Live at WCNY – On the Radio! Live at WCNY – On the Radio!

Live at WCNY – On the Radio!

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.

Live at WCNY – On the Radio!

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 and the Central New York Flute Choir, and her music has been featured on two SAMMY-award winning CDs.  Follow Diane on Twitter (@ComposerJones) and Facebook (PetDragonMusic) for more about her programming and her music.

Show Archive

March 12, 2020: NYS Baroque Panther and Rose

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NYS Baroque presents a concert of Medieval Italian music from the 14th century with “The Panther and The Rose.”  Artistic Director Deborah Fox spoke with mid-day host Diane Jones about the program, and gave us some insight into the instruments used in this performance.

 

More from NYS Baroque is available here.


March 6, 2020: William Hagen, Symphoria

William Hagen, violin

William Hagen, violin

Violinist William Hagen is the guest artist this weekend with Symphoria.  He stopped into the studios to chat with mid-day host Diane Jones about the Paganini Violin Concerto, and tell us about his experience at the Queen Elizabeth International Music Competition.

Symphoria’s website can be found here.

And William Hagen’s website is here.


March 4, 2020: Cornelia Orth, CCO Ithaca

Cornelia Laemmli Orth conducts the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra

Cornelia Laemmli Orth conducts the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra

The Cayuga Chamber Orchestra is presenting a concert of “Pivotal Pieces” this weekend.  Music Director Cornelia Orth spoke to mid-day host Diane Jones about the concert, and the talents of the musicians in the ensemble – including principal horn Scott Leger, who is stepping to the front of the orchestra for the Horn Concerto No. 1 of Richard Strauss.  They also spoke about the outreach efforts of the orchestra members in the community.

The Cayuga Chamber Orchestra website can be found here.


March 2, 2020: Syracuse City Ballet – Cinderella

Cinderella

Syracuse City Ballet’s season continues with Cinderella, the wonderful ballet with music from Sergei Prokofiev.  Artistic Director Kathleen Rathbun and resident dancer Felipe Panama stopped into the WCNY studios to chat with mid-day host Diane Jones about the production, and give some insight into a day in the life of a dancer.

The Syracuse City Ballet website can be found here.


February 28, 2020: Symphoria – Mozart & Beethoven

Peter Rovit, violin, & Arvilla Wendland, viola

Peter Rovit, violin, & Arvilla Wendland, viola

Lawrence Loh, Music Director of Symphoria

Lawrence Loh, Music Director of Symphoria

 

Two of Symphoria’s musicians step to the front of the orchestra this weekend, as soloists for Mozart’s Sinfonia concertante, K. 364.   Violinist and concertmaster Peter Rovit and violist Arvilla Wendland are performing, and Maestro Lawrence Loh leads the orchestra.  All three came to the Classic FM studios to chat with mid-day host Diane Jones about the concert, and what makes Symphoria unique.

Symphoria’s website is found here.


February 25, 2020: Julie Pretzat, SVE

Dr. Julie Pretzat

Dr. Julie Pretzat

 

The Syracuse Vocal Ensemble is giving two performances of “For the Birds,” a collaborative concert with the Baltimore Woods Nature Center, the Audubon Society, and local artists.  SVE Artistic Director Julie Pretzat spoke to mid-day host Diane Jones about this family-friendly event.  They also spoke about programming, the talented members of the ensemble, and Julie’s return to the ensemble.

 

Learn more about the Syracuse Vocal Ensemble here.


February 24, 2020: Barry Torres, Schola Cantorum

Barry Torres Founder & Director of Schola Cantorum

Barry Torres
Founder & Director of Schola Cantorum

 

Schola Cantorum of Syracuse is presenting “Kleine Schutz,” small-scale masterpieces from Baroque composer Heinrich Schutz, in concerts in Ithaca and Syracuse.  Barry Torres, founder and artistic director of Schola Cantorum of Syracuse, spoke to mid-day host Diane Jones about the concerts, the instrumentalists who are joining the vocalists for this performance, and the challenges of discovering “lost” works from composers of old.

 

Information about Schola Cantorum of Syracuse can be found here.


February 21, 2020: Akropolis Reed Quintet at SU

Akropolis Reed Quintet

Akropolis Reed Quintet

 

The Akropolis Reed Quintet is coming to Syracuse University for a 5-day residency, including several public events.  Clarinetist Kari Landry from Akropolis spoke to mid-day host Diane Jones about the residency, the challenges of expanding the repertoire, and the music and outreach events the quintet brings to life.

 

 

The Akropolis Reed Quintet website is available here.

The Syracuse University College of Visual and Performing Arts website is available here.


February 14, 2020: Julian Schwarz, cello & Maestro Lawrence Loh

Lawrence Loh, Music Director of Symphoria

Lawrence Loh, Music Director of Symphoria

Julian Schwarz, cello

Julian Schwarz, cello

 

Cellist Julian Schwarz is joining Symphoria under Maestro Lawrence Loh this weekend, for a concert that includes Peter Boyer’s “Ellis Island: The Dream of America,” as well as Igor Stravinsky’s arrangement of “The Star Spangled Banner” and Edward Elgar’s Cello Concerto.  Julian Schwarz and Lawrence Loh joined mid-day host Diane Jones to talk about the concert, and the joys of revisiting familiar pieces.  They also talked about the masterclass Julian will be conducting with members of the Symphoria Youth Orchestra, and what an audience can gain from a masterclass.

 

Information about Symphoria is available on their website here.

You can also visit Julian Schwarz’s website here

As well as Lawrence Loh’s website here.


February 13, 2020: A Family Affair, CMM In Recital

CMM Family Affair

 

It’s A Family Affair this weekend with CMM In Recital Live.  Cellist Gregory Wood and pianist Sar-Shalom Strong stopped into the Classic FM studios to chat with mid-day host Diane Jones about the recital, and the importance of families enjoying music together.

 

 

Information about CMM In Recital Live is available here.


February 7, 2020: Telegraph String Quartet, CMSU

Telegraph String Quartet

Telegraph String Quartet

 

The Telegraph String Quartet won the Grand Prize at the 2014 Fischoff Chamber Music Competition – just 8 months after the quartet was formed.  All four members of the quartet spoke with mid-day host Diane Jones about that experience, and about the music they will be performing at the next Chamber Music Society of Utica concert.

 

 

More about the Chamber Music Society of Utica is here.

And learn about the Telegraph String Quartet here.


February 6, 2020: Syracuse Opera – Candide

Director Julie Newell

Director Julie Newell

Christian Capocaccia

Christian Capocaccia

 

 

Syracuse Opera presents Leonard Bernstein’s “Candide” this weekend, and host Adam Fine had the chance to speak to director Julie Newell and Christian Capocaccia about the production, and the amazing cast.

 

Learn more at the Syracuse Opera website here.


February 4, 2020: SFCM Treasury of Trios

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This year’s mid-winter concert with the Syracuse Friends of Chamber Music is a “Treasury of Trios,” featuring musicians from Central New York.  Concert organizers John Oberbrunner and Tom McKay joined Adam Fine to talk about this concert, and the talented musicians on the stage.

 

 

The Syracuse Friends of Chamber Music website can be found here.


January 31, 2020: Byrne-Kozar Duo and Chris Cresswell

Byrne Kozar Duo             Chris Cresswell

 

The Byrne-Kozar Duo and composer/performer Chris Cresswell are opening the 2020 season at the ArtHouse in Syracuse.  Chris, Corrine Byrne, and Andy Kozar spoke to mid-day host Diane Jones about the concert, and the incredible variety of music they perform.

 

The ArtHouse website can be found here.

Learn about composer Chris Cresswell here.

And about the Byrne-Kozar Duo here.


January 30, 2020: Marc Mellits, composer

Composer Marc Mellits

Composer Marc Mellits

 

Composer Marc Mellits is in town for the performance of his work, Gravity, on the next concert of the season with the Society for New Music.  Marc stopped into the Classic FM studios to chat with mid-day host Diane Jones about the concert, and about the connections made through music.

 

 

The Society for New Music website can be found here.

And Marc Mellits’ website is here.


January 28, 2020: Deborah Fox, NYS Baroque

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In honor of the 200th anniversary of the birth of Susan B. Anthony, and the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment, NYS Baroque presents “Nevertheless, She Persisted,” two performances of Baroque music by women.  Deborah Fox, lutenist and Artistic Director of NYS Baroque, spoke to mid-day host Diane Jones about the concert, and how we are discovering new works from these women throughout history.

 

 

Learn more about NYS Baroque here.


January 24, 2020: Jillian Honn, oboe (Symphoria)

Jillian Honn, oboe

Jillian Honn, oboe

 

Jillian Honn, former principal oboist with Symphoria, returns to Syracuse as guest artist this weekend,  joined by the orchestra for Jennifer Higdon’s Oboe Concerto.  Jillian stopped by the Classic FM Studios to chat with mid-day host Diane Jones about the concerto, her studies at Yale, and some of the challenges of playing oboe.

