WCPE's Programming


WCPE Fall Highlights

Winter Highlights

By 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.

  • Beethovenfest
    December 14–16

    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.

  • Christmas
    December 25

    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
    January 16–18

    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
    January 19

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

  • Mozart Madness
    January 25–27

    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
    February 16

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

  • Simply Strings Weekend
    February 21–22

    Violin, viola, cello, bass, guitar, mandolin, harp, and more—a weekend of Great Classical Music with strings attached!

↑ Back to Top