This Week At The Classical Station

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This Week At The Classical Station

by Rob Kennedy

Sunday, November 7, 2021

This evening on Wavelengths we’ll hear music for piano by American composer Victoria Bond, inspired by Byzantine chant. Also on the program is a clarinet trio by Mark Abel, and new music sung by the British vocal ensemble Voces8.

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

This evening on Preview! Russian pianist Sergei Kvitko plays music of Mozart. Rob Kennedy speaks with Dr. Timothy Olsen, Kenan Professor of Organ at the UNC School of the Arts. And the Dover Quartet performs from their second release in a series of the complete Beethoven string quartets.

Preview! brings you the best in new classical recordings and arts news every Sunday at 6 p.m. Eastern.

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Choral conductor Anton Armstrong of St. Olaf College is our guest on the November 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 for Veterans Day sung by Escolania de Montserrat, the Howard University Choir, and The Hillard Ensemble. Also on the playlist is music by Johann Sebastian Bach, John Tavener, and Alexander Kastalsky.

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

On November 7 we observe the birthdays of English composers Henry Balfour Gardiner (1870-1950) and William Alwyn (1905-1985), Australian soprano Dame Joan Sutherland (1926-2010), and French pianist Hélène Grimaud (1969-).

Gardiner is remembered for his Evening Hymn, a work still performed by choirs. He was the great-uncle of Sir John Eliot Gardiner. Alwyn was known for his film scores of which he wrote over 70. Dame Joan, or La Stupenda as an Italian opera audience once dubbed her, was one of the greatest dramatic sopranos of the late 20th century. Ms. Grimaud has over 20 recordings to her credit. She also studies and raises wolves.

Photo: Dame Joan Sutherland, Alan Warren, CC BY-SA 3.0, Wikimedia Commons


Saturday, November 7, 2021

When you give $200 or more to The Classical Station, you can request a Day Dedication as your Thank You Gift.  We will run a short announcement you have written four times on the day you choose. Many listeners have chosen to celebrate birthdays, anniversaries, and memorials of those special to them. The example on the left gives you an idea of one listener’s Day Dedication message.

Contact our Membership Department for more information about setting up a Day Dedication. Thank you for supporting The Classical Station.

On November 6 we observe the birthdays of Belgian instrument maker Adolphe Sax (1814-1894), Polish composer Ignaz Paderewski (1860-1941), and American composer John Philip Sousa (1854-1932). Antoine-Joseph Adolphe Sax invented the saxophone in 1846. Besides being a pianist and composer, Paderewski was once Prime Minister of Poland for a short time in 1919. Sousa was a Sergeant Major in the United States Marine Corps and a Lieutenant Commander in the United States Navy.

Photo: John Philip Sousa, Unknown Author, Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons

Friday, November 5, 2021

All-Request Friday returns today after a hiatus for our recently-concluded Fall Fund Drive. You are the Music Director every Friday from 9 a.m. until 10 p.m. Eastern. Submit your request here on our website or on our app. Want to know when your request will be played? We publish the Request Programs Playlists here.

On November 5 we observe the birthday of Hungarian-born French pianist and composer György Cziffra (1921-1994).

Cziffra was noted for his transcriptions of orchestral works such as The Flight of the Bumblebee.

Photo: Unknown Author, Fair Use, Wikimedia Common

Thursday, November 4, 2021

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Photo by Gregory Varum, CC Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International, Wikimedia Commons

More than 25% of our online listeners use their smart speakers to stream our great classical music. Are you cooking? Folding laundry? Your smart speaker can bring The Classical Station to you using simple voice commands. Just tell your smart device: “Alexa, play The Classical Station.”

Our talented Data Services staffer, Stu Pattison, wrote the code for the skill which makes Alexa obey your command. You will have to enable the skill on the Skills and Games page on the Alexa app on your smartphone. Search for “The Classical Station.” Then, Alexa will bring you our great classical music. Anytime. 24/7.

This evening the Thursday Night Opera House, presents George Frideric Handel’s Faramondo, a story about the legendary King of the Franks. Set to a libretto by Apostolo Zeno, Il Faramondo was first performed in Venice on December 27, 1698, to music by Carlo Francesco Pollarolo. In 1719 Francesco Gasparini produced a considerably revised version of the opera in Rome, and it was this version, after further removing about half the recitatives, that Handel used. Handel’s Faramondo was first performed at the King’s Theatre, London, on January 3, 1738.