 

 

More information about the concert can be found on the Symphoria website.


January 23, 2020: Tenebrae – Arts at Grace

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In honor of the UN Holocaust Remembrance Day, the Arts at Grace and Triphammer Arts will present “Tenebrae: The Passion of Dietrich Bonhoeffer.”  Mid-day host Diane Jones spoke to actors David Neal and Steven Stull, as well as director Jeanne Goddard, about this music drama, the life of Bonhoeffer, and how the work has affected them.

 

More about the Arts at Grace here.

More about Triphammer Arts here.

Information about “Tenebrae: The Passion of Dietrich Bonhoeffer” is here.

And Diane’s interview with composer Hugh McElyea last year can be heard here.


January 17, 2020: Symphoria’s Favorite Things

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Symphoria, one of only two musician-led cooperative orchestras in the US, is presenting a concert of “My Favorite Things,” works chosen by their members for this concert.  Jessica King, bassoonist, and Sonya Williams, violinist, from Symphoria, along with soprano Meredith Lustig, who is the guest artist for the concert, joined mid-day host Diane Jones in the studios to talk about this concert, and about the joys of live music.

 

Find out more about Symphoria here.


December 16, 2019: Barry Torres, Schola Cantorum

Barry Torres Founder & Director of Schola Cantorum

Barry Torres
Founder & Director of Schola Cantorum

 

 

Schola Cantorum of Syracuse’s first concerts of the 2019-20 season are coming up this weekend.  Founder and director Barry Torres stopped into the WCNY studios to chat with mid-day host Diane Jones about the program “Navidad: Spanish and Latin American Music for the Season.”  Find out more about this program, co-director Liamna Pestana, and Barry’s thoughts on how this music that is centuries old is still vibrant and living music today.

 

 

Schola Cantorum’s website can be found here.


December 13, 2019: Lizzie Klemperer, Symphoria

Lizzie Klemperer

Lizzie Klemperer

 

Symphoria presents its annual Holiday Pops Concerts this weekend, in four performances over three days, with guest artist, vocalist and actress Lizzie Klemperer.  Lizzie stopped into the studios to chat with mid-day host Diane Jones about the concerts, her family connections with Symphoria, and what it takes to perform on Broadway.

 

The Symphoria website can be found here.

And Lizzie Klemperer’s website is here.


December 11, 2019: Horns and Harmonies at Hendricks

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The Syracuse University Brass Ensemble and the Spirit of Syracuse Chorus are joining forces this weekend for a holiday concert at Hendricks Chapel on the Syracuse University Campus.  Members of the brass ensemble, along with Amy Manley from the Spirit of Syracuse Chorus, came to the WCNY studios to talk about the concert, and share some wonderful live music with us.

 

Learn about the SU Brass Ensemble here.

And the Spirit of Syracuse Chorus here.


November 22, 2019: Kathleen Rathbun, Syracuse City Ballet

Kathleen Rathbun, Founder & Artistic Director - Syracuse City Ballet

Kathleen Rathbun, Founder & Artistic Director – Syracuse City Ballet

 

 

The Syracuse City Ballet is gearing up for their annual production of The Nutcracker, and artistic director/choreographer Kathleen Rathbun stopped into the Classic FM studios to chat with mid-day host Diane Jones about this year’s production, as well as the special sensory-friendly performance that has become an annual tradition.

 

Learn all about Syracuse City Ballet here.


November 21, 2019: Christopher Cerrone, CCO Ithaca

Composer Christopher Cerrone

Composer Christopher Cerrone

 

 

Composer Christopher Cerrone’s latest work, “The Air Suspended,” is part of the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra concert coming up this weekend.  He spoke to mid-day host Diane Jones about the piece, working with pianist Shai Wosner, and about his excitement upon hearing about his Grammy nomination just yesterday.

The Cayuga Chamber Orchestra website is available here.

And Christopher Cerrone’s website is available here.


November 18, 2019: SU Opera Workshop

Syracuse University Opera Workshop (from left to right: Dan Sato, pianist; Diane Jones, WCNY Host; Dr. Kathleen Roland-Silverstein, director; Lindsey Bartlett, soprano; Claire Nolan, soprano; Laura McCall, soprano)

Syracuse University Opera Workshop (from left to right: Dan Sato, pianist; Diane Jones, WCNY Host; Dr. Kathleen Roland-Silverstein, director; Lindsey Bartlett, soprano; Claire Nolan, soprano; Laura McCall, soprano)

 

 

The Syracuse University Opera Workshop is doing something a little different this semester.  They are presenting a staged song-cycle of “Vignettes: Ellis Island,” based on stories and letters of immigrants arriving through Ellis Island.

Workshop director, Dr. Kathleen Roland-Silverstein, brought some of the talented performers to the WCNY studios to talk to mid-day host Diane Jones about the performance and the importance of the Opera Workshop.

Information about the upcoming performance can be found here.


November 15, 2019: Peter Ciarelli & Frank Schultz

Diocesan Festival Chorus

 

The Second Annual Diocesan Festival Choir Concert takes place this weekend in Syracuse.  This event brings together 100 singers and musicians from across the community for a single performance.  Music director Peter Ciarelli and organist Frank Schultz stopped into the Classic FM studios to talk to mid-day host Diane Jones about the concert, and just what it takes to coordinate an event like this.

 

The concert takes place at 2:00pm on Sunday, November 17 at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Syracuse.


November 14, 2019: Natasha Paremski, Symphoria

Pianist Natasha Paremski

Pianist Natasha Paremski

 

 

This weekend is a remarkable event – pianist Natasha Paremski joins Symphoria for a Rachmaninoff Festival.  Natasha will be performing all four of Rachmaninoff’s piano concertos – in just two nights!  She took a short break from her packed rehearsal schedule to chat with mid-day host Diane Jones about the concert, and the beauty and power of Rachmaninoff’s music.

Find out more about the Rachmaninoff Festival at the Symphoria website here.

And learn more about Natasha Paremski at her website here.


November 13, 2019: Juan LaManna & Ben Spierman, Oswego Opera

Oswego Opera Don Giovanni

 

 

Juan LaManna, Artistic Director of the Oswego Opera, and Benjamin Spierman, stage director for this weekend’s performance of Mozart’s “Don Giovanni” came to the studios to chat with mid-day host Diane Jones about the production.  Among the topics of conversation were the value – and challenges – of a production in English, and balancing the light and dark aspects of the work.

 

You can learn more about Oswego Opera Theater on their Facebook page here.


November 8, 2019: Duo Sonidos, CMM

Duo Sonidos live in the WCNY Studios

Duo Sonidos live in the WCNY Studios

 

 

Duo Sonidos is giving a concert in Syracuse this weekend with Civic Morning Musicals, and they stopped by the WCNY studios to chat with mid-day host Diane Jones.  Violinist William Knuth and guitarist Adam Levin (a.k.a. Duo Sonidos) talked about the program, how they met, and shared some of their incredible music with us.

Information about Civic Morning Musicals is available here.

Find out more about Duo Sonidos here.


November 7, 2019: Gryphon Trio, SFCM

The Gryphon Trio

The Gryphon Trio

 

 

 

The Gryphon Trio is returning to Central New York, on stage as part of the Syracuse Friends of Chamber Music season.  Pianist Jamie Parker spoke to mid-day host Diane Jones about the program which includes a marvelous commissioned work by Dinuk Wijeratne, as well as the Trio’s “Listen Up!” program and their new role at Banff.

 

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

The Gryphon Trio’s website can be viewed here.


November 5, 2019: Carolina Eyck, Theremin

Carolina Eyck, thereminist

Carolina Eyck, thereminist

 

 

Carolina Eyck is coming to Syracuse University as part of their Guest Artist series.  Carolina is one of the leading Thereminists in the world today, and she stopped into the studios to chat with mid-day host Diane Jones about this unique instrument, how she was introduced to it, and the system she developed for playing.  She also played for us live – something not to be missed!

 

Information about the concert is at the Syracuse University website here.

You can learn more about Carolina at here website, here.


October 25, 2019: CMSU – Rebel Ensemble

Rebel Ensemble for the Baroque

Rebel Ensemble for the Baroque

 

 

The Rebel Ensemble for the Baroque is coming to Utica, to open the new concert season with the Chamber Music Society of Utica.  Joining the ensemble will be Baroque dancers Thomas Baird and Paige Whitley-Bauguess.  Karen Marie Marmer and Jorg-Michael Schwarz, co-directors of the Rebel Ensemble, joined mid-day host Diane Jones to talk about the concert, how dancing is a natural pairing with these works, and about what makes Baroque instruments so different from modern ones.

