Monthly Archives: February, 2024


S08 Ep25: Women of Color: Hispanic & Latinx Musicians, Part 4

Published - February 17, 2024

“Until the voice breathes life into the music, you are never quite sure what it will be.” – Samuel Barber to Martina Arroyo   Performances from Hispanic and Latinx musicians fill the hour! “Women of Color: Hispanic & Latinx Musicians, Part 4” Carlos Simon:  Between Worlds Amaryn Olmeda, violin “Songs for Our Times” Deutsche Grammophon Michael Brown:  Echoes of Byzantium Elena Urioste, violin Michael Brown, piano “Echoes – Works for violin and piano” BIS 2284 Camille Saint-Saëns:  Havanaise María Dueñas, violin Vienna Symphony Orchestra; Manfred Honeck, conductor “Beethoven and Beyond” Deutsche Grammophon Samuel Barber:  Andromache’s Farewell Martina Arroyo, soprano New York Philharmonic;

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THIS Is Ithaca, Episodes 10 and 11

Published - February 11, 2024

It this edition of THIS Is Ithaca, we meet Tony Diehl, the Ithaca Police Department’s parking meter collector. Also, Samantha Mason of Gimme Coffee, who describes herself as a “barista/unionista.” Each episode of THIS Is Ithaca is an “audio portrait” of an individual, produced and co-hosted by Marietta Synodis and Florenz Gilly.

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S08 Ep24: Women of Color: Composers, Part 7

Published - February 10, 2024

“we don’t break down barriers in music…we don’t see any.” – Errollyn Wallen, founder of Ensemble X   Outstanding compositions from women of color fill the airwaves this week “Women of Color: Composers, Part 7”   Shirley J. Thompson:  Random Sequences Electric Voice Theatre “Minerva Scientifica – The Franklin Effect” First Hand Records 51 Undine Smith Moore:  Soweto Dr. Samantha Edge, piano; Castles of Our Skins “Homage” Lorelt 147 Florence Price:  Five [Negro] Folksongs in Counterpoint Apollo Chamber Players “Blurred Boundaries” Navona 6038 Errollyn Wallen:  At the Ending of a Year Thomas Bacon, horn; James Graber, horn; Caio Pagano, piano

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Feb. 9, 2024: Rob Auler (Symphoria)

Published - February 9, 2024

  Pianist Rob Auler plays frequently with Symphoria.  This weekend he takes center stage for a performance of Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue.  Rob stopped into the studios to talk about the concert, the joy of playing this piece on it’s 100th anniversary, and give us some insight into being a #GirlDad.     Information about the concert is available on the Symphoria website.

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Central Current Radio – Syracuse’s Dunbar Center

Published - February 8, 2024

In this edition of Central Current Radio, host Rick Wright sits down with Andre Harper, who has been executive director of Syracuse’s Dunbar Center for the past six months. Harper talks about his vision for the center, which has been a mainstay of the local African-American community for decades. They discuss programs and services the center provides, a proposed athletic club, and his hope that members of the community will step forward to help Dunbar with events and fundraising. If you’re interested, contact Harper at aharper@dunbarsyr.org .  

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WCNY’s Jobs Explained Career Day at the MOST

Published - February 7, 2024

WCNY, in collaboration with the MOST, presents Jobs Explained Career Day. The primary objective of Jobs Explained and the event is to enlighten young individuals throughout Central New York about the diverse and extensive career opportunities in advanced manufacturing. Various companies from the sector will be in attendance to showcase their operations, identity, and guide youth on preparing themselves for potential careers in Advanced Manufacturing. Join us on Saturday, Feb. 17 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at the MOST.

