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 Quantum Saxophone Quartet from Hebron High School in Dallas, performed Memory from Nepomuk’s Dances by Marcelo Zarvos (b. 1969) in Beverly Hills, California on March 4, 2020.  Comprised of GianCarlo Lay, 16, from Carrollton, Texas, Ekdev Rajkitkul, 17, from Frisco, Texas, Austin Dreyer, 18, from Carrollton, Texas and  Peyton Joffre, 18, they were the Silver Medal winners of the Fischoff Competition’s Junior Wind Division in 2019. We'll hear them on the 10/4 episode.

Born in Votkinsk, Russia in 1840, historians refer to Tchaikovsky as the most popular Russian composer of his time because of his "tuneful, open-hearted melodies, impressive harmonies, and colourful, picturesque orchestration." We'll hear several examples of this on the Oct 11th episode of the NYPO.

10/6      All-American  Copland: An Outdoor Overture Gershwin: Three Preludes Fine: Toccata Concertante Anderson: A Trumpeter’s Lullaby; Bugler’s Holiday Torke: Javelin Williams: Born on the 4th of July; A Hymn to New England Bernstein: West Side Story Bauduc/Haggart: South Rampart Street Parade Berlin: God Bless America DeSylva/Brown/Henderson: Variations on Varsity Drag Hershy Kay: Stars and Str

The Metropolitan Opera announced today (Sep 23, 2020) that the ongoing health crisis has resulted in the cancellation of the entire 2020–21 season, but the company also announced ambitious artistic plans for its 2021–22 season, which will open with the Met premiere of Terence Blanchard’s Fire Shut Up in My Bones. Blanchard’s opera is the first by an African American composer to be performed at the Met.

This week we observe Hispanic Heritage Month in the U.S. by sampling the legacy of the Spanish guitar in music by Fernando Sor, Francisco Tárrega and Joaquín Turina. Frank Dominguez is your host.

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Esta semana observamos el Mes de la Herencia Hispana en los Estados Unidos al probar el legado de la guitarra española en la música por Fernando Sor, Francisco Tárrega y Joaquín Turina. Frank Dominguez es tu anfitrión.


This week on Concierto Frank Dominguez shares a special program for Hispanic Heritage Month, featuring influential Latino conductors of U.S. orchestras such as Maximiano Valdés, Giancarlo Guerrero, and Gustavo Dudamel. Also, we celebrate pianists who have come to the U.S. from Latin America such as Cubans Jorge Bolet, Horacio Gutierrez, and more recently Gabriela Montero from Venezuela.


Episode #2038 (repeat of #1811)

Songs about coffee, especially from the Great Depression when we seemed to be addicted to it.

We don’t often think of Felix Mendelssohn as a composer of stage works, but from (age 10) 1820 to 1847 he actually composed a number of musical settings for dramatic works, one of which is the Overture to Ruy Blas that we will hear in the 9/15 broadcast of the San Francisco Symphony. The five-act historical drama by Victor Hugo is long, dark and convoluted, but the administrators for the Leipzig Theatrical Pension Fund were committed to presenting the work for a benefit concert and they asked Mendelssohn to write an Overture and vocal piece for the event.

This week we’ll hear from Latin Jazz musicians with classical training including trumpeter Arturo Sandoval, pianist Michel Camilo, and composers Eugenio Toussaint and Paquito D’Rivera. Frank Dominguez is your host.

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Esta semana escucharemos a músicos de Latin Jazz con formación clásica incluyendo el trompetista Arturo Sandoval, el pianista Michel Camilo y los compositores Eugenio Toussaint y Paquito D'Rivera.  Frank Dominguez es tu anfitrión.

Episode # 2037

Everything jumped in the ‘40s when hepcats jitterbugged from Harlem to the Avalon Ballroom.