Classical 91.5

Mona Seghatoleslami

Afternoon host

Mona Seghatoleslami is the host and producer on WXXI Classical 91.5 FM weekdays from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. She also hosts the lunchtime concert series Live From Hochstein Wednesdays at 12:10 p.m., interviews musicians, produces special programs, and works on any project she can find that helps connect people and music in our community through WXXI.

Mona is originally from New Jersey; she ventured out to the Midwest for college, where studied viola at Illinois State University in Normal, Illinois. She got her start in radio at WFIU in Bloomington, Indiana while in grad school studying musicology and library science at Indiana University. She also spent a few years as a radio announcer and producer in West (by God) Virginia, where she also wrote for the Charleston Gazette and taught American music at West Virginia State University.

When she’s not on the radio, you can find Mona attending concerts and movies, playing viola in community orchestras, occasionally strumming the ukulele, riding her bike everywhere, and reading as much as she can – especially The New Yorker and sci-fi novels. She also books the bands for one of the coolest live music venues in Rochester – The Little Theatre Café.

Ways to Connect

The Hochstein School has been a center for learning music and dance in Rochester now for 100 years.

Hear the stories and music that connect this community school to the history of our city over the past century - from its origins as a settlement school to teach music to immigrant children in Rochester, through years of growth and development to suit the changing needs of Rochester’s communities, to its role today as a place to learn and experience music, dance, and more.

Stream this radio special on-demand now online here: 

There have been so many creative responses to keeping people connected to arts and music while we are remaining physically separated. In fact, it's even getting a little difficult to keep track of all the amazing concerts and events happening now online. Here are a few things for you to bookmark to stay connected with online music, arts, and community events. 

Every year for Johann Sebastian Bach’s birthday, a spontaneous, global community of musicians unites over a few days by offering performances in subways, public spaces, and concerts open to all. The music is given freely as a gift, and as an invitation to further explore classical music. We've had our own Rochester celebration for a few years now at The Little Café.

The Hochstein School has made the difficult but necessary decision to suspend all on-site programming through the end of April. This include the Live from Hochstein programs that are normally broadcast on WXXI. We hope to be able to resume these broadcasts later this spring. WXXI Classical 91.5 will broadcast selections from previous Live from Hochstein programs as part of the music over lunch on Wednesdays and share complete encore broadcasts on Wednesday nights at 9pm.

March 25th, 9pm:  French music for cello and piano with the Ekstasis Duo, originally broadcast March 20, 2019

April 1st, 9pm: The Sibley Chamber Players and Brahms, originally broadcast April 12, 2017

April 8th, noon and 9pm: Hochstein at 100 - Music and stories from The Hochstein School's one hundred year history.

April 15th, 9pm: Antara Winds, originally broadcast March 27, 2019

April 22nd, 9pm: Then and Now: We Compose, with pianist Yi-Wen Chang, originally broadcast 11/15/2017

April 29th, 9pm: Chamber Music for Two, with Duo Semplice and the Janus Duo, originally broadcast November 1st, 2017

The Song of Names is a new movie directed by François Girard (The Red Violin) about music, friendship, and memory with a mystery at its heart. This film, based on a novel by music critic Norman Lebrecht, stars Tim Roth and Clive Owen.

The Song of Names will come to Rochester starting February 7th at The Little Theatre.

100 years ago, the founders of The Hochstein School set out to provide meaningful opportunities for students to learn and express their creativity. The first students studied piano, violin, and music theory. Since then, Hochstein has expanded its offerings to include many different styles of music and dance.

We'll be highlighting stories from The Hochstein School's past and present throughout the year. Here's one from our colleagues from "What's Good Rochester" - Hochstein dance instructor Kyle Steins shares what dance means to him. 

Maya Temperley

David Temperley composes tuneful, expressive pieces in a classical mold, drawing on his experiences with chamber music and influences from the popular music he grew up listening to on the radio. He's also a music theorist who writes about rock music, including in his latest book The Musical Language of Rock

Read more about Temperley and his music in CITY Newspaper this week: "Having it Both Ways. The Music of Rochester Composer David Temperley."

You can also hear his music and story in this radio feature: 


  Classical 91.5 Presents...Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World at The Little Theatre on Saturday February 1st at 3pm. 

This high-seas adventure has a stunning and surprising score, including music by Bach, Mozart, and Boccherini -  and features Russell Crowe playing violin out at sea. 

  Classical 91.5 Presents...Mozart's Sister at The Little Theatre on Saturday April 18th at 3pm. 

This independent French drama from 2010 presents a fictional account of the early life of Maria Anna Mozart, also known as "Nannerl", the sister of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. The film will be followed by a discussion hosted by WXXI Classical 91.5's Brenda Tremblay, and if you stop by early for a treat at The Little Theatre Cafe, you will hear live music by the Empire Film and Media Ensemble starting at 2pm. 

  Classical 91.5 Presents...Como Agua Para Chocolate (Like Water for Chocolate) on Saturday September 26th at 3pm at The Little Theatre.  This magical realist film based on a popular novel is a family drama, full of romance and uniquely passionate cooking, with a score by guitarist-composer Leo Brouwer. 

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