Classical 91.5

Mona Seghatoleslami

Afternoon host

Mona Seghatoleslami is the host and producer on WXXI Classical 91.5 FM weekdays from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. She also hosts the lunchtime concert series Live From Hochstein Wednesdays at 12:10 p.m., interviews musicians, produces special programs, and works on any project she can find that helps connect people and music in our community through WXXI.

Mona is originally from New Jersey; she ventured out to the Midwest for college, where studied viola at Illinois State University in Normal, Illinois. She got her start in radio at WFIU in Bloomington, Indiana while in grad school studying musicology and library science at Indiana University. She also spent a few years as a radio announcer and producer in West (by God) Virginia, where she also wrote for the Charleston Gazette and taught American music at West Virginia State University.

When she’s not on the radio, you can find Mona attending concerts and movies, playing viola in community orchestras, occasionally strumming the ukulele, riding her bike everywhere, and reading as much as she can – especially The New Yorker and sci-fi novels. She also books the bands for one of the coolest live music venues in Rochester – The Little Theatre Café.

Ways to Connect

Witches, ghosts, and devils - these traditional fixtures of the halloween season are no strangers to the operatic stage. You can find witches advising Macbeth in Verdi's opera and ghosts of opera characters of old reanacting their tales in John Corigliano's Ghosts of Versaillesas well as plenty of devils in Gounod's Faust, Boito's Mefistofele, and others. 

A few operas really stand out to me as being particularly creepy, beyond the apperance of a touch of the supernatural. 

The annual David Hochstein Recital Competition recognizes outstanding musicianship and performance skills of advanced student musicians in grades 10-12 who reside in the nine-county region surrounding Greater Rochester. The students who win this competition perform at a recital at Hochstein each spring. This year's winners are flutist Jashanti Henry of Rochester’s School of the Arts and cellist Jackie Hager of Brighton High School.  They were recorded in concert on May 1, 2018 on 7:30pm by Carl Pultz of Alembic Productions.

  Our annual celebration of the holiday season with the choral chamber ensemble Madrigalia, led by music director Cary Ratcliffe. Find some peace and inspiration in music over lunch on December 5th (12:10-12:50pm).

You're invited to come out to hear the music in person at the Hochstein Performance Hall (50 N. Plymouth Avenue, downtown Rochester) or listen to it broadcast live on WXXI Classical 91.5.  

  Celebrate the season with brass music performed by musicians from the Eastman School of Music on November 28th over lunch (12:10-12:50pm). 

You're invited to come out to hear the music in person at the Hochstein Performance Hall (50 N. Plymouth Avenue, downtown Rochester) or listen to it broadcast live on WXXI Classical 91.5.  

  Johannes Brahms was heartbroken as he wrote his second sextet for strings - coding the name of his beloved in the pensive, romantic music. Lose yourself in this musical world over lunch on November 14th (12:10-12:50pm) with some wonderful musicians: violinists Molly McDonald and Eri Noda, violists Olita Strazds Overo and Aika Ito, and cellists Cora Swenson Lee and Jennifer Carpenter.

You're invited to come out to hear the music in person at the Hochstein Performance Hall (50 N. Plymouth Avenue, downtown Rochester) or listen to it broadcast live on WXXI Classical 91.5.  

  They're a bit classical, a bit jazz  - the "Classy-Jazz" Trio is Ramon Ricker (soprano saxophone), Nancy Boone-Bahr (baritone saxophone), and Yi-Wen Chang (piano).  And regardless of genre, it's all good - and you'll want to spend lunch with this trio when they're on Live from Hochstein November 7th (12:10-12:15pm).

You're invited to come out to hear the music in person at the Hochstein Performance Hall (50 N. Plymouth Avenue, downtown Rochester) or listen to it broadcast live on WXXI Classical 91.5.  

  Take in a taste of Baroque Italy over lunch with the Trio Speranza on Live from Hochstein, Wednesday October 31st (12:10-12:50pm).  

Treat yourself to some beautiful piano trios by Russian romantic Anton Arensky and tango-inspired Astor Piazzolla on Live from Hochstein October 24th with violinist Eri Noda, cellist Jennifer Carpenter, and pianist Yi-Wen Chang.

You're invited to come out to hear the music in person at the Hochstein Performance Hall (50 N. Plymouth Avenue, downtown Rochester) or listen to it broadcast live on WXXI Classical 91.5.  

Lose yourself in love songs from South America over lunch, on Live from Hochstein on October 17th (12:10-12:50pm) with guitarist Ken Luck and double bass player Wan-Ling Chuang.

You're invited to come out to hear the music in person at the Hochstein Performance Hall (50 N. Plymouth Avenue, downtown Rochester) or listen to it broadcast live on WXXI Classical 91.5.  

Enjoy lunch with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra on October 10th (12:10-12:50pm).

Conductor Chelsea Tipton will lead the RPO in Ludwig van Beethoven's Symphony No. 7 and Giacchino Rossini's charming overture to The Barber of Seville, in the first Live from Hochstein program the season.

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