Classical 91.5


Fridays, 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 Alison Young

SymphonyCast is a two-hour weekly radio program featuring a full-length concert by a national or international symphony orchestra. Concerts are drawn from Europe's leading ensembles, along with U.S. orchestras, including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, The Philadelphia Orchestra, and The Cleveland Orchestra.

In addition to serving as host of SymphonyCast, Alison Young hosts weekday mornings on Classical Minnesota Public Radio, the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra broadcasts and American Public Media's annual St. Olaf Christmas Festival. Before her career in radio, she enjoyed a successful career as a concert flutist performing with the Atlanta and Boston Symphonies and in recitals throughout Europe, South America, Asia and the United States.

This October, SymphonyCast performs the South African folk song, "Usilethela uxolo," which translates as "he gives me peace." This festive song honoring the legacy of Nelson Mandela will air on 10/12.

Musical Mum

9/7          From the 2018 BBC Proms Mendelssohn: Overture to A Midsummer Night’s Dream Saint-Saens: Violin Concerto No. 3 Bridge: Lament Beethoven: Symphony No. 4 (Joshua Bell, cond/v; Academy of St. Martin in the Fields)

SymphonyCast Returns with Bernstein's Candide: August 2018

Jul 30, 2018

Join us for a celebration of Leonard Bernstein's 100th birthday August 31st with selections from Candide!   

Music Education UK

7/6       Revueltas: Sensemayá Koussevitzky: Concerto for Double Bass and Orchestra Piazzolla: Tangazo Bernstein: Symphonic Dances from West Side Story (Robin Kesselman, db; Houston Symphony; Andrés Orozco-Estrada, cond)

7/13      Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto Strauss: An Alpine Symphony (Renaud Capuçon, v; Los Angeles Philharmonic; Semyon Bychkov, cond)

The Listeners' Club

Rafał Blechacz performs Brahms on the June 22nd broadcast. Polish pianist Rafał Blechacz, who at age 20 swept all five top prizes at the 2005 International Chopin Competition in Warsaw, can now add another prestigious award to his collection. Blechacz was named the 2014 Gilmore Artist.

John Adams' Short Ride in a Fast Machine is performed by the Cincinnati Symphony on May 25.

5/4       Dvorak: Te Deum Mahler: Symphony No. 4 (Mojca Erdmann, s; Nicholas Brownlee, bs-bar; Houston Symphony Chorus; Houston Symphony; Andrés Orozco-Estrada, cond)

5/11      Debussy: Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun Macdowell: Piano Concerto No. 2 Kip Winger: Conversations with Nijinsky Stravinsky: The Firebird Suite (Nashville Symphony; André Watts, p)


Marek Janowski conducts the Berlin Philharmonic in Bruckner's 4th Symphony, Romantic (4/20)

4/6       Beethoven: Violin Concerto Gould: Stringmusic Balakirev: Islamey (Augustin Hadelich, v; Oregon Symphony; Carlos Kalmar, cond)

4/13      Messiaen: The Forgotten Offerings Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 4 Prokofiev: Symphony No. 5 (Jonathan Biss, p; Houston Symphony; Ludovic Morlot, cond)

Oregon Arts Watch

3/2       Schubert: Symphony No. 5 Haydn: Cello Concerto No. 1 Mozart: Symphony No. 41, Jupiter (Johannes Moser, c; Houston Symphony; Matthew Halls, cond)

3/9       Haydn: Symphony No. 101 Kreisler: Concerto Respighi: Ancient Airs and Dances Prokofiev: Symphony No. 1 (Pekka Kuusisto, v and dir; Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra)

Cuban born TANIA LEÓN is a highly regarded composer and conductor recognized for her accomplishments as an educator and advisor to arts organizations. She has been the subject of profiles on ABC, CBS, CNN, PBS, Univision, Telemundo and independent films.  We hear the World Premier of her  New Work for Orchestra on the Feb 9th broadcast.

Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra

We'll travel over the airwaves to the concert halls  of the Cincinnati Symphony, Oregon Symphony, and Houston Symphony this month on SymphonyCast.

1/5       Escaich: Psalmos, Concerto for Orchestra  Saint-Saens:  Symphony No. 3 (Thierry Escaich, org; Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra; Louis Langrée, cond)

1/12      Mendelssohn: A Midsummer Night’s Dream Overture Ades: Violin Concerto, Concentric Paths Elgar: Symphony No. 1 (Augustin Hadelich, v; Oregon Symphony; Carlos Kalmar, cond)