WCPE's Programming


WCPE Winter Highlights

Summer Highlights

By William Woltz

  • Six Strings at Noon every day in June
    We’ll feature a little gem of the Classical guitar repertoire each day. Music of Spain, Germany, Latin America, and the U.S., with works ranging from the Renaissance era to today.

  • Independence Day
    July 4
    Americana Weekend
    July 5–6
    WCPE salutes the birth of our country on July 4 with lots of patriotic selections and American music. Then we continue that theme through our Americana Weekend featuring great U.S. composers, orchestras, and soloists.

  • Bastille Day
    July 14
    Works by Rameau, Bizet, Berlioz, Debussy, Ravel, and more…a celebration of the French contribution to Great Classical Music, culminating in a salute to French orchestras on Monday Night at the Symphony.

  • Cinema Classics Weekend
    August 8–10
    The right music makes a great film even better! 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. One of our most popular theme weekends!

  • Women’s Equality Day
    August 26
    The day actually commemorates the passage of voting rights for women, but it’s a great occasion for us to feature women in Classical music: composers such as Clara Schumann, Fanny Mendelssohn, Jennifer Higdon, Joan Tower, Amy Beach, and Ethel Smyth (who was jailed for a time for her women’s suffrage activities in England!).

  • All-Request Fridays
    June 27, July 25, August 29
    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. ET.

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