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

On Record with Francois Lopez-Ferrer and Xiayin Wang

Pianist  Xiayin Wang & conductor Francois Lopez-Ferrer
Wang: newschoolorg/Lopez-Ferrer: moversmakers.org
Pianist Xiayin Wang & conductor Francois Lopez-Ferrer

This week, it’s a double debut for your Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra. François López-Ferrer is stepping in as guest conductor and in a last-minute substitution, pianist Xiayin Wang will solo in George Gershwin’s Piano Concerto in F. The concerto is just one piece in a program filled with, as Gershwin once said, “an orgy of rhythm,” featuring two by Gershwin, plus an Andean-inspired suite by Gabriela Lena Frank, and four dances from Alberto Ginastera’s boisterous ballet Estancia. François and Xiayin came by our studio to talk to Julia Figueras about getting into the groove.  

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.