This Week At The Classical Station

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This Week At The Classical Station

by Rob Kennedy

Sunday, September 11, 2022

Today we observe Patriot Day, the 21st anniversary of the 2001 terrorist attacks. We will feature thoughtful, reflective, and patriotic music throughout the day. We will never forget.

Photo: Derek Jensen, CC BY-SA 2.0, Wikimedia Commons

This evening Preview! features pianist Grigory Sokolov playing music of Haydn. Rob Kennedy speaks with members of the trio Time For Three about their new recording Letters for the Future.

Preview! airs every Sunday at 6 p.m. Eastern. Dan Poirier is your host.

This morning Great Sacred Music includes music for Patriot Day sung by the Choir of St. Thomas Church, New York, Boston Baroque, and the Taverner Choir. Also on the playlist is music by Johann Sebastian Bach, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, and Samuel Barber.

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 11 we observe the birthdays of English composer William Boyce (1711-1779), German-born Danish composer Friedrich Kuhlau (1786-1832), American philanthropist Alice Tully (1902-1993), and Estonian composer Arvo Pärt (1935-).

Boyce was a Master of the King’s Music and an organist of the Chapels Royal. Kuhlau straddled the classical and romantic period of music. After Alice Tully inherited vast wealth from her maternal grandfather, Amory Houghton of Corning Glassworks, she proceeded to give it away to many musical organizations and causes. Arvo Pärt is well-known for using a compositional technique called tintinnabuli or “ringing like bells” in many of his works. The music sways or oscillates, giving it an ethereal, some even say, hypnotic effect.

Photo: Arvo Pärt, Woesinger, CC BY-SA 2.0, Wikimedia Commons


Saturday, September 10, 2022

On September 10 we observe the birthdays of English composer Henry Purcell (1659-1695), Swedish composer Tor Aulin (1866-1914), and English early music specialist and conductor Christopher Hogwood (1941-2014).

Purcell wrote mainly theater music and operas until 1679 when he was appointed Organist of Westminster Abbey. In that role, he composed over 200 anthems, service settings, hymns, and sacred songs. Aulin conducted Sweden’s Stockholm and Gothenburg symphony orchestras in his lifetime. Maestro Hogwood’s obituary in The Guardian refers to him as “the Karajan of early music.” Hogwood paved the way for musicians such as Roger Norrington, John Eliot Gardiner, and Trevor Pinnock.

Photo: Henry Purcell, John Closterman, Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons


Friday, September 9, 2022

Classical music carries a kind of truth. It’s music with a purpose – music that reaches deep into our hearts and souls – music that connects directly with our most profound emotions. Whether it’s Bach or Beethoven, Mozart or Haydn, Chopin or Schubert… classical music lays its heart on the line. In the world of music, there’s nothing that carries that kind of power. But to keep it right here on the radio takes your backing with a donation. Keep this wonderful music alive right now with a heartfelt contribution.

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On September 9 we observe the birthday of Hungarian conductor Ádám Fischer (1949-).

Maestro Fischer is the general music director of the Austro-Hungarian Haydn Orchestra, music director of the Hungarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, and chief conductor of the Danish National Chamber Orchestra.

Photo: Andreas Praefcke, Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons


Thursday, September 8, 2022

This evening the Thursday Night Opera House presents Sigmund Romberg’s operetta The Student Prince. In order to find true love, Prince Karl Franz (Rendall) enters Heidelberg University incognito. Is he successful in keeping his identity secret?

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

On September 8 we observe the birthdays of French composer Nicolas de Grigny (1672-1703), Czech composer Antonín Leopold Dvořák (1841-1904), English composer Peter Maxwell Davies (1934-2016), and German conductor Christoph von Dohnányi (1929-).

Monsieur de Grigny died at the age of 31 and left but a single manuscript of music which represents some of the best French baroque music for the organ. Dvořák moved to America in 1892 to become the director of the National Conservatory of Music of America in New York City. It is here that he composed his famous New World Symphony and the American String Quartet. Peter Maxwell Davies studied under Roger Sessions and Milton Babbitt at Princeton University in 1962. Maestro von Dohnányi conducted the Cleveland Orchestra from 1982-2002. Following his retirement from Cleveland, von Dohnányi has worked with several major American orchestras including the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and Philadelphia Orchestra.  Happy 93rd birthday, Maestro!


