This Week At The Classical Station

Photo: “Winter Scene in Montana” by Dale Marie Muller, Roberts, Montana

This Week At The Classical Station

by Rob Kennedy

Sunday, January 23, 2022

This evening WaveLengths features Three New England Sketches by Walter Piston, John Adams’ Harmonium, and Eric Whitacre’s Lux Aurumque. Then at 10 p.m. Peaceful Reflections brings your Sunday to a peaceful close with Giuseppe Verdi’s Four Sacred Pieces.

WaveLengths brings you classical music of this century every Sunday evening at 9 p.m. Eastern.

This evening Preview! will include music by Richard Danielpour, Florence Price, and Anton Bruckner. Rob Kennedy speaks with soprano Elyse Ann Kakacek about her recording of the Dvořák Biblical Songs. See our Daily Playlists or Compact Playlists for details.

Tell your smart speaker to “Play The Classical Station” at 6 p.m. Eastern on Sunday for Preview! bringing you the latest classical releases and local arts news.

This morning Great Sacred Music includes music sung by the Choir of St. George’s Episcopal Church, Nashville, Tennessee,  the Utah State University Chamber Singers, and the Tanglewood Festival Chorus.  Also on the playlist is music by Johann Sebastian Bach, Dan Locklair, and a first performance of the Messe Solemnelle by  Jan Ladislav Dussek.

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 23 we observe the birthday of Italian-born English composer Muzio Clementi (1752-1836).

Besides being a composer, Muzio Filippo Vincenzo Francesco Saverio Clementi was a teacher, publisher, piano maker, and an influence on many composers including John Field, Carl Czerny, and Ludwig van Beethoven.

Photo: Thomas Hardy (1757-1804) on

Saturday, January 22, 2022

The Metropolitan Opera’s 2021-22 season of live Saturday matinee radio broadcasts continues with La Bohème, Giacomo Puccini’s classic about young artists leading the “Bohemian” life in 19th-century Paris and learning about love and loss. Italian soprano Maria Agresta and American tenor Charles Castronovo star as the lovers Mimì and Rodolfo. The cast also features Gabriella Reyes as Musetta, Lucas Meachem as Marcello, Alexander Birch Elliott as Schaunard, and Peter Kellner making his Met broadcast debut as Colline. Carlo Rizzi conducts the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus. During intermission, there will be backstage interviews and the Opera Quiz.

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

On January 22 we observe the birthdays of French composers Charles Tournemire (1870-1939) and Henri Duttileux (1916-2013), and South Korean pianist and conductor Myung-whun Chung (1953-).

A student of César Franck, Monsieur Tournemire was noted for his liturgical improvisations as well as his composition L’Orgue Mystique, a work which comprises 51 sets of pieces for the liturgical year. Besides being a composer, Monsieur Duttileux was Head of Music Production for Radio France for many years. A student of Olivier Messiaen, Myung-whun Chung is Principal Conductor of the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra.

Photos:  Henri Duttileux, Author unknown on Music Aquarelle; Charles Tournemire, Author unknown, CC BY SA 3.0 on; Myung-Whun Chung by Jean François Leclercq;

Friday, January 21, 2022

The Metropolitan Opera presents
Giacomo Puccini’s La Bohème
Saturday, January 22 at 1 p.m. Eastern

On January 21 we observe the birthdays of English composer Thomas Attwood Walmisley (1814-1856) and Italian violinist and conductor Uto Ughi (1944-).

Mr. Walmisley was Organist of Trinity College, Cambridge, where he was also a professor of music. Signor Ughi is considered one of Italy’s greatest violinists. He was also Music Director of the Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia between 1987-1992.

Photo: Thomas Attwood Walmisley, National Portrait Gallery; Uto Ughi, Author Unknown onAlchetron. 

Thursday, January 20, 2022

This evening the Thursday Night Opera House features an encore broadcast of Richard Wagner’s Der Fliegende Holländer (The Flying Dutchman), hosted by the late Al Ruocchio (1937-2007). Premiered in 1843 at the Königliches Hoftheater in Dresden which is known (nowadays as the Semper Opera House, its central theme is redemption through love. Wagner claimed in his 1870 autobiography that he had been inspired to write the opera following a stormy sea crossing he made from Riga, Latvia to London in 1839. In his 1843 Autobiographic Sketch, Wagner acknowledged he had taken the story from Heinrich Heine’s retelling of the Dutchman’s legend in his 1833 satirical novel The Memoirs of Mister von Schnabelewopski.

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

On January 20 we observe the birthdays of French composer Ernest Chausson (1855-1899), French conductor Antonio de Almeida (1928-1997), and American composer Walter Piston (1894-1976).

Amé:dée-Ernest Chausson studied with Jules Massenet and César Franck at the Paris Conservatoire. Antonio de Almeida initially set out to study nuclear chemistry at M.I.T. but his godfather Artur Rubenstein persuaded him to take up music. A student of Nadia Boulanger and Paul Dukas, Walter Piston taught at Harvard University from 1944-1960. He in turn taught Leonard Bernstein, Leroy Anderson, Samuel Adler, and Daniel Pinkham, to name a few of his students.

Photos: Ernest Chausson/P. Frois, Public Domain,; Antonio de Almeida, Author unknown; Walter Piston (1963), Author unknown

Wednesday, January 19

Thinking about meeting with your attorney to update your Will? Please consider leaving a legacy gift to The Classical Station. Your generosity will help ensure that the station has a solid foundation to continue playing the classical music you love for generations to come. The Educational Information Corporation is our legal name.  Please let us know when you plan a legacy gift to The Classical Station so that we can thank you.

Our Membership Department will be happy to help with any questions you might have. 800-556-5178.

On January 19 we observe the birthday of Sir Simon Rattle. He was born on this day in 1955.

Sir Simon rose to prominence as Music Director of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. Since 2002 he has been Principal Conductor of the Berlin Philharmonic. In September 2017 he became Music Director of the London Symphony Orchestra. In 2023 Sir Simon will become the Principal Conductor of the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra.

Photo: Monika Rittershaus

Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Wonder what we’re going to be playing tomorrow? You can find out in two ways. First, review the program listings in your copy of Quarter Notes, our member magazine. We mail Quarter Notes to our members every quarter, i.e., at the end of February, May, August, and November. You can also read Quarter Notes online.

The second way of seeing what’s playing tomorrow or the next day is to look at our Playlists. We offer those in two versions: Compact Playlists and the more detailed Daily Playlists. Did you know that we are one of only two radio stations in the United States that can publish their playlists in advance? That’s because our General Manager, Deborah Proctor, convinced lawmakers to grandfather in WCPE when the DMCA was passed back in 1998. So, next time you want to know what Nick Robinson is going to be playing on Classical Café in the 12 noon hour tomorrow, simply click on one of those Playlist links to find out.

Your support of The Classical Station makes all of this possible. We could not do this without you. Thank you from all of us here at The Classical Station.

Oh, and, in case you are wondering why the keyboard on the right has a red rose on it, that’s to remind you to submit your request for that special person in your life on Valentine’s Day.  We’ll be playing your requests on February 14 from 9 a.m. until 10 p.m. Eastern. The deadline to submit requests is February 8.

On January 18 we observe the birthdays of Italian composer Alfonso Ferrabosco the Elder (1543-1588), Russian composer César Cui (1835-1918), French composer Emmanuel Chabrier (1841-1894), and English composer William Henry Havergal (1793-1870).

A composer of madrigals, Alfonso Ferrabosco the Elder spent much of his career in the employ of Elizabeth I of England. César Cui was a member of the Five, Mily Balakirev, Modest Mussorgsky, Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, and Alexander Borodin were the other four. He was also a general in the Russian Army where he taught several notables including Tsar Nicolas II. Monsieur Chabrier wrote operas, orchestral, and chamber music, but is best known for his orchestral work entitled España. William Henry Havergal was an Anglican priest who wrote music for the church including some rather fine Anglican chants.

Photos: Alfonso Ferrabosco, Unknown author; César Cui, Unknown author, on; Emmanuel Chabrier, Public Domain,; William Henry Havergal on, Unknown author.


Monday, January 17, 2022
Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Martin Luther King Jr.
Credit: Cleveland Plain Dealer

Today as we celebrate the legacy of Dr. King and his work at The Classical Station, we are featuring the music of American composers and the artistry of American performers.

This evening Monday Night at the Symphony features one of our great American orchestras, the Minnesota Orchestra. On the program are works by Ludwig van Beethoven, Sergei Rachmaninoff, and Joseph Haydn in performances led by current Music Director Osmo Vanska, Eije Oue, and Sir Neville Marriner.

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

On January 17 we observe the birthdays of French composer François-Joseph Gossec (1734-1829), Russian composer Alexander Taneyev (1850-1918), and New Zealand-born British organist Dame Gillian Weir (1941-).

Famous in his day as a composer of operas and chamber music, Monsieur Gossec’s music sadly is not much heard in modern times. Alexander Taneyev, not to be confused with his cousin Sergei Taneyev, was a student of Rimsky-Korsakov. Dame Gillian Weir was a student of Ralph Downes at the Royal College of Music. She is highly regarded for her teaching and her concertizing.

Photos: François-Joseph Gossec, Antoine Vestier, Public Domain, on; Alexander Taneyev, Public Domain, on Gillian Weir/Unknown Author on