December 12 - 16

Find daily inspiration in the Composer’s Datebook (7:20) and the Writer’s Almanac (8:20). This week, test your knowledge of Christmas and TV movie themes in the Mystery Piece at 6:40.

Monday, December 12

The First Nowell wrapped in brilliant variations

A Grammy-nominated Rochester native throws herself into a passionate Baroque aria

Music by Haydn, Dvorak, and Max Bruch

A Holiday Special with Jim Brickman and The Tinseltone Carolers

Sat, 12/10/2011 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Join host Robert Hammond as he welcomes solo piano artist Jim Brickman and The Tinseltone Carolers to this week’s special holiday Stage Notes.

Classical Afternoons for December 5-9

Weekdays from 2pm-7pm

Have you seen Scorsese's film Hugo? I went this weekend, and it is absolutely enchanting. The story has a surprising connection to Jacques Offenbach, of can-can fame, by way of Jules Verne. This week, I hope you can join me to hear more of that story and enjoy all sorts of wonderful music.

Mornings on Classical 91.5

Starting at 6:00 a.m. with the birds.

Let’s relax.  In the holidays to come, delights, gifts, and memories flood our lives, and with them come pressures and anxieties which make this a difficult season for many.

Music offers you a refuge from the bustle, a room where you can take off your coat and warm your hands to Wagner’s Magic Fire music or Bach’s passionate Goldberg variations.

San Francisco Symphony Orchestra on Classical 91.5

Tuesdays at 8:00 p.m.

Beethoven, Bruckner, Mozart, Mahler and more, this month on the San Francisco Symphony broadcasts.

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.

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.


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

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