This Week At The Classical Station

Photo: “Coastline Pt. Reyes” by Ari Ferro. Inspired by Claude Debussy’s La Mer

This Week At The Classical Station

by Rob Kennedy

Sunday, March 6, 2022

This evening WaveLengths features Libby Larsen’s Symphony No. 3 “Lyric” and Valencia by Caroline Shaw. Then at 10 p.m. on Peaceful Reflections, Benjamin Grosvenor plays Frederic Chopin’s Nocturne in F sharp.

Join Ed Amend every Sunday evening at 9 p.m. Eastern for WaveLengths and Peaceful Reflections.

Opus Two opens Preview! this week with a performance of A Little Night Music by Stephen Sondheim. JoAnn Falletta talks about Claudette Sorel and her contributions to classical music.

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 Kansas City Chorale, the Saint Thomas Choir, New York, and the Choir of King’s College, Cambridge. Also on the playlist is music by Johann Sebastian Bach, Gaetano Donizetti, and Stephen Hough.

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

On March 6 we observe the birthdays of three conductors and an opera star: American conductors Lorin Maazel (1930-2014), Julius Rudel (1921-2014) Sara Caldwell (1924-2006)New Zealand soprano Dame Kiri Te Kanawa (1944-), and Yannick Nézet-Séguin (1975-)

Maestra Caldwell founded the Opera Company of Boston in 1957. She staged over 75 operas between 1957 and 1991. Maestro Rudel was notably affiliated with the New York City Opera from 1944-1979. Maestro Maazel was music director of several orchestras including the New York Philharmonic. Dame Kiri Te Kanawa began her singing career as a pop star and nightclub entertainer. She has sung on most of the world’s great opera stages. Maestro Nézet-Séguin is the music director of the Orchestre Métropolitain in Montreal, the Metropolitan Opera in New York, and the Philadelphia Orchestra in Philadelphia.

Photos: Lorin Maazel by Bill Bernstein; Julius Rudel, Unknown Author, courtesy of the artist); Sara Caldwell, Unknown Author, use of this image may qualify as fair use under the Copyright law of the United States, Wikimedia Commons; Photo of Kiri Te Kanawa by John Swannell; Photo of Yannick Nézet-Séguin by Hans van Woerde

Saturday, March 5, 2022

The Metropolitan Opera’s 2021-22 season of Saturday matinee broadcasts continues with a broadcast chosen by our listeners: Donizetti’s comedy La Fille du Régiment, The Daughter of the Regiment. This 1973 performance features a sensational pair of superstars: soprano Joan Sutherland sang the title role of Marie, a girl raised by a regiment of soldiers, and tenor Luciano Pavarotti was Tonio, a village boy who enlists just to win her hand. The cast also included Regina Resnick as the Marquise of Berkenfield and Fernando Corena as Sergeant Sulpice. Richard Bonynge conducted a score that’s hilarious and heartfelt, with vocal fireworks that earned Pavarotti the moniker “King of the high Cs.”

La Fille du Régiment, a Listeners’ Choice broadcast, will be heard on The Classical Station at 1:00 p.m Eastern.

On March 5 we observe the birthdays of American composer Arthur Foote (1853-1937), Brazilian composer Heitor Villa-Lobos (1887-1959), Australian French horn player Barry Tuckwell (1931-2020), and English conductor Richard Hickox (1948-2008).

Arthur Foote was a prominent early 20th-century composer who was a member of the Boston Six. That informal group consisted of Foote and George Whitefield Chadwick, Amy Beach, Edward MacDowell, John Knowles Paine, and Horatio Parker. Heitor Villa-Lobos is synonymous with creativity in 20th-century Brazilian music. Barry Tuckwell had a well-earned reputation as one of the finest French horn players of the 20th-century. Richard Hickox was a brilliant, multifaceted conductor whose life was cut short at the young age of 60.

Photos: Photo of Arthur Foote, Unknown Author, Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons; Photo of Heitor Villa-Lobos, Unknown Author, Biblioteca Nacional do Brasil, Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons;  Photo of Barry Tuckwell, JzG, Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons; Photo of Richard Hickox, Unknown Author, the use of this image may qualify as fair use under the Copyright law of the United States, Wikimedia Commons.


Friday, March 4, 2022

The Metropolitan Opera presents
Gaetano Donizetti’s La Fille de Regiment, Saturday, March 5, 1 p.m. Eastern

A great piece of music is a journey worth taking. It takes you to a place you know or one that you want to get to know better. A great piece of classical music lives. It breathes. It paints a picture of life in ways that no other genre can. That’s why we are dedicated to sharing the magic of this music near and far with anyone who wants to experience it. But it’s only possible with your support.  Keep the music alive here on your home for classical music,  The Classical Station.

Do your part for music that matters. Give securely online, via our app or by calling 800-556-5178 anytime. Thank you for your support!

On March 4 we observe the birthdays of Italian composer Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741) and Dutch conductor Bernard Haitink (1929-).

Best known to modern audiences for The Four Seasons and his concerti for various instruments, Padre Vivaldi also composed forty operas and many sacred works. Bernard Johan Herman Haitink was the chief conductor or music director of the London Philharmonic Orchestra (1967-1979), Glyndebourne Opera (1978-1988), The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden (1987-2002), Staatskapelle Dresden (2002-2004), and the Boston Symphony Orchestra (1995-2004). We wish him a very happy ninety-second birthday!