Wednesday, September 7, 2022

Every Sunday on Preview! we speak with musicians about their new recordings.  There’s a veritable torrent of new releases these days of works that are the mainstays of classical music repertoire. We talk about the music with conductors, composers, and artists in our interviews that air at 7 p.m. Eastern.  In case you couldn’t listen to those interviews with staff announcers Naomi Lambert, Rob Kennedy, and Music Director Caleb Gardner, not to worry. We have most of these interviews saved for your listening pleasure. Recent chats with Plinio Fernandes, Dan Locklair, Alvana Eisenberg, and many more musicians are ready for you to download and enjoy!

On September 7 we observe the birthday of French pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet (1961-). Monsieur Thibaudet has over fifty recordings to his credit. His playing can also be heard in several film scores.

Photo: Priska Ketterer/Lucerne Festival


Tuesday, September 6, 2022

Can you be an angel? We need angels for our Fall 2022 Membership Drive which will begin in a few weeks. The point of our membership drives is to encourage listeners to become supporting members of The Classical Station. Did you know that Angels help us achieve that objective? Well, yes, they do and have done so for many years. Our Angels are amazing listeners who will match your gift to encourage you to support this unique classical music radio station that you enjoy so much.

The way it works is very simple. For example, a listener in Charlotte, North Carolina, commits $600 to the membership drive. She tells us that she will match 5 contributions of $10 per month. So, once her angel match is met and 5 new members have become Sustaining Members at $10 per month, The Classical Station garners $600 from our Angel and another $600 from the 5 listeners who have become Sustaining Members at the $10 per month level.

Can you be an Angel during our Fall 2022 Membership Drive? Here’s how to make that happen: call us anytime and tell the member of staff who answers that you want to be an Angel with your gift of $300 or more. 800-556-5178.

You can also become an Angel by making your gift of $300 or more online via our secure server. Put “This is an Angel Match!” in the Comments Box. Your Angel Match can be paid as a Sustaining Membership. So, a $300 Angel Match can be spread across 12 months with a monthly payment of $25.

Remember: you can call the station anytime. 24/7. A live member of staff will take your call and help you with your pledge and any questions you have. Thank you for being an Angel and encouraging other listeners to support The Classical Station! Don’t forget to take a Thank You Gift!

Photo: “Angel 013” by Juliett-Foxtrott is licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0

On September 6 we observe the birthdays of Spanish composer Juan Bautista José Cabanilles (1644-1712), Russian conductor Yevgeny Svetlanov (1928-2002), and American composer Joan Tower (1938-). Señor Cabanilles was an organist and priest at Valencia Cathedral. Maestro Svetlanov had a plane and an asteroid named after him. Grammy Award-winning composer Joan Tower is arguably one of the most important composers of our time.

Photo: Joan Tower by Cynthia Del Conte


Monday, September 5, 2022

This evening, Monday Night at the Symphony features the Nashville Symphony, which was founded in 1946. On the program is music by Amy Beach, Joan Tower, and Howard Hanson, in performances conducted by Kenneth Schermerhorn, Leonard Slatkin, and current music director Gian-Carlo Guerrero.

The concert begins at 8 p.m. Eastern.

Guitarist David Starobin is our guest on the September 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 for tickets and more information. David chats with Caleb Gardner about his career as a performer, teacher, and record producer.

Tell your smart speaker to “Play The Classical Station” for My Life In Music this evening at 7 p.m. Eastern.

On September 5 we observe the birthdays of German composer Johann Christian Bach (1735-1782), German composer Giacomo Meyerbeer (1791-1864), American composer Amy Beach (1867-1944), Mexican conductor Eduardo Mata (1942-1995), American composer John Cage (1912-1992), and Canadian pianist Marc-André Hamelin (1961-).

J.C. Bach was the youngest son of Johann Sebastian Bach. He was a prolific composer in many musical forms. Herr Meyerbeer was noted for his operas which made him one of the most successful composers of the nineteenth century. New Hampshire native Amy Beach was one of the Second New England school of composers which included John Knowles Paine, Arthur Foote, George Whitefield Chadwick, Edward MacDowell, and Horatio Parker. Señor Mata died at the age of 53 when the small plane which he was piloting crashed outside Mexico City in 1995. He was the conductor of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra from 1977-1993. John Cage was a composer of avant-garde music. Perhaps his best-known work is his 1952 composition 4’33” (q.v.). Besides being a recitalist, Monsieur Hamelin is also a composer.

Photo: Amy Marcy Cheny Beach, George Grantham Bain Collection (Library of Congress), Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons