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Keep in touch with upcoming musical events as local, regional, national, and international musicians and artists visit the Classic FM studios.  Interviews and live performances inform and entertain you!  Follow WCNY on Facebook and Twitter to learn of upcoming Live at WCNY Radio Events, with host Diane Jones.

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Diane Jones
Diane Jones is your mid-day host weekdays from 10 am to 2 pm.  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, the Central New York Flute Choir, and the 315 Ensemble.  Her music has been featured on two SAMMY-award winning CDs.  Follow Diane on Twitter (@ComposerJones) and Facebook (PetDragonMusic) for more about her programming and her music.

Show Archive

Feb. 21, 2024: Michelle Di Russo & Sarah Chandler, CCO Ithaca

CCO Beethoven's Second

 

The search continues for the new Music Director for the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra!  We spoke to another finalist, Michelle Russo, about her background, the sense of home and community she has found in Central New York, and gave us insight into the music on this weekend’s concert.  We were also joined by CCO Managing Director Sarah Chandler, who told us how the search is going – and what a difficult decision this will be!  Take a listen to get to know more about Michelle.

 

More information is available on the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra website.


Feb. 9, 2024: Rob Auler (Symphoria)

Rob Auler

Rob Auler

 

Pianist Rob Auler plays frequently with Symphoria.  This weekend he takes center stage for a performance of Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue.  Rob stopped into the studios to talk about the concert, the joy of playing this piece on it’s 100th anniversary, and give us some insight into being a #GirlDad.

 

 

Information about the concert is available on the Symphoria website.


Feb. 2, 2024: Carr-Petrova Duo (Geneva Music Festival)

Carr-Petrova Duo

Carr-Petrova Duo

 

 

Violist Molly Carr and pianist Anna Petrova (of the Carr-Petrova Duo) are bringing a concert filled with women’s music to the area.  They will be performing “HERS” at the Geneva Music Festival Spring Benefit Concert on March 8th – International Women’s Day!  Anna & Molly chatted with mid-day host about the concert, the importance of presenting women’s music, and their excitement to play in Geneva.

More about the Geneva Music Festival is available here.

And you can see the Carr-Petrova Duo’s website here.


Feb. 1, 2024: Ken & Kathy Freer, Silverwood Clarinet Choir

Silverwood Clarinet Choir

Silverwood Clarinet Choir

 

The Silverwood Clarinet Choir is in its 17th season of bringing outstanding music to the area.  Co-founder Ken Freer and Artistic Director Kathy Freer stopped into the WCNY studios to share a bit of music and give us a bit of insight into the music coming up in this weekend’s concert.

 

 

Information about the Silverwood Clarinet Choir is available here.


Jan. 26, 2024: Kenari Saxophone Quartet at CMSU

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The Kenari Saxophone Quartet is coming to perform with the Chamber Music Society of Utica!  Steven Banks and Kyle Baldwin from the Kenari Quartet spoke to mid-day host Diane Jones about the music that’s available for their instrumentation, their outreach efforts, and the joys of collaboration and commissioning new works.

 

Learn about the Chamber Music Society of Utica here.

And the Kenari Saxophone Quartet here.


Jan. 25, 2024: Rachel Barton Pine & Sylvia Pine – Symphoria

Rachel Barton Pine

Rachel Barton Pine

Sylvia Pine

Sylvia Pine

 

Symphoria welcomes violinist Rachel Barton Pine back to the Crouse Hinds Theater this weekend, and Rachel’s daughter Sylvia will be joining her onstage!  Rachel & Sylvia stopped into the studios to chat with mid-day host Diane Jones about the concert, their community outreach, and what makes the Vivaldi double concerto so special.

 

Find out more on the Symphoria website.


Jan. 19, 2024: Schola Cantorum – It’s Telemann’s Time

Schola Instrumental

 

It’s something different this weekend from Schola Cantorum of Syracuse – an entirely instrumental concert, featuring the music of Telemann.  Music Director Barry Torres stopped into the studios to talk about this exciting concert, and just why “It’s Telemann’s Time.”

 

More about Schola Cantorum of Syracuse is available here.


Jan. 17, 2024: CCO Ithaca – A Trio of Trios

CCO Ithaca Chamber Concerts

CCO Ithaca Chamber Concerts

 

It’s all about threes!  A trio of musicians joined mid-day host to chat about the upcoming chamber concert from the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra featuring three very different trios!  Take a listen to the conversation with Sarah Chandler (clarinet/Managing Director), Christina Bouey (violin) and John Lathwell (oboe) to learn more about revisiting familiar works, and about their search for the next Music Director.

 

More information about the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra is available here.


Jan. 3, 2024: Syracuse Vocal Ensemble 12th Night Concert

Syracuse Vocal Ensemble

Syracuse Vocal Ensemble

 

It has become an annual tradition – the Twelfth Night Concert from the Syracuse Vocal Ensemble.  This year the concert is “There Will Be Stars,” and to tell us all about it, Julie Pretzat, Artistic Director of SVE, stopped into the studios for a chat.  We talked about the music, the history of the ensemble, and what it took for the choir to learn Norwegian!

 

More about this concert and the Syracuse Vocal Ensemble is available here.


December 15, 2023: Schola Cantorum Marian Music for the Season

Schola Cantorum of Syracuse

Schola Cantorum of Syracuse

 

Schola Cantorum of Syracuse presents their holiday concert “Behold, the Handmaid of the Lord” – a cappella choral works celebrating Mary and the Annunciation.  Artistic Director Barry Torres stopped into the Classic FM studios to chat with us about this marvelous ensemble and the works they are performing – and gave us a glimpse into the exciting future of Schola Cantorum.

 

Learn more about this concert and Schola Cantorum of Syracuse here.


December 14, 2023: SUBE Horns and Harmonies

SUBE Trombone Quartet

 

The annual Horns & Harmonies concert is coming up this weekend, and to get us in the spirit of the season, the Syracuse Brass Ensemble Trombone Quartet came to the studios to regale us with music and conversation.  Take a listen!

 

More about this annual tradition available here.


December 8, 2023: Messiah with the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra

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We had three wonderful guests today – Grant Cooper, Acting Music Director; Steven Stull, baritone; and Sarah Chandler, Managing Director with the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra.  They gave us some wonderful insight into what makes this performance of Handel’s Messiah unique, as well as sharing the joy of the music that keeps it fresh and exciting time and time again.

 

Learn more about the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra and this concert season here.


December 7, 2023: Victor Vallo, Auburn Chamber Orchestra

Victor Vallo, conductor Syracuse Chamber Orchestra Auburn Chamber Orchestra

Victor Vallo, conductor
Auburn Chamber Orchestra

 

Dr. Victor Vallo, music director for the Auburn Chamber Orchestra, stopped by the studios to tell us about the “Sounds of the Season” concert coming up this weekend!  Joining the orchestra is the Genesee Street Voices, and rumor has it there may even be a sing-along!

 

More about the concert and the Auburn Chamber Orchestra is available here.


December 1, 2023: St. Stephen’s Festival of Music

Greg Sheppard Artistic Director, St. Stephen's Festival of Music

Greg Sheppard
Artistic Director, St. Stephen’s Festival of Music

 

St. Stephen’s Church Festival of Music presents another free concert in their series this weekend, featuring Bach’s “Magnificat” side by side with Langston Hughes’ “Black Nativity.” Festival Artistic Director Gregory Sheppard and Music Director David Ross joined Diane Jones in the Classic FM studios to talk about the music, the performers, and give us a bit of history behind the Hughes play.

 

 


November 30, 2023: Symphoria’s Annual “Messiah” Concert

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Symphoria is joined by the SU Oratorio Society and talented soloists for their annual performance of Handel’s “Messiah.”  Director of Operations Jon Garland and guest conductor Thomas Hong stopped into the studios to tell us about the concert (and how to manage such a large ensemble).  We also heard about Maestro Hong’s time as assistant to Kurt Masur.

 

More about Symphoria is available here.


November 16, 2023: Clinton & Catskill Symphony Orchestras

Maestro Charles Schneider, Music Director of the Clinton Symphony

Maestro Charles Schneider

 

 

The Catskill Symphony Orchestra is presenting a concert for the benefit of the Clinton Symphony Orchestra of the Mohawk Valley in remembrance of Maestro Charles Schneider, who led both orchestras and has left a wonderful legacy in his passing.  Judy Marchione from the Clinton Symphony and Ryan Geraghty from the Catskill Symphony joined mid-day host Diane Jones to talk about the concert, Maestro Schneider, and outreach of both orchestras to youngsters in their areas.

Information about the Clinton Symphony Orchestra is available here.

And information on the Catskill Symphony Orchestra is available here.


November 15, 2023: Peter Ciarelli & Frank Schultz, Schubert Mass

Schubert Mass 2023

 

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Syracuse presents its annual concert with the Diocesan Festival Chorus this weekend.  Conductor Peter Ciarelli and choir member Frank Schultz stopped into the studios to tell us about this concert of Schubert’s music, the beauty of music sung by a more than 100-member choir, and the space at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception.

The concert is Sunday, November 19 at 2pm.  All the details are in this interview!


November 10, 2023: Peter Rovit – Concertmaster, Symphoria

Peter Rovit

Peter Rovit

 

It’s a great concert coming up this weekend, with the Casual Series from Symphoria.  Concertmaster Peter Rovit came to the studios to talk about the concert, the Casual series, and to tell us a little more about just what a concertmaster does for the orchestra!

More about Symphoria is available here.

 


November 9, 2023: Juan LaManna and Ben Spierman, Oswego Opera Theater

Oswego Traviata

 

The Oswego Opera Theater is preparing for two performances of Giuseppe Verdi’s “La Traviata” this weekend!  Music Director Juan LaManna and Director Benjamin Spierman stopped into the Classic FM studios to talk about the production, the wonderful cast, and talk about why this is a great opera for everyone to see.  (We hear the cast is having a lot of fun in rehearsals as well!)

Find out more about this production at the Oswego Opera Theater website here.

 


November 2, 2023: Rune Sorensen, Danish Quartet, SFCM

The Danish String Quartet

The Danish String Quartet

 

 

The Syracuse Friends of Chamber Music concert season continues when the Danish String Quartet comes to town.  Violinist and founding member Rune Tonsgaard Sørensen spoke to mid-day host Diane Jones about the concert, the group’s love of folk music, and how the ensemble formed when they were still teenagers.

