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Diane Jones Diane Jones is your mid-day host weekdays from 10 am to 2 pm. 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 (PetDragonMusic) for more about her programming and her music.
Percussionist Lisa Pegher will be playing Richard Danielpour’s “The Wounded Healer” this weekend with Symphoria. She stopped into the Classic FM studios to chat with mid-day host Diane Jones about this work that was written for her, and shared some of her music and insights about life as a professional multi-percussionist.
St. Lawrence String Quartet (Photo: Marco Borggreve)
The St. Lawrence String Quartet will be in concert this week, part of the Hamilton College Performing Arts Series. Cellist (and Utica native!) Christopher Costanza spoke to mid-day host Diane Jones about the concert, collaborating with composers and orchestras, and a bit about life on the road.
Information about the Hamilton College Performing Arts Series can be found here.
Learn more about the St. Lawrence String Quartet here.
Pianist Jeffrey Siegel returns to Utica for a new season of Keyboard Conversations. This weekend, Jeffrey brings insight and music to the stage as he presents works by Debussy and Rachmaninoff. He spoke to mid-day host Diane Jones about the program, and the different styles of these two contemporaries.
More information about Keyboard Conversations is available here.
The Skaneateles Festival presents two concerts with the Jupiter String Quartet this week, and cellist Daniel McDonough took time from a busy rehearsal schedule to chat with mid-day host Diane Jones about the concerts, and their collaborations with pianist Andrew Wunsch and composer and steel pan virtuoso, Andy Akiho, and the variety of music in store.
Find out more about the Skaneateles Festival here.
The Cooperstown Summer Music Festival continues as pianists Ran Dank and Soyeon Kate Lee come to the Otesaga Resort Hotel. This husband-wife team spoke to mid-day host Diane Jones about the concert, and gave us some insight into the choreography involved in playing piano four-hands.
Find out more about the Cooperstown Summer Music Festival here.
Pianist Aaron Wunsch (L) and cellist Julia Bruskin, Co-Artistic Directors of the Skaneateles Festival
The Skaneateles Festival begins August 7th, bringing a wide variety of musical performances to Central New York. Co-Artistic Directors of the festival, cellist Julia Bruskin and pianist Aaron Wunsch, came to the Classic FM studios to chat with mid-day host Diane Jones about the festival, Skanfest U, and the amazing artists performing this year. And they delighted us with live music!
More about the Skaneateles Festival can be found here.
Dr. Kristina Boerger comes to Syracuse every summer for a 4-day singers workshop, organized by Schola Cantorum of Syracuse. She took some time out of her packed schedule to drop by the WCNY Studios and chat with mid-day host Diane Jones about the workshop, the concert presented by the participants, and about what it takes to be the founder of an ensemble.
The Schola Cantorum of Syracuse website is available here.
And you can learn more about Dr. Kristina Boerger here.
Director Benjamin Spierman’s vision of Rossini’s “The Barber of Seville” is coming to the Geneva Light Opera company this weekend. Ben and music director James Blachly stopped into the WCNY studios to talk to mid-day host Diane Jones about the production – the talented cast, the timeless score, and a few fun, new twists to the staging.
Information about the Geneva Light Opera is available here.
More on Ben Spierman here, and James Blachly here.
Grammy-winning artist Joanne Shenandoah is joining Symphoria for two performances this weekend, as the orchestra kicks off a year-long celebration of Women’s Suffrage in America. Joanne and her husband, historian Doug George, stopped by the Classic FM studios to chat with mid-day host Diane Jones about this performance of “SkyWoman,” as well as the role of women and the influence of the nations on our culture.
The Cazenovia Counterpoint Festival of the Expressive Arts is in its 20th season in the historic village of Cazenovia. In addition to the artwork displayed around the village throughout the month of July, there are concerts, storytelling, and more! Pianist Sar-Shalom Strong and composer Kevin Ernste stopped into the Classic FM studios to chat with mid-day host Diane Jones about some of the incredible music you can hear, including Kevin’s new commissioned work, Chorales, written in honor of the late Steven Stucky.
The Festival schedule is available on the Society for New Music website here.
The Cast of Pippin, from Syracuse Summer Theatre, with mid-day host Diane Jones
The Syracuse Summer Theatre brings it’s third production to life! “Pippin” won 5 Tony awards for the original production in 1973, and 4 more for the 2013 revival, and tells the tale of Pippin, “a young prince on his search for meaning and significance.”
The cast of Pippin, along with Stage Director Garrett Heater and Musical Director Dan Williams, came to the WCNY studios to talk about the production, performing several selections from the show. Featuring solos from Liam Collins (Pippin), Josh Kimball (Leading Player), and WCNY’s morning host, Bruce Paulsen (Charles).
Information about Syracuse Summer Theatre available here.
Composer Hugh McElyea’s musical drama “Tenebrae: The Passion of Dietrich Bonhoeffer” will be presented at Ithaca College this weekend. Hugh dropped into the Classic FM studios to chat with mid-day host Diane Jones about the production, and the inspirational life of Dietrich Bonhoeffer.
Schola Cantorum of Syracuse is wrapping up its 2017-18 season with a concert of “Three Fifteenth-Century Hits” this weekend. Ensemble founder and music director Barry Torres stopped into the Classic FM studios to chat with mid-day host Diane Jones about the concert, and the vocalists and instrumentalists you’ll hear. They also talked about the annual summer workshop, and the new instrumental sessions with Liamna Pestana and Daniel Yost (whom you’ve heard before on Classic FM!)
Learn more about Schola Cantorum of Syracuse at their website, here.
Starting as a weekend music festival in 2011, the Geneva Music Festival now spans 18 days, and brings in a wide variety of music and artists. Mid-day host Diane Jones spoke to Festival Founder and Director, violinist Geoffrey Herd, along with several artists who will be performing this year: violinist Jinjoo Cho, violist Eric Wong, and cellist Max Geisler. They talked about the festival, and some of the amazing they’ll be performing this year.
Information about the Geneva Music Festival can be found here.
