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.

American composer, pianist and former violinist Conrad Tao's composition Pángǔ will be heard on the June 16th broadcast of the Pittsburgh Symphony, just days after the composer's 26th birthday.  After receiving early recognition as a child, by his teens he was already earning praise for his recitals, concerts and compositions, earning him a place on the PBS program From the Top: Live from Carnegie Hall. In 2013 he was commissioned by the Dallas Symphony Orchestra to write an orchestra work to observe the 50th anniversary of John F. Kennedy. 

Nicholas Roerich

Although many refer to the reaction of the opening night of Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring as a "near-riot," today, as a concert piece, it is considered to be one of the most influential works of the 20th century.  We'll hear the Pittsburgh Symphony perform it on May 26th.  

Carl Nielsen wrote the Helios Overture while in Greece with his wife. The piece was inspired by the sunrise over the Aegean Sea. This month the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra celebrates the sun with this piece (4/14).

Sibelius' Lemminkainen Suite explores the Finnish epic the Kalevala. One of these legends tells of a mystical swan that swims alone around Tuonela, the island of the dead. An English horn depicts the character of the swan in this tone poem (3/17).

3/3        Bates: Resurrexit Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 22 Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5 (Igor Levitt, p; Manfred Honeck, cond)

For thousands of years the legend has been told of the fountain of youth: a pool of water that restores one's youth. Explorer Ponce de Leon was said to have searched for it in what is now Florida. The legend is even recounted in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise. Composer Julia Wolfe explores the myth in a piece performed by the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra (2/11).

A new season of concerts from the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra begins on January 7th with a winter-themed program that ties up the winter holidays.

IMG Artists

Violinist Hilary Hahn joins Maestro Manfred Honeck and the Pittsburg Symphony for the final concert in this broadcast season.

4/3       Sibelius: Violin Concerto Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5 (Hilary Hahn, v; Manfred Honeck, cond)

Meet and hear the music of Oigang Chen on the March 13th broadcast.  Chen is a composer of Chinese origin born in 1951 in Shanghai, who has been living in France since 1984.  Hear more of his music.

The Independent

The Pittsburgh Symphony takes us to the Czech Republic on 2/27 with Mozart's Symphony No. 38, named Prague. 


Vaino Raitio's Moonlight on Jupiter and Gustav Holst's The Planets take listeners to another world on the Jan 16th broadcast.