Monthly Archives: July, 2019


July 29, 2019: SkanFest 40th Anniversary

Published - July 29, 2019

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

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July 27 – August 2: Music on the Wind, Part 2

Published - July 27, 2019

“All of the arts are something that can unite people.  One of the most important things is people coming together and having a shared belief, and we should not become cut off from that.” – Jess Gillam   There is something organic and intimate about the warmth of one’s breath flowing through an instrument, creating amazing music.  This week, performances from several women playing woodwinds.   “Music on the Wind, Part 2” Rudy Wiedoeft:  Valse Vanité Jess Gillam, alto saxophone Zeynep Ozsuca, piano “Rise” Decca Records Carl Heinrich Jacobi:  Introduction and Polonaise, Op. 9 Karen Geoghegan, bassoon Opera North Orchestra; Benjamin Wallfisch, conductor “Karen

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July 26, 2019: Schola Cantorum Workshop

Published - July 26, 2019

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.

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July 20 – 26: Three by Three, Part 2

Published - July 20, 2019

“We don’t want anyone to classify our music.  We would rather they simply love our music for what it is.  Trying to define modern classical music is like trying to define modern art.” – The Ahn Trio There is a balance to music performed by trios.  Done well, the trio presents a rich, full sound, yet it is still small and intimate enough to draw you into the music, to make you feel a part of it.  Today we’ll hear from several trios of women making music together.   “Three by Three, Part 2”   Astor Piazzolla:  Primavera Porteña, from Four Seasons in

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July 16, 2019: Damn Yankees – Syr Summer Theater

Published - July 16, 2019

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.

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July 15, 2019: Schola Cantorum Workshop with Tropos

Published - July 15, 2019

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.

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July 13 – 19: Voices of the World

Published - July 13, 2019

“Singing is like a celebration of oxygen.” – Bjork There is something special about the sound of women’s voices lifted together in song.  This week, performances from around the globe by women’s vocal ensembles.   “Voices of the World” Stevie Wishart:  O Choruscans lux stellarum Voice “Musical Harmony” Independent Label Thomas Tallis:  Audivi Lumina “Light in the Darkness” Independent Label Petr Eben:  About Swallows and Girls Jitro Czech Girls Choir; Jiri Skopal, conductor “In Heaven” Navona Records 6228 Liisa Matevinen: Lemmen Nosto (Evoking Love) Philomela Female Choir “Mieli” Alba Tella Turkka: Minne kauneus katosi (Where did the beauty disappear?) Philomela Female Choir “Mieli” Alba Andrea

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July 10, 2019: Chris Cresswell, Sonic Abstractions

Published - July 10, 2019

“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.

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July 6 – 12: Liberty and Justice for All

Published - July 6, 2019

“Music can change the world because it can change people.” – Bono   We are moved by many things, often most deeply moved by events in the world around us.  This week, women responding in music to the humanity of the globe – actions of an individual, the persecution of a group, or the struggle for identity. “Liberty and Justice for All”   Henri Duparc:  La vie antérieure Barbara Hendricks, soprano Lyon Opera Orchestra; Sir John Eliot Gardiner, conductor “Orchestral Songs” EMI Classics 49689 Gabriela Montero:  Ex Patria Gabriela Montero, piano Orchestra of the Americas; Carlos Miguel Prieto, conductor “In

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