This Week At The Classical Station
by Rob Kennedy
Photo by Dale Marie Muller, Roberts, Montana
by Rob Kennedy
Sunday, October 31, 2021
Day 10 of Fall Fund Drive
On Day 10 of our Fall 2021 Membership Drivewe are asking those listeners who have never donated to The Classical Station to join our family of classical music lovers. Yes, we know that you can hear the same music on Spotify or iTunes. What those streaming services don’t have is a friendly, live announcer introducing the music, setting the scene if you will. That’s one of the things which makes this radio station unique. The other thing is that we have been volunteer-powered and listener-supported since 1978.
Please become a Sustaining Member today and help us reach our Fund Drive target. Click a gift to us via our app or this website. Or call 800-556-5178 anytime. Thank you for your support.
On Day 10 of our Fall 2021 Membership Drive, Joyce Kidd and Naomi Lambert 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
Saturday, October 30
Day 9 of Fall Fund Drive
On Day 9 of our Fall 2021 Membership Drive, we still have a ways to go. Honestly, all of us are humbled by your generosity during this Fund Drive. We know that these are tough times for everybody. But, once more, you have shown us how much you value our classical music programming. So, think about what our classical music means to you, then give us a call at 800-556-5178, and help us get to 90% of goal today.
Are you at a time in your life where you can be a Patron of The Classical Station? Then a gift of $100 per month will make that designation happen. Can you contribute a major gift like our friends in Greensboro did yesterday? Their Angel Match of $25,000 had a major impact on our fundraising. Ten years ago we had to replace the guy wires on our 1200 foot tower. The old guy wires were at the end of their usable life. Replacement entailed a capital expenditure of more than $500,000. Where was that kind of money going to come from? Well, we shouldn’t have worried because several major gifts and hundreds of smaller ones covered that enormous expense in a matter of weeks. You have always been there for us, giving whatever amount you feel you can. So, if a major gift is something you’re thinking about, give us a call to work out the details. 800-556-5178. Tell the person who answers the phone that you want to make a major gift.
We know Philip Heseltine by his pseudonym, Peter Warlock. While he wrote over 150 compositions, Warlock’s Capriol Suite is his most familiar work to 21st-century listeners. Besides being an authority on 18th-century music, Franz Brüggen was a virtuoso recorder and baroque flute player. Shlomo Mintz gives recitals and appears with orchestras and chamber groups worldwide.
Photo: Philip Heseltine, Unknown Author, Fair Use, Wikimedia Commons
Friday, October 29, 2021
Day 8 of Fall Fund Drive
On Day 8 of our Fall 2021 Membership Drive we are very humbled by your generous response. We are at 50% of our target. With your help, we can do this. Today we are looking to add another $50,000. That’s a lot of money for sure, but how about this as a path to that target? When 100 listeners donate $15 per month as Sustaining Members AND their gift is matched by a friendly Angel AND their employer has a matching gift program, that original $15 per month donation becomes $45 per month. Annualize that $45 per month and you get $540. Multiply that by 85 listeners and voila! $50,000 is very doable.
We have been listener-supported and volunteer-powered since 1978. We have always raised our operating funds one gift at a time. Your gift combined with thousands of other gifts keeps the classical music playing here on The Classical Station.
Maybe $15 per month doesn’t work for you. You decide what you want to give to keep the classical music you love so much coming to you. Maybe you are at a point in your life where a gift of $100 per month is doable. Then do it. Remember that you can call us anytime and a live member of staff will take your information down securely. 800-556-5178. Or donate securely online. Or pop a check in the mail to The Classical Station, P.O. Box 828, Wake Forest, North Carolina 27588. Thank you for your support!
Thursday, October 28, 2021
Day 7 of Fall Fund Drive
Join Thursday Night Opera House host Bob Chapman and Elizabeth Elliott for a special Fall 2021 Fund Drive edition. They’ll be playing arias, choruses, and ensembles from the station’s vast library of opera recordings, including our thank-you gift while asking for your new or continuing financial support.
We have a goal of $15,000 to raise between 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. this evening. What part can you help with? We receive no funding from a national radio association, no support from a university, no tax dollars. And we have no endowment. We do this one listener at a time and have done so since 1978. We’re one of the few stations which broadcast full-length operas every week.
Each week, retired opera singer, Bob Chapman, introduces each opera and gives you a synopsis so you can follow the storyline. Your Sustaining Membership will keep grand opera coming to you here on The Classical Station. Do you have a grandchild or cousin who sings? Please let them know about the Thursday Night Opera House. It’s one of the very few places where they can hear the world’s greatest opera stars each week.
We have a wonderful Thank You Gift for supporters of the Thursday Night Opera House. For a Sustaining Membership of $12.50 per month or a one-time gift of $150, you can select 100 Best Opera Classics, a six-CD set from the distinguished Warner Classics label. This compilation contains almost eight hours of beautiful arias and choruses from some of the best-loved operas ever written.
Call 800-556-51-78 to support grand opera here on The Classical Station. Thank you!
On October 28 we observe the birthday of American composer Howard Hanson (1896-1981).
The winner of a Pulitzer Prize for his Symphony No. 4, he was Director of the Eastman School of Music for 40 years.
