Classical 91.5

Backstage Pass

Monthly, 1 to 2 pm, days vary, on WXXI-FM 91.5, WXXY 90.3, WXXI-FM/HD 91.5-1 and online at

Backstage Pass is a monthly live performance program which highlights performances by local and visiting musicians, giving Classical 91.5/90.3 listeners the backstage experience of meeting the artists “up close and personal.”  Several times each year, Backstage Pass is performed before a live audience of sustaining members.  

The series’ production team includes WXXI-FM Music Director and host Julia Figueras, Supervising Audio Engineer Andrew Croucher, and Executive Producer Jeanne Fisher.

In 2007 Backstage Pass brought home a 2007 radio programming and promotions finalist award from the New York Festivals

Eastman School of Music

The combination of voice and guitar happen all too rarely in classical music.  On the next Backstage Pass, two great professors at the Eastman School of Music merge their talents to bring these sonorities together. Tenor Robert Swensen and guitarist Nicolas Goluses join host Julia Figueras to sing, strum, and speak with works by Britten, Rodrigo, Walton, and Argento.

Friday, October 28 at 1 PM.  The show repeats Sunday, October 30 at 1 PM.

She was a most extraordinary woman: the most prolific composer in mid-17th century Venice; a much-praised poet and singer; a property owner when most women were not. On Friday, September 23, Pegasus Early Music joins producer and host Julia Figueras to showcase Strozzi's unique and passionate voice.

Tune in at 1 PM for an hour of sacred, secular, vocal and instrumental music by Strozzi and her Venetian contemporaries, including Cavalli, Castello, and others.


Alexander Pena, ROCmusic Collaborative director and member of the teaching faculty at the Eastman Community Music School, along with ROCmusic teaching artists and students join Julia Figueras for this special Backstage Pass. ROCmusic, an El Sistema-inspired after-school and summer music education program provides tuition-free classical music and instrument instruction within economically disadvantaged communities to help enable urban youth in Rochester, NY.

Howard LeVant, FLCMF photographer

Host Julia Figueras welcomes Richard Auldon Clark, artistic director, and members of the Finger Lakes Chamber Music Festival to the Henry Epstein Studio at WXXI for Backstage Pass on Friday, July 29, 2016 at 1 pm on Classical 91.5. 

The musicians will perform and share details about several big projects coming up, including a new CD and the premiere of Clark's Kurt Vonnegut opera.

Host Julia Figueras welcomes faculty members of the MostArts Festival at Alfred University to the WXXI studios for Backstage Pass on Tuesday, June 21 at 1 p.m. on Classical 91.5. This summer festival features talented musicians from across the country performing chamber and orchestral music, and a Young Pianist Competition, as well as workshops in ceramics and glass blowing at area art exhibitions and museums.

Classical 91.5 host Julia Figueras welcomes the Carillon Tuba Quartet from the Eastman School of Music to Backstage Pass on Friday, May 20, 2016 at 1 p.m. on Classical 91.5. The group, which actually consists of four euphoniums and one tuba, performs regularly around Rochester and have placed in several brass and chamber music competitions.  They will perform in studio and talk to Julia about their past and upcoming performances.

Julia Figueras welcomes local chamber ensemble Madrigalia, in celebration of their 40th Anniversary. Current director Cary Ratcliff is joined by longtime director Roger Wilhelm to reflect on their history and look toward their future. Backstage Pass with Madrigalia air Friday, April 8, 2016 at 1 p.m. on Classical 91.5.