This Week At The Classical Station

Photo by Dale Marie Muller, Roberts, Montana

This Week At The Classical Station

by Rob Kennedy

Sunday, October 18, 2020

This evening on Preview! Thomas Dausgaard leads the Seattle Symphony Orchestra in music of Scriabin. Rob Kennedy speaks with counter-tenor Aryeh Nussbaum Cohen about his CD, Gluck, Handel & Vivaldi. Pianist Angela Hewett plays Beethoven and mezzo-soprano Elīna Garanča sings Elgar with Daniel Barenboim leading the Berlin State Orchestra.

Preview! brings you the best in new classical recordings each Sunday from 6 to 9 p.m. Eastern.

Photo: Aryeh Nussbaum Cohen/Dario Acosta

This evening on Wavelengths we’ll hear music for electric guitar and orchestra by Kenneth Fuchs. We’ll also hear works by Jonathan Leshnoff and Steve Reich. Wavelengths brings you the best in contemporary classical music every Sunday at 9 p.m. Eastern.

Photo: Kenneth Fuchs/Dario Acosta

This evening Renaissance Fare commemorates the exploration of America in 1492. On the program is music from the late 1300s through the fifteenth century. Much of the music from this period originated from Italy as well. On the program are performances by the Orlando Consort, the Purcell Consort of Voices, and the New London Consort.

Join George Douglas at 5:00 p.m.

This morning Great Sacred Music includes music sung by the Harvard University Choir, The Wartburg College Choir, and Ensemble Da Pacem. Also on the playlist is choral music by Johann Sebastian Bach, Annibale Padovano, and Richard Danielpour.

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

Photo: Richard Danielpour/Timothy Greenfield Sanders

On October 18 we observe the birthdays of Spanish guitarist and composer Miguel Llobet (1878-1938) and American trumpeter and composer Wynton Marsalis (1961-). Senor Llobet was a virtuoso performer who studied with Francisco Tárrega. Wynton Marsalis won the Pulitzer Prize in 1997 for his oratorio Blood on the Fields. He is the Director of Jazz Studies at The Julliard School and the Managing and Artistic Director of Jazz at Lincoln Center.


Saturday, October 17, 2020

On October 17 we observe the birthdays of Italian composer Domenico Zipoli (1688-1726), French composer Henri Mulet (1878-1967), Polish composer Tadeusz Paciorkiewicz (1916-1998), English composer Herbert Howells (1892-1983) and American pianist Stephen Bishop Koyacevich (1940-). A Jesuit priest, Signor Zipoli emigrated to South America where he composed and taught music to the locals. A student of Guilmant and Widor, Monsieur Mulet wrote several organ works which remain staples of the repertoire. Tadeusz Paciorkiewicz was a 20th-century composer who stuck to his own conservative style of composing as opposed to following the avant-garde style which was all the rage back then. Herbert Howells is perhaps best-known for his choral music written for the Anglican Church in England. Stephen Bishop Koyacevich, now known simply as Stephen Koyacevich, has enjoyed a career as both piano soloist and conductor.

Portrait of Herbert Howells by Leonard Boden. Other photos from

Friday, October 16, 2020

Can you be an angel? We need angels for our Fall 2020 Membership Drive which will begin in a few weeks. The point of our membership drives is to encourage listeners to become supporting members of The Classical Station. Did you know that Angels help us achieve that objective? Well, yes, they do and have done so for many years. Our Angels are amazing listeners who will match your gift to encourage you to support this unique classical music radio station that you enjoy so much.

The way it works is very simple. For example, a listener in Charlotte, North Carolina, commits $600 to the membership drive. She tells us that she will match 5 contributions of $10 per month. So, once her angel match is met and 5 new members have become Sustaining Members at $10 per month, The Classical Station garners $600 from our Angel and another $600 from the 5 listeners who have become Sustaining Members at the $10 per month level.

Can you be an Angel during our Fall 2020 Membership Drive? Here’s how to make that happen: call us anytime and tell the member of staff who answers that you want to be an Angel with your gift of $300 or more. 800-556-5178.

You can also become an Angel by making your gift of $300 or more online via our secure server. Put “This is an Angel Match!” in the Comments Box.  Your Angel Match can be paid as a Sustaining Membership. So, a $300 Angel Match can be spread across 12 months with a monthly payment of $25.

Remember: you can call the station anytime. 24/7. A live member of staff will take your call and help you with your pledge and any questions you have. Thank you for being an Angel and encouraging other listeners to support The Classical Station!

On October 16 we observe the birthdays of French composer Frédéric-Nicolas Duvernoy (1765-1838), Czech composer Jan Dismas Zelenka (1679-1745), English composer Charles Harford Lloyd (1849-1919), and American conductor Marin Alsop (1956-). Monsieur Duvernoy was a hornist in the Orchestre de la Garde Nationale. Jan Dismas Zelenka flourished in Dresden, Germany for most of his career. Charles Harford Lloyd was educated at Oxford and held positions at Gloucester Cathedral and Eton College during his long career. Ms. Alsop is music director of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and the São Paulo State Symphony Orchestra in Brazil.

