Classical 91.5

On Record

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

Christopher Seaman, Conductor Laureate of your Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, is back in town for his annual date with the band. Joining him this time around is pianist Joyce Yang for an evening that will include a Beethoven overture, a Sibelius symphony, and Mozart's dramatic and mysterious Piano Concerto No. 24. Maestro Seaman and Miss Yang chatted with WXXI-FM Music Director Julia Figueras about the complexities of Mozart, the heroics of Sibelius, and the experience of accompanying a dance company...from the stage.

Photo: Eastman School of Music

Pianist Rebecca Penneys taught at the Eastman School of Music for almost 4 decades. As of this semester, she holds the title of Professor Emerita of Piano. Miss Penneys--who appeared on Backstage Pass in March of this year in a celebration of the Salon Concert Series--joins host Julia Figueras for a look back at her time at the school and a look forward, as she talks about how her new life is growing out of her Eastman days. Works by Soler, Scarlatti, Brahms, and Chopin are in the musical mix. Tune in for this special salute on Monday, October 23 at 1 PM.

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.

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