This Week At The Classical Station

Photo: Ian B. Kennedy

This Week At The Classical Station

by Rob Kennedy

Sunday, June 7, 2020

This evening on Wavelengths we’ll hear music for viola and piano by Mexican composer Fernando Arroyo Lascurain. We’ll also hear compositions by Jennifer Higdon, Gary Schocker and American jazz pianist Bill Evans.

Wavelengths brings you the best in contemporary classical music every Sunday at 9 p.m. Eastern.

Photo: Fernando Arroyo Lascurain/Instagram

This evening on Preview! Yo-Yo Ma, Anne-Sophie Mutter, Daniel Barenboim and the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra join forces in a joyous concert performance of music by Beethoven. Rob Kennedy speaks with violinist Lara St. John about her recent CD release, “Key of A”. And cellist Inbal Segev plays Elgar.

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

Photo: Lara St. John/J.R. Sheetz

American early music specialist and conductor Jeanette Sorrell is our guest on the June edition of My Life In Music. Sorrell is the founder and artistic director of Apollo’s Fire and “one of today’s most compelling interpreters of Baroque and Classical repertoire.” Join Dan McHugh for My Life In Music this afternoon at 5 p.m. Eastern.

Photo: Roger Mastrioanni

This morning Great Sacred Music includes music sung by the Choir of King’s College, Cambridge, Le Concert Spiritual, and the Atlanta Symphony Chorus. Also on the playlist is choral music by Johann Sebastian Bach, Francis Poulenc, and Franz Schubert. The Right Reverend Samuel Rodman offers the commentary.

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

Photo: 1914-1995 Casavant organ in Eglise Saint Jean Baptiste, Montreal, Quebec, Canada/

On June 7 we observe the birthdays of Hungarian-born American conductor George Szell (1897-1970), French conductor Philippe Entremont (1934-), Estonian-born American conductor Neeme Järvi (1937-), and Bolivian violinist Jaime Laredo (1941-). George Szell was a protégé of Richard Strauss. M. Entremont is a noted pianist who recorded the Rachmaninoff concerti with Eugene Ormandy. Järvi was Music Director of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra from 1990-2005. Laredo has enjoyed a career of over six decades as a soloist, teacher, conductor, and chamber musician.


Saturday, June 6, 2020

Go the last mile with your used vehicle. If your automobile (truck, boat, motorcycle, RV, or aircraft) is no longer of use to you, it can still go a long way as a donation in support of the programs you rely on The Classical Station. Plus, it’s a great opportunity for you to reduce your taxable income when itemizing taxes.

Here’s how it works:

Center for Car Donations (CFCD), manages the donations on our behalf. Call them toll-free at 1-877-927-3872 for more information and to begin the car donation process. (Don’t forget to mention that The Classical Station is the recipient of your donation.)

A CFCD representative will schedule a pickup that’s convenient for you, and provide you with confirmation of your donation. We will mail you a confirmation that states how much your vehicle sold for at auction. This amount is what you can claim on your itemized tax return. Thank you!


On June 6 we observe the birthdays of English composer Sir John Stainer (1840-1901), American composer Vincent Persichetti (1915-1987, and Soviet-Armenian composer Aram Khachaturian (1903-1978). Stainer was noted in his day for revitalizing the choir of Saint Paul’s Cathedral, London. Persichetti counted Philip Glass and Peter Schickele among his students. Khachaturian studied with Reinhold Glière.


Friday, June 5, 2020

On June 5 we observe the birthday of Argentine pianist Martha Argerich. Ms. Argerich is widely considered to be one of the finest concert pianists of her generation. As notes: “With her broad and varied repertoire, carefully chosen and never conformist, Martha Argerich has dominated the piano world since the 1960s. Endowed with a phenomenal technique, she has been able to put her personal stamp on the most demanding works in the repertoire, from Liszt to Prokofiev, and at the same time draw out all the keyboard colour for the musical worlds of Ravel and Messiaen. An impassioned and instinctively collaborative musician, she has increasingly focused less on solo recitals and more on chamber music and concertos, in fruitful partnerships with violinist Gidon Kremer and conductor Charles Dutoit.”

