Great Sacred Music

Every Sunday morning The Classical Station offers over 3 hours of inspiring sacred choral music. Starting at 7:30 it's Sing for Joy, followed by Great Sacred Music at 8 a.m. Eastern.

Sing for Joy!

Sunday mornings at 7:30 Eastern

Sing For Joy

Sing for Joy features choral music from around the world. Produced by St. Olaf College, the program has a simple mission: to explore the weekly themes of Christian worship by providing the best in sacred choral music and thoughtful commentary. The musical performances eloquently "do the talking," while the concise remarks from host Pastor Bruce Benson illuminate the meaning of the texts.

Great Sacred Music

Sunday mornings from 8 until 11 Eastern

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Hour 1 features a variety of shorter choral and organ works from the Renaissance through the 20th-century. Then a Bach cantata airs at approximately 9 a.m. Eastern followed by a major choral work or two. At approximately 8:30 a.m. a distinguished member of the clergy, or a church musician, offers a commentary on some of the music you are about to hear. If you cannot listen to Great Sacred Music live, we have the playlists archived on Spotify for your enjoyment. Rob Kennedy, a retired organist, choir trainer, composer and teacher programs and hosts Great Sacred Music.

If you would like to receive our weekly e-newsletter with program notes, use the form at the bottom of this page to be added to our mailing list. We welcome your comments and suggestions. Email Rob at sacred@theclassicalstation.org or call or text him at 919-740-5180.


Fall 2019


September 1
Bach: Cantata BWV 179
Albright: A Song To David

September 8
Bach: Cantata BWV 35
Naumann: Mass in C Minor

September 15
Bach: Cantata BWV 33
Mozart: Requiem

September 22
Bach: Cantata BWV 78
Rutter: The Falcon

September 29
Bach: Cantata BWV 138
Bloch: Avodath Hakodesh

October 6
Bach: Cantata BWV 95
Castelnuovo-Tedesco: Sacred Service

October 13
Bach: Cantata BWV 47
Spohr: The Last Judgement

October 20
Bach: Cantata BWV 169
Elgar: The Dream of Gerontius

October 27
Membership Drive
Four hours of listener favorites

November 3
Membership Drive
Four hours of listener favorites

November 10
Bach: Cantata BWV 38
Verdi: Requiem

November 17
Bach: Cantata BWV 89
Rossini: Petite Messe Solennelle

November 24
Bach: Cantata BWV 52
Schubert: Mass in A-flat

Great Sacred Music is made possible by our listeners and the following people and organizations:

  • All Saints Anglican Church, Raleigh, North Carolina
  • The Chapel of the Cross, Chapel Hill, North Carolina
  • University Presbyterian Church, Chapel Hill, North Carolina
  • Dr. & Mrs. Harold Chapman, Macon, Georgia
  • Dr. Alfred Goshaw, Chapel Hill, North Carolina
  • Dr. Jerry Grise, Cary, North Carolina
  • James H. Lazenby, Fearrington Village, North Carolina
  • Thomas Nutt-Powell, Boston, Massachusetts
  • William Raper of Trinity Concepts, Raleigh, North Carolina
  • Claude and Sarah Snow, Chapel Hill, North Carolina
  • Fred Walters, Raleigh, North Carolina

If you or your organization would like to be a patron of Great Sacred Music, contact Rob Kennedy via email or phone at 919-740-5180.

Every Saturday Rob prepares and emails an annotated playlist for Great Sacred Music. To receive a copy, complete the form below. Here's a sample of the newsletter.

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