WCPE's Programming


Fall Highlights

By William Woltz

  • Labor Day Weekend
    September 1–4

    The days of summer are drawing to a close, but the Great Classical Music on WCPE never ends. We’ll play your favorites throughout the holiday weekend.

  • Patriot Day
    September 11

    We will play music of reflection and remembrance throughout the day, culminating in a special edition of Monday Night at the Symphony.

  • Brothers and Sisters
    September 14

    Our annual birthday salute to composer Michael Haydn (younger brother to Franz Josef ) now includes the musical contri- butions of many sibling composers and performers, such as the brothers Bach, the family Strauss, and Wolfgang and Nannerl Mozart; plus Gil and Orli Shaham, Richard and John Contiguglia, and members of the Ying Quartet, Hagen Quartet, and Claremont Trio.

  • Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur Sunset, September 20, and Sunset, September 29
    Special music to mark the beginnings of Rosh Hashana (the Jewish New Year) and Yom Kippur (the Day of Atonement). The programs air at 6:00 p.m. ET on those respective days, with encore airings to be announced.

  • Great Ballet Days
    September 21–24

    Complete musical performances of some of your favorite ballets, including Tchaikovsky’s Sleeping Beauty and Delibes’s Coppélia, plus selected ballet highlights each day.

  • WCPE Highlights
  • Armchair Travelers Weekend
    October 13–15

    Let TheClassicalStation take you on a musi- cal journey from the Grand Canyon to the Appalachian highlands, along the beautiful blue Danube, to the fjords of Norway or an English country garden. Relax in your favor- ite chair and let the music take you away.

  • WCPE’s Fall Membership Drive
    October 20–29

    We are grateful for your financial support, which enables WCPE to share Great Classical Music with listeners everywhere. Make your tax-deductible gift at theclassicalstation. org, or mail it to
    WCPE Radio
    PO Box 897, Wake Forest, NC

  • Great Nicknames Weekend
    November 10–12

    Beethoven wasn’t thinking of the moon when he wrote his famous piano sonata. A publisher dubbed it Moonlight, and the name stuck. Join us for a weekend of great music with colorful names and intriguing stories: Haydn’s Miracle Symphony, Tchaikovsky’s Pathétique Symphony, Chopin’s “Revolutionary” Etude, and much more.

  • Thanksgiving Day/ New World Weekend
    November 23–26

    Join WCPE as we celebrate home and family with Classical favorites chosen to provide a beautiful accompaniment to your Thanksgiving gathering. The weekend that follows is filled with the best offerings of American composers and performers.

  • All-Request Fridays
    September 29 and November 24

    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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