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“Feminine Fusion” is a weekly radio program that highlights the influence of women in classical music. These are the women throughout history and into the present day who create, perform, and inspire. Composer/announcer Diane Jones of WCNY-FM in Syracuse, NY is your host, and every week showcases some of these remarkable women.

Women are the central, unifying focus of this series. It is important to note, however, that their influence is broad-ranging, crossing the boundaries of culture, race, and gender. Who can know what might have happened to the likes of Aaron Copland, Donald Byrd, or Quincy Jones had they not studied with Nadia Boulanger?

“Had you asked me 10 years ago if I would have introduced a program focused on women in music, I would have said ‘no.’ Growing up in a houseful of brothers, I was always treated as their equal,” says Jones. “But there is still gender bias in the music world. I am anxious for the time when we no longer separate composers from women composers, or conductors from women conductors.

Some of the individuals highlighted in this program entered the world of the arts knowing they faced opposition, and gathered their strength to face it head on. Others simply took to their chosen path, often unaware of the impact their actions would have. In every case, however, they have touched hearts and souls with their art.

Contact Diane Jones

Feminine Fusion

Diane Jones

Diane Jones is the host of Feminine Fusion, aired every week on WCNY-FM. An active composer, she has received commissions from nationally and internationally-recognized musicians and ensembles, as well as completing 5 residencies in Syracuse area schools, introducing young musicians to composition. Diane performs regularly with Samba Laranja and the Central New York Flute Choir, and her music has been featured on two SAMMY-award winning CDs. Follow Diane on Twitter (@ComposerJones) and Facebook (here or here) for more about her programming and her music.

Air Date Program Title Description
Dec 30 - Jan 5 Off We Go We are poised at the start of a new year. Here is some of the newest music by women.
Jan 6 - 12 Twos and Threes, Part 3 Performances from all-female duos and trios
Jan 13 - 19 Days of Old Works by women from the Baroque and before
Jan 20 - 26 Patchwork Quilt, Part XL No special theme, just wonderful works and performances by women
Jan 27 - Feb 2 Snow on Snow Works inspired by the snow, from gentle snowfall to swirling storms
Feb 3 - 9 Women of Color: Performers, Part 7 Performances by women of color throughout the years
Feb 10 - 16 Women of Color: Composers, Part 7 More works written by women of color
Feb 17 - 23 Women of Color: Hispanic & Latinx Musicians, Part 4 Performers with Hispanic and Latinx heritage
Feb 24 - March 1 One Life: Rhiannon Giddens The life and music of mold-breaking artist Rhiannon Giddens
  • S08 Ep26: One Life – Margaret Bonds

    February 24, 2024

    “Music has to be human, and people have to like it; it has to move them spiritually and intellectually.”  – Margaret Bonds   Composer Margaret Bonds was an influential African American woman in the music world – and you probably don’t know her name.  On this episode, we look at the life and music of this talented Chicago native.   “One Life – Margaret Bonds”   Minstrel Man and Dream Variation, from Three Dream Portraits Text by Langston Hughes Icy Rene Simpson, soprano Artina McCain, piano “I, too” Longhorn Music Troubled Water Althea Waite, piano “Black Diamonds” Cambria 1097 Songs of the Seasons Texts by Langston Hughes Louise Toppin, soprano John B. O’Brien, piano “Ah! Love But a Day” Albany 385 The Ballad of the Brown King Texts by Langston Hughes Dessoff Choirs Dessoff Orchestra Malcolm J. Merriweather, conductor “The Ballad of the Brown King & Selected Songs” Avie 2413 The […] Read More

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

    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; Thomas Schippers, conductor “Samuel Barber, Thomas Schippers, New York Philharmonic” CBS/Sony 62837 Alberto Ginastera:  Danzas Argentinas (excerpts) Blanca Uribe, piano “Beethoven Sonatas No. 29 & 31; Ginastera – Danzas Argentinas” MSR Classics 1034 Juan Piñera:  Habanera No. 1 Niurka González, flute “Fantasías y Habaneras” Independent Georg Philip Telemann:  Fantasia No. 3 […] Read More

