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

3/4          Mozart: Concerto Janáček: String Quartet No. 1, Kreutzer Sonata Ravel: Tzigane (Peter Kolkay, bn; St. Lawrence String Quartet; James Austin Smith, ob; Todd Palmer, cl; Anthony Manzo, db; Pedja Muzijevic, hc; Livia Sohn, v; Stephen Prutsman, p)

Fulcrum Point New Music Project

This month includes a composer spotlight with composer Javier Alvarez on 3/31.  Learn more about his New Music Project.

Metropolitan Opera

3/3       Puccini: Madama Butterfly

Anthony Minghella’s stunning production of Puccini’s heartbreaking opera, an instant Met classic since its 2006 premiere, returns with Hui He and Ermonela Jaho in the tragic title role of the trusting geisha. Roberto Aronica and Luis Chapa alternate as her callous American lover, Pinkerton, and Jader Bignamini and Marco Armiliato conduct.

3/10      Rossini: Semiramide

The Score: March 2018

Feb 28, 2018
Cartoon Brew

3/3       Best Laid Plans  Music for movies where the best laid plans unravel in movies from Trading Places and The Lady Killers, to The Sting and Fargo.
3/10      Following The Leader  Music includes Darkest Hour, Ghandi, Lincoln, The Last Emporer, Lawrence of Arabia, Malcolm X, Milk, Lord of the Rings, Invictus, and Black Panther

Oregon Arts Watch

3/2       Schubert: Symphony No. 5 Haydn: Cello Concerto No. 1 Mozart: Symphony No. 41, Jupiter (Johannes Moser, c; Houston Symphony; Matthew Halls, cond)

3/9       Haydn: Symphony No. 101 Kreisler: Concerto Respighi: Ancient Airs and Dances Prokofiev: Symphony No. 1 (Pekka Kuusisto, v and dir; Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra)


3/1          Fiesta’s 5th Anniversary Concert  Celebrating 5 years of Latin American classical radio, Fiesta hosted a special concert in Chicago on October 20, 2017, featuring Latin American works performed by KAIA String Quartet, guitarist Fareed Haque, and pianist Susan Merdinger. The concert was presented in
collaboration with Columbia College Chicago. This is a program you don’t want to miss!

Penderecki's The Awakening of Jacob can be heard on the 3/29 program, or you can hear a version online here. 

3/1          Prokofiev: Suite from The Love for Three Oranges Poulenc: Gloria Gounod:  Messe solennelle en l’honneur de Sante-Cecile Ravel: Mother Goose Suite (Sandrine Plau, s; Michael Schade, t; Andrew Foster-Williams, bs-bar; Chicago Symphony Chorus, Esa-Pekka Salonen and Alain Altinoglu, cond)

In celebration of opening day of baseball season (3/29), we present this musical celebration of baseball season. Host Carl Grapentine curates a selection of music for America’s great pastime, including Take Me Out to the Ball Game, music from Field of Dreams and The Natural, mixed with poetry and marches all related to the theme.

Painting and Frame

A new adaptation of George Frideric Handel’s oratorio, Israel in Egypt, is performed by Apollo’s Fire and soloists, led by Jeannette Sorrell.  From plagues and pyramids, to crossing the Red Sea, this critically acclaimed performance navigates Handel’s musical story with exhilarating abandon.

Saturday 3/17/18, 5:00-6:00 p.m.

A musical exploration of how classical musicians and composers have incorporated the music of Ireland into their performances and compositions.  We’ll enjoy beautiful and unexpected examples of classical music that has its roots in the traditional and folk music of the Emerald Isle.  Selections include Beethoven's "The Pulse of an Irishman," Sousa's "Overture to the Irish Dragoon," Grainger's "Irish Tune from County Derry," and many more.  Andrea Blain hosts.