The Miro Quartet and pianist Jon Kimura Parker are coming to Syracuse to close out the season for the Syracuse Friends of Chamber Music. John Largess, violist with the Miro Quartet, spoke to mid-day host Diane Jones about the program, “Love Triangle,” and the relationships between Clara and Robert Schumann and Johannes Brahms.
More about the Syracuse Friends of Chamber Music can be found here.
More about the Miro Quartet, and their Archive Project, can be found here.
Pianist Jon Nakamatsu, guest artist with Symphoria
Pianist Jon Nakamatsu returns to the stage on Friday night, joining Symphoria for the final Masterworks concert of this season. He joined mid-day host Diane Jones live to talk about Beethoven’s emperor concerto, his career as a soloist, and the rewards of his latest role on the faculty at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.
More about Symphoria, including their 2018-19 schedule, can be found here.
And learn more about Jon Nakamatsu on his website.
Jeffrey Siegel returns to the Munson Williams Proctor Arts Institute in Utica for the last concert this season, honoring the 100th anniversary of the birth of Leonard Bernstein. Jeffrey spoke to mid-day host Diane Jones about the program, including the story of the unpublished work by Bernstein that he will be playing.
Learn more about Jeffrey Siegel and his Keyboard Conversations here.
Information about the Munson Williams Proctor Arts Institute is available here.
The Argus Quartet recently won the M-Prize Chamber Arts Competition, and is the current Graduate String Quartet in Residence at The Juilliard School. They will be performing this weekend at the Cooperstown Summer Music Festival, right after their Lincoln Center debut! Mid-day host Diane Jones caught up with the members of the quartet, along with Cooperstown Summer Music Festival artistic director Linda Chesis, to talk about this weekend’s program, “Visions and Miracles.”
Information about the Cooperstown Summer Music Festival is available here.
Guitarist Kenneth Meyer will be the soloist for this weekend’s performances with Symphoria. Ken stopped by the Classic FM studios to talk to mid-day host Diane Jones about Joaquin Rodrigo’s “Fantasia para un gentilhombre,” and shared a wonderful solo performance with us as well.
Founded in 1942, the Baldwinsville Theatre Guild is the oldest continually-performing community theatre group in New York state. To tell us about their upcoming production of “Animal Crackers,” mid-day host Diane Jones welcomed director Dan Stevens (also playing Chico Marx), Doug Rougeux (Groucho Marx), and Jennifer Staples (Harpo Marx). Jennifer also brought along her harp, and filled the Classic FM studio with her wonderful performance.
You can learn more about this production and the Baldwinsville Theatre Guild here.
Liamna Pestana & Daniel Yost specialize in performing Medieval Spanish music on reproduction instruments, hand-crafted by Daniel. They stopped into the Classic FM Studios to chat with mid-day host Diane Jones about their upcoming concert with Schola Cantorum, and about researching the history of the music and instruments of the era.
Symphoria is one of just two musician-led cooperative orchestras in the US. Catherine Underhill, managing director of Symphoria, visited the Classic FM studios to talk to mid-day host Diane Jones about the 2018-19 season. Concert series, venues, and three talented conductors were all among the topic of conversation!
The Oswego Opera Theater is presenting the children’s opera “Brundibar” by Hans Krasa. OOT Artistic Director Juan LaManna stopped by the WCNY studios to chat with mid-day host Diane Jones about the opera, it’s history, and it’s connection to Oswego.
Find out more about the Oswego Opera Theater on their Facebook page here.
Pianist Jeffrey Siegel continues the 30th season of Keyboard Conversations at MWPAI this weekend, with “Bach & Chopin: A Musical Kinship.” Jeffrey joined mid-day host Diane Jones by phone to talk about this concert, and about the connection they shared.
Learn more about Jeffrey Siegel’s Keyboard Conversations here.
And about the Munson Williams Proctor Institute here.
Flutist & Artistic Director of the CSMF joins the American String Quartet in performance
The American String Quartet returns to Cooperstown to open the 20th season of the Cooperstown Summer Music Festival. Mid-day host Diane Jones spoke to flutist and festival Artistic Director Linda Chesis, along with violist Daniel Avshalomov from the American String Quartet, about the first concert of this season, including the world premiere of a new arrangement of Charles Griffes’ “Poem.”
Learn more about the Cooperstown Summer Music Festival here.
Violinist Chee-Yun and soprano soloist Sari Gruber stopped by the WCNY Classic FM studios to chat with Adam Fine about their upcoming performance with Symphoria. They discussed Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto and Mahler’s Symphony No. 4. We also heard some great stories about Chee-Yun’s amazing violin.
More information about Symphoria can be found here.
More information about Chee-Yun can be found here.
And more information about Sari Gruber can be found here.
The Chiara String Quartet is finishing up its final season after 18 years of performing together. They’ll be hosted by the Syracuse Friends of Chamber Music this weekend, in a concert of music by Shostakovich, Jalbert, and Debussy. Violinist Hyeyung Yoon and cellist Gregory Beaver spoke to mid-day host Diane Jones by phone about this concert, and the quartet’s last few performances.
More information about this Syracuse Friends of Chamber Music Concert can be found here.
And more about the Chiara String Quartet can be found here.
The Cayuga Chamber Orchestra is preparing to welcome guest artist Edgar Meyer, double bass, this weekend. The concert includes not one, but two double bass concerti. Music director Cornelia Orth spoke to mid-day host Diane Jones about the concert, as well as letting us in on how the season is programmed.
More information about the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra can be found here.
The Syracuse City Ballet presents its original production of “Aladdin” this weekend. Kathleen Rathbun, artistic director of SCB and the director and choreographer of “Aladdin,” stopped into the Classic FM studios to talk to mid-day host Diane Jones about the production. This spectacle includes hand-painted scenery from Italy and aerialists from 2 Ring Circus, along with New York City dancer Claire Rathbun (fresh from her role on Broadway as Victoria in “Cats.”)
More information about the Syracuse City Ballet can be found here.
