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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.

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!