This Week At The Classical Station

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This Week At The Classical Station

by Rob Kennedy

Sunday, March 13, 2022

This evening WaveLengths features Joan Tower’s Night Fields and Concerto for Orchestra by Jennifer Higdon. Then at 10 p.m. on Peaceful Reflections, Yolanda Kondonassis plays Gabriel Faure’s After a Dream. Join Ed Amend every Sunday evening at 9 p.m. Eastern for WaveLengths and Peaceful Reflections.

Gordon Kreplin opens Preview! this week with a performance of Four Venezuelan Waltzes by Antonio Lauro. Philip Cave talks about his ensemble Magnificat’s upcoming concerts at Duke University.

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.

Acclaimed cellist Ofra Harnoy, is our guest on the March 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 Opera Undressed, featuring current and former opera soloists from The Juilliard School. Experience the comedy and tragedy of Italian opera stripped of sets and costumes at the Carolina Theatre of Durham Sunday, March 13 at 3 p.m.

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

This morning Great Sacred Music includes music sung by the Chamber Choir of Europe, the Choirs of St. John’s Cathedral, Denver, the Hilliard Ensemble. Also on the playlist is music by Johann Sebastian Bach, Felix Mendelssohn, and Andre Caplet.

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 13 we observe the birthday of English composer Helen Glatz (1908-1996). Ms. Glatz was a student of Ralph Vaughan Williams and Gordon Jacob at the Royal College of Music where her classmates were Benjamin Britten, Imogen Holst, and Elizabeth Lutyens, among others.

Photo: Unknown Author, on Dartington Trust.


Saturday, March 12, 2022

Saturday matinee broadcasts from the Metropolitan Opera continue with the first live broadcast of the 2021-22 spring season, Ariadne auf Naxos, Richard Strauss’s comedic mashup of operatic drama and lighthearted entertainment. The electrifying young dramatic soprano Lise Davidsen stars in the title role of the mythological princess. She’s joined by Brenda Rae as the comedienne Zerbinetta, Brandon Jovanovich as the god Bacchus, and Isabel Leonard as the idealistic Composer. The cast also features Wolfgang Brendel, Johannes Martin Kränzle, and Sean Michael Plumb. Maestro Marek Janowski conducts the Met Orchestra in Strauss’s rapturously beautiful score. During intermission, HD host Matthew Polenzani will interview the stars backstage.

The curtain goes up at 1 p.m. Eastern.

A compelling soundtrack is a large part of what makes a film great. This weekend we are featuring the music that has enriched your cinematic experience, including classical favorites used in beloved movies and music written specifically for the silver screen. Click on the Listen tab on our website to see what we have planned for you.

Tell your smart speaker to “Play The Classical Station.”

Photo: Fox Movie Corporation, Public Domain, Wikipedia.org

On March 12 we observe the birthdays of English composer Thomas Arne (1710-1778) and French composer Alexandre Guilmant (1837-1911).

Thomas Arne is best known for Rule Britannia! and God Save The Queen. Monsieur Guilmant was Organiste Titulaire de l’Église de la Trinité in Paris from 1871-1901. He also was Professor of Organ at the Paris Conservatoire.

Photo: Portrait of Thomas Arne by Robert Dunkarton, National Portrait Gallery, Public Domain, WikiMedia Commons; Photo of Alexandre Guilmant by A. Dupont, Public Domain, WikiMedia Commons


Friday, March 11, 2022

The Metropolitan Opera presents
Richard Strauss’ Ariadne auf Naxos, Saturday, March 12, 1 p.m. Eastern

 

Gloria Swanson as Norma Desmond
in Sunset Boulevard
Credit: Loren Javier

Motion pictures had music long before they had dialogue. The silent filmmakers knew a good theater pianist could switch the mood of a scene from comic to tragic with just a few notes. Today we have a rich legacy of music to enhance the cinematic experience, including classical favorites used in beloved movies and music written specifically for the silver screen.

This weekend we’ll feature classic movie composers such as Max Steiner and Bernard Hermann along with Elmer Bernstein, John Williams, Hans Zimmer, and many more. A truly fun weekend!

Today we observe the birthday of Argentinian composer Astor Piazzolla (1921-1992). Piazzolla studied with Nadia Boulanger and was well-known for infusing the traditional tango with classical music and jazz to create a form he called nuevo tango.

Photo: Astor Piazzolla in 1971 by Galego, Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons


Thursday, March 10, 2022

Tonight’s opera on the Thursday Night Opera House is Gustave Charpentier’s Louise. Writing in Culture Vulture, Arthur Lazar notes: “The plot of Louise will tax no one in its level of difficulty. Girl finds boy, girl runs away with boy over (unreasonable) parental objections, girl and boy are deliriously happy, parents fail to get girl to return home to stay, parents are miserable. Finis. No subplots.”

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

Our Spring 2022 Membership Drive will begin next week. 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

On March 10 we observe the birthdays of Spanish composer Pablo de Sarasate (1844-1908), American composer Dudley Buck (1839-1909), Swiss composer Arthur Honegger (1892-1955), and English conductor Sir Charles Groves (1915-1992).

