Monthly Archives: March, 2019


March 30 – April 5, 2019: A Few Of Us, Part 2

Published - March 30, 2019

“When a chamber group has this kind of energy and spark, the result is greater than the sum of its parts, and it’s magical.”  – Melia Watras   There is something special about chamber music.  The performers are intricately connected, and they brings a soulfulness and intimacy to the music that is unique.  This week we feature performances from all-female chamber ensembles.   A Few Of Us, Part 2 Catherine McMichael:  August Beguine Kassia Ensemble; Mary Elizabeth Bowden, trumpet “Rêverie” Summit Records 743 Antonio Lotti:  Sonata in G Major Eroica Trio “Baroque” EMI Classics 556873 François-Joseph Gossec:  Trio in F Major, Op. 9,

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March 23-29, 2019: On The Podium

Published - March 23, 2019

“Frequently women tell me that they feel empowered and can relate very directly with a woman conducting.” – Marin Alsop   This week, an encore program for you. More and more women are taking up the baton and stepping onto the podium to lead orchestras around the world.  Season 3 of Feminine Fusion opens with just some of these talented conductors showing their skills.   Ascending the Podium   Joan Tower:  Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman, No. 4 Colorado Symphony Orchestra; Marin Alsop, conductor “Fanfares for the Uncommon Woman” Koch International 7469 Antonio Vivaldi, trans. by Franck Krawzcyk:  Winter, from The Four

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‘Women, War & Peace II’ premieres on WCNY-TV

Published - March 20, 2019

WCNY, Central New York’s public broadcaster, presents “Women, War & Peace II” from 9 to 11 p.m. on WCNY-TV March 25 and 26. The series features powerful stories of women’s role in dramatic conflicts and peace settlements across the globe. For viewing information, visit wcny.org/whereotwatch. In collaboration with the film, WCNY produced local video shorts. To view them, visit wcny.org/womenwarandpeace. Series II demonstrates how some of the biggest international stories of recent memory are shaped by women. An all-female cast of directors present four never-before-told stories about the women who risked their lives for peace, changing history in the process:

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Radio Remix seeks community input for reprogramming of WCNY HD2, HD3 radio stations

Published - March 19, 2019

WCNY, Central New York’s public broadcaster, launched its 19-county Radio Remix engagement campaign today to seek the public’s ideas as it remixes, remakes, and creates new content on its HD2 and HD3 radio stations. Content could include news, sports, finance, business, film talk, politics, music, podcasts, kids, family, history, science and technology, health and wellness, community matters, or something else! To provide feedback and ideas, visit wcny.org/radioremix, email radioremix@wcny.org, call (315) 453-2424, send ideas to 415 W. Fayette St., Syracuse, NY 13204, or visit WCNY on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. The campaign runs through May 31. All submissions will be

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March 19, 2019: Ron Caravan and Sar-Shalom Strong, CMM

Published - March 19, 2019

  Ron Caravan, clarinet and saxophone, and Sar-Shalom Strong, piano, will be giving a noontime recital with CMM on Wednesday.  They, along with composer David DeBoor Canfield, stopped by the WCNY studios to chat with mid-day host Diane Jones, and give a little preview of their concert.   More about CMM can be found on their website here.

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March 16-22, 2019: Folktales and Fables

Published - March 16, 2019

“Life itself is the most wonderful fairytale.”  – Hans Christian Andersen     Music is so often inspired by stories, and each time a tale is told again, it changes just a little to reflect the storyteller.  This week, stories told by women, from the tale of Euridice, to the story of the Ugly Duckling.   Folktales, Fables, and Fairy Tales   Marian Kraus:  The Ugly Duckling Courtney Miller, oboe; Shiela Kibbe, piano; Deberoah Selig, soprano “Modern Fairy Tales” Centaur 3421 Nika Leoni (lyrics by Marilena Ruscica):  Reflessioni, from Euridice Nika Leoni, soprano; Violetta Zabbi, piano Live performance, used with permission Recorded October

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March 13, 2019: Cornelia Orth, Cayuga Chamber Orchestra

Published - March 13, 2019

  The Cayuga Chamber Orchestra celebrates partnerships in performance and the community with “Partners in Time,” their concert this weekend in Ithaca.  Music Director Cornelia Orth spoke to mid-day host Diane Jones about the concert, which includes collaborations with a soloist, a choreographer, and the CCO Youth Orchestra.  You’ll also learn about the youth ensemble Cornelia joined as a child in Sweden.   Find out more about the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra here.

