WCPE's Programming


Winter Highlights

By William Woltz

  • The Metropolitan Opera
    Saturday, December 2

    A new season of live broadcasts begins December 2 at 1:00 p.m. Eastern Time.

  • Chanukah (Hanukkah)
    Begins at sunset Tuesday, December 12

    We’ll celebrate the beginning of Chanukah, the Jewish Festival of Lights, with music on December 12 at 6:00 p.m., plus additional selections throughout the 8-day observance.

  • Beethovenfest
    December 14–16

    Ludwig van Beethoven wrote heroic music of great passion and beauty, creations that champion the best in humanity. Each year WCPE spends three days in tribute to Beethoven, playing his greatest symphonies, sonatas, concertos, and more, culminating in the glorious Ninth Symphony on the presumed day of his birth.

  • Christmas Eve
    Sunday December 24 at 7:00 p.m.

    Bob Chapman, host of WCPE Opera House, presents three hours of favorite Christmas works by the stars of the opera stage.

  • Christmas
    December 25

    Let TheClassicalStation be your source for the music of this festive season as together we celebrate the joy, mystery, and awe of Christmas.

  • New Year’s Eve
    December 31

    We survey the best new Classical CD releases of 2017 in a special year-end edition of Preview beginning at 6:00 p.m. Stay tuned from 9:00 until midnight for a feast of Viennese waltzes and other festive favorites to help you ring in the new year.

  • Russian Romantics Weekend
    January 12–14

    Russia may seem a cold and forbidding landscape to the rest of the world, but her people know Russia as a land of stark beauty and passion. Join us for one of our favorite musical weekends, beginning at 7:00 p.m. on Friday in the WCPE Concert Hall.

  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day
    January 15

    We celebrate the legacy of Dr. King with music of American composers and performers.

  • Mozart Madness
    January 25–27

    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s left us much too soon. But in his 35 stormy years he created a new world of operas, symphonies, piano concertos, and sacred music unlike anything heard before. Join WCPE for a three-day celebration of all things Mozart.

  • Black History Month

    We’ll celebrate music by composers and performers of African ancestry throughout the month.

  • Valentine’s Day (by advance request)
    Wednesday, February 14

    Make a Classical music request in honor of your sweetie. We’ll play as many requests as we can from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. that day. Requests must be received by February 7 online or through the U.S. Postal Service.

  • Simply Strings Weekend
    February 16–18

    Who could imagine that some horsehair, pine rosin, a few steel wires, and a wooden box would add up to the Brahms Violin Concerto? There’s a bit of magic involved, too, on the part of the great players we celebrate in this weekend of music for violin, viola, cello, bass, guitar, mandolin, harp, and more!

  • Presidents’ Day
    Monday, February 19

    Patriotic selections and American music to honor our leaders through the years.

  • All-Request Fridays
    December 29,
    January 26, and
    February 23

    Submit your request online anytime at theclassicalstation. org, or call WCPE at
    on the morning of the request program. We’ll play your requests from 9:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m. Eastern time. And don’t forget our Mozart Madness edition of the All-Request Friday in January!

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