Natasha Paremski is coming to Syracuse this weekend! This amazing pianist is the guest artist on the next Symphoria Masterworks Concert, an all-Russian concert featuring Paremski for the Prokofiev Piano Concerto No. 2, Op. 16. She spoke with mid-day host Diane Jones about this concerto, as well as working with composers, and performing in non-traditional settings.
Founder of the Emerson String Quartet. Founders of Music@Menlo. Nine Grammy Awards. These are just a few of the accomplishments of the members of the Finckel-Han-Setzer Trio. Violinist Philip Setzer spoke to mid-day host Diane Jones about the trio’s upcoming concert at Hamilton College, as well as the amazing chamber works on that concert.
Information about the concert on the Hamilton College website here.
More about David Finckel and Wu Han on their website here.
More about Philip Setzer on the Emerson String Quartet website here.
The Syracuse Friends of Chamber Music present their annual Mid-Winter Concert this Saturday, featuring Central New York Musicians in a concert of Chamber Concertos. John Oberbrunner and Barbara Haas from SFCM came to the Classic FM studios to chat with mid-day host Diane Jones about the concert, as well as what to expect for the rest of the season.
Information about the Syracuse Friends of Chamber Music is available here.
Maestro Christian Capocaccia is the Music Director for the next Syracuse Opera production, Verdi’s “La Traviata.” He stopped into the Classic FM studios to chat with mid-day host Diane Jones about the production, and about the changing role of the arts in today’s society.
Clarinetist David Shifrin is one of only two wind players to have been awarded the Avery Fisher Prize. He will be giving a masterclass as well as performing with Symphoria this weekend, and he stopped into the studios at WCNY to chat with mid-day host Diane Jones about the basset clarinet, his masterclass, and the history of Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto.
Matilda Joslyn Gage, perhaps one of the most ardent yet least known leaders of the women’s suffrage movement, is the subject of a new opera premiering this weekend in Syracuse. Mid-day host Diane Jones had the chance to speak to Persis Parshall Vehar, the composer of this new opera, about Gage, her place in history, and the challenges of bringing such a vibrant character to the stage.
For more about this performance, visit the Society for New Music webpage.
The Clinton Symphony Orchestra of the Mohawk Valley is gearing up for its first concert in 2018. Maestro Charles Schneider stopped into the Classic FM studios to chat with mid-day host Diane Jones about the concert, including the return of guest artist, pianist David Kim.
Learn more at the Clinton Symphony Orchestra of the Mohawk Valley here.
Cellist Gregory Wood and pianist Ida Tili-Trebicka are preparing for their January 21st concert, “Encores and Showpieces From Around the World.” They stopped into the Classic FM studios to chat with mid-day host Diane Jones, and give some insight into the program. They also shared a bit of music they will be performing, to whet your appetite for the concert! It’s all part of CMM In Recital Live!
Dr. Jace Saplan has relocated to Central New York from his native Hawaii, and will be the guest conductor for two performances by the Syracuse Vocal Ensemble this weekend. The concerts are titled, “Winter’s Compass: Music from All Directions,” and is a marvelous mix of works from around the world – some familiar favorites, and some that are brand new. Jace, along with Norma Tippett from the Syracuse Vocal Ensemble, stopped into the Classic FM studios to talk to mid-day host Diane Jones about the concerts.
The Syracuse City Ballet’s presents “The Nutcracker” this weekend, and Artistic Director Kathleen Rathbun stopped into the studio to chat with mid-day host Diane Jones about this year’s production. There are some exciting updates to the sets and choreography, and they have added a special sensory-friendly performance to ensure the whole family can experience this classic holiday ballet.
Learn more at the Syracuse City Ballet website here.
The Cayuga Chamber Orchestra is embarking on its 41st season. Conductor and music director Cornelia Laemmli Orth joined mid-day host Diane Jones by phone to talk about the upcoming concert and the rest of the season. You’ll also learn about what brought this Swiss conductor to the US.
You can visit the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra website here.
Victoria Bond is the first woman to have received a doctorate in conducting from Juilliard. She is also the composer of the opera, “Mrs. President, The Opera,” telling the story of Victoria Woodhull, the first woman to run for President of the United States. She joined mid-day host Diane Jones to talk about Woodhull, as well as telling us a bit about how the opera came to be and the challenges of telling a life story on stage.
Information about this weekend’s performance of “Mrs. President, The Opera” can be found at the Lyric Theatre website here.
Learn more about the opera here, and about Victoria Bond here.
Pianist Elena Victoria Nezhdanova and cellist Roman Placzek are coming to Syracuse to perform with CMM in Recital Live. Mid-day host Diane Jones had a chance to chat with them about their program, “Hidden Images,” as well as their roles with the North Carolina Bach Festival.
Learn more about CMM in Recital Live here, and the Nezhdanova-Placzek Duo here.
Opening Night at the Oswego Opera Theater is just a few days away! As they put the finishing touches on this production of “The Mikado,” stage director Benjamin Spierman and artistic director Juan LaManna took some time from rehearsals to chat with mid-day host Diane Jones. We talked about the relevance of this opera in relation to today’s headlines, and learned a bit about the history of the company.
You can learn more about the Oswego Opera Theater on their Facebook page here.
The Chiara String Quartet will be closing the season at the Cooperstown Summer Music Festival this weekend, and mid-day host Diane Jones had the chance to chat with cellist Gregory Beaver about that concert. The quartet is remarkable as it performs “by heart.” Gregory talked about the benefits – and challenges – of memorizing their programs, as well as giving insight into how they choose their programs.
The Chiara String Quartet has announced that this year will be their final performance season as an ensemble.
You can learn more about the Chiara String Quartet here.
Information about the Cooperstown Summer Music Festival is available here.
The Takacs Quartet will be opening the Syracuse Friends of Chamber Music 2017-18 season. Mid-day host Diane Jones spoke to cellist and founder Andras Fejer about the concert, and the origins of the quartet.
