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 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 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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