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“Feminine Fusion” is a weekly radio program that highlights the influence of women in classical music. These are the women throughout history and into the present day who create, perform, and inspire. Composer/announcer Diane Jones of WCNY-FM in Syracuse, NY is your host, and every week showcases some of these remarkable women.

Women are the central, unifying focus of this series. It is important to note, however, that their influence is broad-ranging, crossing the boundaries of culture, race, and gender. Who can truly know what might have happened to the likes of Aaron Copland, Donald Byrd, or Quincy Jones had they not studied with Nadia Boulanger?

“Had you asked me 10 years ago if I would have introduced a program focused on women in music, I would have said ‘no.’ Growing up in a houseful of brothers, I was always treated as their equal,” says Jones. “But there is still gender bias in the music world. I am anxious for the time when we no longer separate composers from women composers, or conductors from women conductors.

Some of the individuals highlighted in this program entered the world of the arts knowing they faced opposition, and gathered their strength to face it head on. Others simply took to their chosen path, often unaware of the impact their actions would have. In every case, however, they have touched hearts and souls with their art.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Feminine Fusion

Diane Jones

Diane Jones is the host of Feminine Fusion, the newest weekly program on WCNY-FM. An active composer, she has received commissions from nationally and internationally-recognized musicians and ensembles, as well as completing 5 residencies in Syracuse area schools, introducing young musicians to composition.  Diane performs regularly with Samba Laranja and the Central New York Flute Choir, and her music has been featured on two SAMMY-award winning CDs.  Follow Diane on Twitter (@ComposerJones) and Facebook (here or here) for more about her programming and her music.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Air Date Program Title Description
August 6 On Her Own Women making their mark as soloists
August 13 Elemental Music: Fire Exciting compositions and performances
August 20 At the Keyboard: Part 2 More music from female pianists
August 27 End of the Year Wrap Up It’s a look back at some of the music you’ve heard in this very first year of Feminine Fusion

Show Archive

August 20: At the Keyboard, Part 2

Martha Argerich

Martha Argerich

“For me, playing music is about transporting to another way of life, another way of being.” – Yuja Wang

 

The piano is, in many ways, an orchestra contained in a single instrument.  On this episode, we’ll return to the keyboard to hear three outstanding pianists in performance.

 

“At the Keyboard, Part 2”

Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 7, Op. 10, No. 3
Martha Argerich, piano
“Martha Argerich: Early Recordings”
Deutsche Grammophon 4798978

Franz Liszt (arr. by Sergei Rachmaninov): Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2 in c# minor
Olga Kern, piano
“Rachmaninov: Transcriptions/Corelli Variations”
Harmonia Mundi 907336

Maurice RavelConcerto in G Major for Piano and Orchestra
Yuja Wang, piano
Tonhalle Orchestra of Zurich; Lionel Bringuier, conductor
“Ravel”
Deutsche Grammophon 4794954

 

 

 

Run time: 59′ 17″

Feminine Fusion highlights the roles of women in classical music. Host Diane Jones brings you stories and music of the women who create, perform, and inspire. Produced in the studios at WCNY-FM.


August 13: Elemental Music: Fire

Fire

“O! for a muse of fire, that would ascend the brightest heaven of invention.” – Shakespeare

 

Fire is inspirational, and this episode looks at several different ways in which that inspiration is expressed.  We’ll listen to music ranging from the Medieval to the present, from the “Fire of Creation” in the visions of Hildegard of Bingen, to a “Fire and Blood” performance from Ida Kavafian.

 

“Elemental Music: Fire”

Manuel de Falla: Danza Ritual del Fuego (Ritual Fire Dance)
Katia & Marielle Labèque
“España!”
Philips 438938

Hildegard of Bingen: Vision 1: The Fire of Creation
Anonymous 4
“The Origin of Fire”
Harmonia Mundi 807327

Jennifer HigdonSummer Shimmers
Susan Glaser, flute; Lark Chamber Artists
“Summer Shimmers”
Koch International Classics 7730

Libby Larsen:  Deep Summer Music
Colorado Symphony Orchestra; Marin Alsop, conductor
“Deep Summer Music/Solo Symphony/Marimba Concerto: After Hampton”
Koch International Classics 7520

Michael Daugherty:  Fire and Blood
Ida Kavafian, violin
Detroit Symphony Orchestra; Neeme Järvi, conductor
“Fire & Blood/MotorCity Triptych/Raise the Roof”
Naxos 559372

 

 

Run time: 58′ 49″

Feminine Fusion highlights the roles of women in classical music. Host Diane Jones brings you stories and music of the women who create, perform, and inspire. Produced in the studios at WCNY-FM.


August 6: On Her Own

Alison Balsom

Alison Balsom

 

“Talent is cheaper than table salt.  What separates the talented individual from the successful one is a lot of hard work.” – Stephen King

 

This week, a look at women who stand out as soloists, many playing instruments traditionally viewed as “masculine.”  We’ll hear horn, trumpet, and trombone, along with clarinet and harp, as we listen to these tremendous musicians showcase their music.

 

“On Her Own”

Gioachino Rossini: Introduction, Theme and Variations for Clarinet and Orchestra
Sharon Kam, clarinet
Berlin Chamber Philharmonic; Axel Gerhardt, conductor
“Works for Clarinet and Orchestra”
Berlin Classics 219305

Manuel deFalla: Siete canciones españolas
Alison Balsom, trumpet
Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra; Edward Gardner, conductor
“Caprice”
Angel/EMI 53255

Robert ElhaiWater Awakening
Rebecca Cherian, trombone; Rodrigo Ojeda, piano
“Water Awakening”
RBC 1001

Trygve Madsen:  Trio for Violin, Horn & Piano
Frøydis Ree Wekre, horn; Atle Sponberg, violin; Tor Espen Aspaas, piano
“Ceros”
2L 25

Deborah Henson-Conant:  Baroque Flamenco
Deborah Henson-Conant, harp
“Invention & Alchemy”
Golden Cage 6002

 

 

Run time: 58′ 31″

Feminine Fusion highlights the roles of women in classical music. Host Diane Jones brings you stories and music of the women who create, perform, and inspire. Produced in the studios at WCNY-FM.


July 30, 2017: Pushing Boundaries

Laurie Anderson

Laurie Anderson

“I think women who don’t understand boundaries are fascinating.” – Elizabeth Reaser

 

Music is not always neat and orderly.  Even the definition of “music” is not always clear-cut.  On this episode, women who are exploring sound worlds and pushing the boundaries of music.

 

“Pushing Boundaries”

Laurie Anderson: World Without End
Laurie Anderson; Kevin Killen – effects
“Big Red”
Warner Bros. Records 9362 45534-2

Leila Bordreuil: No Name III
Leila Bordreuil, cello; Zach Rowden, double bass
“Hollow”
No Rent Records NRR50

Lea Bertucci: Unbroken Plane
Lea Bertucci, alto saxophone
“Light Silence, Dark Speech”
Il Dischi Del Barone IDDB003

Randall Woolf:  What Remains of a Rembrandt
Kathleen Supové, piano
“The Debussy Effect”
New Focus Recordings 170

Camilla Padgitt-Coles:  Taure
Camilla Padgitt-Coles (as Ivy Meadows)
“Zodiac”
Bandcamp Artist Page

Laurie Anderson:  O Superman
Laurie Anderson
“Live in New York”
Nonesuch Records 79681

 

 

Run time: 58′ 44″

Feminine Fusion highlights the roles of women in classical music. Host Diane Jones brings you stories and music of the women who create, perform, and inspire. Produced in the studios at WCNY-FM.


July 23, 2017: Today’s Teachers: Composers

Composer and Teacher Jennifer Margaret Barker

Composer and Teacher Jennifer Margaret Barker

“It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.” – Albert Einstein

 

It takes real dedication to not only create new music, but to teach and mentor aspiring composers at the same time.  This week, we’ll hear music from several composers who are also well-respected teachers.

 

“Today’s Teachers: Composers”

Tania León (poems by Rita Dove):  Singin’ Sepia
Tony Arnold, soprano; David Greshman, clarinet; Renee Jolles, violin; Joel Sachs & Cheryl Seltzer, piano
“Singin’ Sepia”
Bridge 9231

Anna Weesner:  Flexible Parts for Viola & Piano
Melia Watras, viola; Kimberly Russ, piano
“Short Stories”
Fleur de Son 58007

Jennifer Margaret Barker:  Blue Waters
Heather Corbett, vibraphone
“Nyvaigs”
Composers Recordings (CRI)

Hilary Tann: Light from The Cliffs
Eunmi Ko, piano
“The Musical Landscapes of Hilary Tann”
Centaur 3357

Missy Mazzoli: Vespers for a New Dark Age (Interlude I)
Victoire
“Vespers for a New Dark Age”
New Amsterdam 062

 

 

Run time:  58:30

Feminine Fusion highlights the roles of women in classical music. Host Diane Jones brings you stories and music of the women who create, perform, and inspire. Produced in the studios at WCNY-FM.


July 16, 2017: The All-Woman Orchestra

Phil Spitalny's Hour of Charm Orchestra

Phil Spitalny’s Hour of Charm Orchestra

 

“A band of women is never just a band.  It’s always excotic.”  – Roz Cron, former member of Ada Leonard’s All-American Girl Orchestra & The Sweethearts

 

“Swing Shift Maisies,” the musical version of Rosie the Riveter, had their heyday during World War II.  The return of the soldiers after the war saw the demise of the all-woman orchestra.  But we have seen new all-female orchestras arise again in the last several years, albeit for different reasons.  We’ll hear from a few of them on this episode.

 

“The All-Woman Orchestra”

Edvard Grieg:  Piano Concerto, from Song of Norway
Phil Spitalny and the Hour of Charm Orchestra
“The Hour of Charm Radio Broadcasts”
Old Time Radio Catalog

Maddalena Sirmen:  Violin Concerto No. 5
Terry Baune, violin
Bay Area Women’s Philharmonic; JoAnn Falletta, conductor
“Baroquen Treasures”
Newport 60102

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart:  Symphony No. 40 in G minor, K. 550
Rachel Porter’s All Female Orchestra
“Mozart Performed with Feeling”
Orange Leisure

Nino Rota (arr. by Helmut Lipsky): La Dolce Vita de La Pietá
La Pietá; Angèle Dubeau, conductor
“Silence on Joue, Prise 2/Take 2”
Analekta 2 8743-4

 

 

Run time:  58:30

Feminine Fusion highlights the roles of women in classical music. Host Diane Jones brings you stories and music of the women who create, perform, and inspire. Produced in the studios at WCNY-FM.


