Classical 91.5


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

Classical 91.5 Presents...a double feature of the movie Itzhak and the short film Cello, March 30th at The Little Theatre. Show up early to enjoy live music with the Empire Film and Media Ensemble in The Little Café at 2pm, the movies start at 3pm, and WXXI's Mona Seghatoleslami will host a discussion afterwards, with cellist Sandra Halleran (founder of the Rochester Cello Society) and violinist Marcos Kreutzer (who is on faculty at The Hochstein School)  

It’s not easy for a professional musician to give up their own instrument and play with another. But in Nashville, members of the symphony are performing around the city using the “Violins of Hope” — a collection of string instruments that survived the Holocaust.

Emily Siner (@SinerSays) from WPLN has the story.


"...having to work from a manuscript or reading an unknown score, analyzing and “hearing” it in your head before you pick up your instrument helps enormously in learning how to create an interpretation based solely on your own intuition, musical knowledge and the information in front of you. Curiosity, reading and listening to as much music as possible also leads to new ideas and provides endless sources of inspiration."

April 2017 Shanghai Symphony listings

Mar 30, 2017

The Shanghai Symphony season wraps up this month with the following program:

4/5        Highlights from the Shanghai Isaac Stern International Violin Competition   Shostakovich: Paganini Caprice No. 24 Brahms: Piano Trio No.1 Beethoven: Violin Sonata No. 7 He Zhanhao: The Butterfly Lovers Violin Concerto Mozart: Violin Concerto No.3 Shostakovich: Violin Concerto No.1 (Zhang Jie Min, cond)

Chocolate Fixes Everything

Mar 9, 2017

I love my mom.  But we fight.  I am just like her: stubborn. 

My mother signed me up for violin lessons at age four.  The majority of days following that fateful event, she told me to practice, made me practice, and grounded me for not practicing. The thing was though; one can practice for numerous hours in a day, but the next it has to be done all over again.  There was never a point where my practicing was enough or finished. 

January 2017 Listings for Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra

Dec 27, 2016

This week on the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Augustin Hadelich performs the great Beethoven Violin Concerto.

November 2016 Listings for Center Stage from Wolf Trap

Oct 31, 2016

This month on Center Stage from Wolf Trap, we will hear some beautiful string chamber music from the Atos Trio, Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, the American String Quartet, and more,  here on Classical 91.5.