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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

Tuesday, May 26, 2015 - 8:00pm
Enjoy singing along with this iconic musician as he takes the stage in Melbourne, Australia to perform a classic set of folk standards.
Tuesday, May 26, 2015 - 9:00pm
Between 1940 and 1960 Marjorie Lansing Porter tirelessly recorded folk songs that were on the brink of disappearing throughout New York's Adirondack Mountains. Now, contemporary musicians honor her collection by re-recording these traditional tunes.
Wednesday, May 27, 2015 - 8:00pm
Hailed as one of the top ten classical music festivals in the U.S., Bravo! Vail is a destination for nearly 600 musicians and three world-class orchestras
Wednesday, May 27, 2015 - 9:00pm
View an intimate portrait of Neil Armstrong, the first person to set foot on the moon.
Friday, May 29, 2015 - 9:00pm
Last September’s gala event celebrating the start of Boston Symphony Orchestra Music Director Andris Nelsons’ tenure
Saturday, May 30, 2015 - 4:00pm
 The moving and haunting story of four former internees of the Poston Relocation Center. 
Saturday, May 30, 2015 - 8:00pm
WXXI-TV is pleased to present MOTOWN 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever
Monday, June 1, 2015 - 8:00pm
The 2014-2015 Philharmonic season features Music Director Ward Stare in his first Rochester performances.
Monday, June 1, 2015 - 9:30pm
Stunning performances of the pair’s most beloved hits.
Wednesday, June 3, 2015 - 8:00pm
With his husky vocal sound, native Canadian singer Bryan Adams has been one of the most successful performers in contemporary pop music, selling over 100 million records.
Friday, June 5, 2015 - 1:00pm
Host Julia Figueras welcomes members of the Geneva Music Festival – pianist Christopher Janwong-McKiggin, violinist Geoffrey Herd, and cellist Clive Greensmith – to the WXXI studios.
Friday, June 5, 2015 - 9:00pm
One of the world's best-known and best-loved performers, John Denver earned international acclaim as a songwriter, performer, actor, environmentalist and humanitarian.
Friday, June 5, 2015 - 10:30pm
Celebrate the wonder of the great outdoors and religious sites in Europe and beyond.
Saturday, June 6, 2015 - 3:00pm
In his latest special, travel guru Rick Steves tours three of Europe's most energetic capitals — Prague, Amsterdam and Berlin.
Saturday, June 6, 2015 - 5:45pm
WXXI is pleased to bring public radio’s beloved variety show with Garrison Keillor to CMAC.
Saturday, June 6, 2015 - 8:00pm
Join hosts Kathy Lennon of the Lennon Sisters and Tina Cole of The Four King Cousins, for this new MY MUSIC special dedicated to the sweet, sentimental sounds of sibling singing groups

Recently Aired

Friday, September 26, 2014 - 12:00pm
Brasso Profundo, part of New Horizons, and the Mambo Kings perform a free concert in celebration of PBS Arts Fall Festival.
Friday, May 22, 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.
Wednesday, May 20, 2015 - 8:00pm
In this two-hour documentary with pianist, pedagogue, and Chopin specialist, Elizabeth Sombart, listeners are introduced to the radically new musical language that Chopin created
Monday, May 18, 2015 - 7:00pm
In 1976, Hawaiians sailed the traditional voyaging canoe Hōkūle‘a from Hawai‘i to Tahiti and proved to the world that their ancestors had explored the vast expanse of the Pacific Ocean by navigating with the stars.
Saturday, May 16, 2015 - 9:30pm
Before the famous music mockumentary This is Spinal Tap, there was The Rutles: All You Need is Cash.
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