This Week At The Classical Station

Photo: Dale Marie Muller, Roberts, Montana

This Week At The Classical Station

by Rob Kennedy

Sunday, September 26, 2021

Argentine composer Osvaldo Golijov imagined his cello concerto, “Azul”, as a contemplation on the sky. Join us this evening on Wavelengths as we hear music by Golijov, along with works by Dobrinka Tabakova and Christopher Tin.

Wavelengths brings you the best in contemporary classical music on Sundays at 9 p.m. Eastern.

This evening on Preview! cellist Emmanuelle Bertrand joins pianist Pascal Amoyel to play music of Brahms. Rob Kennedy speaks with Native American composer and pianist Jerod Tate about his music, inspired by his Chickasaw heritage. Francois-Xavier Roth leads the orchestra Les Siècles in ballet music of Stravinsky.

Preview! brings you 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 the Coral Ridge Choir, the Howard University Choir, and the Moscow Capella. Also on the playlist is music by Johann Sebastian Bach, Alexander Glazunov, and Sir Michael Tippett.

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 26 we observe the birthdays of Swiss-French pianist Alfred Cortot (1877-1962), French conductor Charles Munch (1891-1968), American composer George Gershwin (1898-1937), and American composer and musicologist William Levi Dawson (1899-1990)..

Monsieur Cortot was considered one of the finest interpreters of the music of Chopin in his time. He made the first electrical recording of Chopin in 1925. Charles Munch was Music Director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra from 1949 to 1962. Many American composers studied with Nadia Boulanger in Paris. Mlle. Boulanger refused George Gershwin as a student. Shortly thereafter, he wrote Porgy and Bess. One last historical morsel about the great Gershwin: “Gershwin asked to study with Ravel. When Ravel heard how much Gershwin earned, Ravel replied with words to the effect of, ‘You should give me lessons.’” William Levi Dawson was a member of the music faculty at the Tuskegee Institute from 1931-1956. His Negro Folk Symphony (1934) had its world premiere by the Philadelphia Orchestra under Leopold Stokowski.

Photo: Drawing of William L. Dawson by Aaron Douglas, Tuskegee University Archives, Fair Use

Saturday, September 25, 2021

On September 25 we observe the birthdays of French composer Jean-Philippe Rameau (1683-1764), Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovich (1906-1975), English conductor Sir Colin Davis (1927-2013), and Canadian pianist Glenn Gould (1932-1982).

Rameau composed music of all kinds. His music for harpsichord and his operas are perhaps best known to 21st-century listeners. Shostakovich was a prominent 20th-century composer who wrote, among other things, fifteen symphonies and fifteen string quartets. Sir Colin Davis made a name for himself at Covent Garden conducting ballets. He was in great demand as an opera conductor as well. Glenn Gould’s 1955 recording of Bach’s Goldberg Variations was one of the best-selling classical music albums of all time.

Photo: Jean-Philippe Rameau, Joseph Aved, Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons

Friday, September 24, 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 Classical Station 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 24 we observe the birthday of a great favorite of Great Sacred Music listeners, English composer John Rutter (1945-).

John Rutter has written many choral compositions, including large-scale works such as Requiem and Mass of the Children. He also collaborated with Sir David Willcocks to produce the four-volume set of Carols for Choirs. Happy seventy-sixth birthday, John! You can listen to our conversation with John on our Conversations With Composers page here on this website and on our app.

Photo: Nick Rutter

Thursday, September 23, 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 WCPE 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 for at auction. This amount is what you can claim on your itemized tax return. We will also send you a one-year subscription to our member magazine, Quarter Notes.

Photo: 1970 Chevelle, ZoeMacarthy Archives, Fair Use

This evening the Thursday Night Opera House presents an encore broadcast of one of the most popular operas ever written, Georges Bizet’s Carmen. The program comes from the Ruocchio archives and will be hosted by the late Al Ruocchio (1937-2007).

The curtain goes up at 7 p.m. Eastern.

On September 23 we observe the birthday of American composer and musicologist William Levi Dawson (1899-1990).

