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

On Record with Ken-David Masur and Awadagin Pratt

Pianist Awadagin Pratt and conductor Ken-David Masur
Pratt: Awadagin.com/Masur: Mario Borggrev
Pianist Awadagin Pratt and conductor Ken-David Masur

It's another big week for the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, with debut performances by conductor Ken-David Masur and pianist Awadagin Pratt, along with a world premiere of Jessie Montgomery's "Rounds for Piano and String Orchestra," Brahms' masterful "Variations on a Theme by Haydn," and Mendelssohn's powerful Reformation Symphony. Maestro and soloist stopped by together to chat with WXXI Classical Music Director Julia Figueras about the concerto's creation, the genius of Brahms and Mendelssohn, building diversity, and how many pianos are enough.

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.