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...Florence Foster Jenkins, Saturday August 27th at 2:40pm  at The Little Theatre

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

Classical 91.5 Presents...The Triplets of Belleville Saturday July 16th at 3pm at The Little Theatre.

This animated masterpiece is a spectacle of sight and sound. 

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

Classical 91.5 Presents...Shining Night: A Portrait of Composer Morten Lauridsen Saturday April 2nd at 3pm at The Little Theatre.

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

Classical 91.5 Presents...All Things Must Pass: The Rise and Fall of Tower Records Saturday January 30th at 3pm at The Little Theatre.

Do you play a musical instrument? 

Isn't it wonderful? Inspiring? An opportunity to unwind? A chance to create something beautiful? A way to interact with others?

How often do you clean that music instrument? 

This week on Live from Hochstein, pianist Jennifer Hayghe and cellist Rosemary Ellott team up for a romantic program including music by Frederic Chopin, Robert Schumann, and Edvard Grieg.

You can see the concert in person at Hochstein or hear the live broadcast on the radio or streaming online, Wednesday April 20th, starting at 12:10pm.

Three young musicians standing on stairs: Shannon Chow, Joy Zhang, and Xilin Zhou
Hochstein School of Music

Three outstanding young musicians take center stage this week on Live from Hochstein: flutists Shannon Chow and Joy Zhang and clarinetist Xilin Zhou.

You can see the concert in person at Hochstein or hear the live broadcast on the radio or streaming online, Wednesday April 13th, starting at 12:10pm.

Each spring Hochstein has a series of auditions for its students who compete for Merit Scholarship Awards. The winners from Grades 11-12 not only receive a cash award, they also get the chance to perform on the Live from Hochstein spring series.

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