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

And you can find out more about the Rebel Ensemble here.


October 21, 2019: Dracula, with Syracuse City Ballet

SCB Dracula

 

Halloween is just around the corner, and Syracuse City Ballet is bringing “Dracula” to the stage this weekend.  Artistic Director Kathleen Rathbun stopped into the studios to chat with mid-day host Diane Jones about the production, the talented resident dancers, and the “Imagination in Motion” campaign.

 

Find out more about Syracuse City Ballet here.


October 19, 2019: B Sharp Musical Club

Violinist and soprano Solene Le Van

Violinist and soprano Solene Le Van

 

The B Sharp Musical Club is hosting its Scholarship Benefit Concert this weekend, and we had a preview of some of the music you’ll hear in the Classic FM studios.  Violinist/soprano Solene Le Van, pianist Sar-Shalom Strong, and Judy Marchione, president of the B Sharp Musical Club, joined mid-day host Diane Jones to talk about the concert, and gave us a taste of the incredible music in store this weekend.

 

Information about the concert and the B Sharp Musical Club is available here.


October 17, 2019: Jeffrey Siegel, Keyboard Conversations

Pianist Jeffrey Siegel

Pianist Jeffrey Siegel

 

 

Jeffrey Siegel brings his Keyboard Conversations to Utica once again this weekend, for a program of “Mistresses and Masterpieces.”  Jeffrey spoke with mid-day host Diane Jones about the program, and the intimacy of these works.

Learn about Jeffrey Siegel and Keyboard Conversations here.


October 16, 2019: Irina Muresanu, Cayuga Chamber Orch

Violinist Irina Muresanu

Violinist Irina Muresanu

 

 

Violinist Irina Muresanu is coming to Central New York to perform with the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra.  She spoke to mid-day host Diane Jones about the concert, the music of Arvo Part and George Enescu, and performing with her former student.

More about the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra is available here.

And Irina Muresanu’s website is available here.


October 11, 2019: Elina Vahala, Symphoria

Violinist Elina Vähälä

Violinist Elina Vähälä

 

 

Violinist Elina Vähälä returns to Syracuse for another appearance with Symphoria this weekend.  She stopped into the Classic FM studios to chat with mid-day host Diane Jones about Bernstein’s “Serenade on Plato’s Symposium,” and told us a bit about her marvelous violin.

 

More about Symphoria is available here.

And Elina Vähälä’s website is available here.


October 9, 2019: Syracuse Opera – Cosi fan tutte

Maestro Christian Capocaccia & director Robert Swedberg, in rehearsal for Mozart's "Cosi fan tutte"

Maestro Christian Capocaccia & director Robert Swedberg, in rehearsal for Mozart’s “Cosi fan tutte”

 

 

Syracuse Opera opens it’s season with Mozart’s “Cosi fan tutte.”  Director Robert Swedberg and Christian Capocaccia, artistic and music director with Syracuse Opera, stopped into the Classic FM studios to chat with mid-day host Diane Jones about the opera, and the importance of coming to these live performances.

 

 

Find out more about Syracuse Opera here.


October 3, 2019: Juilliard Quartet at SFCM

Juilliard String Quartet Photo credit Lisa-Marie Mazzucco

Juilliard String Quartet
Photo credit Lisa-Marie Mazzucco

 

 

The Juilliard String Quartet is coming back to Syracuse for their 24th appearance with the Syracuse Friends of Chamber Music.  Astrid Schween, cellist with the quartet, spoke to mid-day host Diane Jones about the concert, the long history of the Juilliard String Quartet, and the importance of teaching.

 

Find out about the 70th season of the Syracuse Friends of Chamber Music here.

 

And learn more about the Juilliard String Quartet here.


October 2, 2019: CMM In Recital Season Opener

Guitarist Kenneth Meyer & Cellist Gregory Wood

Guitarist Kenneth Meyer & Cellist Gregory Wood

 

 

Guitarist Kenneth Meyer and cellist Gregory Wood are teaming up for the season opener of the CMM In Recital Live! Series, coming up this Sunday.  Ken and Greg, along with CMM president Kathleen Roland-Silverstein, stopped into the WCNY studios to chat with mid-day host Diane Jones about this concert of Latin American music, and about the rest of the CMM season.

 

Learn more about CMM In Recital here.


September 27, 2019: La Boheme in Ithaca

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Great happenings in Ithaca this weekend!  The Cayuga Chamber Orchestra, Opera Ithaca, the Ithaca Children’s Chorus, and the Ithaca College Choir are all joining forces for a semi-staged production of Puccini’s “La Boheme.”  Mid-day host Diane Jones spoke to Cornelia Laemmli Orth, music director of the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra, and bass-baritone David Neal, who is playing not one but two roles in this production.  They talked about the logistics of putting it all together, and gave us some behind-the-scenes insight into the production.

 

Information about the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra is available here.

And information about Opera Ithaca is available here.


September 26, 2019: Owen Shapiro & Diane Jones, SIFF

Owen Shapiro Co-founder, Syracuse International Film Festival

Owen Shapiro
Co-founder & Artistic Director, Syracuse International Film Festival

 

The Syracuse International Film Festival is just around the corner, and just before the festival will be a fundraising dinner and special screening of Ernst Lubitsch’s 1919 silent film, “The Doll,” with a brand new score, performed live.  Filmmaker and festival co-founder Owen Shapiro and composer Diane Jones stopped into the Classic FM studios to chat with morning host Bruce Paulsen about the film, the festival, and the thriving arts community here in Syracuse.

 

 

Learn more about the Syracuse International Film Festival at their website.


September 25, 2019: Travis Newton, SFCM

Travis Newton

Travis Newton

 

Travis Newton is a musician, conductor, professor, and the Music Director of the Syracuse Friends of Chamber Music.  He stopped into the studio to chat about the new season – the 70th anniversary season, in fact! – as well as a bit about what goes into planning and coordinating a season, and what keeps the organization going strong year after year.

 

 

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


September 20, 2019: Pianist Orion Weiss, Symphoria

Pianist Orion Weiss photo by Jacob Blickenstaff

Pianist Orion Weiss
photo by Jacob Blickenstaff

 

Pianist Orion Weiss is coming to Syracuse for a concert with Symphoria!  Included on this all-Brahms concert is Brahms’ Piano Concerto No. 1.  Orion stopped into the Classic FM studios to chat with mid-day host Diane Jones about the concert, and what makes Brahms so special to him.  And we threw a bit of Harry Potter into the conversation as well!

 

 

Information about this and the entire Symphoria season is available here.

And you can learn more about Orion Weiss at his website, here.


September 19, 2019: Kathleen Rathbun, Syracuse City Ballet

Kathleen Rathbun, Founder & Artistic Director - Syracuse City Ballet

Kathleen Rathbun, Founder & Artistic Director – Syracuse City Ballet

 

The Syracuse City Ballet has added even more to their line-up for the 2019-2020 season.  Founder and Artistic Director Kathleen Rathbun stopped into the Classic FM studios to chat with mid-day host Diane Jones about the season, the SCB Imagination in Motion campaign, and the ever-increasing corps of resident dancers that have joined our community.0

 

Find out more about the Syracuse City Ballet at their website, here.


September 5, 2019: Jeffrey Siegel – Humor & Heartache

Jeffrey Siegel, Keyboard Conversations

Jeffrey Siegel,
Keyboard Conversations

 

Jeffrey Siegel is returning to Utica for the start of season 32 of Keyboard Conversations at MWPAI.  Mid-day host Diane Jones spoke to Jeffrey about this upcoming program, Haydn & Mozart: Humor & Heartache, – how he does his research, and how the music affects us all.

 

Find out more about Jeffrey Siegel’s Keyboard Conversations here.

More about MWPAI is available here.


August 16, 2019: A Day with Syracuse Opera and Friends

Christian Capocaccia

Christian Capocaccia

Lou Lemos

Lou Lemos

 

What a conversation!  Christian Capocaccia (Syracuse Opera) and Lou Lemos (Syracuse Pops Chorus) brought their incredible energy and enthusiasm to the Classic FM studios for their conversation with mid-day host Diane Jones.  Coming up this weekend, a collaborative concert with a wide array of musical talent.  Christian & Lou talked about the program, the fun they have working together, and the surprising emotional moments that are part of the program.

 

Find out more about Syracuse Opera here.

And the Syracuse Pops Chorus here.


August 15, 2019: The Lysander Trio at CSMF

The Lysander Trio

The Lysander Trio

Linda-Chesis-photo-by-Matt-Dine

 

This weekend the Lysander Trio comes to Cooperstown for a “Slavic Serenade.”  Violinist Itamar Zorman from the Lysander Trio and Festival Artistic Director Linda Chesis joined mid-day host Diane Jones to talk about the program, the joys of collaboration and making connections, and a bit about why the trio chose the name “Lysander.”  (Do you know your Shakespeare?)

