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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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The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

1/1    Mexican Icons Of The Twentieth Century - Chamber, Orchestral, and ballet music by José Rolón, Carlos Chávez, and Carlos Jiménez Mabarak, three icons of the classical music of 20th century Mexico.
1/8    Andalusian Guitar - Works by Granados and Palomo for guitar, inspired by Spain’s southern region of Andalucía. Turibio Santos and Pepe Romero are featured.


12/4      Piano Español / The Spanish Piano Lesser known Spanish composers Federico Longás and Jesús Guridi take their places alongside Isaac Albéniz on this program of Spanish piano masterpieces.

12/11    Venezuela’s Composers and Orchestras  Orchestral works by Inocente Carreño, Aldemaro Romero, and Antonio Estévez Aponte, conducted by Gustavo Dudamel and Eduardo Mata.

12/18    Born In Buenos Aires Works by three porteños – natives of Buenos Aries – of three generations: Alberto Williams, Alberto Ginastera, and Jorge Liderman.

Spanish Art

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11/6      Profile: Isaac Albéniz The life and work of Isaac Albéniz and the cultural environment that allowed him to flourish.

11/13    Spanish Compositions By Non-Spaniards  Spain in the imagination and musical works of Debussy, Ravel, Liszt, and Chabrier.


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.