Sharp Ears

Sharp Ears

Tuesdays at 4:30pm and Wednesdays at 7:20am starting February 4, 2014
In our new series Sharp Ears, Rochester’s top musicians will guide you to the artists most worth your time. You'll hear RPO trumpeter Herb Smith describes the appeal of Yo-Yo Ma, Steven Doane explains what he hears coming out of Steven Isserlis’ cello, and soprano Andrea Folan reveals her two favorite singers -- and the surprising quality they have in common.

The series will air Tuesdays at 4:30 p.m., beginning February 4. An extended version of the segment that played Tuesday evening will air the following morning, Wednesdays at 7:20 a.m., beginning February 5.



On-Demand audio files with extended guest conversations will be available at The series will also air at various times on NPR’s Morning Edition on AM 1370 starting February 5th through the end of March.  

Sharp Ears guests (order subject to change) on Classical 91.5:

2/4 & 5    Soprano Andrea Folan describes the surprising quality her two favorite singers share.

2/11 & 12  RPO trumpeter Herb Smith explains his current obsession with cellist Yo-Yo Ma.

2/18 & 19  Eastman professor Kathleen Bride introduces you to a dazzling Parisian harpist who’s caught her attention.

2/25 & 26  RPO principal clarinet Kenny Grant explores what makes a great sound on his instrument.

3/4  & 5    Cellist Steven Doane lays out the specific reasons he loves listening to his friend Steven Isserlis play the cello.

3/11 & 12  Flutist Bonita Boyd talks about what makes some flutists – such as James Galway – special.

3/18 & 19  Guitarist Nicholas Goluses guides you to recordings of several outstanding guitarists.

3/25 & 26  Early music specialist Deborah Fox illuminates the sound of an inspiring violinist, Elizabeth Wallfisch.

4/1 & 4/2 Conductor Nancy Strelau probes the mysteries of orchestral color.

4/8 & 9 Conductor Christopher Seaman highlights the virtues of old recordings. 4/15 & 16 Composer Jennifer Higdon offers insights on listening.