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.

Music Education UK

7/6       Revueltas: Sensemayá Koussevitzky: Concerto for Double Bass and Orchestra Piazzolla: Tangazo Bernstein: Symphonic Dances from West Side Story (Robin Kesselman, db; Houston Symphony; Andrés Orozco-Estrada, cond)

7/13      Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto Strauss: An Alpine Symphony (Renaud Capuçon, v; Los Angeles Philharmonic; Semyon Bychkov, cond)

The Listeners' Club

Rafał Blechacz performs Brahms on the June 22nd broadcast. Polish pianist Rafał Blechacz, who at age 20 swept all five top prizes at the 2005 International Chopin Competition in Warsaw, can now add another prestigious award to his collection. Blechacz was named the 2014 Gilmore Artist.

John Adams' Short Ride in a Fast Machine is performed by the Cincinnati Symphony on May 25.

5/4       Dvorak: Te Deum Mahler: Symphony No. 4 (Mojca Erdmann, s; Nicholas Brownlee, bs-bar; Houston Symphony Chorus; Houston Symphony; Andrés Orozco-Estrada, cond)

5/11      Debussy: Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun Macdowell: Piano Concerto No. 2 Kip Winger: Conversations with Nijinsky Stravinsky: The Firebird Suite (Nashville Symphony; André Watts, p)


Marek Janowski conducts the Berlin Philharmonic in Bruckner's 4th Symphony, Romantic (4/20)

4/6       Beethoven: Violin Concerto Gould: Stringmusic Balakirev: Islamey (Augustin Hadelich, v; Oregon Symphony; Carlos Kalmar, cond)

4/13      Messiaen: The Forgotten Offerings Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 4 Prokofiev: Symphony No. 5 (Jonathan Biss, p; Houston Symphony; Ludovic Morlot, cond)

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)