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This Week At The Classical Station

by Rob Kennedy

Wednesday, December 11, 2019


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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

December 11 Birthdays

On December 11 we observe the birthdays of French composer Hector Berlioz (1803-1869), Polish composer Mieczyslaw Karlowicz (1876-1909), and Ukrainian-American pianist Valentina Lisitsa (1973-). Hector Berlioz is perhaps best known to 21st century audiences for his Symphonie fantastique and Grande Messe des Morts or Requiem. Mieczyslaw Karlowicz occupied a place in Polish musical history between Frederic Chopin and Karol Szymanowski. Ms. Lisitsa has developed a large following on YouTube for her performances of literature from the Romantic era.

Photos: Wikipedia.org

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Ticket Giveaway

Join Nick Robinson during As You Like It for a special ticket giveaway! This week we'll be offering a pair of tickets to Christmas With The Celts a music and dance performance on Saturday, December 14 at 7:30 p.m. at Louisburg College. This concert will feature Irish dancing and popular holiday music. Listen between 2 and 3 p.m. on Wednesday, December 11h, for a chance to win tickets to this event.

December 10

On December 10 we observe the birthdays of Belgian-born French composer César Franck (1822-1890), French composer Olivier Messiaen (1908-1992), American composer Morton Gould (1913-1996, and British pianist Kathryn Stott (1958-). While César-Auguste-Jean-Guillaume-Hubert Franck was born in what is now Belgium, he took French citizenship when he was appointed to the faculty of Conservatoire de Paris in 1872. He composed four operas, several oratorios, as well as orchestral and chamber works. His music for organ is a staple of every organist's repertoire. Besides being a composer and organist, Olivier-Eugène-Prosper-Charles Messiaen was an ornithologist. He is widely considered one of the great composers of the 20th century. Richmond Hill, New York native Morton Gould published his first composition at the age of six. He wrote symphonies, film scores, Broadway musicals, and much more. His manuscripts are archived in the Library of Congress. Ms Stott teaches at the Royal Academy of Music. She concertizes regularly and is a long-time collaborator of cellist Yo-Yo Ma.

Photos: Kathryn Stott on kathrynstott.com; others on Wikipedia.org

Monday, December 9, 2019


The December edition of Renaissance Fare features traditional carols from England and France performed by the Waverly Consort and Apollo's Fire. Also on the program is a special collection of holiday tunes by hammered dulcimer player Maggie Sansone and much more. Join George Douglas for Renaissance Fare this evening at 7 p.m. Eastern.

Photo: Wikipedia.org

Academy of St. Martin in the Fields

This evening Monday Night at the Symphony shines the spotlight on the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields. On the program is music of Antonio Vivaldi, Benjamin Britten, and Felix Mendelssohn in performances led by Sir Neville Mariner, Kenneth Sillito, and the current music director, Joshua Bell, on his 52nd birthday. 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: St. Martin in the Fields Logo


Sharon Isbin

If you missed the interview with guitarist Sharon Isbin on Preview yesterday evening, you can hear it anytime here. In the interview, Dan McHugh and Sharon Isbin chatted about her collaboration with the Pacifica Quartet on the CD Souvenirs of Spain and Italy.

Photo: Sharon Isbin/J. Henry Fair

December 9 Birthdays

On December 9 we observe the birthdays of five musicians: French composer Émile Waldteufel (1837- 1915), Spanish composer Joaquín Turina (1882-1949), German-born British soprano Elisabeth Schwarzkopf (1915-2006), English composer Alan Ridout (1934-1996), and American violinist Joshua Bell (1967-).The composer of many waltzes including the well-known Les Patineurs, Monsieur Waldteufel dominated the London music scene in the 1870s and 80s, thanks to substantial royal patronage. A friend of Ravel and Debussy from his time in Paris at the Conservatoire, Senor Turina wrote a variety of works including operas. Dame Olga Maria Elisabeth Friederike Schwarzkopf was one of the 20th centuries great singers of lieder. She appeared in many of the world's great opera houses and recorded extensively. A prolific composer, Alan Ridout studied with Herbert Howells and Sir Michael Tippett. One of the 21st-century's most celebrated violinists, Joshua Bell is Music Director of the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields. He performs in concerts around the world and has recorded extensively.

Photos: Joshuabell.com & Wikipedia.org


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