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 2028  

7/11      How Duke Ellington Wrote No one worked the way Ellington did. Duke Ellington played piano onstage, but not when he was composing. He had a way of writing unlike any other composer. After a night of playing, individual musicians begin to improvise. Ellington listened, selected, and shaped what he heard. Out of the chaos came an intricate unified piece.

This week on Concierto we travel through time with the music of Spain, from the Renaissance master Tomas Luis de Victoria, to the 20th century composer Joaquin Rodrigo.  Frank Dominguez is your host.

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Esta semana en Concierto viajamos a través del tiempo con la música de España, desde el maestro renacentista Tomás Luis de Victoria hasta el compositor Joaquín Rodrigo del siglo XX.  Frank Dominguez es tu anfitrión.

Episode #2027

7/4        Sinatra Swings the Slow In the 1950s, Capitol Records took a chance on a washed-up Frank Sinatra. He sang what he called “saloon songs” but he also made a series of recordings that were hipper, more jazz-inflected, but also harder-edged. In their own way, they were as sexually aware as the “saloon songs.”

This week on Concierto hear guitar pieces by Venezuelan Antonio Lauro; popular Spanish songs by Manuel de Falla; and Argentine pianist Ingrid Fliter playing Chopin. Frank Dominguez is your host.
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Episode #2026 (Encore 1941)

The night stretches out but the years whiz by, and life happens to happen--parceled out in a hundred popular songs. Hidden somewhere under all the moonbeams and starlight, its diamond days and ebony nights, popular music sets aside a corner for imperfection, insufficiency, and aging. The songs range from the humorous to ironic to melancholy.

The Finals Concert took place on March 1st and was conducted by Maestro Bertrand de Billy leading the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra.  It was hosted by soprano Lisette Oropesa with special guest artist, Mexican tenor Javier Camarena. After months of auditions at the district, regional and national levels, five singers were named as winners of the 2020 annual Met Opera National Council Auditions.

The history of Australia’s female composers is outstanding. Miriam Hyde,Dulcie Holland and Margaret Sutherland were hugely influential in the early years of Australia’s musical development. Peggy Glanville-Hicks and Anne Boyd looked beyond our borders to the musical traditions of other cultures, and sought to find a place for Australia among the community of musical nations. Learn about some of these women composing in Australia (7/11).

Christoph Willibald Gluck’s exquisite drama introduces us to Orpheus, the poet and musician whose every word and note communicate the most overwhelming love for his Eurydice. In this contemporary setting, Orphée the poet and musician is reimagined as a choreographer, and his beloved Eurydice is a ballerina. (7/18)

Host Edmund Stone helps us celebrate Independence Day with music from movies about the making of America, including the 1986 television movie George Washington: The Forging of a Nation (7/4).

For many of us, just a few notes from Paul Dukas' The Sorcerer's Apprentice immediately conjurs up images of water rising as the brooms carry buckets of water to the Sorcerer's basement.  Enjoy this rhythmic music again, perhaps with the whole family on the July 3rd broadcast.