Classical 91.5


Fridays, 8 to 10pm on WXXI-FM 91.5, WXXY 90.3, WXXI-FM/HD 91.5-1, WITH-FM/HD 90.1-2 and online at
  • Hosted by Alison Young

SymphonyCast is a two-hour weekly radio program featuring a full-length concert by a national or international symphony orchestra. Concerts are drawn from Europe's leading ensembles, along with U.S. orchestras, including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, The Philadelphia Orchestra, and The Cleveland Orchestra.

Oregon Arts Watch

3/2       Schubert: Symphony No. 5 Haydn: Cello Concerto No. 1 Mozart: Symphony No. 41, Jupiter (Johannes Moser, c; Houston Symphony; Matthew Halls, cond)

3/9       Haydn: Symphony No. 101 Kreisler: Concerto Respighi: Ancient Airs and Dances Prokofiev: Symphony No. 1 (Pekka Kuusisto, v and dir; Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra)

Cuban born TANIA LEÓN is a highly regarded composer and conductor recognized for her accomplishments as an educator and advisor to arts organizations. She has been the subject of profiles on ABC, CBS, CNN, PBS, Univision, Telemundo and independent films.  We hear the World Premier of her  New Work for Orchestra on the Feb 9th broadcast.

Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra

We'll travel over the airwaves to the concert halls  of the Cincinnati Symphony, Oregon Symphony, and Houston Symphony this month on SymphonyCast.

1/5       Escaich: Psalmos, Concerto for Orchestra  Saint-Saens:  Symphony No. 3 (Thierry Escaich, org; Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra; Louis Langrée, cond)

1/12      Mendelssohn: A Midsummer Night’s Dream Overture Ades: Violin Concerto, Concentric Paths Elgar: Symphony No. 1 (Augustin Hadelich, v; Oregon Symphony; Carlos Kalmar, cond)

Gillian Keith Soprano

The Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, soloists and St. Thomas Boys' Choir perform Bach's Christmas Oratorio (12/22).

12/1      Ives: Symphony No. 1 Copland: Clarinet Concerto Dvorak: Symphony No. 7 (Martin Fröst, cl; Houston Symphony; Andrés Orozco-Estrada, cond)

12/8      Tchaikovsky: Sleeping Beauty Suite, Piano Concerto No. 1, Symphony No. 5 (Fabio Bidini, p; Buffalo Philharmonic; JoAnn Falletta, cond)

Meet 26-year old Dutch cellist Harriet Krijgh, who is featured in November 10's broadcast at 8pm on WXXI, as part of the Rising Stars series on Symphonycast These programs present exceptional talents from across Europe, selected by The European Concert Hall Organisation (ECHO).

Orchestrate Excellence

SymphonyCast presents an encore of the Minnesota Orchestra's historic trip to Cuba in 2015 - broadcast 10/27.

10/6      Schumann: Symphony No. 4 Beethoven: Violin Concerto (Hilary Hahn, v; Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra; Louis Langrée, cond)

10/13    Ippolito: Nocturne, for orchestra Mozart: Symphony No. 35 Rachmaninoff: Symphony No. 3 (Nashville Symphony; Edo de Waart, cond)

August 2017 SymphonyCast from the BBC Proms

Jul 29, 2017
Royal Albert Hall

  8/4        From the 2017 BBC Proms Sibelius: Violin Concerto Elgar: Symphony No.1 (Lisa Batiashvili, v; Staatskapelle Berlin; Daniel Barenboim, cond)

8/11      From the 2017 BBC Proms Shostakovich: October; Violin Concerto No.1 Sibelius: Symphony No. 2 (Nicola Benedetti, v; BBC National Orchestra of Wales; Thomas Sondergard, cond)

  BBC Proms is one of the world’s biggest classical music festivals, running this year from July 14th until September 9th. Starting July 28th, SymphonyCast (Fridays at 8pm on Classical 91.5) will broadcast performances from this year’s BBC Proms.

Is WXXI airing the 2017 BBC Proms? YES!!

Jul 7, 2017
What Hi-Fi?

Every year listeners write in or call asking if Classical 91.5 will be airing programs from the BBC Proms.  We are delighted to announce that 10 programs from the BBC Proms will be airing on SymphonyCast, Friday nights at 8:00 p.m. beginning July 28 and running through September 29.

This year's season includes performances by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, the Vienna Philharmonic, the Bournemouth Symphony, the Oslo Philharmonic, the Staatskapella Berlin, the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and more.

July 2017 SymphonyCast programs

Jun 29, 2017
Los Angeles Times

  7/7        Bach: Orchestral Suite No. 3 Bach: Concerto for Two Violins Haydn: Sinfonia concertante in B-flat Schubert: Symphony No. 3 (Martin Chalifour, v; Nathan Cole, v; Ariana Ghez, ob; Whitney Crockett, bn; Robert deMaine, c; Los Angeles Philharmonic; Nicholas McGegan, cond)

7/14      Stravinsky: Fireworks Shoenfield: Four Parables for Piano and Orchestra Holst: The Planets (Natasha Paremski, p; Oregon Symphony; Carlos Kalmar, cond)