This Week At The Classical Station
by Rob Kennedy
by Rob Kennedy
Sunday, October 30, 2022
Day 10 of Fall Fund Drive
On Day 10 of our Fall 2022 Membership Drive we are asking those listeners who have never donated to The Classical Station to join our family of classical music lovers. Yes, we know that you can hear the same music on Spotify or iTunes. What those streaming services don’t have is a friendly, live announcer introducing the music, setting the scene if you will. That’s one of the things which makes this radio station unique. The other thing is that we have been volunteer-powered and listener-supported since 1978.
So, please become a Sustaining Member today and help us reach our Fund Drive target. Click a gift to us via our app or this website. Or call 800-556-5178 anytime. Thank you for your support.
This morning Joyce Kidd and Peggy Powell will be on air with Rob Kennedy during Great Sacred Music asking for your support of The Classical Station.
We have a special Thank You Gift for lovers of choral music, Johann Sebastian Bach’s St. John Passion featuring Sir John Eliot Gardiner, his Monteverdi Choir, and English Baroque Soloists with four splendid young soloists. This can be yours as a Thank You Gift for your donation of $15 per month or a one-time gift of $180. Click a gift to us online or call 800-556-5178 anytime.
Photo: Courtesy Deutsche Grammophon
We know Philip Heseltine by his pseudonym, Peter Warlock. While he wrote over 150 compositions, Warlock’s Capriol Suite is his most familiar work to 21st-century listeners. Besides being an authority on 18th-century music, Franz Brüggen was a virtuoso recorder and baroque flute player. Shlomo Mintz gives recitals and appears with orchestras and chamber groups worldwide.
Photo: Philip Heseltine, Unknown Author, Fair Use, Wikimedia Commons
Saturday, October 29, 2022
Day 9 of Fall Fund Drive
As you have probably figured out, we are not like other businesses. The Classical Station’s business model relies almost exclusively on support from our listeners. And we never tell anybody how much to give. That’s entirely up to each listener. Can you imagine if you went to have your car serviced and when it was done, you asked what you owed and the service representative replied: “Pay whatever you like.” But that’s exactly how we operate here at The Classical Station. We operate on the honor system. You can listen to Mozart and Beethoven every day and not contribute a dollar to our operating expenses. Nobody will ever know. Or you can do what thousands of wonderful listeners do and become a Sustaining Member of the station with your gift of $10, $15, $20, or more per month. They support the great classical music they hear and love. Won’t you do the same? Please. Call 800-556-51-78 right now.
Thank you for your support.
On October 29 we observe the birthday of German pianist Michael Ponti (1937-2022). He was highly regarded for his copious recordings of obscure composers.
Photo: Charly Tandy/dpa
Friday, October 28, 2022
Day 8 of Fall Fund Drive
On Day 8 of our Fall 2021 Membership Drive, we still have a ways to go. Honestly, all of us are humbled by your generosity during this Fund Drive. We know that these are tough times for everybody. But, once more, you have shown us how much you value our classical music programming. So, think about what our classical music means to you, then give us a call at 800-556-5178, and help us get to 80% of our goal today.
Are you at a time in your life when you can be a Patron of The Classical Station? Then a gift of $100 per month will make that designation happen. Can you contribute a major gift like our Friends in Greensboro are doing today? Their Angel Match of $25,000 has a major impact on our fundraising. Ten years ago we had to replace the guy wires on our 1200-foot tower. The old guy wires were at the end of their usable life. Replacement entailed a capital expenditure of more than $500,000. Where was that kind of money going to come from? Well, we shouldn’t have worried because several major gifts and hundreds of smaller ones covered that enormous expense in a matter of weeks.
You have always been there for us, giving whatever amount you feel you can. So, if a major gift is something you’re thinking about, give us a call to work out the details. 800-556-5178. Tell the person who answers the phone that you want to make a major gift.
On October 28 we observe the birthday of American composer Howard Hanson (1896-1981).
The winner of a Pulitzer Prize for his Symphony No. 4, he was Director of the Eastman School of Music for 40 years.
Photo: Unknown Author, Northwestern University Collection, Fair Use
Thursday, October 27, 2022
Day 7 of Fall Fund Drive
On Day 7 of our Fall 2022 Membership Drive we are very humbled by your generous response. What’s becoming clear to all of us at The Classical Station is how much you value the beautiful music we play 24/7. No news. No commercials. We are very proud of being your refuge, your oasis, a place of calm. As a result, we are at 44% of our target. With your help, we can do this.
During our fund drives, we try to keep our on-air appeals for your support to a minimum. We want to listen to the music as much as you do. You can help us get to our goal by doing two things: become a Sustaining Member today at whatever level you decide. Or increase your Sustaining Membership by $5 or $10. And, secondly, by telling your friends and family about The Classical Station. Doesn’t matter where they live. They can listen on our app or via the website. Today we are looking to add another $50,000. Thanks for your support!
Join Thursday Night Opera House host Jay Pierson and Eric Mitchko for a special Fall 2022 Fund Drive edition. They’ll be playing arias, choruses, and ensembles from the station’s vast library of opera recordings while asking for your new or continuing financial support.
We have a goal of $15,000 to raise between 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. this evening. What part can you help with? We receive no funding from a national radio association, no support from a university, no tax dollars. And we have no endowment. We do this one listener at a time and have done so since 1978. We’re one of the few stations which broadcast full-length operas every week.