Information about the Cooperstown Summer Music Festival is available here.

And you can learn more about the Lysander Trio here.

 


August 7, 2019: Rachel Barton Pine at CSMF

Rachel Barton Pine photo credit Lisa Marie Mazzucco

Rachel Barton Pine
photo credit Lisa Marie Mazzucco

 

Rachel Barton Pine is coming to the Cooperstown Summer Music Festival this weekend, with her concert program “American Traditions.”  Rachel took some time from her busy schedule to chat with mid-day host Diane Jones about the program, the online database her foundation has created of composer of African descent, the origins of the Rachel Barton Pine Foundation – and why she is so excited to spend some time in Cooperstown!

Information about the Cooperstown Summer Music Festival is available here.

More about Rachel Barton Pine and her foundation is here.

And Rachel has kindly shared a page from the “Music by Black Composers” coloring book, here.


August 6, 2019: SkanFest Hilary Hahn

Hilary Hahn, violin credit Dana van Leeuwen

Hilary Hahn, violin
credit Dana van Leeuwen

Violinist Hilary Hahn made her first appearance at the Skaneateles Festival at the age of 12, and has returned many times over the years.  Once again, she returns this weekend, for three concerts and a special “Bring Your Own Baby” event for parents of infants.  She took some time out of her busy schedule to chat with mid-day host Diane Jones about the concerts, about her broad range of repertoire, and about the inspiration for her #100DaysOfPractice on Instagram.

The Skaneateles Festival continues through August 24th.  Information about the festival is available here.

You can learn about Hilary Hahn through her website, Twitter, and Instagram pages as well.


July 29, 2019: SkanFest 40th Anniversary

Aaron Wunsch & Julia Bruskin, co-artistic directors of the Skaneateles Festival

Aaron Wunsch & Julia Bruskin, co-artistic directors of the Skaneateles Festival

The Skaneateles Festival is celebrating its 40th Season of “World Class Music by the Lake” with a wide array of music and guest artists.  Current festival Artistic Directors Julia Bruskin and Aaron Wunsch joined mid-day host Diane Jones in the WCNY studios to talk about the season, and some of the special events in store, including a Backstage Pass talk from current and former festival directors titled “How to plan a festival in 400 easy steps.”  Also in store this year, a commissioned work by Pierre Jalbert, performances from Hilary Hahn (who first performed at the festival at 12 years old), Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn, and the festival finale with David Zinman conducting the Festival Orchestra.

Aaron & Julia also performed music by Bach and Mendelssohn live in the studios!.

You can see details for the entire Skaneateles Festival right here.


July 26, 2019: Schola Cantorum Workshop

Dr. Kristina Boerger

Dr. Kristina Boerger

Dr. Kristina Boerger has returned to Syracuse once again to lead the Summer Singers Workshop with Schola Cantorum of Syracuse.  Kristina stopped into the Classic FM studios to chat with mid-day host Diane Jones about the workshop, and the concert showcasing the repertoire the participants have learned during their intensive workshop experience.  We also talked about the changing face of music today, and how it is evolving.

 

Learn more about Schola Cantorum of Syracuse here.


July 16, 2019: Damn Yankees – Syr Summer Theater

2019 07 16 Damn Yankees

It’s become an annual tradition!  Syracuse Summer Theater once again graced the WCNY studios with the cast of their next production, Damn Yankees.  The play is a 10-time Tony winner (and Syracuse Summer Theater is a 7-time SALT Award-winner!), with familiar songs like “Heart” and “Whatever Lola Wants.”  The cast sang those songs – and more – and mid-day host Diane Jones talked with stage director Garrett Heater and musical director Dan Williams about the staging of this work in the Bevard Studio Theater.

 

 

Find out more about Syracuse Summer Theater here.


July 15, 2019: Schola Cantorum Workshop with Tropos

Tropos: Liamna Pestana and Daniel Yost

Tropos: Liamna Pestana and Daniel Yost

Schola Cantorum of Syracuse is preparing for its annual workshops for singers and instrumentalists.  This is the second year for the instrumental workshop, led by Liamna Pestana and Daniel Yost (Tropos).  The duo stopped into the WCNY studios to chat with mid-day host Diane Jones about the workshop, and to perform on several guitars that were handmade by Daniel.

 

Information about Schola Cantorum can be found here.

And you can learn about Tropos here.


July 10, 2019: Chris Cresswell, Sonic Abstractions

Composer Chris Cresswell

Composer Chris Cresswell

“Sonic Abstractions,” a new work from composer Chris Cresswell, will be premiered this Friday night as part of the Cazenovia Counterpoint Festival of Music and Arts.  Chris stopped into the Classic FM studios to chat with mid-day host Diane Jones about the piece, some of the unusual places his music has been performed, and the importance of creating music with kids.

More information about Cazenovia Counterpoint is available here.

And you can learn more about Chris Cresswell here.


June 20, 2019: Lindsay Groves, Sally in Our Alley

Lindsay Groves, cellist

Lindsay Groves, cellist

 

Four talented musicians are gathering next Wednesday for a concert at May Memorial Unitarian Universalist Society.  Lindsay Groves, cello, stopped into the Classic FM studios to chat with mid-day host Diane Jones about that concert, along with the tales of how all these artists got to know each other.  Performing with Lindsay will be Jonathan Hwang, violin; Hilda Collins, piano; and Arthur Lewis, tenor.


June 17, 2019: Greg Sheppard, Arts at Park

Gregory Sheppard, bass

Gregory Sheppard, bass

The Arts at Park series is presenting a concert by bass Gregory Sheppard, with Sar-Shalom Strong at the piano.  Greg, Sar, and Arts at Park music director Bob Allen stopped by the WCNY studios to talk with mid-day host Diane Jones about the concert, and even shared some of their most memorable performance moments.

Find out more about Arts at Park here.

 


June 14, 2019: No Strings Attached

No Strings Attached

No Strings Attached

WCNY is presenting a Concert in the Courtyard, and No Strings Attached will be performing!  The quartet stopped into the studios to chat with mid-day host Diane Jones about the concert, how the group came together, and the importance of music in our lives.

The No Strings Attached Facebook page is available here.

 


June 6, 2019: Todd Wilson and Wojciech Wojtasiewicz

1927 E.M. Skinner Organ Op. 669 at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus

1927 E.M. Skinner Organ Op. 669 at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus

The Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus is celebrating the rescue, restoration and relocation of their 1927 E.M. Skinner Organ, Op. 669, with two concerts this weekend.  Mid-day host Diane Jones was fortunate to have guest organists Todd Wilson and Dr. Wojciech Wojtasiewicz in the studio, along with Frank Schultz, organist at the Basilica, and Ben Merchant of Kerner & Merchant, who did the restoration.  We talked about the restoration, the concerts, and the many activities of everyone in the room.

Information about the organ is available here.


June 5, 2019: CSMF – Celestial Sphere

Percussionist Ian David Rosenbaum comes to the Cooperstown Summer Music Festival

Percussionist Ian David Rosenbaum comes to the Cooperstown Summer Music Festival

The Cooperstown Summer Music Festival continues as percussionist Ian David Rosenbaum presents a concert titled “Celestial Sphere” this weekend.  Mid-day host Diane Jones spoke to Ian and festival director, flutist Linda Chesis, about the concert, the scarcity of repertoire for percussion, and how they approach playing two such different instruments together.

Learn more about the Cooperstown Summer Music Festival here.


May 30, 2019: CMM In Recital – Young Artists

CMM Young Artists 2019

 

 

CMM In Recital Live! is presenting a concert of some wonderfully talented young musicians from Central New York.  Ida Trebicka from CMM In Recital brought three up-and-coming musicians to the Classic FM Studios to chat with mid-day host Diane Jones about the concert.  We were also treated to performances from violinist Charlie Loh and pianists Kaelem Michel and Dominic Fiacco.

Information about CMM In Recital Live! can be found here.


May 22, 2019: Geneva Music Festival

Geoffrey Herd

Geoffrey Herd, Artistic Director Geneva Music Festival

Atlys

ATLYS String Quartet

 

 

The Geneva Music Festival is celebrating “Women in Music: Key Players” throughout the festival this year.  Founder and Artistic Director Geoffrey Herd, along with violinist Sabrina Tabby of the ATLYS Quartet, spoke to mid-day host Diane Jones about the festival, the importance of women’s music, and the outreach efforts of the performers.  The festival officially opens on May 30, with a pre-festival concert on May 24.

Learn all about the Geneva Music Festival here.


