Summer Programming Highlights

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

Yuri Liberzon
Photo by Alex Salnik

Isabelle Faust
Photo by Felix Broede

Andris Nelsons
Photo by Marco Borggreve

Yannick Nézet-Séguin
Photo by Hans van der Woerd

Something New at Noon

Every day in June
Don’t let anyone tell you that classical music is fading away, even in the 21st century. Each fresh generation of performers breathes new life into the works that Mozart, Beethoven, and Liszt wrote by candlelight so many years ago. Every June we celebrate the best in these new classical performances by rising stars as well as established artists. We’ll hear pianist Khatia Buniatishvili, violinist Isabelle Faust, and guitarist Yuri Liberzon, along with conductors Andris Nelsons and Yannick Nézet-Séguin. Join us for a new classical release at noon every day this month.

Image credit: Larry White and Pixabay

An American Holiday

July 2–5
Help us kick off our country’s birthday celebration by asking for your favorite American composers and performers on our All-Request Friday. We’ll continue to feature music of the U.S. through the federal holiday on Monday, with lots of rousing and patriotic favorites on Independence Day!

Bastille Day

July 14
We celebrate France’s contribution to classical music, from Baroque masters such as Rameau and Couperin through the lush Romanticism of Berlioz and Saint-Saëns, to Fauré, Debussy, Ravel, Satie, Poulenc, and more. Vive la musique!

WCPE’s 43rd Anniversary

July 18
Each year brings new members into our classical music family, and for this we are grateful. It’s only because of your generous support that we’ve been able to share more than four decades of great music to an audience that now reaches around the world. Whether you’ve been listening for just a few days or for 43 years, join us for a day full of your favorites as our way of saying “thanks!”

Cinema Classics Weekend

August 7–8
The right music can make a scary scene scarier, a funny scene funnier, and a touching moment more poignant. Join us for one of our most popular theme weekends as we feature music from best-loved films, both classical selections and music written especially for the silver screen. No ticket required!

Fanny Mendelssohn-Hensel painted by Moritz Daniel Oppenheim, 1842

Women’s Equality Day

August 26
Fanny Mendelssohn saw her earliest compositions published under the name of her brother, Felix. Clara Schumann supported a large family through performing and teaching after the death of her husband, Robert. Ethel Smyth was jailed in England for supporting women’s suffrage. Join The Classical Station as we salute these pioneering women in classical music and many more including some of today’s leading voices.

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. 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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