A member of the music faculty at the Tuskegee Institute from 1931-1956, Dawson’s Negro Folk Symphony (1934) had its world premiere by the Philadelphia Orchestra under Leopold Stokowski.

Photo: Drawing of William L. Dawson by Aaron Douglas, Tuskegee University Archives, Fair Use

Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Every Sunday on Preview! we speak with musicians about their new recordings. These interviews air at 7 p.m. Eastern on Preview! They 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. Chats with Yolanda Kondonassis, Randall Goosby, Osmo Vänskä, and many more musicians are ready for you to download and enjoy here on our website and on our app!

On September 22 we observe the birthday of Polish-Mexican violinist and composer Henryk Szeryng (1918-1988).

Szeryng was born into a wealthy Jewish family. Consequently, when the events of World War II forced him to live abroad, he chose Mexico as his new home because of the wonderful reception which he received on a concert tour there in 1941. He lived in Mexico from 1946 and was on the faculty of the National University of Mexico, among other activities.

Photo: Harry Pot, CC BY-SA 3.0,

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Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Can you be an angel? We need angels for our Fall 2021 Membership Drive which will begin in a few weeks. The point of our membership drives is to encourage listeners to become supporting members of The Classical Station. Did you know that Angels help us achieve that objective? Well, yes, they do and have done so for many years. Our Angels are amazing listeners who will match your gift to encourage you to support this unique classical music radio station that you enjoy so much.

The way it works is very simple. For example, a listener in Charlotte, North Carolina, commits $600 to the membership drive. She tells us that she will match 5 contributions of $10 per month. So, once her angel match is met and 5 new members have become Sustaining Members at $10 per month, The Classical Station garners $600 from our Angel and another $600 from the 5 listeners who have become Sustaining Members at the $10 per month level.

Can you be an Angel during our Fall 2021 Membership Drive? Here’s how to make that happen: call us anytime and tell the member of staff who answers that you want to be an Angel with your gift of $300 or more. 800-556-5178.

You can also become an Angel by making your gift of $300 or more online via our secure server. Put “This is an Angel  Gift!” in the Comments Box.  Your Angel Gift can be paid as a Sustaining Membership. So, a $300 Angel Match can be spread across 12 months with a monthly payment of $25.

Remember: you can call the station anytime. 24/7. A live member of staff will take your call and help you with your pledge and any questions you have. Thank you for being an Angel and encouraging other listeners to support The Classical Station!

Photo: Unknown Author, Angelology, Fair Use

On September 21 we observe the birthday of English composer Gustav Holst (1874-1934).

Charles Villiers Stanford taught Holst at the Royal College of Music. Ralph Vaughan Williams was his colleague. Holst, in turn, influenced a generation of younger composers including Benjamin Britten, Edmund Rubbra, and Michael Tippett.

Photo: Herbert Lambert, Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons

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Monday, September 20, 2021

Kristine Bellino starts your morning with a selection of music perfect for a new day on Rise and Shine. Nick Robinson on Classical Cafe and Naomi Lambert on As You Like It accompany you throughout your day with wonderful classics and traditions. Then Dick Storck winds things down on Allegro with pieces that let you leave the tough moments of your day behind.

These familiar voices are a part of your every day, guiding you through the magical world of classical music. These announcers care deeply about this music. It’s another important side of The Classical Station that would not be possible without your support. Stand behind our hosts with your gift online or give us a call anytime at 800-556-5178.

This evening Monday Night at the Symphony features the Boston Symphony Orchestra. On the program are works by Richard Wagner, Ottorino Respighi, and Zoltán Kodály in performances led by Andris Nelsons, Seiji Ozawa, and Erich Leinsdorf.

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

Photo: BSO logo courtesy Boston Symphony Orchestra

On September 20 we observe the birthday of Italian composer and teacher Ildebrando Pizzetti (1880-1968).

While Signor Pizzetti is primarily known to modern audiences for his theatre music, he was also highly regarded as a teacher and writer.

Photo: Venturini, Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons

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