This Week At The Classical Station

Artwork: “Angels in Flight” by Wanda Holloway

This Week At The Classical Station

by Rob Kennedy

Sunday, August 22, 2021

This evening on Wavelengths, pianist Hélène Grimaud explores the connections between Mozart and modern Ukranian composer Valentin Silvestrov. We’ll also hear music for strings from 20th century American composer Ruth Crawford Seeger, plus works by John Adams and Kenneth Fuchs.

Wavelengths presents the best in contemporary classical music every Sunday. Tell your smart speaker to “Play The Classical Station” at 9 p.m. Eastern.

The B’Rock Orchestra of Belgium brings new vibrancy to the music of Baroque and Classical composers. This evening on Preview! we’ll hear them play Schubert’s Symphony No. 4 in C minor, D. 417 “Tragic” conducted by René Jacobs. Rob Kennedy speaks with composer Andrew Shenton. And we’ll hear music for violin by Louise Farrenc.

Preview! features the best in new classical recordings and arts news every Sunday at 6 p.m. Eastern.

This morning Great Sacred Music includes music sung by Chicago a cappella, the Utah State University Chamber Singers, and the Robert Shaw Festival Singers. Also on the playlist is music by Johann Sebastian Bach, Sir Arthur Sullivan, and Jules Massenet.

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 22 we observe the birthdays of English composers Christopher Gibbons (1615-1676) and Sir Edward Bairstow (1874-1946), and French composer Claude Debussy (1862-1918).

Gibbons was the second son of Orlando Gibbons who was one of England’s prominent composers of the late Tudor period. Sir Edward Bairstow was Organist of York Minster from 1913 to 1946. It was Claude Debussy who stated that “Works of art make rules; rules do not make works of art.” The two leading impressionistic composers, Debussy and Ravel, delighted in breaking musical rules. The result was a whole fresh approach to musical composition.

Photo: Claude Debussy, Félix Nadar, Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons

Saturday, August 21, 2021

Celebrate the loved ones in your life. Day Dedications and ongoing Patron Announcements on The Classical Station are thoughtful gifts for birthdays, anniversaries, and other special occasions. Like a musical duet, you can honor a loved one and support great music, together. Contact Dan McHugh for more information. 919-556-5178

On August 21 we observe the birthdays of French composer Lili Boulanger (1893-1918) and British mezzo-soprano Dame Janet Baker (1933-).

Sister of Nadia Boulanger who taught many American musicians, Lili was a child prodigy who died at the very young age of twenty-five. Her compositions reveal a remarkable talent, leaving one to marvel at what might have been had she lived longer. Active from the 50s to the 80s, Dame Janet Baker was highly regarded for her interpretations of baroque as well as contemporary music. Happy 88th birthday, Dame Janet!

Photo: Lili Boulanger, Unknown Author, Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons

Friday, August 20, 2021

When your destination is The Classical Station, you’re on a journey whose goal is to enrich, excite, inspire, and relax. The strings, the keyboards, the brass, the percussion, the voices – classical is music for thinkers, for explorers, for people who seek a deeper and richer experience in life. But the music doesn’t play for free. It’s funded by the people who listen – by people who want the door to inspiration to always be open. It’s funded by YOU. So, please, put a down payment on your next journey now with your donation to The Classical Station. Give securely online or call us anytime to make your gift. A member of staff will be very happy to receive your gift. 800-556-5178.

Photo: WCPE Photo Services

On August 20 we observe the birthdays of Austrian composer Josef Strauss (1827-1870), Canadian conductor Mario Bernardi (1930-2013), and Israeli violinist Maxim Vengerov (1974-).

Josef Strauss was a member of the famous Viennese musical family. He was the son of Johann Strauss I, and brother of Johann Strauss II. Maestro Bernardi was the founding conductor of the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa, Ontario, as well as the conductor of the CBC Radio Orchestra. Vengerov has appeared with many of the world’s major orchestras.

