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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This time on Concierto the music ranges from traditional Spanish coplas sung by tenor Plácido Domingo, to a Mexican guitar sonata by Manuel Ponce, and Mozart performed live by the black and Latino musicians of the Sphinx Virtuosi. Frank Dominguez is your host.

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This time it’s an all-Cuban edition of the program, with a Mozart piano concerto recorded in Havana with the city’s Lyceum Orchestra and American pianist Simone Dinnerstein and atmospheric pieces by Ernesto Lecuona. Frank Dominguez is your host.

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Esta vez es una edición cubana del programa, con un concierto para piano por Mozart grabado en La Habana con la Orquesta del Liceo de la ciudad y la pianista estadounidense Simone Dinnerstein y piezas atmosféricas por Ernesto Lecuona. Frank Dominguez es tu anfitrión.

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It’s a snapshot of the Gateways Music Festival from Kodak Hall, on Performance Today.  I’m Fred Child and I was delighted to enjoy so many performances, and meet many of the musicians of the Gateways Music Festival on my first trip to Rochester.  I’ll be sharing highlights from the festival and conversations with some of the artists in a special presentation of Performance Today, Tuesday at 2pm, here on Classical 91.5.


Marc Blitzstein

The Cradle That Rocked: Rediscovering Marc Blitzstein, Four Saturdays 9/9, 9/16, 9/23, 9/30 @ 12:00 p.m.  Composer Marc Blitzstein has largely been forgotten, but for his political musical, The Cradle Will Rock (1930s).

Ifetayo Ali, 14, is the 2017 Junior winner of the Sphinx Competition. She began her musical studies on
violin when she was able to stand. At age 3, she decided that she preferred the mellow sounds of the cello
and begged her mother to switch. She was allowed to switch at age 4. Her teachers and coaches have
been Lucinda Ali Landing, Megan Lauterbach, Martine Benmann at the Hyde Park Suzuki Institute, Tahirah
Whittington, Oleksa Mycyk, and Hans Jørgen Jensen. She has also studied with teachers at summer music

This week Brazilian brothers Sergio and Odair Assad play a Tango Suite for Two Guitars by Astor Piazzolla, and Uruguayan conductor Carlos Kalmar leads the Symphonie espagnole by Edouard Lalo.

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Esta semana hermanos brasileños Sergio y Odair Assad tocan una Suite de tango para dos guitarras por Astor Piazzolla, y el director uruguayo Carlos Kalmar dirige la Symphonie espagnole de Édouard Lalo.
 

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World renowned tenor Andrea Bocelli believes that music is the light in our soul that makes all our senses feel in harmony with nature and makes us alive every single moment we remember our existence in this world, and that nurturing talent allows one to overcome any challenge.

What do you think of when you think of the musical instrument we know as an organ?  Do you think of the "king of instruments" often in a church with large wooden or shiny pipes reaching toward the heavens? ...a theater organ used to accompany silent movies? ...a monkey organ?  ...or are you instantly returned to your childhood with memories of riding a carousel?

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This week Concierto honors the “Father of Modern Mexican Song,” Manuel Ponce. Selections include his beloved standard Estrellita sung by Peruvian tenor Juan Diego Florez. In the second hour we salute Argentine pianist Martha Argerich displaying her artistry performing de Falla’s Nights in the Gardens of Spain. Frank Dominguez is your host.

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Usually when someone in Rochester mentions an opera star from this region, you know where our minds automatically go -- to Rene Fleming.  But there's another that has reached critical acclaim that we don't hear as much about - but that is changing.  This morning's Democrat and Chronicle has a wonderful front page article about tenor Gregory Kunde.  Read about his remarkable career, what's on the horizon, and hear him in the

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