This Week at The Classical Station

Painting: “Untitled” by Ray Martin From our Virtual Art Exhibit

This Week at The Classical Station

by Rob Kennedy

Sunday, April 28, 2024

Michael Clark opens Preview! this evening with a performance of Florence Price’s Impromptu No. 1. Benjamin Bertin talks about the music of Russian composer Nikolai Medtner.

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

This morning Great Sacred Music includes performances by the Cambridge Singers, Chanticleer, and the Academy of St Martin in the Fields. On the program are works by Alessandro Scarlatti, Bob Chilcott, Ralph Vaughan Williams, and many more. Our featured work is Tomás Luis de Victoria’s Missa O quam gloriosum.

Great Sacred Music. Sundays at 8 a.m. right after Sing for Joy. With host Mick Anderson.

On April 28 we observe the birthday of Israeli conductor Yoav Talmi (1943-). Maestro Talmi attended The Juilliard School and has been music director of several orchestras in the U.S., Canada, and Europe.


Saturday, April 27, 2024

The Metropolitan Opera’s 2023-24 season of Saturday matinée broadcasts continues with Terence Blanchard’s jazz-inflected drama Fire Shut Up in My Bones, in a performance from earlier this month. Bass-baritone Ryan Speedo Green stars as Charles, who grows up in a small town amidst hardship and trauma and comes to face a reckoning with his painful past. Soprano Latonia Moore is his mother Billie, who struggles to give her son a stable life, and soprano Brittany Renee personifies the voices that speak to Charles in moments of comfort and crisis. Evan Rogister conducts this gripping and lyrical opera, based on the best-selling memoir by columnist Charles M. Blow.

The performance begins at 1 p.m. Eastern.


Please note that Fire Shut Up in My Bones contains adult themes and language. In the pre-recorded broadcast, instances of profanity in the opera are muted and will not be audible to listeners. A verbal advisory is read several times during the broadcast by host Debra Lew Harder alerting listeners to the opera’s adult themes and language, and clarifying that certain words will not be audible.

On April 27 we observe the birthdays of German composer Friedrich von Flotow (1812-1883) and French-Canadian pianist Louis Lortie (1959-).

While Herr von Flotow wrote thirty operas, he is perhaps best known to modern audiences for his opera Martha. Besides appearing in venues worldwide and recording extensively, Monsieur Lortie is the Master in Residence at the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel in Waterloo, Belgium.

Photos: Friedrich von Flotow, Unknown Author, Gallica Digital Library, Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons; Louis Lortie by Elias Photography

Friday, April 26, 2024

The Metropolitan Opera presents
Terence Blanchard’s Fire Shut Up in My Bones
Saturday, April 27, 1 p.m. Eastern

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 beautiful music you love on 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. You also will receive a one-year subscription to our quarterly member magazine, Quarter Notes.

Photo: 1974 Ford Pinto, Pat M., Public Domain on

Thursday, April 25, 2024

Al Ruocchio 1937-2007

This evening, the Thursday Night Opera House presents George Bizet’s opera, Les Pêcheurs de Perles (The Pearl Fishers). Georges Bizet burst onto the colorful Parisian operatic scene with Les Pêcheurs de Perles in 1863, just a few months shy of his 25th birthday. It contains the most beautiful tenor and baritone duet in all the operatic repertoire, “Au fond du temple saint”. In the last act, two lovers are scheduled to be executed. How do they escape their plight?

This archival broadcast by the late Al Ruocchio begins at 7 p.m. Eastern. Tell your smart device to “Play The Classical Station.”

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Wednesday, April 24, 2024

If you work for or are retired from a company with a matching gift program, your contribution to WCPE The Classical Station can make twice the impact on the Great Classical Music you rely on and the programs you love! Your employer will match your gift dollar for dollar — some companies even double or triple the amount of your gift — at no cost to you! Both Sustaining and single contributions can be matched. See our Matching Gifts page to determine whether your employer has a matching gift program.

Thank you for your support.

On April 24 we observe the birthday of Australian guitarist John Williams (1941-). Winner of a GRAMMY Award with another prominent guitarist, Julian Bream, John Williams is widely considered to be one of the finest guitar players of his generation.

Photo: Unknown Author, Wikimedia Commons

Tuesday, April 23, 2024

Education FundThe Classical Station’s 2024 Education Fund Grant Application Process is now open! The deadline for applications is Tuesday, April 30, 2024. Last year, grants totalling $16,500 were awarded to seven outstanding organizations dedicated to providing classical music education to children in our community. The Classical Station’s Education Fund plays a vital role in supporting and enriching classical music education initiatives throughout our region. These grants are awarded to organizations that provide music lessons, scholarships, and instruments to deserving children who may otherwise not have access to these resources.

You can allocate 10% of your gift of any amount over $50 to the Education Fund. Thank you for your support.

On April 23 we observe the birthday of Italian composer Ruggero Leoncavallo (1857-1919). Although he composed 10 operas and 9 operettas, Signor Leoncavallo is best known to modern audiences for his opera Pagliacci.

Photo: Unknown Author, Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons

Monday, April 22, 2024

Sir Andrew Davis (1944-2024)
Photo by Dario Acosta

We were saddened to learn of the death yesterday of Sir Andrew Davis, one of our era’s greatest conductors. As the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation noted, “Davis was lauded on Sunday by orchestras he led on 3 continents”.  You can read an obituary here.

The Jewish holiday of Passover begins at sundown this evening. We will observe Passover with a special program featuring our own Greysolynne Hyman as narrator. Greysolynne explains Passover and introduces beautiful music sung by Western Wind and the Monteverdi Choir. The program begins at 6 p.m. Eastern.

Happy Pesach from the staff and volunteers of The Classical Station!

This evening, Monday Night at the Symphony features the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, which was founded in 1945. The program includes music by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, Ralph Vaughan Williams, and Johannes Brahms, conducted by Robert Shaw and Robert Spano.

The concert begins at 8 p.m. Eastern.

On April 22 we observe the birthdays of Italian composer Giuseppe Torelli (1658-1709), English composer Ethel Smyth (1858-1944), English contralto Kathleen Ferrier (1912-1953), American-born violinist and conductor Yehudi Menuhin (1916-1999), Finnish conductor Jukka-Pekka Saraste (1956-).

Although an accomplished violist and violinist, Signor Torelli is probably best remembered for his virtuoso trumpet concerti. A member of the women’s suffrage movement, Dame Ethel Smyth composed in a variety of genres. With an extensive repertoire from folk songs to opera, Kathleen Ferrier was one of the great singers of the 20th-century. Yehudi Menuhin was widely considered one of the greatest violinists of the 20th-century. Maestro Saraste has served as the conductor of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, the BBC Symphony Orchestra and the Oslo Philharmonic, among others.

Photos: Giuseppe Torelli, Unknown Author, Public Domain Art, Wikimedia Commons; Ethel Smyth, Unknown Author, Restoration by Adam Cuerden, George Grantham Bain collection at the Library of Congress, Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons; Kathleen Ferrier, Unknown Author,; Yehudi Menuhin, Unknown Author, Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons; Jukka-Pejja Saraste, Raimond Spekking, CC BY-SA 4.0, Wikimedia Commons