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.  Hear news on the hour.

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

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For more than 40 years WXXI Classical 91.5 has broadcast "the birds" each morning just before 6:00 a.m.  This practice began under the creative spirit of Simon Pontin, then host of Simon's Super Scintillating Sunshine Show, or the Sunshine Show for short.  When Simon retired, listeners were very vocal about hoping that "the birds" would continue, which they have with current morning host Brenda Tremblay.  These recordings are from a 1970s recording called "Environments."

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Brenda Tremblay hosts birdsong at 6:00 a.m. and classical music from the WXXI library, the latest NPR News, and the Composer’s Datebook at 7:20 a.m.   This week’s Mystery theme: Instrument Anatomy.  What instrument has a “boot joint?”  A “slide?”  Can you name an instrument just hearing the names of its parts?  (6:40 a.m.)

Monday, March 19

Wake to a carpet of snow-drops, daffodils, a gentle lullaby, and a morning dance in pieces by Frederick Delius, Jennifer Higdon, and Sergei Prokofiev.

Tuesday, March 20