Classical 91.5

Rochester Philharmonic 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

Each year Classical 91.5 broadcasts the current season of philharmonic concerts from your Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, upon the approval of the RPO musicians.  Broadcasts usually begin in April and run through mid-July.  The series immediately repeats mid-July through early October.  Broadcast concerts are recorded by Dave Sluberski of West Rush Media, and hosted and produced by Classical 91.5 host Brenda Tremblay.

Complementing the live performances, Classical 91.5 Music Director Julia Figueras interviews conductors and guest artists for the online interview On Record.  Content from these interviews is incorporated into the radio broadcasts.

Over the last several months, your RPO has been working behind-the-scenes to plan an updated 2020-21 season for you. Throughout this ever changing process, one thing has remained constant: the safety of the musicians, staff, and patrons is of the utmost importance.

Erich Camping

WXXI-FM is thrilled to partner with the RPO to present concerts from the the 2019-2020 season with guest artist interviews.   Hosted by Brenda Tremblay.

Get to know the performers and the stories behind the music in these exclusive interviews with WXXI Music Director Julia Figueras.

Learn about future live performances here.

Due to the cancellation of live performances by the RPO due to the COVID-19 virus, Classical 91.5 will be rebroadcasting encore performances from last year for our listeners and members. See the schedule below.

10/7      Sibelius:  Violin Concerto Shostakovich: Symphony No. 10 (Augustin Hadelich, v; Ward Stare, cond)

10/14    Brahms: Tragic Overture Dvorák: Piano Concerto Strauss: Also sprach Zarathustra (Stephen Hough, p; Ward Stare, cond)

10/21    Walton: Symphony No. 1 Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 3 Mozart: Così fan tutte (Yekwon Sunwoo, p; Michael Francis, cond)    

RPO Programs for August 2019

Jul 30, 2019
Kurt Brownell

8/5        Wagner: Siegfried Idyll Strauss: Duet-Concertino for Clarinet and Bassoon with String Orchestra and Harp Beethoven: Symphony No. 3, Eroica (Kenneth Grant, cl; Matthew McDonald, bn; Andreas Delfs, cond)

8/12      Bernstein: Three Dance Episodes from On the Town Tyzik: Images: Musical Impressions of an Art Museum, Jazz Concerto for Violin and Orchestra (Juliana Athayde, v; Jeff Tyzik, cond)

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Pianist Yefim Bronfman opens the 2018-2019 season of the RPO with Prokofiev.

Mondays at 8pm beginning April 22, 2019.

You're invited to join host and producer Brenda Tremblay on Monday nights at 8 p.m. to experience concerts captured live in Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre, augmented with exclusive artist interviews with WXXI's Julia Figueras.

PHILHARMONICS  #1   airs April 22 & July 29, 8 p.m.


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RPO 2017-2018 Season on WXXI 

All broadcasts begin at 8:00 p.m. ET.

April 9 and July 16     R. Strauss:  Don Juan  Grieg:  Piano Concerto in a  Prokofiev:  Excerpts from Cinderella (Inon Barnatan, piano; Ward Stare, conductor)

The Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra announced its 2018/19 season at its fourth annual, free season preview concert Tuesday night in Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre. 

The event featured the entire orchestra onstage performing selected excerpts, with emcees Music Director Ward Stare and Principal Pops Conductor Jeff Tyzik. 

The music director and conductor of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra will be around for a while longer.

The RPO announced on Monday that Ward Stare has renewed his contract for three more years, through the end of the 2020/21 season.

The 35 year old Rochester native became the RPO’s youngest-ever music director in 2014.