Classical 91.5

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra

Seasonal, 8 to 10pm on WXXI-FM 91.5, WXXY 90.3, WXXI-FM/HD 91.5-1, WITH-FM/HD 90.1-2 and online at
  • Hosted by Jim Cunningham

Enjoy a lively, exciting performance of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra each week from the comfort of your living room. Host Jim Cunningham and acclaimed Music Director Manfred Honeck bring you the symphonic works of Brahms, Mozart, Beethoven, Dvorak, Tchaikovsky, Mahler and more with help from world-class soloists. The show is produced by Classical WQED-FM 89.3/Pittsburgh.

Join the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra as they begin their 2018 season with the stunning music of Debussy, Tchaikovsky, Strauss, and Brahms. 

10/10    Debussy: Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun Higdon: Tuba Concerto Berlioz: Symphonie fantastique (Craig Knox, tb; Robert Spano, cond)

10/17    Elgar: Symphony No. 1 Tchaikovsky: Variations on a Rococo Theme Strauss: Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks (Anne Martindale Williams, c; Sir Mark Elder, cond)

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4/4       Prokofiev: Symphony No. 5 Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 2 Janacek: Sinfonietta (Benjamin Grosvenor, p; Manfred Honeck, cond)

Eclectic Finnish composer Einojuhani Rautavaara's music, A Requiem in Our Time, is featured on the March 21st broadcast.  Often considered the most important Finnish composer since Sibelius, you can learn more about Rautavaara in this NPR story after his passing in 2016.

Scottish-born Lorna McGhee is principal flute with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.  We'll hear her solo in Ibert's Flute Concerto on Valentine's Day (2/14).

Garsington Opera

Haydn's Creation is featured on the January 24 broadcast with the Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh.

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Ring in the New Year with the Pittsburgh SO and a concert of Strauss waltzes and polkas in the style of the Vienna New Year’s concert. Noa Wildschut makes her Heinz Hall debut to play Chausson’s Poeme and Ravel’s Tzigane.  Manfred Honeck then conducts a program of musical gems from the waltz and polka tradition.

12/8      Bartok: Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta Schubert: Symphony No. 9, The Great (Christoph von Dohnanyi, cond)

Preachers Institute

Handel's much adored oratorio, Messiah, returns to Heinz Hall! Led by Robert Page and featuring a cast of guest vocalists and the Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh, this work is a religious story of hope, inspiration and timeless expression. Handel's celebration of the human response to the divine will lift spirits and provide the perfect start to the holiday season.

The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra broadcast season opens with a very special Gala featuring pianist Lang Lang and  14-year-old piano prodigy, Maxim Lando, in special arrangement of Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue.  Lang Lang will present a special arrangement of this iconic jazz-concerto composed as a piano duet in which two players perform on a single piano. Lang Lang will play the right hand, and Lando, will play the left.  Read more about the gala and this young prodigy.