Monthly Archives: April, 2020


Digital advertising tax proposed to fund student loan relief

Published - April 29, 2020

Sponsored content on Facebook or banner advertisements at the top of a website might indirectly be helping curb student loan debt for New Yorkers in the future. That’s the vision of state Sen. Kevin Thomas, a Long Island Democrat, who joined The Capitol Pressroom on Wednesday to talk about new legislation that would impose a state sales tax on digital advertising. Revenues would then be directed to a fund administered by the Higher Education Services Corporation that would offer zero interest refinancing of student loans.

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Geoffrey Herd

Published - April 29, 2020

Geoffrey Herd, Geneva Music Festival https://www.wcny.org/classicfm/classical-companion/ClassCompHerdWeb.mp3 Violinist Geoffrey Herd founded the Geneva Music Festival 10 years ago.  Though the festival is on hiatus for the remainder of this season, Geoff reminds us that music is still the tie that binds humans together. Favorite Works Playlist Johannes Brahms Violin Sonata No. 1 in G Major, Op 78 Pamela Frank, violin; Peter Serkin, piano Gustav Mahler Symphony No. 2 London Symphony Orchestra & Chorus; Gilbert Kaplan, conductor; Benita Valente, soprano; Maureen Forrestor, contralto Ludwig van Beethoven String Quartet No. 15, Op. 132 Tokyo String Quartet

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S4-34: Around the World

Published - April 25, 2020

“We have all known the long loneliness and we have learned that the only solution is love and that love comes with community..”  – Dorothy Day   With each new technology, it seems our world gets smaller.  Now, more than ever, we are interacting with individuals across the globe, becoming a global community.  And this has allowed artists to incorporate their own unique cultural nuances into so-called “classical” music.  This week, we take a trip around the globe.   “Around the World” Hamish Scott Henderson, John MacLennan:  Freedom Come All Ye Pumeza Matshikiva, soprano Phil Cunningham, whistle; Fiona Hamilton, fiddle; Mamadou

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Susanna Watling

Published - April 24, 2020

Susanna Watling, President – Chamber Music Society of Utica http://www.wcny.org/classicfm/classical-companion/ClassCompWatlingWeb.mp3 Susanna Watling is president of the Chamber Music Society of Utica, an organization that is entering its 80th year of hosting chamber ensembles from around the world.  A flutist herself, Susanna has chosen some marvelous works to share. Favorite Works Playlist Samuel Barber -Summer Music for Wind Quintet, Op. 31 (1955) -Ensemble Wien-Berlin Johannes Brahms -Horn Trio in E♭ Major, Op. 40 (1865) -Itzhak Perlman, violin, Daniel Barenboim, piano, Dale Clevenger, horn Antonin Dvořák -Serenade for Winds in D Minor, Op. 44 (1878) -Camerata Pacifica Hindemith -Kleine Kammermusik for five

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Lawmaker questions state Senate and Cuomo’s commitment to marijuana legalization in 2020

Published - April 22, 2020

The Assembly sponsor of legislation that would legalize adult-use of cannabis is not confident the measure will be approved in the final six weeks of the scheduled legislative session. Speaking Wednesday on The Capitol Pressroom, Assembly Majority Leader Crystal Peoples-Stokes said she was “not sure whether or not we have partners on the second floor and or in the senate in terms of moving the bill forward this year.”

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Meet the Students

Published - April 22, 2020

See how students across the region are using WCNY’s TV Classroom network!

