- 01/25 Distilling Japanese Sound From a Varied Catalog
- 01/19 Sir Simon Rattle at 60: 10 of his best performances
- 01/11 Reweaving a Tapestry From Charpentier’s Threads
- 01/07 National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America (NYO-USA) China Tour Details Announced
- 01/06 Getting Off To A Good Start: A New Year's Puzzler
- Special Note: The Biggest Classical Music Stories of 2014
- 12/19 School Finds Music Is the Food of Learning
- 12/12 Lydia Mordkovitch has died
- 12/10 Harmonic Ripples in a Watery World
- Special Note: Elim Chan wins 2014 Donatella Flick LSO Conducting Competition
- 12/08 ISO takes its show on the road
- 12/08 Heroic Onstage and Off
- 12/03 WCPE makes UK Telegraph's The Best Internet Radio Stations List
- 12/02 Grant Llewellyn awarded national music prize
- 11/27 Beethoven, ‘Cyrano’ and Samplings From Film Scores
- 11/19 How one Australian symphony orchestra protects players' ears
- 11/18 Graphing Gender in America’s Top Orchestras
Winter HighlightsBy William Woltz
- The Metropolitan Opera
Saturday, December 6
A new season of live broadcasts begins December 6 at 12:30 p.m. with Rossini’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia.
WCPE’s annual three-day salute to Ludwig van Beethoven, the monumental composer from Bonn, whose belief in the power of music empowered him to triumph over personal tragedy. We’ll present Beethoven’s greatest symphonies, sonatas, concertos, and more, culminating in the glorious Ninth Symphony on the presumed day of his birth (December 16) at 8:00 p.m.
- Chanukah (Hanukkah)
Begins at sunset Tuesday, December 16
We’ll celebrate Chanukah, the Jewish Festival of Lights, with a program of special music on December 16 at 6:00 p.m., with additional seasonal selections through the eight-day observance.
Music of joy and merriment, wonder and reverent awe. WCPE brings you the best in Christmas music from the Classical tradition this December.
- All-Request Fridays
December 26, January 30, and February 27
You’re the music director, from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Submit your Classical music requests online anytime at theclassicalstation.org, or call WCPE at 919.556.0123 on the morning of the request program.
- Russian Romantics Weekend
The Mighty Handful was a group of fi ve nineteenth-century Russian composers who wrote music steeped in the distinctive traditions of their homeland. We’ll celebrate with Russian favorites from Mussorgsky, Rimsky- Korsakov, Rachmaninoff , and others beginning at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, January 16, in the WCPE Concert Hall.
- Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day
We celebrate the legacy of Dr. King with music of American composers and performers.
- Mozart Madness
In his brief life, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart grew from boy-wonder pianist to uniquely gifted composer with an uncanny ability to touch our souls through his music. Join WCPE for a three-day celebration of all things Mozart, culminating on his birthday, January 27.
- Black History Month
We’ll celebrate music by composers and performers of African ancestry throughout the month.
- Valentine’s Day
(by advance request)
Saturday, February 14
Make a Classical music request in honor of your sweetie. We’ll play your requests through the day with a break from 12:30 to 4:00 p.m. for the Metropolitan Opera. Requests must be received by February 7 online or through the U.S. Postal Service.
- Presidents Day
Patriotic selections and American music to honor our leaders through the years.
- Simply Strings Weekend
Violin, viola, cello, bass, guitar, mandolin, harp, and more—a weekend of Great Classical Music with strings attached!
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