Summer Highlights

By William Woltz

Events Calendar


Something New at Noon every day in June

What's the difference between WCPE and an "oldies" station? Simply that we feature what’s new in classical music. Hear timeless works in fresh performances by today's artists. We present one of the best new classical recordings at noon every day in June.

An American Holiday – July 2-4

Enjoy a great selection of U.S. composers and performers leading up to an Independence Day filled with rousing and patriotic favorites to celebrate the birth of our country.

Bastille Day - July 14th

The French contribution to Great Classical Music: works by Bizet, Berlioz, Rameau, Couperin, Fauré, Debussy, Ravel, and more.

WCPE's 40th Anniversary - July 18

The first classical work we played in 1978 was Saint-Saens' "Organ" Symphony. Hear that work and lots of other blockbusters as we celebrate 40 years of bringing you Great Classical Music.

Cinema Classics Weekend - August 3-5

Beginning Friday afternoon we’ll feature music from best-loved films, both classical selections and works written especially for the silver screen. Make some popcorn and settle in for a weekend of movie music and memories.

Leonard Bernstein Centennial - August 25

Hear this master American composer, pianist and conductor featured throughout August, with an extra-generous survey of his legacy on the 100th anniversary of his birth.

Women's Equality Day - August 26

While actually commemorating women's suffrage, this is also a great day to salute pioneering women in classical music, from Clara Schumann and Fanny Mendelssohn to exciting new voices such as Caroline Shaw and Lera Auerbach.

All-Request Fridays

On Friday June 29, July 27, and August 31 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.