Mornings on Classical 91.5

Starting at 6:00 a.m. with the birds.

Let’s relax.  In the holidays to come, delights, gifts, and memories flood our lives, and with them come pressures and anxieties which make this a difficult season for many.

Music offers you a refuge from the bustle, a room where you can take off your coat and warm your hands to Wagner’s Magic Fire music or Bach’s passionate Goldberg variations.

San Francisco Symphony Orchestra on Classical 91.5

Tuesdays at 8:00 p.m.

Beethoven, Bruckner, Mozart, Mahler and more, this month on the San Francisco Symphony broadcasts.


The Chicago Symphony welcomes violinist Joshua Bell as a guest this month

Thursdays at 8:00 p.m.

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra continues its year-round season of broadcasts with...


The Metropolitan Opera kicks off its radio broadcast season on December 3rd

Saturdays at 1:00 p.m. (end times vary)

The Metropolitan Opera broadcast season varies in beginning and ending times this year.  For your listening convenience, WXXI will begin all broadcasts at 1:00 p.m. (unless length determines otherwise).  NOTE:  Live in HD theater times will not always match the radio broadcast.


Christmas with Madrigalia

Mon, 12/19/2011 - 12:00pm

Madrigalia celebrates the Light of the World with a concert of music for Christmas Days and Christmas Nights.


Fri, 12/16/2011 - 1:00pm

Rochester women's ensemble Concentus performs for a holiday special of Backstage Pass. (Watch the performance On-Demand)

Books and Music: American Music Month

November is American Music Month, and WXXI has been playing music by American composers throughout the month. I only just discovered this celebration when I arrived here, and it has been wonderful to get to hear a lot of American music, and to choose some interesting examples to feature on my programs in the afternoons and evenings.

In addition to listening to music, I love reading (sometimes about music, sometimes about time travel and exploding alien spaceships...). I have a few recent books I've enjoyed that relate to American music. Here are my suggestions if you want to do a little reading, in addition to listening. I'd also love to hear if you have any suggestions that I should add to my reading list!

Mornings on Classical 91.5, November 28 - December 2

Wake up with classical music, a daily mystery piece at 6:40, the Composers’ Datebook at 7:20, the Writer’s Almanac at 8:20, and the latest arts news.

Monday, November 28

Garth Fagan never let anyone else choreograph his dancers until last year.  WXXI’s Julie Philipp reports on a new creative mind in dance and the moment of contact that sparked the troupe’s latest work. 

Recording Artist Matthew West Writes a Song that has Inspired a Movie

Sat, 12/03/2011 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Join host Robert Hammond as he talks to Grammy nominated recording artist Matthew West about his new holiday CD, “The Heart of Christmas,” and a song he wrote that’s inspired a movie. One song on the new album that has already developed a life beyond this CD is “One Last Christmas.”

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