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Leonard Bernstein

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.


For two weeks in August we'll hear the music of Johannes Brahms and learn more about his life and close friendships with both Clara and Robert Schumann. As referenced through popular culture like the movie Geliebte Clara, Clara Schumann and Brahms may have been romantically involved.  Tune in to learn more.  Plus we'll continue with a celebration of Leonard Bernstein's 100th.

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!   

Overture Classictic

In celebration of the life and legacy of composer & conductor Leonard Bernstein, Classical 91.5 shares these special programs with listeners, along with music by our local hosts throughout the week of August 20-25.

3:00pm The New York Philharmonic    (a whole month of Bernstein programs)

Welcome to Major Themes for May 2018, a monthly feature in which classical music experts recommend a must-hear recording based on what's happening at classical stations and programs around the country. For this month's installment, we checked in with friends in Ohio, Vermont and Minnesota, as well as the host of Pipedreams. Here are their picks, with an emphasis on piano, moms, mermaids and Mass.

Martha Argerich & Sergei Babayan, Prokofiev for Two (Deutsche Grammophon)


5/6          Music Director Profiles #2: Zubin Mehta  Performances include archival and CD recordings of music by Schoenberg, Bruckner, Joan Tower, Mozart, Beethoven, Bartok, Mahler, Furtwangler, Webern, Steve Reich, Ravi Shankar, Crumb and Schoenberg.

5/13        A Sibelius Sojourn  Sibelius: Finlandia, Pohjola’s Daughter, Violin Concerto, Pelléas et Mélisande, Symphony No. 2 (Zino Francescatti, v; Zubin Mehta, Leonard Bernstein, Sir Thomas Beecham and Lorin Maazel, cond)

Ward Stare: Devon Cass/Misha Dichter: CJ Mulligan

Your Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra kicks off its Leonard Bernstein Centennial celebrations this week with a work by Bernstein--Bernstein's Symphony No. 2, The Age of Anxiety--and a piece Bernstein championed--Shostakovich's Symphony No. 9. Pianist Misha Dichter, who solos in Bernstein's work, joined RPO Music director Ward Stare to chat with WXXI-FM's Music Director Julia Figueras about the Legacy of Lenny, and the many gifts he gave us.

Photo by Arthur Moeller /

The Neave Trio has graced both Rochester stages and our airwaves-twice as guests of Live from Hochstein. This is your chance to hear them talk!

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

Classical 91.5 Presents...On the Waterfront Saturday November 5th at 3pm at The Little Theatre.  Beloved film and music critic Jack Garner will introduce the movie and be a part of the post-film discussion.