This Week At The Classical Station

Thanksgiving at Dover Air Base/U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Shen-Chia Chu

This Week At The Classical Station

Sunday, November 29, 2020

This evening, Preview! brings you a treat for kids of all ages, as Britain’s Kanneh-Mason family plays music of Saint-Saens, with narration by children’s author Michael Morpurgo and Oscar-winning actress Olivia Colman. Rob Kennedy speaks with Dr. Zebulon Highben, Director of Chapel Music at Duke University, about the 88th annual performance of Handel’s Messiah, Part 1, next Sunday.

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

Photo: Duke University Chapel Music

This evening Wavelengths features the music of American composers Peter Boyer, Dan Locklair and Adolphus Hailstork, as part of our celebration of The Classical Station’s New World Weekend.

Wavelengths brings you the best in contemporary classical music, Sundays at 9 p.m. Eastern. With Ed Amend.

Photo: WCPE

This morning Great Sacred Music includes music sung by the Choir of Bath Abbey, Chanticleer, and the Choir of Christ Church Cathedral, Vancouver. Also on the playlist is choral music by Johann Sebastian Bach, John Blow, and Francis Jackson. The Choir of Clare College, Cambridge will sing carols and hymns for Advent on this first Sunday of Advent.

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


On November 29 we observe the birthday of Italian composer Gaetano Donizetti (1797-1848). Domenico Gaetano Maria Donizetti wrote approximately seventy operas including L’elisir d’amore, Don Pasquale, and Lucia di Lammermoor.

Portrait by Giuseppe Rillosi/

Saturday, November 28, 2020

On November 28 we observe the birthdays of French composer Jean-Baptiste Lully (1632-1687), German composer Ferdinand Ries (1784-1838), Russian composer Anton Rubinstein (1829-1894), and Spanish guitarist Celin Romero (1936-). Italian-born Jean-Baptiste Lully spent most of his professional life working for the King of France. Ries found time to compose eight symphonies while acting as Ludwig van Beethoven’s secretary and friend. Anton Grigorevich Rubinstein founded the Saint Petersburg Conservatory. A member of the celebrated Romero Guitar Quartet, Señor Romero is Professor of Music and Guitar at the University of California, San Diego.


Friday, November 27, 2020

You get to be the Music Director every Friday between 9 a.m. and 10 p.m. Eastern. All you have to do is submit your request via our website or call 919-556-0123. You can also submit your request via our app. Click on the menu in the top left corner and then click on Request Programs. Not sure of the piece’s title or composer? Not to worry. Give us as much information as you can and we’ll do our best to find what you want to hear.  All Request Friday is very popular and frequently is oversubscribed. So, submit your request as soon as you can. If we can’t fit in your request on Friday, we will include it on the Saturday Evening Request Program. The Request Program playlists with the first name of the requestors are located under Daily Playlists on our website. Enjoy!

On November 27 we observe the birthdays of German composer Anton Stamitz (1750-1809), Czech composer Franz Krommer (1759-1831), American composer Margaret Lang (1867-1972), French composer Charles Koechlin (1867-1950), and American violinist Hilary Hahn (1979-).

Anton Thadäus Johann Nepomuk Stamitz came from a family of musicians. He made his living in Paris and London. František Vincenc Krommer’s life spanned the time from the death of Handel to a few years after Beethoven’s death. Boston native Margaret Lang studied with George Whitefield Chadwick and John Knowles Paine. While not well-known in this century, Monsieur Koechlin studied with Jules Massenet and Gabriel Faure at the Paris Conservatoire. Ms. Hahn began her musical career as a child prodigy. She is one of the most celebrated violinists of our time.

Photos: Hilary Hahn/Michael Patrick Oleary; Others on

Thursday, November 26, 2020

This evening the Thursday Night Opera House presents Richard Rodgers’ Oklahoma & South Pacific and Frederick Loewe’s Gigi. Alfred Drake lends his operatic voice to Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Oklahoma and Lerner and Loewe’s Gigi, while former Met star Ezio Pinza turns to Broadway in South Pacific.

The curtain goes up at 7 p.m. with host Bob Chapman.


On November 26 we observe the birthdays of two great American pianists: Earl Wild (1915-2010) and Eugene Istomin (1925-2003). A native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Earl Wild was one of the 20th century’s great pianists. Besides being a virtuoso, he transcribed several orchestral works and composed a few of his own, in addition to leaving us dozens of recordings on several labels. A native of New York City, Eugene Istomin was one of the 20th century’s great pianists, like the previously mentioned Earl Wild. Istomin enjoyed a well-received collaboration as one member of a trio with Leonard Rose, and Isaac Stern. 


Wednesday, November 25, 2020

As we look back on this eventful year, the gift of classical music is one thing for which we all can be thankful. This Thanksgiving, you can count on The Classical Station to bring you a day full of beautiful musical selections. Then, stay tuned for our New World Weekend, when we’ll present the best offerings of American composers and performers, including a new performance of Antonín Dvořák’s Symphony no. 9 in E Minor with Gianandrea Noseda leading the National Symphony Orchestra.

The staff and volunteers of The Classical Station wish you a happy and safe Thanksgiving.

Photo of Antonín Dvořák:

On November 25 we observe the birthdays of Austrian composer Franz Gruber (1787-1863), American composer and critic Virgil Thomson (1896-1989), German pianist Wilhelm Kempff (1895-1991) and French conductor Jean-Claude Malgoire (1940-2018). Herr Gruber wrote the music for Silent Night. Virgil Thomson was one of the 20th-century composers largely responsible for creating what we recognize as the American sound. Aaron Copland was the other. Herr Kempff was one of the 20th-century’s great interpreters of the piano music of Beethoven and Schubert. Monsieur Malgoire is a prominent conductor of Baroque music.


Tuesday, November 24, 2020

On November 24 we observe the birthday of American composer Scott Joplin (c. 1868–1917). A native of Arkansas, Joplin is widely considered to be the “King of Ragtime”. His music shot to popularity as a result of it being included in the hit movie The Sting (1973) which featured Joplin’s rag The Entertainer.

Photo: Scott Joplin (c. 1903), author unknown on

Monday, November 23, 2020

This evening Monday Night at the Symphony features the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. On the program is music by Felix Mendelssohn, Peter Tchaikovsky, and Sergei Prokofiev in performances led by Leonard Bernstein and Zubin Mehta. The concert begins at 8 p.m. Eastern.

Photo: Israel Philharmonic Orchestra

On November 23 we observe the birthdays of English composer Thomas Atwood (1765-1838), French composer André Caplet (1878-1925) and Spanish composer Manuel de Falla (1876-1946). After studying with Mozart, Thomas Attwood went on to be the Organist of Saint Paul’s Cathedral from 1796-1838. Winner of the Prix de Rome in 1901, Monsieur Caplet was a close friend of Claude Debussy and orchestrated many of his works. Manuel de Falla is best remembered for his compositions The Ritual Fire Dance and The Three-Cornered Hat.