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.

photo: Eastman School

"At the University of Rochester, the Eastman School of Music has proposed a new master of arts in music leadership.   If approved, the new degree would be offered next summer and count as a concentration for those who go on to earn an MBA from Simon."

When Yuja Wang appeared with the RPO in the spring, she dazzled audiences with her vivid interpretations of two Bartok piano concertos and her unconventional concert attire.   At least one Classical 91.5 listener found the sight of her bare legs too distracting. 

Haydn: Piano Trio No. 16 in D

Originally performed at “Live from Hochstein” in Fall 2014. The Neave Trio has performed at some of the world’s finest concert halls and is the Fisch/Axelrod Trio-in-Residence at San Diego University.  http://www.neavetrio.com/

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http://www.neavetrio.com/

Suite of Songs

Originally recorded on July 21, 2013. Founded by director William Weinert, Voices is an Eastman student chamber chorus consisting of some of the finest voices of tomorrow.   http://www.erchoirs.org/voices1.html

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http://www.erchoirs.org/voices1.html

Stepan Rak: Elegy (Homage a Sibelius)

Originally performed on Backstage Pass on November 13, 2015. Thomas Torrisi is earning his doctorate at Eastman School of Music and has won 1st place at the APSU Concerto Competition and the Memphis Beethoven Club Competition.  

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Thomas Torrisi

 https://www.gigmasters.com/

Bach: Cantata No. 75, Die Elenden sollen essen

This performance was the opening concert of the 2015-16 Eastman Bach Cantata Series, performed by Eastman School of Music students and alumni, recorded at the Lutheran Church of the Reformation on September 20, 2015. This rarely heard cantata is the first of J.S. Bach’s project to compose a cantata for every Sunday and holiday in the liturgical year.  

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Christopher Wilke, lute

Carre: Chaconne

Originally performed at the 2013 Rochester Early Music Festival. Christopher Wilke recently received his doctorate in Early Music Performance at Eastman School of Music and teaches at Nazareth College. He has been featured in NPR’s national early music program Sunday Morning Baroque.  More at http://www.christopherwilke.com/

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Eastman Saxophone Project

Djupstrom: Long, long ago

Originally performed in Spring 2015 at “Live from Hochstein.” The Eastman Saxophone Project strives to promote the saxophone through innovative programming. Learn more about the ensemble at http://www.esm.rochester.edu/saxophonestudio/esp/

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Doleen Hood, piano

Joseph Werner, piano

Piazzolla: Milonga del Angel

Originally performed at “Live from Hochstein” in Spring 2015. “Milonga del Angel” is one of Piazzolla’s many pieces inspired by angels. Raised Catholic, Piazzolla embraces superstitions and tango music is the root of his compositional style. http://interactive.wxxi.org/hochstein/shows/2015/04/live-hochstein-rachmaninoff-two-pianos

Rebecca Gilbert, flute
Dave Mancini, percussion
Sam Shuhan, double bass
Nick Weiser, piano

Tyzik: Mallorca

Originally performed at “Live from Hochstein” as part of the Flauto Latino program in Spring 2015. “Mallorca,” written by RPO Principal Pops conductor Jeff Tyzik, requires improvisation in a jazz style.

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Maestro Jeff Tyzik

www.theseattlesymphony.org

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