Classical 91.5

Ruth Phinney

Classical 91.5 and Reachout Radio Program Director

Ruth began working for WXXI in 1982 as the radio division secretary after working as a music teacher in several local districts.  Trained as a classical musician, she was the perfect match for creating program listings for the monthly program guide and working with the radio hosts. As she began to learn the business of "radio," she took on the job of managing what is now WXXI Reachout Radio, and later to manage both Reachout Radio and Classical 91.5.

Today she sets the strategic goals and programs for Classical 91.5 and works nationally with Classical Music Rising, a collaborative project of leading classical stations to shape the future of classical music radio as the field confronts evolution in delivery across multiple broadcast and digital platforms, demographic and cultural change, and significant disruption throughout the music industry.

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Episode 2015

Odds are, you haven't heard of Annette Hanshaw, except that I play her recordings from time to time. One of the most popular singers of the 1920s and 1930s, she was too good for us to forget.

NPR Music producers are dealing challenges that, thanks to technology, can be addressed in creative ways.  Here is what the producers of NPR's From the Top are planning for upcoming months.

 This week Concierto honors the “Father of Modern Mexican Song,” Manuel Ponce, including his beloved ballad Estrellita sung by tenor Juan Diego Florez, and Argentine pianist Martha Argerich demonstrates her artistry performing “Nights in the Gardens of Spain” by Manuel de Falla. Frank Dominguez is your host. Description in Spanish...

Each April, Classical 91.5 celebrates the wealth of musical ensembles in the greater Rochester region with Performance Rochester. This year, we are particularly honored to share these concerts with our listeners in support of the many  groups, and the talented musicians that have had to cancel performances.  Each day you will hear chamber and orchestral music by Rochester’s finest ensembles recorded in our city’s concert halls, churches and schools. So it is in this spirit of joining together to get through this, that we present Performance Rochester 2020.  Read more...

Episode #2014

Lovers are so often on the go that it feels especially comforting to snuggle and cuddle and nuzzle without ever leaving the house.  These songs merge romance and deep feeling with something intimate and downright sexy.

Due to the cancellation of live performances by the RPO due to the COVID-19 virus, Classical 91.5 will be rebroadcasting encore performances from last year for our listeners and members. See the schedule below.

This week hear guitar music by Latin American composers Leo Brouwer and Jorge Morel, and Sonnets for Violin and Piano by the Spaniard Eduardo Toldra.  Frank Dominguez is your host.

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Performance Today host Fred Child and a group of co-host kids, tell stories and listen to classical music together that is inspired by animal friends, how they sound, how they move, who they are and what they do.  It's fun, friendly, family-oriented frolic in our musical zoo!

This spiritual, haunting Vespers program is an a cappella setting of texts taken from the Russian Orthodox All-Night Vigil ceremony, perfectly suited to the Easter season.

Written in 1724, J. S. Bach's St. John Passion is part of the German Lutheran passion-oratorio tradition.  The passion narrative from the Gospel of John is recounted by the Evangelist (narrator), Jesus, Peter, Pilate and various servants.  In this performance, recorded at Asbury First United Methodist Church in March 2019, Rochester's chamber choir VOICES performs with soloists and orchestra, all under the direction of Dr. William Weinert.  Ruth Phinney is your host.