Summer Programming Highlights

All times are eastern.

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.

Something New at Noon

Every day in June
Classical music truly is a living art form. Although the notes of a piece may have been committed to paper 200 years ago, the work draws fresh breath with each new performance. Join The Classical Station in June as we celebrate the best in new classical recordings. We’ll hear performances by today’s established artists and rising stars, including pianist Charles-Richard Hamelin, cellist Victor Julien-Laferrière, and violinist Solomiya Ivakhiv (pictured left to right). We feature a new classical release at noon every day this month.

Charles Richard-Hamelin, pianist
Photo by Elizabeth Delage

Victor Julien-Laferrière, cellist
Photo by Richard Dumas

Solomiya Ivakhiv, violinist
Photo by Paul Terrie

An American Holiday Weekend

July 4–5
We present a proud showcase of U.S. composers and performers and, of course, lots of rousing and patriotic favorites on Independence Day to celebrate the birth of our country.

Bastille Day

July 14

WCPE tower

From the baroque era to the 21st century, we celebrate the French contribution to classical music. Hear works by Berlioz, Rameau, Bizet, Couperin, Fauré, Debussy, Ravel, Dalbavie, the sisters Boulanger, and more.

WCPE’s 42nd Anniversary

July 18
We present a day full of your favorites as our way of saying “thanks”! It’s only because of the generous and faithful support of our listeners that we’ve been able to provide more than four decades of great music to a growing audience that now reaches around the world.


Composer Ennio Morricone
Photo copyright Jelmer de Haas

Cinema Classics Weekend

August 1–2
There’s more to a great film experience than just the image on the screen. It’s the musical soundtrack that sets the mood of a scene, building tension, heightening drama, accentuating a punchline. Join us for one of our most popular theme weekends as we feature music from best-loved films, both classical selections and works written especially for the silver screen. Popcorn is recommended.

Joan Tower
Photo by Noah Sheldon


Women’s Equality Day

August 26
While this day actually commemorates women’s suffrage, it gives us a great opportunity to salute pioneering women in classical music, including Clara Schumann, Louise Farrenc, Joan Tower, and Florence Beatrice Price.

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. eastern time. And the Saturday Evening Request Program continues every Saturday from 6:00 p.m. until midnight. Make a request online or call WCPE at 919.556.0123.

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