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Simon Pontin narrates at upcoming Rochester Chamber Orchestra concert

Retired Classical 91.5 Sunshine Show host Simon Pontin narrates a brand new work by William Cahn in the upcoming concert of the Rochester Chamber Orchestra.


Broadcast date for Pipedreams Live! in Rochester

We just received word about the second program from the Pipedreams Live! recording here in Rochester in February 2009.  It will be broadcast on WXXI-FM 91.5 on Sunday, April 11, 2010 at 8:00 p.m.  Here's the full rundown of what will be on the show.


Lotte Lenya Competition Auditions begin

The Lotte Lenya Competition is an internationally recognized theater singing competition sponsored by the Kurt Weill Foundation for Music in Manhattan.  The Eastman School of Music will again host one of the live regional auditions as well as the finals of the annual Lotte Lenya Competition, giving local audiences plenty of opportunities to catch the rising stars of musical theater. 


WXXI Hosts free screening of "The Eyes of Me"

WXXI is pleased to host a very special free screening of "The Eyes of Me", a feature film from the Emmy Award-winning PBS series "Independent Lens."


Behind the Scenes with the Mercury Opera

Midday host Julia Figueras goes On Record to find out about a new opera production.

Mercury Opera Artistic Director Benton Hess, Olga Makarina from the Metropolitan Opera and Dinyar Vania from the New York City Opera join Julia Figueras on Wednesday, 1/13 at 1:00 p.m. to talk about the company’s newest production of La Traviata.  David Bartholomew returns to direct the production, and Metropolitan opera star Olga Makarina will be making her Mercury Opera debut as Violetta.


Mordecai returns to help ring in the New Year

Join retired Classical 91.5 host Mordecai Lipshutz for A Night of Smiles, December 31st beginning at 10 p.m.


[img_assist|nid=13291|title=Retired host Mordecai Lipshutz|desc=|link=node|align=left|width=100|height=75]Mordecai Lipshutz returns to Classical 91.5 and 90.3 FM with an evening of Strauss family waltzes, polkas and favorites to help ring in the New Year.  Enjoy such favorites as the Blue Danube, Bonbons Waltz, Joke Polka, Emperor Walz and the Radetzky March and much more.


Alec Baldwin as host of New York Philharmonic

Every Sunday afternoon at 3:00 p.m. WXXI-FM Classical 91.5 broadcasts concerts from the New York Philharmonic Orchestra. 


Pontin wins Lifetime Achievement Award

Retired WXXI Classical 91.5  Sunshine Show host Simon Pontin (seen here with wife Christy Simons) was awarded the Lifetime Achievement AwardPontinPontin by the Arts & Cultural Council for Greater Rochester at their 26th Annual Arts Award Luncheon today.  Lifetime Achievement AwardLifetime Achievement Award


Naz students give feedback on listening to Classical 91.5

WXXI-FM host Brenda Tremblay, Program Director Ruth Phinney with Nazareth freshmanWXXI-FM host Brenda Tremblay, Program Director Ruth Phinney with Nazareth freshman


Richard Gladwell

We are deeply saddened to share the news that Richard Gladwell passed away on Thursday morning, October 15 at 10:25. He was with his wife, granddaughter, and a dear friend, and died quietly and peacefully.
Richard was diagnosed with brain cancer in June. After surgery he was able to spend time with his extended family, including several weeks at a lake house in upstate New York. Throughout his illness he was surrounded by family and friends in his beautiful sunroom looking out on his beloved garden.

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