Monthly Archives: September, 2019


Sept 18 – Oct 4, 2019: Walking in Her Own Shoes

Published - September 28, 2019

“Between saying and doing, many a pair of shoes is worn out.”  – Iris Murdoch It’s tough to be a groundbreaker.  To be the first to achieve something.  It means you’ve had to walk your own path, without the benefit of drawing on the experience of others.  The first woman to conduct an orchestra, the first woman to win a prize or a fellowship.  What is fascinating is not so much what they achieved, but how they did it.  For some, they pushed and fought, demanding their due.  For others, it is just a by-product of being focused on their art

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September 27, 2019: La Boheme in Ithaca

Published - September 27, 2019

    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

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

Published - September 26, 2019

  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.

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September 25, 2019: Travis Newton, SFCM

Published - September 25, 2019

  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.

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September 12 – 27, 2019: Friends

Published - September 21, 2019

“My best friend is the one who brings out the best in me.”  Henry Ford   Amazing things can arise from a friendship.  On this episode, women whose friendships have nurtured some outstanding music.   “Friends” Jules Massenet:  Manon, Act 2 (excerpt) Beverly Sills, Soprano New Philharmonia Orchestra; Julius Rudel, conductor “The Art of Beverly Sills” Deutsche Gramophon 4717662 Astor Piazolla:  Primavera Porteña  Eroica Trio “Pasión” EMI Classics 57033 Georg Philipp Telemann:  Quartet No. 4 in G Major Mélomanie “Georg Philipp Telemann” Lyrichord 8028 Jules Massenet:  Meditation, from Thais Leila Josefowicz, violin Academy of St. Martin in the Fields; Sir Neville Marriner, conductor “Violin for

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September 20, 2019: Pianist Orion Weiss, Symphoria

Published - September 20, 2019

  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.

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September 19, 2019: Kathleen Rathbun, Syracuse City Ballet

Published - September 19, 2019

  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.

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September 14 – 20, 2019: One Life: Joan Tower

Published - September 14, 2019

“Composing is not an easy activity.  But as life goes on, the rewards come in.”  – Joan Tower   At 80 years old, Joan Tower is still an active teacher and composer.  This week we take a listen to some of her music, and some of her thoughts on composing and women in music.   “One Life:  Joan Tower” Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman Colorado Symphony; Marin Alsop, conductor “Joan Tower: Fanfares for the Uncommon Woman” Koch International 7469 Silver Ladders (excerpt) St. Louis Symphony Orchestra; Leonard Slatkin, conductor “Tower: Orchestral Works” First Edition 0025 Night Fields Muir Quartet “Black Topaz”

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1-17: Theater

Published - September 11, 2019

1-17 Theater  From Yiddish Theater to Broadway and opera, we’ll listen to Jewish stories told on stage through music, including Joel Engel’s incidental music from the original 1922 production of The Dybbuk by S. Ansky. Music Includes: Hugo Weisgall: selections from Esther Joel Engel: incidental music from The Dybbuk Fromental Halévy: O Dieu, Dieu de nos Pères Sholom Secunda: Bei Mir Bistu Shein Jerry Herman: Shalom and Independence Day Hora from Milk and Honey Jerry Bock: Lekhayim from Fiddler on the Roof (Yiddish language recording)

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1-16: Eitz Chayim

Published - September 11, 2019

1-16 Eitz Chayim  The Tree of Life, Eitz Chayim, is a common symbol in Judaism.  We’ll add a leaf to our tree of life as we continue to explore Jewish influences in classical music. Music Includes: Rabbi Israel Goldfarb: Shalom Aleichem Eric Whitacre: Five Hebrew Love Songs David Diamond: Kaddish for cello and orchestra Gideon Klein: String Trio Julius Chajes: Hebrew Suite Lehman Engel: Chassidic Chant (Performed by Paul Robeson)

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1-15: The Composers of Today

Published - September 11, 2019

1-15 The Composers of Today  An exploration of modern composers drawing upon their ancient Jewish heritage in new and different was, including a conversation with Michael Isaacson, distinguished composer of both Jewish and secular music. Music Includes: Menachem Wiesenberg: Between the Sacred and the Profane Yehudi Wyner: Tants un Maysele Michael Issacson: Sim Shalom Michael Issacson: Remembrance for Strings Michael Issacson: Bayom Hahu Michael Issacson: selections from American Hallel

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1-14: The High Holidays

Published - September 11, 2019

1-14 The High Holidays  The most significant days on the Jewish calendar are a time to not only greet the new year, but atone for past sins and prepare to do better in the year ahead.  An exploration of music from this special time of year, including Jacob Weinberg’s String Quartet on Jewish Themes. Music Includes: Max Janowski: Avinu Malkeinu Jacob Weinberg: String Quartet on Jewish Themes John Zorn: Kol Nidre Max Bruch: Kol Nidre: Adagio for Cello and Orchestra Cantor Azi Schwartz: The conclusion of Yom Kippur

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1-13: Jewish American Composers

Published - September 11, 2019

1-13 Jewish American Composers  Just about every Jewish American composer has at one time written music inspired by their heritage.  We’ll explore music form just a few of these composers including Aaron Copland and Richard Danielpour. Music Includes: Philip Glass: Psalm 126 Richard Danielpour: Kaddish Aaron Copland: Vitebsk Robert Strassburg: Shadows of Life and Death from The Heritage of Heaven Walter Scharf: The Palestine Suite

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1-12: Samuel Adler

Published - September 11, 2019

1-12 Samuel Adler  A conversation with esteemed composer Samuel Adler, Professor Emeritus from the Eastman School of Music and the Juilliard School.  We’ll discuss his life and work, including how his Jewish heritage has helped to shape his music. Music Includes: Canto 21 Hugo Chaim Adler: Overture from Balak and Balaam Sim Shalom 5 Sephardic Choruses from Ever Since Babylon Psalms 23, 84, 113 Slowly and Contemplative from String Quartet No. 9

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1-11: Choral Music

Published - September 11, 2019

1-11 Choral Music  An exploration of Jewish influences in choral music including music by Erich Zeisl, Max Janowski, and a surprising work by Franz Schubert. Music Includes: Kurt Weill: Kiddush Erich Zeisl: Hebrew Requiem Franz Schubert: Psalm 92 Max Janowski: Sim Shalom David Diamond: Selections from Mizmor L’David John Leavitt: Bashana Haba’ah

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