Winter 2019-2020 Highlights

By William Woltz

The Metropolitan Opera Broadcasts
Saturday, December 7

A new season of live broadcasts begins on Saturday, December 7 at 1:00 p.m. Eastern with a performance of Philip Glass's Akhnaten.

December 14-16

Hear cellist Nancy Green, pianist Frederick Moyer, pianist Jae-Hyuck Cho, Jaap van Zweden conducting the New York Philharmonic, and others as we spend three days in celebration of Ludwig van Beethoven and his music, culminating on the presumed day of his birth with his stirring Symphony No. 9 in D Minor.


Begins at sunset Sunday, December 22

Celebrate the beginning of Chanukah, the Jewish Festival of Lights, with special music on December 22 at 6:00 p.m., as well as additional seasonal selections throughout the eightday obs ervance.


We offer you the best music of the season with performances from choirs and choral ensembles worldwide. Bob Chapman of Opera House, Rob Kennedy of Great Sacred Music, and George Douglas of Renaissance Fare have planned special programs for you as well.

New Years

Join us on December 31 as we bid farewell to 2019 with Viennese waltzes and other festive favorites starting at 10:00 p.m. Then at midnight we shall ring in the New Year with music of Beethoven and fill the first day of the year with listener favorites.

Russian Romantics Weekend
January 11-12

It's no wonder that Russian composers such as Mussorgsky, Borodin, and RimskyKorsakov embraced the legends of their homeland for inspiration in creating their richly passionate music. You'll hear Valery Gergiev conducting the Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theatre in music of Tchaikovsky and other works during one of our favorite feature weekends.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day
January 20

We celebrate the legacy of Dr. King with music of American composers and performers.

Mozart Madness
January 25-27

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart made an extraordinary impact on the world of Classical music in his all-too-brief life, as his body of operas, symphonies, piano concertos, and sacred music still attest. Hear pianist Lars Vogt and others on our three-day celebration of all things Mozart, culminating in an All-Mozart edition of Monday Night at the Symphony on the anniversary of his birth.

Black History Month

We'll feature music of Florence Beatrice Price (1887-1953), the first African-American woman to be recognized as a symphonic composer, as well as other composers and performers of African ancestry throughout the month.

Simply Strings Weekend
February 15-16

Since our earliest days, humans have been fascinated with the sounds created by a tightened piece of string, plucked or bowed to set it in motion. From that simple beginning have sprung the string quartets of Beethoven, the cello suites of Bach, the Brahms Violin Concerto, and so much more. We celebrate music for violin, viola, cello, bass, guitar, mandolin, and harp in performances by the great masters of the 20th-century as well as today's brightest players, including cellist Sara Sant'Ambrogio, violist Matthew Lipman and violinist Alina Ibragimova.

Presidents Day
Monday, February 17

Patriotic selections and American music to honor our leaders through the years.

All-Request Fridays
December 27, then weekly throughout 2020

That's right! Beginning Friday, January 3, our All-Request Friday becomes a weekly feature. Submit your request online anytime, message us on Facebook or Twitter or call us at 919.556.0123 on Friday morning. We’ll play your requests from 9:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m.

And don't forget our special Valentine's Day edition of All-Request Friday, when you can make a classical music request in honor of your sweetie. We'll play as many requests and dedications as we can before 10:00 p.m., but we encourage you to submit your request well in advance.