Cellist Christopher Costanza will be coming home to Utica for a concert with the Chamber Music Society of Utica. Chris will be performing all six of the Bach Solo Cello Suites in a two-part performance. He spoke to mid-day host Diane Jones from his home in California, talking about his preparations and about his first introduction to the suites at the age of just 11.
To learn more about Chris and his recording of the cello suites, visit his website.
For information about the Chamber Music Society of Utica, including this concert and their complete season, visit their website here.
“Roaring Into the Future” is the current exhibit at the Munson Williams Proctor Arts Institute in Utica, NY. Mary Murray, the Head of Curatorial and Exhibitions for MWPAI, spoke to mid-day host Diane Jones about the exhibit, and the history that helped to influence the art of the early 20th century. The museum is also hosting the musical group “The Hot Sardines” leading up to the closing weekend of the exhibition, to bring visitors a taste of the days of the speakeasy
To learn more about this exhibition, and the MWPAI, visit their website here:
Violinist Anne Akiko Meyers stopped by the WCNY studios to chat with mid-day host Diane Jones about her upcoming performance with Symphoria. She talked about “Archeopteryx,” the violin concerto she commissioned from composer Mason Bates, as well as finding the emotion in new works.
More information about Symphoria can be found here.
To learn more about Anne and her performances, view her website here.
Composer Chinary Ung left Cambodia in 1964 to study music in the United States. His work, “Auras,” will be part of the opening concert for the Society for New Music 2017-18 season. He stopped into the Classic FM studios to talk to mid-day host about that work, the techniques he asks of his musicians, and about the concept of “perfection.”
Information about the Society for New Music can be found here.
Maureen Campanie of Madison County began “Concert for a Cause” in 2017 as a way to share music and a sense of community, while benefiting local organizations. This weekend, Symphoria principal clarinetist Allan Kolsky joins the Jefferson String Quartet (made up of members of Symphoria as well) for a concert to benefit the Center for New Americans. Allan and Olive Sephuma, director of the Center for New Americans at Interfaith Works, stopped into the Classic FM studios to talk about the concert, the good things the Center is doing in the area, and to share just a bit of the music to be performed on Sunday.
More information about Allan and the musicians of Symphoria can be found here, and the Center for New Americans here.
Pianist Jeffrey Siegel opens his 30th season of Keyboard Conversations at the Munson Williams Proctor Arts Institute this weekend, with a program of “Music of the Night: The Mystic and the Macabre.” Jeffrey took some time out of his busy schedule to chat with mid-day host Diane Jones about the upcoming performance, and reflect back on the early days of Keyboard Conversations.
More about Jeffrey Siegel and Keyboard Conversations can be found at his website.
Syracuse native Lucas Button has just completed his third summer as a Tanglewood Music Center Cello Fellow. Lucas stopped by the WCNY studios to chat with mid-day host Diane Jones and share his experiences at Tanglewood, as well as talk about his musical future.
Lucas has joined Symphoria, and will be performing with them this upcoming season. Learn about Lucas here, and about the Tanglewood Music Center here.
The Jewell Trio once again closes A Little Summer Music in Vienna, the concert series held in Vienna, NY every August. The members of the trio (Peter Rovit, violin; Gregory Wood, cello; and Sar-Shalom Strong, piano) and the festival organizer, Stephen Carpenter, joined mid-day host Diane Jones live in the WCNY studios to talk about the concert, and to give us a taste of what they’ll be playing.
More information about the festival can be found on Facebook.
Pianist Adam Rothenberg is a Syracuse native, and one of 100 Fellows at the Tanglewood Music Center this summer. Mid-day host Diane Jones had the chance to catch up with Adam between rehearsals and chat about his time at Tanglewood, and the challenges and rewards of being a collaborative pianist.
The Tanglewood Music Center Fellowship Program is the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s summer academy for advance musical study. Find out about TMC here.
Time for Three is getting ready to head to the Cooperstown Summer Music Festival for an exciting performance this weekend. Mid-day host Diane Jones had the chance to chat with the members of Tf3, Nick Kendall & Charles Yang, violins, and Ranaan Meyer, double bass. They talked about blurring the lines between musical genres, and the importance of encouraging excitement and creativity in music for youngsters. As for what they’ll be playing on Sunday? Hmmm….
For more information about the Cooperstown Summer Music Festival, visit the festival website. You can learn more about Time for Three at their website.
Syracuse City Ballet’s founder and artistic director Kathleen Rathbun took time from her busy rehearsal schedule to chat with mid-day host Diane Jones about the upcoming performance, “Summer Heat.” Kathleen also brought us up-to-date on the performances happening this week at the Syracuse Shakespeare Festival, the upcoming season’s productions, and the exciting new rehearsal space for the company.
You can find out more about Syracuse City Ballet at their website.
The Daedalus Quartet very generously stopped into the WCNY studios in between their two performances at the Skaneateles Festival to share some conversation and music with us! Mid-day host Diane Jones spoke to them about collaborating with Windsync, and we also chatted about their sold-out performance of “Black Angels” last year in Philadelphia.
Learn more about the Skaneateles Festival on their website, and about the Daedalus Quartet here.
Aaron Wunsch and Julia Bruskin are incredible musicians, and they are also the Artistic Directors of the Skaneateles Festival, presenting “World Class Music by the Lake” in Central New York. They came to the WCNY studios to tell us about the varied and exciting music taking place in Skaneateles throughout the 4 weeks of the festival. They also gave us a sample of some of the works from their “Go Hear!” series, taking you on a musical tour around the world.
Learn more about the Skaneateles Festival on their website.
Linda Chesis, founder and artistic director of the Cooperstown Music Festival, is preparing for a busy August! The Festival is in full swing this month, beginning with three performances by the Jasper String Quartet just this weekend! Linda spoke to mid-day host Diane Jones to tell us about all the incredible musical events coming up in the next few weeks. We also talked about next year’s 20th anniversary season!
Details on this season and more are the Cooperstown Music Festival website.
