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The Best of Bernstein
Leonard Bernstein

To celebrate the Leonard Bernstein Centennial, The Classical Station is offering for a limited time The Best of Bernstein 3-CD compilation featuring some of Bernstein's very best recordings for Deutsche Grammophon. This album is not available for purchase. You can only get it by supporting your non-profit classical radio station. The album is programmed as a celebration of Bernstein's work as both a composer and conductor. It features excerpts from Candide and West Side Story as well as ever-popular works by Beethoven, Brahms, Debussy, Gershwin, Mozart, Shostakovich, Stravinsky and others. It can be yours with our thanks when you become a sustaining member of The Classical Station for $10 a month or make a one-time gift of $120.

Call 800-556-5178 and ask for The Best of Bernstein or become a member online. This special offer is only available until August 31. 2018. When you make your donation online, please put The Best of Bernstein in the Comments section.


This Week At The Classical Station

 

Thursday, August 16, 2018


August 16 Birthdays

On August 16 we observe the birthdays of French composer Gabriel Pierné, American organist and conductor Paul Callaway, and Israeli conductor Yoel Levi. Monsieur Pierné was a student of Cesar Franck and Jules Massenet. Dr. Callaway was organist and choirmaster at the Cathedral of SS. Peter and Paul, Washington, DC, from 1939-1977. Maestro Levi is the Music Director and Principal Conductor of the KBS Symphony Orchestra in Seoul, South Korea.

Photos: Yoel Levi/ABOSCH; Dr. Callaway & M. Pierne/Wikipedia.org

 

Wednesday, August 15, 2018


Thais

Our Opera House presentation this week is about a monk who wants to convert a courtesan to Christianity. Unfortunately, he discovers too late that his obsession with her is rooted in lust. You will recognize the familiar Meditation as the theme of our popular late evening program, Music In The Night.

Join the late Al Ruocchio for an encore broadcast of Thaïs by French composer Jules Massenet this Thursday at 7:00 p.m. Eastern on Opera House, on 89.7 FM in Central North Carolina, streaming everywhere on our apps and online.

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August 15 Birthdays

Today we observe the birthdays of English composer Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, German-American composer Lukas Foss, and French composer Jacques Ibert. Coleridge-Taylor studied composition at the Royal College of Music with Sir Charles Villiers Stanford. Foss was a classmate of Leonard Bernstein at the Curtis Institute. Ibert wrote seven operas and five ballets, among other compositions. .



Tuesday, August 14, 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! 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 at volunteer@theclassicalstation.org

Our studios are located in Rolesville in northeastern Wake County. Find us on Waze or Google maps. Our 1200' tower is very easy to spot!

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August 14 Birthdays

On August 14 we observe the birthdays of English composer Samuel Sebastian Wesley and French conductor Georges Prêtre. Wesley received his middle name because of his father's love of Bach. Monsieur Prêtre earned international recognition as a fine conductor of opera in the major opera houses of the world.


Monday, August 13, 2018


Renaissance Fare

The August edition of Renaissance Fare features music performed by some of the most popular Renaissance and medieval groups today. They include The Folger Consort of Washington, DC, the Piffaro Band from Philadelphia, The Baltimore Consort, and the New York Renaissance Band.

Join George Douglas for Renaissance Fare this Monday evening at 7:00 p.m. Eastern.


Atlanta Symphony

This week Monday Night at the Symphony features the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. On the program is music of Aaron Copland, Modest Mussorgsky and Camille Saint-Saens, in performances led by Robert Spano, Yoel Levi and Louis Lane.

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


August 13 Birthdays

On August 13 we observe the birthdays of English composer John Ireland, French conductor Louis Frémaux, and American soprano Kathleen Battle.

Ireland wrote music in many forms, mainly in an impressionistic style. His students included Ernest John Moeran and Benjamin Britten. Frémaux was music director of several major orchestras including the Orchestra of the Opéra de Monte-Carlo and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. Ms. Battle is a Grammy Award-winning artist who is at home singing classical, jazz, and crossover works.


 

WCPE Education Fund

When you give The Classical Station at least $50.00, you may designate that 10% of your donation go toward our Education Fund. Please check the appropriate box in the Secure Pledge Form!


WCPE Education Fund

Music education plays an important role in building a young person's confidence and self esteem. With that in mind, we made a grant to Kidznotes, Durham, North Carolina. Kidznotes focuses on children living in poverty and offers services that include reliable after-school engagement, intensive instrumental and ensemble training, community performances, student leadership and parental engagement. It is their belief that these elements come together to provide children with a tangible layer of protection against the destructive impacts of poverty. Since its beginnings in 2010, Kidznotes has grown from 60 kindergarteners and first-graders to 450 students in K through 9th grades. Grant monies from the Education Fund will help cover the costs of instrument repairs and upkeep, plus the purchase of four new instruments.

WCPE The Classical Station has awarded five grants totaling almost $10,000 from its WCPE Education Fund for the 2018–19 season.




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