WCPE's Programming


WCPE Fall Highlights

Summer Highlights

By William Woltz

  • Something New at Noon
    every day in June

    Join us for a daily feature of music from a recently released Classical recording. Hear established performers alongside the best of today’s new artists playing symphonic works, chamber music, solo piano, choral works and more.

  • Independence Day/ Americana Weekend
    July 1–4
    Our extended holiday weekend observance begins Friday, July 1, and features great U.S. composers, orchestras, and soloists. Of course the 4th will be filled with rousing orchestral favorites and lots of patriotic selections to celebrate the birth of our country, culminating in our Independence Day edition of Monday Night at the Symphony. It’s music that will make you proud.

  • Bastille Day
    July 14

    Works by Bizet, Berlioz, Rameau, Couperin, Fauré, Debussy, Ravel, and more—a celebration of the French contribution to Great Classical Music.

  • WCPE’s Anniversary
    July 18

    Join us in celebrating 38 years of broadcasting! We’ll play lots of great music all day.

  • Cinema Classics Weekend
    August 12–14

    A great film relies on both sight and sound for its impact. So for many of us, the memory of a favorite movie scene is forever linked with the music playing at the time. Beginning with Allegro on Friday afternoon, we feature Classical selections that have been used in your favorite films, plus music written especially for the silver screen. It’s one of our most popular theme weekends, and one that will bring back more than a few memories.

  • Women’s Equality Day
    August 26

    Although the day actually commemorates women’s suffrage, we take the opportunity to celebrate women in Classical music. This year it falls on an All-Request Friday. You’re invited to request something written by Clara Schumann, Fanny Mendelssohn, Jennifer Higdon, Joan Tower, or your favorite female composer.

  • All-Request Fridays
    June 24, July 29, August 26

    You’re the music director, from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Submit your advance requests at theclassicalstation.org, or call WCPE at 919.556.0123 on the morning of the request program. And don’t forget our weekly feature, the Saturday Evening Request Program, beginning at 6:00 p.m.

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