Monthly Archives: January, 2019


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

Published - January 31, 2019

    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.    

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January 30, 2019: Syracuse Opera – Don Giovanni

Published - January 30, 2019

    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.    

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WCNY Board of Trustees names Mitch Gelman president, chief executive officer

Published - January 28, 2019

(Syracuse, NY)–The WCNY Board of Trustees is pleased to announce the appointment of Mitch Gelman, WCNY president and chief executive officer, effective Monday, Jan. 28, 2019. Gelman succeeds Robert J. Daino who served as WCNY’s president and chief executive officer for more than 13 years. Gelman brings more than 30 years of experience to WCNY. A media executive and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, he has led innovation and catalyzed growth in news, education, entertainment, and digital technology across public and private sector organizations. “Mitch has a wealth of experience in the traditional and digital broadcast industries that will help WCNY undergo

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Jan 26-Feb 1, 2019: Low Strung, Part 2

Published - January 26, 2019

“Let there be bass.”  – Leo Fender   This week, we hear from the low strings, with performances by Alisa Weilerstein, Kristina Reiko Cooper, Hee-Young Lim, Diana Gannett, and Chi chi Nwanoku.   Low Strung, Part 2 Josef Bardanashvilli:  Silent Song Kristina Reiko Cooper, cello; Or Matias, piano “Around the World with Love” Roven Records 10115 Frederic Chopin:  Introduction & Polonaise Brillante, Op. 3 Alisa Weilerstein, cello; Inon Barnatan, piano “Rachmaninov, Chopin: Cello Sonatas” Decca 002375302 Camille Saint-Saëns:  Concerto for Dello and Orchestra No. 1 in A Minor Hee-Young Lim, cello London Symphony Orchestra; Scott Yoo, conductor “French Cello Concertos” Sony Classical 80358118425

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January 22, 2019: SU Opera – Marriage of Figaro

Published - January 22, 2019

  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.

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Jan 19-25, 2019: High Strung, Part 2

Published - January 19, 2019

“What we might not have in terms of major concerti such as Brahms and Mendelssohn, we make up for in terms of new repertoire and experimentation.”  – Anonymous attendee of the 45th International Viola Congress, 2018   It’s time for another pairing of programs that highlight the orchestral strings.  This episode focuses on the high strings – violins and violas – with performances from violinist Rachel Barton Pine, violist Hong-Mei Xiao, and more.   High Strung, Part 2   Daniel Bernard Roumain:  Filter for unaccompanied violin Rachel Barton Pine, violin “Blues Dialogues” Cedille 90000 182 Tchaikovsky:  Méditation in D Minor Moonkyung Lee, violin

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January 17, 2019: Composer Paul Leary

Published - January 17, 2019

  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.    

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Jan 12-18, 2019: The Nature of Things

Published - January 12, 2019

“Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.”  – Albert Einstein   A 2014 article in Psychology Today posed the question, “Does nature make us happy?”  Spoiler alert – the answer is yes.  Studies have shown that “our emotional connectedness to the natural world is distinct from other psychological connections in our lives,” and “nature relatedness often predicts happiness regardless of other psychological factors.”  So today we’re going to listen to music of the natural world.  Visions of wind and fire, seasons and places, that have inspired these women to compose the works you’ll hear on this

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January 11, 2019: Christian Capocaccia, Symphoria

Published - January 11, 2019

  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.    

