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.

Weekday mornings

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Wake up with music, energy, the arts calendar, and opportunities for you to win tickets. This week’s Mystery Piece at 6:40 a.m. will test you on what you know about Africa.

 Wednesday, June 20

Wake to “White Lies for Lomax,” Mason Bates’ dreamy wisps of distant blues fragments.   You’ll hear old chestnuts and new discoveries, from Copland’s Red Pony Suite and a centuries-old song about a star shining in the mountains.  Composers on the playlist include Berlioz, Vivaldi, and Gertrude van den Bergh.

Yes, You Can

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Let's talk about your voice.  Your singing voice. 

Do you like it? 

Has someone ever told you shouldn't sing?  

According to The Huffington Post, about 85 percent of us have been actively discouraged from singing out loud by the very people (parents, teachers, or friends) who perhaps should encourage all forms of self-expression.

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You don't have to journey far to view fascinating musical instruments on display.

In Alfred, this summer, for example, see and touch Vladimir Horowitz's own Steinway piano, #314503, now known simply as CD 503, on its tour throughout North America during Alfred University’s upcoming MostArts Festival, scheduled for July 8-14th.

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Guest conductor Christopher Warren-Green led the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra and Rochester Oratorio Society in a performance of Handel's Messiah in December of 2016.

The maestro is no stranger to the British royal family.

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American orchestras have come under fire recently for not playing enough music by women composers.  But this week the Rochester Philharmonic presented an important voice. On Thursday night, Ward Stare conducted the world premiere of a new harp concerto by American composer Jennifer Higdon.

Here's how it came to be. 

Fifteen years ago, harpist Yolanda Kondonassis was backstage getting ready to play a concerto with the Oklahoma City Philharmonic Orchestra.  She was trying to focus when she heard “Blue Cathedral” by Jennifer Higdon.

Cue the Pomp and Circumstance march.    It’s graduation season!   Here come rows and rows of beautiful young humans in caps and gowns, prepared to face an uncertain future. 

I’ve been thinking about rites of passage a lot since my oldest, Beverly, will graduate from college this spring and my third and youngest, Gavin, is about to finish high school.   His next move?  He’ll study music in the fall.  He wants to teach, which both thrills and worries me.  But I’m a born worrier.

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"I really love Rochester. I love the simplicity. I love the sense of neighborhood. I love the fact that it's common to speak to people on the street even if you don't know them."

So says retired music teacher Teryle (pronounced “TARE-il”) Watson, who possesses a birds’ eye view of music programs across the spectrum.  

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More than a dozen local school districts have made a list of the best communities in the nation for music education.

In awards published April 17th, Brighton, Rush-Henrietta, Honeoye, and the East Irondequoit Central School Districts are among those named by the NAMM foundation, a trade organization which honors teachers, administrators, families, and leaders for supporting music as part of a well-rounded education.  

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Did we say thank you?  

Just look at this.

It's good news about Classical 91.5 listeners from Stuart Hencke, Deputy Director at Rochester Education Foundation, who writes:

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Meet Teryle ("TARE-ril") Watson, a teacher, conductor, and performer who inspires students with her passion and humor.  

Born in Brooklyn, New York, she came to Rochester in 1967 to attend the Eastman School of Music.  Her journey has taken her from the Julliard School in New York to the Royal College of Music in London and back to Rochester where, in 1975, she embarked on a thirty one year career as a music teacher with the Rochester City School District.

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