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both on-air and online, start here. Arts and cultural programming on WXXI TV and Radio as well as online discussion and special events hosted by WXXI are featured below. Read more

Featured Programming

Friday, July 31, 2015 - 8:30pm
For the best art stories in Rochester and beyond watch Arts InFocus Friday nights at 8:30 and Saturday afternoons at 6:30, only on WXXI-TV.
Friday, July 31, 2015 - 9:00pm
Every four years, a group of the finest young pianists takes the stage at the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in Fort Worth, Texas.
Sunday, August 2, 2015 - 12:00pm
Enjoy a new production of Rossini’s opera with Joyce DiDonato
Wednesday, August 5, 2015 - 5:30pm
See the winning entries from this collaborative, juried media competition.
Friday, August 7, 2015 - 9:00pm
The curtain will be drawn back on one of the world’s premier ballet academies – the School of American Ballet
Friday, August 7, 2015 - 10:30pm
An intimate view into the world of ballet as told by its rising young stars.
Sunday, August 9, 2015 - 7:00pm
Celebrate the golden era of swing with this glorious look at the orchestras, bandleaders and singers who ruled the radio and dance halls.
Sunday, August 9, 2015 - 9:00pm
Relive treasured moments from the five seasons of Downton Abbey and sample the next and final season.
Monday, August 10, 2015 - 8:00pm
Learn the story behind the award-winning documentary and explore how the groundbreaking film literally changed the way Americans look at their history.
Tuesday, August 11, 2015 - 1:00pm
Backstage Pass host Julia Figueras welcomes members of the 2015 Gateways Music Festival to Studio E for a special program
Tuesday, August 11, 2015 - 8:00pm
WXXI-TV is pleased to present MOTOWN 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever
Wednesday, August 12, 2015 - 8:00pm
Join the iconic duo and the more 500,000 fans who came out for this once-in-a-lifetime 1981 benefit concert for the world’s most famous urban park.
Wednesday, August 12, 2015 - 9:30pm
Follow the evolution of Monty Python from its beginnings as a wacky British sketch comedy troupe to its current standing as a certified global phenomenon
Friday, August 14, 2015 - 9:00pm
Twenty-five years after its groundbreaking debut,
Sunday, August 16, 2015 - 10:30pm
Benedict Cumberbatch portrays Vincent Van Gogh to perfection in this powerful and critically acclaimed docudrama.
Wednesday, August 19, 2015 - 8:00pm
In performances at home and around the globe, The Cleveland Orchestra remains one of the most sought-after performing ensembles in the world and Northeast Ohio’s most visible international ambassador.

Recently Aired

Tuesday, July 28, 2015 - 8:00pm
Under the direction of Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas,  this season of The San Francisco Symphony promises outstanding soloists
Monday, July 27, 2015 - 10:00pm
See how a routine of tea and pastries has sustained five Chilean women through 60 years of change.
Sunday, July 26, 2015 - 10:00pm
See how faith, hope and love are put to the test as the war machine grinds on.
Saturday, July 25, 2015 - 9:30pm
Cognitively challenged teens and young adults stage the original musical, Assuming Assumptions.
Friday, July 24, 2015 - 10:30pm
There’s an extraordinary costume subculture in America; the action and artistry of this creative community is captured in the new documentary
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