Peruvian clarinetist Marco Antonio Mazzini has been in Central New York for the past two weeks giving performances and workshops across three counties. The Silverwood Clarinet Choir has been hosting and performing with Marco, and they came to our studios for their last performance together before he heads home to Peru. If you missed the performance live, here is your chance to catch it!
At the end of this lunchtime concert, mid-day host Diane Jones was pleased and honored to present Marco with a proclamation from Syracuse Mayor Stephanie A. Miner, declaring August 1 “Marco Antonio Mazzini Day.” Here is the proclamation:
Learn more about the Silverwood Clarinet Choir here, and about Marco Antonio Mazzini here.
Cellist Elinor Frey is in Syracuse for just a week, performing as part of the Cazenovia Counterpoint Festival of Music and Arts. She stopped into the studio with mid-day host Diane Jones to talk about her latest CD, Complete Cello Sonatas of Angelo Maria Fiore, and about her love of both Baroque and contemporary classical music.
You can learn more about Elinor and her music on her website.
It was a full house at the WCNY studios when the cast of Spring Awakening stopped in to give us a wonderful preview of their upcoming show. Stage director Garrett Heater and musical director Bridget Moriarty gave us some great insight into the show and its history, and the cast was right on point with their performance! Mid-day host Diane Jones was joined by some of the staff of WCNY, making for an enthusiastic audience.
For complete information about this show, and about the Syracuse Summer Theatre, visit their website or their Facebook page.
Collaboration and multi-media installations are becoming more and more prevalent in the arts today. Composer Christopher Cresswell and lighting designer Katie Gilliland stopped by the Classic FM studios to talk to Diane Jones about “Pushing Boundaries,” an immersive sound and lighting experience taking place at – a furniture store? It’s part of the Cazenovia Counterpoint Festival, going on throughout July.
For more about the events in and around the village during the July Cazenovia Counterpoint Festival of Music and Arts, visit the Society for New Music website here.
One of the keystones of the Cazenovia Counterpoint Festival of Music and Arts is their Rising Stars. These concerts pair talented local young musicians with emerging composers for a lunchtime performance opportunity, featuring new music and familiar favorites. Sar-Shalom Strong is the collaborative pianist for most of these performers. He was joined in the FM studios by Rising Star keyboardist Dominic Fiacco, who – at just 12 years old – has just been invited to perform at St. John the Divine in New York City. Take a listen to this interview with mid-day host Diane Jones.
For complete details on all the events in and around the village during the July Cazenovia Counterpoint Festival of Music and Arts, visit the Society for New Music website here.
The Albany Symphony is embarking on an exciting trip next week, as they cruise from Albany to Lockport on the Erie Canal. Music Director David Alan Miller spoke with mid-day host Diane Jones about the trip (which has been in the works for nearly 17 years), and the concerts they’ll be giving along the way. Seven stops in seven days, to celebrate the bicentennial of the Erie Canal. This is truly a once-in-a-lifetime event!
Learn about the symphony and Water Music New York at the Albany Symphony website.
Barry Torres joined mid-day host Diane Jones live via phone to talk about the next concert from Schola Cantorum of Syracuse, Salve Regina. He talked about the history of these settings of the Marian Antiphon, and their place in the liturgy. Also on tap is the Summer Workshop for Singers hosted by the ensemble every year, and Barry gave us an idea of what his “dream concert” would be.
More information on Schola Cantorum can be found here.
Allan Kolsky, principal clarinet with Symphoria, stopped into the Classic FM studios to talk about his concert titled “Music of Love and Loss.” The concert honors loved ones who have passed on, and each piece has a deep meeting for Kolsky. Also in the studio, composer Marc Satterwhite, who composed two of the works Kolsky will perform. They shared some of their music with mid-day host Diane Jones, and talked about about other performances that have moved them.
Details about the concert at Temple Concord are available here.
The LaVeck Concert Series is dedicated to ensuring classical music is available to everyone. Their concerts are casual, come-as-you-are events, in a friendly atmosphere. Pianists and LaVeck artistic director Robert Auler came to the Classic FM studios with three other outstanding musicians, all of whom will be performing on the next concert. Mid-day host Diane Jones welcomed the group for conversation and a live preview of just a few of the works from the concert. We welcomed:
Robert Auler, pianist and artistic director, LaVeck Concerts
Jillian Honn, oboe
Trevor Jorgensen, clarinet
Tim Lanigan, vocalist
Also performing on the next concert are Duo Canfield, and Lauren Becker, horn.
You can learn more about LaVeck Concerts on their website.
Flutist and musical director Barbara Bridgers of the Central New York Flute Choir joined mid-day host Diane Jones to chat about the group’s upcoming Annual Spring Concert. We talked about the program (including a world premiere for Contrabass Flute and Flute Choir), and the joys of playing in an ensemble like this.
The Geneva Music Festival begins its seventh season on June 1st, and festival founder and artistic director Geoffrey Herd joined mid-day host Diane Jones to talk about what’s in store. Also joining the conversation were GMF musicians Eliot Heaton, violin; Eric Wong, viola; and Max Geissler, cello. They are in town early for several outreach programs in conjunction with the festival. Take a listen, and you’ll even find out about the time Eric performed with former Secretary of State, Condoleezza Rice!
Many thanks to Greg Cotterill at WEOS for hosting the GMF guests at their station, and setting up our remote feed.
You can find out more about the Geneva Music Festival at their website.
(Due to a minor technical error, the audio for this interview begins immediately after our introductions. But don’t worry — the details of the festival are recapped at the end of the interview!)
Liamna Pestana and Daniel Yost joined mid-day host Diane Jones in the WCNY Studios, sharing music and conversation with the Classic FM listeners. Playing a Spanish Baroque guitar and vihuela that Daniel made, they sang and played several Spanish Renaissance works. They will be the guest artists at the next Schola Cantorum concert, and Maria De Angelis from Schola Cantorum spoke to us about the ensemble and what is next for them.
To learn more about Schola Cantorum, visit their website here. You may also learn more about Liamna and Daniel on their Facebook page, here.
