This Week At The Classical Station
by Rob Kennedy
Sunday, May 3, 2020
This Sunday on Wavelengths we’ll hear the Seattle Symphony Orchestra, led by Ludovic Morlot, in the music of French composer Marc-André Dalbavie. We’ll also hear works by Chris Brubeck and Philip Lasser.
Wavelengths brings you the best in contemporary classical music, Sundays at 9 p.m. Eastern. With your host Ed Amend.
This evening on Preview! Zubin Mehta leads the London Philharmonic in music of Rimsky-Korsakov. Rob Kennedy speaks with violinist Angèle Dubeau about her recent release, Pulsations. The Nash Ensemble plays music of Fanny Mendelssohn-Hensel and pianist Anna Fedorova plays Rachmaninoff.
Preview! brings you the best in new classical recordings and arts news each Sunday from 6 to 9 p.m. Eastern.
This morning Great Sacred Music includes music sung by Chanticleer, the Sixteen, and the Cambridge Singers. Also on the playlist is Cantata 12 by Johann Sebastian Bach, The Harp Weaver by Elinor Remick Warren, and Psalm 83 by Alexander von Zemlinsky. See Daily Playlists for detailed program information.
Great Sacred Music. Beautiful choral and organ music. Every Sunday morning. 8 a.m. eastern. Right after Sing For Joy. With Rob Kennedy.
Photo: Good Shepherd window in Los Angeles Cathedral/Wikipedia.org
Saturday, May 2, 2020
Today the Metropolitan Opera rebroadcasts the December 25, 2004 performance of Leoš Janáček’s Kát’a Kabanová. The soaring soprano Karita Mattila sings the title role, a young woman forced by fate to choose between true love and family honor, with mezzo-soprano Magdalena Kozená as her unyielding mother-in-law Varvaa. Tenor Chris Merritt is Tichon, the young object of Káťa’s love, and bass Jorma Silvasti is his rich but cruel uncle Boris. Jirí Belohlávek conducts one of the defining operatic scores of the 20th century.
The curtain goes up at 1 p.m. Eastern here on 89.7 FM in Central North Carolina, online, and streaming on our apps.
A scene from Janáček’s Káťa Kabanová. Photo: Ken Howard/Met Opera
On May 2 we observe the birthdays of Italian composer Alessandro Scarlatti (1660-1725), Danish composer Hans Christian Lumbye (1810-1874), and Russian conductor Valery Gergiev (1953-). Composer of over 45 operas, Signor Scarlatti bridged the Baroque and Classical eras. Think of Lumbye as a Danish Strauss, and you will understand his output of waltzes and other dances. Widely considered one of the great conductors of the 21st-century, Maestro Gergiev is Chief Conductor of the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra.
Friday, May 1, 2020
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On May 1 we observe the birthdays of Swedish composer Hugo Alfvén (1872-1960) and Czech-born British conductor Walter Susskind (1913-1980). A violinist and a painter, Hugo Alfvén created over fifty compositions. A student of George Szell, Maestro Susskind was noted for his interpretation of opera. More at
Thursday, April 30, 2020
This evening Opera House presents Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s singspiel Die Entführung aus dem Serail (The Abduction from the Seraglio). Belmonte (Peter Schreier) rescues Konstanze (Arleen Auger), Blondchen (Reri Grist), and Pedrillo (Harald Neukirch) from a Turkish harem despite roadblocks placed by Osmin (Kurt Moll). Karl Böhm conducts this 1973 Deutsche Grammophon recording.
The curtain goes up at 7 p.m. Eastern. Listen on 89.7 FM in Central North Carolina, streaming everywhere on our apps and online. Tell your smart speaker to “Play The Classical Station.” Bob Chapman hosts.
Don’t forget that we have more opera for you on Saturday. The Metropolitan Opera‘s radio broadcasts continue with recorded performances of the scheduled opera. This week the Met is presenting a December 25, 2004 performance of Leoš Janáček’s Kát’a Kabanová. The soaring soprano Karita Mattila sings the title role, a young woman forced by fate to choose between true love and family honor, with mezzo-soprano Magdalena Kozená as her unyielding mother-in-law Varvaa. Tenor Chris Merritt is Tichon, the young object of Káťa’s love, and bass Jorma Silvasti is his rich but cruel uncle Boris. Jirí Belohlávek conducts one of the defining operatic scores of the 20th century. Curtain time: 1 p.m. Eastern.
Photo: Costume Study for Pedrillo in the Abduction from the Seraglio by W.A. Mozart/Johann Georg Christoph Fries circa 1830-1850 on Wikipedia.org
On April 30 we observe the birthdays of Austro-Hungarian composer Franz Lehár (1870-1948) and American conductor Robert Shaw (1916-1999). Herr Lehár wrote over forty operas and operettas. The opera best known to modern ears is The Merry Widow which is mounted with great regularity in opera houses worldwide. Robert Shaw was affectionately known as the Dean of American choral conductors.
Wednesday, April 29, 2020
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On April 29 we observe the birthdays of English conductors Sir Thomas Beecham (1879-1961) and Sir Malcolm Sargent (1895-1967), as well as Indian conductor Zubin Mehta (1936-). Wealthy and witty, Sir Thomas Beecham led a rather extraordinary life, both professionally and personally. A bit of a showman who added the sing-along to the Last Night of the Proms, Sir Malcolm Sargent was Chief Conductor of the BBC Symphony Orchestra from 1950 to1957. Considered one of the great conductors of the latter part of the 20th-century and early 21st-century, Maestro Mehta was Music Director of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra (1961-67); Music Director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra (1962-1978); the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra (1981-); and Music Director of the New York Philharmonic (1978-91).
Tuesday, April 28, 2020
Just two days left to get your application in for a grant from our Education Fund. We are accepting grant applications for the 2020 season until Thursday, April 30. We encourage North Carolina nonprofit organizations with a focus on classical music education to apply.
The Education Fund has been growing strong since 2011, allowing us the ability to support a variety of nonprofit organizations that provide musical education via direct instruction or education-based performances. For the 2019-20 season, grants awarded totaled $12,500—nearly $4,000 more than in 2018-2019. All of this is made possible by our members who designated ten percent of their donations in lieu of a Thank You Gift to support the Education Fund.
Since 2011, we have granted awards to over twenty diverse music nonprofit organizations to assist with their programs. No two programs 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. See our Education Fund page for more information.
On April 28 we observe the birthday of Israeli conductor Yoav Talmi (1943-). Maestro Talmi attended The Juilliard School and has been music director of several orchestras in the U.S., Canada, and Europe.
Monday, April 27, 2020
This evening Monday Night at the Symphony features the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. On the program is music by Ludwig can Beethoven, Hector Berlioz and Ottorino Respighi, in performances led by Marek Janowski, Lorin Maazel and music director Manfred Honeck. Daily Playlists has a detailed list of the music .
You can enjoy the concert beginning at 8 p.m. on 89.7 FM in Central North Carolina and streaming everywhere online and on our apps.
On April 27 we observe the birthdays of German composer Friedrich von Flotow (1812-1883) and French-Canadian pianist Louis Lortie (1959-). While Herr von Flotow wrote thirty operas, he is perhaps best known to modern audiences for his opera Martha. Besides appearing in venues worldwide and recording extensively, Monsieur Lortie is the Master in Residence at the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel in Waterloo, Belgium.