July 9, 2017: Over The Sea

Night Ferry

“I come to ferry you hence across the tide
To endless night, fierce fires and shramming cold.”  – Dante

 

Travel across the sea with me as we hear some of the music being created in Europe and Asia.  Works by Judith Weir, Chihchun Chi-sun Lee, Consuelo Diez, and Anna Clyne take us around the globe on our next episode.

 

“Over the Sea”

Judith Weir:  Piano Trio Two
Fidelio Trio
“The Piano Tuner”
Delphian 34084

Chichchun Chi-sun Lee:  Concerto for Flute and 4 Percussionists
Kim S. McCormick, flute; McCormick Percussion Group
“Culture Samples”
Ravello Records 7834

Consuelo Diez:  Cartas a la oscuridad (Letters to the Dark)
Mario Prisuelos, piano
“Música Española para Piano”
Verso 2066

Anna Clyne: Night Ferry
Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Riccardo Muti, conductor
“Riccordo Muti conducts Mason Bates and Anna Clyne”
CSO Resound 9011401

 

 

Run time:  59:00

Feminine Fusion highlights the roles of women in classical music. Host Diane Jones brings you stories and music of the women who create, perform, and inspire. Produced in the studios at WCNY-FM.


July 2, 2017: Celebrating Our Heritage

StatueOfLiberty

“I’ve known where my heritage is from all along.”  – Susana Martinez

 

This week, works celebrating our American heritage written, performed, and inspired by women.  Featuring conductors JoAnn Falletta and Marin Alsop, Joan Tower’s Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman, and the story behind the poem at the base of the Statue of Liberty.

 

“Celebrating Our Heritage”

Joan Tower:  Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman I
Colorado Symphony Orchestra
Marin Alsop, conductor
“Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman”
Koch International 7469

Antonin Dvorak:  Symphony No. 9 – From the New World (Largo)
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
Marin Alsop, conductor
“Dvorak: Symphony No. 9”
Naxos 570714

Louis Moreau Gottschalk:  The Union (A Concert Paraphrase on National Airs)
Cecile Licad, piano
“Louis Moreau Gottschalk: Piano Music”
Naxos 559145

Aaron Copland: Letter From Home
Buffalo Philharmonic
JoAnn Falletta, conductor
“Copland: Prairie Journal/The Red Pony Suite/Letter From Home”
Naxos 559240

Kenneth Fuchs:  An American Place
London Symphony Orchestra
JoAnn Falletta, conductor
“Fuchs: An American Place/Eventide/Out of the Dark”
Naxos 559224

Irving Berlin:  Give Me Your Tired, Your Poor
Text by Emma Lazarus
Mormon Tabernacle Choir and The Orchestra at Temple Square
Craig Jessop, conductor
“God Bless America”
Mormon Tabernacle Choir 302

 

 

Run time:  59:08

Feminine Fusion highlights the roles of women in classical music. Host Diane Jones brings you stories and music of the women who create, perform, and inspire. Produced in the studios at WCNY-FM.


June 25, 2017: Patchwork Quilt IV

Composer Unsuk Chin

Composer Unsuk Chin

 

“Music is the movement of sound to reach the soul for the education of its virtue.”  – Plato

 

It’s another eclectic sampling of music on the fourth Patchwork Quilt show.  These are recent works from four composers that have recently arrived in our studios.  I’m pleased to share them with you.

 

“Patchwork Quilt IV”

Unsuk Chin:  Rocana
Montreal Symphony Orchestra
Kent Nagano, conductor
“Unsuk Chin: Rocana/Violin Concerto”
Analekta 9944

Edie Hill:  A True Heart is Waiting
Cantus
“There Lies The Home”
Cantus

Su Lian Tan:  Life in Wayang
Jupiter String Quartet
“Revelations”
Arsis

 

 

Run time:  59:15

Feminine Fusion highlights the roles of women in classical music. Host Diane Jones brings you stories and music of the women who create, perform, and inspire. Produced in the studios at WCNY-FM.


June 18, 2017: In the Company of Friends

Stiletto Brass Quintet (© Maundy Mitchell Photography)

Stiletto Brass Quintet
(© Maundy Mitchell Photography)

 

 

“People are always good company when they are doing what they really enjoy.”  – Samuel Butler

 

On this episode, you’ll hear music from four all-female ensembles who are pushing the envelope when it comes to the idea of presenting classical works.  Their music crosses genres, and their live performances bring a fresh perspective to the audience.

 

“In the Company of Friends”

Jetse Bremer:  Shall I compare the to a summer’s day? & Sigh No More, Ladies
Wishful Singing
“Time Travels”
Wishful Singing Productions

Camille Saint-Saens:  Africa, Op. 89
Salut Salon
“Carnival Fantasy”
Warner Music Group

Traditional:  Malaika
Salut Salon
“Carnival Fantasy”
Warner Music Group

John Williams, Klaus Doldinger, Kurt Weill:  Shark Medley
Salut Salon
“Carnival Fantasy”
Warner Music Group

Anthony Plog:  Mosaics
Stiletto Brass Quintet
“Stiletto Brass quintet with Doc Severinsen”
CD Baby

George Gershwin, arr. by Velvet Brown:  Summertime Fantasy
Stiletto Brass Quintet
“Stiletto Brass quintet with Doc Severinsen”
CD Baby

Samuel Barber:  Adagio for Strings
Escala
“Escala”
Sony Classical

Paul & Linda McCartney:  Live and Let Die
Escala
“Escala”
Sony Classical

Ennio Morricone:  Chi Mai
Escala
“Escala”
Sony Classical

 

 

Run time:  58:43

Feminine Fusion highlights the roles of women in classical music. Host Diane Jones brings you stories and music of the women who create, perform, and inspire. Produced in the studios at WCNY-FM.


June 11, 2017: Stage and Screen

Theater

“Don’t think of yourself as anything but an equal.  Break down the doors.  It’s only doors.” – Hans Zimmer

 

 

Women made up just 3% of the composers working on the top 250 highest-grossing films last year.  The struggle to find work in the industry is genuine, and although progress is being made, there is still a long way to go.  Here are some of the incredibly talented women being recognized for their achievements in film and theater.

 

“Stage and Screen”

Mica Levi:  The End & End Credits
Orchestrate; Ben Foster, conductor
“Jackie (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)”
Milan

Miriam Cutler:  Main Title & JFK’s Funeral
Studio Orchestra
“Ethel (Music from the HBO Documentary”
Perseverance Records

Lerner & Loewe, orchestrated by Angela Morley:  Overture & A Snake In The Grass
Studio Orchestra
“The Little Prince”
Verve

Jessica Curry:  Finding the Pattern & Disappearing
Studio Orchestra; London Voices Choir
James Morgan, conductor
“Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture”
Sony Classical

Jeanine Tesori:  Viola’s Theme
Lincoln Center Theater Orchestra
“Music from the Lincoln Center Theatre Production of Twelfth Night”
Resmiranda Records

Lucy Simon:  Race You to the Top of the Morning
Mandy Patinkin, vocals
Original Cast Orchestra
“The Secret Garden (Original Broadway Cast)”
Masterworks Broadway

Cindy Lauper:  Raise You Up/Just Be (Finale)
Original Broadway Cast
“Kinky Boots (Original Broadway Cast Recording)”
Masterworks Broadway

 

 

Run time:  58:45

Feminine Fusion highlights the roles of women in classical music. Host Diane Jones brings you stories and music of the women who create, perform, and inspire. Produced in the studios at WCNY-FM.


June 4, 2017: Leading The Way

Maestra JoAnn Falletta

Maestra JoAnn Falletta

 

“Ninety percent of what a conductor does comes in the rehearsal – the vision, the structure, the architecture.” – Joshua Bell

 

In 2015, the Dallas Opera launched a twenty-year initiative to promote female representation on the conductor’s podium.  On this episode, we hear from three women who are already well established and respected in the conducting world.

 

“Leading The Way”

Paul McCartney: Tuesday
Andrea Quinn, conductor
London Symphony Orchestra
“Working Classical”
Angel/EMI 56897

Astor Piazzolla: Oblivion
Gisele Ben-dor, conductor
Santa Barbara Symphony; Juanjo Mosalini, bandoneon
“The Soul of Tango”
Delos 3345

John Corigliano: Mr. Tambourine Man: Seven Poems of Bob Dylan
JoAnn Falletta, conductor
Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra; Hila Plitmann, soprano
“American Classics: John Corigliano”
Naxos 559331

 

 

Run time:  59:45

Feminine Fusion highlights the roles of women in classical music. Host Diane Jones brings you stories and music of the women who create, perform, and inspire. Produced in the studios at WCNY-FM.


May 28, 2017: Sacred Music II

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“Your sacred space is where you can find yourself again and again.”  – Joseph Campbell

 

Divinity takes many forms, and honoring the sacred in music is an integral part of many spiritual practices.  This episode of Feminine Fusion explores a variety of spiritual works from around the world.

 

“Sacred Music II”

Isabella Leonarda: Vespro a cappella della Beata Vergine
Nova Ars Cantandi; Giovanni Accai, conductor; Alberto Sala, organ
“Isabella Leonarda: Vespro a cappella della Beata Vergine”
Tactus 623702

Unknown: Ancient Mother
Orpheus Pagan Chamber Choir; Andrew Ravensong, conductor
Cantus Corpus 6024884

Clarice Assad: Sephardic Suite
Cavatina Duo; Avalon String Quartet
“Sephardic Journey”
Cedille 163

ka’apora: Mother
Ulali
“Heartbeat: Voices of First Nations Women”
Smithsonian Folkways

Jennifer Higdon: On the Death of the Righteous
Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia; Alan Harler, conductor
“Metamorphosis”
Innova Records 68062

 

Run time:  59:28

Feminine Fusion highlights the roles of women in classical music. Host Diane Jones brings you stories and music of the women who create, perform, and inspire. Produced in the studios at WCNY-FM.


