Fall Programming Highlights

All times are eastern.

See pages 6 and 7 of your fall issue of Quarter Notes to read more about what’s coming up this quarter at WCPE, The Classical Station.

Labor Day Weekend

September 4–6

Summer 2021 has brought many of us a new appreciation for family, friends, and the importance of being together. At The Classical Station, we feel privileged to share these times with you, providing beautiful music to keep all our spirits high. Please celebrate the unofficial close of summer with us as we bring you a weekend chock-full of listener favorites, culminating on Labor Day, September 6.

Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur

Sunset, September 6 and Sunset, September 15

We’ll play a special program of music to mark the beginning of Rosh Hashanah (the Jewish New Year) and Yom Kippur (the Day of Atonement). The programs air at 6:00 p.m. on both days, plus selected features throughout the High Holy Days.

Patriot Day

September 11

We observe the 20th anniversary of the 2001 terrorist attacks with a day of reflective music, patriotic works, and American themes. You may ask for your own favorite selections for the day on our Saturday Evening Request Program.

The Kanneh-Mason family of musicians
Photo by Jake Turney

Brothers and Sisters

September 14

This is the birthday of composer Michael Haydn, the lesser known but still quite accomplished younger brother of Franz Josef Haydn.

It’s a great day to feature other famous sibling composers and performers in the classical music world including Fanny Mendelssohn, the Labèque sisters, Gil and Orli Shaham, and the sensational Kanneh-Mason family.

Gil Shaham
Photo by Chris Lee

Orli Shaham
Photo by Aleks Karjaka

Katia and Marielle Labèque
Photo by Brigitte Lacombe

Great Ballet Days

September 16–19

Photo courtesy of the Carolina Ballet
Credit: Russ Howe

Music and dance have been inextricably linked throughout history, and this partnership reaches some of its greatest heights in the world of ballet. We’ll take a few days to feature full-length performances of some of the ballets by Tchaikovsky, Delibes, Adam, and Prokofiev, plus selected ballet highlights each day.

Armchair Travelers Weekend

October 9–10

Come away with us on a musical journey around this beautiful world, from the steppes of Central Asia, down the beautiful river Moldau, and along the Grand Canyon, with stops in Mexico, Africa, Norway, and more. It’s certain to be an exciting and beautiful adventure.

WCPE’s Fall Membership Drive

October 22–31

Your generous financial support enables WCPE to share Great Classical Music with listeners everywhere, and for that we are grateful. Make your tax-deductible gift at, or mail it to WCPE Radio, P.O. Box 828, Wake Forest, NC 27588.

From the Royal Courts of Europe

November 6–7

Much of the classical music we enjoy today was written for royal or princely patrons. In some cases, these royals were composers themselves, including King Henry VIII, Frederick the Great of Prussia, and Alfonso of Castile. From Music for the Royal Fireworks in London to Wagner’s mighty German operas, come with us on a fascinating journey of Europe’s royal courts.

Thanksgiving Day/New World Weekend

November 25–28

We’re thankful for the opportunity to share classical music with you every day. As we gather together this Thanksgiving, count on The Classical Station to bring you a day full of warm, beautiful musical selections to complement your family activities. And we’ll carry those good feelings through the weekend by presenting the best offerings of American composers and performers.

All-Request Fridays

Saturday Evening Request Program

The Classical Station now gives you two weekly opportunities to ask for your classical music favorites. Every Friday is now an All-Request Friday, from 9:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m. (except during our membership drive). And the Saturday Evening Request Program continues every Saturday from 6:00 p.m. until midnight. Submit your advance requests at, or call WCPE at 919-556-0123.

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