Classical 91.5

Julia Figueras

Music Director and Midday host

A Strong Memorial baby and Greece Arcadia grad, Julia Figueras is the Music Director and mid-day host for WXXI-FM. She is also the producer and host for the award-winning monthly interview/performance show, Backstage Pass.

Figueras began her radio life in 1980 at WICN in Worcester, MA, and has been playing formats ranging from classical to rock to jazz, with a dash of talk in Boston, MA as well as at stations in Concord and Portsmouth, NH.  She received her bachelor's degree in theater, cum laude, from Brandeis University.

The mother of two daughters, she has a passion for the Boston Red Sox and New York Times crossword puzzles, loves Dvořák, Radiohead, Springsteen, and Brahms, and enjoys reading mysteries and histories. She is also a member of a trivia team that competes in weekly quizzes throughout Rochester. Currently, Figueras sits on the Board of Directors for the Penfield Symphony Orchestra with her husband, Peter Iglinski, and holds an honorary seat on the Amadeus Children's Chorale board. Previously, she spent 10 years on the Board of the Rochester Philharmonic Youth Orchestra.

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Andreas Delfs  has just been named the new Music Director of your Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, and he has a long and ambitious agenda for the organization as it heads into its centenary year. Julia Figueras sat down with Maestro Delfs in an empty Restaurant Good Luck to talk with him about that to-do list, with a speed round to wrap it up.

Gabriela Frank Photo by Sabina Frank

Composer, pianist, and founder of the Gabriela Lena Frank Creative Academy of MusicGabriela Lena Frank was born with a neurosensory high-moderate/near-profound hearing loss. In December 2020, as we celebrated Beethoven's 250th birth anniversary, she discussed how Beethoven's deafness informed his composing.

Beethoven turns 250 in December (no one knows the precise date), and WXXI Classical is throwing him party! Since so many concert series were cancelled, we’re picking up the baton and running with it. Beginning Monday, December 7, we'll play all nine symphonies, in order, plus other gems picked by our classical staff.  You’ll hear everything from a delightful duet Beethoven wrote to play with a friend to his most majestic piano concerto.

Violas ruled the day when the Society for Chamber Music in Rochester wrapped up the season with two German masters. On the program: a Mendelssohn quintet that he did not like very much, and a stormy Beethoven quintet with an instrumentation that he never duplicated. The concert was recorded in the CityView Ballroom at the Strathallen on Sunday, May 12, 2019.

The Society for Chamber Music in Rochester served up a musical potpourri for this concert, with something old, something new, three young artists, and the jazzy side of Juliana Athayde. In addition to the always stellar line up of musicians from the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra and the Eastman School of Music, the Amici Piano Trio--talented teens from the Hochstein School of Music-- got to take center stage for a flawless performance of Brahms. And, as happens each season with the SCMR, Juliana got a chance to let down her hair and swing a little. This concert was recorded on Sunday, April 7, 2019 in the Hochstein School of Music Performance Hall.

Brock Tjosvold: Alyssa Grasinski

This week's concert from the Society for Chamber Music in Rochester features a contrast of musical eras. On the one hand, there's a competition-winning flute sonata by Julian Bennett Holmes, played by Eastman School of Music graduate students Yi Xiang (flute) and Brock Tjosvold (piano). On the other, it's Beethoven's groundbreaking septet, featuring an all-star cast from the Eastman School of Music and the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra. This concert was recorded on Sunday, February 17, 2019 in the Hochstein School of Music Performance Hall. 

Mozart had big plans when he arrived in Paris; sadly for him, none of them panned out. For the second in our series, the Society for Chamber Music in Rochester brought Wolfgang back to the City of Lights, and surrounded his Kegelstatt Trio with three French composers for happier results. This concert was recorded on Sunday, December 16, 2018 in the Hochstein School of Music Performance Hall.

Our new season with the Society for Chamber Music in Rochester begins with some European Romance: sextets by Richard Strauss and Antonin Dvorak, with a movement from the Oboe Quintet by Arnold Bax in between. It was recorded on Sunday, October 21, 2018 in the CityView Ballroom at the Strathallen.

A new season for the Society for Chamber Music in Rochester begins on Sunday afternoon, August 2 at 2pm! This year brings a cornucopia of musical delights from Artistic Directors Juliana Athayde, Erik Behr, and their many special guests.

For a composer who was so important in the development of the sonata and concerto, there's a surprising lack on infomation about the early years of Arcangelo Corelli. This we do know: by the age of 22, he was working in Rome, where he would make a name for himself, performing for heads of state and the church.  And his sphere of influence extended well beyond Italy; Bach studied Corelli's works, and used them as inspiration.