Your Sustaining Membership will keep grand opera coming to you here on The Classical Station. Do you have a grandchild or cousin who sings? Please let them know about the Thursday Night Opera House. It’s one of the very few places where they can hear the world’s greatest opera stars each week.
Thank you for your support!
On October 27 we observe the birthday of Italian violinist and composer Niccolò Paganini (1782-1840). Besides composing over 130 works, Signor Paganini was one of the greatest violin virtuosi of all time. He commissioned Harold in Italy from French composer Hector Berlioz.
Wednesday, October 26, 2022
Day 6 of Fall Fund Drive
On Day 6 of our Fall 2022 Membership Drive we are very humbled by your generous response. Support from listeners here in Central North Carolina, nationwide, and from abroad, has been very gratifying. As a result, we are at 40% of our target. With your help, we can do this.
Today we are looking to add another $50,000. That’s a lot of money for sure, but how about this as a path to that target? When 100 listeners donate $15 per month as Sustaining Members AND their gift is matched by a friendly Angel AND their employer has a matching gift program, that original $15 per month donation becomes $45 per month. Annualize that $45 per month and you get $540. Multiply that by 85 listeners and voila! $50,000 is very doable.
We have been listener-supported and volunteer-powered since 1978. We have always raised our operating funds one gift at a time. Your gift combined with thousands of other gifts keeps the classical music playing here on The Classical Station.
Maybe $15 per month doesn’t work for you. You decide what you want to give to keep the classical music you love so much coming to you. Maybe you are at a point in your life where a gift of $100 per month is doable. Then do it. Remember that you can call us anytime and a live member of staff will take your information down securely. 800-556-5178. Or donate securely online. Or pop a check in the mail to The Classical Station, P.O. Box 828, Wake Forest, North Carolina 27588. Thank you for your support!
On October 26 we observe the birthday of the Italian composer Domenico Scarlatti (1685-1757).
Scarlatti was born in the same year as two other Baroque-era composers, Johann Sebastian Bach and Georg Frideric Handel. He is remembered today as the composer of over 500 keyboard sonatas, although he wrote music in a variety of other forms.
Painting: Domingo Antonio Velasco (1738), Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons
Tuesday, October 25, 2022
On Day 5 of our Fall 2022 Membership Drive, we thank you so much for your contributions and for spreading the word about this special classical music radio station.
As you know, we are not like other businesses. Our business model relies almost exclusively on support from our listeners. And we never tell anybody how much to give. That’s entirely up to each listener. Can you imagine if I went into my dry cleaners to pick up my slacks and when I asked how much that was, the owner replied: “Pay whatever you like.” But that’s exactly how we operate here at The Classical Station. We operate on the honor system. You can listen and not contribute a dollar to our operating expenses. Nobody will ever know. Or you can do what thousands of wonderful listeners do and become a Sustaining Member of The Classical Station with your gift of $10, $15, $20, or more per month. They support the great classical music they hear and love. Won’t you do the same? Call 800-556-51-78 and tell the volunteer who answers the phone that you want to become a Sustaining Member of The Classical Station.
Our goal today is $50,000. What part of that can you help with? 277 listeners each donating $15 per month will do it. Of course, there are hundreds of combinations. What’s important is that you become a Sustaining Member today and keep the music of Mozart, Bach, and Beethoven coming to you. Give us a call at 800-556-5178. Thank you for your support.
On October 25 we observe the birthdays of Austrian composer Johann Strauss II (1825-1899), French composer Georges Bizet (1838-1975), Russian-born American composer Alexander Gretchaninov (1884-1956), and Japanese-born American violinist Midori Goto (1971-).
Herr Strauss composed over 500 waltzes, polkas, and other dances. Monsieur Bizet was only thirty-six when he died. He did not live to see his opera Carmen become a success. Largely ignored during his lifetime, Bizet made his living transcribing and arranging the music of other composers. Alexander Tikhonovich Gretchaninov emigrated to the U.S. at the age of 75. He wrote five symphonies as well as music in other forms. Besides being a concert performer and recording artist, Midori is the Distinguished Professor and Jascha Heifetz Chair at the University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music.
Monday, October 24, 2022
Day 4 of Fall Fund Drive
So far you have helped us raise $99,000 of our $500,000 goal. Thank you so much to everyone who has gone online or called 800-556-5178 to contribute. You will hear the announcers mention that an Angel Match is in effect. Please take advantage of those Angel Matches because they will double your gift. If you have been listening for a while and enjoy our programming, but haven’t yet become a member because you assume that we have an endowment or that your gift is too small, that’s not true! We don’t have an endowment. and we’d be thrilled with a gift in any amount. We just want you to become part of our family of classical music lovers.
On October 24 we observe the birthdays of Italian baritone Tito Gobbi (1913-1989), English composer Elizabeth Poston (1905-1987), Italian composer Luciano Berio (1925-2003), and American fortepianist Malcolm Bilson(1935-).
Besides being an internationally acclaimed operatic baritone with a repertoire of over 100 roles, Gobbi was also a stage director of dozens of operatic productions. Ms. Poston wrote dozens of scores for radio and television shows. Signor Berio was a pioneer in composing electronic and experimental music. Professor Bilson teaches at Cornell University.
Photo: Elizabeth Poston, Unknown Author, Fair Use, Wikimedia Commons