This Week At The Classical Station

Photo: Kevin Collins, CC BY-SA 3.0, Wikimedia Commons

This Week At The Classical Station

by Rob Kennedy

Sunday, August 1, 2021

This evening on Wavelengths Yolanda Kondonassis plays music for harp and orchestra by Bright Sheng. The Imani Winds play music of Paquito D’Rivera. And we’ll hear a work by Jennifer Higdon, inspired by three great American painters.

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

This evening on Preview! Michael Stern leads the Kansas City Symphony in music of Scriabin. Rob Kennedy speaks with Craig Hella Johnson about his vocal group, Conspirare, and their project, The Singing Guitar. And violinist Gil Shaham plays Brahms with the ensemble, The Knights.

Preview!  brings you the best in new classical recordings and arts news every Sunday at 6 p.m. Eastern. With Jeffrey David Smith.

This morning Great Sacred Music includes music sung by the Saint Olaf Choir, the Renaissance Men, and Sospiri. Also on the playlist is music by Johann Sebastian Bach, Charles-Marie Widor, and Dan Locklair. Professor Dan Locklair offers a commentary on his setting of the ancient Ave verum corpus text.

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

On August 1 we observe the birthdays of German-American conductor William Steinberg (1899-1978), German horn player Hermann Baumann (1934-), and Catalan early music specialist and conductor Jordi Savall (1941-).

One of the great 20th century conductors, Maestro Steinberg was music director of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra (1945-1952), the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra (1952-1976), and the Boston Symphony Orchestra (1969-1972). Steinberg had a great sense of humor and loved to poke fun at himself. He claimed to be multi-lingual, speaking “four and a half languages – the half being English.” Herr Baumann has been one of the leading French horn players since 1964 when he won first prize at an international music festival. Jordi Savall i Bernadet has over 100 recordings to his credit. He is also a composer who has written a half-dozen or so film scores.

Photo: William Steinberg, Unknown Author, Fair Use, Wikimedia Commons


Saturday, July 31, 2021

This evening at 7 p.m. the Kirk of Kildaire in Cary, North Carolina is hosting a Concert for a Cause to benefit The Classical Station’s Education Fund. Three high-school students will present Happiness in Harmony in an effort to give back to their community. On the program is music from classical to jazz, from Saint-Saëns to Gershwin.

If you would like to attend, please RSVP using this link. The concert will also be live-streamed on YouTube at 7:00 p.m. on July 31.

Thank you to Dr. Larry Abernathy, Director of Music and Arts at Kirk of Kildare,  for organizing this concert. Please do your part for music education in the community by supporting The Classical Station’s Education Fund.

Today we observe the birthday of French composer Amélie-Julie Candeille (1767-1834).  Mlle. Candeille flourished in Paris as a composer, singer, playwright, and performer. Sadly, only a few of her instrumental compositions have survived. None have been recorded in recent times.

Photo: Author Uncertain, Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons


Friday, July 30, 2021

The Kirk of Kildare presents
A Concert for a Cause: Happiness in Harmony
Saturday, July 31, 7 p.m. Eastern

Today we observe the birthday of English pianist Gerald Moore (1899-1987). Moore was highly regarded for his accompanying of many famous singers including Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Victoria de los Ángeles, and Elisabeth Schwarzkopf.

Photo: Unknown Author, Fair Use, Wikimedia Commons


Thursday, July 29, 2021

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portrait of Bob Chapman, host of Opera House

Bob Chapman
Photo by Chaplock Photography

The struggle between sacred and profane love is the subject of this evening’s Thursday Night Opera House production, Richard Wagner’s Tannhäuser. The story is laid in and near the Wartburg, where, during the thirteenth century, the Landgraves of the Thuringian Valley held sway. They were lovers of art, especially of poetry and music, and at the Wartburg many contests between the famous minnesingers took place.

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


Wednesday, July 28, 2021

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Photo: Nick Youngson, CC BY-SA 3.0 Alpha Stock Images

On July 28 we observe the birthdays of Austrian piano manufacturer Ignaz Bösendorfer (1796-1859), American conductor Carmen Dragon (1914-1954), and Italian conductor Riccardo Muti (1941-).

Herr Bösendorfer founded his company in 1828. Oscar and Emmy award winner Carmen Dragon conducted the Hollywood Bowl Symphony Orchestra and his own orchestra in the 30s and 40s. Maestro Muti was Music Director of La Scala in Milan from 1986 -2005. He was also Music Director of the Philadelphia Orchestra from 1980-1992 and since 2010 has been Music Director of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

Photo: Riccardo Muti, Andreas Praefke, CC BY 3.0, Wikimedia Commons


Tuesday, July 27, 2021

The Kirk of Kildaire in Cary, North Carolina is hosting a Concert for a Cause on Saturday, July 31 at 7:00 p.m. Three high-school students will present Happiness in Harmony in an effort to give back to their community. All proceeds from the concert will directly support music education programs through The Classical Station’s Education Fund. On the program is music from classical to jazz, from Saint-Saëns to Gershwin.

If you would like to attend, please RSVP using this link. The concert will also be live-streamed on YouTube at 7:00 p.m. on July 31.

Thank you to Dr. Larry Abernathy, Director of Music and Arts at Kirk of Kildare,  for organizing this concert. Please do your part for music education in the community by supporting The Classical Station’s Education Fund.

On July 27 we observe the birthdays of Italian composer Mauro Giuliani (1781-1829) and Spanish composer Enrique Granados (1867-1916). Mauro Giuseppe Sergio Pantaleo Giuliani was a virtuoso guitarist of the 19th century who knew Beethoven, Rossini and Hummel.  While Goyescas is his most popular composition these days, Granados left us over one hundred compositions in a variety of forms.

Photos: Enrique Granados, Unknown Author, Wikimedia Commons;  Mauro Giuliani, Unknown Author, Wikimedia Commons


Monday, July 26, 2021

Orchestre National de France
Photo: Christophe Abramowitz

This evening Monday Night at the Symphony features the French National Orchestra.  On the program is music of Camille Saint-Saëns, Claude Debussy, and Édouard Lalo, in performances led by Emmanuel Krivine, Jean Martinon and Lorin Maazel.

Tell your smart speaker to “Play The Classical Station” at 8 p.m. Eastern.

On July 26 we observe the birthday of John Field (1782-1837), the Irish pianist and composer. Field is perhaps best known for creating the musical form we know as the ‘nocturne’ or night song. Chopin, in turn, made the nocturne popular when he adopted the form as his own. John Field was a student of Muzio Clementi, another piano virtuoso and teacher.

Photo: Etching of John Field in the Gallica Library, Unknown Author, Public Domain, Wikipedia.org