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Heather Buchman

Published - April 22, 2020

Heather Buchman, President – Society for New Music http://www.wcny.org/classicfm/classical-companion/ClassCompBuchmanWeb.mp3 Heather Buchman is President of the Society for New Music, and Orchestral Conductor at Hamilton College.  She has a marvelous collection of meditative works she turns to in these times. Favorite Works Playlist Brian Eno -Thursday Afternoon S. Bach -Partita No. 1 in B flat Major, BVW 825 -Maria Joao Pires Arvo Pärt -Fratres -Gidon Kramer and Keith Jarrett Francois Couperin -Le Dodo ou L’Amour au berceau (15e ordre). Sur le Mouvement des Berceuses -Alexandre Tharaud, piano Max Richter -Vivaldi Four Seasons Recomposed Jean Sibelius -Symphony No. 5 -Sir Colin Davis

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Suspension of teacher evaluations remains in limbo

Published - April 21, 2020

Despite the cancellation of most standardized tests and the logistical challenges of conducting classroom observations during the COVID-19 pandemic, Gov. Andrew Cuomo has yet to formally cancel the annual performance reviews for teachers.

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WCNY’s Classic FM to celebrate Earth Day with ‘Earth Rise—A Celebration of Earth Day in Classical Music’

Published - April 20, 2020

WCNY, Central New York’s community-owned flagship public broadcaster, presents a special Earth Day program on its Classic FM radio station. Bruce Paulsen will host “Earth Rise—A Celebration of Earth Day in Classical Music” at 9 a.m. April 22. The show will feature the music of Vivaldi, Beethoven, Respighi, Vaughan Williams, and Classic FM’s very own Diane Jones. The special show considers how the wonders of nature have inspired great music from composers across the centuries. Classic FM airs on 91.3 in Syracuse, 89.5 in Utica/Rome and 90.9 in Watertown, the North Country and the Kingston area, at wcny.org and via

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S4-33: Women’s Stories

Published - April 18, 2020

“We are all storytellers. We all live in a network of stories. There isn’t a stronger connection between people than storytelling.”  – Jimmy Neil Smith   Music brings storytelling to a new level.  Whether its the composer who sets the story down, or the performer who tells it, there is power in the resulting imagery.  Let’s listen to these tales, told by women.   “Women’s Stories” Mark Brandt:  The Nightingale Yana Nikol, flute; Katherine Colburn, cello Mark Brandt, piano “The Nightingale” Lionhearted Music East 51317 Rouen Shakarian:  The Turnip; The Wonderful Counting Clock Text by Pierr Morgan (The Turnip) and Cooper Edens (The Wonderful Counting

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Erik Kibelsbeck

Published - April 17, 2020

Erik Kibelsbeck, Onondaga Civic Symphony Orchestra https://www.wcny.org/classicfm/classical-companion/ClassCompKibelsbeckWeb.mp3 Erik Kibelsbeck is the Music Director of the Onondaga Civic Symphony Orchestra.  He has shared some of his favorite works, as well as the joy he feels working with the OCSO. Favorite Works Playlist Edward Elgar Lux Aeterna (Nimrod) Voces8 John Tavener Mother of God, Here I Stand Voces8 Sergei Rachmaninof Bogoroditsye Dyevo Voces8 Ralph Vaughan Williams 5 Mystical Songs Northern Sinfonia of England & Sinfonia Chorus; Sir Richard Hickox, conductor; Stephen Roberts, baritone Ralph Vaughan Williams The Lark Ascending Academy of St. Martin in the Fields; Sir Neville Marriner, conductor; Iona Brown,

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Barry Torres

Published - April 15, 2020

Barry Torres, Schola Cantorum https://www.wcny.org/classicfm/classical-companion/ClassCompTorresWeb.mp3 Barry Torres is the founder and Music Director for Schola Cantorum of Syracuse.  A professor at St. Lawrence University, Barry shared music and stories of the joy and comfort he finds in these works. “Barry Torres’ Playlist for Hopeful Listening” Ne irascaris, Domine – Civitas Sancti Tui: William Byrd Voces 8   Ego flos campi: Jacobus Clemens non Papa Stile Antico   If ye love me: Thomas Tallis Vox Luminis, Lionel Meunier director   Intermezzo in A major, op. 118, no. 2: Johannes Brahms Glenn Gould   Moon River: Henry Mancini, arr. Jacob Collier  

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