A virtuoso violinist whose musical prowess astounded audiences of the time, Pablo Martín Melitón de Sarasate y Navascués composed music mainly to show off his prodigious technique. A native of Hartford, Connecticut, Dudley Buck composed music, wrote several books about music and was an organist. Although born in Switzerland, Monsieur Honegger spent most of his life in Paris, France. Sir Charles Groves spent fifteen years as director of the Royal Liverpool Orchestra.

Photos: Photo of Pablo de Sarasate, 1906, Unknown Author, Public Domain, WikiMedia Commons; Photo of Dudley Buck, Unknown Author, Library of Congress, Public Domain, WikiMedia Commons; German stamp showing Arthur Honegger, Fair Use, WikiMedia Commons; Photo of Sir Charles Groves, Unknown Author, Fair Use, Divine Art, WikiMedia Commons


Wednesday, March 9, 2022

What’s it worth… those moments of beauty and inspiration, those pieces of music that bring awe and joy, the way that classical music connects with you like nothing else can? We must keep this music and its traditions  alive. The best way to make it possible is by making a donation so that classical music continues to be freely available to everyone – on the radio, over our computers, on our phones.

Do your part to make sure your next moment of inspiration happens right here at The Classical Station. Give securely online, via our app, or call 800-556-5178 anytime. Thank you for your support.

Photo: Unknown Author, Blue Diamond Gallery

On March 9 we observe the birthdays of two American musicians: composer Samuel Barber (1910-1981) and conductor Thomas Schippers.

A native of West Chester, Pennsylvania, Samuel Barber attended the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia. A native of Kalamazoo, Michigan, Maestro Schippers attended the Curtis Institute and the Julliard School. He made his debut as a conductor with the New York City Opera at the age of 21. He was only 47 years old when he died.

Photos: 32¢ United States Stamp of Samuel Barber issued September 12, 1997; Photo of Thomas Schippers, Unknown Author, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, on Alchetron


Tuesday, March 8, 2022

When your destination is The Classical Station, you’re on a journey whose goal is to enrich, to excite, to inspire, to relax. The strings, the keyboards, the brass, the percussion, the voices – classical is music for thinkers, for explorers, for people who seek a deeper and richer experience in life. But the music doesn’t play for free. It’s funded by the people who listen – by people who want the door to inspiration to always be open. It’s funded by YOU.

Put a down payment on your next journey now with your donation to The Classical Station. Give securely online, via our app, via the mail to The Classical Station, PO Box 828, Wake Forest, NC 27588, or call us anytime. 800-556-5178.

On March 8 we observe the birthdays of German composer Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach (1714-1788), American composer Alan Hovhaness (1911-2000), and Spanish guitarist Pepe Romero (1944-).

The second son of Johann Sebastian Bach and Maria Barbara Bach, Herr Bach wrote music that bridged the baroque style in which his father wrote and the classical style which followed. As a sidebar, this radio station has the call letters WCPE. That was not by design, but sheer luck, as the FCC assigns call letters arbitrarily. Naturally, we couldn’t have been happier with the assigned call letters and their association with Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach. A native of Somerville, Massachusetts, Alan Vaness Chakmakjian was one of the 20th-century’s most prolific composers with over 500 works to his credit. Señor Romero has appeared with most of the world’s great orchestras as a soloist. This legendary musician comes from a family of brilliant guitarists which we collectively refer to as The Romeros.

Photos: Portrait of C.P.E. Bach by Franz Conrad Löhr, Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons; Photo of Alan Hovhaness by George Ruhe; Photo of Pepe Romero by Antón Goiri


Monday, March 7, 2022

This evening Monday Night at the Symphony features the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. On the program is music by Maurice Ravel, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, and Robert Schumann in performances led by Mariss Jansons, Iván Fischer, and Bernard Haitink.

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

Acclaimed cellist Ofra Harnoy, is our guest on the March 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 Opera Undressed, featuring current and former opera soloists from The Juilliard School. Experience the comedy and tragedy of Italian opera stripped of sets and costumes at the Carolina Theatre of Durham Sunday, March 13 at 3 p.m.

Join Rob Kennedy for My Life In Music this evening at 7 p.m. Eastern.

Photo: Denise Grant

 

On March 7 we observe the birthdays of Italian composer Tomaso Vitali (1663-1745), French composer Maurice Ravel (1875-1937), and American mezzo-soprano Denyce Graves (1964-).

Signor Vitali was a violinist and composer who is perhaps best-known for his Chaconne in G minor for Violin. Monsieur Ravel is widely considered France’s greatest 20th-century composer. Ms. Graves made her debut at the Metropolitan Opera in 1995. She has sung in most of the world’s great opera houses.

Photos: Tomaso Vitali, Unknown Author, Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons; Maurice Ravel, Unknown Author, Bibliotheque nationale de France, Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons; Ms. Graves, Devon Cass