This Week At The Classical Station

Topsail Beach Under the Pier” by Corina Rosiuta. From our Virtual Art Exhibit.

This Week At The Classical Station

by Rob Kennedy

Sunday, October 3, 2021

As a child, Hannah Lash loved listening to Mozart concertos and Bach cantatas with her dad. By the age of four, she knew she was destined to write music herself. This evening on Wavelengths we’ll feature music of American composer Hannah Lash, along with works by Judd Greenstein and John Tavener.

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

This evening on Preview!, pianist Tedd Joselson plays music of Grieg. Rob Kennedy speaks with pianist Eugene Albulescu about performing the Beethoven concertos. And the Nash Ensemble of London plays chamber music of Max Bruch.

Preview! brings you new releases and arts news every Sunday at 6 p.m. Eastern. With Steve Thebes.

This morning, Great Sacred Music includes music sung by Cantus, the Choir of Christ Church, Raleigh, North Carolina, and the Mexico City Chorus. Also on the playlist is music by Johann Sebastian Bach, David Jernigan, and Dame Ethel Smyth.

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

On October 3 we observe the birthdays of English pianist and composer Cipriani Potter (1792-1871) and Polish-American conductor Stanisław Skrowaczewski (1923-2013).

A brilliant pianist, Philip Cipriani Hambly Potter premiered several Mozart and Beethoven concerti in London. He also gave the first performance there of Brahms’ A German Requiem. Maestro Skrowaczewski was the music director of the Minnesota Orchestra from 1960-1979. He guest-conducted many of the world’s orchestras during his long career.

Photo: Cipriani Potter, Unknown Author, Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons

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Saturday, October 2, 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 Match!” in the Comments Box.  Your Angel Match 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! Don’t forget to take a Thank You Gift!

Photo: “Angel 013” by Juliett-Foxtrott is licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0

On October 2 we observe the birthdays of English composers Kenneth Leighton (1929-1988) and Dr. Francis Jackson (1917-), and French conductor Michel Plasson (1933-).

A Professor of Music at the University of Edinburgh, Kenneth Leighton composed over 100 works during his lifetime. Francis Jackson celebrates his 104th birthday today! He was Organist of York Minster from 1946-1982. Highly respected for his interpretations of music by Gounod and Massenet, Monsieur Plasson is widely considered one of the great conductors of his generation. Joyeux quatre-vingt-huitième anniversaire, Maître!

Photo: “Dr. Francis Jackson, CBE” by Jrn0074 is licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0

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Friday, October 1, 2021

The Classical Station has been broadcasting great classical music since 1978, thanks to listener support. One of the many ways that you can help The Classical Station to continue playing classical music for years to come is to leave a planned gift in your will or estate.

Leaving a legacy gift to The Classical Station will help ensure that the station has a solid foundation to continue operating for generations to come. Educational Information Corporation is the legal name of The Classical Station. The station is a nonprofit 501 (c)(3), listener-supported radio station that relies on your tax-deductible support for its funding. We receive no financial support from local, state, or federal government entities. Neither do we receive a grant from a university or public radio organization. We have been listener-supported and volunteer-powered since 1978.

For more information, read our Planned Giving Brochure. Thank you for supporting The Classical Station. We couldn’t do this without you.

Photo: Unknown Author, Fair Use

On October 1 we observe the birthdays of Italian composer Alessandro Stradella (1639-1682), French composer Paul Dukas (1865-1935), and Russian pianist Vladimir Horowitz (1903-1989).

Signor Stradella composed over 300 works in a variety of styles. Unfortunately, his philandering lifestyle led to his untimely demise. Monsieur Dukas is perhaps best known for The Sorcerer’s Apprentice. He taught at the Paris Conservatoire and was also a music critic. Vladimir Samoylovich Horowitz married conductor Arturo Toscanini’s daughter Wanda. Horowitz is widely considered one of the greatest pianists of the 20th century.

Photo: Paul Dukas, Unknown Author, Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons

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Thursday, September 30, 2021

This evening the Thursday Night Opera House presents Vincenzo Bellini’s Il Pirata (The Pirate), his third opera. Set to an Italian libretto by Felice Romani, the opera was based on Charles Nodier’s 1826 melodrama Bertram, ou le Pirate. Il Pirata was premiered at Milan’s Teatro alla Scala on October 17, 1827.

