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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. From American Public Media, Performance Today is the country’s most popular classical music radio program, broadcast on nearly 300 public radio stations in the U.S. and reaching over 1 million listeners each week.

Performance Today features exclusive access to live concert recordings, as well as in-studio performances and interviews by Child. Composer Bruce Adolphe also joins Child each week for the classical music game, the Piano Puzzler. Based in St. Paul, Minn., and New York City, the show takes audiences across the country and the world as it goes on the road with special programs broadcast from festivals and public radio stations. Listeners to Performance Today, on any given day, may hear live concerts from the great concert halls of New York, Prague, London, Berlin, and Paris, all hosted by Child. To learn more and listen to archived content, visit

In 2017 host Fred Child visited Rochester to attend many concerts from the Gateways Music Festival, and in recent programs, Rochester audiences have heard some of our own local young talent on Performance Today as part of their Artists-in-Residence program.  We look forward to hearing more recordings from Rochester on Performance Today.

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.

Now, for the first time, great performers get their hands on Bruce Adolphe's Piano Puzzlers.  First-ever Recordings of Bruce Adolphe’s Piano Puzzlers by Fred Child, Joseph Kalichstein, Fabio Luisi, Orli Shaham, Marija Stroke, Orion Weiss, & Bruce, too!  When you purchase any one of these digital downloads, WXXI Classical 91.5 will receive a small portion of your purchase price.  Explore now at:

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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.