More about the Syracuse Friends of Chamber Music is available here.

And learn about the Danish String Quartet here.


November 1, 2023: Natalie Draper & Lana Stafford, Society for New Music

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The Society for New Music presents a concert of commissioned works this weekend.  Joining us in the studio to chat about the concert were composer Natalie Draper, whose work “Evolutions” is receiving it’s second performance, and flutist and SNM publicist Lana Stafford.  We talked about the music, how composers and musicians work together to bring a piece to the concert stage, and why music is a living, breathing art.

 

Information about this and future concerts with the Society for New Music is available here.


October 25, 2023: Julie Pretzat, Syracuse Vocal Ensemble

Syracuse Vocal Ensemble

Syracuse Vocal Ensemble

 

The celebration continues for the 50th anniversary of the Syracuse Vocal Ensemble!  Artistic Director Julie Pretzat stopped into the studios to tell us about the concert, the commissioned works in the program, and the wonderful history of this group.

 

 

More about the Syracuse Vocal Ensemble is available at their website.


October 18, 2023: Guillaume Pirard & Sarah Chandler, CCO Ithaca

Giullaume Pirard, conductor and Guy Johnston, cello

Giullaume Pirard, conductor and Guy Johnston, cello

 

Cayuga Chamber Orchestra welcomes the second of the four final candidates for Music Director in “Beethoven and Beyond” this weekend.  We spoke to Guillaume Pirard  along with CCO Managing Director Sarah Chandler about the process both he and the orchestra are going through, getting to know the musicians and the community, and found out more about his vision of making music in Ithaca.

 

 

You can find out more at the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra website.


October 16, 2023: Syracuse Opera “I Am A Dreamer”

L-R: Heejung Lee ("Singa"), Carla Lopez-Speziale ("Rosa"), Christian Capocaccia (artistic director) and John Rozzoni (general director) - Syracuse Opera/Tri-Cities Opera

L-R: Heejung Lee (“Singa”), Carla Lopez-Speziale (“Rosa”), Christian Capocaccia (artistic director) and John Rozzoni (general director) – Syracuse Opera/Tri-Cities Opera

 

Syracuse Opera & Tri-Cities Opera are presenting a season of works that reach beyond the stage and touch the hearts of a wide audience.  The season opens with “I Am A Dreamer Who No Longer Dreams,” the stories of two women – immigrants – who find commonalities in their vastly different journeys.  Host Diane Jones welcomed lead actors Heejung Lee (“Singa”) and Carla Lopez-Speziale (“Rosa”) to the studio, along with Artistic Director Christian Capocaccia and General Director John Rozzoni, to talk about this work and the role of opera in history and today.

 

More about the opera and the entire season is available at the Syracuse Opera website.

 

Watch the Community FM page on WCNY as well – starting Wednesday, 10/18, a previously-recorded panel discussion with the conductor, director, and expert panelists will be available for listening on demand and over the air.


October 5, 2023: Sean O’Loughlin and Michael Bull – Symphoria Pops

 

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This weekend, Principal Pops Conductor Sean O’Loughlin does double duty!  Saturday he conducts the orchestra and special guests from Nashville with “Symphoria Loves Country.”  And on Sunday, it’s a side-by-side concert when amateur musicians throughout the community join the orchestra on stage.  We spoke to Sean, along with Principal Percussionist Michael Bull, about the concerts and the outstanding musicianship of the orchestra.

 

Information about this concert, as well as the rest of the Symphoria season, is available here.

 


September 28, 2023: James Ehnes & Lawrence Loh, Symphoria Season Opener

James Ehnes, violinist

James Ehnes, guest violinist – Symphoria

 

Maestro Lawrence Loh, Musical Director - Symphoria

Maestro Lawrence Loh, Musical Director – Symphoria

 

Symphoria kicks off it’s 11th season with a very special guest artist, violinist James Ehnes.  Ehnes and Maestro Lawrence Loh spoke to us about the concert, the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto, and James’ ties to Syracuse.

 

Information about this concert, as well as the rest of the Symphoria season, is available here.

You can learn more about James Ehnes at his website.


September 20, 2023: Jeffery Meyer, Finalist #1 – Cayuga Chamber Orchestra

Jeffery Meyer Music Director Candidate Cayuga Chamber Orchestra

Jeffery Meyer
Music Director Candidate
Cayuga Chamber Orchestra

 

The Cayuga Chamber Orchestra is bringing the search for their new Music Director to the stage this season.  The first of the four final candidates is Jeffery Meyer, who will be conducting the orchestra for the first concert this season.  Mid-day host Diane Jones spoke to Jeffery, along with CCO Managing Director Sarah Chandler, about the process, his thoughts on the orchestra, and his connections to Central New York.

 

Check out the full season of the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra here.


September 7, 2023: Jeffrey Siegel, Keyboard Conversations

Pianist Jeffrey Siegel

Pianist Jeffrey Siegel

 

Jeffrey Siegel returns to Utica for a new season of Keyboard Conversations at Munson.  He spoke to mid-day host Diane Jones about the upcoming program of French Music, and the musical pictures these composers painted.  He also spoke of his teacher, Rudolph Ganz, and making sure everyone feels welcomed in the concert hall.

 

Learn about Jeffrey and Keyboard Conversations here.


August 23, 2023: Borromeo Quartet and Linda Chesis, CSMF

Borromeo Quartet photo credit: Jürgen Frank

Borromeo Quartet
photo credit: Jürgen Frank

Flutist Linda Chesis Founder/Artistic Director - Cooperstown Summer Music Festival

Flutist Linda Chesis
Founder/Artistic Director – Cooperstown Summer Music Festival

 

The Cooperstown Summer Music Festival wraps up the season with a performance from the Borromeo Quartet.  We spoke to Nicholas Kitchen (violin) and Seeyun Kim (cell0) from the Borromeo Quartet, along with festival founder Linda Chesis, about the concert, the joys of live concerts, and how technology can add so much to learning, performing, and listening to classical music.  We also looked back to the first appearance of the Borromeo Quartet during the first season of the Cooperstown Summer Music Festival.

More on the Cooperstown Summer Music Festival available here.

And more about the Borromeo Quartet can be found here.


August 16, 2023: Skaneateles Festival Final Week

Julia Bruskin, cello & Aaron Wunsch, piano Co-Artistic Directors of the Skaneateles Festival

Julia Bruskin, cello & Aaron Wunsch, piano
Co-Artistic Directors of the Skaneateles Festival

 

The Skaneateles Festival is in it’s final week of the season, and co-artistic directors Aaron Wunsch and Julia Bruskin came to the studios to share some of the excitement for the concerts from this final week, as well as sharing a wonderful performance of Barber’s Cello Sonata.

More about the Skaneateles Festival is available here.


August 14, 2023: Symphoria Side by Side Concert

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Symphoria is preparing to share the stage with musicians around the community in a Side By Side concert this October.  Principal Pops Conductor Sean O’Loughlin and Sr. Manager for Community Engagement Lara Mosby from Symphoria joined us to talk about the excitement of putting this event together, and let the community know how they can participate.  Take a listen to find out more!

Information and registration are on the Symphoria website.


July 19, 2023: The Cast of “Chicago” from Covey Theater

The Covey Theater/Cast of Chicago in the Classic FM Studios

The Covey Theater/Cast of Chicago in the Classic FM Studios

 

We had a full house in the Classic FM studio today, with the cast of the Covey Theater production of “Chicago” at the mics!  We chatted with Garrett Heater (Founder/Artistic Director), Colin Keating (Music Director), Tallon Larham (“Billy Flynn”), Maggie Stephens, (“Roxie Hart”), and Camille Millar (“Velma Kelly”).  Find out about the production, the fantastic setting in the Bevard Theater, the inspiration, and what makes this “re-inauguration” of The Covey Theater so special.

Information about this production and The Covey Theater is available on their website.


July 5, 2023: Gregory Sheppard, St. Stephens Festival of Art & Music

Greg Sheppard

Greg Sheppard

 

You’ve seen and heard Gregory Sheppard in operas and concerts with arts organizations throughout the region.  Now he’s put together a marvelous trio of concerts in conjunction with the St. Stephen Festival of Art & Music.  Greg came to the studio to talk about the concerts, the wonderful artists who are gathering to perform, and share his work in helping up-and-coming artists, as well as making events like this available to a wide audience.

You can find more about Greg and this series on Facebook.


June 30, 2023: Lana Stafford, Society for New Music

Caz Counterpoint

 

It’s a month-long celebration of the arts during July in Cazenovia.  To tell us more about Cazenovia Counterpoint, we had Lana Stafford from the Society for New Music in the studios.  She gave us a glimpse into some of the events and exhibits, and spoke about the opportunities for young musicians and composers.  And she gave some insight into performing new music with an organization like this.

More about The Society for New Music, including the details for Cazenovia Counterpoint, is available at their website.


June 21, 2023: Harp Studio of Victoria Kinney

Hiding behind the harps - students of Victoria Kinney

Hiding behind the harps – students of Victoria Kinney

 

We were incredibly fortunate to have not one, not two, but three harpists come to the studios!  Members of Victoria Kinney’s Harp Studio came in to give us a preview of their recital coming up this weekend.  We heard about the harps they play, what encouraged them to learn, and of course, heard some wonderful music!  (And several folks from WCNY even had the chance to play just a bit after the performance!)

More about this group, and the CNY Chapter of the American Harp Society, is available on Facebook.


June 12, 2023: Barry Torres, Schola Cantorum of Syracuse

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Schola Cantorum of Syracuse ends this season with “Madrigal,” favorite Italian madrigals and their English derivatives. Schola founder and artistic director Barry Torres stopped into the studio to share just a bit of the music you’ll hear, and tell us more about the music, the story behind Monteverdi’s “Lagrime d’amante al sepolcro dell’amata,” and share a little “Fa-la-la!”

Learn about Schola Cantorum of Syracuse here.


June 8, 2023: GMF Artists, Geneva Music Festival

GMF Resident Artists

GMF Resident Artists

 

 

The Geneva Music Festival is in its final week, and we had a chance to chat with some of the artists about the last few concerts, how they came to be part of the festival, and heard a little about what they have coming up next.  Listen to GMF Founder and Artistic Director Geoffrey Herd (violin), Clara Lyon (violin); Tanner Menees (viola), Hannah Collins (cello), and Anna Petrova (piano).

