Great Sacred Music

Photo of The Sixteen by Arnaud Stephenson

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.

Fall 2020

September 6
J.S. Bach: Cantata BWV 164
Antonín Dvořák: Saint Ludmilla

September 13
J.S. Bach: Cantata BWV 17
Ignacio Jerusalem: Mass in G “De Los Ninos”

September 20
J.S. Bach: Cantata BWV 100
Antonio Vivaldi: Juditha Triumphans

September 27
J.S. Bach: Cantata BWV 8
John Rutter: Requiem

October 4
J.S. Bach: Cantata BW 148
G.F. Handel: Esther

October 11
J.S. Bach: Cantata BWV 169
Josef Haydn: Il Ritorno di Tobia

October 18
J.S. Bach: Cantata BWV 56
Richard Danielpour: Toward a Season of Peace

October 25
Membership Drive
All-Request Great Sacred Music

November 1
Membership Drive
Listener Favorites

November 8
J.S. Bach: Cantata BWV 115
Louis Spohr: The Last Judgement

November 15
J.S. Bach: Cantata BWV 139
G.F. Handel: Nabal

November 22
J.S. Bach: Cantata BWV 26
Nils Lindberg: Requiem

November 29
J.S. Bach: Cantata BWV 61
A Procession with Carols for Advent

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
  • 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
  • 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.