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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Host Elena See shares stories from classical music fans across the country as together they celebrate one of life’s most meaningful gifts: music! 


Thanksgiving falls on the Feast Day of St. Cecilia, the patron saint of music.  Host John Birge celebrates this with the world premiere of “When Music Sounds” by John Rutter, the world’s most treasured choral music icon. Also on the program, conductor Nic McGegan shares an 18th century recipe for St. Cecilia punch, we’ll enjoy poetry from American Poet Laureate Donald Hall, who passed away this year and hear a spellbinding story from actor Charles Laughton about the connection of art and the creative spirit.

Lynne Warfel hosts this hour-long special commemorating the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day, the end of World War I. Audiences will hear music from and about the historic period spanning WWI through the signing of the armistice from both sides of the Atlantic.

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.

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A presentation of the scariest and darkest classical film scores from Night on Bald Mountain, to the horror classic Bride of Frankenstein and its comic cousin, Young Frankenstein, host Lynne Warfel takes us on a musical ride through popular film scores for Halloween.


From the 17th Century buildings of the Colonial City of the Dominican Republic, the Peabody Renaissance Ensemble and Camerata Colonial perform music dating from the year of Columbus’s voyage to the New World and Colonial World Spain, with stories of his arrival in Hispaniola and an historical look at the first European City in the New World.  Festival Music Director John Thomas Dodson is our musical guide through the Colonial streets of Santo Domingo.

Tune in for the annual broadcast of the evening service for the Day of Atonement. Classical 91.5 observes one of the holiest days of the Jewish year with its annual Yom Kippur service broadcast live from Temple B’rith Kodesh and hosted by WXXI's Jeanne Fisher. The Kol Nidrei Service for Yom Kippur will be broadcast live Tuesday, September 18 at 8:00 p.m. on Classical 91.5, and is made possible by a grant from the Louis S. and Molly B. Wolk Foundation.

Tune in for this annual broadcast celebrating the Jewish New Year, as Classical 91.5 presents its annual, live broadcast from Temple B’rith Kodesh of the evening service for Rosh Hashanah. Hosted by WXXI's Jeanne Fisher, Live from Temple B'rith Kodesh: A Rosh Hashanah Celebration will be broadcast on Sunday, September 9, 2018 at 8:00 p.m. on Classical 91.5, and is made possible by a grant from the Louis S. and Molly B. Wolk Foundation.

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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)

Jonathan Tichler/Metropolitan Opera

The Metropolitan Opera National Council Grand Finals Concert took place on April 29th with maestro Bertrand de Billy leading the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. Mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato hosts the program and will perform a duet with guest artist, tenor Bryan Hymel.  The winners of this finals concert include Ashley Dixon, Mezzo-Soprano, Northwest Region; Jessica Faselt, Soprano, Upper Midwest Region; Madison Leonard, Soprano, Middle Atlantic Region; Carlos Santelli, Tenor, Western Region; and Hongni Wu, Mezzo-Soprano, Eastern Region.