 

The Geneva Music Festival website is available here.


May 19, 2023: John Lathwell, Cayuga Chamber Orchestra

Cayuga Chamber Orchestra Chamber Concert Series

Cayuga Chamber Orchestra
Chamber Concert Series

 

The Cayuga Chamber Orchestra rounds out it’s chamber series next weekend with a program of “Iberian Enchantment.”  We spoke to CCO Principal Oboe John Lathwell about the concert, the story of Farrenc’s Nonet, blind auditions, and more.

 

Information about the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra is available here.


May 18, 2023: Geoffrey Herd, Geneva Music Festival

Geoffrey Herd

 

The month-long Geneva Music Festival opens this weekend, and Artistic Director Geoffrey Herd joined us to talk about the season, the artists, and the inspiration for this year’s theme, “Gods, Myths, and the Divine.”

 

You can view the Geneva Music Festival website here.


May 17, 2023: Octavio Mas-Arocas, Clinton Symphony Orchestra

Octavio Más-Arocos, Music Director - Clinton Symphony

Octavio Más-Arocos, Music Director – Clinton Symphony

 

The Clinton Symphony Orchestra closes out their season with a concert of “Heroes and Fairy Tales.”  Maestro Octavio Más-Arocas spoke to us about this concert, and the myriad of ways we experience music.  We also learned more about how he decided to become a conductor, and the lessons he learned from Maestro Kurt Masur.

 

Learn about the Clinton Symphony Orchestra of the Mohawk Valley here.


May 12, 2023: Sonya Stith Williams, Symphoria

Sonya Stith Williams, violin

Sonya Stith Williams, violin

 

Symphoria is wrapping up their 10th season.  To mark that anniversary, and to give us a look into the coming season, violinist and Board of Trustees member Sonya Stith Williams stopped into the studio.  Not only did she tell us about the exciting concerts and guests, she shared her joy in playing with this orchestra.

 

More about Symphoria can be found at their website.


May 11, 2023: Jeffrey Siegel, Keyboard Conversations Finale

Pianist Jeffrey Siegel

Pianist Jeffrey Siegel

 

Jeffrey Siegel is returning to Utica to wrap up this season of his Keyboard Conversations with “Mozart and Friends.”  We spoke to Jeffrey about the concert, some of the people who have influenced him, and he gave us a peek into next season’s offerings.

 

The Keyboard Conversations website is available here.


May 10, 2023: Cornelia Sommer & Grant Cooper, Cayuga Chamber Orchestra

Cornelia Sommer

Cornelia Sommer is Principal Bassoon for the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra, and this weekend she takes center stage for with “Ciranda das sete notas,” the bassoon concerto by Hector Villa-Lobos.  Cornelia and Interim Music Director Grant Cooper shared their insights into the piece and the rest of the concert, and talked about the world travels they’ve enjoyed in their careers.

 

Information about the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra is available here.


May 4, 2023: Linda Chesis & David Ying, Cooperstown Summer Music Festival

Ying Quartet, l-r: Janet Ying (violin), Phillip Ying (viola) new first violinist Robin Scott, and David Ying (cello), in Wolk Atrium outside Hatch Hall at Eastman Theatre, Eastman School of Music March 23, 2015 // photo by J. Adam Fenster / University of Rochester

Ying Quartet, l-r: Janet Ying (violin), Phillip Ying (viola) new first violinist Robin Scott, and David Ying (cello), in Wolk Atrium outside Hatch Hall at Eastman Theatre, Eastman School of Music March 23, 2015 // photo by J. Adam Fenster / University of Rochester

The Cooperstown Summer Music Festival opens its 25th Anniversary Season with the Ying Quartet: American Made.  Festival founder and artistic director Linda Chesis and David Ying, cello, joined us to talk about the concert, the joys and rewards of both familiar and unfamiliar music, and the energy of a live concert.

 

More from the Cooperstown Summer Music Festival is available here.



April 28, 2023: Ben Dettleback and Ernest Muzquiz, Symphoria

Ben Dettelback, Principal Trombone - Symphoria

Ben Dettelback, Principal Trombone – Symphoria

This weekend, Symphoria brings some of their own musicians to the front of the orchestra.  Principal trombone Ben Dettleback and percussionist Ernest Muzquiz came to the studios to talk about the works they’re playing (and that Ernest wrote!), as well as telling us what a typical week is for an orchestra musician.

 

More about Symphoria is available on their website.


April 24, 2023: Christian Capocaccia & Robert Mellon, Syracuse Opera

Robert Mellon

Robert Mellon

Christian Capocaccia

Christian Capocaccia

The studio was filled with laughter when Maestro Christian Capocaccia (Artistic Director – Syracuse Opera) and Robert Mellon (“Figaro”) came in to talk about this week’s performance of Mozart’s “The Marriage of Figaro.”  They gave some insight into putting this fast-paced masterpiece together, with laughter and tenderness from every performer.  They also shared their favorite lines uttered by Figaro himself!

 

 

More about Syracuse Opera on their website.


April 21, 2023: Michelle Merrill, Symphoria

Michelle Merrill

Michelle Merrill is the guest conductor this weekend with two Spark concerts by Symphoria.  Michelle stopped into the studios during a break in rehearsals to talk about the concert, and about her career as a conductor.

 

More about Symphoria is available here.

And more about Michelle Merrill on her website.


April 20, 2023: Victor Vallo, Music Director – Auburn Chamber Orch.

Auburn Chamber Orch

The Auburn Chamber Orchestra wraps up their 2022-23 season with “The Magic of Movies and Musicals.”  Music Director Victor Vallo came to the studios to tell us about the concerts, the orchestra, and give us some insight into the orchestra and the musicians.  He also talked about his first season with the orchestra, and what is in store for next year.

 

Information about the Auburn Chamber Orchestra is available here.


April 19, 2023: Sarah Chandler, clarinet – CCO Ithaca

Eastern Bloc

The Cayuga Chamber Orchestra continues it’s season with the next chamber music series, Eastern Bloc, coming up this weekend.  Clarinetist and CCO Managing Director Sarah Chandler spoke to Diane Jones about the concert, the joys of playing in chamber groups with her fellow orchestra musicians, and even gave us a hint of what’s to come next season.

 

 

More about the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra is available on their website.


March 31, 2023: Frautschi-Manasse-Nakamatsu Trio, SFCM

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Jennifer Frautschi, violin; Jon Manasse, clarinet; & Jon Nakamatsu, piano

Three amazing musicians are coming to the Syracuse Friends of Chamber Music series this weekend.  The Frautschi-Manasse-Nakamatsu Trio have a marvelous program in store, and clarinetist Jon Manasse and pianist Jon Nakamatsu spoke to us about the concert, the joys of playing together, and also gave us some insight into the benefits and challenges of competitions.

 

 

Find out more at the Syracuse Friends of Chamber Music website here.


March 30, 2023: Bones East 40th Anniversary

Bones East in the WCNY Classic FM Performance Studio

Bones East in the WCNY Classic FM Performance Studio

It was not quite 76 trombones, but we did have eight members of Bones East in the studios to share some music and tell us about several concerts coming up in honor of their 40th anniversary season.  We also talked to composer-in-residence Tom Camp about writing for the ensemble, and conductor Bill Harris about the marvelous sound the group makes together.

 

 

Information on the three concerts mentioned:

April 2 – Dewitt Community Church

April 15 – Immaculate Conception Church, Syracuse with SUBE

May 7 – United Presbyterian Church of Cortland


March 25, 2023: Anthony R. Green, SNM and Syracuse Symposium

Composer Anthony R. Green

Composer Anthony R. Green

Composer Anthony R. Green has been giving lectures and workshops this week as part of the Syracuse Symposium focus on “Repair.”  His visit culminates this weekend with a concert of works, presented by Syracuse Symposium and the Society for New Music.  He stopped into the studio to talk about his music, the importance of social justice, and give some insight into how to listen.

 

 

Anthony R. Green’s website is available here.

The Society for New Music website is here.

And information about Syracuse Symposium programs is available here.


March 23, 2023: Anna Polonsky & Peter Wiley, CMSU

Peter Wiley, cello Anna Polonsky, piano

Peter Wiley, cello
Anna Polonsky, piano

Pianist Anna Polonsky and cellist Peter Wiley are performing at the next Chamber Music Society of Utica concert this weekend.  They joined us to chat about the concert, their collaboration, and the joys of music in their lives.

 

 

The Chamber Music Society of Utica website is available here.


March 17, 2023: Michael Avitabile, Hub New Music – SFCM

Hub New Music

Hub New Music

The Syracuse Friends of Chamber Music concerts continue this weekend with Hub New Music.  Founder and flutist Michael Avitabile shared his insight into the works they’re playing (including a world premiere), the excitement of commissioning new works, and how the ensemble has evolved over the past 10 years.

 

Information about the Syracuse Friends of Chamber Music is available here.

And learn more about Hub New Music at their website.


March 15, 2023: Sean O’Loughlin, Symphoria Pops Concert

Sean O'Loughlin Principal Pops Conductor - Symphoria

Sean O’Loughlin
Principal Pops Conductor – Symphoria

Conductor Sean O’Loughlin leads Symphoria in the next concert of the Pops series – “Fantasia of Dance.”  Sean shared the joy of bringing this production, in collaboration with the Syracuse City Ballet, Dance Center North, and the Ballet and Dance Center.  He also talked about his work with schools, and a special concert at the Hollywood Bowl.

 

More about Symphoria is available here.


March 10, 2023: Mozart and More, Cayuga Chamber Orchestra

Paul Neubauer, viola Christina Bouey, violin

Paul Neubauer, viola
Christina Bouey, violin

It’s a special treat to hear a concerto for violin and viola, and that’s what the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra is bringing to the stage this weekend.  Soloists Paul Neubauer, viola, and Christina Bouey, violin, spoke to mid-day host Diane Jones about the concert and the joy of playing this work.  They also shared a few memorable moments from performances past.

 

Information about the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra is available here.