The Syracuse Gay and Lesbian Chorus is presenting a concert of “Women In Song” this weekend, and member Earl Taylor stopped by the Classic FM studios to talk to mid-day host Diane Jones about the concert, and about the chorus.
Symphoria ends it’s 2016-17 concert season with guest Philippe Quint, playing the Barber Violin Concerto. Philippe has 15 CDs, two of which received Grammy nominations. He stopped into the Classic FM studios to chat with mid-day host Diane Jones about the concert, and his 1708 Stradivarius violin, “Ruby.”
Learn more about Philippe Quint here, and the Symphoria concert here.
The Cooperstown Summer Music Festival opens with it’s Spring Concert this weekend. Founder and Artistic Director Linda Chesis joined mid-day host Diane Jones to talk about the upcoming concert, as well as the summer season of music at the festival. It’s an exciting season ahead, and you can learn all about it right here!
The American String Quartet will be closing the season with the Syracuse Friends of Chamber Music this weekend. Violist Daniel Avshalomov joined mid-day host Diane Jones live via telephone to talk about the concert, including the Syracuse premiere of George Tsontakis’ “String Quartet 7.5”
As sometimes happens with remote interviews, the technology gremlins pounced, and Daniel was, unfortunately, disconnected. But not before providing some wonderful insight into this concert, collaborating with guest pianist Anton Nel, and the balance of music both new and familiar.
You can learn more about this concert at www.SyracuseFriendsOfChamberMusic.org, and about the American String Quartet at www.AmericanStringQuartet.com
We welcomed pianist Jon Kimura Parker to the WCNY studios, to talk about his concerts with Symphoria this weekend. Jon talked with mid-day host Diane Jones about the Grieg Piano Concerto, and about his experiences performing in war-torn Sarajevo in 1995. Be sure to listen to this marvelous interview.
More information about this concert is available at ExperienceSymphoria.org. Learn more about Jon Kimura Parker at www.JonKimuraParker.com
Maestro Lawrence Loh of Symphoria stopped into the Classic FM studios to chat with mid-day host Diane Jones. Find out about the concerts coming up for the rest of this season, and about the exciting 2017-18 season for Symphoria. Maestro Loh also tells us a bit about just how a season of music is planned, and the challenges of performing in unusual spaces,
Jeffrey Siegel returns to Utica this weekend for another Keyboard Conversations. He spoke with mid-day host Diane Jones about “Keys to the Classics,” and the marvelous relationships between Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven.
Albert Nocciolino is not only president and CEO of Famous Artists Broadway in Syracuse, he is also a Tony Award-winning producer! He stopped into the Classic FM studios to talk to mid-day host Diane Jones about the next shows coming to town, and why these touring shows are a great economic benefit to Syracuse.
Director Valerie Rachelle has returned to Syracuse for the third time, to direct the Syracuse Opera production of “Eugene Onegin.” She stopped into the studio to chat with mid-day host Diane Jones about this production, as well as her directing style.
The Syracuse Opera presents “Eugene Onegin” this Friday and Sunday. For details and tickets, visit www.SyracuseOpera.org.
One of the most versatile and prolific composers of the Renaissance, Orlando di Lasso, is the focus of the next Schola Cantorum concert. Founder and Music Director Barry Torres spoke to mid-day host Diane Jones about this concert, about Lassus, and gave us a peek into what is next for Schola.
Kathleen Rathbun Founder/Artistic Director Syracuse City Ballet
The Syracuse City Ballet celebrates its 20th season with a step back in time. “Snow White” was the very first production of the SCB, and is an original ballet conceived and choreographed by founder and artistic director, Kathleen Rathbun. Two of the lead dancers in this production were in that original production, and mid-day host Diane Jones had a chance to chat with Kathleen about this production and how it has evolved over time.
For tickets and information about this production, visit the Syracuse City Ballet website.
The Chamber Music Society of Utica will be hosting the Minetti Quartet and guest artist Andreas Klein in concert on Sunday, February 26th. Mid-day host Diane Jones had the chance to speak to Andreas about the Robert Schumann Piano Quintet, as well as his time spent in the recording studio and on the road.
For tickets and information about this and upcoming Chamber Music Society of Utica concerts, visit their website.
With three opportunities to see this year’s Vision of Sound program, it was great to have composer Paul Leary stop into the WCNY studios to talk about his piece, collaborating with choreographer Rose Beauchamp, and what it takes to compose electronic versus acoustic music. It’s all part of this year’s collaboration with the Society for New Music and Syracuse Symposium. If you missed the live broadcast, be sure to take a listen!
Vision of Sound: (Making) Place has three upcoming performances: Friday 2/17 at 7:30pm in Syracuse, Sunday 2/19 at 3:00pm at SUNY-Oswego, and Sunday 2/26 at 3:00pm at Hamilton College. Details can be found right here.
Christian Capocaccia In rehearsal for Syracuse Opera’s “Rigoletto” Photo by Steven Stull
Christian Capocaccia, music director for the upcoming Syracuse Opera production of Verdi’s Rigoletto, chatted with mid-day host Diane Jones about this exciting production. This is his second collaboration with Syracuse Opera (he conducted “La Boheme” last season), and he is thrilled with the talented cast that has been assembled. He also spoke about the importance of arts in the community and in our lives!
More information about Syracuse Opera can be found here.
Metropolitan Opera Orchestra violinist Shem Guibbory and Hamilton College pianist Sar-Shalom Strong visited the WCNY studios to talk about their upcoming residency at Hamilton. Collaborating with photographer Peter Laytin, Shem has programmed a wonderful concert including Georges Enescu’s “Impressions d’enfance” in a multi-media performance with Laytin’s works. We also talked about Shem’s “Journey of 100,” and the time Sar judged a competition sponsored by NASA.
More information about the residency at Hamilton College can be found here. You may also learn more about “Memories and Reflections,” the collaboration with Peter Laytin, as well as “A Journey of 100” here.
