Classical

The Chicago Symphony welcomes violinist Joshua Bell as a guest this month

Thursdays at 8:00 p.m.

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra continues its year-round season of broadcasts with...

The Metropolitan Opera kicks off its radio broadcast season on December 3rd

Saturdays at 1:00 p.m. (end times vary)

The Metropolitan Opera broadcast season varies in beginning and ending times this year.  For your listening convenience, WXXI will begin all broadcasts at 1:00 p.m. (unless length determines otherwise).  NOTE:  Live in HD theater times will not always match the radio broadcast.

Song in America double bills in December

Sundays at 1:00 (and 2:00) this month

Song in America gets some double bills this month due to holiday specials

Christmas with Madrigalia

Mon, 12/19/2011 - 12:00pm

Madrigalia celebrates the Light of the World with a concert of music for Christmas Days and Christmas Nights.

Concentus

Fri, 12/16/2011 - 1:00pm

Rochester women's ensemble Concentus performs for a holiday special of Backstage Pass. (Watch the performance On-Demand)

Books and Music: American Music Month

November is American Music Month, and WXXI has been playing music by American composers throughout the month. I only just discovered this celebration when I arrived here, and it has been wonderful to get to hear a lot of American music, and to choose some interesting examples to feature on my programs in the afternoons and evenings.

In addition to listening to music, I love reading (sometimes about music, sometimes about time travel and exploding alien spaceships...). I have a few recent books I've enjoyed that relate to American music. Here are my suggestions if you want to do a little reading, in addition to listening. I'd also love to hear if you have any suggestions that I should add to my reading list!

Mornings on Classical 91.5, November 28 - December 2

Wake up with classical music, a daily mystery piece at 6:40, the Composers’ Datebook at 7:20, the Writer’s Almanac at 8:20, and the latest arts news.

Monday, November 28

Garth Fagan never let anyone else choreograph his dancers until last year.  WXXI’s Julie Philipp reports on a new creative mind in dance and the moment of contact that sparked the troupe’s latest work. 

Recording Artist Matthew West Writes a Song that has Inspired a Movie

Sat, 12/03/2011 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Join host Robert Hammond as he talks to Grammy nominated recording artist Matthew West about his new holiday CD, “The Heart of Christmas,” and a song he wrote that’s inspired a movie. One song on the new album that has already developed a life beyond this CD is “One Last Christmas.”

Thanksgiving

"In order to create there must be a dynamic force, and what force is more potent than love?"  - Igor Stravinsky