Monthly Archives: July, 2019


July 29, 2019: SkanFest 40th Anniversary

Published - July 29, 2019

The Skaneateles Festival is celebrating its 40th Season of “World Class Music by the Lake” with a wide array of music and guest artists.  Current festival Artistic Directors Julia Bruskin and Aaron Wunsch joined mid-day host Diane Jones in the WCNY studios to talk about the season, and some of the special events in store, including a Backstage Pass talk from current and former festival directors titled “How to plan a festival in 400 easy steps.”  Also in store this year, a commissioned work by Pierre Jalbert, performances from Hilary Hahn (who first performed at the festival at 12 years

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July 27 – August 2: Music on the Wind, Part 2

Published - July 27, 2019

“All of the arts are something that can unite people.  One of the most important things is people coming together and having a shared belief, and we should not become cut off from that.” – Jess Gillam   There is something organic and intimate about the warmth of one’s breath flowing through an instrument, creating amazing music.  This week, performances from several women playing woodwinds.   “Music on the Wind, Part 2” Rudy Wiedoeft:  Valse Vanité Jess Gillam, alto saxophone Zeynep Ozsuca, piano “Rise” Decca Records Carl Heinrich Jacobi:  Introduction and Polonaise, Op. 9 Karen Geoghegan, bassoon Opera North Orchestra; Benjamin Wallfisch, conductor “Karen

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July 26, 2019: Schola Cantorum Workshop

Published - July 26, 2019

Dr. Kristina Boerger has returned to Syracuse once again to lead the Summer Singers Workshop with Schola Cantorum of Syracuse.  Kristina stopped into the Classic FM studios to chat with mid-day host Diane Jones about the workshop, and the concert showcasing the repertoire the participants have learned during their intensive workshop experience.  We also talked about the changing face of music today, and how it is evolving.   Learn more about Schola Cantorum of Syracuse here.

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July 20 – 26: Three by Three, Part 2

Published - July 20, 2019

“We don’t want anyone to classify our music.  We would rather they simply love our music for what it is.  Trying to define modern classical music is like trying to define modern art.” – The Ahn Trio There is a balance to music performed by trios.  Done well, the trio presents a rich, full sound, yet it is still small and intimate enough to draw you into the music, to make you feel a part of it.  Today we’ll hear from several trios of women making music together.   “Three by Three, Part 2”   Astor Piazzolla:  Primavera Porteña, from Four Seasons in

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July 19, 2019: Joe Martens, Asm. Will Barclay, Dr. Robert Howarth, Darren Suarez

Published - July 18, 2019

While President Trump made the decision to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris Climate Accord, 19 states – including New York – have vowed to uphold the agreement by cutting greenhouse gas emissions. Climate change is no longer just a theory. New York State industries like farming, fishing and tourism are suffering because of climate change, or have had to adapt. Today we discuss how to address the issue with experts from a variety of fields. Our panel includes: Joe Martens, Former DEC Commissioner and Director of the NY Offshore Wind Alliance; Asm. Will Barclay (R-Pulaski), Ranking Member of the

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July 18, 2019: The Method to the Madness

Published - July 18, 2019

Reporters Allen Salkin and Aaron Short have compiled hundreds of on-the-record interviews with President Donald Trump’s colleagues, political aides, reality show producers and others, that, little by little, convinced the two long-time New York City journalists that Donald Trump has been eyeing the Presidency for almost twenty years. The result is “The Method to the Madness: Donald Trump’s Ascent as Told by Those Who were Hired, Fired, Inspired and Inaugurated.” Both authors discussed the book and what they learned when compiling the accounts.

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July 17, 2019: Larry Levy

Published - July 17, 2019

Larry Levy, Executive Dean of the National Center for Suburban Studies who was recently tapped to concurrently serve as Vice President of Economic Development at Hofstra, shared his political insights into the latest issues impacting New York.

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July 17, 2019: Upstate Wind

Published - July 17, 2019

A new resource is being launched to help with the development of Upstate wind energy projects. Kathleen Gasperini, Director of Communications at the Alliance for Clean Energy New York, and Betta Broad, Director of New Yorkers for Clean Power, explained how this program will help projects through a complicated citing process.

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July 17, 2019: Mayor Ben Walsh

Published - July 17, 2019

Mayor Ben Walsh (I-Syracuse) joined the show to share his views on the I-81 project and discussion period as well as a new report on cost-saving methods that the city can adopt.

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July 16, 2019: I-81 opposition

Published - July 16, 2019

Interstate 81 will be a focal point of change for the greater Syracuse area as the interstate transitions into a community grid model. We discussed the changes and its impacts with Supervisor Damian Ulatowski (R-Town of Clay), President of the Onondaga County Supervisor’s Association, and Supervisor Mark Venesky (R-Town of Cicero).

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July 16, 2019: Rivers Casino Sportsbook

Published - July 16, 2019

Rivers Casino in Schenectady is moving forward to open the state’s first sports betting operation. We previewed the operation with the General Manager of Rivers Casino, Justin Moore.

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July 16, 2019: Elia resignation reaction

Published - July 16, 2019

At yesterday’s Board of Regents meeting, State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia made the surprise announcement that she will resign her post by the end of August. We got reaction from Bob Lowry, Deputy Director for Advocacy, Research and Communications at New York State Council of School Superintendents, and Tim Kremer, Executive Director of the New York School Boards Association.

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July 16, 2019: Damn Yankees – Syr Summer Theater

Published - July 16, 2019

It’s become an annual tradition!  Syracuse Summer Theater once again graced the WCNY studios with the cast of their next production, Damn Yankees.  The play is a 10-time Tony winner (and Syracuse Summer Theater is a 7-time SALT Award-winner!), with familiar songs like “Heart” and “Whatever Lola Wants.”  The cast sang those songs – and more – and mid-day host Diane Jones talked with stage director Garrett Heater and musical director Dan Williams about the staging of this work in the Bevard Studio Theater.     Find out more about Syracuse Summer Theater here.

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July 15, 2019: Bullying expert Amanda Nickerson

Published - July 16, 2019

How can adults in a child’s life identify bullying and respond to its impacts? Amanda Nickerson, Director of Alberti Center for Bullying Abuse Prevention and Professor of Counseling, School and Educational Psychology at the University at Buffalo Graduate School of Education, shared her insights and research findings.

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