This Week At The Classical Station

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This Week At The Classical Station

by Rob Kennedy

Sunday, November 13, 2022

This evening the London Haydn Quartet opens Preview! with the String Quartet No. 1 in G major by Josef Haydn. Caleb Gardner speaks with Scottish guitarist Sean Shibe about his recording Lost And Found.

Preview! brings you the best in new classical recordings and arts news every Sunday at 6 p.m. Eastern

Composer John Rutter is our guest on the November edition of My Life In Music. My Life In Music is made possible by our listeners and by The Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle. For information about the Chamber Orchestra’s November concert—A Soldier’s Tale—visit their website.

John talks about his early years as a musician, his collaboration on Carols for Choirs with Sir David Willcocks, and his approach to composing choral music. The program includes several of John’s compositions: Deep River from Feel the Spirit, The Shepherd’s Pipe Carol, The Lord bless you and keep you, The Lord is my Shepherd, and This is the day.

Join Rob Kennedy for My Life In Music at 5 p.m. Eastern.

This morning Great Sacred Music includes music sung by the Gesualdo Six, Magnificat, and the St. Ephraim Byzantine Male Choir. Also on the playlist is music by Johann Sebastian Bach, Joseph-Guy Ropartz, and  Sigurdur Saevarsson.

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

On November 13 we observe the birthdays of German composer Friedrich Wilhelm Zachow (1663-1712) and American composer George Whitfield Chadwick (1854-1931).

Herr Zachow was George Frederic Handel’s first teacher. Chadwick was one of a group of composers known as The Boston Six. The others in the group were Amy Beach, Arthur Foote, Edward MacDowell, John Knowles Paine, and Horatio Parker.

Photo: George Whitfield Chadwick, Unknown Author, Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons


Saturday, November 12, 2022

Did you become a Sustaining Member of The Classical Station during our recent Fall Membership Drive? If you did, thank you! You are enjoying convenient, automatic, ongoing monthly contributions which you can change or stop at any time! Becoming a Sustaining Member is an easy way to increase the power of your support and put more of your dollars into the great classical music you depend on.

As a Sustaining Member, you will:

  • Enjoy uninterrupted membership status at The Classical Station.
  • Save us money spent on postage, paper, and administrative costs.
  • Utilize an eco-friendly payment option that allows us to cut down on renewal mailings.
  • Provide The Classical Station with a steady and reliable stream of income which allows us to plan for a sustainable future.

Here’s how a Sustaining Membership works: Your monthly contribution is deducted automatically from the account of your choice on the same day each month until you tell us to stop. You can make changes or cancel your Sustaining Membership at any time.

To become a Sustaining Member, visit our Donation Page. Or call 800-556-5178 anytime. A member of staff will be happy to take down your information and instructions, as well as answer any questions you may have. Don’t forget to take a Thank You Gift or designate 10% of your Sustaining Membership to the Education Fund if you prefer. Thank you for being a Sustaining Member!

On November 12 we observe the birthdays of Russian composer Alexander Borodin (1833-1887) and French Canadian composer and teacher Jean Papineau-Couture (1916-2000).

Educated as a chemist and a doctor, Alexander Porfiryevich Borodin studied composition with Mily Balakirev. While music was Borodin’s secondary vocation, he did manage to find time to write several operas and symphonies, as well as dozens of works in various forms. Montreal native Jean Papineau-Couture graduated from the New England Conservatory of Music. He also studied with Nadia Boulanger. He was on the faculty of the Conservatoire de Musique du Québec à Montréal from 1946-1962.

Photo: Alexander Borodin, Unknown Author, Public Domain, Wikipedia.org


Friday, November 11, 2022

Today we honor all who have served our country in the armed forces. We thank them for their sacrifices. Throughout the day, we will be playing familiar American compositions and patriotic music requested by our listeners in honor of their loved ones who have served our country.  As the Veterans Affairs Department of the federal government states, Veterans Day is “A celebration to honor America’s veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good.”

The staff and volunteers of The Classical Station honor all of our veterans. We salute you. We thank you for your service.

On November 11 we observe the birthdays of English conductor Vernon Handley and Swiss conductor Ernest Ansermet.

Vernon Handley was not a flashy, jet-set conductor. His modest gestures on the podium were similar to those of his teacher, Sir Adrian Boult, who once was heard to remark, “Do remember, won’t you, that you are playing to the blind man in the audience.” And that’s how my old conducting teacher at the Royal College of Music was. Vernon Handley was all about the music. Period. Can you imagine being able to collaborate with composers such as Debussy, Ravel, and Stravinsky? Well, Ernest Ansermet did, and his interpretations of their music showed his deep understanding of what he was performing. He also founded Orchestre de la Suisse Romande in 1918.

Photo: Vernon Handley, Unknown Author, English Symphony Orchestra, Fair Use


Thursday, November 10, 2022

This evening the Thursday Night Opera House presents Richard Wagner’s The Flying Dutchman. Every seven years, the Flying Dutchman, condemned to roam the sea for defiling God, is cast ashore to seek redemption. Only the love of a woman willing to sacrifice her life for him can release him from his curse.

The curtain goes up at 7 p.m. Eastern.

On November 10 we observe the birthdays of French composer François Couperin (1668-1733), Italian composer Ennio Morricone (1928-), and Swiss conductor and composer Michel Tabachnik (1942-).