March 8, 2023: The Evolution of the Arm, 315 Presents

The Evolution of the Arm

The Evolution of the Arm

The Evolution of the Arm, an innovative quartet based in Buffalo, is coming to Syracuse next week during their Telepathic Tour.  They have partnered with the 315 Ensemble as part of the 315 Presents series.  All the ensemble members, as well as 315 founder and artistic director Chris Cresswell, joined in a conversation about the ensemble, the innovative recording process for their CDs, and the excitement and exhilaration of music created in the moment.

More about The Evolution of the Arm is available here.

The 315 Ensemble website is available here.


March 3, 2023: Ulysses Quartet, Ithaca College

Ulysses Quartet

Ulysses Quartet

As part of their residency at Ithaca College, the Ulysses Quartet is giving a recital on Saturday evening.  It’s a marvelous mix of familiar favorites and new works, and the members of the quartet spoke to mid-day host Diane Jones about the program, their commitment to sharing the music of underserved composers, and gave us insight into the benefits for students and ensembles during a residency.

Information about the Ulysses Quartet is available here.


March 2, 2023: Michael Leopold & Lawrence Loh, Symphoria

Michael Leopold, lute

Michael Leopold, lute

Symphoria’s Casual series continues this weekend, with a very special guest artist – lutenist Michael Leopold.  It’s an opportunity to hear Vivaldi’s Lute Concerto in D Major in the instrumentation for which it was composed.  Michael and Maestro Lawrence Loh had a chance to tell us about this opportunity – a first for Maestro Loh with Symphoria – as well as the rest of the music on the program.  And they spoke of that moment when the music moves you in a new way.

Learn more about Symphoria and this concert here.


February 24, 2023: Anthony Bracewell, Cayuga Chamber Orchestra

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The Cayuga Chamber Orchestra continues it’s chamber series this weekend with a talented quartet of musicians from the orchestra.  Violist Anthony Bracewell joined mid-day host Diane Jones to talk about the concert, the joys of playing in the ensemble, and the marvelous instrument he’ll be playing for the concert.

More information on this and other Cayuga Chamber Orchestra concerts available here.


February 23, 2023: Caroline Sheridan, Syracuse City Ballet

Caroline Sheridan Artistic Director - Syracuse City Ballet

Caroline Sheridan
Artistic Director – Syracuse City Ballet

 

 

Syracuse City Ballet brings “Cinderella” to the stage this weekend – at long last!  SCB Artistic Director Caroline Sheridan came to the studios to talk about the ballet, the story of it’s return, and to look toward the future.  She also gave us some insight into the life of a dancer, and the work they put in every day.

Information about Syracuse City Ballet is on their website!


February 16, 2023: Ken Meyer – Fresh From the Wrapper

Ken Meyer, guitar

Ken Meyer, guitar

 

 

Something a bit different!  We had an early start to Fresh From the Wrapper this week, when Ken Meyer came to the studios to give us a first listen to his brand new CD.  He gave some insight into how the pieces fell into place, and the joys of collaborating with the composers and vocalists to create the music.  And we got to hear several tracks (with examples included here).

 

More about Ken can be found on his website, here.


February 17, 2023: Schola Cantorum of Syracuse Motets

Schola Cantorum of Syracuse

Schola Cantorum of Syracuse

 

Schola Cantorum of Syracuse is marking the “Twilight of the Medieval Motet” in concert this Sunday.  Music Director Barry Torres spoke to us about the concert, the changes in the way music was composed, and gave us some insight into how the ensemble needs to learn a new way of creating harmonies.

 

 

More about this concert and the complete season at the Schola Cantorum of Syracuse website.


February 10, 2023: Ulysses Quartet, CMSU

Ulysses Quartet photo by Lauren Desberg

Ulysses Quartet
photo by Lauren Desberg

 

 

 

The Ulysses Quartet is coming to the Chamber Music Society of Utica this weekend.  This remarkable ensemble has been earning accolades and awards since it was formed in 2015.  Violinist and founding member Christina Bouey spoke to mid-day host Diane Jones about the concert, the genesis of finding their name, and shared the mission of the Ulysses Quartet Foundation.

 

 

Information about the Ulysses Quartet is at their website.

More about the Chamber Music Society of Utica is available here.


February 9, 2023: Bax & Chung Duo with Symphoria

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Bax & Chung Duo

 

 

 

Pianists Alessio Bax and Lucille Chung are the guest soloists for this weekend’s “Romantic Encounters” concert with Symphoria.  This husband and wife duo are presenting not one, but two concertos with the orchestra, from another husband and wife – Robert and Clara Schumann.  They spoke to mid-day host Diane Jones about the concert, the duo, and even shared their thoughts on special memories from past – and future – performances.

 

More about the Bax & Chung duo available here.

And more about Symphoria available here.

 


February 8, 2023: Chelsea Opera – Puccini

Chelsea Opera Puccini

 

 

Chelsea Opera is bringing a world premiere to Syracuse!  “Puccini” is a new play by Garrett August Heater composer Giacomo Puccini, with his music helping to tell the story of his life and loves.  Chelsea Opera co-founder and President Leonarda Priore and actor Ed Mastin (Puccini) came to the WCNY studios to talk about this new production, and shared some rehearsal performances to whet your appetite.

 

Find out more at the Chelsea Opera website here.

 


January 20, 2023: Michelle Cann, Symphoria

Michelle Cann Pianist

Michelle Cann
Pianist

 

Pianist Michelle Cann joins Symphoria this weekend for their “Journey of Rediscovery.”  Michelle will be playing a rediscovered piano concerto from Florence Price.  She stopped into the studios to chat about the concerto, the importance of Price as a composer and historical figure, and share some stories and a few laughs.

 

 

More from Symphoria can be found here.

Michelle’s website is available here.


January 12, 2023: Moon Doh, Symphoria

Moon Doh Guest conductor - Symphoria

Moon Doh
Guest conductor – Symphoria

 

Symphoria welcomes guest conductor Moon Doh for the next Casual Series concert this weekend.  Moon paused in his travels to chat with mid-day host Diane Jones about the concert, his background, and what makes this performance of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 6 so special.

 

 

More from Symphoria can be found here.


January 6, 2023: Zephyros Winds (CMSU)

Zephyros Winds

Zephyros Winds

 

The Chamber Music Society of Utica season continues with a performance from the Zephyros Winds.  We spoke to Marianne Gythfeldt, clarinet, and Saxton Rose, bassoon, about the concert, the repertoire, and the joys of working together.

 

More from the Chamber Music Society of Utica here.

And the Zephyros Winds here.


January 5, 2023: Julie Pretzat, Syracuse Vocal Ensemble

Julie Pretzat, Artistic Director Syracuse Vocal Ensemble

Julie Pretzat, Artistic Director
Syracuse Vocal Ensemble

 

The Syracuse Vocal Ensemble is giving not one, but two performances this weekend, all in honor of Twelfth Night.  Artistic Director Julie Pretzat stopped into the studios to talk about the program, and the excitement of finding just the right works to include.  And – this is the 50th anniversary season of SVE.  Julie spoke of the special feeling that brings, and told us of one of the members who has been singing with the ensemble from the start!

 

Information about the Syracuse Vocal Ensemble is available here.


December 15, 2022: Grant Cooper, Cayuga Chamber Orchestra

Grant Cooper Interim Music Director Cayuga Chamber Orchestra

Grant Cooper
Interim Music Director
Cayuga Chamber Orchestra

 

 

Grant Cooper is conducting the Holiday Celebration this weekend with the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra, including a side-by-side performance with the CCO Youth Orchestra and CCO Youth Concerto Competition winner, cellist Jason Jang.  Grant spoke to us about the concert, the importance of these side-by-side concerts, and even gave us some insight how conducting gives him insight to help in his compositions.

 

More about the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra concert is available here.


December 14, 2022: Erick Kroll, Messiah Sing!

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**Please note – the organ mini-concert mentioned in this interview will be taking place after the Messiah Sing!, not before.**

After a 2-year hiatus, the Zion Episcopal Church in Rome is hosting their 34th Messiah Sing!  Zion organist Erick Kroll came to the studios to talk about the return of this popular event, and how the public can not only listen, but sing as well!

 

Information about this event is available by e-mail to ZionChurch@twcny.rr.com


December 9, 2022: Lindsay Deutsch, TAKE3

TAKE3

TAKE3

 

TAKE3 is not your typical piano trio.  They are coming to the MWPAI Institute this weekend, and founder/violinist Lindsay Deutsch took some time before hitting the road to chat with mid-day host Diane Jones about the group – how it evolved, their approach to performance, and the incredible touring schedule they maintain.

 

The TAKE3 website can be found here.


December 8, 2022: Victor Vallo, Auburn Chamber Orchestra

Victor Vallo, conductor Syracuse Chamber Orchestra Auburn Chamber Orchestra

Victor Vallo, conductor
Auburn Chamber Orchestra

 

Victor Vallo, music director of the Auburn Chamber Orchestra, came to the studios to talk about the holiday concert this weekend.  He shared his ideas for choosing the works for each concert, and spoke of the incredible support the orchestra gets from it’s board members. He also talked about the importance of music in bringing a community together.

More from the Auburn Chamber Orchestra is available here.

 


December 7, 2022: 315 Ensemble “Intangible Landscapes”

315 Ensemble

315 Ensemble

 

The first concert of the 315 Ensemble’s 2022-23 season is coming up this weekend!  On the program is a world premiere of a newly commissioned work from composer Ed Ruchalski.  Ed and 315 founder and artistic director Chris Cresswell came to the WCNY studios to talk about that piece, as well as the rest of the music on the concert.  They also talked about what goes into the sound worlds they create with their music.

 

The 315 Ensemble website can be found here.

 


December 2, 2022: Andy Kozar, trumpet

Andy Kozart, trumpet

Andy Kozar, trumpet

 

 

The 315 Ensemble presents trumpeter Andy Kozar in concert this weekend, performing new works for trumpet and electronics.  Andy and 315 Ensemble founder/artistic director Chris Cresswell came to the studios to talk about the concert, and share a taste of the music from the concert program.  They also shared their ideas on listening to new music, as well as collaborations between composer and performer.

You can see Andy Kozar’s website here.

And learn more about the 315 Ensemble here.

