Classical 91.5

great american songbook

Skaneateles Suites

A Sunday afternoon performance by Michael Lasser, Cindy Miller and Alan Jones

playing around:  with words and with love

Sunday, April 29, 2:00 p.m.

Asbury First Methodist Church

1050 East Ave., Rochester NY, 14607

Tickets are available online at wxxi.org or at the door.

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Episode #1808

Eating in and eating out, cooking and courting, from a day in the kitchen to your favorite deli.


Fascinatin' Rhythm: Sob Songs - 1/28

Jan 22, 2017
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Sob Songs

Program 1705 

Irving Berlin coined the term so here are the great “sob songs,” music and words by the master.  Berlin must have known that his audience needed more songs to help them feel better about crying so much!


Fascinatin' Rhythm: City Songs - 1/21

Jan 15, 2017
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Program 1704: City songs aren’t about subject or setting, but rather about a defining sensibility that can only be called urban. 20th century American songwriters were answering the public's yearning to feel included in the hip, happening world of cities.


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Program 1703: Not Your Everyday Rain Songs 

When you take a common image and make it sing, you’re turning the familiar into something fresh; it’s what songwriters do.  This week on Fascinatin' Rhythm, join us as we dive into the minds of songwriters and transform the ordinary into the extraordinary!


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Fascinatin' Rhythm Program 1702 

WXXI Broadcast Date: 12/31/16

Popular music plays an essential role in The Great Gatsby. Here’s how.

Host Michael Lasser has a VIP pass to the hottest parties of the 1920s with Jay Gatsby and all the exciting music that fueled that swingin' time.

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This month, The New York Philharmonic carries the winter cheer though to the new year with classics by Leroy Anderson, Antonio Vivaldi, and more!

Fascinatin' Rhythm: Yip & Cole, An Unlikely Duo - 12/24

Dec 18, 2016
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Program 1652

12/24    Yip & Cole, An Unlikely Duo – Cole Porter, apolitical, and Yip Harburg, a man of the left, joined together in a skeptical view of life inseparable from their defining wit.

Cole Porter and Yip Harburg are songwriting heroes individually, but their paths crossed many times during their careers.

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Program 1651

12/17    Irving Berlin and “What’ll I Do?” – Irving Berlin's song "What'll I Do?" plunged him into stardom, but where did he go from there?  How Irving Berlin got to one of his greatest standards and where it took him next.

Fascinatin' Rhythm: Broadway Soliloquies - 12/10/16

Dec 4, 2016
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Program 1650  - Broadway Soliloquies

12/10  – Rodgers and Hammerstein were some of the first storytellers to look into the mind of characters on Broadway.  With their new emphasis on character, soliloquies in song became central to telling the story in Broadway musicals.

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