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This Week At The Classical Station

by Rob Kennedy


Sunday, October 21, 2018

October 21 Birthdays

On October 21 we observe the birthdays of French composer Joseph Canteloube, English composer Sir Malcolm Arnold, and Hungarian-born British conductor Sir Georg Solti. Marie-Joseph Canteloube de Malaret was a musicologist as well as a composer. He is best known for his arrangements of the folk music of the Auvergne region of France. Despite a rather troubled personal life, Sir Malcolm Arnold composed in a variety of forms. He wrote over one hundred film scores. Widely considered one of the great conductors of the 20th centuries, Maestro Solti was music director of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra for twenty years.

Photo of Sir Georg Solti by Alan Warren on Wikipedia.org
Others: Wikipedia.org


Saturday, October 20, 2018

Trinity O Lux Beata

This week Great Sacred Music features four hours of the sacred choral and organ music you love. Bob Chapman and Naomi Lambert will join me in the studio to ask for your support of this special Sunday morning programming during our Fall Membership Drive. On our playlist is music by John Rutter, Johannes Brahms, George Frederic Handel, Johann Sebastian Bach, Dan Locklair, and more. The Choir of Clare College, Cambridge, the Monteverdi Choir, the Atlanta Symphony Chorus, and many more choral ensembles will uplift your spirits with their singing. Organists Christopher Jacobson, David Arcus, and Olivier Latry will play the King of Instruments for us. Sunday, October 21 from 8 a.m. until 12 noon Eastern.

We have a special Thank You Gift for you: O lux beata Trinitas (O Trinity, Blessed Light), a recording by the Choir of Clare College, Cambridge. It features anthems from the Russian and English liturgies and can be yours to thank you for your Sustaining Membership of $15 per month or a one-time gift of $180. Call 800-556-5178 or click the Donate link on our website to get your copy. Thank you so much for your support of The Classical Station. ~Rob

October 20 Birthday

On October 20 we observe the birthday of American composer Charles Ives (1874-1954). While Charles Ives' music was largely ignored during his lifetime, he came to be regarded as an American original because of his experimentations with avante garde styles of composition.

Photo: Wikipedia.org



Friday, October 19, 2018

Emil Gilels

On October 19 we observe the birthday of Russian pianist Emil Grigoryevich Gilels (1916-1985). Widely considered one of the great pianists of the 20th century, Gilels gave his first public piano recital at the age of 12.

Photo: Wikipedia.org


Thursday, October 18, 2018


Thank you to all the angels who have told us that they will be on hand for our Fall 2018 Membership Drive which begins tomorrow, Friday, October 19. 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..

Baseball Cap

Have you seen our Thank You Gifts? Jane O'Connor has assembled a collection of Thank You gifts for every giving level. Want to give $5 per month? Then let us say "Thank you!" with a writing pen or a car magnet. The baseball cap can be yours for a onetime gift of $100 or $8.33 per month as a Sustaining Member. We have tee shirts, mugs, a WCPE 40th Anniversary Clock, grocery bags, insulated coolers, and much more. And, of course, William Woltz, our Music Director, has selected some very fine CDs for you as well. Thank you so much for supporting the classical music you enjoy here on The Classical Station!

October 18

On October 18 we observe the birthdays of Spanish guitarist and composer Miguel Llobet (1878-1938) and American trumpeter and composer Wynton Marsalis (1961-). Senor Llobet was a virtuoso performer who studied with Francisco Tárrega. Wynton Marsalis won the Pulitzer Prize in 1997 for his oratorio Blood on the Fields. He is the Director of Jazz Studies at The Julliard School and the Managing and Artistic Director of Jazz at Lincoln Center.

Photos: Wikipedia.org


Wednesday, October 17, 2018


Learning that her lover has been gravely wounded, a country girl travels across an arid plateau, suffers a sun stoke, and dies in his arms. Join the late Al Ruocchio for an encore broadcast of Charles Gounod’s Mireille this Thursday at 7:00 p.m. Eastern on the WCPE Opera House.