May 15, 2019: Conversations – CSMF

James Austin Smith, oboe

James Austin Smith, oboe

Linda-Chesis-photo-by-Matt-Dine

Linda Chesis, flute Artistic Director – CSMF (photo by Matt Dine)

 

The new season of the Cooperstown Summer Music Festival kicks off this weekend with “Conversations:  Music for Oboe, Flute, and Strings.”  Festival Artistic Director, flutist Linda Chesis, and guest artist James Austin Smith, oboe, took some time out of their busy schedules to chat with mid-day host Diane Jones about the concert, the joys of playing chamber music, the many hats worn by artistic directors, and so much more!

 

 

Learn more about the Cooperstown Summer Music Festival on their website or Facebook page.


May 10, 2019: Jeffrey Siegel, Fascinatin’ Rhythms

Pianist Jeffrey Siegel

Pianist Jeffrey Siegel

 

Jeffrey Siegel concludes this season of his Keyboard Conversations in Utica with “Fascinatin’ Rhythms,” coming up this weekend.  Jeffrey spoke to mid-day host Diane Jones from Chicago, where Keyboard Conversations originated.  We spoke of his background in jazz, and who is most successful when it comes to a piano transcription of an orchestral work.

 

Learn about Keyboard Conversations here.

And about the Munson-Williams-Proctor Art Institute here.


May 8, 2019: Finger Lakes Trio at LaVeck

The Finger Lakes Trio

The Finger Lakes Trio

 

The Finger Lakes Trio (Sonya Stith Williams, violin; Heidi Hoffman, cello; and Rob Auler, piano) are performing Thursday night with the LaVeck Concert Series in Pulaski.  The Trio stopped by the WCNY studios to chat with mid-day host Diane Jones about the concert, the welcoming and family friendly atmosphere at the LaVeck concerts, and told us a bit about how the Trio was formed.  They also shared a couple of excerpts from the program to whet our appetites.

 

Information about the LaVeck Concert Series can be found here.


April 25, 2019: Ariel Quartet and Orion Weiss

The Ariel Quartet

The Ariel Quartet

Pianist Orion Weiss photo by Jacob Blickenstaff

Pianist Orion Weiss
photo by Jacob Blickenstaff

 

The Ariel String Quartet formed when they were still in middle school, and have been together 20 years now.  They will be joined by pianist Orion Weiss to conclude the Chamber Music Society of Utica 2018-19 season this weekend.  Weiss and Ariel violist Jan Gruning spoke to mid-day host Diane Jones about the concert, and their nearly decade-long collaborations.

 

Information about the Chamber Music Society of Utica can be found here.


April 24, 2019: Cornelia Orth and Tamara Acosta, CCO Ithaca

CCO Ithaca

 

The Cayuga Chamber Orchestra is wrapping up it’s season with a performance of Brahms’ German Requiem this weekend.  Music Director Cornelia Orth and guest soloist, soprano Tamara Acosta, came to the Classic FM studios to chat with mid-day host Diane Jones about this monumental piece, and about the joys of working together making music.

 

More information about the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra can be found here.


April 16, 2019: Bob Allen & Joe Downing, Rutter Requiem

Requiem poster

 

 

 

The combined choirs from three area churches are joining forces to present John Rutter’s “Requiem” on Friday.  Robert Allen from Park Central Presbyterian Church is conducting, and Dr. Joseph Downing from Plymouth Congregational Church is hosting the performance.  Bob and Joe joined mid-day host Diane Jones to talk about the piece, the logistics and joys of putting it all together, and plans for future collaborations between the groups.  The choirs are joined by Bette Kahle from Pebble Hill Presbyterian Church on organ, and a chamber ensemble of professional musicians.

Learn about Park Central here, Plymouth Congregational here, and Pebble Hill here.


April 12, 2019: Joseph Kalichstein, KLR Trio

The Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio

The Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio

 

 

The Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio is coming to Syracuse to close out the Syracuse Friends of Chamber Music 2018-19 season.  Pianist Joseph Kalichstein spoke to mid-day host Diane Jones about the concert, as well as working with composers, and the debut performance of the trio – at the Inauguration of President Jimmy Carter.

More about the Syracuse Friends of Chamber Music here.

And the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio here.


April 10, 2019: Juan LaManna, Oswego Opera Theater

Oswego Noah

 

Oswego Opera Theater is presenting Benjamin Britten’s opera, “Noah’s Flood” this weekend.  Director Juan LaManna stopped by the Classic FM studios to chat with mid-day host Diane Jones about the production.  You’ll learn about the varied cast, Britten’s inspiration for the opera, and why he wanted it performed in churches rather than theaters.  Juan gave us some information about next season’s productions as well.

 

Information about Oswego Opera Theater can be found here.


April 5, 2019: Michael Galvan, Cayuga Chamber Orchestra

Cayuga Chamber Orchestra Chamber Concert Series

Cayuga Chamber Orchestra Chamber Concert Series

 

The next performance in the Chamber Concert Series of the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra is titled “French Connections,” and features music from four of the members of Les Six.  Principal clarinest with CCO Michael Galvan will be part of this concert, and he spoke to mid-day host Diane Jones about the music, and playing with his talented colleagues.  We also chatted about the process for choosing music with the CCO, and the differences in performing with various combinations of instruments.

 

Information about the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra can be found here.


April 4, 2019: Jeffrey Siegel – Chopin in Paris

Pianist Jeffrey Siegel

Pianist Jeffrey Siegel

 

Jeffrey Siegel is once again bringing his Keyboard Conversations to Utica this weekend.  Jeffrey spoke to mid-day host Diane Jones about this program of music centering around “Chopin in Paris,” as well as his first introduction to Chopin’s works.

 

Learn more about Jeffrey and his Keyboard Conversations here.


April 2, 2019: Syracuse Opera – Threepenny Opera

Live in the Classic FM studios with Diane Jones, Christian Capocaccia, Peter Kendall Clark, Amy Justman, Gregory Sheppard, and Richard Cordova

Live in the Classic FM studios with Diane Jones, Christian Capocaccia, Peter Kendall Clark, Amy Justman, Gregory Sheppard, and Richard Cordova

 

Syracuse Opera is preparing to close their 2018-19 season with Kurt Weill’s “The Threepenny Opera.”  Artistic/Music Director Christian Capocaccia and several cast members came to the WCNY studios to give us some insight into the production, and shared a bit of music with us as well.  We were thrilled to have Peter Kendall Clark (Macheath), Amy Justman (Polly), and Gregory Sheppard (Tiger Brown), along with pianist Richard Cordova (who has conducted two productions of The Threepenny Opera himself) in the studio with mid-day host Diane Jones.

 

Find out more about Syracuse Opera here.


March 19, 2019: Ron Caravan and Sar-Shalom Strong, CMM

2018-19-CMM-WRS-14-Ronald-Caravan-Sar-Shalom-Strong-1

 

Ron Caravan, clarinet and saxophone, and Sar-Shalom Strong, piano, will be giving a noontime recital with CMM on Wednesday.  They, along with composer David DeBoor Canfield, stopped by the WCNY studios to chat with mid-day host Diane Jones, and give a little preview of their concert.

 

More about CMM can be found on their website here.


March 13, 2019: Cornelia Orth, Cayuga Chamber Orchestra

Cornelia Laemmli Orth conducts the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra

Cornelia Laemmli Orth conducts the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra

 

The Cayuga Chamber Orchestra celebrates partnerships in performance and the community with “Partners in Time,” their concert this weekend in Ithaca.  Music Director Cornelia Orth spoke to mid-day host Diane Jones about the concert, which includes collaborations with a soloist, a choreographer, and the CCO Youth Orchestra.  You’ll also learn about the youth ensemble Cornelia joined as a child in Sweden.

 

Find out more about the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra here.


March 11, 2019: Kathleen Rathbun, Syracuse City Ballet

Syracuse City Ballet presents Peter Pan

Syracuse City Ballet presents Peter Pan

 

Syracuse City Ballet is going back to Never Never Land, after 20 years away!  Artistic Director Kathleen Rathbun stopped by the Classic FM studios to chat with mid-day host Diane Jones about this re-envisioned production, and the dancers who are returning to Syracuse to be part of the production, on stage and in the audience.  We also chatted about the technical challenges of the production (yes, there will be flying!) and what to look forward to next season.

 

Find out more about the Syracuse City Ballet here.


March 8, 2019: Julie Pretzat, Syracuse Vocal Ensemble

Dr. Julie Pretzat

Dr. Julie Pretzat

 

Dr. Julie Pretzat is stepping back into the choral conducting world as she guest conducts this weekend with the Syracuse Vocal Ensemble.  Julie spoke to mid-day host Diane Jones about this weekend’s program, and the joy of stepping in front of the ensemble again.

 

Information about the Syracuse Vocal Ensemble can be found here.


March 7, 2019: Xue Su, Symphoria

Flutist Xue Su

Flutist Xue Su

 

Flutist Xue Su is stepping out of her normal role as Principal Flute for Symphoria, and will be the soloist this weekend, joining the orchestra for Lowell Liebermann’s Flute Concerto.  She spoke to mid-day host Diane Jones about the piece, as well as how she juggles her musical life, and how she chose the flute.

