Classical 91.5

Special Programs/Mini Series

Throughout the year Classical 91.5 will present a number of special programs or mini-series that are not a part of our regular broadcast schedule.  Come back to this page on a regular basis to find out about these special programs.

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The Finals Concert took place on March 1st and was conducted by Maestro Bertrand de Billy leading the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra.  It was hosted by soprano Lisette Oropesa with special guest artist, Mexican tenor Javier Camarena. After months of auditions at the district, regional and national levels, five singers were named as winners of the 2020 annual Met Opera National Council Auditions. 

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On June 19, 1865 Union soldiers, lead by Major General Gordon Granger announced the news that the war had ended and that all enslaved persons in the United States were now free.  Juneteenth (June 19th) is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the end of slavery in the U.S.  We recognize this world-wide celebration with the rebroadcast of In Concert with the Morehouse College Glee Club, a concert that includes a performance of The Seven Last Words of the Unarmed by Joel Thompson, a setting of the last words of unarmed black men who were killed by police violence.  (Fri 6/19, 3:00pm)

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Host Andrea Blain presents music that reflects the way in which classical music contributed to daily morale, celebrations and commemorations associated with World War II.

The Hochstein School has been a center for learning music and dance in Rochester now for 100 years.

Hear the stories and music that connect this community school to the history of our city over the past century - from its origins as a settlement school to teach music to immigrant children in Rochester, through years of growth and development to suit the changing needs of Rochester’s communities, to its role today as a place to learn and experience music, dance, and more.

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Performance Today host Fred Child and a group of co-host kids, tell stories and listen to classical music together that is inspired by animal friends, how they sound, how they move, who they are and what they do.  It's fun, friendly, family-oriented frolic in our musical zoo!

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This spiritual, haunting Vespers program is an a cappella setting of texts taken from the Russian Orthodox All-Night Vigil ceremony, perfectly suited to the Easter season.  

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Written in 1724, J. S. Bach's St. John Passion is part of the German Lutheran passion-oratorio tradition.  The passion narrative from the Gospel of John is recounted by the Evangelist (narrator), Jesus, Peter, Pilate and various servants.  In this performance, recorded at Asbury First United Methodist Church in March 2019, Rochester's chamber choir VOICES performs with soloists and orchestra, all under the direction of Dr. William Weinert.  Ruth Phinney is your host.

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Daily 12/22-12/29 approximately 2:56-3:00pm

The Jewish holiday of Chanukah – the Festival of Lights – is celebrated over the course of eight nights. In a series of radio vignettes called The Eight Nights of Chanukah, WQXR’s Naomi Lewin tells the stories, and talks about the customs of the holiday, including the Chanukah miracle, lighting the menorah, traditional foods, and why Chanukah is so hard to spell. Each of The Eight Nights of Chanukah also contains music for the holiday.

The winners of this year’s David Hochstein Recital Competition were Andrew Guo, a Frisbee-playing violinist who edits his school newspaper, and Sam Reeder, a track-running clarinetist and mathematician who has created his own language. 

You can hear them on the radio Wednesday November 27th, at noon (and again at 10pm) as Live from Hochstein takes a break for the Thanksgiving week holiday. They were recorded in concert at The Hochstein School on May 10th 2019 by Carl Pultz of Alembic Productions.

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8:00am Giving Thanks: A Celebration of Fall, Food & Gratitude

11/28    New for 2019, John Birge hosts a contemporary celebration of gratitude, with classical music and stories of Thanksgiving. This year's "Giving Thanks" also celebrates the Feast Day of St. Cecilia, the patron saint of music. Special guests include John Rutter, with a world premiere of his latest choral work, and conductor Nic McGegan, and offers a remembrance of former guest and U.S. Poet Laureate Donald Hall.

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