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.


Winter 2019-2020


December 1

Bach: Cantata BWV 62
Carols and hymns for Advent

December 8

Bach: Cantata BWV 140
Mendelssohn: Magnificat

December 15

Bach: Magnificat
An Advent Procession with Carols

December 22

Bach: Cantata BWV 147
Handel: Messiah, Part 1

December 29

Bach: Cantata BWV 248 Part 4
Berlioz: L'Enfance du Christ

January 5

Bach: Cantata BWV 248/5
Scarlatti: The Cecilian Vespers

January 12

Bach: Cantata BWV 32
Liszt: Missa Solemnis

January 19

Bach: Cantata BWV 3
Berlioz: Messe Solennelle

January 26

Bach: Cantata BWV 156
Perosi: Passion According to St. Mark

February 2

Bach: Cantata BWV 14
Mendelssohn: Lobgesang

February 9

Bach: Cantata BWV 92
Vaughan Williams: Sancta Civitas

February 16

Bach: Cantata BWV 18
Byrd: Mass for Five Voices

February 23

Bach Cantata: BWV 22
Franck: Mass in A

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
  • David Crabtree, Raleigh, North Carolina
  • Dr. Alfred Goshaw, Chapel Hill, North Carolina
  • Dr. Jerry Grise, Cary, North Carolina
  • James H. Lazenby, Fearrington Village, North Carolina
  • William Marley, Raleigh, 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.

Each week 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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