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both on-air and online, start here. Arts and cultural programming on WXXI TV and Radio as well as online discussion and special events hosted by WXXI are featured below. Read more

Featured Programming

Friday, March 31, 2017 - 1:00pm
Twenty years ago, pianist Rebecca Penneys and cellist Stefan Reuss created the Salon Concert Series, with the mission of performing some of the great piano trios.
Sunday, April 2, 2017 - 3:00pm
Legendary violinist Itzhak Perlman and renowned cantor Yitzchak Meir Helfgot join forces for a musical exploration of liturgical and traditional works in new arrangements for both chamber orchestra and klezmer settings
Sunday, April 2, 2017 - 9:00pm
The moving drama hailed as “irresistible" by The Wall Street Journal returns for a final season.
Sunday, April 2, 2017 - 9:00pm
The Response: America's Story asks listeners to respond to this: “Tell us why you, your parents, or your grandparents came to live in America.”
Wednesday, April 5, 2017 - 10:00pm
Uncover new evidence tracing many of Leonardo da Vinci’s ideas and inventions to other scientists.
Friday, April 7, 2017 - 1:00pm
Host and producer Julia Figueras welcomes clarinetist Jon Manasse and the Amenda Quartet into Studio E for a program of Brahms and more on Backstage Pass
Friday, April 7, 2017 - 10:30pm
In honor of National Autism Awareness Month WXXI is pleased to present the first documentary to explore autism as sensory-based experiences. 
Monday, April 10, 2017 - 8:00pm
Classical 91.5’s Brenda Tremblay hosts the radio broadcast series of the 2016-17 season of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra
Wednesday, April 12, 2017 - 8:00pm
Produced by WQXR and Carnegie Hall, the sixth season of Carnegie Hall Live features some of the world’s best performers and ensembles in a wide range of styles, from early music to solo recitals to orchestral performances.
Friday, April 14, 2017 - 12:10pm
J. S. Bach’s dramatic sacred masterpiece, translated from German as the Passion According to St. John, is based upon the story of the passion as told in the 18th and 19th chapters of the book of John. 
Friday, April 14, 2017 - 9:00pm
The Met’s new production by director Bartlett Sher also features Virginie Verrez as Stéphano, Elliot Madore as Mercutio, and Mikhail Petrenko as Frère Laurent.
Friday, May 5, 2017 - 9:00pm
SIGHT: The Story of Vision tells stories of individuals who struggle with vision loss and blindness including, an Iraqi war veteran’s vision loss due to a traumatic brain injury and a woman who is losing both her sight and hearing yet, refuses to stop achieving her dreams.
Thursday, August 10, 2017 (All day)
Join us on board the Rocky Mountaineer as we travel from Vancouver to Calgary!

Arts and Culture

On-Demand
Craft in America: SERVICE episode Documenting craft and the military and the power of the handmade to inspire and heal. Featuring papermaker Pam DeLuco, saddler Eugene Burks Jr., and ceramic artists Ehren Tool, Judas Recendez and Peter Voulkos. (Aired Nov. 2014) Watch On-Demand:
World War II is a watershed event for Latino Americans with hundreds of thousands of men and women serving in the armed forces — but still face discrimination and a fight for civil rights back in the United States. Watch On-Demand (In English & Spanish)

Recently Aired

Tuesday, March 28, 2017 - 7:30pm
The documentary explores the efforts to find soldiers and their survivors sketched by Elizabeth Black, a Pittsburgh artist who sketched charcoal portraits of American soldiers across Europe during World War II.
Monday, March 27, 2017 - 7:00pm
Meet Claressa “T-Rex” Shields, who rose from the streets of Flint, Michigan, and at 17 won the first Olympic gold medal for women’s boxing in 2012.
Sunday, March 26, 2017 - 12:00pm
Charismatic baritone Simon Keenlyside stars as the title character in Don Giovanni in Great Performances at the Met: Don Giovanni
Friday, March 24, 2017 - 10:00pm
The first documentary about the 94-year-old television legend
Friday, March 24, 2017 - 7:00pm
Apocalypse Now Redux introduced by Cinematographer Vittorio Storaro, Friday, March 24 at the Dryden Theatre
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