Monthly Archives: August, 2019


August 30 – September 6, 2019: Season 3 Retrospective

Published - August 31, 2019

“I’ve always been interested in arrival, and coming to a space, and even to looking back at where you were.”  – James Turrell   Season 3 of Feminine Fusion has come to a close, and before we jump headlong into Season 4, we’ll take this opportunity to look back over just some of the music we’ve shared together in the last year.   “Season 3 Retrospective”   Joan Tower: Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman, No. 4 Marin Alsop, conductor Colorado Symphony Orchestra “Fanfares for the Uncommon Woman” Koch International 7469 Dolores White:  Blues Dialogues Rachel Barton Pine, violin “Blues Dialogues” Cedile

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August 24 – 30, 2019: Humorous Music

Published - August 24, 2019

“The awful things a hippopotamustn’t do Are just As important as the lawful things A hippopotamust.” – J. Patrick Lewis, “A Hippopotamustn’t”   Let’s have some fun!  This week on Feminine Fusion, some lighthearted works, including words of wisdom from a mother, a few frogs around a fountain, dueling cats, and so much more.   “Humorous Music” Claude Debussy:  Jimbo’s Lullaby (from The Children’s Corner) Larissa Dedova, piano “Claude Debussy: Complete Solo Piano Music” Centaur 3094 Alla Borzova:  Mother Said Paul Sperry, tenor The Da Capo Chamber Players “Pinsk & Blue: The Chamber Music of Alla Borzova” Albany 923 Judith Lang Zaimont:  Bubble-Up Rag

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August 17 – 23, 2019: Summer Heat

Published - August 17, 2019

“Summer’s lease hath all too short a date Sometime too hot the eye of heaven shines” – William Shakespeare, Sonnet 18   It’s August, and we are well past the Summer Solstice and looking toward the Fall.  Before the seasons turn, though, let’s take a listen to music of the Summer.   “Summer Heat”   Elena Kats-Chernin:  Deep Sea Dreaming Gondwana Voices; Lyn Williams, conductor Sally Whitwell, piano “Dreamings” ABC Classics 4769093 Judith Lang Zaimont:  Piano Trio No. 1 “Russian Summer” Peter Winograd, violin; Peter Wyrick, cello; Joanne Polk, piano “Judith Lang Zaimont” Sorel Classics 003 Thea Musgrave:  The Seasons:  IV. Summer Scottish Chamber

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

Published - August 16, 2019

  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.

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August 15, 2019: The Lysander Trio at CSMF

Published - August 15, 2019

  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.  

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August 10 – 16: Lead On

Published - August 10, 2019

“The idea that now there are more and more women conductors is a great sign that women are being seen in leadership roles.” – JoAnn Falletta   This week, women who are leading orchestras around the world.  Including a fascinating work require three conductors – and in this performance, they are all women.   “Lead On” Johann Pachelbel:  Canon in D JoAnn Falletta, conductor Buffalo Philharmonic “Favorite Holiday Classics” Buffalo Philharmonic Dmitri Shostakovich:  Nocturne Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla, conductor City of Birmingham Orchestra Sheku Kanneh-Mason, cello “Inspiration” Decca Classics 4832948 Richard Danielpour:  A Child’s Reliquary Sarah Hicks, conductor Vermont Symphony Orchestra Jamie Laredo, violin; Sharon Robinson,

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August 7, 2019: Rachel Barton Pine at CSMF

Published - August 7, 2019

  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

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August 6, 2019: SkanFest Hilary Hahn

Published - August 6, 2019

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

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August 3 – 9: Striking Music

Published - August 3, 2019

“Percussion is the most adaptable family of instruments.   The biggest challenge is to project percussion in a lyrical way.” – Evelyn Glennie   In many cultures, only the men are permitted to play drums.  Women may sing and dance, but drumming, well, that’s left to the men.    But those norms are being challenged.  For example, the Didá School of Music in Salvador, Bahia “is dedicated to improving the condition of women and children through constructive social engagement revolving around a core of music and dance classes offered at the Didá educational center.” On this episode of Feminine Fusion, we’ll take

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