Classical 91.5

Brenda Tremblay

Classical Morning Host and Producer

Brenda Tremblay bolts out of bed every weekday morning at 4:00 a.m. to present classical music on Classical 91.5 FM, streaming at wxxi.org.   (The broadcast starts at 6:00 a.m. with birdsong, inspired by the BBC.)  She’s an NEA Fellow who’s interviewed musical luminaires such as Renée Fleming, Yo-Yo Ma, and Steve Reich.  She also produces and hosts the RPO radio concerts and other local productions, and works with the Center for Public Affairs to create arts and cultural coverage for all media services.  Her productions have earned three Gracies from the Association of Women in Radio and Television, many AP awards, and a national Gabriel Award. 

Away from the studio, Brenda serves as Music Director at St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Brockport, New York.  She loves to sing.  She’s performed with choirs in Carnegie Hall, Westminster Abbey, and in the Forbidden City Concert Hall in Beijing.  In Rochester, some of her best musical memories have been made with friends in the Rochester Oratorio Society and Madrigalia.

Brenda Tremblay

WXXI Classical 91.5 is thrilled to work with music teachers from the Rochester area and across New York State to support music education. Our Morning Drive host, Brenda Tremblay, gave a presentation at the New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA) summer conference on how music educators can use the power of public radio in their classrooms to enhance their students’ musical experience. 

Brenda Tremblay

Hear classical music, a poem from Garrison Keillor, a little news to keep you in touch with the world.  Wake up early, at 6:40 a.m., and test yourself on a Mystery Piece by a composer writing well into old age.

Friday, August 18

Start a new day with pieces by Brahms, Mozart, Elgar,  and Beethoven's symphony for the dawn of a new century.

Monday, August 21

Olivia Lopez

Once upon a time, my lips nearly melted off my face.

Thanks to Julie Philipp, the Democrat and Chronicle's senior engagement editor, I had the chance to tell a story from my personal life as part of a collection of true, first-person tales centered on the role music can play in defining who we are and how we express ourselves. Click here for "My Brief and Spectacular One-Day Career as an Adult Bassoonist."  

In this Q & A with Classical91.5 FM, composer Loren Lioacono previews her new work celebrating the legacy of the Erie Canal.

Let’s be honest.  

We take the understated beauty of the Erie Canal for granted.   It’s not the mighty Mississippi, but it was equally impactful in American history.  Think about it.  You can float from New York to Chicago on a waterway that adds European charm to small towns across the state.  

It’s small, lovely, and ours.

Accidentally hearing music can melt your heart and ignite your curiosity.  That’s a real possibility on June 21, a day of worldwide celebration of music on which all kinds of musicians – young and old, amateur and professional -- will stream into parks and streets and bridges to make music for the sheer pleasure of it.  Keep your ears peeled.

Sarah and the Moose

Jun 12, 2017

What's your voice type? Alto? Soprano? Bass? Tenor?  Not sure?  Here's a primer to help you find your spot in the choir. (Click the post title if you don't see it, and enjoy.)

The daily 6:40 a.m. Mystery Piece (June 12 - 16) will test how well you can identify singers' voices.

Thanks to the Classical 91.5 listener to who sent in this comic relief! ~ Brenda

When Classical 91.5 listener Bruce Leslie attended a university graduation ceremony in London, he expected to hear Edward Elgar’s first “Pomp and Circumstance” march.   But he didn’t.  When he asked people about its omission, they looked at him incredulously and said that music had no connection with graduation in the U.K.

Caitlin Ochs for The New York Times

An emotional crowd cheered soprano Renée Fleming on Saturday after her final performance as the Marschallin in Richard Strauss’s “Der Rosenkavalier.”

“I’m thrilled to be leaving her on a high note with this phenomenal cast and gorgeous, smart new production," she said.  "I wouldn’t mind stopping the clocks for a moment or two today.”

See video and read more here.

Garden Delights

May 9, 2017
Brenda Tremblay

After the snow melts and the mud subsides, Rochester’s public gardens will take your breath away!  Here are some of my favorite gardens and music for your strolling pleasure.

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