WCPE's Programming


Spring Highlights

By William Woltz

  • The Metropolitan Opera
    Saturdays through May 5

    The Met continues live broadcasts, including Puccini's Madama Butterfly (March 3), Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor (April 7), and Gounod's Roméo et Juliette (May 5).

  • March is Women's History Month
    We will feature female composers and performers with a focus on contemporary female composers during Wavelengths, Sundays at 9:00 p.m.

  • Cinema Classics Weekend
    March 9–11

    Consider how music adds to your enjoyment of your favorite movies, whether it's a Classical work or a score composed specifically for that film. Join us for a celebration of the music of the silver screen.

  • WCPE Spring Membership Drive
    March 16–25

    Your financial support helps WCPE share Great Classical Music with listeners everywhere. Make your gift at theclassicalstation.org, or mail your silent pledge to WCPE Radio, P.O. Box 897, Wake Forest, NC 27588.

  • In the Gardens of Spain Weekend
    April 6–8

    What goes into making the music of Spain so distinctive? We'll bring you music of Tárrega, Rodrigo, de Falla, Albéniz, Granados, and more.

  • Passover
    March 30

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

  • Easter
    April 1

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

  • Back to the Baroque Weekend
    April 21–22

    The Baroque era in music (c. 1600 to 1750) was a time of complex counterpoint, dense harmonies, and ornamented melodies. We'll play Handel's Water Music and some of Bach's Brandenburg concertos, as well as Vivaldi, Telemann, Albinoni, and Purcell, Buxtehude, the Scarlatti family, and more. See a review of harpsichordist Jean Rondeau's latest CD, Dynastie, on page 28.

  • A Primarily Piano Weekend
    May 11–13

    In its vast range of pitch and dynamics, no instrument is "grander" than the piano. We'll feature some of today's leading performers on the instrument—Seong-Jin Cho, Benjamin Grosvenor, Lise de la Salle, and Lara Downes—as well as 20th century piantists like Alicia de Larrocha, Vladimir Horowitz, and Alfred Brendel.

  • Memorial Day Weekend
    May 26–28

    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 30, April 27, May 25

    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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