Fall Highlights

By William Woltz

Labor Day Weekend - September 1-3

Great Classical Music is the perfect complement to your end-of-summer picnics, parties, and family get-togethers. We’ll dish out generous servings of your favorite Classical works throughout the holiday weekend, culminating on Labor Day on September 3.

Jewish High Holidays


We will play a special program of music to mark the beginning of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, on Sunday, September 9 at 6 p.m. and on the eve of Yom Kippur, the Jewish Day of Atonement, on Tuesday, September 18 at 6 p.m. Our programming will also feature appropriate music throughout the Jewish High Holy Days.

Patriot Day - September 11

America pauses to mark the anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks. We shall feature musical works of reflection and remembrance through the day.

Brothers and Sisters - September 14

Gil & Orli Shaham

When violinist Gil Shaham and his sister, pianist Orli Shaham (pictured), were growing up, they would sight-read through sonatas together for fun. Today they perform together for audiences all over the world. Violinist Mari and cellist Håkon Samuelsen, a Norwegian brother and sister duo, have forged an impressive international performing career. Join us on September 14 as we celebrate these and other Classical music siblings including the Bach brothers, the family Strauss, Fanny and Felix Mendelssohn, pianists Richard and John Contiguglia, the 5 Browns, and members of the Ying Quartet, Hagen Quartet, and Claremont Trio. And don’t forget composer Michael Haydn, little brother to Franz Josef, whose birthday we observe this day.

Great Ballet Days - September 20-23


A bit of ballet music can be lovely at any time, but we like to take a few days every autumn to stretch out with full-length performances of some of your favorite ballet scores including Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake, Delibes’s Sylvia, and Adam’s Giselle, plus selected ballet highlights each day.


Armchair Travelers Weekend - October 12-14

From the steppes of central Asia to the Grand Canyon, come along with The Classical Station on a stunning musical journey. We’ll float along the the blue Danube and down the Moldau and the Mississippi rivers, climb the Appalachian mountains, and cross the Scottish Highlands. Close your eyes and let the music take you away.

Fall Fund Drive - October 19-28

Your generous financial support makes it possible for The Classical Station to share classical music with listeners everywhere. We receive no tax dollars. We are not allocated any funding from a university. We are listener-supported. We encourage you to become a Sustaining Member. You can do that or click a one-time gift to us on our secure server. Or call 800-556-0123 24/7 and speak to a member of staff who will be happy to take your donation. Don't forget to select a Thank You Gift or if you prefer, specify that you wish your contribution to go to our Education Fund in lieu of a Thank You Gift.

Great Nicknames Weekend - November 2-4

They say Haydn wrote his Surprise Symphony as a wake-up call for patrons who would doze off in concerts. And who cares if the story is true? It’s such a great way to remember a lovely piece of music. Join us for a weekend of great music with colorful names and intriguing stories: Beethoven’s Moonlight piano sonata, Tchaikovsky’s Pathétique symphony, Haydn’s Emperor string quartet, and much more.

Thanksgiving Day/New World Weekend - November 22-25

Join us in a celebration of home and family as we play classical music favorites chosen to provide a beautiful accompaniment to your Thanksgiving gathering. We’ll keep the home fires burning in the weekend that follows by bringing you the best offerings of American composers and performers.

All-Request Fridays

On Friday September 28 and November 30 you are the music director from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Eastern. Submit your requests online or call 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 p.m.

Metropolitan Opera Saturday Matinee Broadcasts

We are looking forward to another season of Metropolitan Opera Broadcasts for 2018-2019. Launched in 1931, the Met's Saturday matinee broadcasts are the longest-running continuous classical radio series in American broadcast history. The 2018-2019 season marks the 88th year of live Saturday broadcasts and will again be heard on The Classical Station.