Monthly Archives: June, 2020


WCNY to present Skaneateles Festival, a seasonal classical music concert series, on WCNY-TV, streaming online

Published - June 30, 2020

WCNY, Central New York’s community-owned public broadcaster, in partnership with the Skaneateles Festival, will present classical music performances at 8 p.m., Saturdays Aug. 8, 15, 22, and 29, on WCNY-TV and streaming online. In an effort to maintain social distancing and ensure the health and safety of Festival patrons, the world-class music festival will be produced as a televised event and virtual experience. “I am so pleased that WCNY and the Skaneateles Festival are partnering to bring these performances by world-renowned artists into homes around the region,” said Diane Jones, Classic FM program manager and on-air host. “It is an

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Black Women in STEM

Published - June 29, 2020

WCNY Behind the Woman · Black Women in STEM On this episode of Behind the Woman, we meet Maya Bentley. Maya is an Advanced Product Quality Planning Engineer at Fairbanks Morse Engine. Learn more about Maya and how she makes time in her busy schedule to pursue hobbies and interests.

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S4-43: Down Under

Published - June 27, 2020

“Music can do so many different things.  It can bind an audience together, start a revolution, and heal people.” – Jenny McLeod   Let’s take a trip to the land Down Under this week, with music from women in Australia and New Zealand.  You’ll hear an incredible variety, including influences from both European and Maori traditions.   Down Under Natalie Nicolas:  We Won’t Let You Down ACO Collective “Women of Note: A Century of Australian Composers, Vol. 2” ABC Classics 4819109 Miriam Beatrice Hyde:  Village Fair Sydney Symphony Orchestra; Dobbs Franks, conductor “Women of Note: A Century of Australian Composers, Vol.

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S4-44: Independence Day

Published - June 27, 2020

“We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States.” – July 4, 1776   As we mark our American Independence Day, we have music for you from American women highlighting the path we have taken thus far, and shining a light on the path that lies ahead.  We

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Zoom, PBS, WCNY to host ‘Better Late Than Never Prom,’ virtual prom experience for all high schools across the country

Published - June 25, 2020

WCNY, Central New York’s flagship PBS Station, in partnership with Zoom Video Communications, Inc. and PBS stations across the country, is proud to announce the virtual “Better Late Than Never Prom,” live at 8 p.m. ET/PT Friday, June 26. This year, 3.7 million American high school seniors missed their prom due to COVID-19 safeguards. WCNY, PBS, and Zoom stepped in to host a virtual prom event experience that will provide a safe space for students of all backgrounds to come together in solidarity and celebration of the Class of 2020. Generously powered by Zoom’s technology, every high school in the

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Unladylike2020,’ WCNY to hold Virtual Screening and Panel Discussion July 9

Published - June 24, 2020

WCNY, Central New York’s community-owned public broadcaster, will host a Virtual Screening and Panel Discussion to preview the “American Masters” multimedia series, “Unladylike2020,” in recognition  of the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment that opened the doors to women voting. The free online event is at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 9. The American Masters show premieres on WCNY-TV at 9:30 p.m. Friday, July 10. July 9 also marks the anniversary of the 1848 tea party that gave birth to the first Woman’s Rights Convention in Seneca Falls. “The Seneca Falls Convention was a historic milestone in women’s suffrage and women’s

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S4-42: Summer Music

Published - June 20, 2020

“When I was young My brother and I used to go fishing At a beautiful quiet pond amongst the fields It was there that we discovered… Summer Shimmers” – Jennifer Higdon   The Summer Solstice marks the change of another season, and so this week we listen to Summer Music, performed and composed by these remarkable women.   Summer Music George Gershwin:  Summertime, from Porgy & Bess Anne Akiko-Meyers, violin London Symphony Orchestra; Keith Lockhart, conductor “Serenade: The Love Album” e-one 7192 Edie Hill:  We Bloomed In Spring The Crossing; Donald Nally, conductor “Clay Jug” Navona 6073 Traditional:  Summerisle (The

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We Create Our Own Myths

Published - June 19, 2020

WCNY Behind the Woman · We Create Our Own Myths On this episode of Behind the Woman, we meet Joann Yarrow.

