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.

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.

May 2017 Exploring Music programs

Apr 25, 2017

Week of May 1, 2017 - To the Finland Station: Exploration of Russian Music, Part 1 - For the next two weeks, we will follow the lives of some of our favorite Russian musicians, starting a decade before the Revolution, then spend a little time on the period of Lenin’s reign, and then plunge on into the era of Stalin, with the music of Shostakovich and many others. 

April 2017 Exploring Music programs

Mar 28, 2017

Week of Apr. 3, 2017 - Baltic Music- What is it that makes the music of the Baltic region so recognizable and compelling? Many of us know and love the work of Sibelius, Finland's greatest musical export, but the countries around the Gulf of Finland have given us a wealth of composers, some better known than others. In this week of shows we will explore music from a land of lakes and islands; isolated, self-contained, and full of beauty.

March 2017 Exploring Music programs

Feb 28, 2017

Between the years 1856-1870 in St. Petersburg, Russia, the 'Russian Five' came together to create the first school of music with an aesthetic derived solely from nationalism.  They wanted to create a uniquely Russian style of music, entirely separate from the traditional European sound or convention.  The result of this was exposing the world to the Russian East's supernaturalism and exoticism. 

Week of March 6 - Russian Five/The Mighty Handful

February 2017 Exploring Music programs

Feb 3, 2017

Week of Feb. 6, 2017 - Yin and Yang, the Play of Opposites, Part 1- The idea for this two-week exploration came from a listener who suggested we explore music of "great calm", music which seems to gently pick us up and float us away from this earth.

January 2017 Listings for Exploring Music

Dec 27, 2016

This month on Exploring Music, host Bill McGlaughlin has a plethora of greatest hits, including Haydn's Symphonies, Mozart's Piano Concertos, Copland's Americana, and music from Scandinavian greats Grieg and Sibelius.  You won't want to miss it!

Host Bill McGlaughlin shares some Mozart and Haydn friendship history, and then ushers in the holiday season with Bach and Winter Solstice music, this month on Classical 91.5.

This month on Exploring Music, we explore the biggest of the big, from Romantic Symphonies to America's "Big Five" Orchestras, here on Classical 91.5.

October 2016 Programs on Exploring Music

Sep 27, 2016

This month on Exploring Music, host Bill McGlaughlin delves into the life of Giuseppe Verdi, continues with part III of  American Masters, and explores the power of nationalism in music, this month on Classical 91.5.

Week of Oct. 3, 2016 - Verdi, Part I - This week we begin a two-week survey investigating the life and music of Giuseppe Verdi, a towering figure in Italian art and perhaps the greatest composer of 19th-century opera. We'll explore the nooks and crannies of Verdi's repertoire, including a trip to Medieval Spain, Shakespeare's Scotland, and even France! Despite Verdi being known for his work in opera, an art form intimately connected with language, his music transcends words. And, as Bill would say, "Man, that boy wrote a lot of music!”  See all

September 2016 programs on Exploring Music

Aug 27, 2016

Join host Bill McGlaughlin this month on Exploring Music to learn about Dvořák's early career, along with music from Mexico and Central America.  See all

Week of September 5, 2016 - Antonin Dvorak A five-part biography on the life of Bohemia’s most celebrated composer. We start with a look at Dvořák's early life and works, as well as music from one of Dvořák's first influences, Bedřich Smetana and continue with his travels to American where he helped define our early musical identity.