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Special Programs/Mini Series

Throughout the year Classical 91.5 will present a number of special programs or mini-series that are not a part of our regular broadcast schedule.  Come back to this page on a regular basis to find out about these special programs.

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Tune in for the annual broadcast of the evening service for the Day of Atonement. Classical 91.5 observes one of the holiest days of the Jewish year with its annual Yom Kippur service broadcast live from Temple B’rith Kodesh and hosted by WXXI's Jeanne Fisher. The Kol Nidrei Service for Yom Kippur will be broadcast live Tuesday, September 18 at 8:00 p.m. on Classical 91.5, and is made possible by a grant from the Louis S. and Molly B. Wolk Foundation.

Tune in for this annual broadcast celebrating the Jewish New Year, as Classical 91.5 presents its annual, live broadcast from Temple B’rith Kodesh of the evening service for Rosh Hashanah. Hosted by WXXI's Jeanne Fisher, Live from Temple B'rith Kodesh: A Rosh Hashanah Celebration will be broadcast on Sunday, September 9, 2018 at 8:00 p.m. on Classical 91.5, and is made possible by a grant from the Louis S. and Molly B. Wolk Foundation.

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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)

Jonathan Tichler/Metropolitan Opera

The Metropolitan Opera National Council Grand Finals Concert took place on April 29th with maestro Bertrand de Billy leading the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. Mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato hosts the program and will perform a duet with guest artist, tenor Bryan Hymel.  The winners of this finals concert include Ashley Dixon, Mezzo-Soprano, Northwest Region; Jessica Faselt, Soprano, Upper Midwest Region; Madison Leonard, Soprano, Middle Atlantic Region; Carlos Santelli, Tenor, Western Region; and Hongni Wu, Mezzo-Soprano, Eastern Region.

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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.

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 clarinetist David Kim, violinist Chie Xu, and pianist Raymond Feng. 


From the 17th Century buildings of the Colonial City of the Dominican Republic, the Peabody Renaissance Ensemble and Camerata Colonial perform music dating from the year of Columbus' voyage to the New World and Colonial World Spain, with stories of his arrival in Hispaniola and an historical look at the first European

City in the New World.  Festival Music Director John Thomas Dodson is our musical guide through the Colonial streets of Santo Domingo.


Music for the High Holiday from WQXR in NYC presents both traditional and composed music for the Jewish liturgy (with a recording of Kol Nidre that features violinist Itzhak Perlman), and concert music based on High Holidays melodies for the High Holy Days of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.  Naomi Lewin hosts and explains a bit about the Jewish new year and its traditions, including food.  Naomi Lewin's Apple Schalet Recipe


Marc Blitzstein

The Cradle That Rocked: Rediscovering Marc Blitzstein, Four Saturdays 9/9, 9/16, 9/23, 9/30 @ 12:00 p.m.  Composer Marc Blitzstein has largely been forgotten, but for his political musical, The Cradle Will Rock (1930s).

The 64th Met Opera Radio National Council Grand Finals concert, hosted by soprano Renée Fleming with guest artists soprano Amber Wagner, mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton and tenor Michael Fabiano, was recorded March 19th.  The 2017 finalists are: Natalie Image, Soprano, Cody Quattlebaum, Bass-Baritone, Samantha Hankey, Mezzo-Soprano, Richard Smagur, Tenor, Kirsten MacKinnon, Soprano, Aryeh Nussbaum Cohen, Countertenor, Gabriella Reyes de Ramírez, Soprano, Kyle van Schoonhoven, Tenor, Vanessa Vasquez, Soprano