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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Wall Street Journal

This month, host Bill McGlaughlin takes us all around the world for the winter holidays and we end up in London for Christmas week.

World Atlas

This month we'll hear the complete Brandenburg Concertos by J.S. Bach (12/28). Pictured is the Brandenburg Gate, a neoclassical famous landmark in Berlin, located on the western edge of the city.  Learn more about the Gate.

de John Craton

This week on Concierto Frank Dominguez shares Brazilian Bach pieces from Villa-Lobos, a sextet by Mexican composer Carlos Chávez, and a traditional Catalan carol.

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Esta semana en Concierto Frank Dominguez comparte piezas de Bach brasileños por Villa-Lobos, un sexteto por el compositor mexicano Carlos Chávez, y un villancico tradicional catalán.

12/8      Bartok: Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta Schubert: Symphony No. 9, The Great (Christoph von Dohnanyi, cond)

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Whether you celebrate Chanukah, the Solstice, Christmas or Kwanzaa, be ready to wrap up December and move into 2018 with Classical 91.5 where you'll find specials perfectly curated and entertaining for the season. 


This month The Score reflects on 2017, brings us a Christmas show "Laughing All the Way" and celebrates their 500th episode.

12/2      Police: The Blue Line  Including Serpico, The Untouchables, BULLit, The Bone Collector, Die Hard, Dirty Harry, In the Heat of the Night, LA Confidential, The Departed, Heat, Fargo, The French Connection, Lethal Weapon, Beverly Hills Cop, and The Naked Gun

December 2017: Fiesta

Nov 29, 2017
Huffington Post

12/7      Lost but Not Forgotten  Throughout history some composers reached immense popularity to just be quickly forgotten, many times for reasons unknown.  On this episode of Fiesta we will share some of the lost composer of Latin American and share some of their greatest music.


The Swingle Singers present a collection of traditional carols and seasonal music by Stephen Foster, J.S.

Bach, Simon and Garfunkel, Astor Piazzolla, Mel Tormé and more in their unique vocal style.

Boston Brass celebrates the holidays with carols traditional and favorites for young and old, from the Barns at Wolf Trap.

Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra

Handel:  Messiah

Christopher Warren Green, Guest Conductor
Rochester Oratorio Society, Eric Townell, director
Klara Ek, soprano
Christopher Ainslie, countertenor
Daniel Weeks, tenor
Kevin Deas, bass-baritone
Rochester Oratorio Society, Eric Townell, director
Michael Leopold, theorbo
Recorded December 10 & 11, 2016