Monthly Archives: November, 2020


S5-13: Women of Color, Performers – Part 5

Published - November 28, 2020

  “When I sing, I don’t want them to see that my face is black.  I don’t want them to see that my face is white.  I want them to see my soul.  And that is colorless.” – Marian Anderson Musicians of color still represent a small portion of orchestral musicians today.  But we are making headway, and the women on today’s program show that their talent is not defined by their heritage.  And when a youngster sees them performing on stage, sees someone who looks like themselves, they realize they can aspire to great performances as well.   Women

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S5-12: Home and Hearth

Published - November 21, 2020

“I long, as does every human being, to be at home wherever I find myself.” – Maya Angelou   We are a mobile society, often find ourselves travelling across the country, across the world.  But the idea of “home” seems to be somehow rooted in each of us.  On this program, works from composers who were inspired by their homes, from the wilds of Australia, to the bustling downtown of Atlanta, GA.   Home and Hearth   Joan Tower:  Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman No. 4 Colorado Symphony Orchestra; Marin Alsop, conductor “Tower:  Fanfares for the Uncommon Woman” Koch International

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November 19, 2020: Sean O’Loughlin, Symphoria

Published - November 19, 2020

Symphoria’s Casual Series opens with music by Holst and Beethoven – and Pops Conductor Sean O’Loughlin is putting on his Classical Music Hat to conduct!  Mid-day host Diane Jones spoke to Sean about the concert, the way the orchestra is changing and adapting to these livestream events, and the joy in working with The Finger Lakes Trio for the Triple Concerto by Beethoven.  And he explains how he is “preparing to thrive” – a sentiment worth sharing.   Find out more about the complete Symphoria season here.  

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No formal opinion yet from NYSUT on vaccine mandate for teachers

Published - November 18, 2020

One of the unresolved questions about a potential COVID-19 vaccine, which is likely months away from mass distribution, is whether a vaccination will be necessary for New Yorkers working in professions directly interacting with the public. For instance, should adults in schools be required to get vaccinated for the novel coronavirus? And that’s the question we posed on Wednesday’s episode of The Capitol Pressroom to Andy Pallotta, president of New York State United Teachers, which is an underwriter of the show. “I think our folks are looking at that question right now,” Pallotta said. “Our membership throughout the state has

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S5-11: High Strung, Part 3

Published - November 14, 2020

“My goal would be trying to bring some light to the world, which is often a dark and violent place.” – Leila Josefowicz   In this second of our pair of episodes highlighting the string players, we focus on the high strings, the violins and violas.  Most musicians begin playing the violin, and later switch to viola – often because there are not enough violists in their orchestra.  Yet the viola has the ability to be a strong and beautiful solo instrument as well, and the performances you’ll hear today certainly bear that out.   High Strung, Part 3 Traditional

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Syracuse International Film Festival partners with WCNY to continue presenting the festival on WCNY-TV, virtually on Zoom, on demand at WCNY.org/filmfestival

Published - November 13, 2020

WCNY, Central New York’s community-owned public broadcaster, in partnership with the Syracuse International Film Festival, will continue to present the festival’s films on its WCNY-TV and Create channels, on Zoom, and on-demand at wcny.org/filmfestival today, Nov. 12 to 15. Films will air on WCNY-TV and all will be available on the Create channel or online. For viewing information, visit wcny.org/wheretowatch. To register for the free virtual watch parties on Zoom visit wcny.org/filmfestival. The festival is sponsored in part by CNY Arts, Onondaga County, Syracuse University, the Jewish Community Center of Syracuse, and InSourcing. Premiering on WCNY-TV Nov. 13 9:30–10:30 p.m.—“Slava’s

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November 12, 2020: Brandon Vamos, Pacifica Quartet

Published - November 12, 2020

The Syracuse Friends of Chamber Music virtual season continues this weekend with a performance from the Pacifica Quartet.  Brandon Vamos, cellist with the Pacifica Quartet, spoke with mid-day host Diane Jones about the concert, the choices of programming Beethoven and Jennifer Higdon together, and the way the quartet is adapting to this new performance environment.   Find out more about the complete Syracuse Friends of Chamber Music season here. And learn about the Pacifica Quartet here.

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Senate Dems have no definitive plans for lameduck session

Published - November 12, 2020

Don’t bet on the state senate to convene in Albany before the end of the year. Speaking Thursday on The Capitol Pressroom, Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins said there is no “definitive plan” to pass any bills before the new legislature is convened in 2021 for its regular schedule.  Rank-and-file Democratic lawmakers have been clamoring this fall for an opportunity to pass legislation addressing the pandemic and take steps to generate additional state revenue.

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S5-10: Low Strung, Part 3

Published - November 7, 2020

“My cello is my voice.  It’s my world.  My whole life.”  – Emily Albright   Once again we take a trip through the strings, beginning with the low strings – double bass and cello.  In this first of two string-centered episodes, we hear performances from Chi-chi Nwanoku, Ofra Harnoy, Sol Gabetta, and more.   Low Strung, Part 3 Ludwig van Beethoven:  Duo No. 3 in B-flat Major, WoO 27/3 Ofra Harnoy, cello James Campbell, clarinet “Ofra Harnoy and Friends” Doremi 6609 Traditional, arr. by Diana Gannett:  Variations on “Amazing Grace” and “Simple Gifts” Diana Gannett, double bass “Lady Bass” Block

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November 5, 2020: Maestro Lawrence Loh – Symphoria

Published - November 5, 2020

Maestro Lawrence Loh chatted with mid-day host Diane Jones about this weekend’s Symphoria concert, featuring music of Coleridge-Taylor, Beethoven, and Dvorak.  They spoke about the incredible musicians featured in the Beethoven Septet, as well as the strength and determination of the musicians and organizers to continue performing live while staying safe and healthy.   Find out more about the complete Symphoria season here.  

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Syracuse International Film Festival partners with WCNY to present the festival on WCNY-TV, virtually on Zoom, on demand at WCNY.org/filmfestival

Published - November 4, 2020

WCNY, Central New York’s community-owned public broadcaster, in partnership with the Syracuse International Film Festival, will present the festival’s 70 films on its WCNY-TV and Create channels,  on  Zoom, and on-demand at wcny.org/filmfestival from Nov. 5 to 15. Ten films will air on WCNY-TV and all will be available on the Create channel or online. For viewing information, visit wcny.org/wheretowatch. To register for the free virtual watch parties on Zoom visit wcny.org/filmfestival. The festival kicks of on-air with the world premiere of a new film by Daniel Baldwin, “My Promise to PJ”–the first time all four of Central New York’s

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Gianaris hopeful all absentee votes counted in contested senate races

Published - November 4, 2020

Democrats will control the state senate in 2021, but the size of their majority won’t be known until later this month at the earliest. Based on the in-person voting that has been tabulated so far, the Senate Democrats have picked up three open seats in western New York that Republicans previously controlled and Republicans definitely ousted one Democratic freshman on Long Island. In order to win eight other unresolved seats, only two of which are represented by Republicans, Democrats are hoping there are enough absentee ballots to help them overcome in-person voting deficits.

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