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March 11, 2019: Kathleen Rathbun, Syracuse City Ballet

Published - March 11, 2019

  Syracuse City Ballet is going back to Never Never Land, after 20 years away!  Artistic Director Kathleen Rathbun stopped by the Classic FM studios to chat with mid-day host Diane Jones about this re-envisioned production, and the dancers who are returning to Syracuse to be part of the production, on stage and in the audience.  We also chatted about the technical challenges of the production (yes, there will be flying!) and what to look forward to next season.   Find out more about the Syracuse City Ballet here.

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March 9-15, 2019: Celebrating Women’s History Month

Published - March 9, 2019

“If we stand tall, it is because we stand on the shoulders of many ancestors.”  – African proverb     March is Women’s History Month, so this week we’ll hear music composed by women over the centuries.  Strong shoulders, indeed, upon which contemporary composers and performers can stand and look to the future.   Celebrating Women’s History Month   Francesca Caccini:  Dov’io credea (from La liberazione di Ruggiero dall’isola d’Alcina) Ingrid Matthews, violin; Byron Schenkman, harpsichord “Canzone da Sonar” Centaur 2529 Clara Schumann:  Four Fugitive Pieces, Op. 15 Angela Cheng, piano “Piano Music of Clara & Robert Schumann” CBD 1087 Bianca Maria

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March 8, 2019: Julie Pretzat, Syracuse Vocal Ensemble

Published - March 8, 2019

  Dr. Julie Pretzat is stepping back into the choral conducting world as she guest conducts this weekend with the Syracuse Vocal Ensemble.  Julie spoke to mid-day host Diane Jones about this weekend’s program, and the joy of stepping in front of the ensemble again.   Information about the Syracuse Vocal Ensemble can be found here.

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March 7, 2019: Xue Su, Symphoria

Published - March 7, 2019

  Flutist Xue Su is stepping out of her normal role as Principal Flute for Symphoria, and will be the soloist this weekend, joining the orchestra for Lowell Liebermann’s Flute Concerto.  She spoke to mid-day host Diane Jones about the piece, as well as how she juggles her musical life, and how she chose the flute.   Find out about Symphoria here. And learn about Xue Su at her website, here.

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WCNY announces Makers: Women Who Make America honorees

Published - March 6, 2019

WCNY is proud to announce its seventh annual Makers: Women Who Make America honorees. Ten women will be honored, March 8, in the Wesleyan Chapel of the Women’s Rights Historical Park in Seneca Falls. The awards first started in collaboration with the PBS documentary “Makers: Women Who Make America.” Since then, WCNY has continued the Makers Awards as a way to celebrate the achievements of Central New York women and inspire others to follow their examples. The awards are sponsored by the Lockheed Martin Employees’ Federated Fund, Girl Scouts of NYPenn Pathways, Prevention Network, and the National Park Service. The

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March 2 – 8, 2019: Women of Color: Performers, Part 3

Published - March 2, 2019

  “I became aware that it was an issue, somehow, that I was a black violinist in this beautifully elite, wonderful place…and that someone else cared about it.”  – Jessie Montgomery   This week we hear music from women of color, including the talented sopranos who originated the roles of Bess and Serena in George Gershwin’s opera “Porgy and Bess.”  Plus, the first woman and first African American to join the Juilliard Quartet.   Women of Color: Performers, Part 3 Vincenzo Bellini:  Vaneggia! Il passo sgombrisi (from La straniera) Pretty Yende, soprano; Piero Pretti, tenor Giuseppi Verdi Symphony Orchestra of Milan;

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March 1, 2019: Tom Gallant, The Frisson Ensemble

Published - March 1, 2019

  The Frisson Ensemble is a New York City-based ensemble featuring some of classical music’s rising stars drawn from many of the nation’s major music schools including Juilliard, Curtis, and Yale. Founder and artistic director Tom Gallant spoke to mid-day host Diane Jones in anticipation of this weekend’s concert for the Syracuse Friends of Chamber Music.  He spoke about the history of this young ensemble, and some of their hopes for the future.     You can find information on this weekend’s concert at the Syracuse Friends of Chamber Music site here. And more about the Frisson Ensemble can be found

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