This Week At The Classical Station

Photo: Dale Marie Muller, Roberts, Montana

This Week At The Classical Station

by Rob Kennedy

Friday, July 23, 2021

Classical music is a tapestry of instruments, of experience, of emotion, of story. Every piece of music you hear on The Classical Station is also part of the larger tapestry of musical history, a history that goes back through centuries of composition and more than a century of recordings. And every day The Classical Station weaves a tapestry drawn from the many thousands of recordings in our vast music library. But today the story is all about you – our listener. So seize the day by showing your support today for The Classical Station. Give securely online. Thank you for your support.

Photo: North Carolina Chamber Music Institute

On July 23 we observe the birthdays of Swedish composer Franz Berwald (1796-1868), American pianist Leon Fleisher (1928-2020), Portuguese pianist Maria João Pires (1944-), and American mezzo-soprano Susan Graham (1960-).

Berwald was another composer who made his living doing something other than composing. He was a very successful orthopedic specialist. Focal dystonia drastically changed the focus of Leon. Fleisher’s musical career in 1964.  Ms. Pires is a musical phenomenon. Ms. Graham shows no signs of slowing down after a long, remarkable career.

Photos: Franz Berwald, Unknown Author, Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons;  Leon Fleisher, Unknown Author, Public Domain, Wikipedia.org; Susan Graham/Ken & Carl Fischer Photography, NY; Maria João Pires/Felix Broede


Thursday, July 22, 2021

This evening the Thursday Night Opera House presents Giuseppe Verdi’s Nabucco. Nabucco is the story of Nebuchadnezzar, the king of the ancient empire of Babylon, and his empire’s subjugation, as a foreign ruler, over the Jewish people. By the 1840s, Italy itself had been wrongfully occupied by the Hapsburg Empire, and therefore the story had a unique resonance with the people in the audience. According to the composer, Nabucco was commissioned soon after his wife and children died from sickness, and he was almost too depressed to write it at all. Riccardo Muti conducts the Ambrosian Opera Chorus and the Philharmonia Orchestra. Bob Chapman hosts.

Tell your smart speaker to “Play The Classical Station” at 7 p.m. Eastern.

Today is the birthday of American composer Alan Menken (1949-).  Alan attended New York University where he earned a degree in musicology.  He was won two Academy Awards and composed scores for the Disney films Aladdin, Hunchback of Notre Dame, and many more.

Photo: Sarah Ackerman, CC-by-2.0., Wikimedia Commons


Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Go the last mile with your used vehicle. If your vehicle – 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 from The Classical Station. 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 at auction. This amount is what you can claim on your itemized tax return. You also will be entitled to a one-year subscription to our member magazine, Quarter Notes.

Photo: CFCD

On July 21 we observe the birthdays of American violinist Isaac Stern (1920-2001) and Austrian-born Canadian pianist Anton Kuerti (1938-).

Stern made a point of championing younger players including such notable artists as Yo-Yo Ma, Itzhak Perlman, and Pinchas Zukerman. Kuerti has served on the faculties of the University of Toronto and McGill University besides producing 25 recordings.

Photo: Isaac Stern, PBS, Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons


Tuesday, July 20, 2021

Music makes memories. Hearing our favorite pieces brings us back to those special times when we first heard the music of Bach or Beethoven or Brahms. We each can recall the effect that music had on us.

That’s what we do here at The Classical Station. We program music that soothes you when the stress of everyday life gets to be too much. Our rousing overtures get you going during Rise and Shine in the morning.  Classical Cafe and As You Like It keep you company while you go about your daily routine. Allegro and Concert Hall provide a pleasant musical backdrop for your end-of-the-day activities. Then, Music In The Night brings your day to a peaceful close. Sleepers Awake is there for you overnight for those times when you can’t sleep.

What makes all of these programs special is that they are hosted by a live announcer, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. You can the station anytime and speak with a member of staff. We have been doing this since 1978 thanks to the support of thousands of listeners like you.

To make sure this marvelous legacy remains alive, please become a Sustaining Member. It’s simple to set up! Click the Donate button here on our website or app. Then choose the amount you wish to donate each month. It can be $10, $15, $20 or more. Whatever you decide.  Fill in your contact information and payment information on our secure server. Don’t forget to choose a Thank You Gift while you are there. Prefer to call in your gift? Call 800-556-5178 anytime!

Your donation ensures this legacy of great classical music continues to thrive here on The Classical Station. Please become a sustainer now. This classical music we play is counting on you.


Monday, July 19, 2021

Individual contributions… from thousands of listeners just like you … make up the most important part of our income. And there is strength in those numbers… because when more people give to The Classical Station…the future of classical music on the radio is more secure. Become a Sustaining Member today. You can do it securely online, or call anytime. A member of staff will take down your information and help you select a Thank You Gift. 800-556-5178

Photo: Unknown Author, Public Domain Pictures

This evening Monday Night at the Symphony features the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra.  We’ll hear this New York-based, conductorless ensemble perform music of Ottorino Respighi, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, and Felix Mendelssohn.  Tell your smart speaker to “Play The Classical Station” at 8 p.m.

Photo by Matt Dine