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A collection of discussions between special guests and Music Director and midday host, Julia Figueras.

On Record with Natasha Paremski

The last time pianist Natasha Paremski was in town to perform with your Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, she played Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 with great agility and aplomb. She’s back and playing another great Russian work: Rachmaninov’s Variations on a Theme of Paganini. Natasha came by the studios to chat with WXXI Classical’s Music Director Julia Figueras about the plot of this piece that was first conceived as a ballet, why so many people overplay Russian concertos, and the pianist who inspired her to follow her muse.  

A Strong Memorial baby and Greece Arcadia grad, Julia Figueras was the Music Director and mid-day host for WXXI Classical until June 30, 2023 when she retired after more than 26 years of service. She also hosted the award-winning monthly interview/performance show, Backstage Pass.