This Week at The Classical Station

Photo: “Marsh Splendor” by James Melvin from our Virtual Art Exhibit

This Week at The Classical Station

by Rob Kennedy

Sunday, May 26, 2024

On the eve of Memorial Day, Peaceful Reflections includes a performance of Howard Hanson’s Song of Democracy and Franz List’s Requiem.

Tom Hayakawa is your host for three hours of choral, instrumental, and organ music beginning at 9 p.m. Eastern. Right after Preview!

This evening, pianist Michael Clark opens Preview! with a performance of Florence Clark’s Pensive Mood from his recording entitled Waltzes and Character Pieces of Florence Price released earlier this year on the navona label. Pianist Natalya Pasichnyk talks about her cording Rethinking The Well-Tempered Clavier.

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

This morning, Great Sacred Music offers a celebration of Trinity Sunday with performances by the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra and Choir, The Vienna Boys Choir, and Masaaki Suzuki. Also on the program are works by Muzio Clementi, Robert Moran, J. S. Bach, and many more. Our featured work is Mozart’s Coronation Mass.

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

On May 26 we observe the birthdays of Lithuanian-born French pianist Vlado Perlemuter (1904-2002), English conductor Sir Eugene Gossens (1893-1962), American composer William Bolcom (1938-), and French guitarist Thibaut Garcia (1994-).

Vlado Perlemuter was renowned for his interpretation of the music of Maurice Ravel. Sir Eugene Aynsley Goossens came from a long line of distinguished musicians. William Bolcom won a Pulitzer Prize in 1988 for his composition 12 New Etudes for Piano. Thibaut Garcia is in the vanguard of the new generation of classical guitarists. Winner of numerous competitions, his first album Leyendas was released in 2016.

Photo: Thibaut Garcia by Luis Castilla


Saturday, May 25, 2024

The Metropolitan Opera’s 2023-24 season of Saturday matinee broadcasts continues with Puccini’s La Fanciulla del West, “The Girl of the Golden West,” an American story of risk, romance, and redemption – with all the passion of Italian opera. This performance from 2018 stars soprano Eva-Maria Westbroek as Minnie, the “girl” of everyone’s dreams, who keeps a saloon in California’s gold-rush hills. Tenor Jonas Kaufmann is Johnson, the mysterious outlaw who sweeps her off her feet, and Željko Lučić is the sheriff Jack Rance, who wants Minnie for himself. Marco Armiliato conducted Puccini’s cinematic score.

The curtain goes up at 1 p.m. Eastern. Tell your smart device to “Play The Classical Station.”

On May 25 we observe the birthday of American concert organist Diane Bish (1941-).

Diane is host and executive producer of The Joy of Music. She has filmed the show in most of the world’s great churches, showcasing their magnificent organs on every program. You can hear Diane talk about her life and career as a concert organist in an interview we did with her on My Life In Music in March 2019. Happy 83rd birthday, Diane!

Photo: Roni Ely


Friday, May 24, 2024

The Classical Station presents
Giacomo Puccini’s La Fanciulla del West
Saturday, May 25, 1 p.m. Eastern

Whether you are traveling this weekend or staying home, The Classical Station is your companion. If you are on the road or in the air, please travel safely. And remember that our programming is as close as your smartphone or tablet. Our app not only plays the music you love with all your friendly hosts but it also contains What’s Playing, and This Week at The Classical Station.

The staff and volunteers of The Classical Station wish you a safe Memorial Day Weekend.

On May 24, we observe the birthdays of French conductor Paul Paray (1886-1979), Australian soprano Joan Hammond (1912-1996), and German flute and recorder player Hans-Martin Linde (1930-).

Maestro Paray was the conductor of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra from 1952-1963. Dame Joan Hilda Hood Hammond, DBE, CMG, was also a champion golfer. Besides being a virtuoso recorder and flute player Herr Linde has written several books on flute and recorder playing.

Photos: Paul Paray, Unknown Author, Alchetron, Fair Use; Joan Hammond, Unknown Author, Fair Use, Wikimedia Commons; Hans Martin Linde, Unknown Author, Fair Use.