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CNY Latino Podcast, Episode 41 – Pareja Flores

Published - February 7, 2024

(#41, 2/8/24) This entire episode of CNY Latino Podcast focuses on the “Pareja Flores,” talking about their cinematography and film projects that not only highlight Latin culture, but also improve and – in some moments – correct our negative image, which we unfortunately have in various aspects of our lives and our society, including in the film industry. This three-part interview is highlighted in this full episode. En este episodio ENTERO tenemos una entrevista extensa, con la “Pareja Flores”, hablando de los proyectos de Cinematografía y Películas que ellos hacen no solamente para destacar la cultura Latina, pero también para

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Strathmore Speaker Series – The Smith Family Fortunes

Published - February 6, 2024

The Strathmore Speaker Series and Onondaga Free Library‘s September 2021 event featured historian and former curator of the Onondaga Historical Association, Dennis Connors. Connors discussed the history of the Lyman Smith Family, best known for their L.C. Smith Shotguns and Smith-Corona Typewriters. The talk explored three generations of the Smith family and their residences as well as how the family’s fortune was made, spent, and dissipated. It was an evening filled with interesting characters and images.    

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Feb. 2, 2024: Carr-Petrova Duo (Geneva Music Festival)

Published - February 5, 2024

    Violist Molly Carr and pianist Anna Petrova (of the Carr-Petrova Duo) are bringing a concert filled with women’s music to the area.  They will be performing “HERS” at the Geneva Music Festival Spring Benefit Concert on March 8th – International Women’s Day!  Anna & Molly chatted with mid-day host about the concert, the importance of presenting women’s music, and their excitement to play in Geneva. More about the Geneva Music Festival is available here. And you can see the Carr-Petrova Duo’s website here.

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S08 Ep23: Women of Color: Performers, Part 7

Published - February 3, 2024

  “No gig is smaller or bigger than the next.  Your time is precious so only fill it with things that fulfill you or make sense financially.” – Caitlin Edwards This week we share performances from women of color – and introduce you to some new names.   “Women of Color: Performers, Part 7” Barbara York:  How Beautiful Velvet Brown, tuba Ron Stabinsky, piano “Velvet Brown, Tuba” Crystal Records 696 Irene Britton Smith:  Sonata for Violin and Piano (excerpts) Caitlin Edwards, violin Daniel Schlosberg, piano “Mere Mortals” Navona 6563 Errollyn Wallen:  Concerto Grosso (excerpts) Isata Kanneh-Mason, piano Chi-chi Nwanoku, double bass;

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Built to Serve – 100 Black Men of Syracuse, Inc.

Published - February 2, 2024

100 Black Men of Syracuse is dedicated to improving the quality of life in the Greater Syracuse area through education, mentorship, and service. This month, Built to Serve host Major Charles Roberts welcomes Claude Greene from 100 Black Men to discuss the organization’s goals and how you can get involved. Click here to see 100 Black Men’s full Program Guide: 100 Black-Men-Program-Guide  

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Feb. 1, 2024: Ken & Kathy Freer, Silverwood Clarinet Choir

Published - February 1, 2024

  The Silverwood Clarinet Choir is in its 17th season of bringing outstanding music to the area.  Co-founder Ken Freer and Artistic Director Kathy Freer stopped into the WCNY studios to share a bit of music and give us a bit of insight into the music coming up in this weekend’s concert.     Information about the Silverwood Clarinet Choir is available here.

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On Point for College Alumni Stars – Bobbie Heard

Published - February 1, 2024

WCNY Community FM is pleased to partner with On Point for College. Since 1999, On Point has helped more than 11-thousand youth from our region get into college, stay there, and succeed afterward. This series on Community FM tells the compelling stories of On Point’s Alumni Stars, who are making a difference in our community. In this episode, we meet Bobbie Heard.

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Innovate to Educate, Episode 17 – “Black Girls Don’t Get Love”

Published - February 1, 2024

Black Girls Don’t Get Love is a book and multimedia brand for girls of color, designed to turn silence into language and change the way Black girls and women are perceived in society. In this Innovate to Educate, host Jody manning speaks with founder Eden Strachan, parent Victoria Coit, and her daughter/student Celeste Hills about what this program has meant for them and young women like them.    

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