Wavelengths Archive

Fall 2020 Programming

Every Sunday on Wavelengths, WCPE, The Classical Station, showcases the best music of contemporary composers, offering a mix of 21st century compositions as well as significant pieces from the last century.

Carl Vollrath, born to German parents in New York City in 1931, has written a wealth of music in his long career, including six wind symphonies, an opera, and lots of chamber music. He played in the West Point Band in the 1950s and studied composition with Ernst von DohnányiCarlisle Floyd, and John Boda. In 2008, clarinetist Richard Stoltzman released a two-disc collection of Vollrath’s compositions called Jack’s Fat Cat. Join The Classical Station on September 20 as we feature music of Carl Vollrath on Wavelengths.

And don’t miss our tribute to Estonian composer Arvo Pärt on September 6, the Sunday before his 85th birthday.

Photo of Carl Vollrath courtesy of Troy University

Photo of Arvo Pärt by Priit Grepp and the Arvo Pärt Centre

Ēriks Ešenvalds
Photo by Aivars Krastiņš

Summer 2020 Programming

This summer, we featured works by Pulitzer Prize–winning American composer Caroline Shaw, as well as by Danny ElfmanAdolphus HailstorkArvo Pärt, and Ēriks Ešenvalds.






Dobrinka Tabakova
Photo by Sussie Ahlburg

Spring 2020 Programming

On Sunday, March 8, we celebrated the music of Dobrinka Tabakova on Wavelengths. It was part of our larger feature of contemporary female composers during Women’s History Month.

Born in Bulgaria and raised in London, Dobrinka Tabakova writes music that draws upon both eastern and western European traditions. Her works have been commissioned by numerous organizations, including the Royal Philharmonic Society and BBC Radio 3, and her 2013 album String Paths was nominated for a Grammy Award.