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 wxxi.org

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

This year, we celebrate the season with the Eastman Double Reeds.  Four oboists and four bassoonists join us in Studio B to play their own arrangements of holiday hits and more.  Join host Julia Figueras for a festive hour on Thursday, December 8 at 1 PM. The show repeats on Sunday, December 18 at 1 PM.

Cellist Julian Schwarz grew up in a musical home--his father is conductor Gerard Schwarz. On our next Backstage Pass, Julian Schwarz joins host Julia Figueras to discuss growing up musically and rubbing elbows with greats, including Rochester's David Diamond. 

Joining Julian is pianist Marika Bournaki for a program that will include Beethoven, Schumann, Bloch and--yes--Diamond.  Friday, November 11 at 1 PM.  The program will repeat on Sunday, November 13 at 1 PM.

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.

www.wikipedia.org

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.

From http://www.esm.rochester.edu

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.

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