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HomeStage: Casey Springstead and Kirsta Rodean

Jun 26, 2020

Casey Springstead and Kirsta Rodean teach music, are involved with Solo Fest, perform, and they have two kids! They took time to perform two pieces for you on this edition of HomeStage.

With so many points of contact closed to us now, WXXI is still a place we can gather together, hear a familiar voice, and feel a little bit more connected to our community.

Giving Tuesday Now a global effort organized in response to the coronavirus pandemic. It's a chance for us all to stop and think about - and help sustain - important community resources. We trust you agree that public radio is one of them, providing reliable journalism and inspiring music to help get us through each day.


We have exciting opportunity for YOUR 15 mins (or 30 seconds) of fame! 

On May 5th, WXXI will be a part of #GivingTuesdayNow. People all around the world are coming together to tap into the power of human connection & strengthen communities. We’ll be joining stations across the country to remind listeners about the importance of public radio in this difficult time, and... we need your help.

Call our brand new member feedback line and share your thoughts about why WXXI matters to you.

Wake up to the peace and beauty of classical music and just enough news to help you keep up with all the changes in our lives.  

Wake up early enough (6:40-ish) and catch the Mystery Piece.  

The theme?   The Voice.

You’ll hear a short biography and a song.  Who’s singing?

Monday, June 29

Wake up with Beethoven, Mozart, and performances from the 2019 Finger Lakes Chamber Music Festival and Pegasus Early Music.  Special guest Ruth Phinney will help remind us of the vital role of public radio during the era of COVID-19.

Suzanne Bona, host of Sunday Baroque has launched a new short-term "series" on the Sunday Baroque blog: “Beautiful Music in Difficult Times.”  Classical music has a unique power to comfort, to sooth, to heal, to inspire.  Susanne knows this, so she is posting a daily musical selection on the website and Facebook page as a means of "social connection" to counter the necessary "social distancing" we are all practicing.  Check it out daily here.

Updated Monday, Mar. 30 at 1:37 p.m.

Classic FM is reporting that New Zealand's live-presented classical music radio station RNZ Concert will be replaced by an automated service on AM and digital, with the FM signal being changed to a service featuring popular music to attract younger (18-35) listeners.  Since the 1950's Radio New Zealand's classical musis station has been recording interviews and live classical concerts from throughout the country, creating a presence and awareness of orchestras such as the Auckland Symphony and New Zealand Symphony, and New Zealand artists throughout the world.

Very soon the Gateways Music Festival (August 6-11) in Association with the Eastman School of Music, will be returning to Rochester, for the largest festival in its history. 

The Gateways Music Festival is unique among music festivals, because it attracts and unites professional classical musicians of African descent, and provides them an opportunity to come together, to perform and inspire communities, through the excellence and power of classical music.  In the past 8 years, the festival has grown from a 3-day festival with approximately 50 musicians, to a 6-day festival including over 125 musicians and over 50 performances, along with a young musicians institute and a film-festival this year.

English composer Sir Edward Elgar, whose late 19th century orchestral works are some of the most beloved pieces in classical music history, is now having a premiere of sorts. One of his melodies is being heard for the first time in 100 years, after being found in an autograph book.

Speaking about the discovery, auctioneer Richard Winterton said: “Unfolding this musical manuscript tucked away inside an autograph book – which was already loaded with impressive signatures – I could not believe what I was seeing.

Countertenors, Couperin and Quartets, Oh My!: July 2018

Jun 25, 2018

Countertenors, or men that sing in approximately the same range as a mezzo-soprano or contralto, are commonly used in early music and Baroque operas to replace roles that were once portrayed by castrati. With a distinctive timbre and haunting sound, countertenors have been taking the musical world by storm dating back as early as 1692.