Monthly Archives: April, 2019


April 27 – May 3, 2019: Patchwork Quilt, Part XIV

Published - April 27, 2019

“Music doesn’t lie.  If there is something to be changed in this world, then it can only happen through music.”  – Jimi Hendrix   Why call this a “Patchwork Quilt” episode?  Well, sometime I have music that’s come into the studio that I just want to share with you.  It may not fit neatly into a program theme, or it may have simply caught my attention and I couldn’t wait.  And I’m a quilter, and I love the way seemingly disparate bits and pieces can come together to make a cohesive whole.  So it’s time to add another musical block to

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Radio Remix Meetups start May 2 in Ithaca, Syracuse, Rome, Marcy, Auburn

Published - April 26, 2019

WCNY, Central New York’s public broadcaster, launched its 19-county Radio Remix engagement campaign 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 June 30. All submissions will be automatically

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WCNY’s 50th annual TelAuc

Published - April 26, 2019

WCNY’s 50th annual TelAuc continues April 26, 27, May 2–4 beginning at 6 p.m. on WCNY-TV, streaming online A Central New York television tradition continues at 6 p.m. April 26 and 27, May 2–4, when WCNY’s TelAuc returns for its 50th consecutive year on WCNY-TV and streaming online at wcny.org. WCNY viewers can bid on thousands of items, including vacation getaways, greens fees at local golf courses, home and garden goods, restaurant certificates, jewelry, auto care, sports and entertainment packages, and much more. For more information about the items up for bid, visit www.wcny.org/telauc. Those who want to bid on

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April 25, 2019: Ariel Quartet and Orion Weiss

Published - April 25, 2019

  The Ariel String Quartet formed when they were still in middle school, and have been together 20 years now.  They will be joined by pianist Orion Weiss to conclude the Chamber Music Society of Utica 2018-19 season this weekend.  Weiss and Ariel violist Jan Gruning spoke to mid-day host Diane Jones about the concert, and their nearly decade-long collaborations.   Information about the Chamber Music Society of Utica can be found here.

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April 24, 2019: Cornelia Orth and Tamara Acosta, CCO Ithaca

Published - April 24, 2019

  The Cayuga Chamber Orchestra is wrapping up it’s season with a performance of Brahms’ German Requiem this weekend.  Music Director Cornelia Orth and guest soloist, soprano Tamara Acosta, came to the Classic FM studios to chat with mid-day host Diane Jones about this monumental piece, and about the joys of working together making music.   More information about the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra can be found here.

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April 20-26, 2019: Faithful Music

Published - April 20, 2019

“The women who first made our music had lives as compelling as the music itself.”  – Deborah Roberts   Faith is expressed in many different ways, and the music that is rooted in faith can be powerful.  This week we’ll share music of faith written or performed by women over the centuries.  From sacred music written by a medieval abbess, to a sacred cantata from the Baroque, to modern vocal works, and even a string quartet inspired by a medieval manuscript.  And a very special performance, from the Cathedral at Notre Dame in Paris, so recently devastated by fire.   Faithful Music

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April 16, 2019: Bob Allen & Joe Downing, Rutter Requiem

Published - April 16, 2019

      The combined choirs from three area churches are joining forces to present John Rutter’s “Requiem” on Friday.  Robert Allen from Park Central Presbyterian Church is conducting, and Dr. Joseph Downing from Plymouth Congregational Church is hosting the performance.  Bob and Joe joined mid-day host Diane Jones to talk about the piece, the logistics and joys of putting it all together, and plans for future collaborations between the groups.  The choirs are joined by Bette Kahle from Pebble Hill Presbyterian Church on organ, and a chamber ensemble of professional musicians. Learn about Park Central here, Plymouth Congregational here,

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April 12-19, 2019: Across The Pond

Published - April 13, 2019

“If it means something, take it to heart.  If it means nothing, it’s nothing. Let it go.”  – Philippa Gregory   Let’s take a trip across the pond to hear music by women from the UK.  From music inspired by women’s right to vote, to works from the heart of Scotland, this is music heard in the concert hall – and in the streets.   Across The Pond   Kerry Andrew:  Night-time Songs Blossom Street; Hilary Campbell, conductor “This Day: Celebrating a century of British women’s right to vote” Naxos 8.573991 Elizabeth Poston:  The Water of Tyne Blossom Street; Hilary Campbell,

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April 12, 2019: Joseph Kalichstein, KLR Trio

Published - April 12, 2019

    The Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio is coming to Syracuse to close out the Syracuse Friends of Chamber Music 2018-19 season.  Pianist Joseph Kalichstein spoke to mid-day host Diane Jones about the concert, as well as working with composers, and the debut performance of the trio – at the Inauguration of President Jimmy Carter. More about the Syracuse Friends of Chamber Music here. And the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio here.

