Simple gifts

Thank you to Luna Galassini for filling in for me over my recent vacation.  I spent time with friends in Philadelphia, Princeton, and Bristol Harbor, and then had a week to get ready for winter, putting the garden to bed and sorting through a big basket of mittens and hats which now sits by the front door.  And rest!  I slept in every day!  Getting enough rest and being healthy is very important to me, and it was especially vital given the dramatic week that followed with the unexpected announcement that the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra wished to end its four-year contract with Music Director Arild Remmereit two years early. WXXI-FM listeners have expressed shock, anger, sadness, and hope that classical music lovers will work through this situation together to support our city’s great orchestra.  Our newsroom will keep you updated on the situation.

Heaven and Nature Sing

Sat, 12/22/2012 - 3:30pm
Dec 22 at 3:30 p.m. and Dec 24 at 8:30 a.m.

Nearly 200 musicians from the ensembles of Houghton College’s Greatbatch School of Music in Houghton, New York bring a sense of wonder and enchantment to this festive season. 

December 2012 listings for the New York Philharmonic

Sundays at 3:00 p.m.

Hurricane Sandy has disrupted many performances in New York City, greatly impacting the New York Philharmonic's radio broadcast season.  Here are the latest program highlights for December, which includes a performance of Messiah on December 23rd and a great family holiday special on December 30th.


The Metropolitan Opera kicks off its 2012-2013 broadcast season on December 8th

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

The Metropolitan Opera radio broadcast season begins on December 8th and runs through May 11th.  Tune in on the radio, or enjoy one of the live in HD performances at a theater near you.  Complete details at


December program listings for APM SymphonyCast

Fridays at 8:00 p.m.

The Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra presents Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker on December 21st, plus music by Beethoven, Brahm, Wagner and more this month on Classical 91.5.


Song Travels with Michael Feinstein begins a news season in January 2013

Saturdays at 5:00 p.m.

Song Travels with Michael Feinstein begins a new season in January 2013 with Wynton Marsalis. Stay tuned for more information!


December 2012 program listings for the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra

Mondays at 8:00 p.m.

It may be looking and feeling like winter outside in Rochester, but the the San Francisco Symphony takes us to A Midsummer Night's Dream on the December 10th program.  Tune in every Monday night for great classics from around the world.


December program listings for Pipedreams

Sundays at 8:00 p.m.

Host Michael Barone takes us to some of the great organs of the world this month as we discover how the King of Instruments plays an important role in the holiday season.


December 2012 programs on The Chicago Symphony

Thursdays at 8:00 p.m.

This month the Chicago Symphony orchestra presents Benjamin Britten's Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra on Dec. 20.


Chorus Novus

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 1:00pm

Backstage Pass host Julia Figueras welcomes Chorus Novus and an audience from Valley Manor to a live concert of holiday music performed at WXXI’s studios.

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