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This Week At The Classical Station

by Rob Kennedy

Friday, November 15, 2019

November 15

On November 15 we observe the birthdays of Cuban-born American pianist Jorge Bolet (1914-1990) and Argentine-Israeli conductor Daniel Barenboim (1942-). Jorge Bolet was considered one of the leading exponents of Romantic pianism according to the New York Times. While he is known these days primarily as a conductor, Daniel Barenboim began his career as a virtuoso pianist.

Photos: Daniel Barenboim/Monika Rittershaus; Jorge Bolet/Lindsay Nelson.

Thursday, November 14, 2019


A naive soldier falls hopelessly in love with a free-spirited woman, who abandons him for a bullfighter. Join the late Al Ruocchio for an encore broadcast of Georges Bizet's Carmen this evening at 7:00 p.m. Eastern.

Listen on 89.7 FM in Central North Carolina, streaming everywhere on our apps and online.

Photo: Elīna Garanča/Metropolitan Opera: Ken Howard


Have you downloaded Cadenza yet? Cadenza is a fast-paced, classical news magazine offering classical music news and conversations with composers and performers, as well as excursions into the music you love. Cadenza is also available on our apps and on Google Play.

Episode 4: Jennifer Higdon, Marcel Tyberg and More

In this edition of Cadenza, Dan McHugh explores the music of Marcel Tyberg. Rob Kennedy speaks with composer Jennifer Higdon about her Harp Concerto, her opera Cold Mountain and more. Dr. Greysolynne Hyman reports on the origins of music. Opera House host Bob Chapman speaks with the Canadian soprano Teresa Stratas in an interview from our archives.

Episode 3: Matthew Lipman, Censorship, High Holidays Music and More

In this edition of Cadenza, Dan McHugh speaks with violist Matthew Lipman. Nan Pincus reports on the musical instruments of the Renaissance. Rob Kennedy speaks with Rabbi Eric Solomon about the music and customs of the Jewish High Holidays.

Episode 2: Nancy Green, A Beethoven Mystery and More

In this edition of Cadenza, Dan McHugh speaks with cellist Nancy Green. Nan Pincus investigates a Beethoven mystery. Haydn Jones explains sonata form. Nick Robinson shows us how cartoons use classical music.

Episode 1: Drostan Hall, Anthony Roth Costanzo and More

In the first edition of Cadenza, Dan McHugh speaks with Drostan Hall about how he founded Camerata Chicago, and his new recording of Vivaldi's Four Seasons. Bob Chapman speaks with counter-tenor Anthony Roth Costanzo about his role in Philip Glass' 1983 opera Akhnaten. Haydn Jones talks about the life of Antonio Vivaldi. Nick Robinson takes us on a spooky tour of some of classical music's creepiest pieces in his Gallery of Sounds.

Sustaining Membership

Did you become a Sustaining member of The Classical Station during our recent Fall Membership Drive? If you did, thank you! You are enjoying convenient, automatic, ongoing monthly contributions which you can change or stop at any time! Becoming a Sustaining Member is an easy way to increase the power of your support and put more of your dollars into the great classical music you depend on.

As a Sustaining Member, you will:

* Enjoy uninterrupted membership status at The Classical Station.

* Save us money spent on postage, paper and administrative costs.

* Utilize an eco-friendly payment option which allows us to cut down on renewal mailings.

* Provide The Classical Station with a steady and reliable stream of income which allows us to plan for a sustainable future.

Here's how a Sustaining Membership works: Your monthly contribution is deducted automatically from the account of your choice on the same day each month until you tell us to stop. You can make changes or cancel your Sustaining Membership at any time.

To become a Sustaining Member, visit our Donation Page. Or call 800-556-5178 anytime. A member of staff will be happy to take down your information and instructions, as well answer any questions you may have. Don't forget to take a Thank You Gift or designate 10% of your Sustaining Membership to the Education Fund if you prefer. Thank you for being a Sustaining Member!

November 14 Birthdays

On November 14 we observe the birthdays of three composers. Born on this day were Austrian composer Leopold Mozart (1719-1787), German composer Fanny Mendelssohn-Hensel (1805-1847), and American composer Aaron Copland (1900-1990). The father of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was probably more successful as a teacher than as a composer. Fanny Mendelssohn-Hensel wrote over 460 compositions. She received her early musical education from her mother who had been trained by a student of Johann Sebastian Bach. Referred to as "the Dean of American Composers", Aaron Copland created musical canvasses which seem to many people to capture the essence of what American music is, or should be.

