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The Spanish Hour

Mondays, 10 to 11 pm on WXXI-FM 91.5, WXXY 90.3, WXXI-FM/HD 91.5-1, and online at
  • Hosted by Candice Agree

Meet the people of the Spanish-speaking world through their music. The Spanish Hour with Candice Agree presents recorded performances featuring Iberian and Latin American composers, conductors and performers.  Host Candice Agree combines her musical training from the Eastman School of Music with her training in Spanish and Catalan language to present works from the Iberian Peninsula, the Americas, Mexico, and the Caribbean from the Middle Ages through the 21st century.

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10/2      Ruperto Chapí,The Spanish Massenet A sampling of music for theater and the concert hall by Ruperto Chapí, most famous for his 150+ zarzuelas.

10/9      Alicia de Larrocha For many, Alicia de Larrocha’s recordings of Granados, Albéniz, and Falla defined the classical piano music of Spain. Along with her performances, we’ll hear from those who worked with her and were mentored by her.

10/16    Musical Jewels from Mexico and Spain  A program of hidden gems from Mexico’s Miguel Bernal and Spain’s Isaac Albéniz.

September 2017 programs on The Spanish Hour

Aug 29, 2017

9/4        Profile: Frederic Mompou  Artists including from Alicia de Larrocha, Julian Bream, Victoria de los Ángeles, and more share their interpretations of enigmatic works by 20th-century Catalan composer Frederic Mompou.

9/11      México Romántico  20th-century Mexican composer Manuel Ponce’s Trio is titled Romántico, and Carlos Chávez’s Symphony No. 4 is nothing less.

9/18      The Unknown Granados­  Lesser known orchestral and chamber works by the composer of Goyescas and 12 Spanish Dances.

August 2017 programs on The Spanish Hour

Aug 1, 2017
JAZZIZ Magazine

8/7        Falla and Greco  Two works, each representative of the 20th century: Ardor, the violin concerto written in 1998 by José Luis Greco, and the complete music to the 1919 ballet El Sombrero de Tres Picos (Three-Cornered Hat) by Manuel de Falla.

July 2017 programs on The Spanish Hour

Jun 29, 2017
Corporación Creativa

7/3        Mexican Masters of the Twentieth Century  A trio of 20th century Mexican composers: Manuel Ponce, Silvestre Revueltas, and Carlos Chávez.

7/10      La Zarzuela Barroca/The Baroque Zarzuela  Not to be confused with the operettas and lyric operas popular in Spain from the mid 19th through the mid-20th century , these zarzuelas from the 1700s combine Spanish folklore with Greek mythology.

Esta Tierra es Mi Tierra, 07/04/17, 1:00pm

Jun 19, 2017

Traditional Independence Day specials celebrate the great American classics, from pops-style musical numbers to the expansive works of Aaron Copland. This season, Esta Tierra es Mi Tierra: Latino Composers Reflect on the American Experience, brings a fresh and timely perspective on the holiday.

June 2017 includes a program on the zarzuela

May 30, 2017

Zarzuela is a form of Spanish or Spanish-derived musical theatre in which the dramatic action is carried through an alternating combination of song and speech, similar to opera or operetta.

Thanks to love, commitment and efforts of Alicia Torra de Larrocha, the pianist’s daughter, and two archivists, some 10,000 items including sheet music, interviews, photographs, correspondence and recital gowns have been collected into a personal archive to celebrate and preserve her mother's legacy. 

Currently, the archive is housed in the apartment in Barcelona's Sarria neighborhood where De Larrocha lived from 1976 until her passing in 2009.  De Larrocha retired from performing in 2003, after a 76-year career.

May 2017 programs on The Spanish Hour

Apr 25, 2017

5/1 Profile Francisco Tárrega Spanish guitar classics by the guitarist and composer known as the “Sarasate of the Guitar.” 5/8 Music For Two Guitars - 20th-century works for works for 2 guitars and orchestra by Federico Moreno Torroba and Joaquín Rodrigo. 5/15 Mujeres Clásicas / Classical Women - 3 Hispanic women –and citizens of the world: a virtuoso pianist, a world-renowned soprano, and a composer in exile. 5/22 Canciones Españolas /Spanish Songs - Adaptations, arrangements, and inspirations of Spanish songs from the 15th-20th centuries. 5/29  Best-Loved Spanish Guitar Classics - Joaquín

April 2017 programs on The Spanish Hour

Mar 28, 2017

4/3        Guitar Potpourrí - Works from Spain and Latin America by Joaquín Rodrigo, Astor Piazzolla, and Antonio Lauro

4/10      Piano Masterworks of Isaac Albéniz - Works for piano by the Spanish piano virtuoso and composer Isaac Albéniz

4/17      Catalonia’s Day Of The Rose - The Spanish Hour celebrates the Catalan national holiday with Catalan classics from the Renaissance through the 20th century.

February 2017 programs on The Spanish Hour

Jan 31, 2017

2/6       Classics from Argentina, Chile, and Venezuela  20th-century South American classics from “A to V:” from Argentina’s Carlos Guastavino, Chile’s Juan Antonio Sánchez, and Venezuela’s Evencio Castellanos.

2/13      Spanish Love Songs for Valentine’s Day Spanish Love Songs from the Middle Ages through the 20th century. From Sephardic romances to Granados and Falla.