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Classical 91.5 brings Performance Today to the weekday schedule

Beginning on Monday, September 3rd, WXXI Classical 91.5 will welcome Performance Today with host Fred Child to the weekday schedule from 10 a.m. to 12 noon. But don't worry, you won't be missing any of your local hosts and friends. We're just shifting things a bit. Julia will now be curating your classical playlist weekdays from 12 to 3 p.m. and Mona will be your musical guide from 3 to 7 p.m.

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The Answer is "Yes"

Aug 17, 2018
By Jack Mitchell, CC

The impact of Leonard Bernstein's passion and intelligence still ripples through our lives.  That's why we're spending so much time reflecting on him and his influence on how we listen to music.

Got five minutes?  Reacquaint yourself with his ideas by watching the short video below.  It's a kind of musical manifesto recorded in front of a live audience at Harvard University.  Bernstein quotes Keats, answers Charles Ives' "Unanswered Question," and argues that music springs from the earth itself.

This Summer in Rochester: Music-Making in a Library

Aug 3, 2018

The WXXI Education team is halfway through this summer’s Exploration Station Series at the Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County, NY.  We have explored this year’s theme, “Libraries Rock!” by providing music learning activities at our free, family-focused events. 

News from the world of Classical Music

© Manuel Vaca

"I had no idea what to expect. How to talk to these people - they were just foreign creatures..."
~a young musician in the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra.  

Nearly twenty years ago, conductor Daniel Barenboim and scholar Edward Said started a music workshop to bring together young Arab and Israeli musicians from across the Middle East together to play in an orchestra together, the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra.

The University of Rochester

City newspaper writer Daniel Kushner writes about a weathered book of 17 songs which includes the “Farewell Song of Frederick Douglass,” recently acquired by the University of Rochester.  The song's music was written by  English composer and abolitionist Julia Griffiths who met Douglass in England in 1847.  It could be the only copy in the United States.

Yo-Yo Ma opened his recent Tiny Desk concert with the gently rolling "Prelude" from J. S. Bach's Unaccompanied Cello Suite No. 1. It's music Ma has lived with nearly all of his life.

"Believe it or not, this was the very first piece of music I started on the cello when I was four years old," he told the crowd, tightly squeezed between the office furniture on NPR's fourth floor.

The death of singer Aretha Franklin has touched a lot of people including a Rochester musician who actually played with her.  Herb Smith plays trumpet both with the RPO and with his own jazz trio. He is also an adjunct professor at RIT and is conductor of the RIT Jazz Ensembles.

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