Monthly Archives: November, 2019


S4-13: At the Helm, Part 2

Published - November 30, 2019

“The best conductors are the best listeners.”  – Tom Service   Let’s take another listen to ensembles being led by some of today’s leading women at the conductor’s podium.  You may be familiar with one or two of the women highlighted today, but most will probably be new to you.  But they are all tremendously talented.   “At the Helm, Part 2”   Greg Edmonson:  Main Theme, Uncharted II Eímear Noone, conductor Danish National Symphony Orchestra “Gaming in Symphony” EuroArts 880242677013 Jessie Montgomery:  Coincident Dances Mei-Ann Chen, conductor Chicago Sinfonietta “Project W” Cedille 90000 185 Mieczslaw Weinberg:  Symphony No. 21, Op. 152 “Kaddish” Mirga

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S4-12: Music of Place

Published - November 23, 2019

“Music is the expression of the movement of the waters, the play of curves described by changing breezes.”  – Claude Debussy   From the Andes, to the American desert, to the city of Buffalo at the turn of the century.  These are the places and journeys that inspired the works on this program.   “Music of Place”   Lydia Kakabadse:  I Remember (excerpts) Clare McCaldin, mezzo-soprano; Paul Turner, piano “Ithaka” Divine Art 25188 Monica Houghton:  Andean Suite Dmitri Atapine, cello; Hyeyeon Park, piano “Of Time & Place” Navona 6162 Maggi Payne:  Desertscapes Slovak Radio Chorus “Desertscapes: A Portrait of American Women Composers” MMC Recordings

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November 22, 2019: Kathleen Rathbun, Syracuse City Ballet

Published - November 22, 2019

    The Syracuse City Ballet is gearing up for their annual production of The Nutcracker, and artistic director/choreographer Kathleen Rathbun stopped into the Classic FM studios to chat with mid-day host Diane Jones about this year’s production, as well as the special sensory-friendly performance that has become an annual tradition.   Learn all about Syracuse City Ballet here.

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November 21, 2019: Christopher Cerrone, CCO Ithaca

Published - November 21, 2019

    Composer Christopher Cerrone’s latest work, “The Air Suspended,” is part of the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra concert coming up this weekend.  He spoke to mid-day host Diane Jones about the piece, working with pianist Shai Wosner, and about his excitement upon hearing about his Grammy nomination just yesterday. The Cayuga Chamber Orchestra website is available here. And Christopher Cerrone’s website is available here.

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1-24: Society for Jewish Folk Music

Published - November 20, 2019

1-24 Society for Jewish Folk Music  Founded in 1908, the Society for Jewish Folk Music collected thousands of recordings of Jewish folk melodies and supported new compositions from Jewish musicians based upon or inspired by their Jewish musical heritage. Music includes: Lazare Saminsky: Tov L’Hodot (Psalm 92) Solomon Rosowsky: Chassidic Melody, Melody Without End, Moshe the Shoemaker Joel Engel: Adagio Misterioso Alexander Krein: Jewish Sketches Suite No. 1 Joseph Achron: Hebrew Melody

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November 18, 2019: SU Opera Workshop

Published - November 18, 2019

    The Syracuse University Opera Workshop is doing something a little different this semester.  They are presenting a staged song-cycle of “Vignettes: Ellis Island,” based on stories and letters of immigrants arriving through Ellis Island. Workshop director, Dr. Kathleen Roland-Silverstein, brought some of the talented performers to the WCNY studios to talk to mid-day host Diane Jones about the performance and the importance of the Opera Workshop. Information about the upcoming performance can be found here.

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S4-11: All Together Now

Published - November 16, 2019

  “A bird does not sing because it has an answer.  It sings because it has a song.”  – Chinese proverb   It’s been said, “People are always good company when they are doing what they really enjoy.”  For a dedicated ensemble, that enjoyment is evident in every note, and this episode features music from several all female ensembles, including an all-female orchestra whose members literally put their lives at risk in order to perform.   “All Together Now”   Jan Jirásek:  Credo/Agnus Dei, fro Missa Propria Jitro Czech Girls Choir; Jiří Skopal, conductor “Parallel Worlds” Navona 6101 Catherine McMichael:  Asteria Seraph Brass

