Classical 91.5

Leonard Bernstein

Welcome to Major Themes for May 2018, a monthly feature in which classical music experts recommend a must-hear recording based on what's happening at classical stations and programs around the country. For this month's installment, we checked in with friends in Ohio, Vermont and Minnesota, as well as the host of Pipedreams. Here are their picks, with an emphasis on piano, moms, mermaids and Mass.

Martha Argerich & Sergei Babayan, Prokofiev for Two (Deutsche Grammophon)


5/6          Music Director Profiles #2: Zubin Mehta  Performances include archival and CD recordings of music by Schoenberg, Bruckner, Joan Tower, Mozart, Beethoven, Bartok, Mahler, Furtwangler, Webern, Steve Reich, Ravi Shankar, Crumb and Schoenberg.

5/13        A Sibelius Sojourn  Sibelius: Finlandia, Pohjola’s Daughter, Violin Concerto, Pelléas et Mélisande, Symphony No. 2 (Zino Francescatti, v; Zubin Mehta, Leonard Bernstein, Sir Thomas Beecham and Lorin Maazel, cond)

Ward Stare: Devon Cass/Misha Dichter: CJ Mulligan

Your Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra kicks off its Leonard Bernstein Centennial celebrations this week with a work by Bernstein--Bernstein's Symphony No. 2, The Age of Anxiety--and a piece Bernstein championed--Shostakovich's Symphony No. 9. Pianist Misha Dichter, who solos in Bernstein's work, joined RPO Music director Ward Stare to chat with WXXI-FM's Music Director Julia Figueras about the Legacy of Lenny, and the many gifts he gave us.

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

Classical 91.5 presents...On the Town, Saturday September 29th at 3pm at The Little Theatre. 

On the Town is a 1949 Technicolor musical film with music by Leonard Bernstein and Roger Edens and book and lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green, adapted from the Broadway musical produced in 1944. The plot follows three sailors on a day of shore leave in New York City as they look for fun and romance before their twenty-four hours are up.

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The Neave Trio has graced both Rochester stages and our airwaves-twice as guests of Live from Hochstein. This is your chance to hear them talk!

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

Classical 91.5 Presents...On the Waterfront Saturday November 5th at 3pm at The Little Theatre.  Beloved film and music critic Jack Garner will introduce the movie and be a part of the post-film discussion.

Join us this month to hear the New York Philharmonic delight us with Copland, Blitzstein, and a three-weekend Beethoven Festival, on Classical 91.5.  See all.

9/4        Rodgers/Bennett: Victory at Sea: Suite (Richard Rodgers, cond) Copland: Third Symphony Blitzstein: Symphony, The Airborne (Orson Welles, narr; Andra Velis, t; David Watson,bar; Choral Arts Society; William Jonson, dir; Leonard Berstein, cond)