This Week At The Classical Station

Photo: Dale Marie Muller, Roberts, Montana

This Week At The Classical Station

by Rob Kennedy

Sunday, October 2, 2022

The Black Oak Ensemble opens Preview! this evening with a performance of  Henri Tomasi’s String Trio. Rob Kennedy speaks with composer Dr. Samuel Adler about the teachers who influenced him.  Scottish guitarist Sean Shibe plays his arrangement of O Viridissima Virga by the 12th-century abbess and polymath Hildegard von Bingen.

Tell your smart speaker to “Play The Classical Station” at 6 p.m. Eastern for Preview!

This morning Great Sacred Music includes music sung by the Monteverdi Choir, the Orlando Consort, and the Corydon Singers . Also on the playlist is music by Johann Sebastian Bach, Francis Poulenc, and Sergei Rachmaninoff.

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

On October 2 we observe the birthdays of English composers Kenneth Leighton (1929-1988) and Dr. Francis Jackson (1917-2022), and French conductor Michel Plasson (1933-).

A Professor of Music at the University of Edinburgh, Kenneth Leighton composed over 100 works during his lifetime. Francis Jackso was Organist of York Minster from 1946-1982. Highly respected for his interpretations of music by Gounod and Massenet, Monsieur Plasson is widely considered one of the great conductors of his generation. Joyeux quatre-vingt-neufième anniversaire, Maître!

Photo: “Dr. Francis Jackson, CBE” by Jrn0074 is licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0


Saturday, October 1, 2022

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Photo: Unknown Author, Fair Use

On October 1 we observe the birthdays of Italian composer Alessandro Stradella (1639-1682), French composer Paul Dukas (1865-1935), and Russian pianist Vladimir Horowitz (1903-1989).

Signor Stradella composed over 300 works in a variety of styles. Unfortunately, his philandering lifestyle led to his untimely demise. Monsieur Dukas is perhaps best known for The Sorcerer’s Apprentice. He taught at the Paris Conservatoire and was also a music critic. Vladimir Samoylovich Horowitz married conductor Arturo Toscanini’s daughter Wanda. Horowitz is widely considered one of the greatest pianists of the 20th century.

Photo: Paul Dukas, Unknown Author, Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons

Friday, September 30, 2022

On September 30 we observe the birthdays of Norwegian composer Johan Svendsen (1840-1911), Czech conductor Václav Smetáček (1906-1986), Irish composer Sir Charles Stanford (1852-1924), and Soviet violinist David Oistrakh (1908-1974).

Johan Svendsen wrote several symphonies and string quartets. Maestro Smetáček conducted the Prague Symphony Orchestra. Stanford was one of the first professors on the staff of the Royal College of Music. David Oistrakh was one of the 20th century’s foremost violinists.

Photo: Sr Charles Villiers Stanford, Bassano Ltd., Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons

Thursday, September 29, 2022

This evening the Thursday Night Opera House presents Ernest Chausson’s Le Roi Arthus (King Arthur). This is an amazing retelling of the Arthurian legend complete with Lancelot (Winbergh), Guinevere (Żylis-Gara), and Merlin the wizard (Cachemaille).

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

On September 29 we observe the birthdays of German composers Vincent Lubeck (1654-1740) and Johann Gottlieb Schicht (1753-1823), Czech conductor Vaclav Neumann (1920-1995), and Australian conductor Richard Bonynge (1930-).

Herr Lubeck was one of the foremost organists of his time. Herr Schicht was cantor of the Thomanchor, the same position held by Johann Sebastian Bach a century before. Maestro Neumann was music director of the Czech Philharmonic from 1968-1990. Maestro Bonynge is the widower of Dame Joan Sutherland. He conducted virtually all of his wife’s performances.

Photo: Vincent Lubeck, Unknown Author, Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons

Wednesday, September 28, 2022

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On September 28 we observe the birthday of Russian violinist Alina Ibragimova (1985-).

Ms. Ibragimova was born in Russia. She has lived in England since her father took a position with the London Symphony Orchestra. She studied at the Royal College of Music. Since then she has appeared with orchestras worldwide.

Photo: Sussie Ahlberg


Tuesday, September 27, 2022

For more than 44 years, The Classical Station has depended upon the support of listeners and volunteers to share Great Classical Music with everyone. Classical music is so much more than just music… It’s a community. It’s a unique, vital, and powerful art. And the power of the music is reflected in the power of The Classical Station. This station is also a community, created and sustained by you and your love of this music. But love alone isn’t enough to keep the music playing. We need your love,  but we also need your financial support.

Please show your love of music by giving online today at, on our app, or by calling 800-556-5178 anytime. Thank you! Don’t forget to take a Thank You Gift!

On September 27 we observe the birthdays of American harpsichordist Igor Kipnis (1930-2002), American pianist Misha Dichter (1945-), and Russian conductor Dmitri Sitkovetsky (1954-).

One of the great harpsichordists of the 20th century, Dr. Kipnis gave recitals worldwide. Misha Dichter made his concert debut with Leonard Bernstein and the New York Philharmonic Orchestra in 1968. Dmitri Sitkovetsky is the son of pianist Bella Davidovich. He has conducted most major orchestras at some point in his career, and currently is the Music Director of the Greensboro Symphony Orchestra.

Photo: John Walsh

Monday, September 26, 2022

This evening Monday Night at the Symphony features the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, which performed its first concert on December 19, 1887. On our program is music by Aaron Copland, George Whitefield Chadwick, and Emmanuel Chabrier, in performances conducted by music director laureate Leonard Slatkin, Neeme Jarvi, and Antal Dorati.

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On September 26 we observe the birthdays of Swiss-French pianist Alfred Cortot (1877-1962), French conductor Charles Munch (1891-1968), American composer George Gershwin (1898-1937), and American composer and musicologist William Levi Dawson (1899-1990)..

Monsieur Cortot was considered one of the finest interpreters of the music of Chopin in his time. He made the first electrical recording of Chopin in 1925. Charles Munch was Music Director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra from 1949 to 1962. Many American composers studied with Nadia Boulanger in Paris. Mlle. Boulanger refused George Gershwin as a student. Shortly thereafter, he wrote Porgy and Bess. One last historical morsel about the great Gershwin: “Gershwin asked to study with Ravel. When Ravel heard how much Gershwin earned, Ravel replied with words to the effect of, ‘You should give me lessons.’” William Levi Dawson was a member of the music faculty at the Tuskegee Institute from 1931-1956. His Negro Folk Symphony (1934) had its world premiere by the Philadelphia Orchestra under Leopold Stokowski.

Photo: Drawing of William L. Dawson by Aaron Douglas, Tuskegee University Archives, Fair Use