Thursday, May 23, 2024

This evening, the Thursday Night Opera House presents Leo Delibes’ Lakmé. Lakmé is filled with beautiful and exotic music. Set in India, the plot revolves around the tragic love story between Lakmé (Dessay) and Gerald (Kunde). The score includes the enchanting and familiar Flower Duet and Bell Song. Michel Plasson conducts the Capitol Choir and Orchestra of  Toulouse.

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

On May 23 we observe the birthdays of German composer Ignaz Moscheles (1794-1870), Spanish pianist Alicia de Larrocha (1923-2009), and American pianist John Browning (1933-2003).

A prolific composer, Herr Moscheles spanned the Classical and Romantic periods of classical music. Alicia de Larrocha was one of the great 20th-century pianists. Samuel Barber wrote his Piano Concerto for John Browning who went on to win a Grammy for his recording of the work.

Photos: Ignaz Moscheles, Unknown Author, Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons; John Browning, Herbert Barrett Management,  Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons; Alicia de Larrocha, Generalitat de Catalunya, Departament de la Presidència, Wikimedia Commons


Wednesday, May 22, 2024

Rev up your generosity and make a difference with our sensational Car Donation Program! Get ready to ignite change and experience the thrill of transforming lives through your vehicle’s gift. Join us today and drive toward a brighter future, as every contribution fuels hope, empowers communities, and leaves tire tracks of compassion. Together, let’s hit the road to greatness and accelerate the impact of your generous spirit!

t’s as easy as filling out the online vehicle donation form or picking up a phone and speaking to a live Donor Support Representative.

If you have any questions just call one of our friendly Donor Support Representatives toll-free at 877-WCPE-872 (877-927-3872) seven days a week.

On May 22, we observe the birthday of German composer Richard Wagner (1813-1883). Herr Wagner transformed opera and influenced music and musicians substantively. Got a favorite piece by Wagner? Why not ask us to play it on All Request Friday or on the Saturday Evening Request Program? You can make your request online or on our app.

Photo: Richard Wagner, Franz Hanfstaengl, Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons

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Tuesday, May 21, 2024

On May 21 we observe the birthdays of Greek pianist Gina Bachauer (1913-1976), French trumpeter Maurice André (1933-2012), and Swiss oboist Heinz Holliger (1939-).

Ms. Bachauer was one of the great pianists of the 20th century. Maurice André made over 300 recordings and was known for his playing of the piccolo trumpet. In addition to being a very fine oboist, Heinz Holliger is a composer.

Photos: Gina Bachauer, Dimboukas, Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons; Maurice André, Unknown Author, Fair Use,  Asociacion Culturel Demusica; Heinz Holliger, YouTube.com, Fair Use


Monday, May 20, 2024

The Classical Station has an instrument donation program. Through this program we make donated instruments available to students in music education programs and non-profit organizations in North Carolina.

Over the last ten years, the Education Fund has awarded more than $80,000 in grants to numerous music education non-profits in North Carolina. In addition to grants that support music lessons, concerts, and scholarships, we hope that the instrument donation program will help even more students to realize their dreams of studying music. You can help to make their dreams come true and receive a tax receipt for your donation of an instrument.

Photo courtesy of North Carolina Chamber Music Institute

Gently used instruments in working condition, or with minor repairs needed, are being accepted. We are especially interested in trumpets, flutes, clarinets, French horns, trombones, violins, violas, cellos, and saxophones and accept other classical instruments for band or orchestra.

For more information about the Education Fund, or to inquire about donating your instrument, please contact Tanja Greaves at 919-556-5178. Arrangements for pickup will be made on a case-by-case basis.

This evening, Monday Night at the Symphony features the Finnish Symphony Orchestra, which was founded in 1927. The program includes music by Ludwig van Beethoven, Claude Debussy, Jean Sibelius and more conducted by Hannu Lintu, Jukka-Pekka Saraste, and Sakari Oramo.

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