This Week At The Classical Station

“Fall Colors in the Poconos” Photo by Dale Marie Muller, Roberts, Montana

This Week At The Classical Station

by Rob Kennedy

Sunday, October 23, 2022

Day 3 of Fall Fund Drive

On Great Sacred Music this morning Chuck Till and Mark Schreiner will join Rob Kennedy to ask for your support of The Classical Station. If you have been an anonymous listener of The Classical Station, we’d love for you to become a Sustaining Member. Call 800-556-5178.

Don’t forget to choose a Thank You Gift. We have Sir John Eliot Gardiner’s new recording of Johann Sebastian Bach’s St. John Passion which can be yours for a Sustaining Membership of $15 per month. And a Christmas recording, In The Bleak Midwinter, a recent release featuring Daniel Hyde and the Choir of King’s College, Cambridge, which can be yours for a Sustaining Membership of $10 per month.

Great Sacred Music begins at 8 a.m. Eastern following Sing For Joy.

On October 23 we observe the birthdays of German composer Albert Lortzing (1801-1851), Russian composer Alexander Archangelsky (1845-1924), and American composer Ned Rorem (1923-).

Herr Lortzing is best known as a composer of comic operas. Alexander Archangelsky led the revival of Russian choral music in the late 1800s. Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Ned Rorem has composed hundreds of works in a variety of forms. He has written sacred choral music, several symphonies, and dozens of songs. Happy 98th birthday, Ned Rorem!

Photo: Alexander Archangelsky, Unknown Author, Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons

Saturday, October 22, 2022

Day 2 of Fall Fund Drive 2022

Yesterday you helped us raise $53,000! That’s a terrific start to our Fall Fund Drive. We’re going to be low-key with our on-air fund raising today. We know you want to hear our Great Classical Music, but not a lot of fund drive talk. So, here’s the deal: we still need you to support The Classical Station. Please go to our Donate page, decide how much this beautiful music means to you, become a Sustaining Member, and select a Thank You Gift. If you need help or have questions, don’t hesitate to call us. 800-556-51-78. We always have a live announcer on duty.

Some of you have asked whether we’re having the Saturday Evening Request Program later today. We are! The playlist is up. Haydn Jones will be along to host. We’ve included an hour of Caleb Gardner’s Film Today for you to enjoy, in case you missed it when it aired on Preview! earlier this month.

Have a wonderful, safe Saturday! Thanks for your support!

On October 22 we observe the birthday of Hungarian composer, pianist, and Franciscan tertiary Franz Liszt (1811-1886).

Mere superlatives are not sufficient to describe Liszt’s virtuoso piano and organ performances. By all accounts he was extraordinary. Friend of composers Saint-Saëns, Chopin, and Debussy, Liszt himself composed over 750 works during his lifetime.

Photo: Felix Nadar, Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons

Friday, October 21, 2022

Day 1 of Fall Fund Drive 2022

Today is the first day of our Fall Fund Drive. You make the great classical music we broadcast in Central North Carolina and stream worldwide possible with your financial support. Thank you!

We receive no tax dollars, and no funds from a university or foundation. It’s listeners like you and me who have been bringing the classical music we love so much for over forty years. If you have been listening and never sent us a dollar,  why not give us a call at 800-556-5178. Donate at the level that works for you. $5 a month, $10 a month, whatever YOU decide. We’d love to welcome you into our family of classical music lovers.

To encourage you to give us a call, we have an Early-Bird Special Thank You CD, Bernstein Conducts Tchaikovsky. This makes a great gift for anyone who loves the drama, beauty, and passion of the great Russian composer.  This 5 CD set released in 2020 on the Sony Classics label has all six of Tchaikovsky’s magnificent symphonies in thrilling performances by Leonard Bernstein and the New York Philharmonic.

Ask for Bernstein Conducts Tchaikovsky with your Sustaining Membership of $10 per month in support of Great Classical Music. This offer is in effect only until 1 p.m. today, October 22, or while supplies last. So don’t delay! Call now and get yours.

On October 21 we observe the birthdays of French composer Joseph Canteloube (1879-1957), English composer Sir Malcolm Arnold (1921-2006), and Hungarian-born British conductor Sir Georg Solti (1912-1997).

