A Radio Program

“If winter comes, can spring be far behind?”

Romantic poet Percy Bysshe Shelly had faith that love and reason would make life ever more perfect.  I have faith that spring IS coming and that great music and poetry will soothe our dark thoughts in this endless winter. There is so much to look forward to! Here's a taste of what's coming to you in the morning from Classical 91.5 FM this week . . .

You can't take a goldfish for walks

Click on the link below to hear conductor Ed Schell explain how his singers came to grips with their feelings about a classic song.

Let it go! It's time to celebrate women's music on WXXI-FM

Women composers’ music has never been more interesting or prolific, and you’ll hear splendid examples of it throughout the month of March.  On Classical 91.5, we'll start the day with inspired music, arts news, features, and the latest headlines.  The Mystery piece airs at 6:40.

Bach on the Lute: Conversation and Music with Paul O'Dette

Paul O'Dette is one of Rochester's treasures (though we do share him with the world). He's playing a recital of music by Bach and Weiss for Pegasus Early Music this weekend, and he stopped by WXXI's studios to talk and play a bit leading up to this weekend's performance.


Tractor Show to Suzuki Violin to Double Bass - Catching up with Kieran Hanlon

Bassist Kieran Hanlon is a busy gigging musician – subbing in the RPO, Buffalo Philharmonic, and Syracuse’s Symphoria (just to name a few), playing in jazz combos, and teaching, even as he is also just finishing up his master’s in music at the Eastman School.  As Hanlon told WXXI’s Mona Seghatoleslami, his life in music a tra


New Ways of Learning Music at Hochstein's Music Lab

Learning music is about more than playing the instrument or singing – students of all levels also often learn a little bit about music history and theory to round out their education.


You are the public radio champions!

Your friends at WXXI are tremendously grateful for the outpouring of support for public radio this week during our annual February membership campaign.  In a few short days, 1,326 listeners pledged more than $155,000, exceeding our goal by $5,000.  You are amazing!  Thank you!

Dancing Flute (Listen and Look)

The NPR program From the Top is coming to Rochester to tape a show on March 19th at Eastman's Kodak Hall, and I've been interviewing a few musicians with Rochester connections who have played on the show.

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