Brenda Tremblay's blog

Howard Hanson's vision of a musical America

Howard Hanson would have loved NPR's From the Top. 

He was a passionate educator.

In 1996, musicians all over the world paid tribute to Howard Hanson in celebration of his 100th birth anniversary. 

But whether he’s more important as an educator or as a composer is still up in the air.

“If winter comes, can spring be far behind?”

Romantic poet Percy Bysshe Shelly had faith that love and reason would make life ever more perfect.  I have faith that spring IS coming and that great music and poetry will soothe our dark thoughts in this endless winter. There is so much to look forward to! Here's a taste of what's coming to you in the morning from Classical 91.5 FM this week . . .

You can't take a goldfish for walks

Click on the link below to hear conductor Ed Schell explain how his singers came to grips with their feelings about a classic song.

Let it go! It's time to celebrate women's music on WXXI-FM

Women composers’ music has never been more interesting or prolific, and you’ll hear splendid examples of it throughout the month of March.  On Classical 91.5, we'll start the day with inspired music, arts news, features, and the latest headlines.  The Mystery piece airs at 6:40.

You are the public radio champions!

Your friends at WXXI are tremendously grateful for the outpouring of support for public radio this week during our annual February membership campaign.  In a few short days, 1,326 listeners pledged more than $155,000, exceeding our goal by $5,000.  You are amazing!  Thank you!

Share the love this week on Classical 91.5

Are you watching the Winter Olympics?  Many of your friends at WXXI are watching, too, and listening for all the great music that underscores the beautiful skating.

Snowy owls and superb music this week in the mornings on Classical 91.5

I keep thinking about recent chatter on social media about the relevancy of classical music.

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