Monthly Archives: October, 2020


S5-09: Circle Round

Published - October 31, 2020

“I love ensemble work.  I love making pieces and building things together.”  – Uzo Aduba   In performance, of course, ensembles face the audience.  But in rehearsal, the performers will sometimes sit in a circle, playing toward one another.  That brings an intimacy and connectedness that brings the music to a whole new level.  This week, all female ensembles circle round to play music that crosses the centuries.   Circle Round   Anonymous, Montpellier Codex:  Dame, que je n’os noumer Anonymous 4 “Love’s Illusion” Harmonia Mundi 907109 Leonard Bernstein:  West Side Story Suite Eroica Trio “An American Journey” EMI Classics 7351

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Long-awaited hemp regulations produced by Cuomo administration

Published - October 27, 2020

New York Hemp and CBD businesses hoping to get licensed in January will have to wait longer than planned due to the state’s timetable for approving regulations for the industries. On Tuesday, Democratic state lawmakers Donna Lupardo and Jen Metzger, who chair their chambers’ respective agriculture committees, announced that the ‘much anticipated’ hemp extract regulations would be filed with the state register on November 10. Public comment will be accepted until Jan. 11, 2021.

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Onondaga County expanding early voting hours

Published - October 26, 2020

Onondaga County voters will get four extra hours to take advantage of early voting next weekend. The expansion is an attempt to accommodate the unprecedented demand for early voting, as more than 9,800 votes were cast during the first weekend in Onondaga County, easily exceeding the approximately 8,600 early votes cast during all of last year in the county. “The overall number was a big surprise,” Onondaga County Democratic Elections Commissioner Dustin Czarny told The Capitol Pressroom on Monday. “I mean we expected brisk turnout. I thought 3,000 people a day at the outside.” 

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S5-08: Strung Along, Part 2

Published - October 24, 2020

“What really counts isn’t whether your instrument is Baroque or modern: it’s your mindset.”  – Sir Simon Rattle   What would it be to step back in time, just for a moment, to listen to the music of Barbara Strozzi or Leonora Duarte as it was when it was new?  We are fortunate to have musicians and historians today dedicated to presenting that music on the instruments for which it was composed.  We’ll hear some of those performances today.   Strung Along, Part 2 Giuseppe Maria Dall’Abaco:  Capriccio primo Elinor Frey, baroque cello “La Voce del Violoncello” Passacaille 993 C.P.E. Bach: 

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October 23, 2020: Sara Davis Buechner – Symphoria

Published - October 23, 2020

Pianist Sara Davis Buechner is joining Symphoria for their next Masterworks Concert (streamed from Inspiration Hall), and mid-day host Diane Jones had a chance to chat with her.  Sara talked about the concert, as well as her touring and teaching experiences – and even let us know her favorite spot for a Philly cheesesteak!   Find out more about the complete Symphoria season here. And find out about Sara at her website, here.

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Andrew Yang for NYC mayor? ‘TBD’

Published - October 23, 2020

While the Democratic field of mayor hopefuls in New York City gets more crowded every day, a national heavyweight could still join the fray. Former Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang continues to mull over a potential 2021 run, according to his former campaign manager, Zach Graumann. “We haven’t ruled anything out,” Graumann said this week on The Capitol Pressroom. “I think the polling numbers on Andrew Yang for mayor of New York are very very compelling”

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S5-07: Voices Raised, Part 4

Published - October 17, 2020

  “Those who wish to sing always find a song.”  – Swedish proverb   On this episode, we listen to women’s voices raised together in song, with words and music that can touch one’s soul.  And although these groups have had to set aside their rehearsals and performances during the pandemic, their music and voices carry on.   Voices Raised, Part 4:     Jetse Bremer:  Shall I Compare Thee to a Summer’s Day (text by Shakespeare) Wishful Singing “Time Travels” WSP Hildegard of Bingen:  Favus Distillans, from Symphonia armonie celestium revelationum Voice “Musical Harmony” VOIMH 13 Abbie Betinis:  A Blessing of

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S5-06: Plucked, Part 3

Published - October 10, 2020

“My guitar is not a thing.  It is an extension of myself.  It is who I am.”  – Joan Jett   What do harps, guitars, and harpsichords all have in common?  They are all plucked instruments.  This week, music from all of these instruments, from several talented musicians.   Plucked, Part 3:   Arnold Bax:  Valse for Solo Harp Marcia Dickstein, harp “Bax: Chamber Music for Harp” RCM 19801 Gabriel Faure:  Impromptu, Op. 86 Naoko Yoshino, harp “Claire de Lune – Musique romantique pour harpe” Philips 446064 J.C.F. Bach:  Harpsichord Sonata in D Major Elaine Comparone, harpsichord “J.C.F. Bach (The

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New York could crack down on illegal parking in spots for electric vehicles

Published - October 5, 2020

New Yorkers who park their gas guzzlers in public spots reserved for electric vehicles could soon face repercussions. Legislation waiting on the governor’s desk would make the advertised restrictions more than just a suggestion, giving them the weight of state law and enforceable by local authorities. The change, which is sponsored by Democratic lawmakers Jen Metzger and Amy Paulin, received bipartisan support in the state legislature. 

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S5-05: Patchwork Quilt, Part XXIII

Published - October 3, 2020

“Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.” ― Plato   Time for another Patchwork Quilt episode, and this week, we’re pulling music from the 12th century all the way into the present.   Patchwork Quilt XXIII: Christopher Rouse:  Flute Concerto, Movement 2 Carol Wincenc, flute Houston Symphony Orchestra; Christoph Eschenbach, conductor “Symphony No. 2/Flute Concerto/Phaeton” Telarc 80452 Paul Hindemith:  Sonata Alice Giles, harp “Especially” Tall Poppies 213 Franz Schubert:  Death and the Maiden St. Paul Chamber Orchestra; Patricia Kopatchinskaja, conductor “Death and the Maiden” Alpha 265 Hildegard of Bingen:  Spiritui sancto honor

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Senate GOP propose review of alleged social media censorship

Published - October 1, 2020

Senate Minority Leader Robert Ortt is looking to promote internet media freedom in New York, after his political allies had their social media account muzzled this summer. The western New York Republican proposed the creation of an Internet Media Freedom Task Force to examine “censorship employed by social media companies” and consider how platforms like Facebook and Twitter effect elections. The legislation was introduced less than a month after the state’s Conservative Party was released from a two-month stint in Twitter jail, after the account was mistakenly flagged as spam by the social media giant.

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