Many classical composers and performers have overcome tremendous challenges to create and perform the music we love. Throughout this week Classical 91.5 will be celebrating their lives by presenting music by artists who have overcome obstacles.
You’re invited to wake up to the fresh energy of classical music and a bit of news.
Early risers enjoy a quiz at 6:40 a.m. This week’s Mystery theme?
Beyond the Sea Shanty
Sea shanties are all the rage right now, but composers have always turned to water and waves for inspiration. You’ll hear some great seafaring music by leading composers.
Monday, January 25
Let’s start a fresh work week with a tale of two cities, a tango for Picasso, and three spirituals arranged by Rochester native Adolphus Hailstork, a composer whose music was played at the nation's Capitol last week.
Tuesday, January 26
Wake to the “miraculous” piano concerto for a brilliant player with only one hand. We’ll also hear a performance by a violinist whose career was nearly derailed by an injury and subsequent despair. You’ll hear from violinist Nadja Solerno-Sonnenberg, conductor Andreas Delfs, and soprano Renee Fleming among others.
Wednesday, January 27
Countertenor Jakub Józef Orliński is one of the lucky singers in this pandemic; he performed last week in Spain and has been nominated for a 2021 Grammy award. Wake up to his latest solo release as well as a winter wonderland, and lots of love for Mozart on his birthday.
Thursday, January 28
Wake to three sea shanties for wind quintet, a double dealer, and a light in the darkness.
Friday, January 29
Start your day with a dreamer, a divine chant, and a global perspective from black composer Michael Abels.