WXXI-FM 91.5 Listings for August 2011



12:00pm            Saint Paul Sunday

8/7        Scott: Titilayo Coleman: Steal Away Haas: Wind Quintet Aguila: Quintet No. 2 (Imani Winds)

8/14            Chopin: Fantasy Schumann: Nachtstucke Beethoven: Sonata No. 17, Tempest

 (Shai Wosner, p)

8/21            Schubert: Im Fruhling Mahler: Two songs from Des Knaben Wunderhorn Debussy: Trois Chansons de Bilitis Bartok: Hungarian Folksong Settings Harbison: From Mirabai Songs Bolcom: Two songs from Cabaret Songs, Volumes I  (Dawn Upshaw, s; Gil Kalish, p)

8/28      Charles Wadsworth and Friends Dvorak: Waldesruhe, Slavonic Dances Mendelssohn: Trio for Violin, Cello and Piano Schumann: Fantasy Pieces for Clarinet and Piano Prutsman: I’ve Got Rhythm—Not


1:00pm             Keeping Score Series: 13 Days When Music Changed Forever

8/7        Parisian Piano Maker Sebastien Erard Gives One of His Sturdy New

Creations to Beethoven With this instrument, the composer was able to set aside his forte piano and write more expressive and emotional music, beginning with the Waldstein Sonata. New instruments and new technologies have inalterably changed music many times, but the pace of change quickened in the 20th century, with the record player, the computer, and the Internet.

8/14      The First Public Performance of Beethoven’s Eroica Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3 changed our idea of what music could express. Instead of classical form and rarified beauty, this symphony lays out the full range of human feelings, from joy and love to hopelessness and pathos.

8/21      The Launch of the First “Ring” cycle at Bayreuth A program about the danger and appeal of Wagner’s full-immersion mythology and why the composer was so important, even to those who hated him.

8/28      The Opening Day of the Exposition Universelle in Paris The Exposition Universelle was where Debussy first heard gamelan music, and “world” music became a part of Western European classical language. Composers before and after Debussy frequently turned to vernacular sources for inspiration, whether Brahms, Mahler, and Bartók incorporating folk melodies, Copland and Gershwin using the rhythms of Latin dance, or Steve Reich quoting West African drumming.


3:00pm             The New York Philharmonic

8/7            Copland:  Old American songs Set 2 Loewe:  If Ever I Would Leave You from Camelot Mahler:  Symphony No. 1 (Nathan Gunn, bar; Alan Gilbert, cond)

8/14            Mozart:  Piano Concerto Nos. 6, 25 and 24 (Jeffrey Kahane, p and cond)

8/21      Alan Gilbert Profile, No. 1 Ives:   Symphony No. 2 Mahler:  Blumine

Strauss:   Ein Heldenleben  (Alan Gilbert, cond)

8/28            Summertime Classics, 2011: Tchaikovsky and Other Romantics

Khachaturian:  Waltz from Masquerade Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 1 Glazunov:  Valse de concert No. 2 Borodin:  Polovtsian Dances from Prince Igor Kirill Gerstein, p; Bramwell Tovey, cond)



5:00pm             From the Top

8/7        From the Top kicks off the Gettysburg Festival with a prize-winning quartet from Chicago playing Bartók and a teenage tuba player from Georgia with a moving story about taking up his instrument.

8/14      From the Fisher Theater at Iowa State University, eight teens from Ohio deliver an energetic Mendelssohn octet and we catch up with an alum who has followed his own path to becoming a conductor.

8/21      From Cedar Falls, Iowa, uou'll hear a cellist and saxophonist from Iowa, a violinist from Illinois, a pianist from New York, and an accordion player from Rhode Island!

8/28      Alumni Musical Mavericks Show This week we feature the amazing music and stories our alumni musicians have made since appearing on From the Top. You'll hear from a cellist, violist, pianist, and two composers, who are negotiating life as 20-somethings and who are all involved in cutting edge musical activities.


6:00pm             Classical Guitar Alive!



7:00pm             With Heart & Voice ♦

8/7        TBA

8/14      TBA

8/21      TBA

8/28      TBA


8:00pm             Pipedreams

8/7        High Fives Composite performances of the most famous of all organ symphonies (by Charles-Marie Widor), and its somber companion-challenger (by Louis Vierne).

8/14      A Newman for All Seasons  Performances by and conversation with the vibrant and provocative American virtuoso, composer and musicologist Anthony Newman.

8/21      Organ Plus  Whether combined with saxophone, brass ensemble, chamber orchestra or symphonic ensemble, the King of Instruments proves itself an able and amiable companion.

