Classical 91.5

Exploring Music with Bill McGlaughlin

Monday through Friday, 7 to 8pm on WXXI-FM 91.5, WXXY 90.3, WXXI-FM/HD 91.5-1 and online at
  • Hosted by John DiLiberto

Exploring Music with Bill McGlaughlin is a daily radio program that delves into a wide assortment of topics in classical music. Each five-program series builds off a single theme ranging from composer biographies to explorations of various cultures, musical styles, and time periods.

Detailed playlists for each program are available at the full Exploring Music program site.

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Week of March 5, 2018 - Intimate Voices: Conversations with Samuel Rhodes and David Finckel - This week Bill has conversations with two chamber musicians with over 100 years of great music-making experiences between them: Samuel Rhodes, former violist of the Juilliard Quartet, and David Finckel, former cellist of the Emerson Quartet and co-Artistic Director of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. Rhodes describes the musical dialogues exchanged by the Juilliard Quartet, and we will listen to them performing Ravel, Carter, and Brahms.

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And you can get to Carnegie Hall and go backstage and hear about its history and some of the amazing musicians who have performed there by tuning into Exploring Music the week of Feb 19th with host Bill McGlaughlin. 

Week of January 1, 2018 - The Music of London, Part II - Week two of the music of London continues with visits from continental composers. Haydn’s last 12 symphonies were inspired by London. Geminiani and Mendelssohn wrote music using material from their visits, and the German-born composer Handel spent most of his life in England. After the death of Handel, music of London went into a decline, until about one hundred years later, when the wandering minstrels Gilbert and Sullivan started engaging us with songs and snatches, and awakened London’s creative spirit.

Wall Street Journal

This month, host Bill McGlaughlin takes us all around the world for the winter holidays and we end up in London for Christmas week.

Judith Oksner (op. 2005)  US-American painter and teacher living and working in New Hampshire
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Bill McGlaughlin explores Music of the Tudors later this month.  Painting by Judith Oksner (op. 2005)  US-American painter and teacher living and working in New Hampshire.

The Globe and Mail

Week of October 2, 2017 - Nadia Boulanger - Virgil Thomson once said, “In every town in the United States you find a five-and-dime and a Boulanger student," and he wasn't far off. Nadia Boulanger taught and influenced an entire generation of musicians, from Aaron Copland and Astor Piazzolla to Philip Glass and Quincy Jones. This week we'll hear some of her own compositions, works by her talented sister, Lily, and performances of works by prolific students.

September 2017 Exploring Music Programs

Sep 1, 2017
Fodors Travel Guide

Week of September 4, 2017- Merrie England  Vaughan Williams, Elgar, Dowland – all wrote music based on the folk tunes in the country pubs, the pageantry of Royal Albert Hall and Covent Garden, and the images of their beautiful countryside. Come open your ears and walk with us through the pathways of England. Greensleeves, Turtle Doves, and Della Jones. Rule Britannia! Britannia rules the waves!

Week of September 11, 2017- TBA  

August 2017 Exploring Music Programs

Aug 5, 2017

Week of August 7th- Beethoven at Parnassus- Part 1  This week is a festival of the late music of Beethoven, music from the last ten years of his life. Parnassus refers to the great mountain in Greece that towers over Delphi and is the home of the Muses. In these years from 1816 to 1826, Beethoven soared to almost mythological heights with some of his greatest works—the Ninth Symphony, last four piano sonatas, Missa Solemnis, and his final string quartets. All of these compositions still sit at the top of Mt. Parnassus.

July 2017 Exploring Music Programs

Jun 29, 2017

  Week of July 3, 2017 - Artists in Exile - Part 1 Our two-week series titled Artists in Exile pays homage to Joseph Horowitz’s book that focuses on "how refugees from 20th century war and revolution transformed the American arts.” In this program, you will hear stories of appreciation for a new country, but also of terrible loneliness that comes from being forced from one's home by political strife. Bill begins this week with a vacationing artist, Antonín Dvořák, before playing music from Sergei Prokofiev, who fled the Soviet Union.

June 2017 Exploring Music programs

May 30, 2017

Week of June 5 - Elgar, Edward - There’s much more to Edward Elgar than graduation marches and the Enigma Variations. A composer of equally masterful symphonies, oratorios, chamber music, and concertos, he led a renaissance in 20th century England that firmly reestablished its musical identity. Don’t miss the last installment of the week when Bill features Jacqueline Du Pre in her legendary performance of Elgar’s Cello Concerto.