Monthly Archives: February, 2022


Published - February 28, 2022

Calling all Syracuse parents! If you live within the city of Syracuse, this blog is for you. This past week, WCNY delivered PBS STEAM Kits to all nine Syracuse City Libraries. If you have a child 4-8 years old at home who likes exploring and creating, stop by one of the city branch libraries listed at the end of this article to pick up a kit.   The kits feature multiple activities, some of which feature materials you can find at home, such as cardboard boxes, markers, and other household items. From building a robotic arm with Ready, Jet, Go!, to

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S06 Ep26: Stage and Screen, Part 4

Published - February 26, 2022

“Don’t think of yourself as anything other than an equal.  Break down the doors.  It’s only doors.”  – Hans Zimmer   In 2016, women made up just 3% of composers working on the top 250 highest grossing films*.  And the Met was mounting its second opera composed by a woman – 103 years after the first one.  But women continue to make strides, with help from organizations like the Alliance for Women Film Composers and, yes, even the Met, which is commissioning two new operas, including one by Missy Mazzoli. This week, we’ll hear just a sampling of compositions by women for stage

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February 25, 2022: Ted Lange, “Fences” at the Red House

Published - February 25, 2022

    Ted Lange comes to Syracuse! Ted is the director of “Fences,” the play by August Wilson, opening at The Red House this weekend.  He spoke to host Bruce Paulsen about the play, the importance of this work, and shared a bit of his life in the theater – including his studies at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London. More about “Fences” and The Red House Arts Center here. And more about Ted Lange here.

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February 24, 2022: Barry Torres, Schola Cantorum

Published - February 24, 2022

    Schola Cantorum of Syracuse presents “Infelix ego,” several settings of Savonarola’s Psalm 50.  Music Director Barry Torres spoke to Diane Jones about the concert and these incredible settings.  He also gave us some insight into the wonderful musicians in this ensemble. Learn more about Schola Cantorum here.

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President’s Day

Published - February 21, 2022

Hello again everyone, and Happy President’s Day! Today is a special day here at PBS Kids! New episodes of “Arthur” and “Xavier Riddle and the Secret Museum” are coming out today, and there are plenty of President-themed activities for the history fan in your family. For those of you who have never seen or heard of “Xavier Riddle,” it follows the adventures of Xavier Riddle and his friends, as they travel back through time and meet important historical figures, while also solving problems. Since it’s President’s Day, there is a new episode airing today about the importance of being a leader, as

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S06 Ep25: Sing, Part 4

Published - February 19, 2022

“She manages to learn music no one else in the world can.”  – Milton Babbit, about Bethany Beardslee   The world of opera is highly competitive, and the odds are against success.  There are no “overnight” successes, and the women on this episode have worked hard for their success.  They lay bare their souls with every note they sing.   Sing, Part 4   Franz Schubert:  Der Einsame Bethany Beardslee, soprano Richard Goode, piano “Bethany Beardslee sings Schubert-Schumann-Brahms” Bridge 9504 Heitor Villa-Lobos:  Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5 Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, soprano English Chamber Orchestra; Jeffrey Tate, conductor “Canteloube: Chants d’Auvergne;

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February 18, 2022: Jon Nakamatsu, Symphoria

Published - February 18, 2022

  Jon Nakamatsu is the guest artist this weekend with Symphoria.  Jon gave us some insight into the Piano Concerto in G from Maurice Ravel, and the incredible music not only for him as a pianist, but the members of the orchestra as well.  And he told us how he went from teaching high school German to a full-time career as a concert pianist. Information about Symphoria can be found here. More about Jon Nakamatsu is available here.

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Happy Palentine’s Day!

Published - February 13, 2022

Hello everyone, and welcome to my first blog post! My name is Charlotte, I’m an education intern here at WCNY, and I’m here to welcome you and wish you a Happy Palentine’s Day! Valentine’s Day is not just about sweethearts and romantic love. It’s also about celebrating with your friends and all the amazing friendships you have made over the years! There have been quite a few memorable friendships made here at PBS Kids. Muffy Crosswire and Francine Frensky Francine and Muffy have been through a lot together through the 25 years “Arthur” has been gracing our screens; from helping

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S06 Ep24: Women of Color: Performers, Part 5

Published - February 12, 2022

  “I became aware that it was an issue, somehow, that I was a black violinist in this beautifully elite, wonderful place…and that someone else cared about it.”  – Jessie Montgomery   This week we hear music from women of color, including the talented sopranos who originated the roles of Bess and Serena in George Gershwin’s opera “Porgy and Bess.”  Plus, the first woman and first African American to join the Juilliard Quartet.   Women of Color: Performers, Part 3 Vincenzo Bellini:  Vaneggia! Il passo sgombrisi (from La straniera) Pretty Yende, soprano; Piero Pretti, tenor Giuseppi Verdi Symphony Orchestra of Milan;

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S06 Ep23: These Hallowed Halls

Published - February 5, 2022

“I already knew what I wanted to say – I just needed the tools to express myself.” – Anna Clyne Some composers will barely acknowledge any music they composed as a student. As they grow in years and experiences, their younger work can feel as though it is something “less.”  This week, we’ll share recordings of works from the student years of some of the best women composing today.  Some of theese composers have gone on to earn tremendous recognition, including two Pulitzer Prize winners and a Pulitzer finalist.  Let’s stroll These Hallowed Halls, filled with music.   These Hallowed Halls  

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WCNY to Air New Show “On the Money”

Published - February 3, 2022

In 1992, WCNY-TV tested a new show concept geared towards personal finances and investment advice. After just one season, it became clear the show was a hit with viewers, many of whom called in with their questions during the live Thursday night broadcasts. “Financial Fitness” went on to become one of the station’s longest-running and highest-rated programs. Now, after a ten-year hiatus, J. Daniel Pluff, former host and creator of “Financial Fitness,” returns to WCNY for a  new “money” show. “On The Money” premieres March 17th at 8:00 pm as a fast-paced, contemporary financial news program featuring interesting people, companies,

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