This Week At The Classical Station

“The Dance of the Flowers” by Loretta Del Palazzo. From our Virtual Art Exhibit.

This Week At The Classical Station

by Rob Kennedy

Sunday, September 12, 2021

Randall Goosby
Photo ⓒ Jeremy Mitchell

American violinist Randall Goosby credits ground-breaking black composers such as William Grant Still and Florence Price with paving the way for young artists of color today. This evening on Wavelengths we’ll hear selections from Goosby’s debut recording, Roots, featuring music by these composers and others. You can listen to Randall talking about this recording in an interview that originally aired on Preview! on July 11, 2021. We’ll also hear works by Arvo Pärt and Paul Moravec.

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

This evening Preview! features performances by pianists Jan Lisiecki and Andrew van Oyen. The Akademie fur Alte Musik Berlin plays a Mozart serenade. We’ll also hear Nicola Benedetti play Vivaldi.

Preview! offers new releases and arts news every Sunday at 6 p.m. Eastern.

Anonymous 4
Photo ⓒ Dario Acosta

Members of Anonymous 4, the acclaimed female a capella quartet, are our guests on the September edition of My Life In Music. My Life In Music is made possible by our listeners and by The Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle.

Join Rob Kennedy for My Life In Music this afternoon at 5 p.m. Eastern.


This morning Great Sacred Music includes music sung by the National Lutheran Choir, Pomerium, and New York Polyphony. Also on the playlist is music by Johann Sebastian Bach, Marc-Antoine Charpentier, and Herbert Howells.

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


On September 12 we observe the birthdays of English composer Eric Thiman (1900-1975), American mezzo-soprano Tatiana Troyanos (1938-1993), and American conductor Jeffrey Kahane (1956-).

Thiman was a prolific composer of church music with over 1,300 published works. Ms. Troyanos began her singing career in The Sound of Music and went on to star on the stages of most of the world’s great opera houses. Maestro Kahane has enjoyed a distinguished career as both conductor and concert pianist.

Photo: Jeffrey Kahane courtesy E.F. Marton Productions

Saturday, September 11, 2021

Today we observe Patriot Day, the 20th anniversary of the 2001 terrorist attacks. We will feature thoughtful, reflective, and patriotic music throughout the day. We will never forget.

This evening on the Saturday Evening Request Program, we invite you to request the music that you want to hear from 6 p.m. until midnight Eastern. Call 919-556-0123 to make your request or submit it online.

Photo: Derek Jensen, CC BY-SA 2.0, Wikimedia Commons

On September 11 we observe the birthdays of English composer William Boyce (1711-1779), German-born Danish composer Friedrich Kuhlau (1786-1832), American philanthropist Alice Tully (1902-1993), and Estonian composer Arvo Pärt (1935-).

Boyce was a Master of the King’s Music and an organist of the Chapels Royal. Kuhlau straddled the classical and romantic period of music. After Alice Tully inherited vast wealth from her maternal grandfather, Amory Houghton of Corning Glassworks, she proceeded to give it away to many musical organizations and causes. Arvo Pärt is well-known for using a compositional technique called tintinnabuli or “ringing like bells” in many of his works. The music sways or oscillates, giving it an ethereal, some even say, hypnotic effect.

Photo: Arvo Pärt, Woesinger, CC BY-SA 2.0, Wikimedia Commons

Friday, September 10, 2021

Classical music carries a kind of truth. It’s music with a purpose – music that reaches deep into our hearts and souls – music that connects directly with our most profound emotions. Whether it’s Bach or Beethoven, Mozart or Haydn, Chopin or Schubert… classical music lays its heart on the line. In the world of music, there’s nothing that carries that kind of power. But to keep it right here on the radio takes your backing with a donation. Keep this wonderful music alive right now with a heartfelt contribution. Give securely online or give us a call anytime. 800-556-5178.

Photo: Blue Diamond Gallery, Fair Use

On September 10 we observe the birthdays of English composer Henry Purcell (1659-1695), Swedish composer Tor Aulin (1866-1914), and English early music specialist and conductor Christopher Hogwood (1941-2014).

Purcell wrote mainly theater music and operas until 1679 when he was appointed Organist of Westminster Abbey. In that role, he composed over 200 anthems, service settings, hymns, and sacred songs. Aulin conducted Sweden’s Stockholm and Gothenburg symphony orchestras in his lifetime. Maestro Hogwood’s obituary in The Guardian refers to him as “the Karajan of early music.” Hogwood paved the way for musicians such as Roger Norrington, John Eliot Gardiner, and Trevor Pinnock.

