Classical 91.5

Beethoven

Join WXXI for Classical 91.5 Presents, a series that spotlights classical music connections in film.

Classical 91.5 presents...Immortal Beloved on Saturday December 1st at 3pm at The Little Theatre.

Immortal Beloved stars Gary Oldman as Ludwig van Beethoven. The story follows Beethoven's secretary and first biographer Anton Schindler (Jeroen Krabbé) as he attempts to ascertain the true identity of the Unsterbliche Geliebte (Immortal Beloved) addressed in three letters found in the late composer's private papers.

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Through the centuries and today, many classical composers and performers have overcome challenges in order to create and perform the music we love.  Throughout the week of January 8-14, 2018 Classical 91.5 hosts will be celebrating these individuals by presenting music by composers and performers who have overcome challenges. 

It was Beethoven's gift to the world: a hope for universal peace and joy--and work to unify us all. And it worked: hundreds of years later, his Symphony No. 9, the Choral, is one of our most beloved pieces in the canon. Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra Music Director Ward Stare spoke to WXXI-FM Music Director Julia Figueras about this grand work and and the piece he paired it with for this week's RPO concerts: Wagner's "Prelude and Liebestod" from Tristan und Isolde

Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra Music Director Ward Stare programmed just two pieces for this week's concerts: Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition and Beethoven's masterful Piano Concerto No. 5. Classical 91.5 Music Director Julia Figueras welcomed the Music Director and pianist Olga Kern to chat about this evening of fan favorites. But don't be fooled--the Mussorgsky will be performed in an all-new way for our ears:  a compilation of orchestrations by nine different composers.

June 2017 Pittsburgh Symphony programs

May 31, 2017
The Valley Ledger

It's an All-American program on June 13th with music by Leonard Bernstein, George Gershwin and Aaron Copland.

The second half of your Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra's season begins on the dance floor--from the tranquil and often spritely Beethoven violin concerto to the waltz tempi of Ravel's Noble and Sentimental Waltzes and the suite from Richard Strauss' Der Rosenkavalier. Ward Stare, the RPO Music Director, chats with Classical 91.5's Music Director about these three works and how two of them overcame rough premieres.

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This month, the Pittsburgh Symphony performs an diverse plethora of pieces, including contemporary and classic works from Mozart to MacMillan.

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This month, we hear the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra perform works by Beethoven and Tchaikovsky, as well as the Brahms symphonies, here on Classical 91.5.

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It's been almost exactly 10 years since pianist Andrew Von Oeyen made his debut with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra with then Music Director Christopher Seaman.  Now, Maestro Seaman is Conductor Laureate for the RPO, and Andrew Von Oeyen has a new recording contract with Warner Brothers.

They're back together again, and made a trip to the WXXI studios to chat with Music Director Julia Figueras about their concert, the decade past, and the dangers of pushing young talent too hard and too soon.

October 2016 Listings for APM SymphonyCast

Oct 1, 2016
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This month on American Public Media's SymphonyCast we hear two performances of Berlioz's Symphonie fantastique from both the Houston Symphony and the Los Angeles Philharmonic, as well as Beethoven, Shostakovich, and Elgar's Cello Concerto, here on Classical 91.5.

10/7         Gabriela Lena Frank: Escaramuza Grieg: Piano Concerto Berlioz: Symphony fantastique (Gabriela Montero, p; Houston Symphony; Andres Orozco-Estrada, cond)  See all

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