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Spring Programming Highlights

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Photo of María Sigfúsdóttir by Kjartan Sveinsson

Women’s History Month
March

From Hildegard von Bingen (born 1098) to Florence Price (born 1887) to María Huld Markan Sigfúsdóttir (born 1980) and her contemporaries, this March we will celebrate female composers of classical music as well as ground-breaking performers. We’ll have a special focus on today’s composers during WCPE’s Wavelengths, Sundays at 9:00 p.m.

Elmer Bernstein
©The Bernstein Family

Cinema Classics
March 14–15

Filmmakers know that audiences respond to what they hear as well as what they see. The rich tradition of music in film comprises both classical works included in beloved movies and music written specifically for films. You’re hear favorite selections from Sorcerer’s Apprentice, The Lion in Winter, Schindler’s List, To Kill a Mockingbird, An American in Paris, and many more. 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!

Spring Membership Drive
March 20–29

WCPE, The Classical Station, is a non-commercial, independent, listener-supported station dedicated to excellence in classical music broadcasting. Your financial support helps WCPE share Great Classical Music with listeners everywhere. Make your gift to WCPE, The Classical Station, by donating securely online or by mail to WCPE Radio, PO Box 828, Wake Forest, NC 27588. Or call 919-556-5178 to make your pledge.

Photo of Angel Romero by Greg Kastelman

In the Gardens of Spain
April 4–5

Spanish music invites us to enjoy the beauty of the Iberian landscape. Sunshine and bright colors, Moorish castles, passionate folk dances, and classical guitar 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 8

WCPE airs a special program of music at 6:00 p.m. to mark the beginning of Passover at sunset this day.

Easter
April 12

Celebrate with Rob Kennedy, host of Great Sacred Music, beginning at 8:00 a.m.

Back to the Baroque
April 18–19

During the time of the musical Baroque, from 1600–1750, 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 enchanting lesser-known pieces by Telemann, Albinoni, Purcell, Buxtehude, the Scarlatti family, and more.

Photo of Igor Levit by Robbie Lawrence

Primarily Piano
May 9–10

This weekend we’ll feature the instrument so often described as an interlocutor, a lover, and a friend. We’ll hear some of today’s brightest and best players, including Igor Levitt, Víkingur Ólafsson, Lars Vogt, and Xiayin Wang, plus the established masters of the 20th century including Mitsuko Uchida, Maurizio Pollini, and Byron Janis.

 

Memorial Day Weekend
May 23–25

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 and Saturday Evening Request Program

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

Quarterly programming highlights appear in Quarter Notes, the member magazine of WCPE Radio, The Classical Station. To receive a subscription, become a member today!

See the previous quarters’ highlights.