WCPE's Programming


Spring Highlights

By William Woltz

  • The Metropolitan Opera
    Saturdays through May 13
    Mary Jo Heath hosts weekly live broadcasts of the Met Opera. Hear Verdi’s La Traviata on March 11, Beethoven’s Fidelio on April 1, and Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde on April 8.

  • March is Women’s History Month
    We feature female composers and performers from the medieval era to the 21st century, with an added focus on contemporary composers during WCPE’s Wavelengths on Sundays at 9:00 p.m. Eastern Time.

  • In the Gardens of Spain Weekend
    March 10–12
    Hear the smoky guitar sounds of Tárrega, the bright orchestrations of Rodrigo, and the passionate dances of Manuel de Falla, Albéniz, Granados, and more—get ready for a weekend of great music from Spain!

  • WCPE Highlights
  • A Cinema Classics Weekend
    March 17–19
    Many of our favorite movies are linked to familiar works of Classical music. We’ll feature music from your favorite movies, including time-honored Classical selections and music written specifically for the silver screen.

  • WCPE Spring Membership Drive
    March 24–April 2
    Your financial support helps WCPE share Great Classical Music with listeners everywhere. Make your tax-deductible gift at theclassicalstation.org, or mail your silent pledge to

    WCPE Radio, P.O. Box 897, Wake Forest, NC 27588.

  • Passover
    April 10
    WCPE airs a special program of music at 6:00 p.m. to mark the beginning of Passover at sunset this day.

  • Easter
    April 16
    Celebrate with Rob Kennedy, host of WCPE’s Great Sacred Music, beginning at 8:00 a.m.

  • Back to the Baroque Weekend
    April 22–23
    From sunny Venetian concertos by Vivaldi to searching devotional works by Bach, the Baroque era presents a rich and varied musical landscape. We’ll play Handel and Telemann, Albinoni and Domenico Scarlatti, Purcell and Buxtehude—Baroque favorites plus some pieces you may not have heard before.

  • Primarily Piano Weekend
    May 12–14
    We’ll play master pianists of the twentieth century, such as Van Cliburn and Artur Rubinstein, and also some of today’s best young performers—Daniil Trifonov, Alexandre Tharaud, Elizabeth Joy Roe, and Yuja Wang, to name a few.

  • Memorial Day Weekend
    May 27–29
    An extended weekend celebrating American composers and performers, with lots of patriotic music on Monday to honor the men and women who have given so much for our country.

  • All-Request Fridays
    April 28, May 26
    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.

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