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This Week At The Classical Station

 

Saturday, September 22, 2018

 

St Mary_Bourne Street Chelsea

This week Great Sacred Music includes music sung by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, the Vancouver Chamber Choir, and the King's Singers. Also on the playlist is choral music by Johann Sebastian Bach, Max Reger, and Herbert Howells.

Thomas Brown, Director of Music at University Presbyterian Church, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, will offer a commentary on J.S. Bach's Fugue in E flat, BWV 552.

Great Sacred Music airs every Sunday morning right after Sing For Joy from 8 until 11 eastern with your host Rob Kennedy.

Photo: Rose Window in Saint Mary's Church, Bourne Street, Chelsea by Amanda Slater on Flickr.

 

Henryk Szeryng

On September 22 we observe the birthday of Polish-Mexican violinist and composer Henryk Szeryng (1918-1988). Szeryng was born into a wealthy Jewish family. Consequently, when the events of World War II forced him to live abroad, he chose Mexico as his new home because of the wonderful reception which he received on a concert tour there in 1941. He lived in Mexico from 1946 and was on the faculty of the National University of Mexico, among other activities.

 

Photo: Wikipedia.org

 

Friday, September 21, 2018


Firebird

We are enjoying Great Ballet Days here at The Classical Station from September 20 hrough September 23. A bit of ballet music can be lovely at any time, but we like to take a few days every autumn to stretch out with full-length performances of some of your favorite ballet scores including Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake, Delibes’s Sylvia, and Adam’s Giselle, plus selected ballet highlights each day. You can find detailed listings on What's Playing.

 

Photo: Carolina Ballet's Firebird

September 21 Birthdays

On September 21 we observe the birthday of English composer Gustav Holst. Charles Villiers Stanford taught Holst at the Royal College of Music. Ralph Vaughan Williams was his colleague. Holst, in turn, influenced a generation of younger composers including Benjamin Britten, Edmund Rubbra, and Michael Tippett.

Photos: Wikipedia.org

 

Thursday, September 20, 2018


Angel

We still need more angels for our Fall 2018 Membership Drive which will begin in a few weeks. The point of our membership drives is to encourage listeners to become supporting members of The Classical Station. Did you know that Angels help us achieve that objective? Well, yes, they do and have done so for many years. Our Angels are amazing listeners who will match your gift to encourage you to support this unique classical music radio station which you enjoy so much. Read more..

 


Ildebrando Pizzetti

On September 20 we observe the birthday of Italian composer and teacher Ildebrando Pizzetti (1880-1968). While Signor Pizzetti is primarily known to modern audiences for his theatre music, he was also highly regarded as a teacher and writer.

Photo: Wikipedia.org

 

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

  Amadigi di Gaula

This week our Opera House presentation tells the story of the scheming sorceress Melissa who tries to entice Amadigi away from the lovely Oriana, who is also hopelessly desired by the Prince of Thrace.

Join the late Al Ruocchio for an encore broadcast of George Frideric Handel's Amadigi di Gaula. The curtain goes up this Thursday at 7:00 p.m. Eastern on 89.7 FM in Central North Carolina, streaming everywhere on our apps and online. Don't forget that you can hear and watch most of the operas which we play on Opera House on our YouTube channel.

Photo: François Spiering on Wikipedia.org
 

 

Kurt Sanderling

On September 19 we observe the birthday of German conductor Kurt Sanderling (1912-2011). Maestro Sanderling had a long and distinguished career during which he held positions with the Dresden Staatskapelle, the Berlin Symphony Orchestra, the Madrid Symphony Orchestra, the Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra, to name just a few. He was a friend of the composer Dmitri Shostakovich.

Photo: Wikipedia.org

 

Tuesday, September 18, 2018


WCPE studios

Calling all volunteers! Since 1978 we have been listener-supported and volunteer-powered. Our amazing volunteers come to the station for a couple of hours a week to answer phones, stuff envelopes for our mailings, and take air shifts as announcers evenings and weekends. We could not do this without our hard-working, devoted volunteers. Hundreds of them!

Right now we are looking for volunteers who can help with landscaping the grounds around our studio and transmitter buildings. We also need somebody who can mow the 40 acre field adjacent to our studios. If you have experience, time, and talent which you would like to contribute to The Classical Station, contact Jane O'Connor, our Volunteer Coordinator, at 919-556-5178 during business hours on weekdays. You can also email Jane.


Anna Netrebko

On September 18 we observe the birthday of Russian soprano Anna Netrebko. 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.

Photo: Wikipedia.org

 

Monday, September 17, 2018


Dallas Symphony Orchestra

This week Monday Night at the Symphony will feature the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. On the program is music of Sergei Rachmaninoff, Paul Dukas and Peter Tchaikovsky in performances led by Andrew Litton, Eduardo Mata, and Jaap van Zweden.

The concert begins at 8 p.m. Eastern on 89.7 FM in Central North Carolina and streaming everywhere online.

Photo: Wikipedia.org


September 17 birthdays

On September 17 we observe the birthdays of Italian composer Saverio Mercadante, American composer Charles Griffes, and Dutch composer Hendrik Andriessen. 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.

Photos: Wikipedia.org

 

  
 

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