Classical 91.5

Brenda Tremblay

Classical Morning Host and Producer

Brenda Tremblay bolts out of bed every weekday morning at 4:00 a.m. to present classical music on Classical 91.5 FM, streaming at   (The broadcast starts at 6:00 a.m. with birdsong, inspired by the BBC.)  She’s an NEA Fellow who’s interviewed musical luminaires such as Renée Fleming, Yo-Yo Ma, and Steve Reich.  She also produces and hosts the RPO radio concerts and other local productions, and works with the Center for Public Affairs to create arts and cultural coverage for all media services.  Her productions have earned three Gracies from the Association of Women in Radio and Television, many AP awards, and a national Gabriel Award. 

Away from the studio, Brenda serves as Music Director at St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Brockport, New York.  She loves to sing.  She’s performed with choirs in Carnegie Hall, Westminster Abbey, and in the Forbidden City Concert Hall in Beijing.  In Rochester, some of her best musical memories have been made with friends in the Rochester Oratorio Society and Madrigalia.

Christopher Wilke, lute

Carre: Chaconne

Originally performed at the 2013 Rochester Early Music Festival. Christopher Wilke recently received his doctorate in Early Music Performance at Eastman School of Music and teaches at Nazareth College. He has been featured in NPR’s national early music program Sunday Morning Baroque.  More at

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Eastman Saxophone Project

Djupstrom: Long, long ago

Originally performed in Spring 2015 at “Live from Hochstein.” The Eastman Saxophone Project strives to promote the saxophone through innovative programming. Learn more about the ensemble at

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Doleen Hood, piano

Joseph Werner, piano

Piazzolla: Milonga del Angel

Originally performed at “Live from Hochstein” in Spring 2015. “Milonga del Angel” is one of Piazzolla’s many pieces inspired by angels. Raised Catholic, Piazzolla embraces superstitions and tango music is the root of his compositional style.

Rebecca Gilbert, flute
Dave Mancini, percussion
Sam Shuhan, double bass
Nick Weiser, piano

Tyzik: Mallorca

Originally performed at “Live from Hochstein” as part of the Flauto Latino program in Spring 2015. “Mallorca,” written by RPO Principal Pops conductor Jeff Tyzik, requires improvisation in a jazz style.

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Maestro Jeff Tyzik

Guerrero: Lamentatio Jeremiae

Originally recorded in the 2014-15 concert series, at “The Spirit Delight.” Based in Rochester, NY, Musica Spei is an early music vocal ensemble that specializes in sacred works of the Medieval and Renaissance periods. To learn more, visit

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Telos Trio
Rita George Simmons, flute
Debbie Grohman, clarinet
Willie LaFavor, piano

Brahms: 2 Hungarian Dances

Originally recorded on Live from Hochstein in Fall 2014. This Rochester, NY-based trio features flute, clarinet, and piano. They will also be featured on Hochstein’s “Spotlight on Faculty” series on Friday, January 29 at 7pm. Learn more at

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Suite of Songs of Home and of Exile

Madrigalia is a Rochester, NY based chamber ensemble that performs choral music from across the centuries. Recorded in May 2015, we'll hear Songs by Clare Maclean, Bob Chilcott, Doyle Lawson and works transcribed by Cary Ratcliff.  Cary Ratcliff directs and accompanies at the piano.

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Finzi: 5 Bagatelles

Originally performed on Backstage Pass on March 29, 2009. Robert DeLutis is a former professor at Eastman School of Music and now teaches at the University of Maryland School of Music. Cherry Tsang recently completed her doctorate in piano performance at the Eastman School of music.

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Robert DeLutis

Laura Heimes, soprano
José Lemos, countertenor
Pegasus Early Music

Scarlatti: Marc-Antonio e Cleopatra

Originally recorded in 2013, Laura Heimes and José Lemos perform with Pegasus Early Music. Brazilian countertenor has performed extensively in Europe and the United States. A native of Rochester, NY, Laura Heimes has collaborated with many of leading figures in early music. Learn more about the artists at

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Ivan Trevino, percussion
Rebecca Gilbert, flute
Melissa Matson, viola
Kathleen Kemp, cello

Trevino: Chamber Riffs (premier)

Originally performed at a First Muse concert on February 17, 2013. Percussionist Ivan Trevino’s Chamber Riffs was commissioned by Vicki and Richard Schwartz. 

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