Classical 91.5

Ruth Phinney

Classical 91.5 and Reachout Radio Program Director

Ruth began working for WXXI in 1982 as the radio division secretary after working as a music teacher in several local districts.  Trained as a classical musician, she was the perfect match for creating program listings for the monthly program guide and working with the radio hosts. As she began to learn the business of "radio," she took on the job of managing what is now WXXI Reachout Radio, and later to manage both Reachout Radio and Classical 91.5.

Today she sets the strategic goals and programs for Classical 91.5 and works nationally with Classical Music Rising, a collaborative project of leading classical stations to shape the future of classical music radio as the field confronts evolution in delivery across multiple broadcast and digital platforms, demographic and cultural change, and significant disruption throughout the music industry.

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This week experience musical landscapes from Cuban composer Leo Brouwer and Mexican Carlos Chávez, as well as Spaniard Alicia de Larrocha playing Mozart.

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Esta semana disfrutar de la experiencia de paisajes musicales por el compositor cubano Leo Brouwer y el mexicano Carlos Chávez, también la pianista española Alicia de Larrocha toca Mozart.

WXXI-TV experienced a catastrophic transmitter failure, and a crew will be working to replace the equipment TUESDAY night.  The significance of this failure has impacted many of WXXI's services, and it is likely that the transmitter will be off line for most of this week.  We are working as quickly as possible to restore full service for our over-the-air television viewers and listeners in the southern tier who tune to WXXY for Morning Edition and All Things Considered. 

This week on Concierto your host, Frank Dominguez, shares Sensemaya, a symphonic poem evoking an Afro-Cuban ritual by Mexican composer Silvestre Revueltas, and legendary Spanish guitarist Andres Segovia with his transcriptions of Baroque music.

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Esta semana en Concierto tu anfitrión, Frank Domínguez, comparte Sensemaya, un poema sinfónico que evoca un ritual afrocubano del compositor mexicano Silvestre Revueltas, y el legendario guitarrista español, Andrés Segovia con sus transcripciones de la música barroca.


This weekend, hundreds of musicians and music lovers will gather in Rochester for the 2018 Organ Historical Society (OHS) Convention. The OHS began in 1956 as a small group of young musicians who met in New York City to talk about locating and preserving historic pipe organs in the city. Since then, the society has grown from that small group to an international organization.

The National Center for Arts Research (NCAR) at Southern Methodist University has just released its Top 20 List of Most Vibrant Arts Communities, and Rochester made the list as the 17th most vibrant arts community among large cities.  Mayor Lovely Warren said, “The City of Rochester’s commitment to the arts has landed us on the NCAR’s list for the third time in four years and illustrates our dedication to our citizens and the arts community as a whole.”

Daniel Binelli Official Website

Bandoneon player, composer, arranger and musical director, Daniel Binelli has had an outstanding international career. He was for 10 years a member of Osvaldo Pugliese's Orchestra and later joined the "Orquesta de Atilio Stampone" and the "Orquesta del Tango de Buenos Aires" as a bandoneon soloist. In 1989 he was invited by Astor Piazzolla to join Piazzolla's New Tango Sextet with which he toured widely in Europe and Latin America. Today Binelli is widely acclaimed as the foremost exponent and torchbearer of the music of Astor Piazzolla.

Daniel Binelli performs a Suite by Argentine composer Astor Piazzolla for the instrument that’s the beating heart of tango, the bandoneón.

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Daniel Binelli toca una Suite por el compositor argentino Astor Piazzolla para el instrumento que es el corazón palpitante del tango—el bandoneón.

This time on Concierto the music ranges from traditional Spanish coplas sung by tenor Plácido Domingo, to a Mexican guitar sonata by Manuel Ponce, and Mozart performed live by the black and Latino musicians of the Sphinx Virtuosi. Frank Dominguez is your host.

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Anthems can fuel patriotism, unite fans at baseball games, rally the troops or animate political movements.

"American Anthem," a series from NPR, will tell the stories of 50 different songs -- unpacking the elements of an anthem and asking what a song says about our diverse American communities as well as our collective soul.  For the next year, listeners can expect to hear these stories on Morning Edition and All Things Considered on a nearly weekly basis. 

For July's installment, we checked in with friends in North Carolina, Ohio and New York, as well as the host of SymphonyCast. Here are their top picks, with a modern summer twist.

Third Coast Percussion: Paddle to the Sea (Cedille)

Overture Classictic

In celebration of the life and legacy of composer & conductor Leonard Bernstein, Classical 91.5 shares these special programs with listeners, along with music by our local hosts throughout the week of August 20-25.

3:00pm The New York Philharmonic    (a whole month of Bernstein programs)