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‘NATURE–Equus: Story of the Horse’ airs Jan. 16 and 23 on WCNY-TV

Published - January 8, 2019

‘NATURE–Equus: Story of the Horse’ airs Jan. 16 and 23 on WCNY-TV WCNY, Central New York’s community-owned flagship public broadcaster, presents “Nature–Equus: Story of the Horse” at 8 p.m. Jan. 16 and 23 on WCNY-TV. For viewing information, visit wcny.org/wheretowatch. Viewers will join anthropologist Dr. Niobe Thompson and equine experts on a two-part adventure around the world and throughout time to discover the origins of the horse. In a stunning 3D reconstruction, see the earliest member of the horse family rise from a fossil bed and begin a transformation into the magnificent animal we know today. Discover why horses have

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WCNY presents free preview of ‘Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World’

Published - January 7, 2019

WCNY presents free preview of ‘Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World’ WCNY, Central New York’s community-owned flagship public broadcaster, presents a free preview of “RUMBLE: The Indians Who Rocked the World” at Auburn Public Theater, 8 Exchange St. in Auburn, at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 16. Prior to the preview, a free reception will be held at the Equal Rights Heritage Center located at 25 South Street from 5 to 7 p.m. A Q&A follows the preview. Reception partner is Octane Social House. “RUMBLE: The Indians Who Rocked the World” is an electric look at Native American influence in

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Jan 5-11, 2019: Women Inspiring Music

Published - January 5, 2019

“Find your voice, and inspire others to find theirs.”  – Stephen Covey   Inspiration can come from anywhere, at any time, or from anyone.  The music on this week’s program was inspired by poets, leaders, and mothers.  They didn’t write the music, but they are present in every note.   Women Inspiring Music   Persis Parshall Vehar:  Women, Women (excerpts) Sharon Mabry, mezzo-soprano; Patsy Wade, piano “Dimensions” Aeolian Digital Recordings 60003 Elizabeth Vercoe:  For A Child Cheryl Cobb, soprano; Boston Musica Viva “Butterfly Effect” Navona 6196 Lucius Craig Cervantes:  Queen of Hearts London Symphony; Lee Reynolds, conductor “Queen of Hearts” CPI Records Patrice

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‘Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg In Conversation’ to premiere on WCNY-TV Jan. 6

Published - January 3, 2019

‘Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg In Conversation’ to premiere on WCNY-TV Jan. 6 WCNY, Central New York’s community-owned flagship public broadcaster, presents “Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg In Conversation,” at noon Jan. 6 on WCNY-TV. For viewing information, visit wcny.org/wheretowatch. Brooklyn-born Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is the second woman ever appointed to the Supreme Court of the United States. She is also the first Justice to become a global pop-culture icon widely known as the Notorious RBG. She sits down with NPR legal correspondent Nina Totenberg to discuss her 25 years on the nation’s highest bench and her continuing commitment to

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‘Erie: The Canal That Made America,’ WCNY-produced documentary airs Jan. 4 at 9 p.m. on WCNY-TV

Published - January 3, 2019

‘Erie: The Canal That Made America,’ WCNY-produced documentary airs Jan. 4 at 9 p.m. on WCNY-TV WCNY, Central New York’s community-owned flagship public broadcaster, will air its documentary “Erie: The Canal That Made America” at 9 p.m. Jan. 4 on WCNY-TV. For viewing information, visit wcny.org/wheretowatch. To preview the documentary and to learn more, visit wcny.org/eriecanal. Narrated by David Muir, ABC “World News Tonight” anchor, “Erie: The Canal That Made America” marks the bicentennial of the start of construction of the Erie Canal when surveyors and excavators began links a young United States to its western frontier. It depicts how

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Public invited to 46th annual Bluegrass Ramble Barn Dance Jan. 5 at WCNY

Published - January 2, 2019

Public invited to 46th annual Bluegrass Ramble Barn Dance Jan. 5 at WCNY WCNY, Central New York’s flagship public broadcaster invites the public to attend its 46th annual Bluegrass Ramble Barn Dance from 1–5 p.m. Jan. 5 at WCNY, 415 W. Fayette St. in Syracuse. Guests will enjoy an afternoon of bluegrass and old-time country music from across the region including Northwater, Atta Boys, Uncertain Bluegrass Ensemble, The Cadleys, Larry Hoyt & the Good Acoustics, and Boots & Shorts. Tickets are $5 for WCNY members and $8 for Non-Members. For tickets, visit wcny.org/events. Free parking is available onsite. All proceeds

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