Photo of Ms. Alsop by Grant Leighton. Others on

Thursday, October 15, 2020

This evening the Thursday Night Opera House features an encore performance from the Al Ruocchio archives of Gaetano Donizetti’s Lucrezia Borgia. Premiered on December 26, 1833 at Milan’s Teatro alla Scala, the opera was based on Victor Hugo’s Lucrèce Borgia, which mixes fact and fiction about the legendary daughter of Pope Alexander VI. In the opera, Lucrezia and her husband Alfonso d’Este are a power couple, each with their own operatives and each seemingly with their own political agenda. There is indeed historical fact to support this. This was a marriage of two great political families, which included some of the most lethal despots of the day. Lucrezia did not marry a Borgia, she was one. It is entirely plausible that such a woman would have her own spies doing her personal bidding, independent of her husband.

The curtain goes up at 7 p.m. Bob Chapman hosts.

Photo: Thérèse Tietjens as Lucrezia Borgia c. 1870/Public Domain in

On October 15 we observe the birthdays Swedish-Finnish composer Bernhard Henrik Crusell (1775-1838) and Swedish composer Dag Wirén (1905-1986). Crusell flourished in the classical era and was Finland’s most well-known composer before Jean Sibelius. Dag Ivar Wirén wrote in a variety of forms and styles. His best-known work is Serenade for Strings.


Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Last call! Have you submitted your entry for our Virtual Art Exhibit? You may be familiar with Pictures at an Exhibition, the orchestral suite by Modest Mussorgsky composed with inspiration by paintings of Viktor Hartmann. We are doing the reverse! Submissions might include a drawing of oranges inspired by Frederick Delius’s Florida Suite or a swan painted while listening to The Carnival of the Animals by Camille Saint-Saëns. These are just a few examples.  Choose whatever works inspire you. Send your JPG files to Submissions will be accepted until Friday, October 16, 2020.

On October 14 we observe the birthdays of Austrian composer Alexander von Zemlinsky (1871-1942) and American pianist Gary Graffman (1928-). Herr Zemlinsky taught Erich Korngold, Alban Berg, and Anton Webern. He was friends with Gustav Mahler and Arnold Schoenberg. Gary Graffman studied with Vladimir Horowitz and Rudolf Serkin. Still active as a teacher, he has served as director and president of The Curtis Institute.


Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Have you seen our Thank You Gifts? Jane O’Connor has assembled a collection of Thank You gifts for every giving level. Want to give $5 per month? Then let us say “Thank you!” with a writing pen or a car magnet. The baseball cap can be yours for a one-time gift of $100 or $8.33 per month as a Sustaining Member. We have a very smart charcoal gray fleece sweatshirt,  mugs, water bottles, and much more. And, of course, William Woltz, our Music Director, has selected some very fine CDs for you as well.

Our Fall Membership Drive begins on Friday, October 23. Thank you so much for supporting the classical music you enjoy here on The Classical Station!

Photo: WCPE Photo Services

On October 13 we observe the birthday of Dutch composer Peter Gijsbert van Anrooij, or, as he is better known, Peter van Anrooy (1879-1954). van Anrooy studied in Dresden and Moscow. His best-known composition is “Piet Hein Rhapsodie voor symfonieorkest.”


Monday, October 12, 2020

This evening Monday Night at the Symphony features the Philharmonia Orchestra. On the program is music by Sergei Rachmaninoff, Gabriel Fauré, and Ralph Vaughan Williams, in performances led by Andrew Davis, Leonard Slatkin, and music director Esa-Pekka Salonen.

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

Photo: Benjamin Ealovega

This evening Renaissance Fare commemorates the exploration of America in 1492. On the program is music from the late 1300s through the fifteenth century. Much of the music from this period originated from Italy as well. On the program are performances by the Orlando Consort, the Purcell Consort of Voices, and the New London Consort.

Join George Douglas at 7:00 p.m.

On October 12 we observe the birthdays of English composer Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958), English-Canadian composer, and organist Healey Willan (1880-1968), Italian tenor Luciano Pavarotti (1935-2007), and Dutch early music specialist Ton Koopman (1944-).

Some critics consider Ralph Vaughan Williams as one of the greatest composers England has ever produced. Dr. Willan was organist and choirmaster of the Church of St. Mary Magdalene in Toronto from 1921-1968. He wrote over 800 compositions in a variety of forms. Luciano Pavarotti had two divas whose recommendations and help gave the young tenor’s career its start. Joan Sutherland and Mirella Freni were both powerful influences. And who can forget how easily the great tenor entertained audiences worldwide with classical crossover performances and those amazing Three Tenors concerts with Plácido Domingo and José Carreras. Ton Koopman founded the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra and the Amsterdam Baroque Choir in 1992. Happy 76th birthday, Maestro.