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

Musical Mum

9/7          From the 2018 BBC Proms Mendelssohn: Overture to A Midsummer Night’s Dream Saint-Saens: Violin Concerto No. 3 Bridge: Lament Beethoven: Symphony No. 4 (Joshua Bell, cond/v; Academy of St. Martin in the Fields)

Chicago Classical Review

Arabella Steinbacher performed Alban Berg's Violin Concerto with Manfred Honeck and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (9/13)

9/6          Ravel: Mother Goose Suite Debussy: La damoiselle élue Ravel: L'enfante et les sortilèges (Kate Royal, Elodie Méchain; Chicago Symphony Chorus; Esa-Pekka Salonen, cond)


9/6          Segovia and his Disciples - Andrés Segovia is considered one of the greatest modern guitarists. His style and techniques have elevated the classical guitar to new heights, and his teachings and legacy have continued with many of his disciples including Abel Carlevaro, John Williams, Julian Bream, and Alirio

The Cleveland Orchestra

The Cleveland Orchestra presents a concert version of Wagner's Opera in three acts over three consecutive Wednesdays, 9/12, 9/19 and 9/26.


Week of September 3, 2018 - Songs of Parting  Adiós, adieu, sayonara, vale, zàijiàn — no turning back this week as Bill takes a look at musical farewells: from Purcell’s Sonata for Trumpet, to Bach’s Capriccio to his eldest brother, to Romeo’s parting in Prokofiev’s ballet Romeo and Juliet. Prokofiev’s use of the mandolin cleverly sets this ballet in Italy and note the saxophone expressing Romeo’s poignant exit.

Public Radio Exchange - PRX

On Tuesday 9/25, tune in to hear the youth take the stage at Beethovenfest Bonn, including the North Rhine Westphalian State Youth Accordion Orchestra.

high c music

9/3       Los Maestros/Tenor Alfredo Kraus The great Spanish tenor Alfredo Kraus in Zarzuela and Song.

9/10      Los Maestros/Manuel María Ponce A celebration of the genius of Manuel María Ponce through his works for solo piano and guitar, highlighted by his acclaimed Concierto del Sur.

I Care If You Listen

Formed in 2010, the Quince Contemporary Vocal Ensemble is dedicated to commissioning and premiering new works for female, a cappella vocal quartet.  Hear them on the 9/30 broadcast.

New York Philharmonic

In Meet Jaap (9/23) listeners will meet Conductor Jaap van Zweden who will begin his first season with the New York Philharmonic in 2018–19, as the 26th Music Director of the New York Philharmonic. Read more about Jaap.

The next four programs in the series 9/23-10/14 will all feature programs with Jaap van Zweden on the podium.

The Breman Museum

From the Top visits the recital hall of the Breman Jewish Heritage Museum in Atlanta (9/16) where you'll hear a wonderful Atlanta-based youth choir sings a piece by a contemporary Jewish composer.