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.

Brothers and Sisters

September 14
Michael Haydn, brother of Franz Josef Haydn, was an accomplished composer of symphonic and sacred music. His birthday inspires us every year to feature other famous sibling composers and performers in the classical music world, including Fanny Mendelssohn, the Strauss family, Katia and Marielle Labèque, Gil and Orli Shaham, and many more.

Katia and Marielle Labèque
Photo by Brigitte Lacombe

Gil Shaham
Photo by Luke Ratray

Orli Shaham
Photo by Christian Steiner

Photo of the Carolina Ballet by Russ Howe

Great Ballet Days

September 17–20
We can thank the world of dance for inspiring much beautiful classical music. This week we take the time to enjoy full-length ballets by Tchaikovsky, Prokofiev, Delibes, and Adam. We’ll also feature selected ballet highlights each day.

Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur

(Sunset, September 18, and sunset, September 27)
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. ET on both days (with encore airings to be announced) plus selected features throughout the High Holy Days.

Armchair Travelers Weekend

Danube River

October 10–11
Let us take you on a journey around the wide world of Great Classical Music. We’ll travel famous rivers, including the Danube, Moldau, and Mississippi, and visit colorful cities such as Prague, Paris, and London. From Spain to Norway, the Grand Canyon to the steppes of central Asia, it’s certain to be a beautiful adventure.

Fall Membership Drive

October 23–November 1
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, PO Box 828, Wake Forest, NC 27588.

Great Nicknames Weekend

November 7–8
Join us for a weekend of great musical selections with memorable monikers and surprising stories. Brothers Renaud and Gautier Capuçon join Frank Braley to play Beethoven’s Archduke Piano Trio, and we’ll hear Schubert’s Trout Quintet, Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata, Chopin’s “Raindrop” Prelude, and many more.

Renaud Capuçon
Photo by Darmigny

Gautier Capuçon and Frank Braley
Photo copyright Fabien Monthubert

Thanksgiving Day/New World Weekend

November 26–29
As we look back on this eventful year, the gift of classical music is one thing for which we all can be thankful. As we gather together this Thanksgiving, count on The Classical Station to bring you a day full of beautiful musical selections to complement your family activities. And stay tuned for our New World Weekend, when we’ll present the best offerings of American composers and performers, including a new performance of Dvořák’s Symphony no. 9 in E Minor with Gianandrea Noseda leading the National Symphony Orchestra.


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