  • S08 Ep24: Women of Color: Composers, Part 7

    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 “Discovery” Summit 457 Valerie Coleman:  Portraits of Langston (excerpts) McGill/McHale Trio; Mahershala Ali, narrator “Portraits – Works for Flute, Clarinet & Piano” Cedille 172   Run time: 58:29 Feminine Fusion highlights the roles of women in classical music.  Host Diane Jones brings you stories and music of the women who […] Read More

  • S08 Ep23: Women of Color: Performers, Part 7

    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; Tai Murray, violin Chineke! Orchestra & Chorus; Anthony Parnther, conductor “Spark Catchers” NMC 250 Florence Price:  Fantasie nègre (excerpts) Michelle Cann, piano “Revival” Curtis Institute Recordings Alice Coltrane, arr. Ashley Jackson:  Prema Ashley Jackson, harp Harlem Chamber Players “Ennanga” Bright Shiny Things, 188     Run time: 58:29 Feminine Fusion highlights […] Read More

  • S08 Ep22: Snow on Snow

    January 27, 2024

      “There are many different images of snow, it’s forms and it’s movements.” – Joan Tower In the heart of the north, in the heart of the winter, music inspired by the snow.   “Snow on Snow” Linda Catlin Smith: Snowdrop Thin Edge New Music Collective “dark flower” Red Shift Records Lori Laitman, text by Mary Oliver:  Early Snow Jennifer Check, soprano; Warren Jones, piano “Becoming a Redwood: Songs of Lori Laitman” Albany/Troy 865 Rosey Mei-Kuei Lee: Twenty-Four Solar Terms (excerpts) Lauren Schack Clark, piano “Piano Music by Rosey Mei-Kuei Lee” Centaur 2908 Bernadette Speach: Angels in the Snow Bernadette Speach, piano “Reflections” Mode 105 Joan Tower: Snow Dreams Carol Wincenc, flute; Sharon Isbin, guitar “Black Topaz” New World Records 80470 Jacob Shea: Arctic Suite Eldbørg Hemsing, violin Arctic Philharmonic; Christian Kluxen, conductor “Arctic” Sony Classical 19439936082   Run time: 58:29 Feminine Fusion highlights the roles of women in classical […] Read More

  • S08 Ep21: Patchwork Quilt, Part XL

    January 20, 2024

    “I’m imagining we’re standing there (in Zambia), gazing at the sky, overwhelmed by the magnitude of what we can see.  I’m imagining that as we stare upwards, our minds can almost take us there, travelling through the night sky and exploring individual stars with their unique personalities and characteristics.” – Anna Lapwood   Let’s add another patch to our quilt, with these recent releases from talented women.  From the sun to the stars, adventures await in the music we’ll hear.   “Patchwork Quilt, Part XL” Giovanni Bottesini:  Elegy No. 1 Mikyung Sung, double bass; Jaemin Shin, piano “The Colburn Sessions” Modus Vivendi Media 2301 Louise Farrenc:  Sonate pour Piano et Violoncelle, Op. 46 Mary Ellen Haupert, piano; Kirsten Whitson, cello “Louise Dumont Farrenc: Deux Sonates de Chambre” Centaur 3271 J.S. Bach:  Chaconne from Violin Partita No. 2 Anabel Montesinos, guitar “A Touch of Time” Guitarcoop Barbara Harbach:  Following the Sacred […] Read More

