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.

Ways to Connect

Radio host, composer and Program Director Diane Jones takes a look back at this past season - the 5th for Feminine Fusion on the Aug 28th broadcast.  Tune in Saturdays at 8pm for music composed and performed by women.

The Grand Théâtre de Bordeaux is an opera house in Bordeaux, France, first inaugurated on April 17, 1780.  We'll visit this historic theater for the Aug 21st @ 1pm broadcast of Anton Rubinstein's The Demon.

The month begins in the frozen world of Skyrim, then we’ll look for the secrets held by an island in the Scottish Hebrides, go on a walk through the beautiful but mysteriously empty English countryside, and experience the life cycle of a planet.  Travel with us through the magical worlds and musical scores of video games. Saturdays at 11am and 7pm.

Much discussion has occured around the topic of whether Hollywood gets it right when it comes to movies and archeology.  Right or wrong, we'll explore some of the films that dig into the past.  Go with us on the adventure, Saturday Aug 7 at 10am and 6pm.

This month SymphonyCast showcases the most memorable performances of the 2021 BBC Proms, the U.K.'s annual celebration of classical music from London's Royal Albert Hall, beginning with the First Night at the Proms on August 13th at 8pm.

Celebrated Venezuelan-born cellist and composer Paul Desenne is also an artist. A series of his paintings on canvas depicting the imaginary scenes of El Dorado is on exhibit in lower Manhattan. We'll hear his music on the Aug 19th broadcast at 10pm.

Hailed for his natural ease and compelling musicianship, conductor James Gaffigan is considered one of the most outstanding American conductors working today. This month he leads principal percussionist Cynthia Yeh and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in the U.S premiere of Avner Dorman’s Eternal Rhythm on the Aug 12 broadcast at 8pm.

From the Berlin Music Festival, Deutsche Welle takes us next to the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival for the audience-free, live-streamed season opener featuring mandolin virtuoso Avi Avital. August 18th at 8pm.

Of her 2019 composition Fountain of Youth, composer Julia Wolfe said, "People have searched for the fountain of youth for thousands of years. The thought was that if you bathed in or drank from the fountain of youth you would be transformed, rejuvenated. My fountain of youth is music, and in this case I offer the orchestra a sassy, rhythmic, high energy swim." We'll hear that sassy, rhythmic energy on Aug 3 at 8pm.

We'll hear from the great pianist Alicia de Larrocha in works by Frederico Mompou (Aug 2) and take a look back at her long life and hear some of her renowned recordings (Aug 23).