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Classical 91.5 Presents...Shine (January 26th)

Join WXXI for Classical 91.5 Presents , a series that spotlights classical music connections in film. Classical 91.5 Presents... Shine , January 26th at The Little Theatre . Live music from the Empire Film and Media Ensemble starts at 2pm at The Little Café , the movie will be shown at 3pm, and WXXI's Julia Figueras will host a discussion afterwards, with pianist Heather O'Donnell and music therapist Betsey King . Shine is a 1996 film based on the true story of an Australian pianist, David...

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