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1-23: Richard Tucker

Published - November 15, 2019

1-23 Richard Tucker  Born as Rubin Ticker, Richard Tucker became an international opera star and renowned cantor.  Leontyne Price said about Tucker, “What touched me most was his deep religious belief and his love of his family.” Music includes: Leonard Bernstein: “Tonight” from West Side Story Richard Rodgers: You’ll Never Walk Alone” from Carousel Giacomo Puccini: “Vogliatemi bene” from Madama Butterfly Sholom Secunda: Kol Nidre arr. Thomas Z. Shepard: Hava Nagila Naomi Shemer: Yerushalayim Shel Zahav Ernest Gold: The Exodus Song Parish, Alstone, & Goodhart: Mom-e-le Alexander Olshanetsky: Shiroh Georges Bizet: The Pearl Fishers duet Abraham Goldfaden: Roshinkes mit Mandlen

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November 15, 2019: Peter Ciarelli & Frank Schultz

Published - November 15, 2019

  The Second Annual Diocesan Festival Choir Concert takes place this weekend in Syracuse.  This event brings together 100 singers and musicians from across the community for a single performance.  Music director Peter Ciarelli and organist Frank Schultz stopped into the Classic FM studios to talk to mid-day host Diane Jones about the concert, and just what it takes to coordinate an event like this.   The concert takes place at 2:00pm on Sunday, November 17 at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Syracuse.

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November 14, 2019: Natasha Paremski, Symphoria

Published - November 14, 2019

    This weekend is a remarkable event – pianist Natasha Paremski joins Symphoria for a Rachmaninoff Festival.  Natasha will be performing all four of Rachmaninoff’s piano concertos – in just two nights!  She took a short break from her packed rehearsal schedule to chat with mid-day host Diane Jones about the concert, and the beauty and power of Rachmaninoff’s music. Find out more about the Rachmaninoff Festival at the Symphoria website here. And learn more about Natasha Paremski at her website here.

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November 13, 2019: Juan LaManna & Ben Spierman, Oswego Opera

Published - November 13, 2019

    Juan LaManna, Artistic Director of the Oswego Opera, and Benjamin Spierman, stage director for this weekend’s performance of Mozart’s “Don Giovanni” came to the studios to chat with mid-day host Diane Jones about the production.  Among the topics of conversation were the value – and challenges – of a production in English, and balancing the light and dark aspects of the work.   You can learn more about Oswego Opera Theater on their Facebook page here.

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S4-10: Bold and Brassy, Part 2

Published - November 9, 2019

  “Be bold enough to use your voice, brave enough to listen to your heart, and strong enough to live the life you have always imagined.”  – Anonymous   Despite our best efforts, there is still a gender bias for aspiring brass players.  One way to overcome this bias is simply by visibility – seeing women in roles that are unexpected, and make aspiring musicians realize they can follow that same path.   “Bold and Brassy, Part 2”   Nicolo Paganini:  Caprice No. 24 Alison, Balsom, trumpet “Caprice” Angel/EMI 53255 Herman Bellstedt:  Piece de Concert Raquel Rodriquez, cornet Jan Corrothers, piano “Cincinnati Virtuosity

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November 8, 2019: Duo Sonidos, CMM

Published - November 8, 2019

    Duo Sonidos is giving a concert in Syracuse this weekend with Civic Morning Musicals, and they stopped by the WCNY studios to chat with mid-day host Diane Jones.  Violinist William Knuth and guitarist Adam Levin (a.k.a. Duo Sonidos) talked about the program, how they met, and shared some of their incredible music with us. Information about Civic Morning Musicals is available here. Find out more about Duo Sonidos here.

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November 7, 2019: Gryphon Trio, SFCM

Published - November 7, 2019

      The Gryphon Trio is returning to Central New York, on stage as part of the Syracuse Friends of Chamber Music season.  Pianist Jamie Parker spoke to mid-day host Diane Jones about the program which includes a marvelous commissioned work by Dinuk Wijeratne, as well as the Trio’s “Listen Up!” program and their new role at Banff.   Information about the Syracuse Friends of Chamber Music is available here. The Gryphon Trio’s website can be viewed here.

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1-22: Non-Jewish Composers

Published - November 6, 2019

1-22 Non-Jewish Composers  Dmitri Shostakovich was fascinated by the ability of Jewish music to “build a jolly melody on sad intonations.”  Maurice Ravel wrote Two Hebrew Melodies.  A look at composers who were not Jewish, but were still inspired by Jewish musical traditions. Music includes: Douglas Moore: Vay’khullu Dmitri Shostakovich: String Quartet No. 4 in D Maurice Ravel: “Chanson Hébraïque” from Chants Populaires Maurice Ravel: Deux Mélodies Hébraïques Sergei Prokofiev: Overture on Hebrew Themes

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