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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This week we’ll enjoy dances by the Spanish composers Santiago de Murcia and Gaspar Sanz, as well as a beloved piano concerto by Robert Schumann’s performed by the ultra-Romantic Claudio Arrau. Frank Dominguez is your host.

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It has been reported that the Wortham Theater Center, home to the Houston Grand Opera and Houston Ballet is now under water, with water flowing onto the main stage and completely filling the basement.

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Keeping all in Houston in our thoughts and prayers.

Daniel Binelli Official Website

Bandoneon player, composer, arranger and musical director, Daniel Binelli has had an outstanding international career. He was for 10 years a member of Osvaldo Pugliese's Orchestra and later joined the "Orquesta de Atilio Stampone" and the "Orquesta del Tango de Buenos Aires" as a bandoneon soloist. In 1989 he was invited by Astor Piazzolla to join Piazzolla's New Tango Sextet with which he toured widely in Europe and Latin America. Today Binelli is widely acclaimed as the foremost exponent and torchbearer of the music of Astor Piazzolla.

Daniel Binelli performs a Suite by Argentine composer Astor Piazzolla for the instrument that’s the beating heart of tango, the bandoneón.

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Daniel Binelli toca una Suite por el compositor argentino Astor Piazzolla para el instrumento que es el corazón palpitante del tango—el bandoneón.


The Metropolitan Opera's Peabody and Emmy Award-winning series The Met: Live in HD continues for the 2017-2018 season, featuring 10 live transmissions. Don’t miss the chance to experience the Met live at your local movie theater!

NOTE: Theater times vary.  All radio broadcasts begin at 1:00pm.

This season, Rochester patrons will have the option of seeing Met @ the Movies at Regal Eastview Mall 13 (70 Eastview Mall Dr. Victor), Tinseltown Cinemark (2291 Buffalo Rd.), Regal Henrietta Stadium 18 (525 Marketplace Dr.) and Webster 12 (2190 Empire Blvd).

This season's operas include...

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.