WCPE's Programming


WCPE Fall Highlights

Spring Highlights

By William Woltz

  • The Metropolitan Opera
    Saturdays through May 7

    The Met continues live broadcasts from Lincoln Center, including Mozart’s La Nozze di Figaro (March 26), Puccini’s Madama Butterfly (April 2), and Verdi’s Otello (April 23). The Met’s Mary Jo Heath is your host.

  • Women’s History Month
    Month of March

    We feature female composers and performers from the medieval era to the 21st century, with a focus on contemporary female composers during Wavelengths, on Sundays at 9:00 p.m. Eastern.

  • “In the Gardens of Spain” Weekend
    March 5–6

    The color, passion, and fire of the Iberian Peninsula, captured in the compositions of De Falla, Granados, Rodrigo, Tárrega, and more.

  • “Cinema Classics” Weekend
    March 18–20

    Timeless masterpieces of Classical music that have become identified with feature films (think “The Blue Danube” from 2001: A Space Odyssey) plus music written specifically for the silver screen.

  • Easter
    March 27

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

  • WCPE Spring Membership Drive
    April 1–10

    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, PO Box 897, Wake Forest, NC 27588.

  • Passover
    April 22

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

  • “Back to the Baroque” Weekend
    April 23–24

    From the playful Italian concertos of Vivaldi to the complex German fugues of Bach, the Baroque era presents a rich and varied musical landscape. We’ll play Handel and Telemann, Vivaldi, Purcell, and Buxtehude.

  • “Primarily Piano” Weekend
    May 13–15

    The young piano duo called ZOFO calls their beloved instrument a “20-Finger Orchestra,” and the grand piano is truly that. We’ll play some of the master pianists of the twentieth century, but we particularly want to feature some of today’s best young performers: Benjamin Grosvenor, Lise de la Salle, Yuja Wang, and Conrad Tao, to name a few.

  • Memorial Day Weekend
    May 28–30

    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
    March 25, April 29, May 27

    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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