This Week At The Classical Station

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This Week At The Classical Station

by Rob Kennedy


Sunday, January 9, 2022

This evening WaveLengths features the Trio for Clarinet, Cello, and Piano by Mark Abel. We’ll also hear works by Paul Lansky and Toivo Tulev. Then at 10 p.m. Peaceful Reflections brings your weekend to a close with John Rutter’s Mass of the Children.

Tell your smart speaker to “Play The Classical Station” at 9 p.m. Eastern. Ed Amend hosts.

This evening Preview! features pianist Angela Hewitt playing Johann Sebastian Bach’s Partita No. 4 in D and the Verona Quartet playing Maurice Ravel’s String Quartet  in F. Rob Kennedy speaks with pianist Andrew von Oyen about his CD  Bach and Beethoven.

Join Dan Poirier for three hours of familiar music on new recordings. Preview! begins at 6 p.m. Eastern.

Composer Joan Tower is our guest on the January 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 “Rejoice!” at the Carolina Theatre of Durham on Sunday, January 9th at 3 p.m.

Join Rob Kennedy for My Life In Music this afternoon at 5 p.m. Eastern.

Photo: Joan Tower by Cynthia del Conte

This morning Great Sacred Music includes music sung by Magnificat, the BBC Singers, and the Benedictine Monks of Santo Domingo De Silos. Also on the playlist is music by Johann Sebastian Bach, Antonio Vivaldi, and Michelangelo Falvetti. Alan McLellan of WCRB in Boston, Massachusetts, will offer a commentary on Peter Cornelius’ The Three Kings.

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

On January 9 we observe the birthday of American composer John Knowles Paine (1839-1906). Paine was a member of a group of composers known as the Boston Six. The others were Amy Beach, Arthur Foote, Edward MacDowell, George Chadwick, and Horatio Parker. He was Harvard University’s first organist and choirmaster, as well as its first professor of music.

Photo: Unknown author, Public Domain on

Saturday, January 8, 2022

The Metropolitan Opera’s Saturday matinee broadcasts continue with an opera that made history when it opened the 2021-22 season: Fire Shut Up in My Bones by acclaimed jazz musician Terence Blanchard, the first work by a Black composer presented by the company. Met Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin leads this performance from last fall. The libretto by Kasi Lemmons is based on the memoir by columnist Charles M. Blow, a story about coming of age in the rural South and triumphing over trauma and hardship. Will Liverman, Angel Blue, and Latonia Moore lead an ensemble cast in a richly melodic, uniquely American score that unites opera, jazz, gospel, and dance.

The Met Opera begins at 1 p.m. Eastern. Tell your smart speaker to “Play The Classical Station.”

Friday, January 7, 2022

The Metropolitan Opera presents
Terrance Blanchard ‘s Fire Shut Up In My Bones
Saturday, January 8 at 1 p.m. Eastern

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.

Contact our Membership Department at 800-556-5178 for more information about setting up a Day Dedication. Thank you for supporting The Classical Station.

On January 7 we observe the birthdays of German conductor Günter Wand (1912-2002), French composer Francis Poulenc (1899-1963), French flute virtuoso Jean-Pierre Rampal (1922-2000), and English violinist and conductor Iona Brown (1941-2004).

A largely self-taught conductor, Herr Wand directed the North German Radio Symphony Orchestra from 1982-1990. Monsieur Poulenc was one of the group of French composers known as Les Six. The son of a professional flautist, Monsieur Rampal’s name became synonymous with the flute in the 20th century. His recordings and his presence on the concert stage were ubiquitous. Ms. Brown was associated with the Academy of St Martin in the Fields from 1964-1980 as leader, soloist and director.

Photos: Günter Wand, Author Unknown; Francis Poulenc,; Jean-Pierre Rampal,,CC BY-SA 2.0; Iona Brown,

Thursday, January 6, 2022

The final results for our End Of Year Fund Drive are in. It took our tiny membership staff until Tuesday evening, January 4, to finish processing your contributions.  They literally were overwhelmed by your generosity and the sheer number of online and mailed-in donations. After coming up short in our previous End Of Year Fund Drives, it was most encouraging to see your response to this year’s drive.  You have secured our ability to continue broadcasting great classical music in 2022 and beyond.

Thank you also for your comments about our programming. We are very happy that our classical music has been a comfort for you in these trying times. We loved hearing from you and look forward to hearing from you via email to, via the Comments recorder on our app, and to 800-556-5178 anytime.