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

On September 30 we observe the birthdays of Norwegian composer Johan Svendsen (1840-1911), Czech conductor Václav Smetáček (1906-1986), Irish composer Sir Charles Stanford (1852-1924), and Soviet violinist David Oistrakh (1908-1974).

Johan Svendsen wrote several symphonies and string quartets. Maestro Smetáček conducted the Prague Symphony Orchestra. Stanford was one of the first professors on the staff of the Royal College of Music. David Oistrakh was one of the 20th century’s foremost violinists.

Photo: Sr Charles Villiers Stanford, Bassano Ltd., Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons

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Wednesday, September 29, 2021

Are you a Sustaining Member of The Classical Station? If you are, thank you! You are enjoying convenient, automatic, ongoing monthly contributions which you can change or stop at any time! Becoming a Sustaining Member is an easy way to increase the power of your support and put more of your dollars into the great classical music you depend on.

As a Sustaining Member, you will:

  • Enjoy uninterrupted membership status at The Classical Station.
  • Save us money spent on postage, paper, and administrative costs.
  • Utilize an eco-friendly payment option that allows us to cut down on renewal mailings.
  • Provide The Classical Station with a steady and reliable stream of income which allows us to plan for a sustainable future.

Here’s how a Sustaining Membership works: Your monthly contribution is deducted automatically from the account of your choice on the same day each month until you tell us to stop. You can make changes or cancel your Sustaining Membership at any time.

To Become a Sustaining Member, visit our Donation Page. Or call 800-556-5178 anytime. A member of staff will be happy to take down your information and instructions, as well as answer any questions you may have. Don’t forget to take a Thank You Gift or designate 10% of your Sustaining Membership to the Education Fund if you prefer. Thank you for being a Sustaining Member!

On September 29 we observe the birthdays of German composers Vincent Lubeck (1654-1740) and Johann Gottlieb Schicht (1753-1823), Czech conductor Vaclav Neumann (1920-1995), and Australian conductor Richard Bonynge (1930-).

Herr Lubeck was one of the foremost organists of his time. Herr Schicht was cantor of the Thomanchor, the same position held by Johann Sebastian Bach a century before. Maestro Neumann was music director of the Czech Philharmonic from 1968-1990. Maestro Bonynge is the widower of Dame Joan Sutherland. He conducted virtually all of his wife’s performances.

Photo: Vincent Lubeck, Unknown Author, Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons

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Tuesday, September 28, 2021

For more than 43 years, The Classical Station has depended upon the support of listeners and volunteers to share Great Classical Music with everyone. Classical music is so much more than just music… It’s a community. It’s a unique, vital, and powerful art. And the power of the music is reflected in the power of The Classical Station. This station is also a community, created and sustained by you and your love of this music. But love alone isn’t enough to keep the music playing. We need your love,  but we also need your financial support.

Please show your love of music by giving online today at, or by calling 800-556-5178 anytime. Thank you! Don’t forget to take a Thank You Gift!

On September 28 we observe the birthday of Russian violinist Alina Ibragimova (1985-).

Ms. Ibragimova was born in Russia. She has lived in England since her father took a position with the London Symphony Orchestra. She studied at the Royal College of Music. Since then she has appeared with orchestras worldwide.

Photo: Sussie Ahlberg

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Monday, September 27, 2021

This evening Monday Night at the Symphony features the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra.  On the program is music by Bedrich Smetana, Franz Schubert, and Johannes Brahms, in performances led by Jonathan Nott, Robin Ticciati, and principal conductor Jakub Hrůša.

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

On September 27 we observe the birthdays of American harpsichordist Igor Kipnis (1930-2002), American pianist Misha Dichter (1945-), and Russian conductor Dmitri Sitkovetsky (1954-).

One of the great harpsichordists of the 20th century, Dr. Kipnis gave recitals worldwide. Misha Dichter made his concert debut with Leonard Bernstein and the New York Philharmonic Orchestra in 1968. Dmitri Sitkovetsky is the son of pianist Bella Davidovich. He has conducted most major orchestras at some point in his career, and currently is the Music Director of the Greensboro Symphony Orchestra.

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