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April 10, 2019: Juan LaManna, Oswego Opera Theater

Published - April 10, 2019

  Oswego Opera Theater is presenting Benjamin Britten’s opera, “Noah’s Flood” this weekend.  Director Juan LaManna stopped by the Classic FM studios to chat with mid-day host Diane Jones about the production.  You’ll learn about the varied cast, Britten’s inspiration for the opera, and why he wanted it performed in churches rather than theaters.  Juan gave us some information about next season’s productions as well.   Information about Oswego Opera Theater can be found here.

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April 6 – 12, 2019: Old-time Music

Published - April 6, 2019

“If we stand tall, it is because we stand on the shoulders of many ancestors.”  – African proverb   This episode focuses on women’s music composed before 1700.  Both sacred and secular music is included, along with a few pieces that were traditionally sung by women in medieval Iberia.   Old-Time Music Leonora Duarte:  Two Sinfonias in 5 Parts Fretwork “Birds on Fire” Harmonia Munti 907478 Martin Codax:  Cantigas de Amigo (selections) Ensemble Calamus “Medieval Women’s Songs” Pneuma 050 Vittoria Aleotti:  Ghirlanda de madrigali (selections) La Villanella Basel “O Dulcis Amor: Women Composers of the Seicento” Ramée 0401 Caterina Assandra:  Duo Seraphim and O Dulcis Amor Jesu

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April 5, 2019: Michael Galvan, Cayuga Chamber Orchestra

Published - April 5, 2019

  The next performance in the Chamber Concert Series of the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra is titled “French Connections,” and features music from four of the members of Les Six.  Principal clarinest with CCO Michael Galvan will be part of this concert, and he spoke to mid-day host Diane Jones about the music, and playing with his talented colleagues.  We also chatted about the process for choosing music with the CCO, and the differences in performing with various combinations of instruments.   Information about the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra can be found here.

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April 4, 2019: Jeffrey Siegel – Chopin in Paris

Published - April 4, 2019

  Jeffrey Siegel is once again bringing his Keyboard Conversations to Utica this weekend.  Jeffrey spoke to mid-day host Diane Jones about this program of music centering around “Chopin in Paris,” as well as his first introduction to Chopin’s works.   Learn more about Jeffrey and his Keyboard Conversations here.

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April 2, 2019: Syracuse Opera – Threepenny Opera

Published - April 2, 2019

  Syracuse Opera is preparing to close their 2018-19 season with Kurt Weill’s “The Threepenny Opera.”  Artistic/Music Director Christian Capocaccia and several cast members came to the WCNY studios to give us some insight into the production, and shared a bit of music with us as well.  We were thrilled to have Peter Kendall Clark (Macheath), Amy Justman (Polly), and Gregory Sheppard (Tiger Brown), along with pianist Richard Cordova (who has conducted two productions of The Threepenny Opera himself) in the studio with mid-day host Diane Jones.   Find out more about Syracuse Opera here.

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WCNY to host free screening of ‘Charm City’ in Utica

Published - April 2, 2019

WCNY, Central New York’s community-owned flagship public broadcaster presents a free screening of “Charm City” at 7 p.m. April 11 at Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute located at 310 Genesee St in Utica.  The screening is part of the Indie Lens Pop Up Series. A discussion moderated by Patrick Johnson follows. Johnson is the founder and director of the Hoops & Dreams Project and New Life Institute. The Utica Police Department’s Community Outreach Team and The Gun Involved Violence Elimination (GIVE) initiative will have information tables at the event. The screening is free but registration is required at wcny.org/events.  ”Charm City” premieres

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