Thank you from all of us at The Classical Station!

The expression “as rich as Croesus” comes from the legendary wealth of the king who reigned from 560 to 546 BC over Lydia in western Asia Minor. This evening the Thursday Night Opera House presents Reinhard Keiser’s Croesus (Der hochmütige, gestürzte und wieder erhabene Croesus [The Proud, Overthrown and Again-Exalted Croesus]). This was first performed at Hamburg’s Theater am Gänsemarkt sometime in 1711. Later, the composer extensively revised the opera for a new version, which premièred at the same theatre on December 6, 1730. The story is loosely based on two incidents from Herodotus’s Histories.

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

On January 6 we observe the birthdays of four composers: Giuseppe SammartiniGiuseppe MartucciAlexander Scriabin, and Max Bruch.

Born in Milan, Italy, Giuseppe Francesco Gaspare Melchiorre Baldassare Sammartini spent most of his professional life in London. He left us over 100 works. While primarily a composer, Signor Martucci was also a conductor. He introduced the music of Richard Wagner to Italian audiences. A native of Moscow, Alexander Nikolayevich Scriabin studied at the Moscow Conservatory. He wrote much music for the piano and indeed recorded over a dozen of his compositions on piano rolls. Born in Cologne, Germany, Max Karl August Bruch is perhaps best-known to 21st-century listeners for his Scottish Fantasy and the Violin Concerto No. in G minor.

Photos: Giuseppe Sammartini, portrait by Donino Riccardi, Public Domain on; Giuseppe Martucci, Public Domain on; Alexander Scriabin, Unknown Author; Max Bruch on

Wednesday, January 5, 2022

Our app celebrates its 12th birthday this month. Listeners have downloaded the Apple and Android versions of the app over 30,000 times. Over the years we’ve added a couple of features you have requested. You can submit a request for All Request Friday and the Saturday Evening Request Program on the app. You can read our blog, listen to the latest Preview! interviews, and much more. Check it out!

Here’s what one listener had to say about our app: “I love this app. I really like this station because, yes, I could just play classical music on a Spotify playlist, but I feel like there’s so much more variety on this station. The app is nice because I don’t live in North Carolina and I don’t have a radio either. Now how do I rate this app 6 stars?”

Download our app and listen to our great classical music anytime wherever you may be.

On January 5 we observe the birthdays of Italian pianist Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli (1920-1995), German pianist Alfred Brendel (1931-), and Italian pianist Maurizio Pollini (1942-).

Signor Michelangeli was one of the great pianists of the 20th-century. He taught Maurizio Pollini and Martha Argerich. One of the great pianists of our time, Alfred Brendel is renowned for his Beethoven performances and recordings. Happy 90th birthday, Herr Brendel! Signor Pollini is highly regarded for his interpretation of piano music especially that of late 20th and early 21st-century composers such as Pierre Boulez and Karlheinz Stockhausen.

Photos: Arturo BEnedetti Michelangeli, Author Unknown, Last FM; Alfred Brendel, CC 2.0 on; Maurizio Pollini, CC BY-SA 3.0,

Tuesday, January 4, 2022

Do you have an automobile, truck, boat, motorcycle, RV, or aircraft that is no longer of use to you? Well, give it to us! 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 our quarterly member magazine, Quarter Notes.

Today we observe the birthdays of Italian composer Giovanni Battista Pergolesi (1710-1736), Czech composer Josef Suk (1874-1935), and American mezzo-soprano Grace Bumbry (1937-).

While Signor Pergolesi composed operas, it is his sacred work Stabat Mater which is most performed these days. Josef Suk wrote chamber music. Lots of it. He also married Antonin Dvorak’s daughter. Ms. Bumbry studied at the Boston University College of Fine Arts and Northwestern University. During her career, she appeared in major opera houses throughout the world.

Photo: Grace Bumbry, Federal Government, Public Domain on

Monday, January 3, 2022

This evening Monday Night at the Symphony features the London Symphony Orchestra.  On the program is music by Ludwig van Beethoven, Felix Mendelssohn, and Ralph Vaughan Williams in performances led by Claudio Abbado, Antonio Pappano, and Sir Simon Rattle.

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

Composer Joan Tower is our guest on the January 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 “Rejoice!” at the Carolina Theatre of Durham on Sunday, January 9th at 3 p.m.

Join Rob Kennedy for My Life In Music this evening at 7 p.m. Eastern and Tuesday morning at 3 a.m. Eastern.

Photo: Joan Tower by Cynthia del Conte