This Week At The Classical Station

Photo: Kevin Collins, CC BY-SA 3.0, Wikimedia Commons

This Week At The Classical Station

by Rob Kennedy

Sunday, August 7, 2022

Plinio Fernandes performs the Five Preludes for Guitar by Heitor Villa-Lobos to open this Preview! this week. Naomi Lambert speaks with composer Dan Locklair about a new recording of his Requiem.

The Classical Station brings you the latest classical releases and local arts news every Sunday at 6 p.m. Eastern.

Alexander Shelley
Photo © Rémi Thériault

Conductor Alexander Shelley is our guest on the August edition of My Life In Music. My Life In Music is made possible by our listeners and by The Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle.

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

This morning Great Sacred Music includes music sung by Guildford Cathedral Choir, the Choir of All Saints’ Episcopal Church, Beverly Hill, California, and the Saint Thomas Choir, New York. Also on the playlist is music by Johann Sebastian Bach, Franz Schubert, and Jan Dismas Zelenka.

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

On August 7 we observe the birthdays of English composer Sir Granville Bantock (1868-1946) and American guitarist Sharon Isbin (1956-).

Bantock was one of the founders of the City of Birmingham Orchestra which later became the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. Besides being a Grammy Award-winning recording artist, Ms. Isbin is the founding director of the Guitar Department at the Julliard School.

Photo: Sharon Isbin by J. Henry Fair

Saturday, August 6, 2022

If you work for (or retired from) a company with a matching gift program, your contribution to The Classical Station can make twice the impact on the Great Classical Music you rely on and the programs you love. Your employer will match your gift dollar for dollar — some companies even double or triple the amount of your gift — at no cost to you. Both Sustaining and single contributions can be matched.

Enter your employer’s name in the form on our Matching Gift page to see if they match gifts to WCPE FM (an “arts and cultural” organization). Thank you for your support.

Photo: Blue Diamond, Fair use

Friday, August 5, 2022

Well, you did it again! Both All Request Friday and the Saturday Evening Request Program were oversubscribed this week. If you don’t see your request on the playlists, be assured that I will include it in next week’s programs. By the way, when you request a piece we don’t have in our library, we’ll try to get it so we can schedule it on a future request program for you. Please be patient! Because of copyright and royalty issues, we can’t grab music off YouTube or Spotify! The station pays a royalty fee for every piece we play.

Once we have the CD or digital file, our hard-working Music Librarian Peggy Powell enters it into our music database (pictured). Then I process and upload the file to our automation system so the announcers can play it for you. All of that stuff behind the curtain takes time. So, again, please be patient with us.

Thanks again for making our request programs so successful! ~Rob

On August 5 we observe the birthdays of Franco-Flemish composer Guillaume Du Fay (1397-1494), French composer Ambroise Thomas (1811-1896), Russian conductor Vladimir Fedoseyev (1932-), and American violinist Mark O’Connor (1961-). Du Fay was a leading composer of the 15th century. Monsieur Thomas wrote over twenty operas. Vladimir Ivanovich Fedoseyev has asteroid 7741 Fedoseev named in his honor.  Happy 90th birthday, Maestro! Mark O’Connor enjoys great popularity both as a violinist and a composer.

Photo: Mark O’Connor by Deanna Rose

August 4, 2022

This evening the Thursday Night Opera House presents Henry Purcell’s operas Dido and Aeneas and  The Fairy Queen. The synopses: Dido, the queen of Carthage is in love with Aeneas, but a sorceress and her witches plan her downfall. They conjure up a storm and Aeneas believes that the gods are telling him to set sail and leave Dido forever. By law, Demetrius must marry Hermia, but Hermia is in love with another. Meanwhile, Titiana, the fairy queen, is trying to hide a changeling boy from her husband, Oberon.

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

On August 4 we observe the birthdays of German conductor Kurt Eichhorn (1908-1994), American composer William Schuman (1910-1992), English organist Simon Preston (1938-2022), and American soprano Deborah Voigt (1960-).