 


November 30, 2022: Amahl & The Night Visitors – Syracuse Opera

Lindsay Kate Brown

 

 

In time for the holiday season, and a great way to experience opera for all ages, Syracuse Opera will be presenting Giancarlo Menotti’s “Amahl and The Night Visitors” on Friday evening, December 16th.  Originally composed as a children’s opera for television broadcast, this production includes a new face to the company – guest conductor Lindsay Kate Brown.  Lindsay, along with Christian Capocaccia and John Rozzoni from Syracuse Opera and Tri-Cities Opera, stopped into the studio for a fun and joy-filled conversation about the opera, as well as the expanding opportunities for artists to come to the region to learn and grow in new directions.

 

Information about Amahl and The Night Visitors can be found at the Syracuse Opera website, here.


November 18, 2022: Richard Elliott, Syracuse AGO

Richard Elliott, Principal Organist - Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square

Richard Elliott, Principal Organist – Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square

 

 

The Syracuse Chapter of the American Guild of Organists is presenting a concert by Dr. Richard Elliott, Principal Organist for the Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square.  Richard and Ben Merchant from Kerner & Merchant came to the Classic FM studios to talk about the concert, as well as the wonderful organs Richard has been able to play.  And we heard about his connection to PBS and the Sesame Street Muppets!

More about this and future organ concerts is available at the Syracuse AGO website, here.


November 17, 2022: Allan Kolsky, Symphoria Casual Concert

Allan Kolsky

Allan Kolsky

 

 

Allan Kolsky, Principal Clarinet with Symphoria, is the soloist this weekend for the opening concert of the Casual series.  Allan stopped into the Classic FM studios to chat about the Copland Clarinet Concerto, as well as the other great performances coming up with Symphoria this season.  And we even learned a bit about his “Faux Faulkner” prize.

Find out more about this concert and the rest of the season at the Symphoria website, here.


November 16, 2022: St. Cecilia Mass in Concert

St Cecilia Mass

 

The Syracuse Diocese Festival Chorus is preparing a concert of the St. Cecilia Mass by Charles Gounod for this weekend.  Conductor Peter Ciarelli and participant Frank Schultz came to the Classic FM studios to talk about this work, and the wonderful ensemble that has been assembled especially for this performance.

 

The concert will be Sunday, November 20 at 2:00pm at The Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, 259 E. Onondaga Street, Syracuse.


November 15, 2022: Sally Lamb McCune & Grant Cooper, CCO Ithaca

Composer Sally Lamb McCune

Composer Sally Lamb McCune

 

The Cayuga Chamber Orchestra is premiering a brand new work they commissioned from composer Sally Lamb McCune.  Diane Jones spoke to Sally and music director Grant Cooper from CCO Ithaca about the piece, and the importance of bringing new and unfamiliar works to the concert stage.

Find out more about The Cayuga Chamber Orchestra here.

And about Sally Lamb McCune here.


November 14, 2022: Syracuse Opera in the Schools

Syracuse Opera rehearsal for No Cowards In Our Band

Syracuse Opera rehearsal for No Cowards In Our Band

 

Syracuse Opera is heading to the Syracuse City High Schools, to bring performances of “No Cowards In Our Band” to the students.  Gregory Shepard, Christian Capocaccia, and John Rozzoni came to the Classic FM studio to talk about the impact and the importance of performances for youngsters.  And we heard excerpts from the 2021 production of “No Cowards In Our Band” from Syracuse Opera and WCNY.

More on the Syracuse Opera webpage and Facebook page.


November 10, 2022: The Golden Cage – Oswego Opera

Golden Cage Flyer

Oswego Opera Theater is preparing a historic performance this weekend – the first fully staged production of “The Golden Cage,” which tells the stories of Holocaust refugees who came to Fort Ontario in Oswego during World War 2.  Juan LaManna and Benjamin Spierman, co-artistic directors of Oswego Opera, spoke about the origins of the work, and it’s recent rediscovery.  The history, and the hope that remained with the refugees, is a powerful message.

 

 

More information available at the Oswego Opera Theater website, here.


November 3, 2022: SCI Region II Conference & SNM Concert

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The Society of Composers Region II Conference is coming to Syracuse University this weekend, including lectures and concerts.  Loren Loiacono, composer (Syracuse University), and Heather Buchman, conductor (Hamilton College) came to the studios to talk about the music, the events, and the incredible collaboration of arts organizations in the area.  We also heard excerpts from several of the works being performed on the opening concert Friday night.

 

More about the conference is available here.

And more from the Society for New Music, hosting Friday’s concert, is available here.


October 26, 2022: Jeffrey Siegel, Keyboard Conversations

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Jeffrey Siegel returns to Utica with “Immortal Impromptus,” the second concert of this season of Keyboard Conversations.  He spoke to mid-day host Diane Jones about the program, and how the events of the composers lives affected the music they created.  he also told us why he loves coming to Central New York to perform.

 

 

Find out more about Keyboard Conversations here.

You can also find the series on the Munson Williams Proctor Arts Institute website here.


October 21, 2022: Marek Kudlicki Organ Recital

Marek Kudlicki, organist

Marek Kudlicki, organist

 

 

Internationally renowned organist Marek Kudlicki is coming to Syracuse for a performance and lecture at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart this weekend.  Marek and Frank Schultz, music director at the Basilica, stopped into the Classic FM studios to chat about the music, the instrument, the history, and even favorite – and most challenging – organs they have played.

 

More from the Basilica of the Sacred Heart is available here.

And Marek Kudlicki’s website is found here.


October 20, 2022: “Madness & The Medium” Syracuse Opera

Madness and Medium

 

 

Syracuse Opera and Tri-Cities Opera continue their collaborations with a special event, “Madness and The Medium.”  Giancarlo Menotti’s “The Medium” is the cornerstone for an immersive performance that takes place far beyond just the stage.  Director Jennifer Williams, Christian Capocaccia (Artistic Director – Syracuse Opera), and John Rozzoni (General Director – Tri-Cities Opera) came to the Classic FM studios to talk about this exciting performance (perfect for the Hallowe’en season!), as well as the continued collaboration between these two companies.

 

More about Syracuse Opera is available here.

And the Tri-Cities Opera website is here.


October 19, 2022: Julie Pretzat, SVE Healing & Hope

Julie Pretzat, Artistic Director Syracuse Vocal Ensemble

Julie Pretzat, Artistic Director
Syracuse Vocal Ensemble

 

The Syracuse Vocal Ensemble will be presenting two performances of “Healing & Hope” this weekend.  Artistic Director Julie Pretzat stopped into the studios to chat about this concert, which honors “our journey through a pandemic, racial and political violence, and world unrest.”  She shared some of the texts the ensemble will be singing, which she hopes touches your hearts.

 

 

Find out about the Syracuse Vocal Ensemble here.


October 14, 2022: Victor Vallo, Syr. & Auburn Chamber Orch.

Victor Vallo, conductor Syracuse Chamber Orchestra Auburn Chamber Orchestra

Victor Vallo, conductor
Syracuse Chamber Orchestra
Auburn Chamber Orchestra

 

Victor Vallo is music director of both the Syracuse Chamber Orchestra (now in it’s second season) and the Auburn Chamber Orchestra (in it’s 36th season).  Victor stopped by the studios to talk about two concerts coming up from these two orchestras.  He gave us insight into the music and musicians as well.

 

More about the Syracuse Chamber Orchestra is available here.

And the Auburn Chamber Orchestra here.


October 13, 2022: Marietta von Bernuth, CMSU

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Marietta von Bernuth with the Chamber Music Society of Utica stopped into the Classic FM studios today to tell us all about the upcoming concert season.  She talked about the outstanding artists coming to the stage, as well as the outreach efforts of CMSU for students and refugees.  You’ll want to learn more about them!

 

Find out about the Chamber Music Society of Utica here.

 


September 30, 2022: Linda Chesis, CSMF Finale

Flutist Linda Chesis Founder/Artistic Director - Cooperstown Summer Music Festival

Flutist Linda Chesis
Founder/Artistic Director – Cooperstown Summer Music Festival

The Cooperstown Summer Music Festival season finale is coming up this weekend!  Festival founder and artistic director Linda Chesis spoke to mid-day host Diane Jones about the festival and bringing these artists to the area.  Not to mention – the festival celebrates its 25th season next year!  Linda has invited listeners to let her know what they’d like to hear in the coming anniversary season – perhaps a returning artist, or a program theme that you’d love to hear.

 

Find out about the Cooperstown Summer Music Festival here.

And send your ideas for next year’s festival to info@CooperstownMusicFest.org.


September 29, 2022: Travis Newton, Syracuse Friends of Chamber Music

Juilliard String Quartet, photo by Erin Baiano

Juilliard String Quartet, photo by Erin Baiano

The Juilliard String Quartet is opening the new season for the Syracuse Friends of Chamber Music – their 25th appearance with that organization!  Program director Travis Newton stopped into the studios to chat with us about the upcoming season and the return to in-person concerts.  He also gave us some insight into what it takes to plan a season of chamber music!

 

More about the Syracuse Friends of Chamber Music is available here.


September 28, 2022: Caroline Sheridan, Syracuse City Ballet

Caroline Sheridan Artistic Director - Syracuse City Ballet

Caroline Sheridan
Artistic Director – Syracuse City Ballet

The new season with Syracuse City Ballet kicks off this weekend with their production of Stravinsky’s “The Firebird.”  Artistic Director Caroline Sheridan stopped into the studios to talk about the production, and other exciting things in store for the ballet.  She also shared her journey as she pursued her lifelong goal of choreographing and artistic direction.

 

 

Information about the Syracuse City Ballet can be found here.


September 22, 2022: Ken Meyer, guitar

Ken Meyer, guitar

Ken Meyer, guitar

The Skaneateles Library Guitar Series opens the new season this weekend with a performance from guitarist Ken Meyer.  Ken stopped into the Classic FM studio to talk about this weekend’s concert, his background in rock, and give us some insights into composing for guitar.  And he treated us to a bit of music along the way.

 

 

More about the Skaneateles Library concert series is available here.


September 15, 2022: Gounod’s St. Cecilia’s Mass

Charles Gounod By Bayard Bertall - Bibliothèque nationale de France, département Musique, PD-US

Charles Gounod
By Bayard Bertall – Bibliothèque nationale de France, département Musique, PD-US

Coming in November – a concert presentation of Charles Gounod’s “St. Cecilia’s Mass” with soloists Dominick Corbaccio, Julia Ebner, and David Rudari.  Megan Fallon and Dominick Corbaccio stopped into the Classic FM studios to talk about the concert, and how to become part of the performance.  They are hoping to have 100 choir members – so listen now to learn more!  (And keep in mind – rehearsals start on Sunday, 9/25!)