May 21, 2017: Women of Color: Hispanic and Latino musicians

Maestra Sonia Marie De León de Vega

Maestra Sonia Marie De León de Vega

 

“Believe in your talents, your abilities, and your self-worth can empower you to walk down an even brighter path.”  – Soledad O’Brien

 

A June 2016 article in the Minnesota Star Tribune tells us just 2.5% of orchestra musicians are Latino.  On this episode of Feminine Fusion, I highlight the achievements of several Hispanic and Latino women in the classical music world.

 

“Women of Color: Hispanic and Latino Musicians”

Juventino Rosas: Sobre las Olas
Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas; Alondra de la Parra, conductor
“Mi Alma Mexicana/My Mexican Soul”
CBS 75555

Hilda Paredes: Papalote
Jake Arditti, vocal; Irvine Arditti, violin
Aeon 1439

Maria Grever: Un Beso
Maria Luisa Tamez, mezzo-soprano; Angel Rodriguez, piano
“Canta a Maria Grever y Augustin Lara”
Urtext 227

Manuel de Falla: The Miller’s Dance (from the Three Cornered Hat)
Teresa Berganza, mezzo-soprano
Boston Symphony Orchestra; Seiji Ozawa, conductor
“España”
Deutsche Grammaphon 435852

Glenn Gould: String Quartet, Opus 1
Catalyst Quartet
“Bach/Gould Project”
Azica 71300

 

Run time:

Feminine Fusion highlights the roles of women in classical music. Host Diane Jones brings you stories and music of the women who create, perform, and inspire. Produced in the studios at WCNY-FM.


May 14, 2017: One Life – Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel

Fanny Mendelssohn

Fanny Mendelssohn Sketch by Wilhelm Hensel

 

“For you, [music] can and must be only an ornament.” – Abraham Mendelssohn Bartholdy, in a letter to his daughter, Fanny

 

Despite her incredible talent, Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel’s music was considered a frivolous pasttime rather than a serious endeavor.  Even today, long-forgotten manuscripts are being discovered with works either thought to be lost, or attributed to her brother Felix.  On this episode of Feminine Fusion you’ll hear her first work, and her last.

 

“One Life: The Music of Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel”

Six Songs, Opus 1
Lauralyn Kolb, soprano; Arlene Shrut, piano
“Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel: Lieder”
Centaur 2120

Overture
Women’s Philharmonic Orchestra; JoAnn Falletta, conductor
Koch International 7169

String Quartet
Quatour Ebène
“Mendelssohn, Felix and Fanny”
Erato 4645462

Bergeslust, Op. 10, No. 5
Lauralyn Kolb, soprano; Arlene Shrut, piano
“Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel: Lieder”
Centaur 2120

Felix Mendelssohn: String Quartet No. 6 (Movement III – Adagio)
Colorado String Quartet
“Schubert & Mendelssohn”
Parnassus 96024

 

Run time: 58:30

Feminine Fusion highlights the roles of women in classical music. Host Diane Jones brings you stories and music of the women who create, perform, and inspire. Produced in the studios at WCNY-FM.


May 7, 2017: Historical Women

Helen of Troy, painted by Gustave Moreau

Helen of Troy, painted by Gustave Moreau

 

“Is this the face that launched a thousand ships, and burnt the topless towers of Ileum.” – Christopher Marlowe, Doctor Faustus

 

Women throughout history have inspired art in many forms: paintings, scupltures, plays, and music.  This episode of Feminine Fusion focuses on some of the music written to honor women who made their marks in the course of history.

 

“Historical Women”

Jacques Offenbach: La Belle Hélène (Overture)
Berlin Philharmonic; Herbert von Karajan, conductor
“Jacques Offenbach: Overtures”
Deutsche Grammophon 400044

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Farewell, you native hills and fields (from The Maid of Orleans)
Olga Borodina, mezzo-soprano
Welsh National Opera Orchestra; Carlos Rizzi, conductor
“Olga Borodina: Arias”
Philips 446663

Carlos Franzetti: Peron and Evita (from Corpus Evita)
San Francisco Camerata; José Luis Moscovich, conductor
“Corpus Evita”
Navona Records 6096

Virgil Thomson: Mother of Us All Suite (excerpts)
Manhattan School of Music Opera Theater; Steven Osgood, conductor
“The Mother of Us All”
Albany Records

Michael Daugherty: Rosa Parks Boulevard
University of Florida Wind Symphony; David Waybright, conductor
“Stravinsky and Friends”
Mark Records

 

Run time: 58:59

Feminine Fusion highlights the roles of women in classical music. Host Diane Jones brings you stories and music of the women who create, perform, and inspire. Produced in the studios at WCNY-FM.


April 30, 2017: Patchwork Quilt III

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“Music offers composers an immeasurably rich and generous sonic landscape in which to explore the ‘life story’ of each musical idea.” – Melinda Wagner

 

Sometimes the music I receive in the studios doesn’t fit neatly into a theme.  Sometimes it’s just beautiful music that I can’t wait to share.  And so, from time to time, I share this music with you in a patchwork program.  I hope you enjoy it.

 

“Patchwork Quilt III”

Patricia Morehead: Just Before The Rain
Dimitris Marinos, mandolin; Elizabeth Stuart, cello; Christie Miller, clarinet
“Brass Rail Blues”
Navona Records 5953

Alicia Terzian: Tres Piezas
Siberian State Symphony Orchestra; Vladimir Lande, conductor
“Off The Edge”
Navona Records 6088

Juli Nunlist: Spells
Vox Futura; Andrew Shenton, conductor; Noel Smith, director
“Spells: The Works of Juli Nunlist”
Navona Records 6096

Melinda Wagner: Wick
New York New Music Ensemble; Jeffrey Milarsky, conductor
Bridge Records 9345

 

Run time: 58:48

Feminine Fusion highlights the roles of women in classical music. Host Diane Jones brings you stories and music of the women who create, perform, and inspire. Produced in the studios at WCNY-FM.


April 23, 2017: Elemental Music: Water

breakwater

“I get my best ideas in a thunderstorm. I have the power and majesty of nature on my side.” – Ralph Steadman

 

Earth. Air. Fire. Water. From the times of the ancient Greeks, and into the present day, these four elements influence our entire world. Water can nurture, as it does in a gentle spring rain, or destroy in a flood. On this episode, music inspired by water, written or performed by talented women.

 

“Elemental Music: Water”

Robert Paterson: Moon Trio
Claremont Trio
“Spheres”
American Modern Recordings

Judith Lang Zaimont: Pure, Cool (Water)
Janacek Philharmonic Orchestra; Niels Muus, conductor
“Judith Lang Zaimont”
Sorel Classics

Stacy Garrop: Thunderwalker
CCPA Chamber Orchestra; Markand Thakar, conductor
“Mythology Symphony: Orchestral Works by Stacy Garrop”
Cedille Records

 

Run time: 58:19

Feminine Fusion highlights the roles of women in classical music. Host Diane Jones brings you stories and music of the women who create, perform, and inspire. Produced in the studios at WCNY-FM.


April 16, 2017: Men’s Songs, Women’s Voices

Audra MacDonald & Nina Simone

Audra MacDonald & Nina Simone

“The human voice is the most beautiful instrument of all, but it is the most difficult to play.” – Richard Strauss

 

There are times in music that a woman’s voice must deliver the soul and beauty of a work. On this episode, compositions by men that are brought to life by a woman. It may be delivered by a fictional character, or written by a poet, but each work is beautiful in its own right.

 

“Men’s Songs, Women’s Voices”

George Gershwin: My Man’s Gone Now
Audra MacDonald, soprano
San Francisco Symphony; Michael Tilson Thomas, conductor
“George Gershwin: The 100th Birthday Celebration”
Sony Classical

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Der Hölle Rache kocht in meinem Herzen
Roberta Peters, soprano
Berline Philharmonic; Karl Böhm, conductor
“The 50 Greatest Opera Pieces”
U-5 Recordings

Franz Schubert: Heiss mich nicht redden
Benita Valente, soprano; Cynthia Raim, piano
“Benita Valente, Volume 2”
Bridge Records

Franz Schubert: So lässt mich scheinen
Elisabeth Schumann, soprano; Gerald Moore, piano
“Elisabeth Schumann sings Schubert & R. Strauss Lieder:
EMI Records

Franz Schubert: Nur wer die Sehnsucht Kent
Dawn Upshaw, soprano; Richard Goode, piano
“Goethe Lieder”
Nonesuch

Erich Korngold: Unvergänglichkeit
Georgine Resnick, soprano; Warren Jones, piano
“Men’s Songs, Women’s Voices”
Bridge Records

Aaron Copland: 12 Poems of Emily Dickinson (selections)
Marni Nixon, soprano
Pacific Symphony Orchestra; Keith Clark, conductor
Copland: Appalachian Spring Suite”
Reference Recordings

George Gershwin: My Man’s Gone Now
Nina Simone
“Nina Simone Sings the Blues”
RCA

 

Run time: 58:30

Feminine Fusion highlights the roles of women in classical music. Host Diane Jones brings you stories and music of the women who create, perform, and inspire. Produced in the studios at WCNY-FM.


April 9, 2017: Three By Three

The Claremont Trio

The Claremont Trio

“We are the music makers, and we are the dreamers of dreams.” – Arthur O’Chaughnessy

 

On this week’s episode, a trio of trios! There is something unique about the give and take among a small ensemble, and with just three performers, each plays a crucial part supporting the musical work. The women you’ll meet bring their individual talents, along with their passion for these works, to create exciting and memorial performances.

 

“Three by Three”

Giuseppe Maria Cambini: Trio Concertant in A Major, Op. 33, No. 1
The Vivaldi Project
“Discovering the Classical String Trio”
MSR Classics 1621

Josef Suk: Elegie
Trio 180
“Trio 180”
North Pacific Music 039

Ludwig van Beethoven: Trio in E-flat Major, Op. 1, No. 1
The Claremont Trio
“Beethoven: Triple Concerto, Op. 56, Trio, Op. 1, No. 1”
Bridge Records 9395

 

Run time: 58:30

Feminine Fusion highlights the roles of women in classical music. Host Diane Jones brings you stories and music of the women who create, perform, and inspire. Produced in the studios at WCNY-FM.


