This Week At The Classical Station

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This Week At The Classical Station

by Rob Kennedy

Sunday, November 1, 2020

On Day 10 we are asking those listeners who have never donated to The Classical Station to join our family of classical music lovers. Yes, we know that you can hear the same music on Spotify or iTunes. What those streaming services don’t have is a friendly, live announcer introducing the music, setting the scene if you will. That’s one of the things which makes this radio station unique. The other thing is that we have been volunteer-powered and listener-supported since 1978.

Please becoming a Sustaining Member today and help us reach our Fund Drive target. Click a gift to us via our app or this website. Or call 800-556-5178 anytime. Thank you for your support.

This morning on Great Sacred Music, David Crabtree and Naomi Lambert together with Rob Kennedy will be asking for your support. Do what you can to keep this special Sunday morning program coming to you for many more years to come. We have a wonderful Thank You Gift to send your way for your Sustaining Membership of $12.50 per month or a one-time gift of $150. The John Rutter Collection has 22 superb choral works by the English master. Call 800-556-5178 to donate and receive your copy.

On November 1 we observe the birthdays of German conductor Eugen Jochum (1902-1987), Spanish soprano Victoria de los Ángeles (1923-2005), and Welsh composer William Mathias (1934-1992). One of the great conductors of the 20th century, Herr Jochum made his first recording in 1932. Señora de los Angeles sang the role of Marguerite in Gounod’s Faust in her Metropolitan Opera debut in 1951. She made over 80 recordings. William Mathias composed the anthem Let all the people praise thee, o God for the wedding of the Prince and Princess of Wales in July 1981.


Saturday, October 31, 2020

Lots of scary music for you today on our Halloween playlists.  On Day 9 of our Fall 2020 Membership Drive, we still have a ways to go.  We’re at 78% of our target. Honestly, all of us are humbled by your generosity during this Membership Drive. We know that these are tough times for everybody. But, once more, you have shown us how much you value our classical music. Think about what our classical music means to you, then give us a call at 800-556-5178, and help us get to 90% of goal today.

Are you at a time in your life where you can be a Patron of The Classical Station? Then a gift of $100 per month will make that designation happen. Can you contribute a major gift like our friends in Greensboro did yesterday? Their Angel Match of $11,000 had a major impact on our fundraising because our listeners matched that $11,000 which yielded $22,000 towards our goal.  Give Dan McHugh or Deborah Proctor a call to work out the details. 800-556-5178. Tell the person who answers the phone that you want to make a major gift and would like to speak with Dan or Deborah.

Don’t forget that you can click a gift to us securely on our website. And be sure to select a Thank You Gift. Thank you for your support!

On October 31 we observe the birthday of French organist Daniel François Roth (1942-). Monsieur Roth has been the Organiste Titulaire of Eglise St. Sulpice since 1985. He is highly-regarded for his improvisations.


Friday, October 30, 2020

On Day 8 of our Fall 2020 Membership Drive we are very humbled by your generous response. We are at 65% of our target. With your help, we can do this. Today we are looking to add another $50,000. That’s a lot of money for sure, but how about this as a path to that target? When 100 listeners donate $15 per month as Sustaining Members AND their gift is matched by a friendly Angel AND their employer has a matching gift program, that original $15 per month donation becomes $45 per month. Annualize that $45 per month and you get $540. Multiply that by 85 listeners and voila! $50,000 is very doable.

We have been listener-supported and volunteer-powered since 1978. We have always raised our operating funds one gift at a time. Your gift combined with thousands of other gifts keeps the classical music playing here on The Classical Station.

Maybe $15 per month doesn’t work for you. You decide what you want to give to keep the classical music you love so much coming to you. Maybe you are at a point in your life where a gift of $100 per month is doable. Then do it. Remember that you can call us anytime and a live member of staff will take your information down securely. 800-556-5178. Or donate securely online. Or pop a check in the mail to The Classical Station, P.O. Box 828, Wake Forest, North Carolina 27588. Thank you for your support!

On October 30 we observe the birthdays of English composer Philip Heseltine (1894-1930), Dutch conductor Franz Brüuggen (1934-2014), and Israeli violinist Shlomo Mintz (1957-). We know Philip Heseltine by his pseudonym, Peter Warlock. While he wrote over 150 compositions, Warlock’s Capriol Suite is his most familiar work to 21st-century listeners. Besides being an authority on 18th-century music, Franz Brüggen was a virtuoso recorder and baroque flute player. Shlomo Mintz gives recitals and appears with orchestras and chamber groups worldwide.


Thursday, October 29, 2020

Join Thursday Night Opera House host Bob Chapman and Great Sacred Music host Rob Kennedy for a special Fall 2020 Membership Drive edition. They’ll be playing arias, choruses and ensembles from the station’s vast library of opera recordings, including our thank-you gifts, while asking for your new or continuing financial support.