 

 

You can e-mail Megan Fallon for more information on rehearsals and this performance here: mfallon@StanleyLawOffices.com.


September 7, 2022: Jeffrey Siegel, Keyboard Conversations

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The new season of Keyboard Conversations is coming to Utica this weekend!  Jeffrey Siegel, creator of Keyboard Conversations, spoke to mid-day host Diane Jones about this weekend’s concert of “American Pianistic Treasures.”  He gave us a glimpse into the music and stories he’ll be sharing.  He also was kind enough to present our Number 1 on the Listener Favorite countdown, and introduce his own recording of the work!

 

 

Find out more about Keyboard Conversations here.

You can also find the series on the Munson Williams Proctor Arts Institute website here.


August 26, 2022: Kumara Music

Kumara Music (L-R: Sean Harkness, Shem Gibboury, Samite) photo by M.Barletta

Kumara Music (L-R: Sean Harkness, Shem Gibboury, Samite)
photo by M.Barletta

Kumara Music presents “heart-centered music” in a concert coming up this weekend.  This trio of talented musicians stopped into the Classic FM studios to talk about the concert, and the philosophy behind their trio and how they are working to help with healing through music.  We also enjoyed a sample of some of the music they’ll be performing and including on their debut album.

You can learn more about the Kumara Music here.


August 25, 2022: Ida Trebicka and Tina Toglia, piano

Ida Trebicka and Tina Toglia, piano

Ida Trebicka and Tina Toglia, piano

Coming up this Sunday, pianists Ida Tili-Trebicka and Tina Toglia will be performing a concert of “Trailblazing Women,” music for piano four-hands by women composers of the past 4 centuries.  Ida and Tina stopped into the Classic FM studios to talk about the concert, and to share just a taste of the works they have in store.

You can learn more about the concert here, or by calling the parish office at (315) 655-9063.


July 28, 2022: Linda Chesis, Cooperstown Summer Music Festival

The Imani Winds open the 2022 Cooperstown Summer Music Festival

The Imani Winds open the 2022 Cooperstown Summer Music Festival

After a 2-year hiatus, the Cooperstown Summer Music Festival is back!  Founder and Artistic Director Linda Chesis spoke to us about the return of the festival, and the excitement of live performance.  And all of the artists originally scheduled for last year’s festival are back this year, so no need to miss a minute!

You can learn more about the Cooperstown Summer Music Festival here.


July 22, 2022: Julia Bruskin & Aaron Wunsch, Skaneateles Festival

Pianist Aaron Wunsch (L) and cellist Julia Bruskin, Co-Artistic Directors of the Skaneateles Festival

Pianist Aaron Wunsch (L) and cellist Julia Bruskin, Co-Artistic Directors of the Skaneateles Festival

The Skaneateles Festival is poised for a great season, and the concerts and special programs are exciting!  Festival co-artistic directors Aaron Wunsch & Julia Bruskin once again came to the studios to give us a preview of the season, and share some past performances from artists who have come back to the lake once again!

All the details about the Skaneateles Festival, including the musicians, special programs and gatherings, can be found here.


July 21, 2022: Kristina Boerger, Schola Cantorum of Syracuse

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Schola Cantorum of Syracuse hosts an early music workshop every summer, which concludes with a concert from the participants open to the public.  After a 2-year hiatus, the workshop has resumed, and we had workshop director Dr. Kristina Boerger and Schola Cantorum founder and artistic director Barry Torres chat with us about this year’s concert.

All the details are available right here.


June 10, 2022: Victor Vallo, Syracuse Chamber Orchestra

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The Syracuse Chamber Orchestra is wrapping up it’s inaugural season with a “Mostly Mozart” concert.  Founder and music director Victor Vallo came into the studios to talk about this concert, and the talented musicians that play in the ensemble.

Information about the Syracuse Chamber Orchestra can be found here.


June 8, 2022: Fred Grandy & Richard Barth – Dirty Rotten Scoundrels!

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It was an absolute blast to talk to Fred Grandy and Richard Barth today.  They are the stars of “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels” coming up over the next two weekends at The Redhouse.  We talked about the show, and their journeys into the arts.  They even gave some advice for aspiring young artists.

Find out more about the Redhouse here.


June 2, 2022: CMM Young Artists Live

CMM Young Artists

 

 

 

What an amazing afternoon!  We had six outstanding young musicians in the studio to give us a preview of this weekend’s CMM concert.  This is the annual showcase of Central New York talent presented by Civic Morning Musicals, and it is a marvelous event.

Information about Civic Morning Musicals is available here.


June 1, 2022: Michael Wayne & Seth Grosshandler, CCO Ithaca

Composer Seth Grosshandler

Composer Seth Grosshandler

Clarinetist Michael Wayne

Clarinetist Michael Wayne

 

 

The Cayuga Chamber Orchestra is preparing for it’s final concert of the season – opening with a newly commissioned work!  We spoke to composer Seth Grosshandler, as well as guest artist clarinetist Michael Wayne, about the concert and the incredible music and talent of the orchestra.

 

More about the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra is available here.


May 25, 2022: Geoffrey Herd & More, Geneva Music Festival

Geneva Music Festival

 

 

The Geneva Music Festival is happening right now!  Festival founder and director Geoffrey Herd, along with festival regulars Jinjoo Cho, violin, Eric Wong, viola, and Max Geissler, cello, joined in the conversation about the festival, the joy of coming together to create live music, and the friendships that carry through all that they do.

 

 

All the details about the Geneva Music Festival (going on through June 12th) can be found here.


May 23, 2022: Chris Cresswell, 315 Ensemble

315 Ensemble

 

 

The 315 Ensemble continues it’s season with “Strains in the Signals,” a concert of new electro-acoustic works from composers based in Central New York as well as abroad.  Founder and Artistic Director Chris Cresswell stopped into the studios to talk about the concert, the history of the ensemble, and share some insight into listening – hint:  you don’t need to be an expert!

 

 

More about the 315 Ensemble is available here.


May 20, 2022: Clinton Symphony Orchestra

Yvonne Lam, violin (photo by Stephanie Bassos)

Yvonne Lam, violin
(photo by Stephanie Bassos)

 

 

The Clinton Symphony Orchestra presents “Lyrical Masterpieces” this weekend, and we were excited to chat with Maestro Octavio Mas-Arocas and guest violinist Yvonne Lam about the concert.  Not only did we chat about the music, we spoke about the importance of performances for young audiences, and the connections the musicians and audiences feel.

 

 

Information about the Clinton Symphony Orchestra of the Mohawk Valley is available here.

And you can find out more about Yvonne Lam here.


May 19, 2022: Colin MacKnight, Syracuse AGO

Colin MacKnight (photo by Jiyang Chen)

Colin MacKnight
(photo by Jiyang Chen)

 

 

The Syracuse chapter of the American Guild of Organists is hosting a recital for the dedication of the newly restored E.M. Skinner Organ, Op. 579 at Westminster Presbyterian Church.  Organist Colin MacKnight and restoration expert Ben Merchant of Kerner & Merchant Pipeorgan Builders stopped into the studios to chat about the recital, the music that best fits the organ and the space, and what it takes to do a restoration like this.

 

Read about Colin MacKnight here.

More about the Syracuse AGO is available here.

And the Kerner & Merchant website can be found here.


May 18, 2022: Chelsea Opera, The Parting

Chelsea Opera - Cast of "The Parting" by Tom Cipullo

Chelsea Opera – Cast of “The Parting” by Tom Cipullo

 

 

Chelsea Opera is preparing the New York premiere of “The Parting,” by Tom Cipullo.  We were treated not only to conversation, but wonderful performances from the cast.  Joining us in the studios were:  Leonarda Priore, founder of Chelsea Opera; Jestin Pieper, assistant conductor for the production, and the cast:  Peter Kendall Clark (“Miklos Radnoti”); Laura Dixon Strickling (“Fanni Garamati” – a role written specifically for her); and Sarah Hertzel (“Death”).  We talked about this moving opera, and listened to these incredible singers.

 

More about Chelsea Opera can be found here.

 


May 13, 2022: Pam Murchison, Symphoria

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Symphoria’s Pops series finale is coming up this weekend, with special guests The Doo Wop Project.  It promises to be an exciting program, and we had a chance to chat with Pam Murchison, Executive Director with Symphoria, about the concert, the rest of the season, and the incredible musicians here in the heart of our community.

 

 

 

You can see more about Symphoria here.

And learn about The Doo Wop Project here.


May 12, 2022: Jacob Ertl, CMM

Jacob Ertl, piano

Jacob Ertl, piano

 

Civic Morning Musicals present pianist Jacob Ertl with “The Pianist Speaks.”  It’s a program that explores “music as a vehicle for social justice, change, and the spiritual journey within.”  Jacob stopped into the studios to talk about the program, what inspired it, and how it all came together.

 

The Civic Morning Musicals website is available here.

You can find out more about Jacob Ertl at his website.


May 11, 2022: Elizabeth Simkin, Cayuga Chamber Orchestra

The Cayuga Chamber Orchestra of Ithaca (Chamber Concert Series)

The Cayuga Chamber Orchestra of Ithaca (Chamber Concert Series)

 

The Cayuga Chamber Orchestra presents orchestral and chamber concerts throughout their season.  Cellist Elizabeth Simkin spoke to host Bruce Paulsen about the upcoming string chamber music concert, with music by Shostakovich and Mendelssohn, and how playing in small ensembles is reflected in the orchestral performances.

 

You can find the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra website here.


May 4, 2022: Barry Torres, Schola Cantorum

Schola Cantorum of Syracuse

Schola Cantorum of Syracuse

 

Schola Cantorum of Syracuse is presenting a program of Easter and Pentecost music from Byrd to Bach this week.  Barry Torres, Artistic Director of Schola Cantorum spoke to us about the program and the exciting experience the ensemble has in store for the audience.

 

Learn more about Schola Cantorum of Syracuse here.


April 29, 2022: Vonsattel Quartet, Syracuse Friends of Chamber Music

Sarah Crocker Vonsattel

Sarah Crocker Vonsattel

 

This weekend, the Syracuse Friends of Chamber Music host the Vonsattel String Quartet.  Violinist Sarah Crocker Vonsattel spoke to host Bruce Paulsen to tell us more about what’s in store for this concert.

