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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http://reneefleming.com/calendar/

American soprano Renee Fleming grew up in Rochester. During her undergraduate studies at the Crane School of Music she sang with a jazz trio.  While she was at Crane she decided to do her graduate studies at the Eastman School of Music. 

Her first major break came in 1988, when she won the Metropolitan Opera Auditions. She performed at the inaugural celebration for President Obama, and in 2014 was the first opera singer to perform the national anthem at the Super Bowl.

Here Renee sings It's a Beautiful Day for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Concert (2012)

This post is part WXXI Classical 91.5’s celebration of Women’s History Month. For more of these stories and other resources, check out Celebrating the Contributions of Women to Classical Music.

Eastman Community School of Music

Eastman School of Music: Flutist Adam Sadberry, a senior from the studio of Bonnie Boyd and an Eastman Community Music School (ECMS) instructor, won the Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s African-American Fellowship. Adam will be a member of the DSO flute section for the next two years. The DSO Fellowship Program is designed to enhance the career development of African-American orchestral musicians and the diversity of professional orchestras. Congrats!

via theviolinchannel.com

"...having to work from a manuscript or reading an unknown score, analyzing and “hearing” it in your head before you pick up your instrument helps enormously in learning how to create an interpretation based solely on your own intuition, musical knowledge and the information in front of you. Curiosity, reading and listening to as much music as possible also leads to new ideas and provides endless sources of inspiration."

IPFS

The King's Theatre, London, where Flavio had its first performance 

2/25         Handel: Rompo i lacci from Flavio, King of the Lombards, Ombra mai fu from Xerxes Franck: Piano Quintet in f  (Anthony Roth Costanzo, ct; James Austin Smith, ob; Peter Kolkay, bn; Stephen Prutsman, p; St. Lawrence String Quartet; Anthony Manzo, bs; Pedja Muzijevic, hc)
 

Medium

Episode #1808

Eating in and eating out, cooking and courting, from a day in the kitchen to your favorite deli.

Byzantine Blog - WordPress.com

Saint Kassiani (aka Kassia) was a ninth-century Byzantine abbess in Constantinople. She wrote spiritual poetry and composed music to accompany it. She is the earliest female composer whose music has survived to the present day. Approximately two dozen of her hymns are still included in the Orthodox Church liturgy.

Listen to her music.

This post is part WXXI Classical 91.5’s celebration of Women’s History Month. For more of these stories and other resources, check out Celebrating the Contributions of Women to Classical Music.

Baltimore Symphony Orchestra

When Marin Alsop was appointed the Music Director of the Baltimore Symphony in 2007, there were some in the group that were not pleased. But it must have worked out…she will now hold that position until 2021. A violinist by training, she has founded two ensembles, studied with Leonard Bernstein, and was the first woman to conduct the Last Night of the Proms. And if that’s not enough, you can also find Alsop at the helm of the São Paulo State Symphony Orchestra and the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra.

Catch up on all her latest news and press, recordings and projects, her busy schedule of concerts and events and watch video clips and interviews from her career to date.

This post is part WXXI Classical 91.5’s celebration of Women’s History Month. For more of these stories and other resources, check out Celebrating the Contributions of Women to Classical Music.

Indiana Public Media

Although Jeanne Lamon made her name as the Music Director of Canada’s Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, she was born and raised in New York State.  After studies at Brandeis University and in the Netherlands, she returned stateside to teach at Smith College.  It was after two guest appearances with Tafelmusik that Lamon landed the Music Director position.  Thirty-three years later, she stepped down, leaving an orchestra with a reputation as one of the finest in the early music field.

The Center for the Performing Arts at Penn State’s Christie Black speaks with Lamon about “The Galileo Project” and her career.  Listen here.

This post is part WXXI Classical 91.5’s celebration of Women’s History Month. For more of these stories and other resources, check out Celebrating the Contributions of Women to Classical Music.

AllMusic

When JoAnn Falletta matriculated at Mannes College of Music as a guitar major, she had already set her sights on the conductor’s podium. Despite the administration’s doubts that a woman could be a Music Director, they changed her major, and Falletta never looked back. Now in her 18th year as the Music Director of the Buffalo Philharmonic, Falletta never lost her love of guitar, establishing an international competition in 2004.

Learn more about her career, her biography and her discography.

Hear JoAnn talk to kids about what it's like to be a conductor.

This post is part WXXI Classical 91.5’s celebration of Women’s History Month. For more of these stories and other resources, check out Celebrating the Contributions of Women to Classical Music.

https://www.classical-scene.com/2016/10/05/divine-sarah/

A child prodigy violinist, Sarah Caldwell was not satisfied simply playing an instrument: she had her eyes set on being a conductor.  And she did it, becoming the head of the opera department at Boston University at 28, and founding the Opera Company of Boston 5 years later. After stints with the New York City Opera, Caldwell would become the first female conductor at the Metropolitan Opera. In 1996, her efforts were honored when she received the National Medal of Arts.

Those in Boston remember the "Divine Sarah."

This post is part WXXI Classical 91.5’s celebration of Women’s History Month. For more of these stories and other resources, check out Celebrating the Contributions of Women to Classical Music.

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