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This Week At The Classical Station

by Rob Kennedy

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Don Pasquale

An elderly bachelor marries a beautiful young woman who drives hm crazy until his nephew agrees to take her off his hands. Join the late Al Ruocchio for an encore broadcast of Gaetano Donizetti's Don Pasquale 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.

Photo: Baryton Luigi Lablache as Don Pasquale in 1843 premiere/Wikipedia.org

February 20 birthday

On February 20 we observe the birthdays of Austrian composer Carl Czerny (1791-1857), Belgian composer Charles de Bériot (1802-1870), Scottish soprano Mary Garden (1874-1967), German-born conductor Christoph Eschenbach (1940-), English conductor Barry Wordsworth (1948-), and Italian conductor Riccardo Chailly (1953-). Besides being a composer of keyboard and chamber music, Herr Czerny was a very successful teacher. Charles Auguste de Bériot was a violinist who taught at the Brussels Conservatory. Besides being a popular opera singer in the early part of the 20th-century, Ms. Garden was in later life a talent scout for MGM. Maestro Eschenbach was chief conductor of the Houston Symphony and the Philadelphia Orchestra, among the many orchestras with which he has been associated. After studying at the Royal Collge of Music with Vernon Handley, Barry Wordsworth was music director of the Royal Ballet. After making his conducting debut at La Scala, Maestro Chailly went on to earn a reputation as one of the world's great opera conductors.

Photos: Wikipedia.org


Tuesday, February 19, 2019

February 19 Birthdays

On February 19 we observe the birthday of Italian composer Luigi Boccherini (1743-1805) and American violinist Gil Shaham (1971-). A prolific composer, Signor Boccherini composed over five hundred pieces in a variety of forms. Gil Shaham is one of the current generation of violinists most distinguished performers. He concertizes worldwide.

Photo: Wikipedia.org



Monday, February 18, 2019

February 18 Birthday

On February 18 we observe the birthday of American mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard. Twice a Grammy Award winner, Ms. Leonard graduated from The Julliard School and made her Metropolitan Opera debut in 2007.

Photo: Jared Slater

Philadelphia Orchestra

On our Presidents' Day edition of Monday Night at the Symphony we'll spend an evening with a great American ensemble, the Philadelphia Orchestra. Hear music of George Gershwin, Ottorino Respighi and Sergei Rachmaninoff, in performances led by Eugene Ormandy, Riccardo Muti and music director Yannick Nézet-Séguin.

You can enjoy the concert on 89.7 FM in Central North Carolina and streaming everywhere online and on our apps. The concert begins at 8 p.m. Eastern.

Photo: Chris Lee


Meet The Announcer

Ever wonder what your favorite voice looks like? That's Sherman Wallace, host of our overnight program Sleepers Awake above. More about our announcers at Meet The Announcer.

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