 

Information about the Syracuse Friends of Chamber Music is available here.


April 28, 2022: Ken and Kathy Freer, Silverwood Clarinets

Silverwood Clarinet Choir

Silverwood Clarinet Choir

 

Next week the Silverwood Clarinet Choir is the featured performer for Civic Morning Musicals “First Mondays” concert series.  Kathy Freer, Artistic Director and founder of the Silverwood Clarinet Choir, along with manager Ken Freer, stopped into the studios to talk about this concert with music spanning 400 years.  The choir will also welcome guest conductor and soloist Allan Kolsky from Symphoria.

 

More about Civic Morning Musicals can be found here.

 

And the Silverwood Clarinet Choir website is here.


April 27, 2022: Syracuse Opera and Tri Cities Opera

John Rozzoni

John Rozzoni

Christian Capocaccia

Christian Capocaccia

 

Syracuse Opera and Tri-Cities Opera are joining forces for the upcoming production of Rossini’s “Cinderella.”  Christian Capocaccia and John Rozzoni stopped into the Classic FM studios to talk about the production, and about the incredible benefits of their new collaboration.

 

More on Syracuse Opera is available here.

 

And Tri-Cities Opera here.


April 22, 2022: Greg Wood, Civic Morning Musicals

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Coming up this weekend a program of “Great String Trios and Duos,” part of the Sunday’s Live! series with Civic Morning Musicals.  Cellist Gregory Wood stopped into the Classic FM studios to talk about the program, and about his collaboration with violinist Jeeyoung Park and violist William Fort-Smith.  And we took a listen to just some of the music on the program.

 

More about Civic Morning Musicals can be found here.

 


March 31, 2022: Elisa Dekaney, CMM First Mondays

Samba Laranja, the SU Brazilian Ensemble

Samba Laranja, the SU Brazilian Ensemble

 

Civic Morning Musicals presents a new concert series, First Mondays, with great performances on the first Monday of every month.  Coming up next week, a performance from Samba Laranja, the S.U. Brazilian Ensemble.  Co-director of the ensemble, Dr. Elisa Dekaney, came to the Classic FM studios to talk about the concert, the music, and a bit of the culture of Brazil.  It’s sure to be an exciting concert from these talented young musicians.

 

More about Civic Morning Musicals can be found here.

 

And all the latest about Samba Laranja is on their Facebook page.


March 28, 2022: Martha Grener, OCC

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Martha Grener, flute and Rob Bridge, percussion are giving a concert at OCC on Wednesday evening.  The concert wraps up a day of workshops for the OCC Flute and Percussion Day.  Martha stopped into the Classic FM studios to tell us about the concert, the pairing of flute with percussion, and give us some insight into just what happens during a MasterClass.

 

More about Music at SUNY OCC is available on their Facebook page.

 


March 25, 2022: Julie Pretzat, Syracuse Vocal Ensemble

Syracuse Vocal Ensemble

Syracuse Vocal Ensemble

 

The Syracuse Vocal Ensemble is preparing for “Shakespeare and Love,” a concert featuring works composed on texts by Shakespeare, along with performances of sonnets and scenes with guest artists, Mark Cole and Robin Curtis.  Julie Pretzat, Artistic Director of the ensemble, stopped into the studios to tell us more about the concert, and the fun they have had in putting it all together.  She also gave us a hint about what’s in store for next season!

 

 

Find out about the Syracuse Vocal Ensemble here.


March 24, 2022: Reginald Mobley, NYS Baroque Guest Artist

Reginald Mobley

 

Countertenor Reginald Mobley is in Central New York for two performances with NYS Baroque this weekend.  He took a short break from rehearsal to chat about the concert, and told us the amazing background of composer Ignatius Sancho, a former slave who became a composer and the first black person to vote in Parlimentary elections.  We also learned how Reggie made the change from aspiring painter to Grammy-nominated singer.

 

Information about NYS Baroque is available here.

And you can learn about Reginald Mobley at his website.


March 18, 2022: Euclid String Quartet, CMSU

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The Euclid Quartet is coming to Utica this weekend, for the next concert with the Chamber Music Society of Utica.  Violinist Jameson Cooper took a bit of time as the quartet was travelling to chat with us about the concert, and the joys of pairing familiar and new works on the same program.

Jameson has shared some additional information about the Paterson string quartet they will be performing, which you can see here.

 

More from the Chamber Music Society of Utica can be found here.

And information about the Euclid Quartet is available here.


March 11, 2022: Kirk Trevor and Lucy Fitz Gibbon, CCO Ithaca

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The Cayuga Chamber Orchestra is presenting a “Celebration of Song” this weekend, with two very special guests.  Soprano Lucy Fitz Gibbon and guest conductor Kirk Trevor spoke to us about the concert, the joys of live music, and the wonderful arrangement of the Mahler Symphony 4 for chamber orchestra.

More about the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra is available here.

Lucy Fitz Gibbon’s website is here, and Kirk Trevor’s is available here.


March 7, 2022: Peppie Calvar, Music and Message at Hendricks

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Peppie Calvar’s Mass of Reconciliation is coming to Hendricks Chapel on the SU campus this week as part of the Music & Message series and the Malmgren Concert series.  Peppie stopped into the studios to talk about this high-energy mass blending jazz and funk styles, and about the resilience and commitment of the remarkable students who are a part of the performance.

 

Information about concerts at Hendricks Chapel is available here.


March 3, 2022: Tom Gallant, Frisson (Syr. Friends of Chamber Music)

Frisson (photo by Travis Curry)

Frisson
(photo by Travis Curry)

 

The Frisson Ensemble is coming to Syracuse this weekend!  The Syracuse Friends of Chamber Music season continues, and Tom Gallant, Artistic Director of the Frisson Ensemble, spoke to us about the program they have in store.  He also gave us some insight into the flexible nature of the ensemble, and just where the name “Frisson” originated.

 

Information about the Syracuse Friends of Chamber Music available here.

And learn more about the Frisson Ensemble here.


March 2, 2022: Aldo Santiago, Syracuse City Ballet

SCB Romantic etc Photo by Royce Burgess

 

Syracuse City Ballet is presenting the final performance of this season, “Romantic, Classical and Modern” over the next three weekends in their own studios.  Artistic Director Aldo Santiago stopped by the studios to give us some insight into the works, having an audience right in the studio space, and what it takes to become part of the corps of dancers.

 

Information about Syracuse City Ballet is available here.


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

Ted Lange photo by Keven Major Howard

Ted Lange
photo by Keven Major Howard

 

 

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.


February 24, 2022: Barry Torres, Schola Cantorum

Schola Cantorum of Syracuse

Schola Cantorum of Syracuse

 

 

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.


February 18, 2022: Jon Nakamatsu, Symphoria

Pianist Jon Nakamatsu, guest artist with Symphoria

Pianist Jon Nakamatsu, guest artist with Symphoria

 

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.


January 21, 2022: Natasha Paremski, Symphoria

Pianist Natasha Paremski

Pianist Natasha Paremski

 

Pianist Natasha Paremski is back in Syracuse to perform with Symphoria once again!  This time, she brings back-to-back Gershwin, performing both rhapsodies with the orchestra.  Natasha took some time out from her rehearsal to chat with us about the program, and the importance of sharing music with our children.

Information about Symphoria can be found here.

And more about Natasha is available at her website.


January 20, 2022: Sar-Shalom Strong, B Sharp Musical Club

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The B Sharp Musical Club presents “Piano Collaborations: 2, 4, 6, 8, hands that make the music great!” coming up this weekend.  B Sharp members present music for two pianos – an opportunity that doesn’t happen often.  Sar-Shalom Strong stopped into the studios to talk about the program, the joys and challenges of coordinating both performers and instruments, and give us a bit of history about B Sharp.

More about the B Sharp Musical Club at their website.


December 17, 2021: Sean O’Loughlin, Symphoria

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Symphoria is back in the Crouse Hinds Theater in Syracuse for their Holiday Pops Concert!  Principal Pops conductor Sean O’Loughlin joined us to talk about the concert, their guests, and the excitement of returning to the OnCenter!

 

Find out about Symphoria at their website.


December 15, 2021: Barry Torres, Schola Cantorum

Schola Cantorum of Syracuse

Schola Cantorum of Syracuse

 

Barry Torres, director of Schola Cantorum of Syracuse, chatted with us about the upcoming holiday concert by Schola Cantorum of Syracuse.  Find out about the wonderful music and connections in this amazing group.

 

More about Schola Cantorum of Syracuse at their website.


December 10, 2021: Julie Pretzat, Syracuse Vocal Ensemble

Syracuse Vocal Ensemble

Syracuse Vocal Ensemble

 

After a 2-year hiatus, the Syracuse Vocal Ensemble is presenting a live concert!  It’s “A Global Feast of Carols,” and SVE artistic director Julie Pretzat stopped into the studios to tell us all about the concert, the joys of returning to live performance, and the challenges of singing while masked!

 

More about the Syracuse Vocal Ensemble is available here.


December 9, 2021: Ballad of the Brown King, Syracuse Opera

Margaret Bonds

Margaret Bonds

 

Syracuse Opera brings “The Ballad of the Brown King” to life this weekend!  This Christmas cantata, composed by Margaret Bonds with text by Langston Hughes, brings influences of European, Jazz, Calypso, gospel music, and blues to this telling of the tale of the African king, Balthazar.  Christian Capocaccia, General and Artistic Director of Syracuse Opera, and Sonya Hines, radio announcer and journalist, stopped into the Classic FM studios to chat about this exciting production in the heart of Syracuse.

 

More about this and the entire Syracuse Opera season available here.


December 3, 2021: Chris Cresswell, 315 Ensemble

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The 315 Ensemble is preparing for it’s relaunch – and it’s first concert in the US!  Chris Cresswell, composer and founder of the 315 Ensemble, came to the studios to talk about the concert, the music, and how he brings traditional instruments and technology together.

 

Information about this production at The 315 Ensemble available at their website.


December 1, 2021: Sister Act

Joanie Anderson plays Delores van Cartier in "Sister Act"

Joanie Anderson plays Delores van Cartier in “Sister Act”

 

 

The Red House returns to live performances with “Sister Act,” the hit broadway musical based on the 1996 film.  We were fortunate to have Temar Underwood, Artistic Director of The Red House, along with Joanie Anderson, who plays Delores van Cartier in Sister Act, in the studios to talk about the opening production.  We had a great time and lots of laughs!

