Bill Baker’s “Live at Noon” is a live music and interview series that’s aired on WCNY-FM since 2003. The show has featured, local, regional, national and international classical music performers, who join Baker in-studio for brief performances and conversations.
Skaneateles Festival artistic directors, pianist Aaron Wunsch and cellist Julia Bruskin, perform the Andante from Rachmaninoff’s Cello Sonata in G minor, Op. 19, as well as a sonata by Benjamin Britten, and speak with Bill Baker about the festival’s upcoming season beginning August 13.
June 19, 2015
A special Live at Noon performance, hosted by Jon English. Zachary James, General Director of Opera Ithaca presents selections from Kristin Hevner Wyatt’s IL SOGNO, based upon Shakespeare’s A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM. The singers are: Caitlin Mathes, Mezzo Soprano TITANIA; Zachary James, Bass, OBERON; Ryan Kennedy, Counter Tenor, PUCK; Lynn Craver, Soprano, HERMIA; Eric Flyte, Tenor, LYSANDER. Piano: Richard Montgomery.
February 28, 2015
The British a cappella trio “Voice” recently visited the CLASSIC FM, Syracuse studios. Victoria Couper, Clemmie Frank, and Emily Burn chatted with midday host Bill Baker in-between gossamer performances of Medieval and folk songs.
February 17, 2015
The fiery REBEL Baroque Ensemble chatted with midday host Bill Baker “Live at Noon” in advance of their visit to the Chamber Music Society of Utica on Sunday, February 15. Karen Marie Marmer and Jörg-Michael Schwarz founded REBEL more than 20 years ago. Since then, they have continued to present Baroque and early-Classical works with élan and insight, spreading the word of fine music wherever they perform.
February 12, 2015
On Wednesday, Jan. 7, “Live at Noon” with Bill Baker featured The Neave Trio violinist, the joyful and talented Anna Williams. Anna chatted with Bill in anticipation of The Neave Trio performance on Jan. 11 for the Chamber Music Society of Utica. The interview was book-ended with excerpts of the Neave Trio recording of Fauré’s Piano Trio in d, Op. 120.
January 7, 2015
Guitarist Stephen Brew talks with Bill Baker, and perfoms two musical works
November 14, 2014
World renowned violinist and Symphoria guest artist Elmar Oliveira
February 27, 2014
Eric and Anthony McGriff perform
February 12, 2014
Bill Baker hosts WCNY-FM’s midday program from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. A native of Seneca Falls, Baker graduated from Marist College with a B.A. in French, and for 11 years, he was a high school French teacher. He returned to the classroom as a student at the New York Institute of Technology in Old Westbury, N.Y., where he earned his Masters in Communication Arts and began his broadcast career. His community efforts have been recognized most recently by Civic Morning Musicals in Syracuse for his commitment to local artists and composers; and by such organizations as the Red Cross of Central New York Blood Services, Success By 6 and Contact of Syracuse. He has also received awards from the Syracuse Ad Club and New York State Associated Press.