Monthly Archives: March, 2021

WCNY announces staff appointments, promotions

Published - March 31, 2021

WCNY, Central New York’s community-owned flagship public broadcaster announces the following appointments and promotions: Appointments Lauren Easton, of Syracuse, N.Y., was appointed events specialist. She brings five years of experience to WCNY. Prior to joining WCNY, Easton served as the banquet sales manager at Pascale Companies. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Communication and Rhetorical Studies from Syracuse University. Clara Choi, of Manlius, N.Y., was appointed multimedia graphic designer and communications coordinator. She brings nine years of experience to WCNY. Prior to joining WCNY, Choi was Visiting Professor, at the State University of New York-ESF. She earned a bachelor’s degree

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S5-30: Looking West, Part 2

Published - March 27, 2021

“So much of who we are, is where we have been”  —  William Langwiesche We continue to circle the globe today as we look to the West, to music by women from Europe.  These are relatively new releases, covering a fair range of geography .  Not all of the music is new, but the performances certainly are.  This is music from the women of England, Italy, Germany, and even Latvia and Bulgaria   “Looking West, Part 2”   Giovanni Gabrieli:  Sacrae Symphonie I, No. 33 (excerpt) Katherina Bäuml, baroque oboe Capella de la Torre “Praetorius and Italy” Deutsche Harmonia 19439848032 Hélène de Montgeroult:  Sonata

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WCNY to premiere ‘American Masters–Oliver Sacks: His Own Life’

Published - March 26, 2021

WCNY to premiere ‘American Masters–Oliver Sacks: His Own Life’ April 9; two preview screenings available to the public WCNY, Central New York’s community-owned flagship public broadcaster, will premiere “American Masters¬–Oliver Sacks: His Own Life” April 9 at 9:30 p.m. on WCNY-TV. The program explores the life and work of the legendary neurologist and storyteller as he shares intimate details of his battles with drug addiction, homophobia, and a medical establishment that accepted his work only decades after the fact. For viewing information, visit In celebration of the premiere, WCNY has created video interstitials at Dr. Jenny Meyer, Neurologist

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S5-29: Looking East, Part 3

Published - March 20, 2021

“There isn’t one genre I like more than the others.  I find all of them satisfying and all inspire me in different ways.” – Yoko Kano   We are continuing our trek around the world with works and performances by women from Asia.  It’s a wide variety, with some familiar works, and some new works that blend east and west.   “Looking East, Part 3” Bill Whelan:  Emerald Tiger Vanessa-Mae, violin Cathal Synnott, vocal; Brian Dunphy, vocal; Ray Fean, bodhran; Ray Fean, drums; Bill Whelan, keyboards & vocal Royal Philharmonic Orchestra; Nick Ingman, conductor “Choreography” Sony 90895 Jonathan Leshnoff:  Piano Concerto (excerpt) Joyce

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Black Health and WCNY to present Black Health Town Hall Show

Published - March 19, 2021

Black Health and WCNY to present Black Health Town Hall COVID-19 vaccine television show March 21, 23, 26, and 29 WCNY, Central New York’s community-owned flagship public broadcaster, in partnership with Black Health will present a 30-minute Black Health Vaccine Town Hall TV show on its WCNY-TV and Global Connect channels March 21, 23, 26, and 29. The show is sponsored by Excellus. The show features highlights from the March 3 Black Health Virtual Event which provided information about the COVID-19. The Town Hall also aims to dispel myths and misconceptions about the COVID vaccine. The “Ask the Doctors” segment

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March 18, 2021: Steven Heyman, Pianist (Symphoria)

Published - March 18, 2021

  Pianist Steven Heyman is the guest artist this weekend for a performance of Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3 with Symphoria.  He spoke to mid-day host Diane Jones about the music, his long-standing collaborations with the musicians of Symphoria, and some of the things he learns from his students. Symphoria’s webpage can be found here.

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Chef Lidia Bastianich to headline WCNY’s

Published - March 16, 2021

Chef Lidia Bastianich to headline WCNY’s Taste of Fame live virtual Zoom event May 21; in-person event Oct. 15 WCNY, Central New York’s flagship public broadcaster, is partnering with Lidia Bastianich for its live virtual Taste of Fame experience on May 21. The award-winning celebrity chef, author, and host of “Lidia’s Kitchen” (APT, WGBH) will also headline WCNY’s in-person event on Oct. 15 at the Marriott Syracuse Downtown This year, more than 25 participating PBS stations will be part of the Taste of Fame virtual event. Tickets are on sale for both events at “We are very excited Chef

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March 12, 2021: Cornelia Orth, Cayuga Chamber Orchestra

Published - March 12, 2021

  Members of the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra will be presenting a concert in honor of Percy Browning on March 20.  Music Director Cornelia Orth spoke to mid-day host Diane Jones (from Switzerland, no less!) about the concert, and the incredible music they were inspired to program in Percy’s honor.  She also introduced us to the talented musicians who will be performing. Information about the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra can be found here.

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S5-28: Looking South

Published - March 12, 2021

“The true beauty of music is that it connects people.  It carries a message, and we, the musicians, are the messengers.” – Roy Ayers   We are continuing our trek around the world with works and performances from women in the Southern Hemisphere.   “Looking South” Gaetano Donizetti:  S’avanza Enrico! (from Lucia di Lammermoor) Pretty Yende, soprano Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano “Giuseppe Verdi”; Giacomo Sagripanti, conductor “Dreams” Sony Classical 88985430152 Alice Terzian:  Tres Piezas Siberian State Symphony Orchestra; Vladimir Lande, conductor “Off The Edge” Navona 6088 Astor Piazzolla: Tres Movimentos Sinfonicos, Buenos Aires Janjo Mosalini, bandonéon Santa Barbara Symphony Orchestra; Gisele Ben-Dor “The Soul

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March 11, 2021: Sean O’Loughlin, Symphoria

Published - March 11, 2021

  Symphoria presents its next Pops concert this weekend, when conductor Sean O’Loughlin leads “A Salute to Broadway.”  Sean joined mid-day host Diane Jones to chat about the joy of having the full orchestra back on stage together, as well as the incredible variety of music coming from the Broadway state to the Symphoria stage. You can learn more about Symphoria here.

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S5-27: Looking North, Part 2

Published - March 6, 2021

“There is no arguing that popular music has a much greater resonance with people, and I feel very driven to make classical music matter in this larger sphere of musics.” – Rose Bolton A while ago, we took a musical trip around the globe, and it seems a good time to do that again.  This week, we’re looking North, to Canada – with works and performances from women recently recognized for their music.   Looking North, Part 2 G.F. Handel:  Dixit Dominus (excerpts) Ottawa Bach Choir; Lisette Canton, director “Handel: Dixit Dominus; Bach & Schutz: Motets” Atma 22790 Rose Bolton:  The Coming of

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