French baroque composer Couperin left us approximately 100 works for keyboard, organ, choir, and strings. Academy Award-winning composer Ennio Morricone has over 70 film scores to his credit. Tabachnik is music director of Noord Nederlands Orkest and the Brussels Philharmonic Orchestra.

Photo: Enrico Morricone, George Biard, CC by SA 3.0, Wikimedia Commons


Wednesday, November 9, 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. This amount is what you can claim on your itemized tax return. Thank you for your support!

Photo: IFCAR, Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons

As you know, we are very proud of being listener-supported. During the recent Fall Fund Drive, you showed us a tremendous outpouring of support. Thank you for that!

We have also been volunteer-powered since 1978. Our volunteers do everything from answering phones to announcing . Yes, we are extremely fortunate to have over 30 amazing people who host Concert Hall and Music In The Night on weekdays and Weekend Classics on the weekends. If you think you have “The Voice” and know classical music, why don’t you record this paragraph on your smartphone and email it to Dick Storck, our Program Director? Dick trains our announcers, and he’s always on the lookout for people to fill a shift, especially when somebody calls in sick at the last minute!

Besides sharing your love of classical music with listeners worldwide, you will learn how to write your own scripts and produce the shift you are covering. It’s great fun and fascinating! When I began announcing on Music In The Night in July 1999, I knew nothing about announcing. Nada! Dick trained me, mentored me, and 23 years later I still get a rush every time I open the microphone on Great Sacred Music.

On November 9 we observe the birthdays of Czech pianist Ivan Moravec (1930-2015), German bass-baritone Thomas Quasthoff (1959-), Welsh bass Bryn Terfel (1965-), and Uruguayan-born American composer Sergio Cervetti (1941-).

Ivan Moravec enjoyed a fifty-year recital career. Grammy award-winning singer Thomas Quasthoff studied law and worked as a radio announcer early in his career. Bryn Terfel Jones has enjoyed a distinguished career performing in opera houses around the world. Señor Cervetti composes in a variety of forms. His music is often influenced by folk music.

Photo: Bryn Terfel, Frankie Fouganthin, CC by SA 4.0, Wikimedia Commons


Tuesday, November 8, 2022

It’s the time of year when the holiday season is about to begin. Food stores stock frozen turkeys, holiday recipes appear online, and Christmas music starts early. Here at The Classical Station we’ve just finished our Fall Fund Drive. To all of you who are members of this family of classical music lovers and have donated or increased your Sustaining Membership, a sincere and hearty Thank You!

Now, If you aren’t yet a member and would like to change that, it’s very easy to do. Give securely online or via our app. Since we always have a live announcer on duty, feel free to call anytime. 800-556-5178. Oh, and don’t forget to look over our Thank You Gifts. They make great holiday gifts.

Photo: Dale Marie Muller, Roberts Montana

On November 8 we observe the birthdays of English composer Sir Arnold Bax (1883-1953), English violinist Simon Standage (1941-), and Croatian classical guitarist Ana Vidovic (1980-).

Sir Arnold Edward Trevor Bax was appointed Master of the King’s Musick in 1942. He wrote three ballets and eight symphonies amongst dozens of compositions in a variety of forms. Simon Standage is best known for his performances on baroque instruments. He has been Professor of Baroque Violin at the Royal Academy of Music since 1983. Ms. Vidovic is a graduate of the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore.

Photo: Ms. Vidovic by David Roy Duenias


Monday, November 7, 2022

This evening, Monday Night at the Symphony features the Dresden State Orchestra which was founded in 1548. Our program includes music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Johannes Brahms, and Robert Schumann in performances conducted by Bernard Haitink, Conductor Laureate Herbert Blomstedt, and current Principal Conductor Christian Thielmann.

Tell your smart speaker to “Play The Classical Station” this evening at 8 p.m. Eastern.
Photo: Matthias-Creutziger

Composer John Rutter is our guest on the November edition of My Life In Music. My Life In Music is made possible by our listeners and by The Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle. For information about the Chamber Orchestra’s November concert—A Soldier’s Tale—visit their website.

John talks about his early years as a musician, his collaboration on Carols for Choirs with Sir David Willcocks, and his approach to composing choral music. The program includes several of John’s compositions: Deep River from Feel the Spirit, The Shepherd’s Pipe Carol, The Lord bless you and keep you, The Lord is my Shepherd, and This is the day. Join Rob Kennedy for My Life In Music at 7 p.m. Eastern.

On November 7 we observe the birthdays of English composers Henry Balfour Gardiner (1870-1950) and William Alwyn (1905-1985), Australian soprano Dame Joan Sutherland (1926-2010), and French pianist Hélène Grimaud (1969-).

Gardiner is remembered for his Evening Hymn, a work still performed by choirs. He was the great uncle of Sir John Eliot Gardiner. Alwyn was known for his film scores of which he wrote over 70. Dame Joan, or La Stupenda as an Italian opera audience once dubbed her, was one of the greatest dramatic sopranos of the late 20th century. Ms. Grimaud has over 20 recordings to her credit. She also studies and raises wolves.

Photo: Dame Joan Sutherland, Alan Warren, CC BY-SA 3.0, Wikimedia Commons