Classical 91.5

Classical Music with Brenda Tremblay

Monday through Friday, 6 to 10 am on WXXI-FM 91.5, WXXY 90.3, WXXI-FM/HD 91.5-1 and online at

Wake up to a Mozart sonata and a Beethoven romance.  Catch a few minutes of the news.  What to wear?  You’ll hear the forecast, too, perhaps followed by Vivaldi's Four Seasons, Copland's Rodeo, a new release from the Ying Quartet, Satie on LP, or the voice of a woman composer speaking to you across centuries.  Brenda's mission is to infuse your morning routine with the beauty and light of classical music.

Get up early enough and catch the birds at 6:00 a.m.  The daily Mystery Piece airs at 6:40. The Composer’s Datebook, a two-minute music history lesson, is on at 7:20.  Garrison Keillor shares literary history and a poem on the Writers Almanac at 8:20 a.m.  Hear news on the hour.

When the world is too much with us, there's always J.S. Bach. 

You’re invited to wake up with a stream of classical music, the latest news headlines, a mystery piece at 6:40, and a surprise or two.

 Friday, November 17

We’ll enjoy works by J.S. Bach, Aaron Copland, and Alan Hovhaness’ Symphony No. 66, “Hymn to Glacier Peak.”

At 7:30 p.m. I hope you'll join me for the capstone of the Early Music Festival, the Gala Concert celebrating the diversity of early music in the glorious acoustic environment of Saint Anne Church, 1600 Mount Hope Avenue, Rochester, NY.

The year was 1717. Britain’s King George I wanted to create a spectacular event that would forever etch his name (and his dynasty’s) in the history books. So he turned to his good friend, and one of Europe’s most popular composers, to help him out: George Frideric Handel. 

The plan was hatched: the King and company would float down the Thames on a barge from Whitehall Palace to Chelsea and back again, followed by another barge with an orchestra playing music composed just for the occasion.