Great Sacred Music

Every Sunday morning, The Classical Station offers over 4 hours of inspiring sacred choral and organ music. Sing for Joy airs at 7:30 a.m. and is followed by Great Sacred Music at 8:00 a.m. eastern time.

Sing for Joy

Sunday mornings at 7:30 a.m. eastern

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 8:00 a.m. until 12 noon eastern

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 9:00 a.m.  A major choral work follows. 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. E-mail Rob at sacred@theclassicalstation.org or call or text him at 919-740-5180.

Spring 2020 Listings

March 1
Bach: Cantata BWV 227
Sowerby: The Throne of God

March 8
Bach: St. Luke Passion BWV 246
Poulenc: Stabat Mater

March 15
Bach: Cantata BWV 54
Haydn: The Seven Last Words of Christ

March 22
Spring Membership Drive

March 29
Spring Membership Drive

April 5
Bach: Cantata BWV 248/5
Boccherini: Stabat Mater

April 12
Bach: Cantata BWV 4
MacMillan: Edinburgh Te Deum

April 19
Bach: Cantata BWV 42
Handel: La Resurrezione

April 26
Bach: Cantata BWV 112
Caplet: Le Miroir de Jesus

May 3
Bach: Cantata BWV 12
Haydn: Paukenmesse

May 10
Bach: Cantata BWV 166
Gawthrop: How Beautiful Upon the Mountains

May 17
Bach: Cantata BWV 17
Lloyd Webber: Requiem

May 24
Bach: Cantata BWV 11
Tyberg: Mass in G

May 31
Bach: Cantata BWV 218
Brahms: A German Requiem


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
  • The Rev. David Livingstone James, Cary, North Carolina
  • James H. Lazenby, Fearrington Village, North Carolina
  • Blaine Hall Paxton, 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, e-mail Rob Kennedy or phone him at 919-740-5180.

Photo of Chor Leoni by David Cooper