premiere of Brahms’ A German Requiem.

Photo: Carl Reinecke, Unknown Author, Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons

Tuesday, June 21, 2022

On June 21 we observe the birthdays of German composer Johann Christoph Friedrich Bach (1732-1795) and Georgian pianist Khatia Buniatishvili (1987-).

J.C.F. Bach was the fifth son of Johann Sebastian Bach. Ms. Buniatishvili records on the Sony Label.

Photos: Khatia Buniatishvili by J.L. Clendenin; J.C.F. Bach, Georg David Matthieu, Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons

Monday, June 20, 2022

This evening Monday Night at the Symphony features the Houston Symphony Orchestra. On the program is music by Antonín Dvořák, Richard Wagner, and George Gershwin in performances conducted by Christoph Eschenbach, Sergiu Comissiona, and Andrés Orozco-Estrada.

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

André Watts
Photo ⓒ Steve Sherman

On June 20 we observe the birthdays of French composer Jacques Offenbach (1819-1880), Austrian pianist Ingrid Haebler (1929-), American composer Arthur Battelle Whiting (1861-1936), and American pianist André Watts (1946-).

Monsieur Offenbach is best known for his operettas of which he wrote one hundred or so. Ms. Haebler was highly regarded for her recordings of Mozart and Schubert. She celebrates her 94th birthday today. Arthur Whiting studied with Joseph Rheinberger. André Watts teaches at Indiana University where he holds the Jack I. and Dora B. Hamlin Endowed Chair in Music.