This Week At The Classical Station

Photo: Dale Marie Muller, Roberts, Montana

This Week At The Classical Station

by Rob Kennedy

Sunday, December 4, 2022

This evening the Neave Trio begins Preview! with a performance of Johannes Brahms’ Piano Trio No. 1 in B, Op. 8. Caleb Gardner speaks with Carlos Miguel Prieto, Music Director Designate of the North Carolina Symphony.

Preview! brings you the latest releases and local arts news every Sunday at 6 p.m. Eastern.

This morning Great Sacred Music includes music for Advent sung by the Choir of York Minster, Apollo’s Fire, and The Sixteen. Also on the playlist is music by Johann Sebastian Bach, Marc-Antoine Charpentier, and Anthony Piccolo .

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

On December 4 we observe the birthdays of French composer André Campra (1660-1744) and Irish conductor and composer Sir Hamilton Harty (1879-1941).

Besides being the director of music at the cathedrals in Arles, Toulouse, and Notre Dame in Paris, Monsieur Campra wrote over fifteen operas in addition to three books of cantatas. Highly regarded as an accompanist, Sir Hamilton Harty conducted the Halle Orchestra from 1920 to 1933.

Photo: André Campra, Nicolas Edelinck after André Bouys (1656–1740), Public Domain; Sir Hamilton Harty, Unknown, Public Domain,

Saturday, December 3, 2022

On December 3 we observe the 83rd birthday of Uruguayan conductor and composer José Serebrier (1938-).

Señor Serebrier studied with Aaron Copland and Pierre Monteux. He has conducted most of the world’s great orchestras. He is also one of the most recorded conductors of his generation. You can listen to Maestro Serebrier chatting about his latest CD Last Tango Before Sunrise in a Preview! interview that we aired in 2020.

Photo: Clive Barda

Friday, December 2, 2022

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On December 2 we observe the birthdays of English conductor Sir John Barbirolli (1899-1970) and Greek-American soprano Maria Callas (1923-1977).

Sir John Barbirolli was born Giovanni Battista Barbirolli. He anglicized his first name during while in the army in WWI, as the drill sergeant had difficulty pronouncing his name. Sir John is regarded as one of the great 20th-century conductors. La Divina was one of the most well-known and influential opera singers of the 20th century. Leonard Bernstein called her “The Bible of Opera”.

Photos: Sir John Barbirolli/CC-BY-SA-3.0 on; Maria Callas/Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London, 1958

Thursday, December 1, 2022

This evening the Thursday Night Opera House presents Alfredo Catalani’s La Wally. Wally, sung by Eva Marton, is in love with Giuseppe, sung by José Francisco Araiza Andrade, the son of her father’s nemesis. The score is luxurious, influenced by Richard Wagner, and filled with expressive, dramatic melodies. The aria “Ebben? Ne andrò lontana” was featured throughout the successful French film Diva.

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

On December 1 we observe the 73rd birthday of Austrian pianist Rudolf Buchbinder (1946-).

Herr Buchbinder has recorded the complete keyboard works of Josef Haydn and all the Beethoven piano sonatas.

Photo: Marco Borggreve

Wednesday, November 30, 2022

Celebrate the special classical music lover in your life with a daily, weekly, or monthly announcement here on The Classical Station. With a Sustaining Membership of $100 per month, you can have a weekly on-air dedication. To find out more about day dedications and patron announcements on The Classical Station or to renew your announcement, contact Tanja Greaves at 919-556-5178.

On November 30 we observe the birthdays of French composer Charles-Valentin Alkan (1813-188) and Romanian pianist Radu Lupu (1945-2022).

Monsieur Alkan spent most of his life in Paris where his friends and colleagues were Franz Liszt and Frederic Chopin.  Although he won three prestigious piano competitions at the beginning of his career, Radu Lupu went on to be something of a recluse when it came to recording and concertizing.

Photos: 2012 photo of Radu Lupu in the Dome Hall, Hanover, Germany by Reinhold Möller on; engraving of Charles Valentin Alkan on

Tuesday, November 29, 2022

On Giving Tuesday 2022 please support The Classical Station. Many listeners have told us that they thought we received funding from a national radio association or that we had a large endowment. Well, the truth is that we don’t. We have always relied on the generosity of our listeners both here in North Carolina and around the world to support us financially.

Decide what our Great Classical Music means to you. Then give securely here on this website or on our app. Thank you from listener-supported, volunteer-powered WCPE, The Classical Station.

On November 29 we observe the birthday of Italian composer Gaetano Donizetti (1797-1848). Domenico Gaetano Maria Donizetti wrote approximately seventy operas including L’elisir d’amore, Don Pasquale, and Lucia di Lammermoor.

Portrait by Giuseppe Rillosi, Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons

Monday, November 28, 2022

This evening Monday Night at the Symphony features the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra which was founded in 1880.  On our program is music by Ludwig van Beethoven, Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, Antonin Dvorak, and Ralph Vaughan Williams, in performances conducted by Walter Susskind, Vladimir Golschmann, and Conductor Laureate Leonard Slatkin.

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

On November 28 we observe the birthdays of French composer Jean-Baptiste Lully (1632-1687), German composer Ferdinand Ries (1784-1838), Russian composer Anton Rubinstein (1829-1894), and Spanish guitarist Celin Romero (1936-).

Italian-born Jean-Baptiste Lully spent most of his professional life working for the King of France. Ries found time to compose eight symphonies while acting as Ludwig van Beethoven’s secretary and friend. Anton Grigorevich Rubinstein founded the Saint Petersburg Conservatory. A member of the celebrated Romero Guitar Quartet, Señor Romero is Professor of Music and Guitar at the University of California, San Diego.

Photo: Portrait of Anton Rubenstein, Ilya Repin, Public Domain, WikiArt