Classical 91.5

Fascinatin' Rhythm with Michael Lasser

Saturdays at 11:00am-12:00pm on WXXI-FM 91.5, WXXI-FM/HD 91.5-1 and online at wxxi

WXXI's Fascinatin' Rhythm presents of popular American music from Stephen Foster to Stephen Sondheim, in the context of their relationship to American history. Every week, host Michael Lasser offers a rich mix of singers, songwriters and songs to explore the history and themes of American popular music.  LISTEN to this past week's show below.

Playlists for Fascinatin' Rhythm are located here.

Fascinatin' Rhythm: Broadway Trios - 11/12/16

Nov 6, 2016
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11/12    Broadway Trios - An often-rollicking crescendo from many of the best Broadway musicals, trios offer close harmony, bouncy rhythms, and three viewpoints in one.

The favorite moment from every Broadway Show is the group number - and trios are no different!  Host Michael Lasser reminds us of our favorite trios on this week's Fascinatin' Rhythm on Classical 91.5.

Fascinatin' Rhythm: Dreaming Through the Forties - 11/5/16

Oct 30, 2016
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11/5      Dreaming Through the Forties

Songs about dreaming are an essential part of how we faced up to the world during World War II.

In a world ravaged by war, music from pop and rock greats save and soothe the soul.

Program 1644: Cliff Friend, Hello Bluebird

Cliff Friend sometimes wrote words, sometimes music, sometimes both. And he always wrote hits.

Fascinatin' Rhythm: That's Who-oo - 10/22/16

Oct 16, 2016
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Songwriters love open vowels, especially when the sound turns into a word with many meanings.

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Program 1642: America's First Great Songwriter

The major themes and major songs of Stephen Foster, the one 19th century songwriter everyone knows.

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Program 1641: Bing Sings the Songs of WWII

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Program 1640: Marriage, Not Exactly Blessed

Even in a world devoted to romantic love, here’s what happens, good and bad, once the honeymoon is over.


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Program 1639: Bands of the 20s and 30s

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Program 1638: Mark Twain’s America

Fascinatin' Rhythm: Telling Stories 09/10/16

Sep 4, 2016
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Program 1637: Telling Stories

Every good song is dramatic. Right now, there’s a reason for this person to be singing these words. Confession may even be good for the soul—or the love affair.

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