Monthly Archives: November, 2021

S06 Ep13: In Olden Days

Published - November 27, 2021

“When the words come, they are merely empty shells without the music. They live as they are sung, for the words are the body and the music the spirit.”  – Hildegard of Bingen   On this episode, we go from convents, to the court of a king, to a Victorian parlor.  The music composed by these remarkable women laid the foundation for today’s composers.  Enjoy this music from “olden days.”   In Olden Days:   Hildegard of Bingen:  Kyrie Oxford Camerata; Jeremy Summerly, director “Heavenly Revelations” Naxos 550998 Sulpitia Cesis:  Motetti spirituali (excerpts) Capella Artemisia; Candace Smith, director “Motetti spirituali” Tactus

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S06 Ep12: Giving Thanks, Part 2

Published - November 20, 2021

“If I have seen further, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.”  – Sir Isaac Newton   No matter how many may travel a path, someone had to be the first to break the trail.  This episode takes note of several women who became the “first” to achieve a breakthrough in the classical music world.  It’s a small way of saying “thank you” for their efforts, and for opening the way for the women who follow.   Giving Thanks Judith Weir:  Vertue (Antiphon, Prayer) Choir of Gonville & Caius College, Geoffrey Webber, conductor “Judith Weir: Choral Music” Delphian 34095

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November 19, 2021: Neave Trio, CMSU

Published - November 19, 2021

  The Neave Trio is presenting the next concert with the Chamber Music Society of Utica.  Their concert, “Her Voice,” brings trios from four women composers to the stage.  Cellist Mikhail Veselov shared his insight into the music and the project, and explained just how the trio got its name.   Information about the Chamber Music Society of Utica is available here. More about the Neave Trio can be found on their website.

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November 18, 2021: Cornelia Orth, CCO Ithaca

Published - November 18, 2021

  The Cayuga Chamber Orchestra is gearing up for an exciting concert with guest artist, guitarist Jordan Dodson.  Music Director Cornelia Orth joined us for a noontime interview to talk about the concert, and how a guest artist is invited to perform.   Learn more about the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra here.

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S06 Ep11: Low Strung, Part 3

Published - November 13, 2021

“All I want to do is go out there and share the wonderful world of music. And advocate music education for every single child regardless of background, ethnicity and wealth. Because it’s so good for you to learn an instrument.” – Chi-chi Nwanoku   We’re a little low strung this week on Feminine Fusion, with music from women who play the double bass and the cello.  We have performances from some musicians you may know, and I’ll introduce you to some who may be unfamiliar. Since 1998, there have been 335 double bass auditions in orchestras around the country.  96% of

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November 12, 2021: Nezhdanova-Placzek Duo, CMM Live

Published - November 12, 2021

  It was so exciting to have live music in our WCNY studios!  Elena Nezhdanova, piano & Roman Planczek, cello, shared their music as well as giving us insights into their upcoming concert, opening the new season with CMM Live.  We’ll hear just how French and Czech music are linked together, and get a listen to just some of Roman’s composition, “Dumka.”   More about Civic Morning Musicals and CMM Live available here. And more about the Nezhdanova-Placzek Duo available here.

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S06 Ep10: Circle Round

Published - November 6, 2021

“Find your voice, and inspire others to find theirs.” – Stephen Covey The human voice has the power to move us in many ways.  When many voices sing together, they create harmonies that are impossible alone.  And when a group of women’s voices join in song, the experience can be almost magical.  This episode features women’s vocal ensembles with music across the centuries.   Circle Round: Guillame DuFay:  Rite Majorem Jacobum Canamus Lorelei Ensemble “Impermanence” Sono Luminus 92226 Robert De Cormier:  They Called Her Moses Bella Voce Women’s Chorus of Vermont “Songs of Hope and Freedom” Bella Voce Traditional (Serbian):  A Window for Her

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November 5, 2021: Ruben Rengel, Symphoria

Published - November 5, 2021

  Violinist Rubén Rengel is the guest artist for the next Symphoria Masterworks concert.  This incredibly talented musician stopped into the Classic FM studios to talk about performing the Korngold Violin Concerto for the first time with an orchestra, and his journey from Venezuela to the US.   Information about this and the full season at Symphoria is available here.

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November 3, 2021: Juan LaManna & Ben Spierman, Oswego Opera

Published - November 3, 2021

  Oswego Opera is back with both live and virtual performances of the Gilbert & Sullivan opera, “H.M.S. Pinafore.”  Artistic director Juan La Manna and stage director Benjamin Spierman stopped into the WCNY studios to talk about this production, and the incredible work that Oswego Opera does to mentor up and coming artists.   Information about Oswego Opera Theater is available here.

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