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

Wednesday, November 3, 2021

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 beautiful music you love 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 The Classical Station 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. You also will receive a one-year subscription to Quarter Notes.

Photo: 1970 Chevelle, ZoeMacarthy Archives, Fair Use

On November 3 we observe the birthdays of German composer Samuel Scheidt (1587-1654) and Italian composer Vincenzo Bellini (1801-1835).

Early baroque composer Scheidt studied in Amsterdam with Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck. Vincenzo Salvatore Carmelo Francesco Bellini was a composer of operas whose ability to write beautiful melodies was admired by Liszt, Verdi, Chopin, and Wagner.

Photo: Vincenzo Bellini, Giuseppe Tivoli, Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons

Tuesday, November 2, 2021

Looking back at our recently-concluded Fall Fund Drive, we all remarked on how many of our supporters live outside the 100-mile range of our 89.7 FM signal in Central North Carolina. We received gifts from listeners in Alaska, Taiwan, Yorkshire, England, Brazil, and hundreds of other states and countries. Amazing!

So, why would somebody in Boston or Atalanta listen to The Classical Station on our app or on their internet radio? What makes The Classical Station special and worthy of their financial support? It can’t just be the music. After all, they can listen to this very same music on Spotify or YouTube. What has always made The Classical Station special for our listeners are the friends they hear each day. Sherman Wallace on Sleepers Awake,  Nick Robinson on Classical Cafe, Naomi Lambert on As You Like It, and Dick Storck on Allegro. Dr. Warner Hall and Dr. Larry Hedlund and a host of wonderful volunteers such as Joyce Kidd, Helen Halva, and Peggy Powell in the evenings and on weekends. Bob Chapman on Opera House, Steve Thebes on Preview! and George Douglas on Renaissance Fare. These announcers all love the music they play. Best of all, they are on the air live, not pre-recorded. You can interact with them on social media or by calling 800-556-5178.

If you didn’t have time to send us a gift during the Fund Drive, there’s still time to do so. Click a gift to us securely online or give us a call at 800-556-5178 anytime. Thank you for your support.

On November 2 we observe the birthdays of Austrian composer Carl Ditters von Dittersdorf (1739-1799) and Italian conductor Giuseppe Sinopoli (1946-2001).

Herr von Dittersdorf was an important composer of the classical era. He wrote over 120 symphonies. Signor Sinopoli died of a heart attack at age 54 while conducting an opera. Besides being a conductor and composer, Sinopoli had degrees in medicine and archaeology.

Photo: Carl Ditters von Dittersdorf, Heinrich Eduard Winter, Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons

Monday, November 1, 2021

A huge Thank You! to all of you who supported The Classical Station during our Fall 2021 Drive.  What was very obvious during this Fund Drive was the number of gifts from listeners who live outside of our Central North Carolina FM signal range.  We are very happy that you listen to The Classical Station online.  Welcome to this very special family of classical music lovers!

If you haven’t made your donation, there’s still time to do so.  Make your gift online or call us anytime at 800-556-5178. Don’t forget to select a Thank You Gift. Thank you so much for your support!

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This evening Monday Night at the Symphony features the Vienna Philharmonic. On the program are works by Ludwig van Beethoven, Felix Mendelssohn, and Johann Strauss Jr., in classic performances led by Riccardo Muti, Leonard Bernstein, and Eugen Jochum.

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

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Choral conductor Anton Armstrong of St. Olaf College is our guest on the November edition of My Life In Music. My Life In Music is made possible by our listeners and by The Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle, presenting Soundscapes at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Durham on Sunday, November 7th at 3 p.m.

Join Rob Kennedy for My Life In Music on Monday, November 1st at 7 p.m. Eastern.

On November 1 we observe the birthdays of German conductor Eugen Jochum (1902-1987), Spanish soprano Victoria de los Ángeles (1923-2005), and Welsh composer William Mathias (1934-1992).

One of the great conductors of the 20th century, Herr Jochum made his first recording in 1932. Señora de los Angeles sang the role of Marguerite in Gounod’s Faust in her Metropolitan Opera debut in 1951. She made over 80 recordings. William Mathias composed the anthem Let all the people praise thee, o God for the wedding of the Prince and Princess of Wales in July 1981.

Photo: Eugen Jochum, Jac. de Nijs/Anefo, Creative Commons CC0 1.0 Universal Public Domain Dedication