  • S08 Ep20: Women of Old, Part 3

    January 16, 2024

    “If we stand tall, it is because we stand on the shoulders of many ancestors.” – African proverb   We take another look back at women’s music from the Medieval period through the 1700s.  These are the women who laid the foundations for today’s composers. “Women of Old, Part 3”   Khosrovidukht: Zarmanali e Ints (Wondrous it is to me) Sharakan Early Music Ensemble “The Music of Armenia, Volume Two” Celestial Harmonies Hildegard of Bingen:  O, Ecclesia Anonymous 4 “11,000 Virgins” Harmonia Mundi 907200 Kassia:  I Edessa; Tin pentachordon; Five Hymns to St. Christina VocaMe “Byzantine Hymns of the first female composer of the Occident” Christophorus Barbara Strozzi:  Lagrime Mie Romina Basso – soprano; Latinitas Nostra “Lamento” Naive 5390 Elisabeth Jacquet de la Guerre:  Cantata No. 4, “Jonas” Judith Nelson – soprano Bay Area Women’s Philharmonic; JoAnn Falletta, cond. “Baroquen Treasures” Newport 60102   Run time: 58:29 Feminine Fusion highlights the roles of women in […] Read More

  • S08 Ep18: Off We Go

    January 6, 2024

    “Meraki: to do something with soul, creativity, or love; to put something of yourself into your work.”   This week’s program is dedicated to performances from women working together as duos and trios.  There is something special about the connection and subtlety that comes from a very few individuals playing together.   “Twos and Threes, Part 3” Nino Rota:  Improvviso in D minor Lynn Kuo, violin; Marianna Humetska, piano “Love: Innocence, Passion, Obsession” Independent Jerod Impichchaachaaha’ Tate:  Heloha Okchmali (excerpts) Meraki “Meraki” Equilibrium Recordings 173 Milica Paranosic: Scene for Miolina Miolina “Miolina” Composers Concordance Records 42 Madeline Dring: Trio for Oboe, Bassoon and Piano Three Wood Trio “Three Wood Trio” Centaur 3226 Paul Wranitzky: Trio Concertant, Op. 3, No. 3 (excerpts) The Vivaldi Project “Discovering the Classical String Trio, Vol. 3” MSR Classics 1623   58:30   Feminine Fusion highlights the roles of women in classical music.  Host Diane Jones […] Read More

  • S08 Ep18: Off We Go

    December 30, 2023

    “Co-Muser: someone who imagines musical ideas alongside others, musing collaboratively and experimenting with sound in playful ways.” – Liz Dilnot Johnson   Here we are, poised at the cusp, ready to mark the end of 2023 and look forward to the new year.  It’s always a moment that makes me pause, not just in anticipation of the new year, but to consider what makes that transition noteworthy.  After all, in the words of Barry Manilow, “it’s just a night like all the rest.”  But it is a transition.  So let’s step off into 2024 with a peek at some of the music and events we can look forward to celebrating women in classical music.   “Off We Go” Charlotte Harding:  Luminous, from Bright Lights Czech Philharmonic Wind Ensemble; Shea Lolin, conductor “Chromosphere” Divine Art 21117 Liz Dilnot Johnson:  The Space Between Heaven and Earth Ronald Woodley, basset horn; Andrew West, piano […] Read More

  • S08 Ep17: Hearth and Home

    December 23, 2023

    “Snow was falling, so much like stars filling the dark trees that one could easily imagine its reason for being was nothing more than prettiness.” – Mary Oliver   Music of the season, of snows and Christmas night.  Composed and performed by women.   “Hearth and Home” Sylvia Woods:  Winter Bells Sylvia Woods, harp “3 Harps for Christmas” Tonmeister 1226 Kerry Andrew:  Apples, Plums, Cherries juice “Snow Queens” Resonus Classics 10224 Traditional, arr. Anna Snow:  Lully, Lullay (Coventry Carol) juice “Snow Queens” Resonus Classics 10224 Sarah Dacey:  Down in Yon Forest juice “Snow Queens” Resonus Classics 10224 Larysa Kuzmenko:  Gloria Bella Voce Women’s Chorus of Vermont “Tapestry of Song” Independent Dobrinka Tabakova: Of a rose sing we The Choir of Merson College Oxford; Benjamin Nicholas, director “On Christmas Night: Carols from Merton” Delphian 34324 Traditional, arr. René Schiffer, Tina Bergmann, Jeannette Sorrell: Cold Frosty Morning/Old Christmas/Breakin’ Up Christmas Apollos’ Fire; Jeannette Sorrell, conductor “Christmas on Sugarloaf […] Read More

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