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.

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First Muse Chamber Music was started by Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra principal violist Melissa Matson in 2007. Their annual series of concerts brings together the artistry of the area's finest musicians in a wide variety of chamber music, striving to inspire a diverse audience with performances of repertoire ranging from the familiar to the fresh.

In the April 9,2017 concert Brahms and Bartok, clarinetist Jon Manasse and the Amenda Quartet presented Brahms' Clarinet Quintet in b minor, opus 115.  

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Episode # 1815

Every Ziegfeld Follies featured long-legged, scantily-clad show girls whose primary role was to look beautiful and walk gracefully. Ziegfeld invented the show girl, and then songs and stories turned her into an archetype, cool and distant, yet linked for all time to Sugar Daddies.

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra

4/4       Prokofiev: Symphony No. 5 Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 2 Janacek: Sinfonietta (Benjamin Grosvenor, p; Manfred Honeck, cond)


The new season of the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra broadcasts begin on April 11th.  This month, meet SFSO Concertmaster Alexander Barantschik as he is soloist on the 4/25 program. fan club

The 2017-2018 season of your RPO begins this month.  Here's the line-up.

4/9       R. Strauss:  Don Juan  Grieg:  Piano Concerto in a  Prokofiev:  Excerpts from Cinderella (Inon Barnatan, p; Ward Stare, cond)

4/16      Rossini:  Overture to The Barber of Seville  Rimsky-Korsakov:  Capriccio espagnol  Falla:  Three Cornered Hat Suite No. 2  Ravel:  Boléro (Ward Stare, cond) 

South Brooklyn Network

Contemporary music and Contemporary art come together at the Look & Listen Festival.  Hear more on the 4/21 broadcast.  Learn more about the Brooklyn festival.

Metropolitan Opera

Check back with this post each week to hear opera previews and artist spotlights recorded by Met Opera host Mary Jo Heath.

Joyce DiDonato sings the title role in Massenet's Cinderella story Cendrillon (4/28)

4/7       Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor

Episode # 1814

Ira Gershwin was the oldest brother but George established himself earlier. His first important collaboration was with B.G. DeSylva, known as Buddy. When George began to work with Ira, Buddy moved on to his most important collaboration—with Ray Henderson and Lew Brown.


Marek Janowski conducts the Berlin Philharmonic in Bruckner's 4th Symphony, Romantic (4/20)

4/6       Beethoven: Violin Concerto Gould: Stringmusic Balakirev: Islamey (Augustin Hadelich, v; Oregon Symphony; Carlos Kalmar, cond)

4/13      Messiaen: The Forgotten Offerings Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 4 Prokofiev: Symphony No. 5 (Jonathan Biss, p; Houston Symphony; Ludovic Morlot, cond)