8/28      In Concert  From ‘lively’ contexts in Saint Paul, Minneapolis, and Amarillo, recitalists Hector Olivera, Stephen Tharp, Craig Phillips and others perform.




7:00pm             Exploring Music with Bill McGlaughlin

8/1        Nadia Boulanger Every town in the United States had a five-and-dime and a Boulanger student," Virgil Thompson once said, and he wasn't far off.  Nadia Boulanger taught and influenced an entire generation of musicians, from Aaron Copland and Ástor Piazzolla to Philip Glass and Quincy Jones, and this week we'll hear some of her compositions and performances alongside those of her prolific students.

8/8        Britten This week we’ll peer into the life and music of Benjamin Britten.

8/15      Vienna, Part I This week we’ll explore the rich culture of this great musical capital, reaching back to the Roman Empire and beyond.  Composers include Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Haydn, Johann Strauss and Mahler.

8/22      Vienna, Part II We're continuing our exploration of one of the world’s great musical capitals with music of the great Romantics, the renegades of the last century, and beyond.  Composers include Johann Strauss, Jr., Mahler and Schoenberg.

8/29      The Symphony, Part VIII Bill's exploration of the symphony continues with music of composers born around 1880.


8:00pm             Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra  ♦

8/1        Elgar: Cockaigne Liszt:  Piano Concerto No. 1 Tchaikovsky:  Symphony No. 4 (Ilya Itin, p; Christopher Seaman, cond)
8/8            Sibelius:  Suite from Karelia Glazunov:  Violin Concerto Stravinsky:  Pétrouchka (Juliana Athayde, v; Christopher Seaman, cond)

8/15      Liszt:  Mephisto Waltz No. 1  Vaughan Williams:  Concerto for Oboe and Strings Dvorak:  Symphony No. 7 (Erik Behr, o; John Nelson, cond)

8/22            Berlioz:  Roman Carnival Overture Mendelssohn:  Violin Concerto Brahms:  Symphony No. 1 (Augustin Hadelich, v; Larry Rachleff, cond)

8/29            Dvořák:  Carnival Overture Rachmaninoff:  Piano Concerto No. 2 Sibelius:  Symphony No. 1 (Olga Kern, p; Christopher Seaman, cond)




8:00pm            Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra

8/2            Brahms: Violin Concerto Mahler: Symphony No. 1 (Anne-Sophie Mutter, v; Manfred Honeck, cond)

8/9        Rossini: Overture to La Cenerentola Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 19 Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 3, Polish (Benjamin Hochman, p; Gianandrea Noseda, cond)

8/16      Berlioz: Harold in Italy Holst: The Planets (Randolph Kelly, vla; Women of the Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh; Betsy Burleigh, dir; Yan Pascal Tortelier, cond)

8/23            Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 2 Prokofiev: Symphony No. 5 (Stephen Hough, p; Yan Pascal Tortelier, cond)

8/30            Zemlinsky: The Mermaid Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 3 (Yefim Bronfman, p; Juraj Valcuha, cond)




1:00pm             Backstage Pass  ♦

8/10      The Gateways Music Festival, which features African-American classical musicians from throughout the US, takes place August 10-14 here in Rochester. Representatives from the festival will join Julia Figueras to perform and talk about the importance of the festival in heightening public awareness of the contributions of African-American classical musicians. (repeat Sun 8/14, 2:00 p.m.)


8:00pm             American Music Festivals

8/3        Carmel-By-The-Sea is located on the Monterrey peninsula, about an hour’s drive south of San Francisco.   It’s a picturesque seaside town where the setting and the music compete for attention.  At the Monterrey Aquarium, nearly two million people each year press their collective noses to the glass to see the secret lives of sharks, squid, sea lions and more creatures of the sea. And in this spectacular setting, one of the world’s great music festivals has been quietly going on for three-quarters of a century.

8/10      The Ojai Music Festival, like many summer festivals, takes place in a gorgeous natural setting with parks and mountains and abundant wildlife. But in some ways Ojai is very different. The programming is uniquely eclectic, and there’s a new music director every year. In the past Aaron Copland, Igor Stravinsky, Lukas Foss, and eighth blackbird have held the position. Pierre Boulez has served as director seven times since 1967, and Dawn Upshaw leads the festival, one of our most intriguing, in 2011.

8/17      La Jolla, California is more than just surfing, sailing, and tidepooling. It’s also the home of La Jolla Neurosciences Institute, the foremost research facility for studying how music affects the brain. And the acoustically superb Neurosciences Auditorium is just one of the venues where you can hear La Jolla’s Mainly Mozart, one of the largest and most prestigious Mozart festivals in North America.

8/24      Festival Mozaic is one of the most unusual festivals in our series: 80 players from the top orchestras in the country get together for 11 days to play great music in the stunningly beautiful San Luis Obispo. Scott Yoo, Music Director since 2004, likes the intensity of the Festival because “it provides us with an opportunity to delve into one aspect of music and go really deep.” The Festival celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2010 with some ambitious repertoire.

8/31      The Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival has become one of the world’s preeminent music festivals. Concerts take place in the intimate, historic St. Francis Auditorium at the New Mexico Museum of Art, the Lensic Performing Arts Center in Santa Fe, and at Simms Auditorium at Albuquerque Academy. Santa Fe is not only the highest capital city of the United States; it’s also the oldest, with a very multicultural history. Between the altitude, the pinon-scented air, starry nights, and amazing food, there is no other place like it on earth.




8:00pm             BP Chicago Symphony Orchestra

8/4            Brahms: Symphony No. 1 Brahms:  Violin Concerto Ravel: Daphnis and Chloe Suite No. 2  (Vadim Repin, v; Myung-Whun Chung, cond)

8/11            Beethoven: Leonore Overture No. 2 Wagner: Prelude to Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg 

Donatoni: Esa Bruckner: Symphony No. 7 (Esa-Pekka Salonen cond)

8/18            Schumann: Manfred Overture Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 17 Brahms: Symphony No. 4

Haydn: Sinfonia Concertante (Emanuel Ax, p; Bernard Haitink, cond)

8/25            Handel: Music for the Royal Fireworks Shostakovich: Chamber Symphony for Strings Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 4 Schumann: Symphony No. 3, Rhenish (Robert Levin, p; Nicolas McGegan & John Eliot Gardiner, cond)




8:00pm             APM Symphony Cast

8/5        Dvorák: Cello Concerto Smetana: Má vlast (Jean-Guihen Queyras, c; BBC Symphony Orchestra; Jiri Belohlavek, cond)

8/12            Wagner: Prelude to Lohengrin Dorman: Frozen in Time Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6, Pathetique Szymanowski: Symphony No. 3 (City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Martin Grubinger, per;  Andris Nelsons & Simon Rattle, cond)

8/19                  Beethoven: Symphony No. 4 Saint-Saens: Piano Concerto No. 5 Liszt: Dante Symphony

(Stephen Hough, p; Julia Doyle, s; Women of the CBSO Chorus; BBC Philharmonic; Gianandrea Noseda, cond)

8/26      Elgar: There is sweet music, Violin Concerto Grainger: Irish Tune from County Derry, Suite In a Nutshell R. Strauss: Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche (Tasmin Little, v; BBC Symphony Orchestra and Singers; Sir Andrew Davis, cond)




11:00am            Fascinatin’ Rhythm ♦

8/6        I Don't Want To Play in Your Yard

8/13      The Wit of Dorothy Fields

8/20      Catch Phrases

8/27      This Must Be Illegal


12:00 p.m.            Stage Notes ♦

8/6        TBA

8/13      TBA

8/20      TBA

8/27      TBA


1:00pm             Los Angeles Opera on Air

8/6        Daniel Catán: Il Postino (in Spanish)

8/13      Mozart:  The Marriage of Figaro (in Italian)


1:00pm             San Francisco Opera

8/20      Verdi:  Aida (in Italian)

8/27      Alfano:  Cyrano de Bergerac (in French)


6:00pm             A Prairie Home Companion

8/6        TBA

8/13      A live performance from the Wharton Center for Performing Arts in East Lansing, MI.

8/20      A live performance from the Cape Cod Melody Tent in Hyannis, MA.

8/27      TBA


8:00pm             Thistle & Shamrock with Fiona Ritchie

8/6        Words and Music Uncover musical connections with Stevenson, Yeats, Scott and other literary figures in the company of Bonnie Rideout, Loreena McKennitt, Battlefield Band and Jean Redpath.

8/13      Song Beat Hebridean tweed workers' songs, rowing songs, hiking songs, mouth music -- their lyrics take a back seat to their integral rhythms, lightening the work and keeping the singer going. Get into the rhythm of the song this week, with Catherine-Anne MacPhee, Ossian, Christy Moore, and many more.

8/20      Time To Dance The rhythms of Celtic music will always get into your feet and before you know it, you're dancing. Limber up before you tune into this hour of music featuring Alasdair Fraser, Trian, and a pair of traditional dance bands from Ireland and Scotland.

8/27      Easy Does It There's more to this roots music business than high-energy dance tunes. Kick back with some soothing voices (Maire Brennan, Dougie MacLean, Karen Matheson) and some free-spirited instrumentals (Davy Spillane, William Jackson, Michael McGoldrick).