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Sharing releases, present and past, to brighten your day. WXXI Classical has its eyes and ears on the latest releases from classical artists working today. When we come across a story or a release we think you might enjoy, we’ll be sharing it with you on CD Spotlight. You’ll learn more about the artists online at WXXI Classical, and you’ll hear selections from these artists on FM 91.5. CD Spotlight shares new releases by artists that you’ll want to know and some by great artists and ensembles that deserve to be in the spotlight again.

CD Spotlight: Roots by Randall Goosby


From the first notes of Roots, it's clear that Randall Goosby is an astounding talent and this is a very special debut.

So, who is Randall Goosby? He's an award-winning performer who's already played Carnegie Hall twice...and he's only 25. An alumnus of From the Top, Goosby studied with Philippe Quint and Itzhak Perlman, and clearly learned his lessons well, thanking his teachers, friends, and especially his mother in the liner notes. Roots showcases some of our great Black composers, including Florence Price and William Grant Still, along with some Gershwin and Dvorak in the mix, all the while honoring the contribution of Black musicians in classical music. The reviews have been consistently glowing: The New York Times praised Goosby's "exquisite tone" and the Washington Post raved about his "mix of mastery and mystery." In an interview, Goosby said, “For me, personally, music has been a way for me to inspire others.” He has inspired us to choose Roots for our first CD Spotlight.

A Strong Memorial baby and Greece Arcadia grad, Julia Figueras is the Music Director and mid-day host for WXXI-FM. She is also the producer and host for the award-winning monthly interview/performance show, Backstage Pass.