Classical 91.5

Ruth Phinney

Classical 91.5 and Reachout Radio Program Director

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.

Ways to Connect

Spanish Art

For more on the Spanish influence on Renaissance music and the arts, visit this page to read more.

11/6      Profile: Isaac Albéniz The life and work of Isaac Albéniz and the cultural environment that allowed him to flourish.

11/13    Spanish Compositions By Non-Spaniards  Spain in the imagination and musical works of Debussy, Ravel, Liszt, and Chabrier.

Aulos Ensemble

11/5      Beethoven: Piano Trio Op. 1 Bates: Red River (Antares)
11/12    Rameau:  3ème Concert from Pièces de Clavecin en Concert Balbastre: Three Pieces  Couperin: 8ème Concert "Dans le Goût Théatral” Corrette: 4ème Symphonie en Quatour (Aulos Ensemble)
11/19    Bruckner: String Quintet Brahms: Sextet No. 1 (Eugene Drucker, Lawrence Dutton, Paul Watkins, with Emily Daggett Smith, Colin Brookes, and Alison Rowe)

Classic FM

11/5     Mahler: Symphony No. 6 (Semyon Bychkov, cond)
11/12   Mahler: Symphony No. 7 (Rafael Kubelik, cond)
11/19   Mahler: Symphony No. 8 (Christine Brewer, s; Nancy Gustafson, s; Jeanine De Bique, s; Mary Phillips, ms; Nancy Maultsby, ms; Anthony Dean Griffey, t; Wolfgang Schöne, bs; Jason Grant, bs-bar; New York Choral Artists; The Dessoff Symphonic Choir; Brooklyn Youth Chorus; Lorin Maazel, cond)
11/26   Mahler: Symphony No. 9 (Alan Gilbert, cond)

The Classical Source

11/5      Marin Alsop and 120 of America’s best and brightest young musicians that have been brought together to form the National Youth Orchestra of the United States by the Weill Music Institute at Carnegie Hall.  They’ll perform Adams: Short Ride in a Fast Machine Mahler: Movement 2 from Symphony No. 1, Titan  Frank: Tone Poem for Orchestra.


From the Reformation to a Bountiful Harvest, organ lovers give thanks for organists and composers who write for the pipe organ.

Tom Holkenborg’s score to The Dark Tower was recorded in sections, with the strings, then the woodwinds, and then an enormous brass section. The score has a lot of electronic elements, with a lot of mixing, so the musicians performed their music to a click track, but not to picture. Conducting duties were handled by orchestrator Ed Trybeck. Read about the recording sessions.

National Sawdust

11/4    Foster the Music: Ireland The Contemporary Music Centre in Ireland is one of the world’s foremost models of government support for composers, with dozens of composers receiving financial support, commissions and travel grants. We plunge into the incredible wealth of music created by this program.


Episode # 1745

11/4      Love Songs About Divorce  From the melancholy to the comic, songs have always made room for marriage at the far end, especially when it doesn’t work out.

Meet 26-year old Dutch cellist Harriet Krijgh, who is featured in November 10's broadcast at 8pm on WXXI, as part of the Rising Stars series on Symphonycast These programs present exceptional talents from across Europe, selected by The European Concert Hall Organisation (ECHO).

Verbier Festival

11/2      Britten: Sinfonia da requiem Strauss: Death and Transfiguration Elgar: Enigma Variations Dvorák: Violin Concerto (Christian Tetzlaff, v; Donald Runnicles and Esa-Pekka Salonen, cond)