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

Photo Credit: Christian Steiner

Composer Margaret Brouwer lives in Ohio, near Lake Erie. She loves the natural beauty of the Great Lakes and she’s worried about them.

She has composed her love for Lake Erie -- and her concerns for its future --  into a musical work called "Voice of the Lake."


Two young people from different backgrounds meet and fall in love -- and society tears them apart.  You may recognize that as "West Side Story."

Here's another story: Two young people from different backgrounds meet and fall in love -- and end up making music together all over the world. 


There is a hidden treasure in the walls of the Eastman School of Music that has been there since the 1920s. It's in Kilbourn Hall, and even if you have attended concerts there, you've probably never seen or heard it.


  Join WXXI for Classical 91.5 Presents, a series that spotlights classical music connections in film.

Classical 91.5 Presents...Pavarotti - a new documentary by Ron Howard telling the story of the legendary tenor Luciano Pavarotti, with never-before-seen footage, interviews, and live performances - Saturday June 29th at The Little Theatre.

 

Join Classical 91.5's Mona Seghatoleslami at Granite Mills Park in High Falls for Hochstein at High Falls, a free lunchtime concert series, presented by High Falls Business Association, Hochstein School of Music & Dance, WXXI, and Monroe Community College (MCC). Mona welcomes a new band to the park each week. Please note: This is a live concert series, and will not be broadcast on WXXI radio.

November 1941: The Czech town of Terezín (Theresienstadt in German) begins use as a concentration camp by the Nazi regime. Among the people deported to this garrison town were numerous artists, who continued to write and perform in the camp. Terezín existed with a dual purpose. It was a ghetto that served as a transit point to the Nazi death camps. Additionally, it became the backdrop for a carefully constructed propaganda campaign which the Nazis used to deny the existence of the Final Solution.

Meet Rachel Waddell. She’s the Director of Orchestral Activities at the University of Rochester

She describes music as a “performing tool to bring people together" and views her work with the orchestras at the University of Rochester’s River Campus as a chance to have people challenge themselves, and society. 

ESP in 360

Apr 8, 2019
Aaron Winters

When the Eastman Saxophone Project played on Live from Hochstein this past week, we tried something new: recording them with 360 cameras!  

What that means: you can watch part of their performance and even adjust your view throughout the ensemble, while hearing their barn-burning take on Edvard Grieg's Peer Gynt Suite No. 1 (in an arrangement by Clancy Ellis) that they played on the show.

Lynn Harrell has been a musical performer for most of his life. He started playing cello at a young age, and his professional career has spanned decades: he started playing in the Cleveland Orchestra at the age of 18, where he was then principal cellist from 1964 to 1971, and he has played solo and chamber music performances around the world. 

While still very busy with music, Harrell has recently tried something new: acting in a movie.  It's a beautiful short film called Cello, where he portrays a (fictional) cellist named Ansel Adams, who has to deal with deblitating effects of ALS, and how it affects his relationship with his family and his music.

  Join WXXI for Classical 91.5 Presents, a series that spotlights classical music connections in film.

Classical 91.5 Presents...a double feature of the movie Itzhak and the short film Cello, March 30th at The Little Theatre. Show up early to enjoy live music with the Empire Film and Media Ensemble in The Little Café at 2pm, the movies start at 3pm, and WXXI's Mona Seghatoleslami will host a discussion afterwards, with cellist Sandra Halleran (founder of the Rochester Cello Society) and violinist Marcos Kreutzer (who is on faculty at The Hochstein School)  

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