 

Find out about Symphoria here.

And learn about Xue Su at her website, here.


March 1, 2019: Tom Gallant, The Frisson Ensemble

Frisson (photo by Travis Curry)

Frisson
(photo by Travis Curry)

 

The Frisson Ensemble is a New York City-based ensemble featuring some of classical music’s rising stars drawn from many of the nation’s major music schools including Juilliard, Curtis, and Yale. Founder and artistic director Tom Gallant spoke to mid-day host Diane Jones in anticipation of this weekend’s concert for the Syracuse Friends of Chamber Music.  He spoke about the history of this young ensemble, and some of their hopes for the future.

 

 

You can find information on this weekend’s concert at the Syracuse Friends of Chamber Music site here.

And more about the Frisson Ensemble can be found on their website, here.


February 28, 2019: Gregory Wood, cellist

2018-19-CMM-IRL-03-Martha-Grener-Greg-Wood-Sar-Shalom-Strong

 

Detente is coming to Syracuse!  Cellist Gregory Wood, flutist Martha Grener, and pianist Sar-Shalom Strong present “Detente: Musical Peace between the US and Russia” at CMM In Recital Live!  Greg Wood came to the Classic FM studios to chat with mid-day host Diane Jones about the program, and delighted us with a live performance of two movements from Marc Mellits’ “Book of Ruth”

 

 

Information about CMM In Recital Live can be found here.


February 22, 2019: Duo Sonidos

Duo Sonidos Adam Levin, guitar Will Knuth, violin

Duo Sonidos
Adam Levin, guitar
Will Knuth, violin

 

Duo Sonidos is giving a concert at Unity Hall this weekend for the release of their new CD, Wild Dance.  Mid-day host Diane Jones had the chance to speak to Duo Sonidos (Adam Levin and Will Knuth) about the concert, and to share a bit of music from their CD.  Adam and Will just learned yesterday that their CD debuted at #16 on the Billboard Classical Music chart!

 

 

Find out more about Duo Sonidos on their website.


February 15, 2019: Cellist Julie Albers, Symphoria

Julie Albers, cello

Julie Albers, cello

 

Cellist Julie Albers returns to Syracuse, joining Symphoria for this weekend’s performance of the Haydn Cello Concerto in D Major – a work she says is her favorite.  She joined mid-day host Diane Jones to talk about the upcoming concert, why she took up the cello, and how she fell in love with her instrument.

 

More about Julie Albers on her website, here.

Information about Symphoria is available here.


February 7, 2019: Silverwood Clarinet Choir

Silverwood Clarinet Choir

Silverwood Clarinet Choir

 

 

 

The Silverwood Clarinet Choir is presenting a concert this weekend in cooperation with CMM.  Kathy and Ken Freer, two of the founding members of the choir (and the artistic director and business manager, respectively) came to the Classic FM studios to chat with mid-day host Diane Jones about the concert, including the work that inspired the title of the concert, the Chalumeaux Suite by Jukka Linkola.  We also learned more about the people who perform in this ensemble.

Learn more about the Silverwood Clarinet Choir here.

And about CMM here.

 


January 31, 2019: David Ying and Jon Manasse, CMSU

Jon Manasse, clarinet

Jon Manasse, clarinet

The Ying Quartet

The Ying Quartet

 

 

The Chamber Music Society of Utica presents The Ying Quartet, with clarinetist Jon Manasse, this weekend in Utica.  Mid-day host Diane Jones spoke with Jon Manasse and David Ying about the concert, the new work by Christopher Theofanidis, and the joys and rewards of mentoring young musicians.

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

Learn more about the Ying Quartet here, and about Jon Manasse here.

 

 


January 30, 2019: Syracuse Opera – Don Giovanni

SO Don Giovanni

 

 

Syracuse Opera continues its season of “Men With Knives Behaving Badly” with Mozart’s “Don Giovanni.”  Artistic Director Christian Capocaccia spoke with mid-day host Diane Jones about this production – and the joy at his first opportunity to conduct a Mozart opera.  He also talked about being part of the community, and some of his hopes for future seasons.

Find out more about Syracuse Opera here.

 

 


January 22, 2019: SU Opera – Marriage of Figaro

Figaro

 

The Opera Theater at the Syracuse University College of Visual and Performing Arts is presenting the Marriage of Figaro this weekend.  Professor Eric Johnson, who is directing the production, along with Jacob O’Shea (Figaro) and Julia Clifford (Susanna), stopped into the FM studios to chat with mid-day host Diane Jones about the production.  We also talked about bringing opera into everyday life at a young age.

These students are well on their way to professional careers.  Jacob has sung featured roles in two productions with Syracuse Opera, as has Katherine Skafidas, who is singing the role of the Countess.

Information about this production is available here, including the link to the live stream of the performances.

 

 

 


January 17, 2019: Composer Paul Leary

Composer Paul Leary

Composer Paul Leary

 

Paul Leary is a composer, teacher, musician, artist, and software designer.  This weekend is the world premiere of “Larger Than Us,” a new work for chamber ensemble, electronics, and video, which was commissioned by the Society for New Music.  Paul stopped into the Classic FM studios to chat with mid-day host Diane Jones about the piece, and the excitement of working with electronics as well as building the pendulum that will feature prominently in this work.  And how to play a bicycle!

Information about this work, and the entire Society for New Music season, is available here.

 

 


January 11, 2019: Christian Capocaccia, Symphoria

Christian Capocaccia

Christian Capocaccia

 

Maestro Christian Capocaccia leads Symphoria in the first Casual series concert of 2019, coming up this weekend.  Christian spoke to host Adam Fine about the concert and so much more!

More about Symphoria is available here.

 

 


December 14, 2018: Nick Ziobro

Vocalist Nick Ziobro

Vocalist Nick Ziobro

 

Vocalist Nick Ziobro once again joins Symphoria for their holiday pops concert, “Magic of the Holidays.”  Nick stopped into the Classic FM studios to chat with Adam Fine about the concert, and coming home for the holidays.

More about Symphoria is available here.

You can see what Nick is up to on his website, here.

 


December 12, 2018: Barry Torres, Schola Cantorum

Barry Torres Founder & Director of Schola Cantorum

Barry Torres
Founder & Director of Schola Cantorum

 

 

Schola Cantorum of Syracuse opens their 2018-19 season with “Prophecy,” a concert of music including works by di Lasso, Praetorius, Handel and more.  Founder and Artistic Director Barry Torres spoke to mid-day host Diane Jones about the upcoming concert, including some insight into motets and the evolution of Handel’s “Messiah.”

Find out more about Schola Cantorum of Syracuse here.

 


December 6, 2018: Christian Capocaccia, Symphoria

Maestro Christian Capocaccia conducts the Symphoria Youth Orchestra (photo by Marc Ramos)

Maestro Christian Capocaccia conducts the Symphoria Youth Orchestra (photo by Marc Ramos)

 

Maestro Christian Capocaccia and Symphoria have a very busy weekend coming up!  They are joined by the Syracuse University Oratorio Society under director John Warren for four performances of the shortened “Christmas Messiah,” as well as a performance of the complete “Messiah” oratorio by Handel on Saturday night.

Christian stopped into the WCNY studios to chat with mid-day host Diane Jones about the performances, and how a work like this helps to bring all of us together as a community, as well as his work with the Symphoria Youth Orchestras.  We covered everything form “Singin’ In The Rain” to sonnet form to calligraphy – and of course, the incredible music of Handel.

 

Find out more about Symphoria here.

 


November 30, 2018: Grant Cooper, Cayuga Chamber Orchestra

Grant Cooper will guest conduct the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra

Grant Cooper will guest conduct the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra

 

Maestro Grant Cooper will be guest conducting with the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra for their presentation of Handel’s Messiah next week.  He is a familiar name in Central New York – he was the resident conductor with Syracuse Symphony Orchestra for 10 years.  Maestro Cooper spoke to mid-day host Diane Jones about the upcoming concert, as well as how composing and mathematics influence his approach to conducting.

 

You can visit the Cayuga Chamber Orchestrea website here.

 


November 26, 2018: Kathleen Rathbun, Syracuse City Ballet

Nutcracker 2018

 

The Syracuse City Ballet is getting ready for its annual production of “The Nutcracker.”  This year there are five performances, including a sensory-friendly performance on Sunday morning.  Kathleen Rathbun, the Choreographer, Artistic Director, and Founder of Syracuse City Ballet, stopped into the Classic FM studios to chat with mid-day host Diane Jones about the production, as well as several events and discounts happening in conjunction with the production.

 

 

Information about Syracuse City Ballet can be found here.


