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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Sphinx Organization

ELENA URIOSTE, amusingly hailed by The Washington Post as “a drop-dead beauty who plays with equal parts passion, sensuality, brains and humor,” was recently selected as a BBC New Generation Artist and has been featured on the cover of Symphony magazine.

This time Frank Dominguez shares a performance by Sphinx competition winner Elena Urioste. She plays a sonata by Janacek, and the Simon Bolivar String Quartet debuts with a recording of the Quartet No. 1 by Alberto Ginastera.

Dave's Music Database

Episode # 1818

The Story of a Song—“You Made Me Love You”—What started as a ragtime song by Ragtime Jimmy Monaco and Joe McCarthy soon became a slow romantic ballad. It survived as a standard, and then Judy Garland brought it back to life twenty-five years later when she sang it to Clark Gable on his birthday.

Classic FM

5/5          In The Field: Big Ears Festival Seth Boustead and producer, Sarah Zwinklis are taking a road trip to Knoxville, Tennessee. Regarded as one of the most unique, boundary-defying and eagerly anticipated cultural gatherings – “a music festival with a rare vision” (The New York Times) – Big Ears Festival returns in 2018 with perhaps its most multi-faceted and diverse line up to date.

Metropolitan Opera

5/5       Gounod: Roméo et Juliette

Bartlett Sher’s production of Gounod’s sumptuous Shakespeare adaptation was a hit of the 2016–17 Met season (“a revelation” declared the Huffington Post). Now the sweeping tragedy returns with Ailyn Pérez and Bryan Hymel, both celebrated in French repertoire, as the star crossed young lovers. Plácido Domingo conducts.  

Met Opera host Mary Jo Heath talks with soprano Ailyn Pérez about her performance of Juliette.


Movie soundtracks from movies about Women Warriors, May 12th.

5/5       Solving The Puzzle, including Ready Player One, The Da Vinci Code, Angels and Demons, Interstellar, The Imitation Game, A Beautiful Mind, Wind Talkers, National Treasure, and Message in a Bottle

John Adams' Short Ride in a Fast Machine is performed by the Cincinnati Symphony on May 25.

5/4       Dvorak: Te Deum Mahler: Symphony No. 4 (Mojca Erdmann, s; Nicholas Brownlee, bs-bar; Houston Symphony Chorus; Houston Symphony; Andrés Orozco-Estrada, cond)

5/11      Debussy: Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun Macdowell: Piano Concerto No. 2 Kip Winger: Conversations with Nijinsky Stravinsky: The Firebird Suite (Nashville Symphony; André Watts, p)

Host Elbio Barilari takes us to the 2017 Latino Music Festival for two programs this month.

Classical Voice North America

The unusual instrument, the Ondes Martenot, is featured in Messiaen's Turangalîla-symphonie on the May 3rd broadcast.  

Here, Valérie Hartmann-Claverie talks about why she chose to play the Ondes Martenot.

The Mercury News

Now in his 24th season as Music Director of the San Francisco Symphony, Michael Tilson Thomas welcomed The Mercury News into his Cow Hollow neighborhood home (in 2014) for this in-depth Q&A with the Maestro.

Maxim Lando

5/1       Carnegie Hall's Opening Night Gala Bernstein: On the Waterfront Symphonic Suite Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue Bernstein: Symphonic Dances from West Side Story (Lang Lang, Chick Corea and Maxim Lando, p; The Philadelphia Orchestra; Yannick Nézet-Séguin, cond)

5/8       L’Arpeggiata performs arias by Rossi, Cazzati, Sances and Allegri (Céline Scheen, s; Giuseppina Bridelli, ms; Christina Pluhar, Artistic Director)