April 2, 2017: Nadia Boulanger, Teacher (Part 2)

Nadia Boulanger

Nadia Boulanger

“The essential conditions of everything you do must be choice, love, passion” – Nadia Boulanger

 

Nadia Boulanger taught literally hundreds of students. Her influence continues to reach into even the most recent works and concerts in today’s classical music arena. On this episode of Feminine Fusion, we’ll highlight some of Boulanger’s students who concentrated on performance, rather than composition. This is Nadia Boulanger: An Influential Woman.

 

“Influential Women: Nadia Boulanger, Teacher (Part 2)”

Georges Enesco: Piano Sonata No. 3 for Two Pianos
Nadia Boulanger & Dinu Lipatti, pianos
Angel/EMI 67567

Franz Schubert: Impromptu No. 2 in A-flat Major, D. 935
Carol Rosenberger, piano
“Such Stuff as Dreams: A Lullaby Album for Children and Adults”
Delos 3230

Anonymous: Niña y Viña
Judith Malafronte, mezzo-soprano; The Newberry Consort
“Cornago: Missa de la mapa mundi”
Harmonia Mundi 907083

Francesco Landini: Dolcie signiore
Judith Malafronte, mezzo-soprano; The Newberry Consort
“Cornago: Missa de la mapa mundi”
Harmonia Mundi 907083

Ernest Chausson: Poème for Violin & Orchestra
Ginette Neveu, violin
Philharmonia Orchestra; Issay Dobrowen, conductor
Cedar Records 320

 

Run time: 58:44

Feminine Fusion highlights the roles of women in classical music. Host Diane Jones brings you stories and music of the women who create, perform, and inspire. Produced in the studios at WCNY-FM.


March 26, 2017: American Women

Composer Shulamit Ran

Composer Shulamit Ran

“I’ve always loved the experience of working together with other people toward an artistic goal.” – Trey Anastasio

 

This week, it’s a special live edition of Feminine Fusion. Join host Diane Jones as she brings you music from six talented American composers, including two Pulitzer Prize winners. This is also your opportunity to show your support of Classic FM and programs like this, by becoming a member. Stand up and be counted!

 

“American Women”

Shulamit Ran: For an Actor: Monologue for Clarinet
Laura Flax, clarinet
“Music by Shulamit Ran”
Bridge 9052

Mary Mageau: An Early Autumn’s Dreaming
Polish Radio & TV Symphony Orchestra of Krakow; Szymon Kawalla conducting
“I Am An American Woman”
Vienna Modern Masters 3029

Rain Worthington: Tracing a Dream
Russian Philharmonic Orchestra; Ovidiu Marinescu conducting
“Dream Vapors”
Navona 6025

Judith Shatin: To Keep the Dark Away (selections)
Gayle Martin, piano
“To Keep the Dark Away”
Ravello 7937

Maria Newman: String Quartet No. 2: Lauds (selections)
Malibu Coast String Quartet
“Maria Newman: Music for String Quartet Book I”
Arts House 1205208

Jennifer Higdon: Blue Cathedral
Atlanta Symphony Orchestra; Robert Spano conducting
“Rainbow Body”
Telarc 80596

 

Feminine Fusion highlights the roles of women in classical music. Host Diane Jones brings you stories and music of the women who create, perform, and inspire. Produced in the studios at WCNY-FM.


March 19, 2017: Looking Back

UnknownWoman

“I was born out of classical music.” – Mika

 

The idea of women making strides in a male-dominated role is not new. On this episode, I’ll introduce you to some talented women from the Renaissance and Baroque eras who succeeded in getting their music heard – even if you never knew their names. You’ll hear the music of Renaissance composer Maddalena Casulana, the first woman to have her music printed and published, and “Mrs. Philarmonica,” an English Baroque composer whose name is still a mystery.

 

“Looking Back”

Maddalena Casulana: Second Book of Mardrigals for Four Voices
Anna Mengel, soprano; Lena Kutzner, mezzo-soprano; Madchenchor Hanover, cond. Gudrun Schrofel
“verklingend und ewig”
Rondeau Production

Lucrezia Orsina Vizzana: Componimenti musicali de motetti concertati (selections)
Musica Secreta
“Lucrezia Vizzana: Songs of Ecstasy & Devotion”
Linn

Lady Mary Dering: When first I saw fair Dorris’ eyes
Andrea Folan, soprano; Elizabethan Conversation
“The Medieval Lady”
Leonarda Productions

Bianca Maria MJeda: Cari Musici
The Ars Femina Ensemble
“Non Tacete!”
Nannerl Recordings

Mrs Philarmonica: Sonata Quarta for violins & continuo
The Ars Femina Ensemble
“Non Tacete!”
Nannerl Recordings

 

Run time: 58:30

Feminine Fusion highlights the roles of women in classical music. Host Diane Jones brings you stories and music of the women who create, perform, and inspire. Produced in the studios at WCNY-FM.


March 12, 2017: Voices Raised

The Benedictine Nuns of Notre Dame

The Benedictine Nuns of Notre Dame

“The evening sings in a voice of amber, the dawn is surely coming.” – Al Stewart

 

There is something special about women’s voices coming together and creating music. Whether it is a group of women circled around singing simple melodies, or a professional choir performing complex rhythms and harmonies, their combined voices and spirits turn into something nearly magical. On this episode of Feminine Fusion, we’ll hear from women’s choruses around the world.

 

“Voices Raised”

Traditional: Invitatory Surrexit Dominus
Benedictine Nuns of Notre Dame
“Voices: Chant from Avignon”
Decca Records

Liisa Matevinen: Lemmen Nosto (Evoking Love)
Philomela Female Choir
“Mieli”
Alba

Tella Turkka: Minne kauneus katosi (Where did the beauty disappear?)

Philomela Female Choir
“Mieli”
Alba

Peteris Vasks: The Tomtit’s Message
Dzintars: The Latvian Women’s Choir
“Songs of Amber”
Rykodisc

Traditional: The Little Cuckoo Bird
Vesnivka Choir
“Vesnivka Choir”
Vesnivka.com

Marijan Lipovsek: Kresnice
Carmina Slovenica
“Citira”
Catapult

(uncredited) Blackbird
Carmina Slovenica
“Citira”
Catapult

Katharine Blake: Undrentide
Mediaeval Baebes
“Undrentide”
BMG

Pete Sutherland: Fiddler’s Hymn
Anna Crusis Women’s Choir
“…but we fight for roses too”
Anna Crusis Women’s Choir

Charlie Murphy: Burning Times
Anna Crusis Women’s Choir
“…but we fight for roses too”
Anna Crusis Women’s Choir

 

Run time: 58:47

Feminine Fusion highlights the roles of women in classical music. Host Diane Jones brings you stories and music of the women who create, perform, and inspire. Produced in the studios at WCNY-FM.


March 05, 2017: At the Keyboard

Maria Joao Pires

Maria Joao Pires

“Everybody told me this ‘girl on the piano thing’ was never going to work.” – Tori Amos

 

The piano was almost a requisite addition to any home during the Romantic era, and it was expected that the young women of the household have some real proficiency at the keyboard. On the next Feminine Fusion, we’ll hear performances from some of the best pianists in the world today, with works familiar and new.

 

“At the Keyboard”

Enrique Granados: Bocetos
Alicia de Laroccha, piano
“Granados”
RCA 63368

Franz Schubert: Impromptu No. 1, Op. 142
Maria João Pires
“Le Voyage Magnifique”
Deutsche Grammophon 457550

Isaac Albeniz: Almeria, from Iberia, Book 2
Hélène Grimaud, piano
“Water”
Deutsche Grammophon

Wolfgang Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 21, “Elvira Madigan”
Mitsuko Uchida, piano
English Chamber Orchestra, Jeffrey Tate – conductor
“Mozart: Piano Concertos”
Philips 4757306

David Del Tredici: Ode to Music
Beth Levin, piano
“Bright Circle”
Navona 6074

JS Bach: Two-part Invention No. 4 in d minor, BWV 775
Simone Dinnerstein, piano
“Bach: Inventions and Sinfonias, BWV 772-801”
Sony 795972

 

Run time: 58:55

Feminine Fusion highlights the roles of women in classical music. Host Diane Jones brings you stories and music of the women who create, perform, and inspire. Produced in the studios at WCNY-FM.


February 26, 2017: Patchwork Quilt II

PatchworkII

“Much like a patchwork quilt, inspiration that stirs and motivates me is made of many things.”  – Robert Reynolds

 

Every now and then it’s fun to put together a program of random works.  Over the last couple of weeks I’ve received a number of wonderful CDs, and now is a great opportunity to share some of them with you.  Solos, chamber works, and even a recording from a 1940 concert at the Library of Congress – all part of the next Feminine Fusion.

 

“Patchwork Quilt II”

 

Ruth Lomon: Shadowing
Eileen Hutchins, piano; Katherine Winterstein, violin; Scott Woolweaver, viola; Patrick Owens, cello
“Shadowing”
Navona 6080

Francesco di Fiore:  Miniature (2011)
Erika Tazawa
“Rhythm of Silence”
Belarca 005

Franz Schubert:  Ave Maria
Dorothy Maynor, soprano; Arpad Sandor, piano
“Great Performances from the Library of Congress, Vol. 24”
Bridge 9233

Belinda Reynolds:  Share
Tara Helen O’Connor, alto flute; Margaret Kampmeier, piano
“The Way Things Go”
Bridge 9467

Jennifer Higdon:  An Exaltation of Larks
The Lark Quartet
“An Exaltation of Larks”
Bridge 9379

Ursula Mamlok:  Molto Vivo
Holger Groschopp, piano
“Ursula Mamlok, Volume 5”
Bridge 9457

 

Run time:  58:45

 

Feminine Fusion highlights the roles of women in classical music.  Host Diane Jones brings you stories and music of the women who create, perform, and inspire.  Produced in the studios at WCNY-FM.