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Creation of online voter registration system stalled by COVID-19

Published - June 18, 2020

The state Board of Elections has not been spared from New York’s fiscal woes. “We’ve been instructed, I think like many state agencies, to limit our spending,” state BOE spokesman John Conklin told The Capitol Pressroom. “It’s basically only essential spending at this point.” Conklin estimated that the board was tasked last year with 53 new responsibilities by the state Legislature and Gov. Andrew Cuomo, only some of which included funding.  As a result, the board’s focus has been on accomplishing the items they can do without spending money.

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Gregory Wood

Published - June 18, 2020

Gregory Wood – Asst. Principal Cello Symphoria & Professor of Cello at Syracuse University Favorite Works Playlist Cellist Gregory Wood has performed live in the Classic FM studios before. Now he shares these works and the stories behind them. Fredric Chopin a.Etude Op. 25, No. 1 “Aeolian Harp” b.Anton Rubinstein, piano Ludwig van Beethoven a.Missa Solemnis, Benedictus b.Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra; Leonard Bernstein, conductor Claude Debussy a.La Mer b.Boston Symphony Orchestra; Sir Colin Davis, condoctor Ludwig van Beethoven a.Symphony No. 7, Mvt. 1 b.Gewandhaus Orchestra of Leipzig; Kurt Masur, conductor Herbie Hancock a.Imagine (from The Imagine Project) b.Herbie Hancock Johannes Brahms

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S4-41: Glimmering Gold

Published - June 13, 2020

“The trumpet is loud.  I didn’t want to sit in front of one.”  – Merrie Klazek, on why she chose to play trumpet   More and more women are filling up the ranks of brass sections every year.  This week, performances from women who stepped outside expectations, and took up brass instruments.   Glimmering Gold Astor Piazzolla:  Oblivion Alison Balsom, trumpet Guy Barker & The Guy Barker Orchestra “Alison Balsom: Paris” Warner Classics 2564632789 Robert Elhai: Water Awakening Rebecca Cherian, trombone Rodrigo Ojeda, piano “Water Awakening” RBC 1001 Alessandro Marcello:  Concerto in C minor Mary Elizabeth Bowden, trumpet The Kassia Ensemble “Rêverie” Summit

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Creating a Path

Published - June 12, 2020

WCNY Behind the Woman · Creating a Path On this episode of Behind the Woman, we meet Latisia Hall-Canon.

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Delays and Silence from Cuomo in response to New York’s child care crisis

Published - June 11, 2020

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s response to the potential collapse of the state’s child care system has been slow and insufficient, according to industry professionals. Instead of a rapid deployment of federal resources and a broad increase in subsidy eligibility for parents in desperate need of care for their children, the Cuomo administration has been late paying industry contracts, took months to disburse a small fraction of the assistance New York received from Washington D.C., restricted access to funding and has been mum on child care recommendations submitted last month. “We are beyond a crisis here,” said Beth Starks, executive director

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S4-40: Rosin Rising

Published - June 6, 2020

“When I see the chalky smoke of rosin rising from the bridges of stringed instruments…[it] becomes a symbol, a kind of shadow of life felt and lived without apology or restraint.”  – Michael Torke   This week we feature string players, pouring their hearts and souls into these marvelous performances.   Rosin Rising Joe Hisaishi:  Princess Mononoke Angele Dubeau, violin; La Pieta “Ovation” Analekta 2 8746 Angelo Maria Fiore:  Cello Sonata in G Major Elinor Frey, baroque cello Lorenzo Ghielmi, harpsichord; Esteban La Rotta, theorbo “Angelo Maria Fiore: Complete Cello Sonatas & 17th Century Italian Arias” Passacaille 1026 Aaron Copland:  Two Pieces for String

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I See it in You

Published - June 5, 2020

WCNY Behind the Woman · I See it in You On this episode of Behind the Woman, we meet Jodi DeAugustine.

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