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This Week At The Classical Station

by Rob Kennedy

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

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A CFCD representative will schedule a pickup that's convenient for you, and provide you with confirmation of your donation. We will mail you a confirmation that states how much your vehicle sold for at auction. This amount is what you can claim on your itemized tax return. You also will be entitled to a one year subscription to Quarter Notes.

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Anna Netrebko

On September 18 we observe the birthday of Russian soprano Anna Netrebko (1971-). Conductor Valery Gergiev gave Ms. Netrebko her start and mentored her early on in her career. She has since gone on to sing in major opera houses worldwide.

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Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Ticket Giveaway

Join Nick Robinson during As You Like It for a special ticket giveaway! This week we're giving away a pair of tickets to Visionary Voices by the Verona Quartet, part of the Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle's Close Up Chamber Music Series on September 25th at the PSI Theatre in Durham, North Carolina. Listen between 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. on Wednesday, September 18th for a chance to win a pair of tickets to this fine concert.

Jennifer Higdon

From her website: "Jennifer Higdon is one of America's most acclaimed and most frequently performed living composers. She is a major figure in contemporary Classical music, receiving the 2010 Pulitzer Prize in Music for her Violin Concerto, a 2010 Grammy for her Percussion Concerto and a 2018 Grammy for her Viola Concerto. Earlier this year, Rob Kennedy and Jennifer chatted about her Harp Concerto, her opera, Cold Mountain, and much more.

You can find this conversation and much more on our Conversations page. Please share it with your friends and family.

Photo: J. Henry Fair


Sherman Wallace keeps you company through the wee hours of the morning on Sleepers Awake!. Then Phil Cambpell starts the morning with a selection of music perfect for a new day on Rise and Shine. David Ballantyne and Nick Robinson lead you through your day with wonderful classics and traditions on Classical Café and As You Like It. On Allegro Dick Storck takes you home with pieces that let you leave the tough moments of your day behind. These familiar voices are a part of your every day, guiding you through the magical world of classical music. And they're folks who care deeply about this music. It's another important side of The Classical Station that would not be possible without your support.

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September 17 birthdays

On September 17 we observe the birthdays of Italian composer Saverio Mercadante (1795-1870), American composer Charles Griffes (1884-1920), and Dutch composer Hendrik Andriessen (1892-1981). Giuseppe Saverio Raffaele Mercadante was a composer of operas who never enjoyed the fame of his younger colleagues Donizetti and Bellini. He wrote over 50 operas, only a handful of which are performed or recorded these days. Elmira, New York native Charles Griffes studied in Berlin. His music was written in what might best be described as an American impressionistic style. Professor Andriessen composed over 60 works and was instrumental in revitalizing Roman Catholic church music in The Netherlands.

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Monday, September 16, 2019

Bamberg Symphony Orchestra

This evening Monday Night at the Symphony shines the spotlight on the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra. Hear music of Bedřich Smetana, Johannes Brahms, and Franz Josef Haydn in performances led by Theodor Guschlbauer, Christoph Eschenbach, and the orchestra's current principal conductor, Jakob Hrůša. See What's Playing for details.

You can enjoy the concert beginning at 8 p.m. on 89.7 FM in Central North Carolina and streaming everywhere online and on our apps.

Photo: Peter Eberts

Sung-Won Yang

The Bach Cello Suites are some of the most sublime music the German composer wrote. South Korean cellist Sung-Won Yang recorded the Cello Suites in the spacious acoustics of the Église Notre Dame de Bon Secours, Paris. Sung-Won Yang speaks with Rob Kennedy about the music and his interpretation. Enjoy this conversation and several others on our Conversations page.

Photo: Sang-Hoon Park

Hildegard of Bingen

On September 16 we observe the birthday of Hildegard von Bingen, OSB. This 12th-century genius was a Benedictine abbess. She was also a prolific writer and composer whose music we play from time to time on Great Sacred Music and Peaceful Reflections. Dr. von Bingen was a polymath or someone who is well-versed in a variety of subjects, a renaissance woman, if you will.

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