The curtain goes up 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: Opéra Grand Avignon

October 17 Birthdays

On October 17 we observe the birthdays of Italian composer Domenico Zipoli (1688-1726), French composer Henri Mulet (1878-1967), Polish composer Tadeusz Paciorkiewicz (1916-1998), English composer Herbert Howells (1892-1983) and American pianist Stephen Bishop Koyacevich (1940-). A Jesuit priest, Signor Zipoli emigrated to South America where he composed and taught music to the locals. A student of Guilmant and Widor, Monsieur Mulet wrote several organ works which remain staples of the repertoire. Tadeusz Paciorkiewicz was a 20th-century composer who stuck to his own conservative style of composing as opposed to following the avant-garde style which was all the rage back then. Herbert Howells is perhaps best-known for his choral music written for the Anglican Church in England. Stephen Bishop Koyacevich, now known simply as Stephen Koyacevich, has enjoyed a career as both piano soloist and conductor.

Portrait of Herbert Howells by Leonard Boden. Other photos from Wikipedia.org


Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Montserrat Caballe

Spanish soprano Montserrat Caballé died on Saturday, October 6 at the age of 85. The Metropolitan Opera recently released a tribute to Ms. Caballé, as well as the following synopsis of her career at the Met.

"At the Met, Caballé dazzled audiences with her extraordinary vocalism in 15 roles and 98 performances. She made her Met debut in 1965 as Marguerite in Faust in the final season of the old opera house. At the new Met, she quickly became a phenomenon, winning raves in the inaugural 1966–67 season of the new house for her stunning portrayals of two Verdi heroines, Leonora in Il Trovatoreand Desdemona in Otello. Over her Met career, she starred in two opening nights, as Violetta in La Traviata in 1967 and in the title role of Tosca in 1985, and sang leading roles in two new productions, Luisa Miller in 1968 and I Vespri Siciliani in 1974. The velvet plushness of her voice and her almost superhuman ability to float soft high notes made her an audience favorite. Caballé’s final Met performance was in 1985 as Tosca."

The 2018-2019 Metropolitan Opera Saturday Matinee Broadcasts resume on Saturday, December 1 here on The Classical Station.

October 16 Birthdays

On October 16 we observe the birthdays of French composer Frédéric-Nicolas Duvernoy, Czech composer Jan Dismas Zelenka, English composer Charles Harford Lloyd, and American conductor Marin Alsop. Monsieur Duvernoy was a hornist in the Orchestre de la Garde Nationale. Jan Dismas Zelenka flourished in Dresden, Germany for most of his career. Charles Harford Lloyd was educated at Oxford and held positions at Gloucester Cathedral and Eton College during his long career. Ms. Alsop is music director of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and the São Paulo State Symphony Orchestra in Brazil.

Photo of Ms. Alsop by Grant Leighton. Others on Wikipedia.org


Monday, October 15, 2018

Columbus Ships

The October edition of Renaissance Fare will feature music from the 1400's during the lifetime of Christopher Columbus. The program includes music by the Orlando Consort, the New London Consort, the Piffaro Band and much more. Join George Douglas for Renaissance Fare this evening at 7:00 p.m. Eastern.

Photo: Gustav Adolf Closs on Wikipedia.org

Orpheus Chamber Orchestra

This week Monday Night at the Symphony will feature the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. This New York-based, conductor-less ensemble will perform music of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Peter Tchaikovsky and Bela Bartok.

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

Photo: Matt Dine

October 15 Birthdays

On October 15 we observe the birthdays Swedish-Finnish composer Bernhard Henrik Crusell and Swedish composer Dag Wirén. Crusell flourished in the classical era and was Finland's most well-known composer before Jean Sibelius. Dag Ivar Wirén wrote in a variety of forms and styles. His best-known work is Serenade for Strings.

Photos: Wikipedia.org



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