Marie-Joseph Canteloube de Malaret was a musicologist as well as a composer. He is best known for his arrangements of the folk music of the Auvergne region of France. Despite a rather troubled personal life, Sir Malcolm Arnold composed in a variety of forms. He wrote over one hundred film scores. Widely considered one of the great conductors of the 20th century, Maestro Solti was music director of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra for twenty years.

Photo: Joseph Canteloube, Unknown Author, Public Domain, Wikimedia

Thursday, October 20, 2022

This evening the Thursday Night Opera House presents Giuseppe Verdi’s Un Ballo In Maschera (The Masked Ball). Riccardo (Bergonzi), the governor of Boston, is throwing a masked ball. Riccardo is in love with Amelia (Nilsson), but Amelia is married to Riccardo’s friend, Renato (MacNeil).  This opera broadcast comes from the archives of the late Al Ruocchio.

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

On October 20 we observe the birthday of American composer Charles Ives (1874-1954).

While Charles Ives’ music was largely ignored during his lifetime, he came to be regarded as an American original because of his experimentations with avante garde styles of composition.

Photo: Unknown Author, Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons

Wednesday, October 19, 2022

Conductor William Henry Curry has had a long and distinguished career as a conductor, composer, and teacher. Listen to him chat about his early years, musical training, and mentors who shaped his career.

On October 19 we observe the birthday of Russian pianist Emil Grigoryevich Gilels (1916-1985). Widely considered one of the great pianists of the 20th century, Gilels gave his first public piano recital at the age of 12.

Photo: Unknown Author, Fair Use, Alchetron


Tuesday, October 18, 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 everywhere. Keep this unique classical music service going strong by giving online today or by calling 800-556-5178 anytime. Thank you!

On October 18 we observe the birthdays of Spanish guitarist and composer Miguel Llobet (1878-1938) and American trumpeter and composer Wynton Marsalis (1961-).

Señor Llobet was a virtuoso performer who studied with Francisco Tárrega. Wynton Marsalis won the Pulitzer Prize in 1997 for his oratorio Blood on the Fields. He is the Director of Jazz Studies at The Julliard School and the Managing and Artistic Director of Jazz at Lincoln Center.

Photo: Wynton Marsalis, Eric Delmar, Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons


Monday, October 17, 2022

Have you sent in your Silent Pledge? As you know, our Fall Fund Drive begins this Friday. But you don’t have to wait until the Drive begins to make your gift to The Classical Station. We call that a Silent Pledge because you make it on your own outside of the active on-air fund drive hours when Dan, Emily, Nick, Naomi, Dick, and Caleb will be appealing for your support. Silent Pledges actually allow us to reduce the on-air portion of the Drive by several hours each day.

Make your Silent Pledge now securely via this website, our app, or call 800-556-5178 anytime. Thank you for your support of the beautiful classical music you love.

This evening, Monday Night at the Symphony showcases the artistry and work of another famous American orchestra as it features the Pittsburgh Symphony which was founded in 1895. Our program includes music by Jean Sibelius, Erich Wolfgang Korngold, Alexander Borodin, and Ludwig van Beethoven, in performances conducted by William Steinberg, Andre Previn, Lorin Maazel, and current Music Director, Manfred Horneck. The Daily Playlist has details of the recordings aired.

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

(c) Daphne Boden
Supplied by The Public Catalogue Foundation

On October 17 we observe the birthdays of Italian composer Domenico Zipoli (1688-1726), French composer Henri Mulet (1878-1967), Polish composer Tadeusz Paciorkiewicz (1916-1998), English composer Herbert Howells (1892-1983), and American pianist Stephen Bishop Koyacevich (1940-).

A Jesuit priest, Signor Zipoli emigrated to South America where he composed and taught music to the locals. A student of Guilmant and Widor, Monsieur Mulet wrote several organ works which remain staples of the repertoire. Tadeusz Paciorkiewicz was a 20th-century composer who stuck to his own conservative style of composing as opposed to following the avant-garde style which was all the rage back then. Herbert Howells is perhaps best known for his choral music written for the Anglican Church in England. Stephen Bishop Koyacevich, now known simply as Stephen Koyacevich, has enjoyed a career as both piano soloist and conductor.