Spring Highlights

By William Woltz

The Metropolitan Opera - Saturdays through May 11

The Met continues with weekly live broadcasts from Lincoln Center, including Verdi's Falstaff on March 16, Puccini's Tosca on April 6, and Wagner's complete Ring cycle over four Saturdays in March and April. The Met's Mary Jo Heath is your host.

Women's History Month - Month of March

From Hildegard von Bingen born in 1098 through Caroline Shaw born in 1982 and her contemporaries, we'll feature female composers of classical music as well as ground-breaking performers. We'll have a special focus on today's composers during Wavelengths on Sundays at 9:00 p.m. Eastern.

Cinema Classics Weekend - March 8-10

Even in the era of silent films, moviemakers knew how powerfully music could enhance a scene, so they often included instructions or even scores for the theater piano players to follow. Today we have a rich legacy of more than 85 years of recorded movie soundtracks, sometimes featuring a carefully chosen classical work, and other times a score composed specifically for the film. With composers such as Max Steiner, Elmer Bernstein, Hans Zimmer, and John Williams, we've got the makings for a great weekend celebrating the music of the silver screen!

WCPE Spring Membership Drive - March 15-24

Your financial support helps The Classical Station share Great Classical Music with listeners everywhere. Become a Sustaining Member online or call the station anytime at 800-556-5178. A member of staff is always on duty and will be happy to take your pledge over the phone at your convenience. If you prefer, mail your silent pledge to The Classical Station, P.O. Box 828, Wake Forest, NC 27588. Don't forget to select your Thank You Gift!

In the Gardens of Spain Weekend - April 5-7

There's no question that Spanish music is firmly rooted in the beauty of the Iberian landscape. Sunshine and bright colors, ancient Moorish castles, passionate folk dances, and the ubiquitous guitar all combine to make a unique and memorable experience. With music of Tárrega, Rodrigo, De Falla, Albéniz, Granados and more - we'll bring you a great weekend celebrating the music of Spain!

Passover - April 19

The Classical Station airs a special program of music at 6:00 p.m. Eastern to mark the beginning of Passover at sunset on this day.

Back to the Baroque Weekend - April 20-21

During the time of the Baroque Era, from 1600 to 1750, Western music reached levels of harmonic complexity and instrumental virtuosity never known before. We'll explore this fascinating period through some of the best-known works by Bach, Handel, and Vivaldi, plus some delightful pieces you may not have heard before by Telemann, Albinoni, Purcell, Buxtehude, the Scarlatti family, and more.

Easter - April 21

Celebrate Easter with festive music on Sing For Joy at 7:30 a.m. Eastern and on Great Sacred Music with Rob Kennedy beginning at 8:00 a.m. Eastern.

Primarily Piano Weekend - May 10-12

The piano truly is a self-contained orchestra, capable of evoking anything from a lyrical whisper to a thundering eruption of sound. This weekend we'll feature some of today's brightest and best players, including Daniil Trifonov, Vikingur Olafsson, and Xiayin Wang, plus the acknowledged masters of the 20th-century including Mitsuko Uchida, Maurizio Pollini, and Byron Janis.

Memorial Day Weekend - May 25-27

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 29, April 26, and May 31

You're the music director from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Eastern. Submit your request online anytime , or call us 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.