Classical

Mornings on Classical 91.5, February 6 - 10

Weekdays from 6am to 9am

Wake with inspiring classical music, news, and a little conversation about Rochester’s vibrant arts scene.  At 6:40 a.m., a mystery challenge: name that TV or radio show!

Imani Winds, Classical Workouts, and Lovvvvvve


It’s only February, but a lot of really cool stuff is going to have to happen this year to knock the Imani Winds’s recent performance on Backstage Pass off my list of coolest things in 2012. You can watch the whole thing online right here:

Groovy Broadway

Sat, 02/04/2012 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm

This week’s Stage Notes is out of sight!  Join host Robert Hammond as he showcases Broadway musicals from the 70s. Seriously, dude, this program is far out!  Can you dig it? 

The Doctor and the Diva

Nutritionists will tell you it’s dangerous to shop for food when you’re hungry and more likely to wander into Twinkieland.  For me, the real peril lurks in Wegmans’ book aisle, where on a recent Friday afternoon, I picked up The Doctor and the Diva, the debut novel by Adrienne McDonnell.   “Some books just naturally enslave you,” read the Washington Post blub on

Mornings on Classical 91.5, January 29 - February 3

Weekdays from 6am to 9am

Brenda Tremblay presents classical music, arts and NPR news.  The mystery piece airs at 6:40. Here are the week's highlights!

Mahler, Mahler, Mahler

The Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra is playing Mahler’s Symphony No. 4 this evening and Saturday night (I’ll be there on Saturday).  Just by chance, I happen to have a few cool Mahler links that I’ve saved up for a rainy day. 

Check out this time lapse of the stage being set for Mahler’s Symphony No. 8 “Symphony of a Thousand” at Los Angeles’s Walt Disney Concert Hall.

Mornings from January 23th - 27th

Weekdays from 6am to 9am

It’s Dance Week! WXXI’s daily mystery piece at 6:40 a.m. offers you the chance to test your knowledge of waltzes, ballets, and pagan rituals.  Plus...

Welcome to the Sixties!

Sat, 01/21/2012 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Although the song, Welcome to the Sixties, is from the Broadway musical Hairspray that opened on the Great White Way in 2002, it takes place in 1962 Baltimore, Maryland.

All I ever needed to know about classical music (I learned from the Music Lover’s Handy-Dial Guide)


My colleague Jessica Smithorn got the coolest Christmas present from her mom this year. It’s the ‘Music Lover’s Handy-Dial Guide to the Great Composers” – a sort of secret decoder ring guide to classical music.