This Week At The Classical Station

Photo: Dale Marie Muller

Sunday, June 28. 2020

This evening on Wavelengths cellist Inbal Segev performs new music written for her by English-born composer Anna Clyne. We’ll also hear a chamber work by American composer Mark Abel, and film music by Ilan Eshkeri.

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

Photo: Mark Abel/Erika Doria

This evening on Preview! pianist Martha Argerich teams with conductor Seiji Ozawa to play music of Beethoven.  Rob Kennedy speaks with Norwegian composer Ola Gjeilo about his new CD of piano music, Night. And violinist Daniel Hope plays music of Ernest Chausson.

Preview! brings you the best in new classical recordings and arts news each Sunday from 6 to 9 p.m. Eastern with David Sackowicz.

Photo: Ola Gjeilo/Anna-Julia Granberg on

This morning Great Sacred Music includes music sung by the Choir of St. Ignatius Loyola, New York, Coro Cervantes, and the Back Bay Chorale. Also on the playlist is choral music by Johann Sebastian Bach, Healey Willan, and John Knowles Paine.

Great Sacred Music presents beautiful choral and organ music every Sunday morning beginning at 8 a.m. Eastern. Right after Sing For Joy. With Rob Kennedy.

Photo: 1971 Ruffatti organ in St. Mary’s Cathedral, San Francisco/Fratelli Ruffati

On June 28 we observe the birthdays of Romanian conductor Sergiu Celibidache (1909-1996), Russian composer Nikolai Karetnikov (1912-1994), and American baritone Thomas Hampson (1955-). Maestro Celibidache was famous for not releasing recordings of his concerts. Nikolai Karetnikov was a member of an alternative composers’ group known as The Underground. Thomas Hampson has over 170 recordings to his credit.

Photos: Thomas Hampson/Dario Acosta: Others/

Saturday, June 27, 2020

Do you have a child or grandchild who’s into classical music? Let them know about our Conversations with conductors, performers and composers. You can find them here and on our apps. The reason we interview classical musicians is to have them share their love of classical music and the influences which made them the fine musicians they are. We sincerely hope that their stories will inspire young people aspiring to become classical musicians.

On June 27 we observe the birthdays of American composer Mildred Hill (1859-1916), Italian conductor Gianandrea Gavezzeni (1909-1996), and American pianist Samuel Sanders (1937-1999). Ms. Hill composed the tune used for Happy Birthday to You! Maestro Gavezzeni was principal conductor of La Scala for almost fifty years. Mr. Sanders was the accompanist of choice for Itzhak Perlman, Mstislav Rostropovich, to name just a few of his distinguished recital partners.


Friday, June 26, 2020

On June 26 we observe the birthday of Czech composer Leopold Koželuh (1747-1818). He preceded Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart as music director of the Royal Court in Vienna. A piano virtuoso, Koželuh composed over 400 works, including thirty symphonies and over twenty piano concertos.


Thursday, June 25, 2020

This evening the Thursday Night Opera House presents Gustave Charpentier’s Louise. Louise (Cotrubaș), a working-class young woman, escapes to Paris to avoid an arranged marriage and to be with her lover Julien (Domingo).

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


Today we observe the birthday of French composer Gustave Charpentier (1860–1956). He is best-known to modern audiences for his opera Louise which we are presenting on the Thursday Night Opera House this evening.


Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Go the last mile with your used vehicle. If your 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. Plus, it’s a great opportunity for you to reduce your taxable income when itemizing taxes.

Here’s how it works:

Center for Car Donations (CFCD), manages the donations on our
behalf. Call them at 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.

You will be entitled to a one year subscription to Quarter Notes.

On June 24 we observe the birthdays of French cellist Pierre Fournier (1906-1986) and German composer Hugo Distler (1908-1942). Monsieur Fournier counted Julian Lloyd Webber among his pupils. Herr Distler is now mainly remembered for his sacred choral music.


Tuesday, June 23, 2020

When will our orchestras start playing again? When will we be able to attend live concerts? Conductors, such as Sir Simon Rattle, and other leaders in the classical music industry, are pushing for answers and offering solutions. Rattle urges government to ‘avoid superstition’ with orchestras, reduce 3-metre woodwind distancing

Instrumental ensembles aren’t the only ones facing an uncertain future. Singers in choirs and choral societies worldwide are anxious to return to rehearsals and concerts too.

Read more: New report paints devastating picture of covid-19 impact on UK creative industries

So, as you listen to the beautiful classical music we offer 24/7 here on The Classical Station, let your favorite orchestra, band, opera, choir, or choral society know that you care, and can hardly wait for them to begin performing live again.

Read more: Going to my first concert of the pandemic felt like preparing for battle. Then I got there.

Photo: North Carolina Chamber Music Institute WCPE String Quartet 2017

On June 23 we observe the birthday of German composer Carl Reinecke (1824-1910). Herr Reinecke was one of the most influential musicians of his time. He taught Edvard Grieg and Sir Arthur Sullivan, among others, and conducted the premiere of Brahms’ A German Requiem.


Monday, June 22, 2020

This evening Monday Night at the Symphony presents the Boston Symphony Orchestra. On the program is music of Johannes Brahms, César Franck, and Dmitri Shostakovich in performances led by Charles Munch, Seiji Ozawa, and current music director Andris Nelsons.

The concert begins at 8 p.m. Eastern.


On June 22 we observe the birthday of French composer Étienne Nicolas Méhul (1763-1817). Monsieur Méhul was well-known in his day as a composer of operas. He wrote over twenty of them, in addition to other music.