This Week At The Classical Station

“Marsh Splendor” by James Melvin. Inspired by Johann Pachelbel’s Canon in D minor. From our Virtual Art Exhibit.

This Week At The Classical Station

by Rob Kennedy

Sunday, August 29, 2021

The City of Tomorrow is an experimental wind quintet committed to playing 21st century music. Join us this evening on Wavelengths as they perform a work by Finnish composer and conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen. We’ll also hear music by New York-born composer James Ricci, now based in Chapel Hill, and a concerto by Stephen Paulus.

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

This evening on Preview!, pianists Paul Lewis and Steven Osborne play music of Maurice Ravel.  Rob Kennedy speaks with Rodney Wynkoop, Artistic Director of the Choral Society of Durham, on the occasion of his 35th anniversary with the Choral Society. And we’ll take a musical trip to the Scottish Highlands with a suite by Sir Granville Bantock.

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

This morning Great Sacred Music includes music sung by the Choir of Grace Cathedral, San Francisco, the King’s Consort, and the Monteverdi Choir. Also on the playlist is music by Johann Sebastian Bach, Adolphus Hailstork, and Arthur Honegger. Tom Heaton, a former Music Director of The Classical Station, will offer a commentary on John Rutter’s anthem I will lift up mine eyes.

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

Saturday, August 28, 2021

Open white flower with red and yellow center on a small, worn, wooden outdoor surface, seen from above

The beauty and inspiration that classical music offers is the reason why so many people hold it so close to their hearts. Classical music is an experience with no boundaries. It’s an experience that exists to bring forth the passion and wonder around us, the emotions we have, the challenges and struggles we face, and also the moments of pure joy that grace our lives every once in a while. This is music worth standing behind with your donation of support now. Keep it real for The Classical Station with your gift.

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Photo: “The last rose of summer” by Alice Brown May. From our Virtual Art Gallery

On August 28 we observe the birthdays of two conductors who were active in the latter part of the 20th century: Austrian Karl Böhm (1894-1981) and Hungarian István Kertész (1929-1973).

Maestro Böhm conducted some 262 performances at the Metropolitan Opera over the course of his twenty-year tenure during the Bing era. By all accounts, Maestro Kertész was on track to be one of the great conductors of his generation. Unfortunately, his life was snuffed out when he was only 43 years old.

Photo: István Kertész, Roberto Mastrosimone, Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons

Friday, August 27, 2021

Today is All Request Friday. Every Friday our listeners select all the music which we’ll play between 9 a.m. and 10 p.m. Want a full-length symphony? We can do that. Want to hear Glenn Gould play Bach? You got it! Want us to play one of Anonymous’ compositions. We have plenty of those. We’re not sure whether Anonymous was male or female or even when she lived. But we have hundreds of her compositions in the library.

Submit your request online. Or on our app. Our request programs fill up very quickly, so don’t wait until the last minute to put in your request. We look forward to playing the music you want to hear today!

On August 27 we observe the birthdays of German composer Hans Leo Hassler (1564-1612), Russian inventor Leon Theremin (1896-1993), English composers Eric Coates (1886-1957) and Rebecca Clarke (1886-1979).

Herr Hassler studied with Andrea Gabrieli in Venice. He brought music of the Venetian school to Germany when he returned home. Leon Theremin invented the theremin which was one of the first electronic instruments. Eric Coates was well-known for his light music and film scores. More than half of Rebecca Clarke’s music remains unpublished. She was also a fine viola player.

Photo: Eric Coates, Fair Use, Faber Music, Wikimedia Commons

Thursday, August 26, 2021

This evening, the Thursday Night Opera House presents Jacques Offenbach’s La Grande Duchesse de Gérolstein. A grand duchess with an eye for attractive young men promotes Private Fritz to general, but he’s engaged to Wanda and has ideas of his own, forcing her to settle for Prince Paul . Bob Chapman hosts.

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

On August 26 we observe the birthdays of German conductor Wolfgang Sawallisch (1913-2013), American saxophonist and composer Branford Marsalis (1960-), and our very own Richard “Dick” Storck.

Maestro Sawallisch was Music Director for several important orchestras including the Vienna Symphony, l’Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, and the Philadelphia Orchestra. Branford Marsalis is a saxophonist, composer and bandleader. Dick Storck has enjoyed a long and distinguished career in radio including over 24 years here at The Classical Station. Dick hosts our afternoon drive program, Allegro, and is the voice you often hear at the top of every hour when he identifies the station.

Photo: Dick Storck by WCPE Photo Services

Wednesday, August 25, 2021

Have you tried out our AAC audio stream? You will feel as though you are sitting in a concert hall with the musicians. The fidelity is superb. You can listen using that stream by clicking on the Listen link at the top of this page. Our apps use a skinnier version of this same audio stream. Your smart speaker uses this stream as well. Let us know how you think it sounds while you listen to our great classical music.

Photo: Sara007, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0,

On August 25 we observe the birthday of American composer, conductor and pianist Leonard Bernstein (1918-1990).

A graduate of Harvard University, Maestro Bernstein then attended the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia where he studied with Fritz Reiner and Randall Thompson. He conducted most of the world’s orchestras at one point or another. Remarkably facile as a composer, Bernstein composed several very successful Broadway musicals as well as a variety of works in many genres. He was also a brilliant teacher and lecturer.

Photo: Jack Mitchell

Tuesday, August 24, 2021

London, England, Toronto, Canada, Seoul, South Korea. Did you know The Classical Station has followers all over the world? And that you can help us grow our global community by becoming a sustaining member? Sustaining members support us with a monthly gift of $10, $20, $30 or more. This helps us promote great classical music all over the world. Become a sustainer online or call us anytime at 800-556-5178. Thank you for your support.

On August 24 we observe the birthday of American composer Stephen Paulus (1949-2014). A GRAMMY Award-winning composer principally of operas and choral music, he was the co-founder of the American Composers Forum.

Photo: Sharolyn Hagen


Monday, August 23, 2021

This evening Monday Night at the Symphony features the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. On the program are works by Edvard Grieg, Frederick Delius and Kara Karayev, in performances led by Paavo Berglund, Richard Hickox and music director Kirill Karabits.

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

On August 23 we observe the birthdays of English composer and conductor Constant Lambert (1905-1951) and American conductor Karina Canellakis (1981-).

Lambert was a student of Ralph Vaughan Williams and Sir Malcolm Sargent at the Royal College of Music. In 1931 Lambert was appointed Conductor and Music Director of the Vic Wells Ballet which later became the Royal Ballet. Born and raised in New York City, Maestra Canellakis attended The Curtis Institute and The Juilliard School. She is the chief conductor of the Radio Filharmonisch Orkes in the Netherlands. Karina was our guest on My Life In Music in October 2019. You can listen to our interview with her on our Conversations With Conductors page.

Photo: Karina Canellakis by Mathias Bothor