Photo: Unknown Author, Northwestern University Collection, Fair Use
Wednesday, October 27, 2021
Day 6 of Fall Fund Drive
We are not like other businesses. Our business model relies almost exclusively on support from our listeners. And we never tell anybody how much to give. That’s entirely up to each listener.
Can you imagine going to your dry cleaners to pick up your slacks or shirts and when you asked how much that was, the owner replied: “Pay whatever you like.” But that’s exactly how we operate here at The Classical Station. We operate on the honor system. You can listen and not contribute a dollar to our operating expenses. Nobody will ever know.
Or you can do what thousands of wonderful listeners do and become a Sustaining Member of the station with your gift of $10, $15, $20, or more per month. They support the great classical music they hear and love. Won’t you do the same? Call 800-556-51-78 right now. Or click a gift to us on the app or here on our website. Thank you for your support.
Today on Day 6 of our Fall 2021 Membership Drive, we have a very special Christmas CD as a Thank You Gift for your donation. Christmas Carols With The King’s Singers, a brand new CD release for the season from the King’s Singers, a male a capella group that’s been performing for over fifty years. Christmas Carols With The King’s Singers can be yours for a Sustaining Membership of $10 or a one-time gift of $120.
Call 800-556-5178 or click a gift to us online or on your app. We’d love to welcome you into our family of classical music lovers.
Photo: Courtesy of Signum Classics
On October 27 we observe the birthday of Italian violinist and composer Niccolò Paganini (1782-1840). Besides composing over 130 works, Signor Paganini was one of the greatest violin virtuosi of all time. He commissioned Harold in Italy from French composer Hector Berlioz.
Tuesday, October 26, 2021
Day 5 of Fall Fund Drive
On Day 5 of our Fall 2021 Membership Drive, we thank you so much for your contributions and for spreading the word about this special classical music radio station.
As you know, we are not like other businesses. Our business model relies almost exclusively on support from our listeners. And we never tell anybody how much to give. That’s entirely up to each listener. Can you imagine if I went into my dry cleaners to pick up my slacks and when I asked how much that was, the owner replied: “Pay whatever you like.” But that’s exactly how we operate here at The Classical Station. We operate on the honor system. You can listen and not contribute a dollar to our operating expenses. Nobody will ever know. Or you can do what thousands of wonderful listeners do and become a Sustaining Member of The Classical Station with your gift of $10, $15, $20, or more per month. They support the great classical music they hear and love. Won’t you do the same? Call 800-556-51-78 and tell the volunteer who answers the phone that you want to become a Sustaining Member of The Classical Station.
Our goal today is $40,000. What part of that can you help with? 270 listeners each donating $12.50 per month will do it. Of course, there are hundreds of combinations. What’s important is that you become a Sustaining Member today and keep the music of Mozart, Bach, and Beethoven coming to you. Give us a call at 800-556-5178. Thank you for your support.
On October 26 we observe the birthday of the Italian composer Domenico Scarlatti (1685-1757).
Scarlatti was born in the same year as two other Baroque era composers, Johann Sebastian Bach and Georg Frideric Handel. He is remembered today as the composer of over 500 keyboard sonatas, although he wrote music in a variety of other forms.
Painting: Domingo Antonio Velasco (1738), Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons
Monday, October 25, 2021
Day 4 of Fall Fund Drive
We are very excited at the response to our Fall 2021 Fund Drive. Your calls and donations online have brought in $118,000 as of 6 p.m. Sunday. Our target was $120,000 for the first three days, so we almost made it. If you can help make up the shortfall, that would be wonderful, and it will get us back on track. The most effective way you can help, besides calling 800-556-5178 is to tell a friend about The Classical Station. We’re listener-supported and volunteer-powered and have been so since 1978 when we first went on the air here in Central North Carolina with a 1,000-watt transmitter.
We have an assortment of Thank You Gifts for you to choose from after you make your donation. Don’t hesitate to click a gift to us via our app or on our website. The server which handles our donations is ultra-secure. And we never share your information.
Our most popular CD Thank You Gift this fall is Carnival of the Animals: The Kanneh–Masons. This delightful version of the Saint–Saens classic is narrated by Academy Award–winning actor Olivia Colman and children’s author Michael Morpurgo, and features the seven extraordinary siblings of the musical Kanneh–Mason family.
Many listeners have chosen to forgo a Thank You Gift and instead have opted for supporting the Education Fund with a portion of their gift.
Our analytics show that we have hundreds of online listeners in the Charlotte, North Carolina area. If you are listening to our great classical music in the Queen City, give us a call please. We’d love to welcome you into our family of classical music lovers. 800-556-5178. Thank you for your support!
On October 25 we observe the birthdays of Austrian composer Johann Strauss II (1825-1899), French composer Georges Bizet (1838-1975), Russian-born American composer Alexander Gretchaninov (1884-1956), and Japanese-born American violinist Midori Goto (1971-).
Herr Strauss composed over 500 waltzes, polkas, and other dances. Monsieur Bizet was only thirty-six when he died. He did not live to see his opera Carmen become a success. Largely ignored during his lifetime, Bizet made his living transcribing and arranging the music of other composers. Alexander Tikhonovich Gretchaninov emigrated to the U.S. at the age of 75. He wrote five symphonies as well as music in other forms. Besides being a concert performer and recording artist, Midori is the Distinguished Professor and Jascha Heifetz Chair at the University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music.