This Week At The Classical Station

Photo: “Angel Wings” by Bev Lemley. From our Virtual Art Exhibit

This Week At The Classical Station

by Rob Kennedy

Sunday, November 21, 2021

This evening Wavelengths brings you music of American composer John Harbison, from his opera, The Great Gatsby. We’ll also hear works by Gary Schocker and Barbara Harbach.

Wavelengths brings you the best in contemporary classical music on Sundays at 9 p.m. Eastern.

This evening on Preview! François-Xavier Paul Roth leads Les Siècles, the orchestra he founded, in music of Camille Saint-Saëns. Rob Kennedy speaks with Al Sturgis, Music Director of the North Carolina Master Chorale. And we’ll hear new selections for the holiday season from the vocal group The Sixteen.

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

This morning Great Sacred Music includes music sung by Apollo’s Fire, Sospiri, and The Zemel Choir. Also on the playlist is music by Johann Sebastian Bach, Samuel Wesley, and Sir Arthur Sullivan.

Great Sacred Music brings you four hours of beautiful choral and organ music every Sunday morning beginning at 8 a.m. Eastern, right after Sing For Joy.  With Rob Kennedy.

On November 21 we observe the birthdays of Spanish composer Francisco Tárrega (1852-1909), German composer Sigfrid Karg-Elert (1877-1933), Australian composer Malcolm Williamson (1931-2003), and American conductor James DePreist (1936-2013).

Karg-Elert is perhaps best known to organists. He wrote over one hundred pieces for organ and harmonium. Tárrega was both a composer and a virtuoso guitarist who laid the foundations for classical guitar performance in the 20th century. Williamson was a Master of the Queen’s Music from 1975-2003. He wrote seven symphonies and a dozen concerti for various instruments. James DePreist was the nephew of the contralto Marian Anderson. Among other appointments, he was Leonard Bernstein’s assistant at the New York Philharmonic Orchestra in 1965-66. DePriest was music director of the Oregon Symphony from 1980-2003.

Photo: James DePriest by Wendy Leher

Saturday, November 21, 2021
If you missed our Fall Fund Drive this year, you didn’t miss your chance to contribute or to receive a Thank You Gift. At this festive time of the year when family and friends get together, we’d love to welcome you into our family of classical music lovers. Donate securely online or on our app.

On November 20 we observe the birthdays of Australian composer Margaret Sutherland (1897-1984) and American conductor Kenneth Dewitt Schermerhorn (1929-2005).

Ms. Sutherland studied with Sir Arnold Bax in London. A Schenectady, New York native, Maestro Schermerhorn was the conductor of several orchestras, including the Nashville Symphony for which he served as music director from 1983.

Photo: Kenneth Schermerhorn, Harry Butler, Nashville SYmphony



Friday, November 19, 2021

You get to be the Music Director every Friday between 9 a.m. and 10 p.m. Eastern. All you have to do is submit your request here on our website. If you prefer, call 919-556-0123. You can also submit your request via our app. Click on the menu in the top left corner and then click on Request Programs. Not sure of the piece’s title or composer? Not to worry. Give us as much information as you can and we’ll do our best to find what you want to hear.  All Request Friday is very popular and frequently is oversubscribed. So, submit your request as soon as you can. If we can’t fit in your request on Friday, we will include it on the Saturday Evening Request Program. The Request Program playlists with the first name of the requestors are located under Daily Playlists on our website. Enjoy!

On November 19 we observe the birthday of Russian composer Mikhail Mikhailovich Ippolitov-Ivanov (1859-1935).

Besides composing, he taught at the Conservatory in Moscow. One of his students was Reinhold Glière.

Photo: Unknown Author, Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons

Thursday, November 18, 2021

A spoiled teenager gets her just desserts, dying in a desert on the Thursday Night Opera House presentation of Giacomo Puccini’s Manon Lescaut. The composer’s first commercially successful opera had its premiere in Turin, Italy on February 1, 1893. The story is based on the 1731 novel The Story of the Chevalier des Grieux and of Manon Lescaut by the Abbot Antoine François Prévost. The libretto, while more faithful to Prévost than the one used in Jules Massenet’s Manon (1884), sentimentalizes Manon and Des Grieux.

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

On November 18 we observe the birthdays of Flemish composer Jean-Baptiste Loeillet (1680-1730), German composer Carl Friedrich Christian Fasch (1736-1800), German composer Carl Maria von Weber (1786-1826), and Hungarian-born American conductor Eugene Ormandy (1899-1985).

Loeillet spent most of his career as a musician in London where he was known as John Loeillet. Herr Hasch was C.P.E. Bach’s deputy harpsichordist at the court of Frederick the Great of Prussia. He was a brilliant pianist. Carl Maria von Weber also wrote ten operas which influenced many other composers of the genre. In 1936 Eugene Ormandy began his association with the Philadelphia Orchestra as Associate Conductor under Leopold Stokowski. He succeeded Stokowski as Music Director of the orchestra, spending forty years in that role before finally retiring in 1980. ArkivMusic shows three hundred thirty recordings made by Ormandy currently available.

Photo: Eugene Ormandy, Adrian Siegel, Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons

Wednesday, November 17, 2021

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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 November 17 we observe the birthday of Australian conductor Sir Alan Charles Maclaurin Mackerras (1925-2010).

Sir Charles was actually born in Schenectady, New York to Australian parents. They moved back to Australia when he was very young. Sir Charles conducted most of the world’s major orchestras during his long career. He made many recordings. Indeed, ArkivMusic shows 347 of his recordings are currently available.

Photo: Unknown Author, Alchetron

Tuesday, November 16, 2021

Last Sunday on Preview!, JoAnn Falletta spoke with us about the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra’s new recording, The Four Seasons of Buenas Aires. You can listen to that short interview, as well as a conversation we had with her in February 2019 about her life and work as a conductor.

Photo:  Heather Bellini

On November 16 we observe the birthday of German-born American composer Paul Hindemith (1895-1963).

Hindemith taught at Yale University where he influenced composers such as Norman Dello Joio and Lukas Foss.

Photo: Unknown Author, CC BY-SA 3.0, Wikimedia Commons

Monday, November 15, 2021

This evening Monday Night at the Symphony features the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. On the program is music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Johannes Brahms, and Claude Debussy, in performances led by Daniel Barenboim, Claudio Abbado, and Sir Simon Rattle.

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

On November 15 we observe the birthdays of Cuban-born American pianist Jorge Bolet (1914-1990) and Argentine-Israeli conductor Daniel Barenboim (1942-).

Jorge Bolet was considered one of the leading exponents of Romantic pianism according to the New York Times. While he is known these days primarily as a conductor, Daniel Barenboim began his career as a virtuoso pianist. Happy 79th birthday, Maestro!

Photo: Jorge Bolet, Lindsay Nelson, Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons