Classical Music with Brenda Tremblay

Brenda TremblayBrenda Tremblay is the host and producer of
Classical 91.5 FM on weekday mornings. She also
produces and hosts the RPO radio concerts and other
local productions, and works with the Center for Public
Affairs
to create arts and cultural coverage.

Read Brenda's full bio

When and where to tune in

Tune in to Classical 91.5 FM on weekday mornings from 6 to 10am.
(the daily Mystery Piece airs at 6:40am, the Composers' Datebook at 7:20am, and the Writer's Almanac at 8:20am.)

You can also Listen Live online to the Classical 91.5 audio stream.
Daily Playlists are available from our Classical Music hosts.  

Recently on my blog

from Brenda Tremblay, posted: 05/22/2015 - 2:35pm

About two weeks ago I woke up and found that I couldn’t keep anything down.  Since I know so much about medicine (NOT), I diagnosed myself with a stomach bug and curled up into a ball, waiting for the pain to go away.  It didn’t.  It got worse, in fact, and so after another day I called a nurse friend and asked for advice.  She suggested that I was suffering from something far more dangerous than the flu -- appendicitis -- and she made me promise to go to the local emergency room.   So I did.  She was right.  She probably saved my life.

from Brenda Tremblay, posted: 05/04/2015 - 12:15pm

A few years ago, pianist and professor Sylvie Beaudette conducted an experiment.

In her music history class at Eastman, she played pieces by male and female composers from each major era side by side without revealing the composers' gender. She paired an opera excerpt by Monteverdi with a cantata excerpt by Francesca Caccini. She compared music of Couperin (a man) with that of Elisabeth-Claude Jacquet de la Guerre (a woman). She contrasted a German lied by Robert Schumann with Josephine Lang's, and she paired chamber music by Ernest Bloch with a piece by Rebecca Clarke.

from Brenda Tremblay, posted: 04/20/2015 - 8:26am

It's a pleasure to support the choral arts in Rochester by listening to inspired singing in the Classical Idol Competition, an annual fundraiser for the Rochester Oratorio Society.  I've been honored to served as the emcee for several years. This year I took a few pictures from the stage.  Enjoy!

from Brenda Tremblay, posted: 04/16/2015 - 8:34am

Look what I found backstage the other day when I was hosting "Live from Hochstein." It's a diagram of the set up for a performance of the Monteverdi Vespers of 1610 at the Hochstein Performance Hall on Sunday, April 19th at 4:00 p.m.

from Brenda Tremblay, posted: 04/11/2015 - 3:28pm

What does "avant-guarde" mean in 2015?  Good question.  This piece on The Newshour caught my attention for a couple of reasons. First, it involves the Kronos Quartet still being amazing.  Second, Rochester is absolutely ready for a music festival like this.

 

Coming up

Monday, June 1st - 8pm

The 2014-2015 Philharmonic season features Music Director Ward Stare in his first Rochester performances.

More Recent Highlights

Friday, September 27, 2013 - 6:00am
WXXI Classical Hosts will be taking listeners on a musical journey on September 27th, World Tourism Day... Click through to see where we've been so far.
Friday, January 4, 2013 - 8:40am
Violinist Carol Rodland talks with Classical 91.5's Brenda Tremblay about how Pilates makes her a stronger musician.
Thursday, July 19, 2012 - 6:00am
Classical 91.5 has designated July 19th "WXXI Goes to the Movies" day!
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