Classical 91.5

Brenda Tremblay

Classical Morning Host and Producer

While you’re sleeping, she’s thinking. 

Thinking about the best ways to wake you up.

A native of Albion, New York, NEA Fellow Brenda Tremblay bolts out of bed each weekday morning at 4:00 a.m. to present classical music on 91.5 FM, streaming at classical915.org.  Before she became a daily host on WXXI-FM in 2009, she tried her hand at every task in public radio, from hosting overnight blues gigs to freelancing for National Public Radio.  Her NPR reports and local documentaries earned three Gracies from the Association of Women in Radio and Television, many AP awards, and a national Gabriel Award. 

In addition to waking up super early, Brenda produces and hosts the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra's radio concerts on Monday nights at 8 p.m. She also collaborates with WXXI news to cover the arts across all media services.

Outside the broadcast studio, singing is Brenda’s passion. She’s performed with choirs in Carnegie Hall, Westminster Abbey, and in the Forbidden City Concert Hall in Beijing.  In Rochester, some of her best memories have been made with friends in the Rochester Oratorio Society and local chamber choirs Madrigalia and First Inversion.  Currently she serves as Music Director at St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Brockport, New York.

Randall Thompson, arr. Ying Quartet: Alleluia

Originally performed on Backstage Pass on January 25th, 2013. Comprised of Eastman faculty members, the Ying Quartet performs internationally in some of the world’s greatest concert halls, from the Sydney Opera House to Carnegie Hall. To learn more about the Ying Quartet, visit: http://www.esm.rochester.edu/faculty/ying_quartet/

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Bedlam performs 16th century music for soprano voice and lute. Their name comes from the nickname from the 15th and 16th century Bethlem Royal Hospital in London, England, which in its time was an infamous psychiatric facility. The name came to mean “a state of madness, chaos, and the irrational nature of the world.” They performed in Rochester in February 2015 at the Lutheran Church of the Incarnate Word as part of Pegasus Rising

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Diane Smith, flute
Judith Ricker, oboe
Margaret Quackenbush, clarinet
Mary Hickson Hunt, horn
John Hunt, bassoon

Paul Patterson: Westerly Winds

Formed in 1982, The Antara Winds have performed frequently on “Live from Hochstein” and perform in concert around the greater Rochester area. They played Paul Patterson's "Westerly Winds," inspired by West Country folk tunes, on Live from Hochstein's spring season in 2015.

Roger Bourland: Both Page and Pen
Eleanor Daley: Rise Up My Love
Pablo Casals: Nigra Sum

Founded in 2000, Concentus Women’s Chorus performs concerts of new and old choral works in the Greater Rochester and Central New York area. To learn more about Concentus, visit: http://www.concentus.org/home. This recording is from their performance on Live from Hochstein.

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http://www.concentus.org/home

Debussy: Act 4 & 5, Martyrdom of St. Sebastian

The Eastman Philharmonia and Chorale performed the last two acts of Debussy’s five act mystery play on the subject of St. Sebastian, as part of the Prismatic Debussy Festival. To learn more about these student ensembles, visit: http://www.esm.rochester.edu/

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WXXI's Brenda Tremblay caught a few moments with Rochester resident and American tenor Gregory Kunde, fresh from his winning “Best Male Singer” in the 2016 International Opera Awards in London.

After Robert Ward left The Eastman School of Music in the 1930’s, he went on to study with Aaron Copland.  Ward crafted a musical language that would earn him a 1962 Pulitzer Prize in Music for his opera The Crucible, based on Arthur Miller’s iconic play. (Ward’s son says he remembers finding his parents unexpectedly drinking champagne in the kitchen; that’s how he found out his father had won a Pulitzer.)

This year the Glimmerglass Festival is offering a fresh take on the dark tale of revenge and paranoia. 

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