Release Date: 
Tue, 03/26/2013

WXXI Public Broadcasting

280 State Street. PO Box 30021

Rochester, New York 14603-3021




Kristin Tutino, Publicist: 585/258-0253


For Immediate Release

National Initiative Honors Connection between Public Radio and Artists

(Rochester, New York) March 26, 2013 ­­-- WXXI announced today that it will participate in the second annual Public Radio Music Month, a month‐long initiative in April 2013 that celebrates public radio stations’ invaluable role in America’s music culture.

Public Radio Music Month is a nationwide initiative that connects local public radio stations, artists, and audiences in communities across the United States. Stations and their partners are featuring exclusive interviews, performances, and more throughout the month.

Public Radio has a substantial footprint in music. Consider these facts:

  • Across the country, more than 180 public radio stations have full‐time music formats, and more than 400 more play music as part of their programming lineups.
  • Public radio stations air nearly 5 million hours of music per year, the majority of which is local programming.
  • Nearly 90% of all classical radio stations in the U.S. are public radio stations, and that number has almost tripled in the past 20 years.

As part of Public Radio Music Month, WXXI will feature the following events and performances:

  • Faculty and cast members from Nazareth Theatre’s production of Three Penny Opera, and Eastman Opera Theatre’s production ofStreet Scene join host Julia Figueras for a Backstage Pass that celebrates German-composer Kurt Weill on Wednesday, April 3 at 1 p.m. on Classical 91.5/FM-HD 91.5-1. They'll sing songs from their upcoming productions and talk about the challenges and rewards of producing Weill musicals.
  • Michael Lasser, host of Fascinatin’ Rhythm, celebrates the music of Kurt Weill with a special performance of Weill's music onSunday, April 7 at 2 p.m. at The Harley School's Wilson Arts CenterCindy Miller and Alan Jones join Lasser to perform the songs of the German-American composer. Tickets are $25 and can be ordered online at WXXI.org/events or by calling (585) 258-0200.

  • Classical 91.5's Mona Seghatoleslami, host of Live from Hochstein, welcomes the talented Nance family to the stage and the airwaves. Violinist Shannon Nance, trumpeter Wes Nance, and their daughter Brooke, who plays horn can be heard Wednesday, April 10 at 12:10 p.m. and encores at 10 p.m. on Classical 91.5/FM-HD 91.5-1.
  • Classical 91.5 Music Director Julia Figueras goes On Record with members of Gibbs & Main on Thursday, April 25th at 1 p.m. to talk about their latest EuphoNY 2013 Lines and Dimensions project.

For more information on Public Radio Music Month, tune in to Classical 91.5 and WRUR-FM 88.5 or visit WXXI.org/prmm. Learn more about station events across the country on the Public Radio Music Month blog at publicradiomusicmonth.org.


WXXI is the essential, life-long educational media resource for the Greater Rochester area. WXXI puts the community first with programming that stimulates and expands thought, inspires the spirit, opens cultural horizons and promotes understanding of diverse community issues. The formal affiliation between WXXI and the Little Theatre, established in December 2011, enables the two organizations to work more efficiently by pooling resources and strengths in a number of areas including back-office operation and improved fundraising capabilities.  Log on to wxxi.org for more information about our services and programs.