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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Exploring Music

Week of June 4, 2018 - Gustav Mahler, part I - An Austrian composer who thought, “A symphony should be like the world: it must embrace everything.” With his ten-plus symphonies, Mahler’s world extended horizons beyond anything known to concert audiences. His vision stretched the boundaries of the orchestra, of the symphonic form and even this radio show! Join us for two full weeks on the symphonies of Gustav Mahler.

Credit: IFCM

Host Brian Newhouse presents highlights from the 11th World Choral Symposium in Barcelona, Spain, from a week-long festival that featured performances by some of the finest choirs in the world, Monday June 11th, 1pm-3pm on WXXI Classical 91.5.

Two of America’s finest choirs, the Salt Lake Choral Artists and Westminster Choir, are joined by ensembles from Sweden, the Philippines, Latvia, Spain, Canada, South Africa and many more in this lively celebration of choral music.

Pipedreams Photo Gallery

6/3       Fabulous Philadelphia    Guest soloists alone, and with the Philadelphia Orchestra, make the Fred J. Cooper Memorial Organ (by Dobson) shine at Verizon Hall.

6/10      Concerts at the Kimmel Center    Archive performances featuring the Fred J. Cooper Memorial Pipe Organ (by Dobson) in Philadelphia’s Verizon Hall.

6/17      Oberlin Revisited I    Performances by and conversation with students of the Oberlin Conservatory of Music in Ohio.

6/3       From Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, From the Top teams up with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and some talented California teens, including violinist Chunyi Zhou from Irvine, bassoonist John Gonzalez from Los Angeles, and a new work by composer Esther Ollivier from Los Angeles performed by the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Paolo Bortolameolli.


** Last minute program changes from the NYPO.

6/3          Dvořák: Terzetto (Jennifer Frautschi and Daniel Hope, v; Paul Neubauer, vla) Brahms: Piano Trio No. 2 (Inon Barnatan, p; Daniel Phillips, v; Eric Kim, c)
6/10        Bridge: Three Songs for medium voice, viola & piano (Jennifer Johnson Cano, ms; Paul Neubauer, vla; Jon Kimura Parker, p) Beethoven: String Quartet No. 14 (Johannes String Quartet)

Fairbanks Ballroom

Episode #1821

Cakewalk Your Lady—Beginning in the late 19th century, black music began its uninterrupted influence on American musical taste—ragtime, the blues, and jazz, and also a variety of dances, and everything based on syncopation. The cakewalk remains a living reference point for composers of every kind of music, from Broadway to the Alley to classical.


Episode #1820

Ever Heard of Bennie Benjamin?—Bennie Benjamin landed in New York from the Virgin Islands at the age of twenty. Mainly, he played guitar and banjo in a number of orchestras before he started to work for a music publisher who agreed to public his songs. He developed solid working relationships with several lyricists. The result was hit songs, from “When the Lights Go On Again” to “I Don’t Want To Set the World on Fire.”

This edition of Concierto is all about the tango, with music from the 20th century “father of new tango,” Astor Piazzolla, as well as more recent works by Jose Bragato and Miguel del Águila. Three-time Grammy nominated American composer Miguel del Aguila was born 1957 in Montevideo, Uruguay.

Program Description in Spanish...
Esta edición de Concierto trata sobre el tango con música del siglo 20 "padre del nuevo tango," Astor Piazzolla, así como obras más recientes de José Bragato y Miguel del Águila

Library of Congress

Episode # 1819   

Lou Hirsch and Gene Buck—Few people will recognize the name of Lou Hirsch.  That’s partly because he died so young—at the age of 37, but he was an innovative songwriter well on his way to fame on Broadway and in Tin Pan Alley. Most often, he worked with a solid professional lyricist named Gene Buck.