Summer 2019 Highlights

By William Woltz

Something New at Noon - Every Day in June

Classical music is a rich and vibrant art form, a story spanning hundreds of years and still going strong today! Join us as The Classical Station celebrates the best in new Classical recordings. Hear timeless works in fresh performances by the artists of today and tomorrow, including trumpeter Mary Elizabeth Bowden, pianists Jan Lisiecki and Fazil Say, and vocal ensemble Voces 8. We feature a new Classical release at noon every day this month.

An American Holiday - July 2-4

We present a grand buffet of U.S. composers and performers culminating in an Independence Day filled with music to make you proud with rousing and patriotic favorites celebrating the birth of our country.

Bastille Day - July 14

From Berlioz to Boulanger, Rameau to Ravel, we celebrate the French contribution to Great Classical Music. Enjoy music by Bizet, Couperin, Fauré, Debussy, Ravel, and more.

WCPE's 41st Anniversary - July 18

We've come a long way since that first day on the air in 1978. Now we serve listeners worldwide with Great Classical Music, thanks entirely to the support of listeners like you. Join us for our annual on-air birthday celebration, a day filled with your favorites.

Cinema Classics Weekend - August 2-4

There's no question that the musical score is a powerful part of any great film experience: just a few notes can conjure images of Luke and Leia, Bogart and Bergman, or Bugs Bunny and Elmer Fudd. Stock up on popcorn and 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.

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, from Hildegard von Bingen through Clara Schumann and Fanny Mendelssohn to exciting modern masters such as Jennifer Higdon and Catherine McMichael.

All-Request Fridays - June 28, July 26, and August 30

You're the music director from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Submit your requests online, or call 919.556.0123 on the morning of the request program. Don't forget our weekly feature, the Saturday Evening Request Program, beginning at 6:00 p.m.