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 828,
      Wake Forest, NC 27588-0828.


    • 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.