This Week At The Classical Station

Photo by Dale Marie Muller, Roberts, Montana

This Week At The Classical Station

by Rob Kennedy

Sunday, October 24, 2021

Day 3 of Fall Fund Drive

On Day 3 of our Fall 2021 Membership Drive, Chuck Till and Elizabeth Elliott will be on air with Rob Kennedy during Great Sacred Music asking for your support of The Classical Station.

We have a special Thank You Gift for lovers of choral music, The Music of Gerre Hancock.  22 of Gerre’s beautiful pieces can be yours as a Thank You Gift for your donation of $10 per month or a one-time gift of $120. Click a gift to us online or call 800-556-5178 anytime.

Photo: Cover of The Music of Gerre Hancock courtesy Signum Records

On October 24 we observe the birthdays of Italian baritone Tito Gobbi (1913-1989), English composer Elizabeth Poston (1905-1987), Italian composer Luciano Berio (1925-2003), and American fortepianist Malcolm Bilson(1935-).

Besides being an internationally acclaimed operatic baritone with a repertoire of over 100 roles, Gobbi was also a stage director of dozens of operatic productions. Ms. Poston wrote dozens of scores for radio and television shows. Signor Berio was a pioneer in composing electronic and experimental music. Professor Bilson teaches at Cornell University.

Photo: Elizabeth Poston, Unknown Author, Fair Use, Wikimedia Commons

Saturday, October 23, 2021

Day 2 of Fall Fund Drive


On Day 2 of our Fall 2021 Membership Drive, Helen Halva, Peggy Powell, and Rob McHugh will be on air from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. Eastern asking for your support of The Classical Station. They’d love to hear from you. Donate securely online, on our app, or give us a call. 800-556-5178.

On October 23 we observe the birthdays of German composer Albert Lortzing (1801-1851), Russian composer Alexander Archangelsky (1845-1924), and American composer Ned Rorem (1923-).

Herr Lortzing is best known as a composer of comic operas. Alexander Archangelsky led the revival of Russian choral music in the late 1800s. Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Ned Rorem has composed hundreds of works in a variety of forms. He has written sacred choral music, several symphonies, and dozens of songs. Happy 98th birthday, Ned Rorem!

Photo: Alexander Archangelsky, Unknown Author, Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons

Friday, October 22, 2021

Day 1 of Fall Fund Drive 2021

Photo ⓒ Warner Classics

Today is the first day of our Fall Fund Drive. You make the great classical music we broadcast in Central North Carolina and stream worldwide possible with your financial support. Thank you!

We receive no tax dollars, no funds from a university or foundation. It’s listeners like you and me who have been bringing the classical music we love so much for over forty years. If you have been listening and never sent us a dollar,  why not give us a call at 800-556-5178. Donate at the level that works for you. $5 a month, $10 a month, whatever YOU decide. We’d love to welcome you into our family of classical music lovers.

To encourage you to give us a call, we have an Early-Bird Special Thank You CD, 100 Best Children’s Classics. Don’t let the name fool you! This six-CD set on the Warner Classics label is a great collection for classical music lovers of all ages. It features music by Debussy, Beethoven, Grieg, Mozart, Chopin, and many more composers, including classics such as The Moldau, Night on Bald Mountain, and The Sorcerer’s Apprentice. This makes a great gift for anyone who wants to know more about classical music.  Ask for 100 Best Children’s Classics with your gift of $135 in support of Great Classical Music. This offer is in effect only until 1 p.m. today, October 22, or while supplies last.

On October 22 we observe the birthday of Hungarian composer, pianist, and Franciscan tertiary Franz Liszt (1811-1886).

Mere superlatives are not sufficient to describe Liszt’s virtuoso piano and organ performances. By all accounts he was extraordinary. Friend of composers Saint-Saëns, Chopin, and Debussy, Liszt himself composed over 750 works during his lifetime.

Photo: Felix Nadar, Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons

Thursday, October 21, 2021

Al Ruocchio
Photo by WCPE Photo Services

This evening the Thursday Night Opera House presents an encore broadcast of Giuseppe Verdi’s Rigoletto. The late Al Ruocchio (1937-2007) hosts.

Verdi based Rigoletto on a play by Victor Hugo called Le roi s’amuse. The composer once said it was “perhaps the greatest drama of modern times,” and went on to describe its main character as “a creation worthy of Shakespeare.” That character, Triboulet in Hugo’s play, became the title character in Verdi’s opera. He’s a man whose harsh life is warmed only by the unconditional love of his daughter — a young woman who is eventually destroyed as an inadvertent result of Rigoletto’s own anger and bitterness. The opera had a triumphant premiere at Venice’s La Fenice on March 11, 1851.

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

On October 21 we observe the birthdays of French composer Joseph Canteloube (1879-1957), English composer Sir Malcolm Arnold (1921-2006), and Hungarian-born British conductor Sir Georg Solti (1912-1997).

Marie-Joseph Canteloube de Malaret was a musicologist as well as a composer. He is best known for his arrangements of the folk music of the Auvergne region of France. Despite a rather troubled personal life, Sir Malcolm Arnold composed in a variety of forms. He wrote over one hundred film scores. Widely considered one of the great conductors of the 20th century, Maestro Solti was music director of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra for twenty years.

Photo: Joseph Canteloube, Unknown Author, Public Domain, Wikimedia

Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Our Fall Membership Drive begins this Friday, October 22. As a result, there will be no All-Request Friday this Friday or next week. The Saturday Evening Request Program will air as usual from 6 p.m. until midnight Eastern. Please submit your request online or via our app.

We need your help to keep our great classical music coming to you 24/7, 365 days a year. Word of mouth is always our best marketing tool. So, please help us by telling a friend about The Classical Station.

Let them know that we have a live announcer on duty 24/7. Tell them that they can listen on their phone or tablet via our app. If they like Renaissance music, we have a special program devoted to that musical period. Let them know that our great classical music is always there for them. Ask them to give us a call anytime at 800-556-5178 so that we can welcome them personally into our family of classical music lovers.

Don’t forget to take a Thank You Gift after you have made your pledge. Thank you for your support!

On October 20 we observe the birthday of American composer Charles Ives (1874-1954).

While Charles Ives’ music was largely ignored during his lifetime, he came to be regarded as an American original because of his experimentations with avante garde styles of composition.

Photo: Unknown Author, Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons

Tuesday, October 19, 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 everywhere. Keep this unique classical music service going strong in 2021 by giving online today or by calling 800-556-5178 anytime. Thank you!

On October 19 we observe the birthday of Russian pianist Emil Grigoryevich Gilels (1916-1985). Widely considered one of the great pianists of the 20th century, Gilels gave his first public piano recital at the age of 12.

Photo: Unknown Author, Fair Use, Alchetron

Monday, October 18, 2021

This evening Monday Night at the Symphony features the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.  On the program is music by Ludwig van Beethoven, Antonín Dvořák, and Hugo Alfven in performances led by David Zinman, Sergiu Comissiona, and current music director, Marin Alsop.

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

Baltimore Symphony Logo courtesy

On October 18 we observe the birthdays of Spanish guitarist and composer Miguel Llobet (1878-1938) and American trumpeter and composer Wynton Marsalis (1961-).

Señor Llobet was a virtuoso performer who studied with Francisco Tárrega. Wynton Marsalis won the Pulitzer Prize in 1997 for his oratorio Blood on the Fields. He is the Director of Jazz Studies at The Julliard School and the Managing and Artistic Director of Jazz at Lincoln Center.

Photo: Wynton Marsalis, Eric Delmar, Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons