This Week At The Classical Station

This Week At The Classical Station

by Rob Kennedy

Sunday, July 5, 2020

This evening on Wavelengths we’ll hear music for an American holiday weekend written by North Carolina’s own Dan Locklair. We’ll also hear works by John Williams and John Adams.

Wavelengths brings you the best in contemporary classical music, Sundays at 9 p.m. Eastern. With Ed Amend.

Photo: Dan Locklair/Rick Gibbons

This evening on Preview! concertmaster Bernhard Forck and the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin perform music of Beethoven. Rob Kennedy speaks with the Patterson/Sutton Duo, cellist Kimberley Patterson and guitarist Patrick Sutton, about their new CD of music by Stephen Goss, Still Life. Soprano Diana Damrau sings music of Richard Strauss.

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

Photo: Patterson/Sutton Duo on

This morning Great Sacred Music includes music sung by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, the San Francisco Girls Chorus, and the Oregon State University Choir. Also on the playlist is choral music by Johann Sebastian Bach, Morten Lauridsen, and Josef Haydn. See the Daily Playlist for details.

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

Photo: 2007 Casavant organ, Op. 3856, in St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Indianapolis, Indiana/Casavant Freres

On July 5 we observe the birthdays of English composer William Crotch (1775-1847), Polish-French harpsichordist Wanda Landowska (1879-1859), and Hungarian-American cellist János Starker (1924-2013). Dr. Crotch was the first Principal of the Royal Academy of Music. Wanda Landowska popularized the harpsichord back in the 40s and 50s. Starker was Distinguished Professor in the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University from 1958-2013.



Saturday, July 4, 2020

A very happy Independence Day from the staff and volunteers of The Classical Station! Our playlists today feature American composers and performers as we celebrate the 244th birthday of the United States of America. Listen on 89.7 FM in Central North Carolina, streaming everywhere on our apps and online here on our website.



In the following video, pianist Anthony Lee of Cary, North Carolina, plays the Star-spangled Banner.

Friday, July 3, 2020

Enjoy An American Holiday Weekend this Saturday and Sunday. We proudly present a showcase of American composers and performers, as well as lots of rousing and patriotic favorites on Saturday, Independence Day, to celebrate the 244th birthday of our country.

Highlights on July 4th include:

  • 7:01 a.m. Antonín Dvořák: American Suite, Op. 98b
  • 9:01 a.m. Adolphus Hailstork: Three Spirituals
  • 11:01 a.m. Aaron Copland: Appalachian Spring
  • 1:01 p.m. Ferde Grofe: Grand Canyon Suite
  • 3:01 p.m. Dudley Buck: Festival Overture on the Star-Spangled Banner
  • 5:01 p.m. John Williams: Hymn to the Fallen ~ Saving Private Ryan

Don’t forget to request your favorite piece of music today and tomorrow on the Saturday Evening Request Program.

All of the volunteers and staff of The Classical Station wish you a safe and happy July 4th holiday!

United States Declaration of Independence. Facsimile on velum, one of 201 produced in 1823 by William J. Stone from a copper plate engraving of the original 1776 manuscript/Original by Thomas Jefferson et al.; Engraving & facsimile by William J. Stone (1798-1865)


On July 3 we observe the birthdays of Czech composer Leoš Janáček (1854-1928), Czech flute player and conductor Milan Munclinger (1923-1986), and German-born Austrian conductor Carlos Kleiber (1930-2004). Janáček was one of several 20th-century composers who worked folk tunes into their compositions. Munclinger collaborated with French flute player Jean-Pierre Rampal on several highly-regarded recordings. Herr Kleiber was considered one of the 20th century’s finest conductors.


Thursday, July 2, 2020

This evening the Thursday Night Opera House presents a pair of 1940s musicals: Irving Berlin’s Annie, Get Your Gun, and Cole Porter’s Kiss Me, Kate. These were among the last such shows that were completely acoustical, with lead actors who could project their voices like opera singers. Read Bob Chapman’s synopsis of these operas.

The curtain goes up at 7 p.m. Eastern. Tell your smart speaker to “play The Classical Station.”

Photo: Maj Lindström and Lars Ekman in Kiss Me, Kate. Malmö Stadsteater 1963/Unknown Photographer on Wikimedia Commons

On July 2 we observe the birthdays of German composer Christoph Willibald von Gluck (1714-1787), American conductor Frederick Fennell (1914-2004), and American pianist Gilbert Kalish (1935-). Herr von Gluck learned his craft from the Italian composer Giovanni Battista Sammartini whilst in Milan. Dr. Fennell founded the renowned Eastman Wind Ensemble in 1952. Professor Kalish is widely acclaimed for his recordings of contemporary music.


Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Happy Canada Day to all our listeners north of the border! You are probably familiar with some of Canada’s musicians such as pianists Glenn Gould and Jan Lisiecki, and; conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin. But what about composers? Six Canadian Composers You Should Know is worth a read.

Today’s playlists include performances by the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, Tafelmusik, and more. See Daily Playlists for details.

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Tuesday, June 30, 2020

You’re invited to The Classical Station’s 2020 Education Fund Awards hosted by Membership Director Dan McHugh. This virtual event features the recipients of the 2020 awards together with performances by Dan McHugh, Adrienne DiFranco, and Nan Pincus.

We are celebrating the Tenth Anniversary of The Education Fund in 2020.  Since 2011, over twenty diverse music nonprofit organizations have been awarded funds to assist with their programs, and no two are alike. Our goal is to assist these organizations as they help others experience the joy of music—by providing accessible, affordable lessons and meaningful performance opportunities.

This year we gave grants to:

  • The Wake Forest Community Youth Orchestra
  • The Community Music School
  • Musical Empowerment
  • The North Carolina Chamber Music Institute
  • The Greensboro Symphony

This event features Adrienne DiFranco, Dan McHugh, and Nan Pincus performing Jean-Philippe Rameau’s Pieces de Clavecin and The WCPE String Quartet performing Claude Debussy’s String Quartet in A Minor. North Carolina Representative Joe John and Wake Forest Mayor Vivian Jones congratulate the recipients as well.

A heartfelt thank you to all of you who have supported The Education Fund. You have enriched countless lives with your generosity.

Video: The Classical Station/Kristine Bellino

On June 30 we observe the birthdays of English composer Edward John Hopkins (1818-1901), Czech composer Jiří Antonín Benda (1772-1795), and Finnish conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen (1958-). Edward John Hopkins was Organist of London’s historic Temple Church from 1843-1898. Benda was a classical era composer who wrote several operas in addition to many other forms of music. Maestro Salonen was Music Director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra from 1992-2009. “He currently is Principal Conductor and Artistic Advisor of the Philharmonia Orchestra in London, Conductor Laureate of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Composer-In-Residence at the New York Philharmonic, Artistic Director and co-founder of the Baltic Sea Festival, and Artist in Association at the Finnish National Opera and Ballet.” Source:

Photos: Maestro Salonen/Katja Tahja; Others:

Monday, June 29, 2020

This evening Monday Night at the Symphony presents an evening with the Berlin Philharmonic. On the program is music of Pyotr Tchaikovsky, Antonín Dvořák, and Sergei Prokofiev, in performances led by Manfred Honeck, Herbert von Karajan, and the current chief conductor Kirill Petrenko.

The concert begins at 8 p.m. Eastern.


On June 29 we observe the birthdays of American composers Leroy Anderson (1908-1975) and Bernard Hermann (1911-1975), and German violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter (1963-). Leroy Anderson’s prowess as a composer of light orchestral music caught Arthur Fiedler’s eye. That in turn established Anderson’s reputation. Hermann was a prolific composer who wrote over 50 film scores. The late Herbert Von Karajan gave Ms. Mutter an opportunity to play with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra at age 13.

Photos: Anne-Sophie Mutter/Lillian Birnbaum; Others: