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Leonard Bernstein

The Chicago Symphony presents Leonard Bernstein's Symphonic Suite from the 1954 film, On the Waterfront (7/23).

The original programs scheduled to air in April with maestro Jaap van Zweden have been replaced by excellent programs from the NY Phil archives. This change was necessitated due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Franz Joseph Haydn's The Creation celebrates the creation of the world. The NY Phil presents one of Haydn's masterpieces, conducted by Leonard Bernstein.  Let's celebrate the creation of the world and the creation of music together. 2/9, Sunday 3:00PM

On the 9/29 broadcast, we'll enjoy one of the best known, yet most misunderstood works by Richard Strauss, Also sprach Zarathustra (Thus spake Zarathustra).  Learn more about the work.

New York Philharmonic Orchestra

8/4        Beethoven: Symphony No. 5 Dineli-Chesky: Rising (World Premiere) Stucky: Elegy from August 4, 1964 Bernstein: Overture to Candide Copland: The Promise of Living, from The Tender Land Copland: HoeDown, from Rodeo ScoccaHo: Ociantrose (World Premiere) Wagner: Ride of the Valkyries from Die Walküre Beethoven: An die Freude, from Symphony No. 9 (Paloma Dineli Chesky, vocal; Westminster Symphonic Choir; Joe Miller, dir; Jaap van Zweden, cond)

Two young people from different backgrounds meet and fall in love -- and society tears them apart.  You may recognize that as "West Side Story."

Here's another story: Two young people from different backgrounds meet and fall in love -- and end up making music together all over the world.

1/7          Bernstein: Chichester Psalms Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 (John Holiday, ct; Julianna Di Giacomo, s; Jennifer Johnson Cano, ms; Michael König, t; Davone Tines, bs-bar; Los Angeles Master Chorale; Gustavo Dudamel, cond) Learn more about this concert
1/14      Schumann: Piano Concerto, Symphony No. 2 (Mitsuko Uchida, p; Gustavo Dudamel, cond)

The sacred and the profane go head to head this week with your Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, as the Rochester Oratorio Society and more join the orchestra for performances of Bernstein's Chichester Psalms and Orff's Carmina Burana. RPO Music Director Ward Stare chatted with WXXI-FM Music Director Julia Figueras about the pairing of these two the middle of our holiday season.

Leonard Bernstein was a grand character (who actually wore a cape!) yet he was also famed for being down to earth and relatable when presenting music.  

These contrasting sides of Bernstein and the impression he left came through in conversation with Mark Watters this week. 

  Join WXXI for Classical 91.5 Presents, a series that spotlights classical music connections in film.

Classical 91.5 presents...On the Town, Saturday September 29th at 3pm at The Little Theatre. Tickets available now.