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Performance Today Weekend

Saturdays, 8 to 10am on WXXI-FM 91.5, WXXI-FM/HD 91.5-1and online at
  • Hosted by Fred Child

Performance Today, hosted by acclaimed classical music host and commentator Fred Child, is a unique celebration of today's art of classical music. The two-hour program features classical music in concert from studios, festivals and concert halls across the nation and around the world, as well as classical music news, interviews and features. 

The Piano Puzzler is a weekly quiz where listeners from around the country call in to try to identify the familiar tune and the classical composer’s style that Bruce Adolphe is mimicking in his weekly compositions. Interested in being a contestant?  Contact us or phone us toll-free at 1-866-943-4450.

Now, for the first time, great performers get their hands on Bruce Adolphe's Piano Puzzlers.  First-ever Recordings of Bruce Adolphe’s Piano Puzzlers by Fred Child, Joseph Kalichstein, Fabio Luisi, Orli Shaham, Marija Stroke, Orion Weiss, & Bruce, too!  When you purchase any one of these digital downloads, WXXI Classical 91.5 will receive a small portion of your purchase price.  Explore now at:

Performance Today Spotlights Black Musical History

Celebrate Black History Month with music, as Performance Today presents a new Black History Spotlight Series. You can hear the episodes throughout February on Classical 91.5 or online where you can see photos and learn more about each artist. Each of the 20 new episodes will feature a three-minute spot highlighting a black musician or composer, with additional content (including photos, videos and audio links) on the PT website and Facebook page.

Spotlights include:

Florence Price    
Joseph Douglass (Grandson of Frederick Douglass)
George Bridgetower
Harry Thacker Burleigh
Hazel Scott
Joseph Bologne-Chevalier de Saint-Georges
Philippa Schyler
R. Nathaniel Dett
Samuel Coleridge-Taylor
Scott Joplin
William Grant Still
Will Marion Cook
Nora Holt
Eva Jessye
Ignatius Sancho
Francis Johnson
Thomas Wiggins
Zenobia Powell Perry
Harry Lawrence Freeman
John Blanke

Guitarist Thomas Viloteau just finished his doctorate at the Eastman School of Music about a week ago, and now this week, he will be heard on the radio across the country, as a Young Artist in Residence on Performance Today.

You can hear him on Performance Today on Saturday morning on WXXI Classical 91.5

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It’s a snapshot of the Gateways Music Festival from Kodak Hall, on Performance Today.  I’m Fred Child and I was delighted to enjoy so many performances, and meet many of the musicians of the Gateways Music Festival on my first trip to Rochester.  I’ll be sharing highlights from the festival and conversations with some of the artists in a special presentation of Performance Today, Tuesday at 2pm, here on Classical 91.5.

Join Performance Today host Fred Child and former Young Artist in Residence Anthea Kreston (violin) in PT's 30th Anniversary Tour to Italy.  Read more about it.  Travel with other public radio music lovers that know