Classical 91.5

Ruth Phinney

Classical 91.5 and Reachout Radio Program Director

rphinney@wxxi.org
585-258-0332

Ruth began working for WXXI in 1982 as the radio division secretary after working as a music teacher in several local districts.  Trained as a classical musician, she was the perfect match for creating program listings for the monthly program guide and working with the radio hosts. As she began to learn the business of "radio," she took on the job of managing what is now WXXI Reachout Radio, and later to manage both Reachout Radio and Classical 91.5.

Today she sets the strategic goals and programs for Classical 91.5 and works nationally with Classical Music Rising, a collaborative project of leading classical stations to shape the future of classical music radio as the field confronts evolution in delivery across multiple broadcast and digital platforms, demographic and cultural change, and significant disruption throughout the music industry.

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52Composers

This week your host Frank Dominguez shares Three Improvisations by the Catalan Isaac Albeniz, as played by the composer himself captured on a reproducing piano.

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Esta semana tu anfitrión Frank Domínguez comparte Tres Improvisaciones por el catalán Isaac Albéniz, interpretado por el propio compositor capturado en un piano que reproduce su técnica.

What's Up Magazine

In this edition of Concierto Frank Dominguez shares music from the Spanish national operetta form known as zarzuela, and Sharon Isbin plays the most famous guitar concerto of all: the Concierto de Aranjuez by Joaquín Rodrigo. Frank Dominguez is your host.

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En esta edición del Concierto de Frank Domínguez comparte música de la opereta nacional española—la zarzuela y Sharon Isbin toca el más famoso concierto para guitarra de todos: el Concierto de Aranjuez por Joaquín Rodrigo. Frank Dominguez es tu anfitrión.
 

April 2018

For our first installment, we checked in with friends in New York, North Carolina, Ohio and Texas, as well as the producers of Performance Today. Here are their picks, with an emphasis on soloists and chamber works from Bach to Brahms and beyond.

Anne Akiko Meyers, Serenade: The Love Album (eOne)

bottles, booze, and back stories

Episode # 1817

In the early years of the 20th century, the Sentimental Ballad gave way to something easier, less formal, certainly less impassioned. These songs were perfect for cuddling on front porch swings, especially with no other light than the moon. When Prohibition started a few years later, you swigged your moonshine under the shine of the moon.

The 2018 Lotte Lenya Competition, took place at Kilbourn Hall at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY on April 14, 2018. This year’s competition brought the total distributed to young singers to more than $1 million in awards, prizes, and grants in the twenty-year history of the contest.

asburyfirst.org

On Sunday, February 11, 2018, Asbury First United Methodist Church in downtown Rochester was the perfect venue for Voices Chamber Choir and Orchestra to present J.S. Bach's Mass in B-minor (BWV 232).  Completed just one year before his death, Bach's B-minor mass (1749) is a musical setting of the complete Ordinary of the Latin Mass.  

Voices is a professional chamber chorus consisting of western New York’s finest ensemble singers. They have appeared in concerts and broadcasts, performing music from the Renaissance through the twenty-first century. City Newspaper described the ensemble’s sound as “a sonic cloudburst,” and noted that “Voices marks a new era of choral vitality in Rochester.”

www.erchoirs.org

On Sunday, February 11, 2018, Asbury First United Methodist Church in downtown Rochester was the perfect venue for Voices Chamber Choir and Orchestra to present J.S. Bach's Mass in B-minor (BWV 232).  Completed just one year before his death, Bach's B-minor mass (1749) is a musical setting of the complete Ordinary of the Latin Mass.  

TheaterMania.com

Episode # 1816

Songwriter John Wallowitch grew up in Philadelphia but his heart always belonged to New York. He wrote many hundreds of songs—bittersweet love ballads, wacky comic numbers—but his deepest inspiration was New York, itself: the people he met, the clubs he sang in, the streets he walked at every time of day. He was tough enough to make it in Manhattan and sweet enough to be loved by everyone who knew him.


Finalists for the 2018 Lotte Lenya Competition; top row (l to r): Christine Amon; Gan-ya Ben-gur Akselrod; Daniel Berryman; John Brancy; Nkrumah Gatling; Richard Glöckner; Caroline Hewitt. Bottom row (l to r): Christian Hoff; Andrea Lett; Christof Messner; Reilly Nelson; Benjamin Pattison; Laura Sanders; Philip Stoddard; John Tibbetts. 

Cincinnati Enquirer

This week, in the second hour of Concierto time hear a tribute to the late Spanish conductor Jesus Lopez Cobos. He leads the Lausanne Chamber Orchestra in music by Haydn, and the U.S. orchestra that named him Conductor Emeritus, the Cincinnati Symphony, performing music by his fellow Spaniards, Albeniz and Turina. Frank Dominguez is your host.

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