Copland Summer

A few friends sat on a porch in Rochester on a recent cool summer night.  There was music, and beer, and some talk of going hiking. The music varied as different people used Spotify to play Nick Waterhouse, Leonard Cohen, Olivia Tremor Control, Wilco, and whatever else came to mind.

Late at night, late enough to be almost early, one of the denizens of this porch called up Copland’s music for The Red Pony. He then turned to me, the ostensible classical music expert, and asked:  “Why do I like this music? What makes it so good?”

Mornings, August 13 - 17

Pour your coffee and tune in as WXXI-FM’s weekday morning show offers you everything else you need to start the day: great music, NPR news, the Writer’s Almanac (8:20), Composers Datebook (7:20), and daily Mystery Piece (6:40).

Mornings, August 6 - 10

Weekday mornings

Guest host Luna Galassini presents WXXI-FM’s weekday morning show, offering you sumptuous music, NPR News, the Writer’s Almanac (8:20), Composers Datebook (7:20), and daily Mystery Piece (6:40).


All you ever wanted

A study by the Internet-based market research firm Harris Interactive revealed that 57 percent of Americans ended 2011 with unused vacation time, working, on average, 11 of their allotted days off.  That’s 70 percent of their potential time to relax and spend time with family and friends!

Why do so many of us work rather than rest? 

We might take a cue from classical musicians who find creative ways to combine work and pleasure, especially in the summer months.

August 2012 listings for the New York Philharmonic

Sundays at 3:00 p.m.

Magnus Lindberg is a Finnish composer and pianist. He is currently the composer-in-residence at the New York Philharmonic.  We'll hear an entire program of his music on Aug 19th.


August listings for The Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra

Tuesdays at 8:00 p.m.

Maestro Gustavo Dudamel shares the podium with conductors James Conlon and Semyon Bychkov in August.


August program listings for APM SymphonyCast

Fridays at 8:00 p.m.

WXXI-FM Classical 91.5 is your ticket to the BBC Proms this month on APM's SymphonyCast.


August programs from the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival

Sundays at 2:00 p.m.

The Johannes String Quartet makes a few appearances this month. 


August program listings for Pipedreams

Sundays at 8:00 p.m.

Host Michael Barone revisits England this month with reflections from their spring tour.


August 2012 programs on The Chicago Symphony

Thursdays at 8:00 p.m.

Sir Mark Elder and the Chicago Symphony closed out the final three weeks of the 2009 Dvořák Festival. Some of those performances are featured on the August 23rd program.

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