Great Sacred Music

Photo of the Choir of Clare College, Cambridge by Nick Rutter

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.

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. A regular feature of the program is a commentary offered by a distinguished church musician or member of the clergy.  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 below to be added to our mailing list. We welcome your comments and suggestions. E-mail Rob or contact him at 919-740-5180.

Winter 2020

December 6
J.S. Bach: Cantata BWV 70
Pyotr Tchaikovsky: Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom

December 13
J.S. Bach: Cantata BWV 186
Pierre Moulu: Missa Missus est Gabriel Angelus

December 20
G.F. Handel: Messiah

December 27
J.S. Bach: Cantata BWV 133
Hector Berlioz: L’Enfance du Christ

January 3
J.S. Bach: Cantata BWV 248/5
Johann Nepomuk Hummel: Mass in E-flat

January 10
J.S. Bach: Cantata BWV 124 
Joseph Martin Kraus: Funeral Music

January 17
J.S. Bach: Cantata BWV 13
Josef Haydn: The Seasons

January 24
J.S. Bach: Cantata BWV 111
Sergei Rachmaninoff: Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom

January 31
J.S. Bach: Cantata BWV 144
Joseph Hector Fiocco: Missa Solemnis in D

February 7
J.S. Bach: Cantata BWV 126
Felix Mendelssohn: Elijah

February 14
J.S. Bach: Cantata BWV 23
Ludwig van Beethoven: Missa Solemnis in D

February 21
J.S. Bach: Motet BWV 227
Jan Dismas Zelenka: Requiem in C Minor

February 28
J.S. Bach: Motet BWV 228
Theodore Dubois: The Seven Last Words of Christ

Fall 2020 Listings
Summer 2020 Listings
Spring 2020 listings


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
  • The Kirk of Kildare, Cary, North Carolina
  • University Presbyterian Church, Chapel Hill, North Carolina
  • Dr. & Mrs. Harold Chapman, Macon, Georgia
  • David Crabtree, Raleigh, North Carolina
  • Ms. Ethel Girvin, Timberlake, North Carolina
  • Dr. Alfred Goshaw, Chapel Hill, North Carolina
  • Dr. Jerry Grise, Cary, North Carolina
  • Mrs. Carole Keeler, Raleigh, 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.