February 19, 2017: Marching to a Different Drum

Percussionist Evelyn Glennie

Percussionist Evelyn Glennie

“Speak softly, and carry a big stick.”  – Theodore Roosevelt

 

This episode of Feminine Fusion features women who carry sticks . . . and mallets . . . and beaters!  These are the women making their marks as percussionists.  In some cultures, women are still forbidden to play drums.  Even in societies where there is no stigma, percussion is still often viewed as a male-oriented field.  These women prove the only thing that matters is talent and skill.

 

“Marching to a Different Drum”

 

Daniela Mercury:  Bale Popular
Daniela Mercury
“Bale Mulato”
EMI

Astor Piazzolla:  Tango Suite
Nancy Zeltsman, marimba
“Woodcuts”
GM Records 2043

Ney Rousauro:  Concerto for Marimba and String Orchestra
Evelyn Glennie, marimba
Scottish Chamber Orchestra; Paul Daniel, conductor
“Rebounds”
RCA 61277

Akira Nishimura:  Kala
Keiko Abe, marimba
Kroumata
“Japanese Percussion”
BIS 462

Michael Aukofer:  Neophilia
Caixa Trio
Steve Houghton, drumset
“Commissioned Works”
CD Baby

 

Run time:  58:30

 

Feminine Fusion highlights the roles of women in classical music.  Host Diane Jones brings you stories and music of the women who create, perform, and inspire.  Produced in the studios at WCNY-FM.


February 12, 2017: Composing America

The Lark Quartet

The Lark Quartet

“Do not worry when you are not recognized, but strive to be worthy of recognition.”  – Abraham Lincoln

 

Sunday marks the anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s birth.  On this episode of Feminine Fusion, music from American composers marks that occasion.  We’ll hear the Lark Quartet with one of only two string quartets written by Aaron Copland; Katharine Hepburn narrates Copland’s “A Lincoln Portrait;” and Marin Alsop conducts “Gettysburg,” the Symphony No. 6 of Roy Harris.  Be sure to tune in!

 

“Composing America”

 

Aaron Copland:  Two Pieces for String Quartet
The Lark Quartet
“Composing America”
Bridge 9423

Aaron Copland:  A Lincoln Portrait
Katharine Hepburn, narrator
Cincinnati Pops Orchestra; Erich Kunzel, conductor
“Aaron Copland”
Telarc 80117

Roy Harris:  Symphony No. 6, “Gettysburg”
Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra; Marin Alsop, conducting
“Roy Harris: Symphonies Nos. 5 and 6”
Naxos 559609

 

Run time:  58:30

 

Feminine Fusion highlights the roles of women in classical music.  Host Diane Jones brings you stories and music of the women who create, perform, and inspire.  Produced in the studios at WCNY-FM.


February 5, 2017: Looking East

Sheng

The sheng, a Chinese mouth-blown “organ” of sorts, originated over 3,000 years ago.

“Music produces a kind of pleasure which human nature cannot do without.”  – Confucius, Book of Rites

 

On this episode, we look East, to the women of Asia who are making news in the classical music world.  You’ll hear about Zheng Xiaoying, China’s first female conductor, Tran Kim Ngoc, a Vietnamese composer and performer, South Korean composer Unsuk Chin, and a name you probably already know – violinist Midori.  You’ll hear music that is familiar, as well as a blend of music from East and West.  Be sure to tune in to this week’s edition of Feminine Fusion!

 

“Looking East”

 

Huang Anlun:  Piano Concerto in G minor, Op. 25b, Mvt. II
Joseph Banowetz, piano
China National Opera House Symphony Orchestra; Zheng Xiaoying, cond.
“Piano Concerto in G Minor”
Marco Polo 225830

Unsuk Chin:  Su, for sheng and orchestra
Wu Wei, sheng
Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra; Myung-Whun Chung, cond.
“Unsuk Chin: 3 Concertos”
Deutsche Grammophon 4810971

Beethoven:  Violin Sonata No. 8, Op. 30, No. 3
Midori, violin; Robert McDonald, piano
“Midori Live at Carnegie Hall”
Sony Classical 46742

 

If you’d like to listen to some of Tran Kim Ngoc‘s music, there are streaming audio and video samples available on her website: kimngoc.weebly.com

Run time:  58:46

 

Feminine Fusion highlights the roles of women in classical music.  Host Diane Jones brings you stories and music of the women who create, perform, and inspire.  Produced in the studios at WCNY-FM.


January 29, 2017: Women of Color (Performers)

Marian Anderson

Marian Anderson

“While it’s great when glass ceilings are broken, when it comes down to it, it’s going to be about us and the music we make, and the kind of integrity we have as players.”  – Astrid Schween

 

Women continue to make inroads into the world of classical music.  Yet women of color still make up a small percentage of working classical musicians.  Today you’ll meet six women who have either made a significant impact, or are poised to do so.  From Marian Anderson’s historic concert on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in 1939, to the first woman and African American to join the 70-year old Juillard String Quartet, you’ll hear wonderful music from these remarkable women.

 

“Women of Color – Perfomers”

 

Traditional:  America
Marian Anderson, contralto; Kosti Vehanen, piano
“Marian Anderson: Let Freedom Ring!”
JSP Records 683

Franz Schubert:  Ave Maria
Marian Anderson, contralto; Kosti Vehanen, piano
“Marian Anderson: Let Freedom Ring!”
JSP Records 683

Giacomo Puccini:  Vissi d’arte (from Tosca)
Leontyne Price, soprano: Members of New York’s Leading Orchestra, James Levine conducting
Deutsche Gramaphon 427386

Johannes Brahms:  Geistliches Wiegenlied
Jessye Norman, soprano; Sir Daniel Barenboim, piano; Wolfram Christ, viola
Philips 432731

Jessie Montgomery: Rhapsody No. 1 for Solo Violin
Jessie Montgomery, violin
“Strum”
Azica Records

Gordon Green:  Rhapsody for Cello and Electronics (excerpts)
Astrid Schween, cello; Gordon Green, electronics
“Rhapsody”
JRI Recordings J142

Shulamit Ran:  Mirage
Mid-Atlantic Chamber Players (Adrienne Harding, flutes; Christopher Nichols, clarinet; Eliezer Gutman, violin; Susan Lerner, cello; Julie Nishimura, piano)
Live Performance – used with permission

 

 

Run time:  58:41

 

Feminine Fusion highlights the roles of women in classical music.  Host Diane Jones brings you stories and music of the women who create, perform, and inspire.  Produced in the studios at WCNY-FM.


January 22, 2017: Event-full

Jennifer Higdon

Jennifer Higdon

“Where words fail, music speaks” – Hans Christian Andersen

 

What does an orchestra do when it wants to commemorate a milestone?  They commission a new work, of course!  On this episode, two works, commissioned by two of the top orchestras in the United States, from two renowned female composers.

 

“Event-full”

 

Kaija Saariaho:  Oltra Mar, 7 Preludes for the New Millenium
Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra; Tapiola Chamber Choir; Jukka-Pekka Saraste, conductor
“Cenq reflets de L’amour de loin; Nymphea Reflection; Oltra mar”
Ondine 10492

Jennifer Higdon:  Concerto for Orchestra
Atlanta Symphony Orchestra; Robert Spano, conductor
“City Scape/Concerto for Orchestra”
Telarc 80620

 

 

Run time:  58:44

 

Feminine Fusion highlights the roles of women in classical music.  Host Diane Jones brings you stories and music of the women who create, perform, and inspire.  Produced in the studios at WCNY-FM.


January 15, 2017: Songcatchers

Carol J. Oja William Powell Mason Professor of Music; Chair of the Department of Historical Musicology

Carol J. Oja
William Powell Mason Professor of Music;
Chair of the Department of Historical Musicology

“A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots.” – Marcus Garvey

 

Musicology – the study of music.  A simple definition for a vast subject.  Whether approaching it as performance practice, cultural musicology, or any other of a myriad of avenues, the four women we’ll meet in this episode are definitely making their mark.

 

“Songcatchers”

 

Josquin des Pres:  Ave Maria, gratia plena
The Hilliard Ensemble
“Codex Specialnik”
ECM New Series 1504

Byttering:  En Katerine solennia
Pomerium; Alexander Blachly, conductor
“Musical Book of Hours”
DG Archiv 4575862

Ludwig van Beethoven:  Symphony No. 9 in D Minor, Opus 125 (Mvt. I)
Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra; Leonard Bernstein, conductor
“Beethoven: Symphony No. 9”
D. Grammophon 423481

Irving Berlin:  Steppin’ Out With My Baby (arr. by Jay Krush)
Chestnut Brass Company
“Distant Dancing”
Chestnut Brass Records

Cole Porter:  Begin the Beguine (arr. by Billy May)
Boston Pops Orchestra; John Williams, conductor
“Pops Stoppers”
Phillips 446520

Leonard Bernstein:  On The Town: Three Dance Episodes
Israel Philharmonic Orchestra; Leonard Bernstein, conductor
“Bernstein’s America”
D. Grammophon 463465

Colin McPhee:  Balinese Ceremonial Music
Stephen Drury & Yukiko Takagi, pianos
“With All My Soul”
The Orchard

Pauline Viardot-Garcia:  Die Beschworung (Incantation)
Eileen Strempel, soprano; Sylvia Beaudette, piano
MusicMasters 67159

 

Run time:  58:37

 

Feminine Fusion highlights the roles of women in classical music.  Host Diane Jones brings you stories and music of the women who create, perform, and inspire.  Produced in the studios at WCNY-FM.


January 8, 2017: Words and Music

Pauline Viardot-Garcia

Pauline Viardot-Garcia

“Music is a way “Music is a way to dream together and go to another dimension.” – Cecilia Bartoli

 

It takes a particular skill to marry words and music. This episode of Feminine Fusion highlights five women, composing opera and art songs, spanning the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries. Fairy tales, historical figures, and love from afar – all on the next Feminine Fusion.