 

Information about this production at The Red House website.


November 19, 2021: Neave Trio, CMSU

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The Neave Trio is presenting the next concert with the Chamber Music Society of Utica.  Their concert, “Her Voice,” brings trios from four women composers to the stage.  Cellist Mikhail Veselov shared his insight into the music and the project, and explained just how the trio got its name.

 

Information about the Chamber Music Society of Utica is available here.

More about the Neave Trio can be found on their website.


November 18, 2021: Cornelia Orth, CCO Ithaca

Jordan Dodson, guitar Guest Artist - Cayuga Chamber Orchestra

Jordan Dodson, guitar
Guest Artist – Cayuga Chamber Orchestra

 

The Cayuga Chamber Orchestra is gearing up for an exciting concert with guest artist, guitarist Jordan Dodson.  Music Director Cornelia Orth joined us for a noontime interview to talk about the concert, and how a guest artist is invited to perform.

 

Learn more about the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra here.


November 12, 2021: Nezhdanova-Placzek Duo, CMM Live

The Nezhdanova Placzek Duo Elena Nezhdanova, piano & Roman Placzek, cello

The Nezhdanova Placzek Duo
Elena Nezhdanova, piano & Roman Placzek, cello

 

It was so exciting to have live music in our WCNY studios!  Elena Nezhdanova, piano & Roman Planczek, cello, shared their music as well as giving us insights into their upcoming concert, opening the new season with CMM Live.  We’ll hear just how French and Czech music are linked together, and get a listen to just some of Roman’s composition, “Dumka.”

 

More about Civic Morning Musicals and CMM Live available here.
And more about the Nezhdanova-Placzek Duo available here.


November 5, 2021: Ruben Rengel, Symphoria

Ruben Rengel

 

Violinist Rubén Rengel is the guest artist for the next Symphoria Masterworks concert.  This incredibly talented musician stopped into the Classic FM studios to talk about performing the Korngold Violin Concerto for the first time with an orchestra, and his journey from Venezuela to the US.

 

Information about this and the full season at Symphoria is available here.


November 3, 2021: Juan LaManna & Ben Spierman, Oswego Opera

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Oswego Opera is back with both live and virtual performances of the Gilbert & Sullivan opera, “H.M.S. Pinafore.”  Artistic director Juan La Manna and stage director Benjamin Spierman stopped into the WCNY studios to talk about this production, and the incredible work that Oswego Opera does to mentor up and coming artists.

 

Information about Oswego Opera Theater is available here.


October 29, 2021: Barry Torres, Schola Cantorum

Schola Cantorum of Syracuse

Schola Cantorum of Syracuse

 

Schola Cantorum of Syracuse will be performing “Les Deux Guillaumes” for the next two weekends.  Director Barry Torres joined mid-day host Diane Jones to talk about the importance of this music, and the talents of the Schola Six, a select group of talented singers who specialize in the close harmonies of these works.

 

The Schola Cantorum website is available here.


October 28, 2021: Jeffrey Siegel, “Fantastic Fantasies”

Pianist Jeffrey Siegel

Pianist Jeffrey Siegel

 

Jeffrey Siegel is coming back to the Munson Williams Proctor Art Institute for another in his Keyboard Conversation series.  This time it is “Fantastic Fantasies,” and Jeffrey spoke to mid-day host Diane Jones about just what a “fantasy” means to these composers.  He also shared a wonderful story about the start of several collaborations with Maestro Zubin Mehta!

 

Information about Keyboard Conversations can be found here.


October 27, 2021: Christian Capocaccia & Keith Harris, Syracuse Opera

Michael Connor (Mr. Scruples) and Keith Harris (Mr. Bluff), from the Syracuse Opera production of Mozart's "The Impresario"

Michael Connor (Mr. Scruples) and Keith Harris (Mr. Bluff), from the Syracuse Opera production of Mozart’s “The Impresario”

 

The Syracuse Opera Company is kicking off the 2021-22 season with a production of Mozart’s “The Impressario.”  In the second of two conversations, we spoke with Christian Capocaccia (General & Artistic Director of Syracuse Opera) and Keith Harris (“Mr. Bluff”) about the production.  They brought insight into finding the soul of the characters and the music, and the excitement of this wonderful, light opera from Mozart.

 

The Syracuse Opera website is available here.


October 25, 2021: Michael Connor & Emily Misch, Syracuse Opera

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Emily Misch (Madame Goldentrill) and Michael Connor (Mr. Scruples), from the Syracuse Opera production of Mozart’s “The Impressario”

 

The Syracuse Opera Company is kicking off the 2021-22 season with a production of Mozart’s “The Impressario.”  Two of the stars, Michael Connor (“Mr. Scruples”) and Emily Misch (“Madame Goldentrill”), stopped into the Classic FM studios to talk about this production, performing in this new theater space, and their experiences with this rarely performed opera in the past.

 

The Syracuse Opera website is available here.


October 22, 2021: Julian Schwarz, Symphoria

Julian Schwarz, cello

Julian Schwarz, cello

 

Cellist Julian Schwarz is returning to Syracuse once again, to perform with Symphoria.  He spoke to mid-day host Diane Jones about the Shostakovich Cello Concerto, the wonderful instrument he has, and the joys of performing live in Syracuse once more.

 

The Symphoria website is available here.


October 21, 2021: Chelsea Opera Company

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The Chelsea Opera Company is presenting its first Syracuse production this weekend – “The Medium” by Gian Carlo Menotti.  Chelsea co-founder Leonarda Priore and Producing Artistic Director Garrett Heater chatted with mid-day host Diane Jones about the production and just what makes this opera company unique.

 

Learn more about the Chelsea Opera Company at their website, here.


October 20, 2021: Victor Vallo, Syracuse Chamber Orchestra

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There’s a new ensemble in town!  The Syracuse Chamber Orchestra is giving it’s inaugural concert this Sunday at OCC in Syracuse.  Founder and music director Victor Vallo stopped into the Classic FM studios to share more about the orchestra, the talented musicians who are performing, and how the ensemble hopes to grow in this vibrant arts community.

 

Learn more about the Syracuse Chamber Orchestra at their website, here.


October 15, 2021: Heather Buchman, “Libba Cotten: Here This Day”

Libba Cotten

Libba Cotten

 

The Society for New Music is presenting a newly commissioned opera about the life of Libba Cotten.  Music Director Heather Buchman was in the WCNY studios to talk about this opera – how it came to be, and the life of this remarkable woman who won a Grammy at the age of 93.

 

The Society for New Music website is available here.


October 8, 2021: Wu Han, Syr. Friends of Chamber Music

Wu Han-Setzer-Finckel Trio

Wu Han-Setzer-Finckel Trio

 

The Wu Han-Setzer-Finckel Trio will be opening the new season of the Syracuse Friends of Chamber Music.  Wu Han spoke to mid-day host Diane Jones about the concert, the excitement of performing live again, and how the incredible relationship between the members of the ensemble shine through on stage.

 

Information about the concert and the Syracuse Friends of Chamber Music is available here.


October 1, 2021: Sean O’Loughlin, Symphoria

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Conductor Sean O’Loughlin opens the 2021-22 Pops Series with Symphoria this weekend, featuring guest artist Joe Carello, saxophone.  Sean spoke to mid-day host Diane Jones about the concert, his work in LA, and his original composition on this weekend’s program.

Find out more on the Symphoria website here.


September 30, 2021: Annie Laver – Malmgren Concert Series

Annie Laver

 

The Malmgren Concert Series kicks off this weekend and next with two concerts at Hendricks Chapel on the Syracuse University campus.  University Organist Annie Laver stopped by the FM Studios to talk about these concerts and the guest artists who are not only performing, but working with the SU students.

Learn more about this series and Hendricks Chapel here.


September 29, 2021: Maestro Octavio Mas-Arocas, Clinton Symphony

Octavio Más-Arocos, Music Director - Clinton Symphony

Octavio Más-Arocas, Music Director – Clinton Symphony

 

Octavio Más-Arocas is the new Music Director for the Clinton Symphony Orchestra.  He joined mid-day host Diane Jones to chat about the new season, this weekend’s concert, and some of the things he learned from his mentors (including Kurt Masur and David Zinmann!)

The Clinton Symphony Orchestra website can be found here.


September 24, 2021: Tai Murray, violin (Symphoria)

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Violinist Tai Murray is the guest artist for “A New Beginning,” the opening concert of the Symphoria MasterWorks series for 2021-22.  Tai joined mid-day host Diane Jones to chat about the Tchaikovsky violin concerto, and the importance of listening.

The website for Symphoria is available here.


September 17, 2021: Cornelia Orth, Cayuga Chamber Orchestra

Cornelia Orth Music Director - Cayuga Chamber Orchestra

Cornelia Orth
Music Director – Cayuga Chamber Orchestra

 

The Cayuga Chamber Orchestra is ready to kick off it’s 45th season of music.  Maestra Cornelia Orth, Music Director of CCO Ithaca, joined mid-day host Diane Jones to chat about the upcoming season, and the wide array of music in store.

The Cayuga Chamber Orchestra website is available here.


September 15, 2021: Aldo Katton, Syracuse City Ballet

Aldo Katton Artistic Director, Syracuse City Ballet

Aldo Katton
Artistic Director, Syracuse City Ballet

 

Aldo Kattón from the Syracuse City Ballet stopped by the Classic FM studios to chat about the upcoming production of Peter and the Wolf.  He also talked about the excitement of the entire troupe to perform live again, and gave us a few hints about what’s coming up this season.

Aldo was recently named Interim Artistic Director of the Syracuse City Ballet.  Congratulations!

The Syracuse City Ballet website is available here.


September 9, 2021: Jeffrey Siegel, Keyboard Conversations

Pianist Jeffrey Siegel

Pianist Jeffrey Siegel

 

 

Jeffrey Siegel returns to Utica for a new season of Keyboard Conversations.  This weekend is “The Glorious Music of Chopin.” Jeffrey spoke with mid-day host Diane Jones about the program, and why he chose them to provide reflection and respite from a turbulent year.

Learn about Jeffrey Siegel and Keyboard Conversations here.