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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. Read more about this 3-CD set and view a detailed playlist.

This superb 3-CD set 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 anytime and ask for The Best of Bernstein or do it 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


Sunday, August 19, 2018


Neave Trio by Arthur Mueller

This week on Preview! the OSM Chamber Players perform music of Beethoven. The Classical Station's Rob Kennedy speaks with members of the Neave Trio (pictured on left) about their recent CD release, French Moments. Pianist Marc-André Hamelin plays Schubert and violist Lawrence Power plays music of Weber.

Preview! -- the best in new classical recordings and arts news each Sunday from 6 until 9 p.m. Eastern on 89.7 FM in Central North Carolina and streaming everywhere online.


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 a repeat performance of Renaissance Fare this Sunday afternoon at 5:00 p.m. Eastern.


Leonard Bernstein by Jack Mitchell

Composer Leonard Bernstein, born 100 years ago this week, left an indelible mark on the American musical landscape with his works for the theatre and concert hall, as well as sacred music. Join the Classical Station this Sunday for Wavelengths, as we celebrate the music of Leonard Bernstein.

Wavelengths brings you the best in contemporary classical music every Sunday at 9 p.m. Eastern.


August 19 Birthdays

On August 19 we observe the birthdays of Romanian composer and conductor George Enescu and American conductor Gerard Schwarz. Enescu shares the distinction with Fritz Kreisler of being the youngest students admitted to the Vienna Conservatory at the age of seven. Maestro Schwarz has been the music director of the Eastern Music Festival in North Carolina since 2007. He was music director of the Seattle Symphony Orchestra from 1985-2001, and Music Director of Lincoln Center's Mostly Mozart Festival from 1982-2001.


Saturday, August 18, 2018


St. Joan, Gabriel in windows at Camp Lejeune

This week Great Sacred Music will include music sung by Gloriae Dei Cantores, Turtle Creek Chorale and The Brabant Ensemble. Also on the playlist is choral music by Johann Sebastian Bach, American composers Eric Whitacre and Scott Wheeler. Professor Wheeler will also offer our commentary.

Great Sacred Music airs every Sunday morning right after Sing For Joy from 8 until 11 eastern with your host Rob Kennedy.


August 18 Birthdays

On August 18 we observe the birthdays of Italian composer Antonio Salieri, Canadian composer and conductor Sir Ernest MacMillan, and Russian conductor Dmitri Kitayenko. Signor Salieri taught Schubert, Liszt, and Beethoven. Sir Ernest MacMillan was one of the most influential musicians of his generation in Canada. Maestro Kitayenko was conductor of the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra for many years. He has made many recordings with the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra, the Frankfurt Radio Symphony, the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra and the Danish National Symphony Orchestra.


Friday, August 17, 2018

August 17 Birthdays

On August 17 we observe the birthday of Spanish classical guitarist Ángel Romero (1946-). Señor Romero comes from a family of distinguished musicians. His father is Celedonio Romero. His brothers are Pepe and Celin. Ángel was the first guitar soloist to appear with the Los Angles Symphony Orchestra which he did at the age of sixteen.


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/


Wednesday, August 15, 2018


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.


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

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


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.


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