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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The Caramoor Opera presents Donizetti's bel canto masterpiece Lucrezia Borgia with the Orchestra of St. Lukes's under the baton of Will Crutchfield.

Episode #1743

10/21    Irving Berlin wrote the double songs everybody knows, so here are some others, often overlooked.

Some of Berlin’s greatest legacies are his counterpoint songs, or double songs.  Learn more.

This week on Concierto we’ll hear movie music by Venezuelan conductor Gustavo Dudamel, as well as a savory symphony—La Salsa by Puerto Rican composer Roberto Sierra.

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Esta semana en Concierto vamos a escuchar música de la película por el director de orquesta venezolano Gustavo Dudamel, así como una sinfonía sabrosa—La Salsa por compositor puertorriqueño Roberto Sierra.

The Great American Songbook Foundation -

Episode #1742

10/14    Has there ever been a major lyricist less well remembered than Gus Kahn?

Learn more about Gus Kahn.

The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra broadcast season opens with a very special Gala featuring pianist Lang Lang and  14-year-old piano prodigy, Maxim Lando, in special arrangement of Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue.  Lang Lang will present a special arrangement of this iconic jazz-concerto composed as a piano duet in which two players perform on a single piano. Lang Lang will play the right hand, and Lando, will play the left.  Read more about the gala and this young prodigy.

Salzburger Nachrichten

Austrian conductor Franz Welser-Möst,  currently Music Director of the Cleveland Orchestra, is one of today's most distinguished conductors.  Welcome to this new 26-week season of concerts.


It's a month filled with music that will scare you, from films that are Apocalyptic, Horrific, Strange and Haunting.

10/7      Apocalyptic Elements  Including Finest Hour, Twister, Towering Inferno, Perfect Storm, Poseidon Adventure, The Day After Tomorrow, Back Draft, Dante’s Peak, Meteor, Earthquake, Armageddon, 2012, and Deep Impact.

Fred Hughes

Episode #1741

10/7      With everything from love letters to books and plays, words take their turn in the words of songs.

The Guardian

10/7      Donizetti:  Don Pasquale
            Don Pasquale   Maurizio Muraro
            Norina              Heidi Stober
            Ernesto             Lawrence Brownlee
            Doctor Malatesta           Lucas Meachem
            A Notary           Bojan Knezevic

This week we hear an archival broadcast of Arabella, featuring Ingvar Wixell as Mandryka and Kiri Te Kanawa as Arabella in Strauss's Arabella at the San Francisco Opera House in 1980. Photograph: Ron Scherl/Redferns

Washington Post

This month, host Seth Bostead introduces listeners to keyboardist Kathleen Supové who is known for breaking boundaries. 10/21.