A Radio Program

Live From Hochstein Featuring RPO brass players

WXXI's Chris Van Hof chats with Rochester Philharmonic Principal Trumpet Doug Prosser about his days playing Spain and the process of putting together one of the most favorite modern trumpet concerti.

Trombone Spring Break!

Earlier this month, I was gone and off the air for a whole week.  I thought I'd try Skyaking for a bit--didn't work out so well.  After multiple bird strikes and $17,000 worth of skyaks destroyed, I decided on a safer endeavor and played racquetball.

Live From Hochstein Featuring Quartsemble

Quartsemble is a string quintet of a different stripe.  They travel comfortably from standard classical repertoire to up-to-the-minute new arrangements of Latino and contemporary music.  WXXI's Chris Van Hof chatted with them about their unique programming, the key to good educational concerts, and how to write tango for five strings.

Live From Hochstein St. Patrick's Day with Brian Story and the Finger Lakes Concert Band

WXXI Classical 91.5's Chris Van Hof's discussion with conductor Brian Story about the pleasures and challenges of leading a community concert band, and how to program good music for a St. Patrick's Day concert.

Arts Features with Mona

Mona Seghatoleslami of WXXI’s Classical 91.5 interviews musicians performing in the Rochester area and beyond, including previews of upcoming Live from Hochstein performances.

You Missed a Spot!

Every day for 5 hours at WXXI, I play CDs.  On an average weekday, I play 22 pieces of recorded music.  A rough estimate suggests that 97% of the recordings I play are produced in a studio, with the remaining 3% are recorded live in concert.

Let 'em dance!

Chilean conductor Felipe Hidalgo is coming to Rochester to bring the Gospel of Fun to our young classical musicians. 

New Year Resolution

Happy New Year! While zillions of people aspire to start fresh, to stop smoking, lose weight, and eat healthier foods, I resolve to eat better quality chocolate and update my blog more regularly. To that end, I offer you two items.


Happy Holidays, or rather, "Feliz Navidad!"

Happy Holidays from your afternoon host guy on WXXI!  It's been a busy Fall, but now that the Winter is officially upon us, I thought I'd offer a little Christmas present to you.  The Eastman Wind Ensemble just toured to Michigan and Chicago, playing at the prestigious Midwest Clinic.

How to be a complete band nerd...and totally rock out

The video game Rock Band lets you sing into a microphone that's plugged into your game console.  If you sing the right pitches and the right rhythms, you earn points.  A bored flutist recently made this stunning discovery: