Classical 91.5

Beethoven

Enjoy lunch with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra on October 10th (12:10-12:50pm).

Conductor Chelsea Tipton will lead the RPO in Ludwig van Beethoven's Symphony No. 7 and Giacchino Rossini's charming overture to The Barber of Seville, in the first Live from Hochstein program the season.

Mike Gilbert is holding a cup of coffee in one hand and picking up trash with the other when I pull up to Schiller Park.

His company 5Linx, just moved across the street to the Harro East building, and Gilbert noticed the park had been what he calls "forgotten."

One of my favorite little things about Rochester that I discovered after moving here is that we had busts of Goethe and Schiller around town.  Sadly, Goethe was stolen a few years ago from Highland Park, never to be seen again. But we still have Friedrich Schiller, best known to music fans as the writer of the words to the Ode to Joy, used by Beethoven in the finale of his ninth symphony.

Joy, beautiful spark of the gods,
Daughter from Elysium,
We enter, drunk with fire,
Heavenly One, thy sanctuary!
Your magic binds again
What convention strictly divides;
All people become brothers,
Where your gentle wing abides.

Today, as I biked by, I had to stop – because Schiller had some artistic company, right next to his little park on Andrews Street. Fiber art (yarnbombing?) by someone who knew his musical connections. The lighting was a little blah this morning, but still – hope these make you smile too. 
 

July 2018 with The Cleveland Orchestra

Jun 27, 2018
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It's a new broadcast season of the Cleveland Orchestra beginning July 11th with an exciting line up featuring Beethoven, Stravisnky, Debussy, Mahler, and Elgar!

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Through the centuries and today, many classical composers and performers have overcome challenges in order to create and perform the music we love.  Throughout the week of January 8-14, 2018 Classical 91.5 hosts will be celebrating these individuals by presenting music by composers and performers who have overcome challenges. 

It was Beethoven's gift to the world: a hope for universal peace and joy--and work to unify us all. And it worked: hundreds of years later, his Symphony No. 9, the Choral, is one of our most beloved pieces in the canon. Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra Music Director Ward Stare spoke to WXXI-FM Music Director Julia Figueras about this grand work and and the piece he paired it with for this week's RPO concerts: Wagner's "Prelude and Liebestod" from Tristan und Isolde

Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra Music Director Ward Stare programmed just two pieces for this week's concerts: Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition and Beethoven's masterful Piano Concerto No. 5. Classical 91.5 Music Director Julia Figueras welcomed the Music Director and pianist Olga Kern to chat about this evening of fan favorites. But don't be fooled--the Mussorgsky will be performed in an all-new way for our ears:  a compilation of orchestrations by nine different composers.

The second half of your Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra's season begins on the dance floor--from the tranquil and often spritely Beethoven violin concerto to the waltz tempi of Ravel's Noble and Sentimental Waltzes and the suite from Richard Strauss' Der Rosenkavalier. Ward Stare, the RPO Music Director, chats with Classical 91.5's Music Director about these three works and how two of them overcame rough premieres.

Seaman: wikipedia.org/VonOeyen: Marco Borgreve

It's been almost exactly 10 years since pianist Andrew Von Oeyen made his debut with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra with then Music Director Christopher Seaman.  Now, Maestro Seaman is Conductor Laureate for the RPO, and Andrew Von Oeyen has a new recording contract with Warner Brothers.

They're back together again, and made a trip to the WXXI studios to chat with Music Director Julia Figueras about their concert, the decade past, and the dangers of pushing young talent too hard and too soon.

Pianist Jonathan Biss, seated with scarf
Benjamin Ealovega

Fall. Back to school. Even if you're not packing up your backpack and heading to class, it still feels like a time to start something.

Recently, I have been enjoying taking classes online through Coursera – some for practical reasons, and some just for fun. There are hundreds of courses on all sorts of different topics. Here are a few music-focused classes that caught my interest and you might also enjoy. If you have experience with any of these classes, or others to suggest, I hope you'll share your thoughts in the comments. 

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