Photo: Henry Purcell, John Closterman, Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons

Thursday, September 9, 2021

This evening the Thursday Night Opera House presents Arrigo Boito’s highly dramatic Mefistofele, a retelling of the Faust legend. The only completed opera by the Italian composer-librettist. The opera had its premiere on March 5, 1868, at La Scala,  Milan. Based on Goethe’s magnum opus, the Devil, Mefistofele (Samuel Ramey), bets God that he can successfully ensnare the elderly Faust (Placido Domingo) by matching him with the young Margherita (Eva Marton).

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

On September 9 we observe the birthday of Hungarian conductor Ádám Fischer (1949-).

Maestro Fischer is the general music director of the Austro-Hungarian Haydn Orchestra, music director of the Hungarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, and chief conductor of the Danish National Chamber Orchestra.

Photo: Andreas Praefcke, Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons


Wednesday, September 8, 2021

Quarter Notes®, the beautifully designed member magazine of The Classical Station, is our gift to members every quarter. An informative guide to the upcoming quarter’s music programming, it contains music listings and columns on your favorite programs here at The Classical Station, as well as:

  • Quarterly programming highlights
  • Announcer profiles
  • Articles about composers and performers
  • Book and CD reviews

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On September 8 we observe the birthdays of French composer Nicolas de Grigny (1672-1703), Czech composer Antonín Leopold Dvořák (1841-1904), English composer Peter Maxwell Davies (1934-2016), and German conductor Christoph von Dohnányi (1929-).

Monsieur de Grigny died at the age of 31 and left but a single manuscript of music which represents some of the best French baroque music for the organ. Dvořák moved to America in 1892 to become the director of the National Conservatory of Music of America in New York City. It is here that he composed his famous New World Symphony and the American String Quartet. Peter Maxwell Davies studied under Roger Sessions and Milton Babbitt at Princeton University in 1962. Maestro von Dohnányi conducted the Cleveland Orchestra from 1982-2002. Following his retirement from Cleveland, von Dohnányi has worked with several major American orchestras including the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and Philadelphia Orchestra.  Happy 92nd birthday, Maestro!

Photo: Antonín Dvořák, Unknown Author, Gallica Digital Library, Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons

Tuesday, September 7, 2021

Every Sunday on Preview! we speak with musicians about their new recordings. These interviews air at 7 p.m. Eastern and offer fascinating glimpses into the life and work of classical musicians. In case you couldn’t listen to those interviews with staff announcers Dan McHugh, Rob Kennedy, Elizabeth Elliott, and Bob Chapman, not to worry. We have most of these interviews saved for your listening pleasure. Recent chats with Rodney Wynkoop, Yolanda Kondonassis, Randall Goosby, and many more musicians are ready for you to download and enjoy!

On September 7 we observe the birthday of French pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet (1961-). Monsieur Thibaudet has over fifty recordings to his credit. His playing can also be heard in several film scores.

Photo: Priska Ketterer/Lucerne Festival

Monday, September 6, 2021

Labor Day

This evening the Labor Day edition of Monday Night at the Symphony features music of American composers performed by the Nashville Symphony Orchestra. On the program are works by Leonard Bernstein, Amy Beach and Joan Tower, in performances led by Leonard Slatkin, Kenneth Schermerhorn, and current music director Giancarlo Guerrero.

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

Anonymous 4
Photo ⓒ Dario Acosta

Members of Anonymous 4, the acclaimed female a capella quartet, are our guests on the September edition of My Life In Music. My Life In Music is made possible by our listeners and by The Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle.

Join Rob Kennedy for My Life In Music this evening at 7 p.m. Eastern.

Join us this evening at 6 p.m. Eastern as we mark the beginning of the Jewish High Holidays with a special program of music for Rosh Hashanah. The Western Wind Vocal Ensemble performs and Rabbi Jeffrey Summit of Tufts University will offer an introduction and blessing.

Listen to Rabbi Eric Solomon of Beth Meyer Synagogue, Raleigh, North Carolina, speaking with Rob Kennedy about  the High Holidays. Shanah Tovah Umetukah!  שנה טובה ומתוקה‎

Photo: Sondolares, Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.5 Generic license, Danish Wikimedia Commons

On September 6 we observe the birthdays of Spanish composer Juan Bautista José Cabanilles (1644-1712), Russian conductor Yevgeny Svetlanov (1928-2002), and American composer Joan Tower (1938-). Señor Cabanilles was an organist and priest at Valencia Cathedral. Maestro Svetlanov had a plane and an asteroid named after him. Grammy Award-winning composer Joan Tower is arguably one of the most important composers of our time.

Photo: Joan Tower by Cynthia Del Conte