 

“Words and Music”

 

Pauline Viardot-Garcia:  Excerpts from “Cendrillon”
Sandrine Piau, soprano (Cendrillon); Elizabeth Vidal, mezzo-soprano (Fairy Godmother);
Geoffrey Mitchell Choir; Nicholas Kok, conductor and pianist
“Il Salotto, Vol. 3:  Cendrillon”
Opera Rara

Thea Musgrave:  Excerpts from “Mary, Queen of Scots”
Ashley Putnam, soprano (Mary);
Virginia Opera Association; Peter Mark, conductor
“Mary, Queen of Scots”
Novello Records

Kaija Saariaho:  Excerpts from “L’amour de Loin”
Berlin Symphony Orchestra; Kent Nagano, conductor
“L’amour de Loin”
Harmonia Mundi

Vitezslava Kapralova:  Navzdy
Daniel Weeks, tenor; Naomi Oliphant, piano
“Women of Firsts”
Centaur Records

Amy Cheney Beach:  Villanelle
Patrick Mason, baritone; Joanne Polk, piano
“Songs of Amy Beach”
Bridge Recordings

Amy Cheney Beach:  I Shall Be Brave
Patrick Mason, baritone; Joanne Polk, piano
“Songs of Amy Beach”
Bridge Recordings

Pauline Viardot-Garcia:  Auf Grusien’s Hugeln (Of Grusein’s Hills)
Eileen Strempel, soprano; Sylvia Beaudette, piano
“With All My Soul”
The Orchard

Pauline Viardot-Garcia:  Die Beschworung (Incantation)
Eileen Strempel, soprano; Sylvia Beaudette, piano
“With All My Soul”
The Orchard

 

Run time:  58:31

 

Feminine Fusion highlights the roles of women in classical music.  Host Diane Jones brings you stories and music of the women who create, perform, and inspire.  Produced in the studios at WCNY-FM.


January 1, 2017: A World United

flags

 

“Music is that universal language which unifies the spirits of mankind.”  – Paul Horn

 

Every time technology advances, it brings us closer to becoming a truly global community.  The internet allows us to connect with individuals and cultures around the world, and learn about customs, languages … and music.  This episode of Feminine Fusion travels to four countries to hear works composed or performed by some marvelously talented women.

 

“A World United”

Elfrida Andree:  Romance
Karin Hendel, violin; Ewa Warykiewicz, piano
“Violin Sonatas by Women Composers”
Zuk Records 324

Sadie Harrison:  The Light Garden
The Tate Ensemble
“The Light Garden Trilogy”
Metier 92084

Clare Loveday:  Eight Plus One
Ensemble Reconsil
“Exploring the World”
Orlando Records 28062

Francisco Mignone:  Fantasias Brasileiras Nos. 1 & 2
Alexandra Mascolo-David, piano
Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra, Raymond Harvey, cond.
“Fantasias Brasileiras”
White Pine Music 223

 

Run time:  58:45

 

Feminine Fusion highlights the roles of women in classical music.  Host Diane Jones brings you stories and music of the women who create, perform and inspire.  Produced in the studios at WCNY-FM.


December 25, 2016: Christmas Special

Les Sirenes Female Chamber Choir

Les Sirenes Female Chamber Choir

“Words mean more than what is set down on paper.  It takes the human voice to infuse them with deeper meaning”  – Maya Angelou

 

 

 

On this holiday edition of Feminine Fusion, music from four all-female vocal ensembles.  From Medieval music to modern works, from Scotland to Vermont to San Francisco, we span the centuries and the globe with music of the Christmas season.

 

“Christmas Special”

Benjamin Britten:  Ceremony of Carols
Les Sirenes, Andrew Nunn, director
Pippa Tunnell, harp
“There Is No Rose”
Nimbus Alliance

Anonymous:  Ave Maria
Anonymous 4
“On Yoolis Night”
Harmonia Mundi

Larysa Kuzmenko:  Gloria
Bella Voce Women’s Chorus of Vermont
“Tapestry of Song”
CD Baby

Conrad Susa:  Carols and Lullabies: Christmas in the Southwest
Musae
Allen Biggs, marimba & vibraphone; Paul Binkley, guitar; Anna Maria Mendieta, harp
“Alegria y Placer: A Musae Christmas”
CD Baby

 

Run time:  58:43

 

Feminine Fusion highlights the roles of women in classical music.  Host Diane Jones brings you stories and music of the women who create, perform and inspire.  Produced in the studios at WCNY-FM.


December 18, 2016: Up and Comers

Composer Anna Clyne

Composer Anna Clyne

“The artist is nothing without the gift, but the gift is nothing without work.”  Emile Zola

 

 

On this episode of Feminine Fusion, four talented composers whose names you may not know – yet.  Hear music by Lera Auerbach, Charlotte Bray, Dobrinka Tabakova, and Anna Clyne, four women who are certainly making their mark in the contemporary classical music world.

 

“Up and Comers”

Lera Auerbach:  Fragile Solitudes
Pro Musica
“Triumvirate”
Summit

Charlotte Bray:  Passing Shadows
Antonis Hatzinikolaou, guitar
“Music of Memory: Seven British Composers write for the guitar”
NMC Recordings

Dobrinka Tabakova:  Concerto for Cello and Strings
Kristina Blaumane, cello
Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra, Maxim Rysanov, cond.
“String Paths”
ECM Records

Anna Clyne:  October Rose
Cornelius Dufallo, violin
“The Violin”
Via Records

 

Run time: 58:45

 

Feminine Fusion highlights the roles of women in classical music.  Host Diane Jones brings you stories and music of the women who create, perform and inspire.  Produced in the studios at WCNY-FM.


December 11, 2016: A Few Of Us

The Cassatt Quartet

The Cassatt Quartet

 

“Music is the divine way to tell beautiful, poetic things to the heart.” – Pablo Casals

 

There is something special about chamber music.  The performers are intricately connected, and they brings a soulfulness and intimacy to the music that is unique.  This week on Feminine Fusion, we feature performances from all-female chamber ensembles.

 

“A Few Of Us”

Julia Wolfe:  Four Marys
The Cassatt Quartet
“Cassatt”
CRI 671

Anonymous:  Nowell: Owt of your slepe aryse
Anonymous 4
“On Yoolis Night”
Harmonia Mundi 907099

Vincent Persichetti:  Pastorale
Sapphire Woodwind Quintet
Live Concert, 2001 Dame Myra Hess Concert Series

Gyorgy Ligeti:  Bagatelle #1 from Six Bagatelles for Wind Quintet
Arabesque Winds
“Mosaic”

Antonin Dvorak:  Piano Trio No. 4 in d minor, Op. 90
Trio 180
“Trio 180”
North Pacific Music 039

 

Run time:  58:20

 

Feminine Fusion highlights the roles of women in classical music.  Host Diane Jones brings you stories and music of the women who create, perform and inspire.  Produced in the studios at WCNY-FM.


December 4, 2016: Screen Queens

Rachel Portman 1996 Oscar, Best Original Score

Rachel Portman
1996 Oscar, Best Original Score

“You have to remain flexible, and you must be your own critic at all times.”  – Hans Zimmer

 

The film industry has been – and, for the most part, continues to be – dominated by men.  But women are definitely making inroads, and on this episode of Feminine Fusion, we’ll hear music from some of the women composing scores for both film and television.  You may not know their names – yet – but you’ll know their music!

 

“Screen Queens”

Rachel Portman:  Selections from “The Cider House Rules”
Studio Orchestra
“The Cider House Rules: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack”
Sony Classical

Debbie Wiseman:  Tom and Viv
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
“Something Here – The Film & Television Music of Debbie Wiseman”
Silva

Debbie Wiseman:  Wilde
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
“Something Here – The Film & Television Music of Debbie Wiseman”
Silva

Debbie Wiseman:  Wild West
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
“Something Here – The Film & Television Music of Debbie Wiseman”
Silva

Deborah Lurie:  Canoeing; Kiss Goodnight; Alex and Katie
Studio Orchestra
“Safe Haven: Original Motion Picture Score

Lisa Gerrard:  The Wheat; Now We Are Free
The Lyndhurst Orchestra, Gavin Greenaway, cond.
“Music from the Motion Picture Gladiator”
Decca

Wendy Carlos:  Creation of Tron; Tron Scherzo; Miracle and Magician; Theme from Tron; Ending Titles
London Philharmonic Orchestra/Wendy Carlos
“Tron: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack”
CBS

Vivian Kubrick (as Abigail Mead):  Full Metal Jacket; Parris Island
Studio Orchestra
“Full Metal Jacket: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack”
Warner Bros.

 

Run time:  58:37

 

Feminine Fusion highlights the roles of women in classical music.  Host Diane Jones brings you stories and music of the women who create, perform and inspire.  Produced in the studios at WCNY-FM.


November 27, 2016: Dedicated To

Johann Sebastian Bach & his second wife, Anna Magdalena Bach

Johann Sebastian Bach & his second wife, Anna Magdalena Bach

“Appreciation is a wonderful thing.  It makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well.”  – Voltaire

 

One doesn’t need to be a musician to be inspirational.  On this episode of Feminine Fusion, we hear from composers who looked to the women in their lives for inspiration, and dedicated works to them.  It’s music from Bach and Beethoven, to Locklair and Beeler.

 

“Dedicated To”

Johann Sebastian Bach:  Keyboard Partita in a minor, BWV 827
Glenn Gould, piano
“The Glenn Gould Edition – Bach: Partitas, Preludes & Fugues”
Sony 42402

Dan Locklair:  The Breakers Pound
Elaine Funaro, harpsichord
“Into the Millennium”
Gasparo GSCD-331

Ludwig van Beethoven:  Piano Sonata No. 28 in A Major, Op. 101
Luisa Guembes-Buchanan, piano
“Late Beethoven: Commentary and Peformance”
DelAguila 55306

Alan Beeler:  The Sutton Songs (selected)
Aliana de la Guardia, soprano; Karolina Rojahn, piano
“The Vocal Music of Alan Beeler”
Navona Records 6049

 

Run time:  58:46

 

Feminine Fusion highlights the roles of women in classical music.  Host Diane Jones brings you stories and music of the women who create, perform and inspire.  Produced in the studios at WCNY-FM.


