WCPE's Programming


Winter Highlights

By William Woltz

  • The Metropolitan Opera
    Saturday, December 3

    A new season of live broadcasts begins December 3 at 12:30 p.m. with Puccini's Manon Lescaut.

  • Beethovenfest
    December 14-16

    Each year, WCPE spends three days in tribute to Ludwig van 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)
    Sunset Saturday, December 24

    We'll celebrate the beginning of Chanukah, the Jewish Festival of Lights, with special music on December 24 at 6:00 p.m., with additional seasonal selections throughout the eight-day observance.

  • Christmas Eve
    December 24

    Following our special Chanukah program, WCPE's Bob Chapman presents three hours of favorite Christmas works sung by the stars of the opera stage beginning at 7:00 p.m.

  • Christmas
    December 25

    Music of joy and merriment, mystery and awe. WCPE brings you the best in Christmas music from the Classical tradition.

  • Russian Romantics Weekend
    January 13-15

    Russia is a land of intense cold and stark beauty, a place of mystery that moved Rimsky-Korsakov, Mussorgsky, and others to write music of great passion and color. Russian Romantics is one of our favorite musical weekends, beginning at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, January 13, during the WCPE Concert Hall.

  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day
    January 16

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

  • Mozart Madness
    January 25-27

    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart left the world a treasure of operas, symphonies, piano concertos, and sacred music. Join WCPE for a three-day celebration of all things Mozart. And because his birthday falls on an All- Request Friday, we invite you to request your favorite Mozart pieces that day.

  • Black History Month

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

  • WCPE Fall Highlights
  • Valentine's Day
    (by advance request)
    Tuesday, 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 17-19

    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! Presidents' Day February 20 Patriotic selections and American music to honor our leaders through the years.

  • All-Request Fridays
    December 30, January 27, and
    February 24

    You can play music director on the final Friday of each month. Submit your request online anytime at theclassicalstation.org, or call WCPE at 919.556.0123 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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