Photo: Adriano Heitman

Thursday, June 4, 2020

The Classical Station is excited to announce that we are expanding the Education Fund to include an Instrument Donation program. The purpose of collecting these instruments is to make them available to students in music education programs and nonprofit organizations in North Carolina. Gently used instruments in working condition, or with minor repairs needed, are being accepted.

The following instruments are especially needed:

Trumpets, flutes, clarinets, French horns, trombones, violins, violas, cellos, saxophones, and other classical instruments for band or orchestra. Over the last ten years the Education Fund has awarded more than $80,000 in grants to numerous music education nonprofits 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 more information about the Education Fund, or to inquire about donating your instrument, please contact Dan McHugh, Membership Director, at 919-556-5178 or by email We will arrange for pickup on a case-by-case basis.

This evening the Thursday Night Opera House presents Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte. In this fairy tale masking a Masonic allegory, Tamino (Wunderlich) falls in love with Pamina (Lear), aided by the birdcatcher Papageno (Fischer-Dieskau). Sarastro (Crass) foils the Queen of the Night (Peters).

The curtain goes up at 7 p.m. Eastern. Bob Chapman hosts. Tell your smart speaker to “play The Classical Station.”

Photo: Scene from the December 2018 Metropolitan Opera production of Die Zauberflöte/Ken Howard

On June 4 we observe the birthdays of American baritone Robert Merrill (1917-2004) and Italian mezzo-soprano Cecilia Bartoli (1966-). Robert Merrill enjoyed a successful career both on the opera stage and in musicals, radio and television. Ms. Bartoli made her Metropolitan Opera debut in 1996.



Wednesday, June 3, 2020

On June 3 we observe the birthday of American lyric tenor Jan Peerce (1904-1984). Born Jacob Pincus Perlmuth on Manhattan’s Lower East Side, Peerce was highly-regarded as a Verdi tenor. In fact, when Toscanini heard him sing on the radio, he engaged Peerce for a concert at Carnegie Hall. Peerce became the maestro’s “go-to tenor” and was featured in many historic recordings. Jan Peerce was active until 1982 on the concert stage and venues worldwide.


June 2, 2020

Summer 2020 issue

Did you receive the Summer edition of our membership magazine Quarter Notes? It’s chock full of daily program highlights, as well as information about our special theme weekends including An American Holiday Weekend, and Cinema Classics Weekend. Then, on July 18 please join us for The Classical Station’s 42nd birthday! Become a member today and begin receiving Quarter Notes.

On June 2 we observe the birthday of the English composer Sir Edward Elgar (1857-1934). Sir Edward William Elgar, 1st Baronet OM GCVO, was one of the first composers to record his own works and to see the potential of recording technology.


Monday, June 1, 2020

This evening Monday Night at the Symphony showcases the Philadelphia Orchestra. On the program is music of Sergei Rachmaninoff, Jacques Ibert, and Maurice Ravel in performances led by Christoph Eschenbach, Eugene Ormandy and current music director Yannick Nézet-Séguin. The concert begins at 8 p.m. Eastern. Tell your smart speaker to “play The Classical Station.”

Photo: Benjamin Ealovega

American early music specialist and conductor Jeanette Sorrell is our guest on the June edition of My Life In Music. Sorrell is the founder and artistic director of Apollo’s Fire and “one of today’s most compelling interpreters of Baroque and Classical repertoire.” Join Dan McHugh for My Life In Music this evening at 7 p.m. Eastern.

Photo: Roger Mastrioanni

On June 1 we observe the birthdays of Russian composer Mikhail Glinka (1804-1857), American pianist Richard Goode (1943-), and American mezzo-soprano Frederica von Stade (1945-). Mikhail Glinka had a couple of piano lessons from Irish composer John Field. Richard Goode studied with Nadia Reisenberg and Rudolf Serkin. Ms. Von Stade has over 60 recordings to her credit.

Photos: Richard Goode/Steve Riskind; Mikhail Glinka/; Frederica von Stade/Lieberman Photography