Erik Kibelsbeck Musical Director, Onondaga Civic Symphony Orchestra
Maestro Erik Kibelsbeck joined mid-day host Diane Jones via phone to tell us all about the upcoming concert from the Onondaga Civic Symphony Orchestra. This community orchestra presents four concerts every year, and the next concert will be performed in Syracuse and in Ithaca! The concert is titled “One, Two, Three” (you’ll have to listen to find out why!), and features organist Jeffrey Snedeker, as well as violinists Steve Levine and Brenna Ogilvie.
For information about the Onondaga Civic Symphony Orchestra season, visit their website here.
It was a full house in the FM studios! Saturday evening, the Syracuse Friends of Chamber Music will be presenting their Mid-Winter Concert, and Diane Jones welcomed John Oberbrunner and Barbara Haas from the SFCM board, along with Jon Garland, horn, and Jon English, tenor, to learn more. The concert features 3 Bs – but not the ones you may be thinking of! Music of Leonard Bernstein, Benjamin Britten, and Johannes Brahms, presented by an incredibly talented group of Central New York musicians will fill the stage.
Visit the Syracuse Friends of Chamber Music website (here) for tickets and more information.
Composer Tom Cipullo stopped in to the FM studios today. He is here as part of the Baker Guest Artist Series at Syracuse University as they present a program of three short operas by leading American composers this weekend. Tom’s 10-minute opera, “Lucy,” will be included the program. “Lucy” is the story of “an elderly woman visited by a strange apparition.” Tom will also be conducting a forum and masterclass on Wednesday, January 25.
We spoke about the residency, as well as his opera “Glory Denied” (which opened Syracuse Opera’s 2015-16 season), and what draws him to vocal music. Eric Johnson from Syracuse University joined Tom and mid-day host Diane Jones.
Details on this weekend’s performances are available at: vpa.syr.edu/calendar.
Composer and Brian Israel Prizewinner Ryan Chase joined host Diane Jones in the Classic FM studios. He talked about his music, and the challenges of balancing composing, conducting, and performing. He also explained the origin of his piece, “repeat a lie often enough,” which will be performed live on Sunday, January 22 at 2:30 at the Society for New Music concert, “Music Here & Now.”
Barry Torres Founder & Director of Schola Cantorum
Barry Torres stopped by the Classic FM studios to chat with Diane Jones about the upcoming Schola Cantorum concert. We also talked about the joys and challenges of putting together an early music concert, and some of the differences in style from the classical works we hear so often in a concert hall. You’ll also hear a bit of music from last year’s Christmas concert. Take a listen!
Kathleen Rathbun, founder and artistic director of the Syracuse City Ballet, visited the Classic FM studios to chat about this weekend’s performances of The Nutcracker Ballet. She and mid-day host Diane Jones talked about some of updates she has incorporated into this year’s performance, including the addition of brother Fritz in Clara’s adventures, and the addition of the Spanish dance. We also talked about the Outreach efforts of SCB – did you know this year over 3,500 school children will experience “The Children’s Nutcracker,” a one-hour abbreviated presentation that introduces them to the ballet?
Jay Campbell, cello; David Fulmer, violin; Robert Auler, piano
The LaVeck Concert Series is going strong in Pulaski, NY. Founder and Artistic Director Robert Auler, along with violinist/composer/conductor David Fulmer, stopped by the WCNY studios to chat about the next concert in the series, and to entertain us with a bit of Mozart while they were here. Take a listen, and get some insight into performing as a trio, and find out David’s thoughts about the pros and cons of electronic and acoustic music.
On Thursday evening, audiences can enjoy the one-act opera, “The Classical Style,” with music by Steven Stucky and libretto by Jeremy Denk. (This is the last large-scale work by Stucky prior to his death in 2016.) This is the third performance presented by the Society for New Music, and Eric Johnson (who plays Beethoven) and Danan Tsan (who plays Sub-Dominant) joined mid-day host Diane Jones in the studio to chat about this production. Listen in to find out what makes this opera unique!
Soprano Janet Brown and pianist Ida Tili-Trebicka stopped into the Classic FM studios this morning to chat about this Sunday’s tribute concert, presented by Civic Morning Musicals. A tribute to the Centenary of Helen Boatwright’s birth, the concert features former students, friends, and relatives of this wonderful Soprano and Syracuse arts advocate. We also played a couple of short works recorded by Helen. Diane Jones is your host!
Bass-baritone David John Pike divides his time between Canada and Luxembourg. This week, he will be back in Kingston, ON, for a concert of both pop and classical music, called “Your Songs.” Take a listen as he tells mid-day host Diane Jones just how that program came o be, and the differences in how he approaches these works.
Yunn-Shan Ma New Artistic Director of the Syracuse Vocal Ensemble
The Syracuse Vocal Ensemble welcomes their new Artistic Director to the podium this weekend! Yunn-Shan Ma stopped by the WCNY-FM Studios to chat with mid-day host Diane Jones about the concert, the upcoming season, and tell us how a chance encounter put a baton in her hand and introduced her into the world of conducting.
We welcomed David Neal to the Classic FM studios on Thursday. David is the Founder and Artistic Director of the Arts at Grace in Cortland, and has been presenting concerts there for 13 seasons. He talked with mid-day host Diane Jones about the upcoming concert of music by composer Robert Paterson (including a world premiere!), the current season of the Arts at Grace, and brought some music for us to enjoy.
Maestro Fabio Mechetti (photo credit: Andre Fossati)
Maestro Fabio Mechetti took time out from rehearsals with Symphoria to stop by the Classic FM studios for a chat. We talked about tomorrow’s concert, working with soloists, and building an orchestra from the ground up! Take a listen….
Maestro Mechetti conducts Symphoria, with guest artist, pianist Valentina Lisitsa, on Saturday, October 8 at 7:30 pm. Details are here.
Mid-day host Diane Jones welcomed Jonathan Chai, Artistic Director, and Barbara Haas, Publicity Director, from the Syracuse Friends of Chamber Music for a noontime chat at the Classic FM studios. They spoke about the upcoming season, including the 23rd appearance of the Juilliard String Quartet, who will once again present the opening concert for this season.
