Classical 91.5

Mona Seghatoleslami

Afternoon host

Mona Seghatoleslami is the host and producer on WXXI Classical 91.5 FM weekdays from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. She also hosts the lunchtime concert series Live From Hochstein Wednesdays at 12:10 p.m., interviews musicians, produces special programs, and works on any project she can find that helps connect people and music in our community through WXXI.

Mona is originally from New Jersey; she ventured out to the Midwest for college, where studied viola at Illinois State University in Normal, Illinois. She got her start in radio at WFIU in Bloomington, Indiana while in grad school studying musicology and library science at Indiana University. She also spent a few years as a radio announcer and producer in West (by God) Virginia, where she also wrote for the Charleston Gazette and taught American music at West Virginia State University.

When she’s not on the radio, you can find Mona attending concerts and movies, playing viola in community orchestras, occasionally strumming the ukulele, riding her bike everywhere, and reading as much as she can – especially The New Yorker and sci-fi novels. She also books the bands for one of the coolest live music venues in Rochester – The Little Theatre Café.

Ways to Connect

Join WXXI for Classical 91.5 Presents, a series that spotlights classical music connections in film. 

 

Classical 91.5 Presents...Music of the Heart on Saturday April 8th at 2:30pm at The Little Theatre.

Musicians from Rochester's Strings for Success will play at 2:30pm, and the movie will start at 3pm.  Representatives from the Rochester Education Foundation and Strings for Success will be at the theatre with information on some ways that you can support music education in our community.

Join WXXI for Classical 91.5 Presents, a series that spotlights classical music connections in film. 

Classical 91.5 Presents...The Pianist on Saturday January 21st at 3pm at The Little TheatreThe Empire Film Music Ensemble will play in the cafe before the movie starting at 2pm, and the movie will be followed by a discussion.

David Zinman conducting with baton, wearing black jacket and white turtleneck
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Conductor David Zinman will be returning to Rochester, as Distinguished Visiting Artist at the Eastman School of Music at the University of Rochester. He is the second person named to this position; the first was opera singer Renee Fleming, whose tenure has included teaching, masterclasses, a public talk, and a collaboration with the Eastman Philharmonia on the premiere of "Letters from Georgia" by Kevin Puts.

Zinman’s activities will include conducting master classes with graduate students, working with the school’s Eastman Philharmonia and Eastman School Symphony Orchestra ensembles, and giving presentations to students. His first visit will occur in February 2017. 

The choir Madrigalia standing together near a piano
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A holiday classic – celebrate the season with a warm and welcoming mix of songs both old and new, sung by the choir Madrigalia. You can now hear the program online, for a limited time.


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

CURRIED TURKEY SPREAD

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

In addition to writing four violin concertos dedicated to each of the seasons, Antonio Vivaldi wrote a poem for each season too.  

Winter doesn't technically start for another few weeks, but I think the current weather makes it appropriate to turn to Vivaldi's "Winter": 

Eastman Horn Choir on stage at Hochstein
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The Eastman Horn Choir returns for this holiday classic. Stop by or tune in to enjoy festive musical fun with horn players from the Eastman School of Music, led by Peter Kurau. 

WXXI and the Hochstein School of Music and Dance present Holiday Horns with the Eastman Horn Choir on November 30th at 12:10 p.m. on Classical 91.5, 90.3, and online at http://classical915.org/

A baroque singalong. Bachaholics Anonymous.

A few familiar composers, others you’ve never heard of.

A variety of voices, instruments, and spaces. 

All you need to bring: open ears.
 

Rochester’s Central Library is currently displaying creative and innovative artist books and altered books, as part of the exhibit “Art of the Book.” 

At least one of the items on display is made of music – this is “Variations on a Theme of Madama Butterfly” by Librarian Judy Schewe, who specializes in music and media at the Central Library. 

In the Roberts Wesleyan College Community Orchestra, we are rehearsing the strikingly beautiful Andante Moderato from Mahler's Sixth Symphony for an upcoming concert. Our music director, Paul Shewan, loves this music very much - it shows in how he conducts it and speaks about it in rehearsal, so I asked him to write some thoughts on the music to share here on my blog. The timings he mentions in the piece coincide with the recording embedded in the post - with Riccardo Chailly conducting the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. ~Mona 

 

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