Classical 91.5

Classical Guitar Alive

Sundays, 6 to 7 pm on WXXI-FM 91.5, WXXY 90.3, WXXI-FM/HD 91.5-1, and online at classical915.org
  • Hosted by Tony Morris

Classical Guitar Alive, the only nationally broadcast guitar program in the United States, promotes the love of the classical guitar to the widest possible audience in innovative ways that have the greatest impact and benefit to all.  Host Tony Morris, a professional guitarist who performs as a solo guitarist and with chamber musicians, brings you performances and interviews with the world’s leading guitarists as well as with emerging artists.  The repertoire ranges from lost or forgotten works by notable composers of the past to new works by contemporary composers.

Ways to Connect

Lawrence Johnson: classical guitarist, retired city bus driver, composer, and passionate civil rights advocate.

To have a conversation with Lawrence Johnson is an opportunity to become acquainted with a fascinating person, while also getting an overview of the evolution of classical guitar in American musical life during the second half of the 20th century.  The impact of Segovia, the ways that many classical musicians didn’t take the guitar seriously, and the change in the approach and appreciation of classical guitar music – that’s all in there, along with trading a Volkswagon for a tape deck, late night bus runs with a guitar, and Greenwich village in the 1960s.

Whether you have a few minutes to spend with him...

Guitarist Thomas Viloteau just finished his doctorate at the Eastman School of Music about a week ago, and now this week, he will be heard on the radio across the country, as a Young Artist in Residence on Performance Today.

You can hear him on Performance Today on Saturday morning on WXXI Classical 91.5

Guitarist Raphaella Smits has been visiting Rochester for a few days to teach and perform, including a free concert tonight (7:30pm, Red Room, 1010 East Avenue, Rochester)

On this tour, she is playing music from her most recent album, which is particularly special to her because it marks her 60th birthday.  It’s all music that she has known since she was a young student – but feels that now is the right time for her to play it.