November 16, 2018: Schumann String Quartet, SFCM

The Schumann String Quartet

The Schumann String Quartet

 

 

The Syracuse Friends of Chamber Music welcomes the Schumann Quartet to Syracuse for their next concert.  Violinist Ken Schumann spoke to mid-day host Diane Jones about the program, as well as their time in residence at Lincoln Center and how music speaks to their hearts.

 

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

And here is the Schumann Quartet’s website.


November 15, 2018: Jasper String Quartet, CMSU

Jasper String Quartet

Jasper String Quartet

 

 

 

The Chamber Music Society of Utica presents the Jasper String Quartet in concert this weekend.  Violist and founding member Sam Quintal spoke to mid-day host Diane Jones about the program, the stories behind the music, and the outreach efforts of the quartet in the Philadelphia public schools.

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

Learn more about the Jasper Quartet at their website.


November 10, 2018: Holly Sagrestano Make Music Happen

Make Music Happen

 

 

Holly Sagrestano is a high school senior who is making a difference in her community.  For her Girl Scout Gold Award Project, Holly has coordinated an instrument drive and instrument lending library with the New Hartford Public Library.  She spoke to mid-day host Diane Jones about her project, and the impact she hopes to have in the future.

You can learn more about Make Music Happen here.


November 9, 2018: Ida Trebicka and Will Knuth

Violinist Will Knuth and pianist Ida Trebicka in the WCNY Studios

Violinist Will Knuth and pianist Ida Trebicka in the WCNY Studios

 

Ida Trebicka and Will Knuth are teaming up for the next performance in the St. Peter’s Concert Series in Cazenovia.  They came to the WCNY studios to chat with mid-day host Diane Jones about the program, their long collaborative history, and to share some of their music with us.

 

Information about the concert series at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church is available here.

You can learn more about Ida Trebicka here, and about Will Knuth here.

 


November 8, 2018: Jeffrey Siegel and “Joyous Beethoven”

Pianist Jeffrey Siegel

 

 

Pianist Jeffrey Siegel returns to Utica for his next Keyboard Conversation.  Jeffrey spoke to mid-day host Diane Jones about “Joyous Beethoven,” the identity of Beethoven’s “Immortal Beloved,” his patron, Archduke Rudolph, and how his deafness affected his music.

Information and tickets available from the Munson Williams Proctor Arts Institute here.

More about Jeffrey Siegel and Keyboard Conversations is available here.


November 6, 2018: Guitarist Jason Vieaux

Jason Vieaux

Jason Vieaux

 

Grammy-winning guitarist Jason Vieaux is coming to Skaneateles for a concert featuring music from J.S. Bach to Pat Metheny.  Jason took some time to talk to mid-day host Diane Jones about the concert, as well as what it takes for a successful collaboration, his Tiny Desk concert with NPR, and the new and innovative way he is teaching.

Find out more about Jason Vieaux here.

Information about the Guitar Concert Series co-sponsored by the Skaneateles Library and the Great Lakes Guitar Society available here.


November 2, 2018: William Hagen – Symphoria

William Hagen

William Hagen

 

 

Violinist William Hagen stopped into the Classic FM studios to chat with host Adam Fine about his appearance this week with Symphoria.  They spoke about the Prokofiev violin concerto, as well as the marvelous violin he plays.

Information about Symphoria can be found here.

 


October 31, 2018: Cornelia Orth -CCO Family Concert

Cornelia Laemmli Orth conducts the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra

Cornelia Laemmli Orth conducts the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra

 

 

The Cayuga Chamber Orchestra is presenting their first Family Concert of the season.  Music Director Cornelia Orth spoke to host Adam Fine about the concert at the Tompkins County Public Library, and how the group is connecting the music to a story.

Information about the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra can be found here.

 


October 29, 2018: David Ying (Ying Quartet)

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) Robin Scott (violin), and David Ying (cello) // photo by J. Adam Fenster / University of Rochester

 

The Ying Quartet is making its first appearance at the Cooperstown Summer Music Festival as they close out the 2018 season.  Cellist David Ying spoke to mid-day host Diane Jones about the concert, teaching and working at the Eastman School of Music, and the excitement of the Grammy experience.

 

 

Information about the Cooperstown Summer Music Festival available here.

Learn more about the Ying Quartet at their website.


October 25, 2018: Dr. Isabelle Demers

Organist Dr. Isabelle Demers

Organist Dr. Isabelle Demers

 

Park Central Presbyterian Church is celebrating the 50th years of their M.P. Moeller Organ with a concert from renowned organist Dr. Isabelle Demers.  Dr. Demers and Robert Allen, the music director from Park Central, stopped into the Classic FM studios to chat with mid-day host Diane Jones about the concert, and the unique skills it takes to play an unfamiliar organ at every new venue.

 

More about the recital at Park Central can be found here.

Learn about Dr. Demers at her website, here.


October 23, 2018: Cayuga Chamber Orchestra Family Pops

CCO Pops

 

The Cayuga Chamber Orchestra is going to the movies!  Executive Director Susan Spafford spoke to mid-day host Diane Jones about this upcoming concert, including the exciting activities surrounding it – juggling, a karate demonstration, even a costume parade!

 

More information and tickets available on the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra website.

 

 


October 19, 2018: Gryphon Trio (CMSU)

The Gryphon Trio

The Gryphon Trio

 

The Gryphon Trio has been performing together for 25 years, and the Chamber Music Society of Utica is welcoming them to their concert series this weekend.  James Parker, pianist with the trio, spoke to mid-day host Diane Jones about the upcoming concert, as well as some of the ways the Gryphon Trio works to bring the audience closer to the music, and their educational outreach efforts.

 

Find out more about the Chamber Music Society of Utica here.

The Gryphon Trio’s website can be seen here.

 


October 18, 2018: Carl Johengen, Syracuse Vocal Ensemble

Carl Johengen guests conducts the Syracuse Vocal Ensemble

Carl Johengen guests conducts the Syracuse Vocal Ensemble

 

The Syracuse Vocal Ensemble is presenting a concert “Celebrating Scotland” with guest conductor Carl Johengen.  Carl spoke to mid-day host Diane Jones about the concert, his interest in the music of Scotland, and the joys of collaborating with chamber vocal ensembles.

 

More information is available on the Syracuse Vocal Ensemble webpage here.

 


October 10, 2018: Oswego Opera – Die Fledermaus

Fledermaus Oswego

 

Oswego Opera Theater opens its 40th anniversary season with Johann Strauss II’s “Die Fledermaus.”  Director Benjamin Spierman and Artistic Director Juan LaManna stopped into the Classic FM studios to chat with mid-day host Diane Jones about the production, the pros and cons of an opera sung in translation, the casting process, and what brings them together for their sixth production.

 

 

Learn more about Oswego Opera Theater on their Facebook page, here.

 


October 5, 2018: Pianist Shai Wosner

Shai Wosner Photo: Marco Borggreve

Shai Wosner
Photo: Marco Borggreve

 

 

Pianist Shai Wosner is visiting Syracuse for the first time, as he rehearses with Symphoria for tonight’s MasterWorks concert.  He stopped by the Classic FM studios to chat with mid-day host Diane Jones about Schumann’s Piano Concerto, the joys of collaborating, and reaching even wider audiences.

 

More about Symphoria at their website here.

Learn more about Shai Wosner at his website, here.

 


October 4, 2018: CCO Ithaca Chamber Series

The Cayuga Chamber Orchestra of Ithaca (Chamber Concert Series)

The Cayuga Chamber Orchestra of Ithaca (Chamber Concert Series)

 

The Cayuga Chamber Orchestra of Ithaca is preparing for the first of four concerts in their Chamber Music Series.  Violinist Kirsten Marshall (who will be performing Sunday) and violinist/Managing Director Susan Spafford spoke to morning host Bruce Paulsen about the music, how programs are chosen, playing together in small ensembles, and shared their thoughts on the audience/performer partnership in live concerts.

 

 

More information about the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra can be found here.

 


October 3, 2018: Philip Setzer, Emerson String Quartet

Emerson String Quartet (photo credit: Lisa Mazzucco)

Emerson String Quartet (photo credit: Lisa Mazzucco)

 

The Emerson String Quartet is coming to Syracuse to open the 2018-19 season with the Syracuse Friends of Chamber Music.  Philip Setzer, violinist and co-founder of the Emerson String Quartet, spoke to mid-day host Diane Jones about the concert, the music, and the importance of live performances.

 

Information about the Syracuse Friends of Chamber Music available here.

The Emerson String Quartet Website can be viewed here.

 

 


September 28, 2018: Composer Jack Frerer

Composer Jack Frerer

Composer Jack Frerer

 

The Society for New Music concert season opens with “21st Century Prize Winners,” including the 2018 Brian Israel & Sam Pellman prize-winning composition, “Downloads,” by composer Jack Frerer.  Mid-day host Diane Jones spoke to Jack about this work, and about the daily life of a composer at the Juilliard school.

