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- 02/04 Mirga Gražinyte-Tyla to be new Music Director for City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
- 02/03 HIP Festival Aims to Rediscover Forgotten Symphonies
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- 01/27 New York Philharmonic Taps Jaap van Zweden as Its Next Maestro
- 01/25 Nigel Kennedy, The New Four Seasons tour
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- 01/03 Meet the woman conductor for the LA Philharmonic
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Winter HighlightsBy William Woltz
- The Metropolitan Opera
Saturday, December 5
A new season of live broadcasts begins December 5 at 1:00 p.m. ET, with Puccini’s La Bohème.
- Chanukah (Hanukkah)
Begins at sunset Sunday, December 6
We’ll celebrate Chanukah, the Jewish Festival of Lights, with a program of special music on December 6 at 6:00 p.m., with additional seasonal selections through the eight-day observance.
Unbeaten by his loss of hearing, composer Ludwig van Beethoven vowed to “seize fate by the throat,” and proceeded to create some of the most engaged, passionate, and uplifting music mankind has ever known. WCPE’s annual three-day salute will include Beethoven’s greatest symphonies, sonatas, concertos, and more, culminating in the glorious Ninth Symphony at 8:00 p.m. on the presumed day of his birth (December 16).
Music of joy and merriment, mystery, and awe as we celebrate this most wonderful time of the year. WCPE brings you the best in Christmas music from the Classical tradition this December.
- All-Request Fridays
December 18, January 29, and February 26
The All-Request Friday for December is our holiday edition, and it comes a week early, on December 18. Request your favorite Classical selections for the season, and we’ll play them from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. that day. Then it’s back to the final Friday of the month for January and February. Submit your request online anytime at theclassicalstation.org, or call WCPE at 919.556.0123 on the morning of the request program.
- Russian Romantics Weekend
Music of passion, color, and mystery, steeped in deep folk traditions. It’s no wonder this is one of our favorite weekend features. We’ll celebrate with Russian favorites from Mussorgsky, Tchaikovsky, Rimsky-Korsakov, Rachmaninoff, and others beginning at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, January 15, during 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
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: the boy wonder pianist from Salzburg, the troubled young genius of Vienna. He could imagine complex music fully formed in his head, simply having to write it down. In his brief life he gave us operas, symphonies, piano concertos, and a requiem unlike anything that came before or since. 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)
Sunday, February 14
Make a Classical music request in honor of your sweetie. We’ll play as many requests as we can from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. that day. 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 featuring strings and the players that make them go zing!
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