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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Oscar Awards Live Stream ® Annual Film Academy Awards

From the first Oscar statuette in 1934 to the present day, host Lynne Warfel presents a musical history of Oscar-winning scores through the decades.  Part 1 features the 1930s through 1950s; Part 2 covers the 1960s through 1980s; Part 3 features scores from the 1990s to today.  Host Lynne Warfel is well-suited to hosting this program, as she is a trained actor and has been a member of the Actor’s Equity and Screen Actors’ Guild for more than 35 years.

Royal Holloway Choir Concert, 02/17/17

Feb 1, 2017
Classical MPR

Friday, 2/17/17 @ 1:00 pm

The Choir of Royal Holloway of the University of London is considered to be one of the finest mixed-voice collegiate choirs in Britain. The Choir presented a concert at Third Presbyterian Church in April 2016 as part of their North American tour.  Under conductor Rupert Gough, the choir will perform selections by Vaughan Williams, Orlando Gibbons, Henry Purcell, Herbert Howells as well as living composers Carson Cooman and Arvo Pärt. Mona Seghatoleslami is your host.

Concordia Choir Concert, 02/15/17

Feb 1, 2017
Classical MPR

Recorded at Asbury First United Methodist Church while on their national tour in February 2016, the Concordia Choir of Moorehead, Minnesota under the direction of conductor and composer René Clausen, performs a rich collection of choral masterworks that “uphold a sacred choral tradition of musical integrity and spiritual expression.”  Brenda Tremblay hosts.

One of the most beloved singers of the 20th century, American soprano Leontyne Price rose to stardom at a time when African-American artists were only just beginning to achieve major recognition in the opera world.  Price, who turns 90 on Feb 10, 2017 is celebrated in this tribute to her life and career. The program includes comments and reminiscences from Renée Fleming, Sondra Radvanovsky, Denyce Graves and Eric Owens. (Click title for full listing of repertoire)

The Boston Calendar

1/16, 1:o0 pm on Classical 91.5

Recorded live at the New England Conservatory of Music, The Boston Children’s Chorus, comprised of singers ages 10 through 18,  presents its annual Dr. Martin Luther King Day tribute concert. The program features BCC’s youth ensembles and Grammy-winning guest artist Roomful of Teeth. Songs will link the past to the present, and injustice to truth. Included with be a new arrangement of the Ballad of Harry T. Moore and Glory, the award-winning theme of the film Selma.

Lucerne Festival 2016

Nov 23, 2016

Tuesdays at 8pm, Nov 29, Dec 6, 13 & 27

Jeff Spurgeon of WQXR in NYC presents highlights of the 2016 Festival, complete with special intermission features and interviews with Festival artists.  Included in the season are the São Paulo Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Marin Alsop, the Chamber Orchestra of Europe with conductor Bernard Haitink, who celebrates his 50th anniversary at Lucerne, and the Rotterdam Philharmonic with conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin.

The annual David Hochstein Recital Competition recognizes outstanding musicianship and performance skills of advanced student musicians in grades 10-12 who reside in the nine-county region surrounding Greater Rochester.  The students who win this competition perform at a recital at Hochstein each spring. 

This year’s winners are oboist Riesa Cassano, cellist Benjamin Doane, and pianist Jonathan Madden.  

Tuesdays 8:00-10:00 p.m. , Nov 1-22, 2016

Taloa, which is from the Chickasaw word for song, explores the fascinating connections in the music of contemporary Māori and American Indian composers. Composer and show host Jerod Impichchaachaaha (meaning high corncrib) Tate is a citizen of the Chickasaw Nation and he’ll lead listeners through music by American Indian composers and his journey to New Zealand for on-the-ground encounters with leading Māori composers.  Listeners will hear performances by Kiri Te Kanawa, Hilary Hahn, and the San Francisco Symphony, among others. 

Salute in Song

Oct 14, 2016

Fri. 11/11, 12:00-1:00 p.m.

“Salute in Song” honors the commitment and service of the men and women in our armed forces, past and present.  Renowned men’s ensemble Cantus performs In Flanders Fields, Waiting for the Dawn of Peace, Last Letter Home, Imagine, and America the Beautiful.  Host Alison Young intersperses dialogue about the armed services.

Sat. 11/19, 1:00 p.m.

Schnyder: Charlie Parker’s Yardbird (in English)


Charlie Parker: Lawrence Brownlee

Addie Parker: Angela Brown

Chan Parker: Emily Pogorelc

Doris Parker: Elena Perroni

Rebecca  Parker: Chrystal E. Williams

Dizzy Gillespie: Will Liverman

Baroness Pannonica (“Nica”) De Koenigswarter: Tamara Mumford