Monthly Archives: May, 2019


May 30, 2019: CMM In Recital – Young Artists

Published - May 30, 2019

    CMM In Recital Live! is presenting a concert of some wonderfully talented young musicians from Central New York.  Ida Trebicka from CMM In Recital brought three up-and-coming musicians to the Classic FM Studios to chat with mid-day host Diane Jones about the concert.  We were also treated to performances from violinist Charlie Loh and pianists Kaelem Michel and Dominic Fiacco. Information about CMM In Recital Live! can be found here.

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May 25 – 31: Words and Music

Published - May 25, 2019

“Music is a way “Music is a way to dream together and go to another dimension.” – Cecilia Bartoli   It takes a particular skill to marry words and music. This episode features opera and art songs, from women whose output spans the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries. Fairy tales, historical figures, and love from afar. “Words and Music”   Pauline Viardot-Garcia:  Excerpts from “Cendrillon” Sandrine Piau, soprano (Cendrillon); Elizabeth Vidal, mezzo-soprano (Fairy Godmother); Geoffrey Mitchell Choir; Nicholas Kok, conductor and pianist “Il Salotto, Vol. 3:  Cendrillon” Opera Rara 212 Thea Musgrave:  Excerpts from “Mary, Queen of Scots” Ashley Putnam,

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May 22, 2019: Geneva Music Festival

Published - May 22, 2019

    The Geneva Music Festival is celebrating “Women in Music: Key Players” throughout the festival this year.  Founder and Artistic Director Geoffrey Herd, along with violinist Sabrina Tabby of the ATLYS Quartet, spoke to mid-day host Diane Jones about the festival, the importance of women’s music, and the outreach efforts of the performers.  The festival officially opens on May 30, with a pre-festival concert on May 24. Learn all about the Geneva Music Festival here.

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May 18-24, 2019: Women of Color – Composers, Part 3

Published - May 18, 2019

“By the time most musicians have completed their training and achieved a professional career, they have little to no exposure to and experience with women composers and composers of color.”  – Rob Deemer   This week we hear music from several women of color, composers from the early twentieth century to today.  Most of the names are unfamiliar, but their music is worth celebrating.   Women of Color: Composers, Part 3     Regina Harris Baiocchi:  Hold Out for Joy, from the opera “Gbeldahoven: No One’s Child” Victoria Ehrlich, cello; Josephine Gandolfi, piano; LaDoris Hazzard Cordell, vocals “Where Freedome Rings: Compositions by

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May 15, 2019: Conversations – CSMF

Published - May 15, 2019

  The new season of the Cooperstown Summer Music Festival kicks off this weekend with “Conversations:  Music for Oboe, Flute, and Strings.”  Festival Artistic Director, flutist Linda Chesis, and guest artist James Austin Smith, oboe, took some time out of their busy schedules to chat with mid-day host Diane Jones about the concert, the joys of playing chamber music, the many hats worn by artistic directors, and so much more!     Learn more about the Cooperstown Summer Music Festival on their website or Facebook page.

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May 11-17, 2019: Inspiring Women: Teachers

Published - May 11, 2019

“A master can tell you what he expects of you.  A teacher, though, awakens your own expectations.”  – Patricia Neal   On this episode, we honor the teachers, those who had a strong influence on the musicians and composers featured.  Teachers are so often in the background, guiding us along the way, never taking center stage, and sometimes unaware of the depths of their impact.   Inspiring Women: Teachers   Felix Mendelssohn:  Song Without Words Alisa Weilerstein, cello; Vivian Hornik Weilerstein, piano “Alisa Weilerstein, cello” EMI Classics 73498 Jessie Montgomery:  Banner Catalyst String Quartet Julian Wachner, conductor (studio orchestra) “Strum” Azica Records

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May 10, 2019: Jeffrey Siegel, Fascinatin’ Rhythms

Published - May 10, 2019

  Jeffrey Siegel concludes this season of his Keyboard Conversations in Utica with “Fascinatin’ Rhythms,” coming up this weekend.  Jeffrey spoke to mid-day host Diane Jones from Chicago, where Keyboard Conversations originated.  We spoke of his background in jazz, and who is most successful when it comes to a piano transcription of an orchestral work.   Learn about Keyboard Conversations here. And about the Munson-Williams-Proctor Art Institute here.

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‘CONNECT NY’ features Beyond PTSD: Veterans, Mental Health and Society in May, The First 1,000 Days: From Conception to Pre-K

Published - May 9, 2019

WCNY, Central New York’s flagship public broadcaster, presents new episodes on its “CONNECT NY” public affairs TV series in May and June. ‘CONNECT  NY–Beyond PTSD: Veterans, Mental Health & Society’ May 13 at 9 p.m. on WCNY-TV Veterans returning from combat have to fight for mental health services and against the stigma it carries. Now they are in the crosshairs of the debate over so-called Red Flag gun laws. How can we balance providing both male and female veterans with the services they need, and ensure they’re treated fairly when they return home? Panelists: Derek Coy, Veterans’ Health Officer of

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WCNY premieres Season 11 of weekly health, wellness TV show May 30

Published - May 9, 2019

WCNY, Central New York’s public broadcaster, premieres “Cycle of Health” Season 11 at 8 p.m. Thursday, May 30 on WCNY-TV. “Cycle of Health” explores how the health community in Central New York is pushing the boundaries of what’s possible in healthcare today through dynamic story telling. Viewers will be treated to new ways to improve their physical and mental health, get tips about nutrition, and visit stunning county and state parks across the region that will offer the perfect inspiration to get up, get out, and get fit. The show is hosted by Dr. Rich O’Neill of SUNY Upstate Medical

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May 8, 2019: Finger Lakes Trio at LaVeck

Published - May 8, 2019

  The Finger Lakes Trio (Sonya Stith Williams, violin; Heidi Hoffman, cello; and Rob Auler, piano) are performing Thursday night with the LaVeck Concert Series in Pulaski.  The Trio stopped by the WCNY studios to chat with mid-day host Diane Jones about the concert, the welcoming and family friendly atmosphere at the LaVeck concerts, and told us a bit about how the Trio was formed.  They also shared a couple of excerpts from the program to whet our appetites.   Information about the LaVeck Concert Series can be found here.

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May 4 – 10, 2019: Elemental Music

Published - May 4, 2019

“Move swift as the Wind and closely-formed as the Wood. Attack like the Fire and be still as the Mountain.”  – Sun Tzu   Earth, air, fire, and water.  Our understanding of the four elements has changed over the centuries.  Some revered them, seeking an understanding of their mystical properties.  Others tried to tame them, subdue them.  We’ve grown from a belief that everything in the world is made of just these four elements, to a modern scientific understanding of what the elements themselves are made of.  And still, they touch the artists’ heart, inspiring awe and creativity, and we’ll hear

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