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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Fiesta!: January 2018

Dec 29, 2017
Color Magazine

Fiesta celebrates Latin American Women Composers this month.  Read about one group, Rumbarroco, whose mission it is to highlight these composers.

1/4    Music from Haiti Colonized by France, and the first country in Latin American to win its independence, Haiti is often neglected or forgotten in the context of the Latin American culture. Haiti, however, has a strong musical tradition. Fiesta will bring to the audience some of its most important composers.

From the concert halls to homeless shelters and soup kitchens, violinist Kelly Hall-Tompkins is feeding hearts, bodies and souls with her music.

Acclaimed violinist Kelly Hall-Tompkins was recently nominated for New York Today’s New Yorkers of the Year.  Rochesterians will recognize Kelly Hall-Tompkins as the Concertmaster of the Gateways Music Festival Orchestra.

Garsington Opera

Haydn's Creation is featured on the January 24 broadcast with the Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh.

The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

1/1    Mexican Icons Of The Twentieth Century - Chamber, Orchestral, and ballet music by José Rolón, Carlos Chávez, and Carlos Jiménez Mabarak, three icons of the classical music of 20th century Mexico.
1/8    Andalusian Guitar - Works by Granados and Palomo for guitar, inspired by Spain’s southern region of Andalucía. Turibio Santos and Pepe Romero are featured.

There are four concerts in the 2017 series from the Lucerne Festival 2017.

1/2       R. Strauss: Thus Spoke Zarathustra, Death and Transfiguration, Till Eulenspiegel's Merry Pranks (Lucerne Festival Orchestra; Riccardo Chailly, cond)

1/9       Mozart: Symphony in A, Flute Concerto (James Galway, f; Daniel Dodds, v; Festival Strings Lucerne) Sibelius: Suite from Pelléas and Mélisande


Episode # 1753

“Nobody” and “Nothing” take us to songs of denial and rejection, irony and mockery.

Episode #1752

“In the Good Old Summertime” is the first song about a season to become a hit—partly because nobody would publish seasonal songs.

Episode #1751

There’s much more to Casablanca’s music than “As Time Goes By.”


Listen this time for music by one of the most important figures of the American Baroque, Tomás de Torrejón y Velasco (1644-1720), who spent 50 years as maestro di capella in the Spanish colony of Peru. Frank Dominguez is your host.

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Escuche esta vez por la música de una de las figuras más importantes del barroco americano, Tomás de Torrejón y Velasco (1644-1720), quien pasó 50 años como maestro di capella en la colonia española de Perú. Frank Dominguez es tu anfitrión.


Episode #1750

A market crashed and the flapper disappeared, but Twenties songs persisted into the Great Depression. For a while.