 

More about the Society for New Music is available here.

Jack Frerer’s website is available here.

 

 


September 21, 2018: Cornelia Orth, Cayuga Chamber Orchestra

Cornelia Laemmli Orth conducts the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra

Cornelia Laemmli Orth conducts the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra

 

 

The Cayuga Chamber Orchestra opens its 2018-19 season on a special night, with a concert featuring guest artist Miri Yampolsky.  Music Director Cornelia Orth took a break during rehearsals to chat with mid-day host Diane Jones about the concert, their guest artist, and the upcoming season.  She also took the opportunity to explain what makes a “chamber” orchestra.

 

Information about the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra is available here.

 

 


September 20, 2018: Lucas Button – If Music Be the Food

Music Food Poster

 

Cellist and Syracuse native Lucas Button has organized a benefit concert as part of “If Music Be the Food.”  Everyone involved in the program – musicians, host venue, printers – has volunteered their time to present an afternoon concert of marvelous music, and to support the Food Bank of Central New York.  Lucas spoke to mid-day host Diane Jones about the concert, the philosophy behind the series, and his ties to the area.

 

More information about If Music Be the Food is available at their website here.

 

 


September 13, 2018: Percussionist Lisa Pegher

Percussionist Lisa Pegher in the WCNY studios

Percussionist Lisa Pegher in the WCNY studios

 

Percussionist Lisa Pegher will be playing Richard Danielpour’s “The Wounded Healer” this weekend with Symphoria.  She stopped into the Classic FM studios to chat with mid-day host Diane Jones about this work that was written for her, and shared some of her music and insights about life as a professional multi-percussionist.

 

 

Information about Symphoria is available here.

Learn more about Lisa at her website, here.


September 11, 2018: St. Lawrence String Quartet

St. Lawrence String Quartet (Photo: Marco Borggreve)

St. Lawrence String Quartet
(Photo: Marco Borggreve)

 

The St. Lawrence String Quartet will be in concert this week, part of the Hamilton College Performing Arts Series.  Cellist (and Utica native!) Christopher Costanza spoke to mid-day host Diane Jones about the concert, collaborating with composers and orchestras, and a bit about life on the road.

 

Information about the Hamilton College Performing Arts Series can be found here.

Learn more about the St. Lawrence String Quartet here.


September 6, 2018: Jeffrey Siegel, Keyboard Conversations

Pianist Jeffrey Siegel

Pianist Jeffrey Siegel

 

Pianist Jeffrey Siegel returns to Utica for a new season of Keyboard Conversations.  This weekend, Jeffrey brings insight and music to the stage as he presents works by Debussy and Rachmaninoff.  He spoke to mid-day host Diane Jones about the program, and the different styles of these two contemporaries.

 

More information about Keyboard Conversations is available here.

 

Event information at the MWPAI website here.


August 30, 2018: Jupiter String Quartet – Skaneateles Festival

Jupiter String Quartet

The Jupiter String Quartet

 

The Skaneateles Festival presents two concerts with the Jupiter String Quartet this week, and cellist Daniel McDonough took time from a busy rehearsal schedule to chat with mid-day host Diane Jones about the concerts, and their collaborations with pianist Andrew Wunsch and composer and steel pan virtuoso, Andy Akiho, and the variety of music in store.

 

Find out more about the Skaneateles Festival here.

Learn about the Jupiter String Quartet here.

Composer Andy Akiho’s website can be found here.

 


August 9, 2018: Ran Dank & Soyeon Kate Lee – Cooperstown

Pianists Ran Dank and Soyeon Kate Lee

Pianists Ran Dank and Soyeon Kate Lee

 

The Cooperstown Summer Music Festival continues as pianists Ran Dank and Soyeon Kate Lee come to the Otesaga Resort Hotel.  This husband-wife team spoke to mid-day host Diane Jones about the concert, and gave us some insight into the choreography involved in playing piano four-hands.

 

Find out more about the Cooperstown Summer Music Festival here.

 


August 3, 2018: Aaron Wunsch & Julia Bruskin, 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 begins August 7th, bringing a wide variety of musical performances to Central New York.  Co-Artistic Directors of the festival, cellist Julia Bruskin and pianist Aaron Wunsch, came to the Classic FM studios to chat with mid-day host Diane Jones about the festival, Skanfest U, and the amazing artists performing this year.  And they delighted us with live music!

 

More about the Skaneateles Festival can be found here.

 


July 27, 2018: Kristina Boerger, Schola Cantorum

Dr. Kristina Boerger

Dr. Kristina Boerger

 

Dr. Kristina Boerger comes to Syracuse every summer for a 4-day singers workshop, organized by Schola Cantorum of Syracuse.  She took some time out of her packed schedule to drop by the WCNY Studios and chat with mid-day host Diane Jones about the workshop, the concert presented by the participants, and about what it takes to be the founder of an ensemble.

 

The Schola Cantorum of Syracuse website is available here.

And you can learn more about Dr. Kristina Boerger here.


July 25, 2018: Ben Spierman & James Blachly, Geneva Light Opera

Barber of Seville 2012

Barber of Seville 2012

 

Director Benjamin Spierman’s vision of Rossini’s “The Barber of Seville” is coming to the Geneva Light Opera company this weekend.  Ben and music director James Blachly stopped into the WCNY studios to talk to mid-day host Diane Jones about the production – the talented cast, the timeless score, and a few fun, new twists to the staging.

 

 

Information about the Geneva Light Opera is available here.

More on Ben Spierman here, and James Blachly here.


July 20, 2018: Joanne Shenandoah (Symphoria)

Joanne Shenandoah visited the Classic FM Studios

Joanne Shenandoah visited the Classic FM Studios

 

 

Grammy-winning artist Joanne Shenandoah is joining Symphoria for two performances this weekend, as the orchestra kicks off a year-long celebration of Women’s Suffrage in America.  Joanne and her husband, historian Doug George, stopped by the Classic FM studios to chat with mid-day host Diane Jones about this performance of “SkyWoman,” as well as the role of women and the influence of the nations on our culture.

 

Information about Symphoria is available here.

Joanne Shenandoah’s website  can be viewed here.


July 12, 2018: Cazenovia Counterpoint 2018

Caz Ctpt

 

 

The Cazenovia Counterpoint Festival of the Expressive Arts is in its 20th season in the historic village of Cazenovia.  In addition to the artwork displayed around the village throughout the month of July, there are concerts, storytelling, and more!  Pianist Sar-Shalom Strong and composer Kevin Ernste stopped into the Classic FM studios to chat with mid-day host Diane Jones about some of the incredible music you can hear, including Kevin’s new commissioned work, Chorales, written in honor of the late Steven Stucky.

The Festival schedule is available on the Society for New Music website here.


July 9, 2018: Syracuse Summer Theatre – Pippin

The Cast of Pippin, from Syracuse Summer Theatre, with mid-day host Diane Jones

The Cast of Pippin, from Syracuse Summer Theatre, with mid-day host Diane Jones

 

 

The Syracuse Summer Theatre brings it’s third production to life!  “Pippin” won 5 Tony awards for the original production in 1973, and 4 more for the 2013 revival, and tells the tale of Pippin, “a young prince on his search for meaning and significance.”

The cast of Pippin, along with Stage Director Garrett Heater and Musical Director Dan Williams, came to the WCNY studios to talk about the production, performing several selections from the show.  Featuring solos from Liam Collins (Pippin), Josh Kimball (Leading Player), and WCNY’s morning host, Bruce Paulsen (Charles).

 

Information about Syracuse Summer Theatre available here.


June 14, 2018: Hugh McElyea, Tenebrae

Composer Hugh McElyea

Composer Hugh McElyea

 

 

Composer Hugh McElyea’s musical drama “Tenebrae: The Passion of Dietrich Bonhoeffer” will be presented at Ithaca College this weekend.  Hugh dropped into the Classic FM studios to chat with mid-day host Diane Jones about the production, and the inspirational life of Dietrich Bonhoeffer.

 

Find out about “Tenebrae” here.


June 5, 2018: Barry Torres, Schola Cantorum

Schola Cantorum of Syracuse

Schola Cantorum of Syracuse

 

 

 

Schola Cantorum of Syracuse is wrapping up its 2017-18 season with a concert of “Three Fifteenth-Century Hits” this weekend.  Ensemble founder and music director Barry Torres stopped into the Classic FM studios to chat with mid-day host Diane Jones about the concert, and the vocalists and instrumentalists you’ll hear.  They also talked about the annual summer workshop, and the new instrumental sessions with Liamna Pestana and Daniel Yost (whom you’ve heard before on Classic FM!)

 

Learn more about Schola Cantorum of Syracuse at their website, here.