This Week At The Classical Station

Photo: Dale Marie Muller, Roberts, Montana

This Week At The Classical Station

by Rob Kennedy

Sunday, October 25, 2020

On Day 3 of our Fall 2020 Membership Drive, Rob Kennedy and Joyce Kidd will be on air during Great Sacred Music asking for your support of The Classical Station. Great Sacred Music is All-Request this morning. Thank you to everyone who sent in requests! You have created a lovely program.

We have a special Thank You Gift for lovers of choral music, The John Rutter Collection.  22 of John’s beautiful pieces can be yours as a Thank You Gift for your donation of $12.50 per month or a one-time gift of $150. Click a gift to us online or call 800-556-5178 anytime.

On October 25 we observe the birthdays of Austrian composer Johann Strauss II (1825-1899), French composer Georges Bizet (1838-1975), Russian-born American composer Alexander Gretchaninov (1884-1956), and Japanese-born American violinist Midori Goto (1971-). Herr Strauss composed over 500 waltzes, polkas, and other dances. Monsieur Bizet was only thirty-six when he died. He did not live to see his opera Carmen become a success. Largely ignored during his lifetime, Bizet made his living transcribing and arranging the music of other composers. Alexander Tikhonovich Gretchaninov emigrated to the U.S. at the age of 75. He wrote five symphonies as well as music in other forms. Besides being a concert performer and recording artist, Midori is the Distinguished Professor and Jascha Heifetz Chair at the University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music.

Photo of Midori: Timothy Greenfield-Sanders Other photos:

Saturday, October 24, 2020

On Day 2 of our Fall 2020 Membership Drive, Helen Halva, Kathryn Stansbury, and Dan McHugh will be on air from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. Eastern asking for your support of The Classical Station. They’d love to hear from you. Donate securely online or give us a call. 800-556-5178.

On October 24 we observe the birthdays of Italian baritone Tito Gobbi (1913-1989), English composer Elizabeth Poston (1905-1987), Italian composer Luciano Berio (1925-2003), and American fortepianist Malcolm Bilson(1935-). Besides being an internationally acclaimed operatic baritone with a repertoire of over 100 roles, Gobbi was also a stage director of dozens of operatic productions. Ms. Poston wrote dozens of scores for radio and television shows. Signor Berio was a pioneer in composing electronic and experimental music. Professor Bilson teaches at Cornell University.


Friday, October 23, 2020

Today is the first day of our Fall Membership Drive. You make the great classical music we broadcast in Central North Carolina and stream worldwide possible with your financial support. Thank you!

We receive no tax dollars, no funds from a university or foundation. It’s listeners like you and me who have been bringing the classical music we love so much for over forty years. If you have been listening and never sent us a dollar,  why not give us a call at 800-556-5178. Donate at the level that works for you. $5 a month, $10 a month, whatever YOU decide. We’d love to welcome you into our family of classical music lovers.

On October 23 we observe the birthdays of German composer Albert Lortzing (1801-1851), Russian composer Alexander Archangelsky (1845-1924), and American composer Ned Rorem (1923-). Herr Lortzing is best known as a composer of comic operas. Alexander Archangelsky led the revival of Russian choral music in the late 1800’s. Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Ned Rorem has composed hundreds of works in a variety of forms. He has written sacred choral music, several symphonies and dozens of songs. Happy 97th birthday, Ned Rorem!


Thursday, October 22,  2020

This evening the Thursday Night Opera House presents Die Tote Stadt (The Dead City).This the only opera of Erich Wolfgang Korngold that continues to be regularly performed. Korngold, who was born in 1897 in Brno, a city in what is now the Czech Republic, is remembered for his neo-Romantic scores for many Hollywood films such as The Adventures of Robin Hood, The Sea Hawk, and Captain Blood.

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

Scene at the Graz Opera in 2015 by Francisco Peralta Torrejón on

On October 22 we observe the birthday of Hungarian composer, pianist, and Franciscan tertiary Franz Liszt. Mere superlatives are not sufficient to describe Liszt’s virtuoso piano and organ performances. By all accounts he was extraordinary. Friend of composers Saint-Saëns, Chopin, and Debussy, Liszt himself composed over 750 works during his lifetime.


Wednesday, October 21. 2020

Our Fall Membership Drive begins this Friday, October 23. As a result, there will be no All-Request Friday this Friday or next week.

We need your help to keep our great classical music coming to you 24/7, 365 days a year. Word of mouth is always our best marketing tool. So, please help us by telling a friend about The Classical Station. Let them know that we have a live announcer on duty 24/7. Tell them that they can listen on their phone or tablet via our app. Ask them to give us a call at 800-556-5178 so that we can welcome them personally into our family of classical music lovers. Thank you for your support!

On October 21 we observe the birthdays of French composer Joseph Canteloube (1879-1957), English composer Sir Malcolm Arnold (1921-2006), and Hungarian-born British conductor Sir Georg Solti (1912-1997). Marie-Joseph Canteloube de Malaret was a musicologist as well as a composer. He is best known for his arrangements of the folk music of the Auvergne region of France. Despite a rather troubled personal life, Sir Malcolm Arnold composed in a variety of forms. He wrote over one hundred film scores. Widely considered one of the great conductors of the 20th centuries, Maestro Solti was music director of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra for twenty years.

Photo: Sir Georg Solti/Alan Warren; Others:

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

On October 20 we observe the birthday of American composer Charles Ives (1874-1954). While Charles Ives’ music was largely ignored during his lifetime, he came to be regarded as an American original because of his experimentations with avante garde styles of composition.



Monday, October 19, 2020

This evening Monday Night at the Symphony features the Minnesota Orchestra. On the program is music by Ludwig van Beethoven, Sergei Rachmaninoff and Josef Haydn in performances led by Osmo Vänskä, Eiji Oue and Sir Neville Marriner.

The concert begins at 8 p.m. Eastern.

Photo: Greg Helgeson

On October 19 we observe the birthday of Russian pianist Emil Grigoryevich Gilels (1916-1985). Widely considered one of the great pianists of the 20th century, Gilels gave his first public piano recital at the age of 12.