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Performance Today

Monday-Friday, 10am to 12pm, and Saturdays, 8 to 10am, on WXXI-FM 91.5, WXXI-FM/HD 91.5-1and online at
  • Hosted by Fred Child

Performance Today is a two-hour unique celebration of today’s art of classical music delivered by acclaimed classical music host and commentator Fred Child. Here's what Fred Child said in a recent interview about the program that he has been hosting since 2000.

What is the origin of the show? Performance Today was founded in 1987 by NPR, National Public Radio.

How has its mission/focus evolved?  Performance Today is a music program with a clear focus on classical music and those two words:  Performance Today.  In the beginning, and still, the focus is on music in PERFORMANCE – i.e., the presence and vitality found in concert recordings.  And TODAY: the current state of the music scene – contemporary music, diverse talent and the most inventive and enthralling of today’s interpreters of the great works of the past.

How much “new/contemporary” classical is played per program/per year?   Generally, a new piece of classical music broadcasts on Performance Today once per program, a couple of times each week – or roughly 100-150 contemporary pieces annually of the approximately 1600 featured pieces of music on our show each year (about 5-10% of our music).

How are the new pieces introduced on PT selected?  Our producers listen to live concert recordings after the year 2000 that we receive from around the world.  From those we chose compositions that are musically interesting, have fascinating stories behind them and fit in our programming principle to ‘delight and surprise.’

The Piano Puzzler is a weekly quiz where listeners from around the country call in to try to identify the familiar tune and the classical composer’s style that Bruce Adolphe is mimicking in his weekly compositions. Interested in being a contestant?  Contact us or phone us toll-free at 1-866-943-4450.

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This Thursday, cellist Annie Jacobs-Perkins will appear on Performance Today as the program's Young Artist in Residence programThursday, June 10th beginning at 10am.

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Acclaimed conductor JoAnn Falletta was named Performance Today's 2019 Classical Woman of the Year. The award, which was given for the first time, honors the women who have made a lasting impact on classical music or those who love music.

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.

Performance Today Spotlights Black Musical History

Celebrate Black History Month with music, as Performance Today presents a new Black History Spotlight Series. You can hear the episodes throughout February on Classical 91.5 or online where you can see photos and learn more about each artist. Each of the 20 new episodes will feature a three-minute spot highlighting a black musician or composer, with additional content (including photos, videos and audio links) on the PT website and Facebook page.

Spotlights include:

Florence Price    
Joseph Douglass (Grandson of Frederick Douglass)
George Bridgetower
Harry Thacker Burleigh
Hazel Scott
Joseph Bologne-Chevalier de Saint-Georges
Philippa Schyler
R. Nathaniel Dett
Samuel Coleridge-Taylor
Scott Joplin
William Grant Still
Will Marion Cook
Nora Holt
Eva Jessye
Ignatius Sancho
Francis Johnson
Thomas Wiggins
Zenobia Powell Perry
Harry Lawrence Freeman
John Blanke

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It’s a snapshot of the Gateways Music Festival from Kodak Hall, on Performance Today.  I’m Fred Child and I was delighted to enjoy so many performances, and meet many of the musicians of the Gateways Music Festival on my first trip to Rochester.  I’ll be sharing highlights from the festival and conversations with some of the artists in a special presentation of Performance Today, Tuesday at 2pm, here on Classical 91.5.