Great Sacred Music

Photo of Houston Chamber Choir by Jeff Davis

Every Sunday morning, The Classical Station offers over 4 and a half hours of inspiring sacred choral and organ music drawn from the traditions of many faiths. 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.

Summer 2021

Read about the Bach cantatas and the featured works by clicking on the links below. Find the detailed playlist for this week’s program by clicking on the date.

June 6
J.S. Bach: O Ewigkeit, du Donnerwort, BWV 20
Franz Schubert: Mass in E-flat

June 13
J.S. Bach: Ach Gott, vom Himmel sieh darein, BWV 2
Sir Edward Elgar: The Kingdom

June 20
J.S. Bach: Ich hatte viel Bekümmernis, BWV 21
Phillippe De Monte: Missa la Dolce Vista

June 27
J.S. Bach: Barmherziges Herze der ewigen Liebe, BWV 185
Ludwig van Beethoven: Mass in C

July 4
J.S. Bach: Siehe, ich will viel Fischer aussenden, BWV 88
Horatio Parker: Hora Novissima

July 11
J.S. Bach: Es ist das Heil uns kommen her, BWV 9
Amy Beach: Grand Mass in E flat

July 18
J.S. Bach: Was willst du dich betrüben, BWV 107
Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber: Requiem à 15 in A Major

July 25
J.S. Bach: Wo Gott derr Herr nicht bei uns hält, BWV 178
J.S. Bach: The Passion According To Saint John, BWV 245

August 1
J.S. Bach: Herr, gehe nicht ins Gericht mit deinem Knecht, BWV 105
Louis Vierne: Messe Solennelle

August 8
J.S. Bach: Schauet doch und sehet, ob irgendein Schmerz sei, BWV 46
Josquin Des Prez: Missa L’Homme Armé

August 15
J.S. Bach: Mein Herze schwimmt im Blut, BWV 199
Antonio Salieri: La Passione di Gesù Cristo

August 22
J.S. Bach: Lobe den Herren, den mächtigen König der Ehren, BWV 137
Jules Massenet: Ève

August 29
J.S. Bach: Du sollt Gott, deinen Herren, Lieben, BWV 77
Artur Honegger: Le Roi David


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
  • First Presbyterian Church, Durham, 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
  • William Marley, Raleigh, North Carolina
  • Thomas Nutt-Powell, Boston, Massachusetts
  • Blaine Hall Paxton, Fearrington Village, North Carolina
  • William Raper of Trinity Concepts, Raleigh, North Carolina
  • Claude and Sarah Snow, Chapel Hill, North Carolina

If you or your organization would like to be a patron of Great Sacred Music, e-mail Rob Kennedy