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As we travel through the year, Classical 91.5 will present a number of seasonal or holiday specials. Come back to this page on a regular basis to find out what specials we're offering to delight you and enrich your holiday celebrations. Click here for Complete listings for Winter, Christmas, Chanukah and New Year's Day. More appearing daily.
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A few months ago, I had the privilege of meeting with music students at Nazareth College in Rochester, New York.  In preparation for the session, Professor Roy Stein had asked them to research and write about the theory that classical music is a dying art form.   Here are all the things I forgot to say.

Dear Professor Stein,


This is the recipe for Curried Turkey Spread that my mom makes after Thanksgiving. 


¾ lb. Turkey
½ cup mayonnaise
8 ounce package cream cheese
3 tbl. Curry powder
3 tbl. Chutney
1 cup almonds

News from the world of Classical Music

A drummer from the Rochester area is among this year’s Grammy nominees.  Steve Gadd received a nomination for his album ‘Way Back Home: Live from Rochester,’ which includes music from Gadd’s 2015 appearance at the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival.

Gadd studied at the Eastman School of Music.  Several other Eastman alums are among the Grammy nominees in both classical and non-classical categories.  They include:

Ennio Morricone is as about close as a film composer can come to being a household name — and, at age 88, he's still going strong. This year, he was signed to a new record label and has now released a new recording, Morricone 60, named for the number of years he's been in the business.

Since its release in November, a new book about singing by Western New York vocal coach Richard Fink IV has become a top seller on Amazon.  In it, Fink outlines what he calls the seven dimensions of singing which he says apply to all kinds of vocalists, from jazz to pop to classical.  Click on the link to hear a wide-ranging conversation and short voice lesson with WXXI's Brenda Tremblay.

The new film Jackie, opening in theaters across the country this weekend, begins with a blank, black screen, underscored by melting strings. It's our first indication that music will play a central role here, at times even more so than the title character.

The last time New York's Metropolitan Opera presented a work written by a woman was 113 years ago. It's a drought that lasted longer than the years between the Cubs' World Series victories. That situation has finally been rectified this week with the New York premiere of the opera L'Amour de Loin by Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho.

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