Monthly Archives: February, 2022

S06 Ep26: Stage and Screen, Part 4

Published - February 26, 2022

“Don’t think of yourself as anything other than an equal.  Break down the doors.  It’s only doors.”  – Hans Zimmer   In 2016, women made up just 3% of composers working on the top 250 highest grossing films*.  And the Met was mounting its second opera composed by a woman – 103 years after the first one.  But women continue to make strides, with help from organizations like the Alliance for Women Film Composers and, yes, even the Met, which is commissioning two new operas, including one by Missy Mazzoli. This week, we’ll hear just a sampling of compositions by women for stage

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February 25, 2022: Ted Lange, “Fences” at the Red House

Published - February 25, 2022

    Ted Lange comes to Syracuse! Ted is the director of “Fences,” the play by August Wilson, opening at The Red House this weekend.  He spoke to host Bruce Paulsen about the play, the importance of this work, and shared a bit of his life in the theater – including his studies at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London. More about “Fences” and The Red House Arts Center here. And more about Ted Lange here.

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February 24, 2022: Barry Torres, Schola Cantorum

Published - February 24, 2022

    Schola Cantorum of Syracuse presents “Infelix ego,” several settings of Savonarola’s Psalm 50.  Music Director Barry Torres spoke to Diane Jones about the concert and these incredible settings.  He also gave us some insight into the wonderful musicians in this ensemble. Learn more about Schola Cantorum here.

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S06 Ep25: Sing, Part 4

Published - February 19, 2022

“She manages to learn music no one else in the world can.”  – Milton Babbit, about Bethany Beardslee   The world of opera is highly competitive, and the odds are against success.  There are no “overnight” successes, and the women on this episode have worked hard for their success.  They lay bare their souls with every note they sing.   Sing, Part 4   Franz Schubert:  Der Einsame Bethany Beardslee, soprano Richard Goode, piano “Bethany Beardslee sings Schubert-Schumann-Brahms” Bridge 9504 Heitor Villa-Lobos:  Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5 Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, soprano English Chamber Orchestra; Jeffrey Tate, conductor “Canteloube: Chants d’Auvergne;

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February 18, 2022: Jon Nakamatsu, Symphoria

Published - February 18, 2022

  Jon Nakamatsu is the guest artist this weekend with Symphoria.  Jon gave us some insight into the Piano Concerto in G from Maurice Ravel, and the incredible music not only for him as a pianist, but the members of the orchestra as well.  And he told us how he went from teaching high school German to a full-time career as a concert pianist. Information about Symphoria can be found here. More about Jon Nakamatsu is available here.

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S06 Ep24: Women of Color: Performers, Part 5

Published - February 12, 2022

  “I became aware that it was an issue, somehow, that I was a black violinist in this beautifully elite, wonderful place…and that someone else cared about it.”  – Jessie Montgomery   This week we hear music from women of color, including the talented sopranos who originated the roles of Bess and Serena in George Gershwin’s opera “Porgy and Bess.”  Plus, the first woman and first African American to join the Juilliard Quartet.   Women of Color: Performers, Part 3 Vincenzo Bellini:  Vaneggia! Il passo sgombrisi (from La straniera) Pretty Yende, soprano; Piero Pretti, tenor Giuseppi Verdi Symphony Orchestra of Milan;

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S06 Ep23: These Hallowed Halls

Published - February 5, 2022

“I already knew what I wanted to say – I just needed the tools to express myself.” – Anna Clyne Some composers will barely acknowledge any music they composed as a student. As they grow in years and experiences, their younger work can feel as though it is something “less.”  This week, we’ll share recordings of works from the student years of some of the best women composing today.  Some of theese composers have gone on to earn tremendous recognition, including two Pulitzer Prize winners and a Pulitzer finalist.  Let’s stroll These Hallowed Halls, filled with music.   These Hallowed Halls  

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WCNY to Air New Show “On the Money”

Published - February 3, 2022

In 1992, WCNY-TV tested a new show concept geared towards personal finances and investment advice. After just one season, it became clear the show was a hit with viewers, many of whom called in with their questions during the live Thursday night broadcasts. “Financial Fitness” went on to become one of the station’s longest-running and highest-rated programs. Now, after a ten-year hiatus, J. Daniel Pluff, former host and creator of “Financial Fitness,” returns to WCNY for a  new “money” show. “On The Money” premieres March 17th at 8:00 pm as a fast-paced, contemporary financial news program featuring interesting people, companies,

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