This Week At The Classical Station

“Marsh Splendor” by James Melvin. Inspired by Johann Pachelbel’s Canon in D minor. From our Virtual Art Exhibit.

This Week At The Classical Station

by Rob Kennedy

Sunday, September 4, 2022

Right profile image of William Wolfram at the piano, against a plain background.

William Wolfram © Lana Shkadova

The Benda quartet performs, Winter, a composition by John Mitchell, to open Preview! this evening. Rob Kennedy s speaks with pianist William Wolfram about the music he is playing to open the Carolina Ballet’s 25th Anniversary Season.

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

Elinor Remick Warren courtesy Hampson Foundation

This morning Great Sacred Music includes music sung by Anonymous 4, the Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church Choir, and Chanticleer. Also on the playlist is music by Johann Sebastian Bach, Elinor Remick Warren, and Dan Locklair.

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

On September 4 we observe the birthdays of German composer Friedrich Ludwig Æmilius Kunzen (1761-1817), Austrian composer Anton Bruckner (1824-1896), and French composer Darius Milhaud (1892-1974).

Herr Kunzen worked as an opera conductor and was a champion of Mozart’s operas. Anton Bruckner composed over 150 works. While his large-scale symphonies are perhaps his best-known music, his training as an organist afforded him the opportunity to write dozens of very fine choral works. Monsieur Milhaud was one of Les Six, a group of French composers consisting of Georges Auric, Louis Durey, Arthur Honegger, Darius Milhaud, Francis Poulenc, and Germaine Tailleferre. He taught at Mills College in California as well as at the Paris Conservatoire.

Photo: Anton Bruckner, Unknown Author, Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons


Saturday, September 3, 2022

On September 3 we observe the birthday of Italian composer Pietro Locatelli (1695-1764).

Signor Locatelli apparently was quite the renaissance man. He was a virtuoso violinist with a penchant for Liberace-style garb, according to the accounts which I read. Plus ca change! Locatelli was born in Italy, but he lived in Amsterdam from 1729 until his death. Amsterdam was the epicenter of the publishing world at the time, and Locatelli made the most of that opportunity.

Photo: Pietro Locatelli, Cornelis Troost, Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons


Friday, September 2, 2022

Summer 2022 has brought many of us a renewed appreciation for family, friends, and the importance of being together. At The Classical Station, we feel privileged to share these times with you, providing beautiful music to keep all our spirits high. Celebrate the unofficial close of summer with us as we bring you a weekend chock-full of listener favorites, culminating on Labor Day, September 5.

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Photo: WCPE Photo Services

On September 2 we observe the birthdays of German composer Georg Böhm, and Dutch composer Alphons Diepenbrock .

Herr Böhm is remembered as a church musician who developed the chorale partita format. Johann Sebastian Bach knew Böhm personally. Alphons Diepenbrock was a prolific composer in the early 1900s, although nowadays he is probably best known for his work Die Nacht.

Photo: Alphons Diepenbrock, Unknown Author, Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons


Thursday, September 1, 2022

This evening the Thursday Night Opera House presents Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s  Il Re Pastore (The Shepherd King). A quartet of lovers, similar to those in Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte, weigh the demands of love against the demands of kingship. Tell your smart speaker to “Play The Classical Station.”

On September 1 we observe the birthdays of German composers Johann Pachelbel (1653-1706) and Engelbert Humperdinck (1854-1921), Japanese conductor Seiji Ozawa (1935-), and American conductor Leonard Slatkin (1944-).

Herr Pachelbel wrote approximately 530 works for organ and choir as well as some chamber works. The much-loved Canon in D is undoubtedly his most popular work. Humperdinck is perhaps best known for his opera Hansel and Gretel. Maestro Ozawa has conducted most of the world’s great orchestras. He got his start under the watchful eyes of Charles Munch, Pierre Monteux, and Herbert von Karajan. Maestro Slatkin is currently the music director of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. He is widely considered one of the finest conductors working today. He has more than 100 recordings and 7 Grammy Awards to his credit.

Photo: Engelbert Humperdinck, Unknown Author, Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons


Wednesday, August 31, 2022

Go the last mile with your used vehicle. 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 programs you rely on from 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 for. This amount is what you can claim on your itemized tax return. You also will receive a one-year subscription to our member magazine, Quarter Notes.

Photo: CFCD

On August 31 we observe the birthdays of Italian composer Amilcare Ponchielli (1834-1886), Armenian-American violist Kim Kashkashian (1952-), and Israeli-American violinist Itzhak Perlman (1945-).

Signor Ponchielli wrote eleven operas, the best known of which is La Gioconda. Ms. Kashkashian is a Grammy Award-winning performer who is on the faculty of the New England Conservatory. Besides being a brilliant solo performer, Itzhak Perlman teaches in the pre-college division at The Juilliard School and has held several posts as conductor and music advisor.

Photo: Amilcare Ponchielli, Calzolari e Spada, Milano, Archivio Storico Ricordi, CC BY-SA 4.0, Wikimedia Commons


Tuesday, August 30, 2022

What do Ilan Eshkeri, Richard Danielpour, Jennifer Higdon, and John Rutter all have in common? First of all, they are all amazing composers. Secondly, they spoke with us about their early years and the influences that shaped their careers.  You can hear these Conversations on our website under the Listen tab.

It’s a simple fact that the great majority of our operating budget comes from our listeners, from people like you who love and treasure classical music. 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 you.

Your donation today plays the classical music of tomorrow and days to come on The Classical Station. Give securely online or call us anytime at 800-556-5178 to have a member of staff receive your gift. Don’t forget to take a Thank You Gift.

Photo: Blue Diamond Gallery, Fair Use


Monday, August 29, 2022

This evening Monday Night at the Symphony features the Cleveland Orchestra, which was founded in 1918.  On the program is music by Richard Wagner, Ludwig van Beethoven, and Anton Bruckner, in performances conducted by George Szell, Christoph von Dohnányi, and current music director Franz Welser-Möst.

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