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

Pipedreams - American Public Media

The 2000 Fritts at Princeton Theological Seminary, Princeton.

Lyric Opera

9/1       López : Bel Canto
Roxane:         Danielle de Niese
Carmen:         J’nai Bridges
Hosokawa:        Jeongcheol Cha
Gen:             Andrew Stenson
General Alfredo:     Rafael Davila
Messener:         Jacques Imbralio
Ruben Iglesias:         William Burden
Ceasar:         Anthony Roth Costanzo

Biology Articles — Knoji

9/1          Composer Alive: Poland -- Access Contemporary Music has commissioned the Warsaw-based composer Agnieszka Stulgińska for their annual Composer Alive project, which tasks international composers to write music inspired by their homeland. The piece, Dance With my Breath, is innovatively performed in three installments over the span of 90 days. We’ll dive into Agnieszka’s thought process, play
each installment, and sit alongside the composer as she hears the world premiere of the completed work for the first time.

Portland Monthly

9/1       Labor Day Show – Road Trips: including Philomena, About Schmidt, Rain Man, Thelma and Louise, The Motorcycle Diaries, Little Miss Sunshine, Sideways, and The Muppet Movie

Portsmouth, NH

Episode # 1835

9/1       Low Down Dance  The years of the Harlem Renaissance changed American songs. Love was still there but so was something much earthier—in the sentiments, the musical styles, and the dancing. Especially the dancing, and especially a dance called the low down. There’s only one thing—there never was such a dance. Nobody ever did the steps. It existed entirely within songs.

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.

This week the Brasil Guitar Duo takes us on a musical voyage with music by Cuban Leo Brouwer.  Frank Dominguez is your host.

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En esta edición de Concierto el Brasil Guitar Duo lleva nos para una viaje musical con música por el cubano Leo Brouwer. Frank Dominguez es tu anfitrión.

Beginning on Monday, September 3rd, WXXI Classical 91.5 will welcome Performance Today with host Fred Child to the weekday schedule from 10 a.m. to 12 noon.  But don't worry, you won't be missing any of your local hosts and friends.  We're just shifting things a bit.  Julia will now be curating your classical playlist weekdays from 12 to 3 p.m. and Mona will be your musical guide from 3 to 7 p.m.

© Manuel Vaca

"I had no idea what to expect. How to talk to these people - they were just foreign creatures..."
~a young musician in the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra.  

Nearly twenty years ago, conductor Daniel Barenboim and scholar Edward Said started a music workshop to bring together young Arab and Israeli musicians from across the Middle East together to play in an orchestra together, the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra.

This week experience musical landscapes from Cuban composer Leo Brouwer and Mexican Carlos Chávez, as well as Spaniard Alicia de Larrocha playing Mozart.

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Esta semana disfrutar de la experiencia de paisajes musicales por el compositor cubano Leo Brouwer y el mexicano Carlos Chávez, también la pianista española Alicia de Larrocha toca Mozart.