The concert is Saturday, October 1 at 7:30 pm. Details are here.
Heldentenor Jon Fredric West joined mid-day host Diane Jones in the Classic FM studios to talk about his celebration of 50 years of performing! He tells the listeners about learning to care for his voice as a teenager, singing six performances of the Ring Cycle at the Met, and shares a little of his Irish heritage through song.
Jon will be giving a recital at Hamilton College on Saturday, 9/24 at 7:30 pm. Details are here.
The Syracuse City Ballet celebrates its 20th Anniversary Season this year, and they are kicking it off with an “Intimate Evening with the Syracuse City Ballet” this Thursday night. SCB Founder & Artistic Director, Kathleen Rathbun, and Stephanie Dattellas, Ballet Mistress & Company Manager, joined Diane Jones in the Classic FM studio to talk about this event, and the upcoming SCB season.
To learn more about the Syracuse City Ballet, including details and tickets for any of their events, visit their website.
Stephanie Dattellas (L) and Kathleen Rathbun in the Classic FM studio.
Eric Reed and John Rojak from the American Brass Quintet joined host Diane Jones by phone from their classroom at Juilliard in advance of their Sunday concert at Colgate University. Listen as they describe how they plan a program, mentor young musicians, and more.
The American Brass Quintet website can be viewed here.
We welcomed Bob Oddy from Civic Morning Musicals into the Classic FM studios to bring us up to date on the new season. CMM brings you free noontime recitals every Wednesday at the Everson Museum of Art, and a regular season of full concerts, along with youth competitions every year. And this season, they are celebrating the recently refurbished Steinway pianos (yes, two of them!) that are used at almost every concert! Visit the Civic Morning Musicals website right here.
Jeffrey Siegel will be bringing his Keyboard Conversations to Central New York again this coming Saturday, 9/10. Mid-day host Diane Jones had a chance to chat with Jeffrey about his 26th season at the Munson Williams Proctor Arts Institute, and this Saturday’s concert, “Fiesta!” You can learn more about Jeffrey Siegel and Keyboard Conversations here.
The Jewell Trio has been a fixture at A Little Summer Music in Vienna since it’s founding 8 years ago. The members of the Jewell Trio – Peter Rovit, violin; Sar Shalom Strong, piano; and Gregory Wood, cello – chatted with host Diane Jones in the WCNY studios and gave a wonderful performance! Some of our WCNY staff were in the audience, and were treated to excerpts from Debussy, Babandjanian, and a rousing Beethoven finale. Details on the concert series can be found on their Facebook page.
Now in it’s 8th season, A Little Summer Music in Vienna brings a varied concert series to Vienna, NY every Sunday in August. Steve Carpenter and Sar Shalom Strong, organizers of the festival, dropped into the WCNY studios to chat with host Diane Jones about this week’s concert. Sar even brought along some excerpts from the Lafayette Road Chamber Players’ rehearsal a few days ago, just to whet your appetite for Sunday’s concert. Details on the concert series can be found on their Facebook page.
The Cooperstown Summer Music Festival goes into full swing beginning August 5, 2016. Festival founder and artistic director Linda Chesis joins host Diane Jones to talk about this year’s events. There’s Elizabethan lute music, a 100th birthday celebration of Frank Sinatra, a troupe of Flamenco dancers, and a marvelous gathering of musicians performing chamber works – something to please everyone! Listen to the interview, then head to www.CooperstownMusicFest.org for complete festival information and tickets.
Every year, the Cazenovia Counterpoint Festival of Music and Arts presents two “Rising Stars” afternoon concerts, showcasing up and coming musicians from Central New York. This year, three former Rising Stars returned to Cazenovia for an evening concert. Two of those alumni, tenor Dominick Corbacio and violinist Shelby Dems, stopped by the Classic FM studios to talk about their music and the excitement of revisiting some of their original Rising Stars music, now with a more secure and mature perspective.
(Diane notes: “I must apologize! I was having so much fun catching up with Dominick and Shelby that I started the recording a bit late. We join the interview in progress as Dominick explains how he was originally chosen as a Rising Star in 2007.”)
Willkommen, bienvenue, welcome! It’s the 50th Anniversary of Kander & Ebb’s “Cabaret,” and host Diane Jones welcomed cast members from the Syracuse Summer Theatre at the Oncenter production to the WCNY studios to sing and chat about this inaugural production. Garrett Heater (artistic director, production director, and “Emcee”), CJ Roche (“Cliff”), and Kit Kat Klub dancers Cassie Angerosa, Chelsea Colton, and Lauren Puente, sang for us, accompanied by music director Bridget Moriarty. (More information for this production available on Facebook)
Co-artistic directors Julia Bruskin and Aaron Wunsch joined host Diane Jones in the WCNY Studios to chat about the upcoming Skaneateles Festival, and to play some wonderful live music as well! More information about the Skaneateles Festival can be found here.
What happens when Art and Science intersect? Find out, as Dr. Mark Bowick, Director of the Soft Matter Program at Syracuse University, and Dr. Andrew Waggoner, Chairman of the Composition Department at the SU Setnor School of Music, collaborate. “Hexacorda Mollia” received its premiere during a 4-day international conference on Soft Matter, hosted by Syracuse University.
Linda Chesis, flutist and founder of the Cooperstown Chamber Music Festival, visited by phone to talk about her weekend concert, and give listeners a hint of the summer festival that is just around the corner.
Diane Jones welcomed Catherine Underhill, Managing Director of Symphoria, to the Classic FM studios. They chatted about the end of the current season, and what audiences can look forward to in 2016-17.
Live at WCNY welcomed the Neave Trio in the second of our Fall Concert Series. This talented trio delighted our in-studio audience with music and conversation. The performance was hosted by Classic FM morning host, Bruce Paulsen.
Matt Haimovitz kicked off the Fall Concert Series in 2015 with a wonderful performance of the Bach Cello Sonata No. 1. This was his first stop on a program presenting all 6 cello sonatas plus six newly commissioned works in four locations in Central New York – in just 2 days!