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

As the 2020 Gateways Music Festival launches its first-ever all-virtual festival, WXXI Classical celebrates the week with a tribute program featuring all music from black composers, including Adolphus Hailstork, Florence Price and Michael Abels. We'll also hear a unique arrangement of the Black National Anthem, "Lift Every Voice and Sing," all performed by the Gateways Music Festival Orchestra recorded live at the Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre in Rochester, New York in August 2019.

6:00pm Every Good Thing

11/26    Andrea Blain hosts a visit with classical music fans around the country as they give thanks and celebrate one of life’s most meaningful gifts: music.

8:00am Giving Thanks: A Celebration of Fall, Food & Gratitude

11/26   New for 2020 John Birge hosts a contemporary celebration of gratitude with classical music and stories of Thanksgiving. Guests include conductor Michael Tilson Thomas who remembers his childhood Thanksgivings in L.A and Brooklyn Rider, performing the beautiful Heiliger Dankgesang, and more.

This week it’s all about the strings, with guitar etudes by Heitor Villa-Lobos, music for voice and harp performed by Arianna Savall, and more. Frank Dominguez is your host.


Episode #2042

It didn’t take long for Flaming Youth to find themselves on bread lines. Once the market crashed and the Depression spread, the flapper disappeared in no more time than it took her sheik to swallow a goldfish. By the end of 1929 into the 1930s, you still heard songs left over from the Twenties, but a new note of desperation begins to creep in.

This week on Concierto, Cuarteto Latinoamericano plays "Magdelena," an example of the Mexican waltz tradition, and Chilean conductor Maximiano Valdés leads the Asturias Symphony Orchestra in "Soleriana," a suite by Spanish composer Joaquín Rodrigo. Frank Dominguez is your host.

Since the pandemic shuttered all live music performances, musicians have been struggling to figure out how to bring music back to the people, and how to keep up the learning and performing.  The creativity has been outstanding as so many have learned to use technology both to learn and share their art.

Fascinatin' Rhythm Program #2041

There are two George Gershwins – the writer of percussive pop tunes early in his career and then the composer of lovely lyrical melodies later on. But it wasn’t that simple. The two styles mixed, merged, separated, and then mixed and merged again. Together, they create the Gershwin style.

This time hear Argentine classical composer Jorge Morel's tribute to salsa music, and Dvořák's "Czech Suite" conducted by José Serebrier of Uruguay.  Frank Dominguez is your host.

Description in Spanish

Esta vez escuche el tributo del compositor clásico argentino Jorge Morel a la música salsa y la "Suite Checa" de Dvořák dirigida por José Serebrier de Uruguay.  Frank Dominguez es tu antfitrión.

Research suggests that an activity as simple as singing could reduce stress, help to improve well-being and quality of life for people dealing with chronic disease.  In the 10/24 episode we'll hear more about women lifting their voices in song.