Herr Eichhorn was chief conductor of the Munich Radio Orchestra from 1967 to 1975. Mr. Schuman was president of the Juilliard School from 1945-1961. Simon Preston began his musical career as a chorister at King’s College, Cambridge. He died on May 13, 2022.  Ms. Voigt has sung in most of the world’s great opera houses and has dozens of recordings to her credit.

Photo: Deborah Voigt by Luke Ratray


Wednesday, August 3, 2022

Did you know that we have an instrument donation program? Through this program, we make donated instruments available to students in music education programs and non-profit organizations in North Carolina.

Photo: NCCMI

Over the last ten years, the Education Fund has awarded more than $80,000 in grants to numerous music education non-profits in North Carolina. In addition to grants that support music lessons, concerts, and scholarships, we hope that the instrument donation program will help even more students to realize their dreams of studying music. You can help to make their dreams come true and receive a tax receipt for your donation of an instrument.

Gently used instruments in working condition, or with minor repairs needed, are being accepted. We are especially interested in trumpets, flutes, clarinets, French horns, trombones, violins, violas, cellos, and saxophones and accept other classical instruments for band or orchestra.

For more information about the Education Fund, or to inquire about donating your instrument, please contact Tanja Greaves at 919-556-5178. We’ll arrange for pickup will be made on a case-by-case basis.

On August 3 we observe the birthday of English-born American organist and composer Dr. Alec Wyton (1921-2007). Alec was the Organist and Master of the Choir at New York’s Cathedral of St. John the Divine from 1954-1974. He was also the Coordinator of the Standing Commission on Church Music which produced The Hymnal 1982 for the Episcopal Church.

Photo: The Wyton Archive

Tuesday, August 2, 2022

Keeping classical music alive here on The Classical Station is something that’s very much needed in our community, indeed, in our country. That’s because this is music that has a powerful sense of history and tradition like no other. It aims to get deep into the timeless feelings and emotions that are at the core of being human. Classical music at its best heightens our sense of being alive.

All of this passion is worth keeping alive on The Classical Station. You make this possible. Your donation makes that happen. Bring more music to your ears today and keep this wonderful music alive right now with a heartfelt contribution. Give securely here on this website or call 800-556-5178 anytime to make your donation. A member of staff is always on duty and will be happy to take down your information. Don’t forget to select a Thank You Gift!

On August 2 we observe the birthday of English composer Sir Arthur Bliss (1891-1975). Sir Arthur wrote music in a variety of forms including ballet and film. The Arthur Bliss Society has more information about him.

Photo: Herbert Lambert

Monday, August 1, 2022

This week, Monday Night at the Symphony features the Montreal Symphony Orchestra. This week’s concert features music by Jacques Ibert, César Franck, and Ludwig van Beethoven in performances conducted by Charles Dutoit and Kent Nagano.

Tell your smart speaker to “Play The Classical Station” at 8 p.m. Eastern.

Alexander Shelley
Photo © Rémi Thériault

Conductor Alexander Shelley is our guest on the August edition of My Life In Music. My Life In Music is made possible by our listeners and by The Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle.

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

On August 1 we observe the birthdays of German-American conductor William Steinberg (1899-1978), German horn player Hermann Baumann (1934-), and Catalan early music specialist and conductor Jordi Savall (1941-).

One of the great 20th century conductors, Maestro Steinberg was music director of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra (1945-1952), the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra (1952-1976), and the Boston Symphony Orchestra (1969-1972). Steinberg had a great sense of humor and loved to poke fun at himself. He claimed to be multi-lingual, speaking “four and a half languages – the half being English.” Herr Baumann has been one of the leading French horn players since 1964 when he won first prize at an international music festival. Jordi Savall i Bernadet has over 100 recordings to his credit. He is also a composer who has written a half-dozen or so film scores.

Photo: William Steinberg, Unknown Author, Fair Use, Wikimedia Commons