Photos: Wikipedia.org

Wednesday, November 13, 2019


Celebrate the special classical music lover in your life with a daily, weekly, or monthly announcement here on The Classical Station. With a Sustaining Membership of $100 per month, you can have a weekly on-air dedication. To find out more about day dedications and patron announcements on The Classical Station or to renew your announcement, contact Dan McHugh at 800-556-5178 or email him.

Carolina Award

We are delighted to announce that our General Manager, Deborah Proctor, is one of the recipients of the Carolina Award for 2019. Here is the announcement released by the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources.

"In the early 1970s, Deborah Proctor and four classmates at N.C. State University built a 12,500-watt transmitter by hand and connected it to a makeshift studio in a house five miles from campus - and WCPE, the Triangle's classical music station, was born. Today WCPE reaches audiences throughout North Carolina, across the country and around the world via satellite and online streaming. In addition to earning numerous awards for its programming, WCPE and Deborah Proctor, its general manager, have received recognition for their commitment to public service. Proctor's advocacy on behalf of local and independent broadcasting has been a hallmark of her leadership at the station. During her tenure, she successfully sued the FCC for the right to transmit WCPE on FM at full power, equalizing the rules between public and commercial radio. She has worked throughout her career to promote and help small, independent and public broadcasters remain viable in the era of online broadcasting. Her tireless efforts have introduced countless North Carolinians to the joy of classical music and leveled the playing field for public radio stations nationwide."

As Deborah reminds her staff constantly, none of this could have happened without your support. We are so very proud to be listener-supported and volunteer-powered. Thank you for your support.

Car Donation

If your vehicle - automobile, truck, boat, motorcycle, RV, or aircraft - is no longer of use to you, it can still go a long way as a donation in support of the beautiful music you love on from The Classical Station. Here's how it works: Center for Car Donations (CFCD), manages the donations on our behalf. Call them toll-free at 1-877-927-3872 for more information and to begin the car donation process. Don't forget to mention that The Classical Station is the recipient of your donation.

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 receive a one-year subscription to Quarter Notes.

Photo: Wikipedia.org

November 13 Birthdays

On November 13 we observe the birthdays of German composer Friedrich Wilhelm Zachow (1663-1712) and American composer George Whitfield Chadwick (1854-1931). Herr Zachow was George Frederic Handel's first teacher. Chadwick was one of a group of composers known as The Boston Six. The others in the group were Amy Beach, Arthur Foote, Edward MacDowell, John Knowles Paine, and Horatio Parker.

Photos: Wikipedia.org

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

November 12

On November 12 we observe the birthdays of Russian composer Alexander Borodin (1833-1887) and French Canadian composer and teacher Jean Papineau-Couture (1916-2000). Educated as a chemist and a doctor, Alexander Porfiryevich Borodin studied composition with Mily Balakirev. While music was Borodin's secondary vocation, he did manage to find time to write several operas and symphonies, as well as dozens of works in various forms. Montreal native Jean Papineau-Couture graduated from the New England Conservatory of Music. He also studied with Nadia Boulanger. He was on the faculty of the Conservatoire de Musique du Québec à Montréal from 1946-1962.

Photos: Wikipedia.org

Monday, November 11, 2019

New York Philharmonic Orchestra

This evening Monday Night at the Symphony shines the spotlight on the New York Philharmonic Orchestra. On the program is music of Ludwig van Beethoven, Manuel Ponce, and Heitor Villa-Lobos in performances led by Leonard Bernstein, Jose Serebrier, and current music director Jaap van Zweden. 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: New York Philharmonic Orchestra Logo/NYPhil.org

Recorder & Tabret

The November Edition of of Renaissance Fare features music from the royal courts of Europe. We'll hear works from the era of the Medici family in Florence; from Gabrielli in Venice; from the times of King Henry II and King Henry VIII in England; and from German composer Samuel Scheidt. This evening at 7 p.m. Eastern.

Photo: Wikipedia.org

November 11 Birthdays

On November 11 we observe the birthdays of English conductor Vernon Handley and Swiss conductor Ernest Ansermet. Vernon Handley was not a flashy, jet-set conductor. His modest gestures on the podium were similar to those of his teacher, Sir Adrian Boult, who once was heard to remark, "Do remember, won't you, that you are playing to the blind man in the audience." And that's how my old conducting teacher at the Royal College of Music was. Vernon Handley was all about the music. Period. Can you imagine being able to collaborate with composers such as Debussy, Ravel, and Stravinsky? Well, Ernest Ansermet did, and his interpretations of their music showed his deep understanding of what he was performing. He also founded Orchestre de la Suisse Romande in 1918.

Photo: Wikipedia.org


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