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.

Although travel is still restricted, music can take us to some of the greatest places in the world.  The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra transports us as American tourists in Paris on the May 25th, 8pm broadcast.

Composer Richard Danielpour, recently won a Grammy for Best Choral Performance for his The Passion of Yeshuah, with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus under JoAnn Falletta.  We'll hear more of his music on the April 13th broadcast.

The March 23rd broadcast includes 2021 Kennedy Center honoree, Japanese violinist Midori.  The Kennedy Center calls Midori a "visionary artist, activist and educator who explores and builds connections between music and the human experience," and "one of the most outstanding violinists of our time." The Kennedy Center Honors will be broadcast June 6, on CBS.

The Tallis Scholars perform music by 16th-century Spanish composer Tomás Luis de Victoria on the Feb 16th broadcast.

Violinist James Ehnes speaks with PSO host Jim Cunningham about the all-Sibelius program to air on January 12th.  Watch the interview below.

A New season of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra includes a performance of Handel's Messiah on 12/22 at 8pm.

Recorded in 2019 this performance of Handel’s Messiah features Rachele Gilmore, s; Andrey Nemzer, ct; Werner Gura, t; Alexander Elliott, bs; Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh, Matthew Mehaffey, dir; Manfred Honeck, cond)

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).