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

Calling all singers!

“Oh, I’m not really a singer you say, I just really like to sing when the hymns come in church, or “I haven’t been in choir since school…”, or you only sing in the shower.  Then again, maybe you are a seriously trained singer, with the keenest of ears and truest of voices, looking for a group to really challenge you…

At all levels and in many different styles of music, there are choirs that would love to have you sing with them!  This post is the second installment of our series on how to get involved in community music (Part I listed the local community orchestras).

Miss the glory days of high school orchestra? Still have your violin, or flute, or trombone – but you don’t take it out to play it like you always mean to? Want to sing somewhere besides the shower? 

Did you know that you are not alone? There are some wonderful community orchestras, bands, and choirs throughout the region, and they would love to have you join in making music with them.  

Dylan Thomas may have been drunk when he made this recording. He had skipped several previous recording sessions. 

He was supposed to just read several of his poems (including “Do Not Go Gentle into that Good Night”), but when he finished the poems, the panicked producers realized that they didn't have enough material for the second side of the record. 

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
http://www.davidzinman.org/

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
madrigalia.org

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": 

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