We have a goal of $10,000 to raise between 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. this evening. What part can you help with? We receive no funding from a national radio association, no support from a university, no tax dollars. And we have no endowment. We do this one listener at a time and have done so since 1978. We’re one of the few stations which broadcast full-length operas every week. Retired opera singer, Bob Chapman, introduces each opera and gives you a synopsis so you can follow the story line. He also writes a weekly newsletter which explains each opera in more detail. Your Sustaining Membership will keep grand opera coming to you here on The Classical Station. Do you have a grandchild or cousin who sings? Please let them know about the Thursday Night Opera House. It’s one of the very few places where they can hear the world’s greatest opera stars each week.

We have two wonderful Thank You Gifts we’ll be happy to send to you as our thanks for your fulfilled pledge.

For a Sustaining Membership of $10 per month or a one-time gift of $120, I Vespri Verdiani. Soprano Olga Mykytenko sings arias from Verdi masterpieces including La Traviata, Macbeth, and Il Trovatore, with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra led by Kirill Karabits.

For a Sustaining Membership of $15 or a one-time gift of $180, Jules Massenet’s Cendrillon. This DVDF features Australian soprano Danielle de Niese as Cinderella in this Belle Époque retelling of the classic fairy tale. John Wilson leads the London Philharmonic Orchestra and the Glyndebourne Chorus.

Wednesday, October 28, 2020

We are halfway through our Fall 2020 Membership Drive. Thank you so much for your contributions and for spreading the word about this special classical music radio station.

As you know, we are not like other businesses. Our business model relies almost exclusively on support from our listeners. And we never tell anybody how much to give. That’s entirely up to each listener. Can you imagine if I went into my dry cleaner’s to pick up my slacks and when I asked how much that was, the owner replied: “Pay whatever you like.” But that’s exactly how we operate here at The Classical Station. We operate on the honor system. You can listen and not contribute a dollar to our operating expenses. Nobody will ever know. Or you can do what thousands of wonderful listeners do and become a Sustaining Member of The Classical Station with your gift of $10, $15, $20 or more per month. They support the great classical music they hear and love. Won’t you do the same? Call 800-556-51-78 and tell the volunteer who answers the phone that you want to become a Sustaining Member of The Classical Station.

Our goal today is $30,000. What part of that can you help with? 200 listeners each donating $12.50 per month will do it. Of course, there are hundreds of combinations. What’s important is that you become a Sustaining Member today and keep the music of Mozart, Bach, and Beethoven coming to you.  Thank you for your support.

On October 28 we observe the birthday of American composer Howard Hanson (1896-1981). The winner of a Pulitzer Prize for his Symphony No. 4, he was Director of the Eastman School of Music for 40 years.


Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Today on Day 4 of our Fall 2020 Membership Drive, we have a very special Christmas CD as a Thank You Gift for your donation. Be all Merry, a brand new CD release for the season from the Choral Scholars of University College, Dublin, led by Desmond Earley. This disc includes beautiful performances of  such favorites as In dulci jubilo, The Wexford Carol, Carol of the Bells, God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen, Auld Lang Syne, and many more. Be all Merry can be yours for a Sustaining Membership of $10 or  a one-time gift of $120 while supplies last. Call 800-556-5178.

Niccolo Paganini

On October 27 we observe the birthday of Italian violinist and composer Niccolò Paganini (1782-1840). Besides composing over 130 works, Signor Paganini was one of the greatest violin virtuosi of all time. He commissioned Harold in Italy from French composer Hector Berlioz.


Monday, October 26, 2020

We are very excited at the response to our Fall 2020 Membership Drive. Your calls and donations online have brought in $92,000 as of 6 p.m. Sunday. Our target was $120,000 for the first three days, so if you can help make up the shortfall, that would be wonderful, and will get us back on track. You see, we don’t have a benefactor who can write a check for $28,000 when we come up short. We’re listener-supported and volunteer-powered and have been so since 1978 when we first went on the air here in Central North Carolina with a 1,000 watt transmitter.

We have an assortment of Thank You Gifts for you to choose from after you make your donation. Don’t hesitate to click a gift to us via our app or on our website. The server which handles our donations is ultra-secure. And we never share your information.

The sweatshirt has been a popular Thank You Gift, also The John Rutter Collection. Many listeners have chosen to forgo a Thank You Gift and instead have opted for supporting the Education Fund with a portion of their gift.

Our analytics show that we have hundreds of online listeners in the Charlotte, North Carolina area. If you are listening to our great classical music in the Queen City, give us a call please. We’d love to welcome you into our family of classical music lovers. 800-556-5178

On October 26 we observe the birthday of the Italian composer Domenico Scarlatti (1685-1757). Scarlatti was born in the same year as two other Baroque era composers, Johann Sebastian Bach and Georg Frideric Handel. He is remembered today as the composer of over 500 keyboard sonatas, although he wrote music in a variety of other forms.

Painting: Domingo Antonio Velasco (1738)