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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Clara Schumann - Wikipedia

On the 200th anniversary of her birth, world-renowned performer, composer and 19th century prodigy Clara Schumann’s extraordinary life and inspiring musical achievements are celebrated. Concert pianist, storyteller and Decomposed podcast host Jade Simmons narrates this fascinating, thoughtful biographic feature on Schumann, and the challenges and choices she had to make as a female musical prodigy in the 19th century.

4-weeks, Wednesday at 8pm, 7/10, 7/17, 7/24 & 7/31

Every pipe organ has a story that reflects their time, place and function.  Internationally renowned concert organist and educator (ESM) Nathan Laube, shares his passion for these living, breathing instruments.  Nathan takes listeners around the world and performs some of the finest organ repertoire on some of the world’s most magnificent instruments throughout Germany, France, Slovenia, Croatia and the United States.

The Metropolitan Opera 2018-2019 Finals Concert took place on March 31st and was conducted by Maestro Carlo Rizzi with host countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo and special guest bass-baritone Christian Van Horn.

Delmarva Public Radio

J.S. Bach’s Saint John Passion was written during his first year in Leipzig, and was first performed on Good Friday 1724, shortly after Bach's 39th birthday. The work narrates the Passion of Christ as told in the Gospel of John.  Recorded in 2014, the Rochester, NY Bach Festival presents Bach’s St. John Passion, recorded at Reformation Lutheran Church with Rochester area-musicians, conducted from the harpsichord by David Chin. Soloists include Pablo Bustos as The Evangelist, Joshua Ooms, as Jesus and Joel Balzun as Pilate.

Orthodox Christianity

This spiritual, haunting Vespers program is an a cappella setting of texts taken from the Russian Orthodox All-Night Vigil ceremony, and a unique opportunity to hear this masterpiece performed in Russia by the Moscow State Chorus. Valerie Kahler hosts.

Sara Schneider, host of Early Music Now presents music for Holy Week from England, Italy, Spain and Germany, from the 16th-18th centuries.

APM Stations

3/8 at 3:00pm Irish Inspirations: Women in Irish Classical Music (Rpt Sun 3/17, 2:00pm)

Martin Luther King, Jr. grew up listening to and singing church songs, and saw gospel and folk music as natural tools to further the civil rights movement. In this hour-long special from WQXR/WNYC, host Terrance McKnight interweaves musical examples with Dr. King's own speeches and sermons to illustrate the powerful place that music held in his work--and examines how the musical community responded to and participated in Dr. King's cause.

Long ago, the sparkling fiddle tunes and haunting ballads of the British Isles came across the water, taking root in the hills of Virginia, mingling with Southern hymns and African spirituals, creating the soulful music we call Appalachian. Host Robert Conrad and Apollo’s Fire under director Jeannette Sorrell share music of the mountain people – music of love, singing, dancing and prayer.


WFMT Radio Network

Peabody Award-winning host Nadia Sirota invites several musical artists to share a piece of music that illustrates the profound value of classical music in their lives.  We’ll hear from Grammy award-winning violinist James Ehnes, Minnesota Orchestra Assistant Conductor Roderick Cox, Grammy award-winning composer Augusta Read Thomas, and Principal conductor of Grant Park Music Festival and Oregon Symphony Orchestra Carlos Kalmar