Classical 91.5

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A collection of discussions between special guests and Music Director and midday host, Julia Figueras. 

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The next Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra concerts have a distinctly Spanish flair, with works by Spaniards and pieces inspired by that sunny country. WXXI-FM Music Director Julia Figueras chatted with RPO Music Director Ward Stare about mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard (who will be featured) and the program, which includes a piece that made the maestro squirm the first time he heard it.

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The 2017-18 season for the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra is just about to start.  Round 1 has two pieces inspired by literature surrounding a great and beloved piano concerto. RPO Music Director Ward Stare talked with WXXI-FM Music Director Julia Figueras about "Don Juan" by Richard Strauss (a favorite of Ward's), Grieg's sweeping Piano Concerto in a-minor (which will feature Inon Barnatan), Prokofiev's "Cinderella," and why Shostakovich kept a fully packed suitcase by the front door.

Your Rochester Philharmonics Orchestra closes out the season with a partially-staged production of Puccini's much loved opera "La Boheme." RPO Music Director Ward Stare brought director Grant Preisser, along with Inn Dukach (Mimi) and Harold Meers (Rudolfo) to talk with Julia Figueras about the performance. Along the way, there was much laughter, and a few very touching moments...not unlike the opera itself.

The RPO can be heard Monday nights at 8pm on WXXI Classical 91.5. 

In 2002, Juliana Athayde and Fabien Gabel were both in the Aspen Summer Music Festival. Fifteen years later, they'll take the stage together--he as guest conductor of your Rochester Philharmonic, and she as soloist in Bartok's Violin Concerto No. 2. Together, they chatted with WXXI Music Director Julia Figueras about the magic of Debussy, the earthiness of Bartok, and what took Juliana so long to get to that concerto.

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There are just two works this week for your Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra: Leonard Slatkin's "Kinah" and Mahler's Symphony No . 5.  RPO Music Director Ward Stare introduces WXXI Music Director Julia Figueras to the Slatkin work, and then takes her on Mahler's symphonic journey from death to laughter.  The RPO can be heard Monday nights at 8pm on WXXI Classical 91.5.

Guest conductor James Feddeck and pianist Natasha Paremski are offering up an evening of Russian delights with your Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra this week. On the bill: Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov, and American Sean Shepherd's piece inspired by Russian fairytales. Classical 91.5's Music Director Julia Figueras chatted with them about the subtlety and humor in Russian music, the wonderful advice from teachers, and the dangers of criticism.

June 12/September 11

Recorded March 9 & 11, 2017
James Feddeck, Guest Conductor
Natasha Paremski, piano

Ward Stare: Devon Glass; Ingrid Fliter: Anton Dressler

Chopin specialist and Gilmore Award winner Ingrid Fliter is in town to join Ward Stare and your Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra in a performance of...Chopin. She and Maestro Stare chatted with Classical 91.5's Music Director Julia Figueras about the inner workings of the Gilmore Award, the inner voices of Chopin's music, and the power and beauty of Brahms, whose music will appear twice in the program.

There are just two pieces in this week's Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra concert: "Romeo and Juliet" by Berlioz, and Brahms' massive Piano Concerto No. 1 with soloist Jeremy Denk. Jeremy and RPO Music Director Ward Stare talked to Classical 91.5 Music Director Julia Figueras about the pieces: the passion of Berlioz and the perfection of Brahms. And teachers. And Nina Simone.

Your Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra is about to perform one of the great choral works of all time: Mozart's Requiem.  RPO Music Director Ward Stare and tenor Anthony Dean Griffey, who is a professor at the Eastman School of Music, joined WXXI-FM Music Director Julia Figueras to chat about its curious history and how to approach the work. Also discussed: Hovhaness's fugues and Stravinsky's War Symphony.

The upcoming Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra program is filled with power and passion, from the romantic look east in Ravel's "Shéhérazade" to the dark portrait of the Soviet Union with Elliot Goldenthal's "Pravda" and Shostakovich's Symphony No. 5. Music Director Ward Stare and soprano Nicole Cabell came to our studios to chat with Classical 91.5 Music Director Julia Figueras about the works, with a backward glance by Nicole at her alma mater, the Eastman School of Music,  and the magic moment she was crowned the Cardiff Singer of the World.

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