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Program changes on Sunday evenings

Classical 91.5 is making a change in the scheduled program line-up on Sunday evenings at 6:00 p.m. for the first three weeks of June 2009. 
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Pontin Retirement Tributes

So many listeners have been asking to hear the retirement tribute pieces that were recorded by former colleagues, feature producers and friends.  All 21 of these audio pieces are now available on our website at: interactive.wxxi.org/highlights/simon-pontin-host-sunshine-show-and-salmagundy-retires  Listen and enjoy!
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Program changes on 91.5

With the retirement of Simon Pontin from the Sunshine Show and Salmagundy, we at Classical 91.5 are for the first time in over 30 years having to look at what program content to choose to enhance our classical music service and maintain, and hopefully grow, our audience for the future.  As hard as it has been for listeners - and staff - to say goodbye to a dear friend, this is a new era for Classical 91.5 and an opportunity to make our service even stronger for listeners of today - and tomorrow.
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Classical music connections

We in Rochester are so blessed to have lots of resources right here in our area to enjoy great classical music.  The Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra & Youth Orchestra, the Eastman School of Music and all of its ensembles, the Hochstein School, Madrigalia, Rochester Oratorio Society -- those that we all think of immediately are just the tip of the iceberg.  There are so many other great regional orchestras, choirs, operas, church and school music...too many to name individually. 
 
And now, as if this is not enough, satellite technology
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Reality Television? Reality Opera!

We've all seen reality television, but now the Metropolitan Opera presents The Audition the ultimate in reality programming.  This  behind-the-scenes documentary film by Susan Froemke follows several young up-and-coming opera stars for the week leading up to the finals of the  Metropolitan Opera's National Council Auditions, competing for a cash prize and the chance to sing on the Met Opera stage.  You can see a preview of the film by clicking on the link abov

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King-Size Crowds for the King of Instruments

When times get tough, the tough collaborate!  Such was the case for the three-day, three-concert Pipedreams Live! event presented by WXXI-FM Classical 91.5, the Eastman School of Music, the Rochester Chapter of the American Guild of Organists, and the Rochester Theater Organ Society, February 13-15, 2009. 

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January 10th Met @ the Movies at Eastview has technical problems

It has come to our attention that the Metropolitan Opera HD simulcast of La Rondine by Puccini was not able to be shown as scheduled at Regal Eastview.

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Pipedreams Live! comes to Rochester in February 2009

Craighead Saunders Organ at Christ ChurchCraighead Saunders Organ at Christ ChurchLovers of the "King of Instruments" should mark your calendar for February 13-15, 2009, when Michael Barone comes to Rochester to host a Pipedreams Live! event.  Working in partnership with the Eastman School of Music, the local chapter of the AGO and RTOS, three concerts will take place at Sacred Heart, Christ Church and the Auditorium Theater.  All three concerts will be free and open to the public. 

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Where would classical public radio be without music teachers?

This morning on the Sunshine Show, Brenda Tremblay spoke with the President of the New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA) Susan WeberSusan Weber, Pres. NYSMMA (www.nyssma.org)Susan Weber, Pres. NYSMMA (www.nyssma.org) about the upcoming conference to be held in Rochester.  It got me thinking about the significant role that school music teachers play in the potential success and future of classical public radio.

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Eastman Opera Competition finalists

Practice rooms are a-buzz and butterflies will be flying as the eight finalists in the Eastman School of Music Friends of Eastman Opera Competition prepare for the finals on Saturday, November 22nd at 3:00 p.m.

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