Photos: Portrait of Antonio Vivaldi, Unknown Author, Museo Internazionale e Biblioteca della Musica di Bologna, Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons; Photo of Bernard Haitink, Anefo/Croes, R.C., Dutch National Archives, The Hague, Fotocollectie Algemeen Nederlands Persbureau, Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons;

Thursday, March 3, 2022

portrait of Bob Chapman, host of Opera House

Bob Chapman

This evening marks Bob Chapman’s final broadcast as host of the Thursday Night Opera House. Tonight he’s presenting Antonio Vivaldi’s Catone in Utica (Cato in Utica), the culmination of the composer’s long and tumultuous operatic career. Set to one of Pietro Metastasio’s earliest libretti, which he originally wrote for Leonardo Vinci, it premiered at Verona’s Teatro Filarmonico in May of 1737.

Tonight we welcome Jay Pierson as the fourth host of the Thursday Night Opera House which was hosted by Al Ruocchio for 27 years, followed for a year by Robert Galbraith. For the past 13 years, Mr. Chapman has been the host. Tell your smart speaker to “Play The Classical Station.”

Our Spring 2022 Membership Drive will begin in a few weeks. The point of our membership drives is to encourage listeners to become supporting members of The Classical Station. Did you know that Angels help us achieve that objective? Well, yes, they do and have done so for many years. Our Angels are amazing listeners who will match your gift to encourage you to support this unique classical music radio station that you enjoy so much.

The way it works is very simple. For example, a listener in Virginia commits $600 to the membership drive. She tells us that she will match 5 contributions of $10 per month. So, once her angel match is met and 5 new members have become Sustaining Members at $10 per month, The Classical Station garners $600 from our Angel and another $600 from the 5 listeners who have become Sustaining Members at the $10 per month level.

Can you be an Angel during our Spring 2022 Membership Drive? Here’s how to make that happen: call Tanja Greaves here at the station and let her know that you want to be an Angel with your gift of $300 or more. You can reach Tanja at 800-556-5178 or email her.

If you prefer, you can become an Angel by making your gift of $300 or more online via our secure server. Just be sure to mention that you want to be an Angel in the Comments box. Or pop a check in the mail to WCPE The Classical Station, P.O. Box 828, Wake Forest, NC 27588. Thank you for inspiring other listeners to support The Classical Station. Don’t hesitate to call if you have questions.

Photo: Unknown Author, Angels Angelology

Wednesday, March 2, 2022

During the month of March, we honor women’s contributions to American history. Here at The Classical Station we also honor women composers, performers, and conductors for their contributions to classical music. We have an extensive collection of conversations with distinguished musicians for you to enjoy. You can find them on our Conversations page. Here’s a sampling of the artists who await you there. Click the link below each photo to hear our conversation with that musician.

Photos:Angèle Dubeau courtesy Analekta; Karina Canellakis by Mathias Bothor; Jennifer Higdon by J. Henry Fair; Yolanda Kondonassis by Laura Watilo Blake; Jeanette Sorrell by Roger Mastrioanni

On March 2 we observe the birthdays of Czech composer Bedřich Smetana (1824-1884), German-born American composer Kurt Weill (1900-1950), and Spanish guitarist Celedonio Romero (1913-1996).

Bedřich Smetana is widely considered to be the father of Czech music. A prolific composer, Smetana wrote operas, some chamber music, and works for piano and orchestra. Herr Weill is best known for his ballad Mack the Knife from his The Three Penny Opera. Señor Romero was part of the famous guitar quartet The Romeros. He taught guitarist Christopher Parkening.

Photos: Photo of a portrait of Bedřich Smetana, Unknown Author, Public Domain on Wikimedia Commons; Photo of Kurt Weill, Unknown Author, Kurt Weill Foundation, qualifies as fair use under United States copyright law; Photo of Celedonio Romera, Unknown Author, Musicalics, qualifies as fair use under United States copyright law

Tuesday, March 1, 2022

On March 1 we observe the birthdays of Polish composer Frédéric Chopin (1810-1849), Greek conductor Dimitri Mitropoulos (1896-1960), and American mezzo-soprano Lorraine Hunt Lieberson (1954-2006).

A child prodigy, Fryderyk Franciszek Chopin composed over 200 works, mainly for the piano. Maestro Mitropoulos was principal conductor of several American orchestras including the Boston Symphony, the New York Philharmonic, and the Minneapolis Symphony (forerunner of the Minnesota Orchestra.) In addition, he was the principal conductor of the Metropolitan Opera from 1954-1960. Ms. Lieberson began her musical career as a violist before becoming a singer in her thirties.

Photos: Watercolor portrait of Polish composer Frederic Chopin by Maria Wodzinska (1819-96), Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons; Photo of Dmitri Mitropoulos, Unknown Author, qualifies as fair use under United States copyright law; Photo of Lorraine Hunt Lieberson, Unknown Author, qualifies as fair use under United States copyright law

Monday, February 28, 2022

Thank you for your help in keeping classical music alive. We need this beautiful music in our community, indeed, in our country. Classical music has a powerful sense of history and tradition quite unlike any other. It aims to get deep into the timeless feelings and emotions that are at the core of being human. Classical music at its best heightens our sense of being alive. Your donation keeps all of this passion alive on The Classical Station.

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This evening Monday Night At The Symphony features the St Louis Symphony Orchestra. On the program is music by Wolfgang Mozart, Aaron Copland, and Bedrich Smetana in performances led by David Robertson, Andre Previn, and Walter Susskind.

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

On February 28 we observe the birthdays of French composer Jean-Baptiste Arban (1825-1889) and American soprano Reri Grist (1932-).

A teacher as well as a composer, Monsieur Arban was the first virtuoso valved-trumpet player.  With her birthday tomorrow on February 29, if it were a leap year, Ms. Grist made her Metropolitan Opera debut on February 25, 1966. Happy 90th birthday!

Photos: Jean-Baptiste Arban, Unknown Author, Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons;  Reri Grist, Unknown Author, Alchetron