November 20, 2016: Rule Brittania

Conductor Sian Edwards

Conductor Sian Edwards

 

“Music has healing power.  It has the ability to take people out of themselves for a few hours.”  – Elton John.

 

On this episode of Feminine Fusion, we cross the pond to visit the United Kingdom to hear from some of the talented women in the British classical music world.  Whether they compose, perform, or conduct, each of them has roots that run deep into the soil of the British Isles.

 

“Rule Brittania”

 

Rebecca Clarke:  Dumka for Violin, Viola & Piano
Jay Zhong, violin; Kenneth Martinson, viola; Andrea Molina, piano
“Rebecca Clarke: String Chamber Music”
Centaur CRC2847

Jennifer Margaret Barker:  Na Tri Peathraichen
Laura Baefsky, flute; Jennifer Margaret Barker, piano
“Geenyoch”
Meyer Media MMV01001

John Adams:  Chamber Symphony
Ensemble Modern, Sian Edwards, conductor
“Music of John Adams”
RCA 68674

Anna Meredith:  Blackfriars
Oliver Coates, cello; Anna Meredith, electronics
“Varmints”
Moshi Moshi Music

Robert Schumann:  Symphonic Etude No. 12, Op. 13
Dame Myra Hess, piano
“Myra Hess: Great Pianists of the 20th Century, Vol. 45”
Phillips 456832

 

Run time:  58:45

 

Feminine Fusion highlights the roles of women in classical music.  Host Diane Jones brings you stories and music of the women who create, perform and inspire.  Produced in the studios at WCNY-FM.


November 13, 2016: Women Of Old

Hildegard of Bingen

Hildegard of Bingen

 

 

“The songs of our ancestors are also the songs of our children” – Philip Carr-Gomm

 

 

It is the women of the past who laid the foundations upon which we build today.  On this episode of Feminine Fusion, we’ll look at women like Hildegard von Bingen, Francesca Caccini, and Barbara Strozzi, who laid the groundwork for today’s composers and performers to succeed.  Some works are pious, some secular – you’ll hear a wide range on this week’s episode.

 

“Women Of Old”

Sappho:  The Bridal Day
Petros Tabouris, Aulites Ensemble
“Secular Music of Greek Antiquity, Vol. 1”
FM Records

Hildegard of Bingen:  O, Ecclesia
Anonymous 4
“11,000 Virgins”
Harmonia Mundi 907200

Blanche of Castile:  Amours, u trop tart me sui pris
Andrea Folan – soprano; Elizabethan Conversation
“The Medieval Lady”
Leonarda 340

Maroie de Dregnau de Lille: Mout m’abelist quant je voi revenir
Andrea Folan – soprano; Elizabethan Conversation
“The Medieval Lady”
Leonarda 340

Francesca Caccini:  Dov’ io credea, from La liberazione di Ruggiero
Ingrid Matthews, violin; Byron Schenkman, harpsichord
“Canzoni da Sonar: Early Italian Violin Music on Vocal Models”
Centaur 2529

Barbara Strozzi:  Lagrime Mie
Romina Basso – soprano; Latinitas Nostra
“Lamento”
Naive 5390

Elisabeth Jacquet de la Guerre:  Cantata No. 4, “Jonas”
Judith Nelson – soprano
Bay Area Women’s Philharmonic; JoAnn Falletta, cond.
“Baroquen Treasures”
Newport 60102

 

Run time:  58:32

Feminine Fusion highlights the roles of women in classical music.  Host Diane Jones brings you stories and music of the women who create, perform and inspire.  Produced in the studios at WCNY-FM.


November 6, 2016: All Of Us Together

Camerata Romeu, with conductor & founder, Zenaida Romeu

Camerata Romeu, with conductor & founder, Zenaida Romeu

 

“I will never accept defeat.  I will continue to play music. I do not feel safe, but when people see me and say, ‘That is Negin Khpalwak’, that gives me energy.”  – Negin Khpalwak

 

 

Zenaida Romeu founded Camerata Romeu 23 years ago, with the desire to show the parity between men and women in her native Cuba.  She believes that women and men approach music differently.  With women, she says, “it’s more angelic, more comfortable.”  The ensemble hasn’t visited the United States in more than 15 years, but their hope is to return again soon.

Halfway across the globe, 19-year-old Negin Khpalwak approached her school administrators with a request to form an orchestra.  In a culture where most music is frowned upon, she and the members of her orchestra very literally take their lives into their own hands at each performance.

Yet both of these ensembles share a common goal – to highlight the music and instruments of their respective cultural heritage, alongside familiar Western classical works.  Host Diane Jones will share their stories and music with you on this episode of Feminine Fusion.

 

“All Of Us Together”

Calixto Alvarez: Pregoneros and Invitacion al son
Jorge L. Martin:  Medico de Pianos
Eduardo Gamboa:  Canambu
Oscar Ildez/Zenaida Romeu:  Rosa Roja
Moises Simons/Roberto Valera:  Manisero
Ernesto Lecuona/Roberto Valera:  Danza Lucumi and A la Antigua
Cervantes/Zenaida Romeu:  Improvisada and Cortesana
Armando Romeu/Roberto Valera:  Cuba Mia
Luis Cardenas/Zenaida Romeu:  He Perdido Contigo
R. Prats/Zenaida Romeu:  Jugando Contigo
Erman L. Nussa/Roberto Valera:  Momo
Camerata Romeu
Zenaida Romeu, cond.
“Cuba Mia” (Soundtrack)
Arkadia Records 873002

 

Sadie Harrison:  Gulistan-e Nur:  The Rosegarden of Light (Interludes)
Ensemble Zohra
“The Rosegarden of Light”
Toccata Classics

 

 

Run time: 58:44

Feminine Fusion highlights the roles of women in classical music.  Host Diane Jones brings you stories and music of the women who create, perform and inspire.  Produced in the studios at WCNY-FM.


October 30, 2016: Patchwork Quilt I

patchwork-piano-keys-2

 

“Much like a patchwork quilt, inspiration that stirs and motivates me is made of many things.”  – Robert Reynolds

 

The quilter’s stash is never-ending.  Snips and pieces leftover from other projects, swatches they bought or traded because they simply had to have it.  Often these bits and scraps make their way into a patchwork quilt.

On this episode of Feminine Fusion, you’ll hear a patchwork quilt of music. These are some works that didn’t quite fit into recent programs, but are worthy of sharing all the same.  Host Diane Jones is your guide.

 

 

“Patchwork Quilt I”

Emma Lou Diemer: Peace
Georgia Women’s College Ensemble
Jennifer Morgan Flory, cond.
Live recording of World Premiere

Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel:  Trio for Piano, Violin & Cello in d minor, Op. 11
The Macalester Trio
“Chamber Works by Women Composers”
VoxBox 5029

Paula Diehl:  In Hand
Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra
Petr Vronsky, cond.
“Separation”
Navona Records 6044

J.S. Bach:  Chaconne from Partita in d minor
The Eroica Trio
“Baroque”
EMI Classics 556873

 

Run time:  58:30

Feminine Fusion highlights the roles of women in classical music.  Host Diane Jones brings you stories and music of the women who create, perform and inspire.  Produced in the studios at WCNY-FM.


October 23, 2016: Women Inspiring Men

Leila Josefowicz & John Adams

Leila Josefowicz & John Adams

“[Scheherazade] possessed courage, wit, and penetration.  She had read much, and had so admirable a memory, that she never forgot anything she had read.  She had successfully applied herself to philosophy, medicine, history, and the liberal arts; and her poetry excelled the compositions of the best writers of her time.”  – The Arabian Nights: The Frame Story

 

Composer John Adams thought he knew the story of the “Arabian Nights.”  But his view changed dramatically in 2013, when he visited an exhibition in Paris about the history of this work.  He began to consider the question, “What would a Scheherazade for our own time be like?” His answer: Scheherazade.2. Written for violinist Leila Josefowicz, whom Adams described as “the embodiment of his heroine as a fearless and empowered artist,” host Diane Jones brings you the complete work on this episode of Feminine Fusion.

 

 

“Women Inspiring Men”

John Adams: Scheherazade.2
Leila Josefowicz, violin
St. Louis Symphony, David Robertson, cond.
“Scheherazade.2”
Nonesuch 7559794351

 

Michael Nyman:  Tango for Tim
Elaine Funaro, harpsichord
“Overture to Orpheus: Music Written for the Women Who Gave Wing to the Muse”
Centaur CRC 2517

 

Run time:  58:36

 

Feminine Fusion highlights the roles of women in classical music.  Host Diane Jones brings you stories and music of the women who create, perform and inspire.  Produced in the studios at WCNY-FM.


October 16, 2016: Part Of The Crowd

Edna Phillips, harp, Philadelphia Orchestra. (Published in the Inquirer 1941. PHOTO: R. T. Doone)

Edna Phillips, harp, Philadelphia Orchestra.
(Published in the Inquirer 1941. PHOTO: R. T. Doone)

 

“Women artists need to break barriers in order for women’s experience to be valuable.” – Liz Phair

 

For centuries, orchestras have been dominated by men.  It was remarkable when Leopold Stokowski appointed Edna Phillips to the position of Principal Harp in 1930.  Just fifty years later, members of the Berlin Philharmonic threatened to strike if a female clarinetist was hired.  Women auditioning on traditionally “male” oriented instruments – think tuba or trombone – were dismissed as not having the physical stamina to play in an orchestra.  And yet, with the advent of blind auditions, the number of women hired by orchestras has increased significantly.  This episode of Feminine Fusion takes a look at just a few of these women joining the ranks of the orchestra, becoming “Part Of The Crowd.”

 

“Part Of The Crowd”

Paul White: Sea Chanty
Edna Phillips, harp;
The Philadelphia Orchestra Strings, Eugene Ormandy, cond.
“Sea Chanty”
American Columbia, matrices XCO 35084 through 35087 (78 rpm)

Michael Daugherty: Reflections on the Mississippi for Tuba & Orchestra
Carol Jantsch, tuba;
Temple University Symphony Orchestra, Luis Biava, cond.
BCM&D Records

Berthold Goldschmidt: Clarinet Concerto
Sabine Meyer, clarinet;
Berlin Comic Opera Symphony Orchestra, Yakov Kreizberg, cond.
London (Decca) 455586

 

Run time: 58:34

Feminine Fusion highlights the roles of women in classical music.  Host Diane Jones brings you stories and music of the women who create, perform and inspire.  Produced in the studios at WCNY-FM.


October 9, 2016: Women Inspiring Women

Rachel Barton Pine & Maud Powell

Rachel Barton Pine & Maud Powell

 

“There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.”  – Edith Wharton

 

Inspiration comes in many forms and from many directions.  On this episode of Feminine Fusion, we’ll look at Women Inspiring Women. Violinist Rachel Barton Pine found inspiration in the life and work of Maud Powell, who made over 100 recordings for the Celebrity Artist Series of the Victor Talking Machine Company, between 1904 and 1919.  The members of the Cassatt String Quartet chose to name themselves after artist Mary Cassatt, who personified the “New Woman” of the 19th century – educated, knowledgeable, and socially active.  And composer Penka Kouneva, who composed a modern tone poem “The Woman Astronaut” to honor the increase of women in the space program.  (In 2013, NASA hired 8 new astronauts – 4 men, and 4 women.)

(Here is the link to Rachel Barton Pine’s article about her inspiration from Maud Powell in the January 2014 issue of Strad Magazine.)

 

“Women Inspiring Women”

Jules Massenet:  Meditation (from Thais)
Maud Powell, violin; George Falkenstein, piano
“Powell:  The Complete Recordings (1904-1917)”
Naxos 8.110993

Amy Cheney Beach:  Romance for Violin & Piano (1893)
Rachel Barton Pine, violin; Mattheew Hagle, piano
“American Virtuosa: Tribute to Maud Powell”
Cedille 97

Daniel S. Godfrey:  Intermedio
The Cassatt String Quartet
“Cassatt”
CRI 671

Penka Kouneva:  The Woman Astronaut
The Hollywood Studio Symphony, Eimear Noone, conductor
“The Woman Astronaut”
Varese Sarabande 302 067 349 8

 

Run time:  58:33

Feminine Fusion highlights the roles of women in classical music.  Host Diane Jones brings you stories and music of the women who create, perform and inspire.  Produced in the studios at WCNY-FM.


October 2, 2016: Women of Color – Composers (Part 1)

Pamela Z in her San Francisco Studio wearing a SensorPlay controller. photo credit: Goran Vejvoda

Pamela Z in her San Francisco Studio wearing a SensorPlay controller.
photo credit: Goran Vejvoda

 

“Gifted women musicians and composers rarely received their due. ” – James Cook

 

 

Recognition for women’s achievements in the music composition arena has definitely improved, though it still has a long way to go.  Women of color have the dual obstacles of both gender and racial bias to address.  This week on Feminine Fusion, we concentrate on the music of African American women composers, from Florence Price to Pamela Z.  Learn about these remarkable women who have given their all to their music.

(Here is the link to Jordannah Elizabeth’s article, mentioned in the program)

 

“Women of Color (Composers)”

Nora Holt:  Negro Dance
Helen Walker-Hill, piano
“Kaleidoscope:  Music by African-American Women”
Leonarda 339

Florence Price: Symphony in E Minor
New Black Music Repertory Ensemble, Leslie B. Dunner, cond.
“Florence B. Price: Concerto in One Movement/Symphony in E Minor”
Albany 1295

Julia Perry: Short Piece for Orchestra
Imperial Philharmonic of Tokoyo, William Strickland, cond.
“Music of Talma, Fine, Perry, Daniels & Howe”
New World CRI

Pamela Z: Caught
Pamela Z, vocals/electronics
“Emergency Music”
CRI 770

 

Run time:  58:10

 

Feminine Fusion highlights the roles of women in classical music.  Host Diane Jones brings you stories and music of the women who create, perform and inspire.  Produced in the studios at WCNY-FM.


September 25, 2016: Nadia Boulanger, Part 1

Aaron Copland and Nadia Boulanger

Aaron Copland and Nadia Boulanger

 

“Myth credits every American town with two things: a 10-cent store and a Boulanger student.” – Ned Rorem

 

With a career spanning 70 years, Nadia Boulanger taught theory, composition, and ear training to more than 600 students.  In this special Live edition of Feminine Fusion, you’ll hear music from composers as diverse as Aaron Copland, Peggy Glanville-Hicks, Astor Piazzolla, and more.

This is also your opportunity to show your support for Classic FM by making your pledge.  And to those who have already become members, thank you!

 

 

“Nadia Boulanger, Part 1”

Aaron Copland:  Symphony for Organ & Orchestra (1924)
Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Andrew Litton – conductor
“A Copland Profile”
Delos 3221

 

Elliott Carter:  Tarantella (1936)
SWR Vokalensemble Stuttgart, Marcus Creed – director
“Elliott Carter: Choral Works”
SWR Music

 

Peggy Glanville-Hicks:  Concertino de camera
Tall Poppies Ensemble
“Red Earth”
Tall Poppies

 

Astor Piazzolla:  Lo que vendra
Razumovsky Orchestra, Peter Breiner – conductor
Sefika Kutluer, flute
“Tango Goes Symphony”
Naxos 557004

 

Philip Glass:  String Quartet No. 1
Carducci Quartet
“Philip Glass: String Quartets Nos. 1-4”
Naxos 559636

 

 

Feminine Fusion highlights the roles of women in classical music.  Host Diane Jones brings you stories and music of the women who create, perform and inspire.  Produced in the studios at WCNY-FM.


September 18, 2016: Ascending the Podium

Marin Alsop

Marin Alsop

 

 

“You’re either born a musician, or you’re born not a musician.  It has nothing to do with gender.” – Antonia Brico

Conducting is still a male-dominated stronghold in the musical world.  Even in the last few years, prominent conductors insist that woman conductors are not capable of conducting anything other than “feminine” works, like Debussy or Ravel.  And that the rigors of conducting are too hard for women, claiming it is “an issue of biology.”  On this episode of Feminine Fusion, three remarkable women take the podium and show just what they are capable of achieving.

(And here’s the Classic FM list of why women can’t be conductors.)

 

“Ascending the Podium”

Libby Larsen:  Marima Concerto After Hampton
Colorado Symphony Orchestra, Marin Alsop – conductor
John Kinzie, marimba
“Libby Larsen: Deep Summer Music, Solo Symphony, Marimba Concerto After Hampton”
Koch International

Mozart: Overture to Don Giovanni, K. 527
Overture to Magic Flute, K. 620

Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra, Antonia Brico – conductor
“Essential Classics: Mozart Overtures”
Sony Classical

Huang Anlun: Piano Concerto in G Minor
China National Opera House Symphony Orchestra, Zheng Xiaoying – conductor
Joseph Banowetz, piano
“Huang Anlun: Piano Concerto in G Minor”
Marco Polo

 

Run time:  58:21

 

Feminine Fusion highlights the roles of women in classical music.  Host Diane Jones brings you stories and music of the women who create, perform and inspire.  Produced in the studios at WCNY-FM.


September 11, 2016: In Memoriam

InMemory

 

 

“Where words fail, music speaks.” – Hans Christian Andersen

These words rarely ring more true than when an artist strives to make sense of senselessness.  In so many ways, music can provide a focus for emotions that are difficult to express.  In this episode, music in response to overwhelming events, from Armenia, Germany, and the United States.

 

“In Memoriam”

Joan Tower:  In Memory
Tokoyo String Quartet
“Joan Tower: Instrumental Music”
Naxos

Leah Curtis: To Rest In Peace
Studio Orchestra
“To Rest In Peace (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)”
Leah Curtis

Sylvia Glickman: The Walls Are Quiet Now
Lehigh Valley Chamber Orchestra, Donald Smith – conductor
“The Walls Are Quiet Now (A Holocaust Remembrance Trilogy)”
Albany

Tatev Amiryan: Last Lullaby
Catherine Crawford, soprano; Tatev Amiryan, piano
Live Performance (used with permission)

Last Lullaby

by Ruben Sevak
English translation by Tatev Amiryan

Lull, lull . . . I lull you to sleep,
Lest you should hear your wounded father’s screaming
Venum you nurse . . . it is not milk . . .
I lull you to sleep.

Floods of blood burst from these holy mountains,
But you don’t flee, cherish your country, love it,
Do not be a captive in your own land, reign it . . .
I lull you to sleep

Here I am dying . . . Be Armenia your mother,
I bequeath to you this broken sword . . .
Still burning hot with your father’s blood . . .
I lull you to sleep . . .

Run time:  58:34

 

Feminine Fusion highlights the roles of women in classical music.  Host Diane Jones brings you stories and music of the women who create, perform and inspire.  Produced in the studios at WCNY-FM.


September 4, 2016: From Parlor . . . to Prize Winners

Clara Schumann

Clara Schumann

Julia Wolfe

Julia Wolfe

 

 

“I once believed that I possessed creative talent, but I have given up this idea; a woman must not desire to compose – there has never yet been one able to do it.  Should I expect to be the one?” – Clara Schumann

We’ve come a long way from the days when Clara Schumann denied her own talents in order to better conform to societal norms.  In the premiere episode of Feminine Fusion, you’ll hear the work of composers who have left the parlor behind, and earned well-deserved accolades for their music and creativity.

 

“From Parlor … to Prize Winners”

Clara Schumann:  Three Romances for Violin & Piano
Donne e Doni
“Music by Women Composers”
Musicraft

Ruth Crawford (Seeger): Quartet – 1931
The Pacifica Quartet
“Declarations:  Music Between the Wars”
Cedille

Ellen Taaffe Zwilich: Symphony No. 1 (Three Movements for Orchestra)
Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, John Nelson – conductor
“Ellen Taaffe Zwilich – Orchestral Works”
New World Recordings

Julia Wolfe: Anthracite Fields (Movements 3 & 4)
Bang On A Can All-Stars, Choir of Trinity Wall Street
“Anthracite Fields”
Cantaloupe Music

 

Run time:  58:29

Feminine Fusion highlights the roles of women in classical music.  Host Diane Jones brings you stories and music of the women who create, perform and inspire.  Produced in the studios at WCNY-FM.


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