Photo: Maxim Vengerov by Pascale Bitz

Thursday, August 19, 2021

This evening the Thursday Night Opera House presents Gaetano Donizetti’s Don Pasquale. In a nutshell, the plot involves Don Pasquale who wants to marry to prevent his nephew Ernesto from inheriting his estate. Malatesta suggests his sister Norina who’s in love with Ernesto. This is one of our treasured recordings done many years ago by the longtime host of Opera House, Al Ruocchio.

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

Photo: WCPE Photo Services

A few years ago, Bob Chapman spoke with renowned mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato about her CD Songplay. As delightful and engaging in this interview as she is on the stage of the world’s great opera houses, Ms. DiDonato offers a unique look at her work and career as a singer. You can enjoy their conversation on demand.

Photo: Joyce DiDonato by Ken Howard, Metropolitan Opera

On August 19 we observe the birthdays of Romanian composer and conductor George Enescu (1881-1955) and American conductor Gerard Schwarz (1947-).

Enescu shares the distinction with Fritz Kreisler of being the youngest students admitted to the Vienna Conservatory at the age of seven. Maestro Schwarz has been the music director of the Eastern Music Festival in North Carolina since 2007. He was music director of the Seattle Symphony Orchestra from 1985-2001, and Music Director of Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival from 1982-2001.

Photo: Gerard Schwarz by Yuen Lui

Wednesday, August 18, 2021

A great piece of music is a journey worth taking. It takes you to a place you know or one that you want to get to know better. A great piece of classical music lives, it breathes. It paints a picture of life in ways that no other genre can. That’s why we are dedicated to sharing the magic of this music near and far with anyone who wants to experience it. But it’s only possible with your support.  Keep the music alive here on The Classical Station, your home for classical music. Do your part for music that matters.

Give securely online or, if you prefer, call us anytime at 800-556-5178. A member of staff is on duty 24/7 and will be happy to receive your gift. Don’t forget to select a Thank You Gift!

Photo: The Blue Diamond Gallery

On August 18 we observe the birthdays of Italian composer Antonio Salieri (1750-1825), Canadian composer and conductor Sir Ernest MacMillan (1893-1973), and Russian conductor Dmitri Kitayenko (1940-).

Signor Salieri taught Schubert, Liszt and Beethoven. Sir Ernest MacMillan was one of the most influential musicians of his generation in Canada. Maestro Kitayenko was conductor of the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra for many years. He has made many recordings with the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra, the Frankfurt Radio Symphony, the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Danish National Symphony Orchestra.

Photo: Dmitri Kitayenko by Gert Paul Harris


Tuesday, August 17, 2021

George Gershwin said, “I frequently hear music in the heart of noise.” What? You mean, you missed hearing that quote on Preview? Well, did you know you can hear all our Preview interviews on demand? The musicians we interview explain the music they have recorded and show us what to listen for. What’s On Preview! has program notes as well.

On August 17 we observe the birthday of Spanish classical guitarist Ángel Romero (1946-).

Señor Romero comes from a family of distinguished musicians. His father is Celedonio Romero. His brothers are Pepe and Celin. Ángel was the first guitar soloist to appear with the Los Angles Symphony Orchestra which he did at the age of sixteen.

Photo: Angel Romero by Levg, CC BY-SA 3.0, Wikimedia Common

Monday, August 16, 2021

This evening Monday Night at the Symphony features the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. On the program are works by Camille Saint-Saëns, Aaron Copland, and Gabriel Fauré, in performances led by Yoel Levi, Robert Shaw, and current music director Robert Spano.

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

On August 16 we observe the birthdays of French composer Gabriel Pierné (1863-1937), American organist and conductor Paul Callaway (1909-1995), and Israeli conductor Yoel Levi (1950-).

Monsieur Pierné was a student of César Franck and Jules Massenet. Dr. Callaway was organist and choirmaster at the Cathedral of SS. Peter and Paul, Washington, DC, from 1939-1977. Maestro Levi is the Music Director and Principal Conductor of the KBS Symphony Orchestra in Seoul, South Korea.

Photo: Yoel Levi by Kevin Abosch