Monthly Archives: August, 2020


S4-52: Season 4 Finale

Published - August 29, 2020

“I’ve always been interested in arrival, and coming to a space, and even to looking back at where you were.”  – James Turrell   It’s hard to believe we’ve shared 4 years together on Feminine Fusion.  And, as we do every year, before we step off into the new season, let’s take a look back at the music we’ve shared in the past year.   Season 4 Wrap Up   Astor Piazzolla:  Primavera Porteña  Eroica Trio “Pasión” EMI Classics 57033 Jennifer Margaret Barker:  Blue Waters Heather Corbett, vibraphone “Nyvaigs” CRI 862 Maggi Payne:  Desertscapes Slovak Radio Chorus “Desertscapes: A Portrait of

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David Paterson predicts more taxes are coming to New York

Published - August 27, 2020

Despite serving as the frontman for a coalition opposing higher taxes, former Gov. David Paterson believes the state will adopt some new measure aimed at wealthy New Yorkers to bring in more revenue during the pandemic. “If anybody thinks they’re getting out of this situation without suffering the way the rest of us will, they’re really missing the point,” Paterson told The Capitol Pressroom.

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‘No Passport Required’ celebrity Chef Marcus Samuelsson to host WCNY’s live virtual Taste of Fame fundraiser Oct. 16

Published - August 27, 2020

WCNY, Central New York’s public broadcaster, will host its 6th annual Taste of Fame culinary fundraiser with Marcus Samuelsson, award-winning Chef, Restaurateur, Author, and Co-owner of Red Rooster Harlem. The annual event highlights award-winning chefs and celebrates their culinary personalities and careers. Due to coronavirus, Marcus will host the culinary journey and cooking experience live from New York City to home kitchens across the country on Zoom. The live event begins at 6:30 p.m. ET/3:30 p.m. PT and features a 30-minute cocktail Q&A with Marcus hosted by last year’s Taste of Fame headlining chef, Julia Collin Davison of the hit

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S4-51: Her Voice

Published - August 22, 2020

“[Her voice is] like chocolate, right?  It’s like velvet, caramel chocolate.”  – Joyce DiDonato, speaking about Avery Amereau   On this episode, we take a journey of discovery, with performances from some of today’s top female voices.   Her Voice:   Heitor Villa-Lobos:  Canção de amor Nadine Sierra, soprano Royal Philharmonic Orchestra; Robert Spano, conductor “There’s A Place For Us” Deutsche Grammophon 80028836-02 Richard Strauss:  Vier Lieder, Op. 27 Lise Davidsen, soprano Philharmonia Orchestra; Esa-Pekka Salonen, conductor “Lise Davidsen sings Wagner and Strauss” Decca 4834883 Leo Delibes:  Bell Song, from Lakmé Aida Garifullina, soprano ORF Radio Symphony Orchestra of Vienna; Cornelius Meister, conductor “Aida”

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CBD drinks enter New York illegally, while most producers await state regs

Published - August 21, 2020

The arrival of an out-of-state, hemp-infused seltzer on store shelves this week in New York has the state’s hemp industry calling foul. Kaló, a 12-ounce drink with 20 milligrams of “naturally occurring CBD and other cannabinoids,” is being sold in violation of state law, according to a spokesperson for the Department of Health. But it’s not clear what the state is doing about the illegal product, which is produced in New Jersey, aside from referring the matter to the federal Food and Drug Administration for follow up. 

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Dissension on SUNY board over chancellor selection process

Published - August 21, 2020

The anointing of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s close ally as the next head of New York’s public colleges and universities isn’t sitting well with the state’s faculty. A resolution crafted by the Faculty Council of Community Colleges and University Faculty Senate, which is not expected to be voted on during Friday’s meeting naming Jim Malatras the next chancellor of the SUNY system, calls for a vote of no confidence in the politically appointed members of the SUNY Board of Trustees. 

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Judge weighs in on New York’s plastic bag regulations

Published - August 20, 2020

State regulations implementing broad restrictions on single-use plastic bags in New York were curtailed Thursday by a judge overseeing a lawsuit from a plastic bag manufacturer and New York City bodegas. While the law restricting plastic bags was upheld, the court threw out the state’s regulations implementing the measure, according to the American Recyclable Plastic Bag Alliance, which opposed the regulatory effort. “Unfortunately, we are back where we started, and New York’s bag ban is still broken,” American Recyclable Plastic Bag Alliance Director Zachary Taylor said in a statement. “If there is one thing that is very clear from the judge’s ruling it’s that New

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Heastie’s leadership challenge in the Assembly

Published - August 11, 2020

In less than five months, the incoming class of freshmen Democratic Assembly members will have their first significant vote when the chamber chooses the speaker for the next two years. Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie hasn’t faced any significant opposition for the post since beating out a handful of contenders for the job in 2015, and is expected to officially be re-elected to the post in 2021. Based on recent interviews with The Capitol Pressroom, though, it doesn’t appear that all the fresh faces coming to Albany are excited about giving him two more years as leader. When the question was

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S4-49: One Life – Cecile Chaminade

Published - August 8, 2020

“[She should be known as a composer] pure and simple, rather than by the designation of woman composer.”  – Ambroise Thomas   She was the first woman musician to win the French Legion of Honor award.  Queen Victoria was utterly enamoured of her talent, and President Teddy Roosevelt invited her to play at the White House.  Yet she died alone, her music nearly forgotten.  Today we look at the life and music of Cecile Chaminade. One Life: Cecile Chaminade   Capriccio for Violin & Piano Sara Chenal, violin; Jean-Pierre Fery, piano “Violon au feminine: Compositrices francaises” Scarbo 4150A Berceuse, Op.

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S4-48: Patchwork Quilt, Part XXII

Published - August 1, 2020

“We stitch together quilts of meaning to keep us warm and safe, with whatever patches of beauty and utility we have on hand.”  – Anne Lamott Every few months we add another block to our Patchwork Quilt, releases and performances by women for no other reason than to enjoy the music.  This week, host Diane Jones has searched through her music library and found these works to share.   Patchwork Quilt, Part XXII Richard Einhorn:  Illness, from Voices of Light Anonymous 4 Netherlands Radio Philharmonic; Steven Mercurio, conductor “Voices of Light” Sony Classical 62006 Robert Schumann:  Fantasy Pieces, Op. 73 Kristine

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