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 Julie Amacher

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.

Julie Amacher

Julie Amacher's desire to introduce others to great music is what led her to radio. She began her professional broadcast career at a station in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin. She went from rock 'n' roll to the Rocky Mountains, where she found her niche in public radio at KUNC in Greeley, Colorado. Julie spent 13 years at KUNC, where she managed the announcers and their eclectic music format. During that time, she earned four national awards for best announcer. She joined Minnesota Public Radio in 1997 as an on-air host. She also produces New Classical Tracks, a weekly podcast critiquing a new release each week.

Time For Three (Charles Yang, violin & vocals; Nick Kendall, violin & vocals, and Ranaan Meyer, double bass & vocals), stands at the intersection of Americana, pop and classical music. In the Feb 26th broadcast, they join Maestro JoAnn Falletta and the Buffalo Philharmonic to perform music of Jennifer Higdon.

The Grammy Award-winning Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, under the leadership of music director JoAnn Falletta, begins and ends the month of broadcasts of SymphonyCast for January 2021.

According to the BBC, "Tchaikovsky's epic Symphony No. 6, The Pathetique, begins with a movement as compelling as any tone poem."  We'll hear it on the Dec 11th broadcast, and you can decide.

Music by Huanzhi, An-Lun Huang, Saint-Saens, Ravel and more in a program (11/26) with the LA Philharmonic where East meets West, including electrifying performances by violinist Ray Chen.

This year’s Virtual BBC Proms celebrated the past, reflected on the present and explored the future, all done virtually.  We'll share the radio broadcast of the Last Night of the BBC Proms on the 10/2 broadcast of SymphonyCast.

In the year that the Proms turns 125 years old, the 2020 season brings the spirit of the Proms to music-lovers at home with treasures from the past and incredible live performances from the present.  Don't miss it, Fridays on SymphonyCast 9/18-10/2.

In the August 7th broadcast, the SPCO’s Chamber Music Series continues its practice of featuring their own musicians as composers and arrangers.  We'll hear violinist Maureen Nelson taking on the challenge in arranging this Renaissance Suite.

For many of us, just a few notes from Paul Dukas' The Sorcerer's Apprentice immediately conjurs up images of water rising as the brooms carry buckets of water to the Sorcerer's basement.  Enjoy this rhythmic music again, perhaps with the whole family on the July 3rd broadcast.

Grammy Award-winning classical guitarist Jason Vieaux, is the guitarist that goes beyond the classical. NPR describes Vieaux as “perhaps the most precise and soulful classical guitarist of his generation.”  We'll hear him perform Leshnoff and Ravel in the June 19th broadcast.

One of Spain’s most distinguished international conductors, Juanjo Mena has been Chief Conductor of the BBC Philharmonic, Artistic Director of the Bilbao Symphony Orchestra, Chief Guest Conductor of the Orchestra del Teatro Carlo Felice in Genoa and Principal Guest Conductor of the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra. On May 29th we'll hear him conduct the Minnesota Orchestra.