Classical 91.5

Feminine Fusion

Saturdays at 8pm on WXXI-FM 91.5, WXXY-FM 90.3 and

“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.

WXXI's Julia Figueras with Feminine Fusion host Diane Jones

Diane Jones is a free-lance composer of chamber and solo music, based in Central New York.   She is also an active performer, as a member of Samba Laranja and the Central New York Flute Choir.  Diane is the mid-day host on WCNY-FM.

Recently host Diane Jones stopped by the WXXI Classical 91.5 studios to talk with Julia Figueras.  Listen to their conversation OnRecord.

We've probably all seen it; string players putting rosin on their bows.  But what is rosin and what does it do? Rosin is a solid form of resin that comes from conifer trees. String players "rosin" the horse hair of their bows to help create friction between the bow hairs and the strings, helping them to grip the strings and produce sound.  On the June 13th episode we'll hear some string players that get the rosin flying.

Drumsets, marimbas, xylophones and gongs and the women who play them.  Meet them on the May 16th episode of Feminine Fusion.

Celebrate Award Winnners with Feminine Fusion, April 2020

Mar 24, 2020

This award season, Rochester was abuzz with Grammy news. Jennifer Higdon's harp concerto and the  recordin by Ward Stare and the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra won a grammy. This month on Feminine Fusion we celebrate other award winning women of the musical world (4/11). 

4/4        Patchwork Quilt, Part XIX  Another block is added to our patchwork quilt

4/11      Award Winners  Another award season has come and gone – let’s listen to some award-winning music by women

Honor the Vernal Equinox with Feminine Fusion, March 2020

Feb 18, 2020

The vernal equinox will be on March 19, 2020. This event marks the beginning of a new season and new life. Tune in to Feminine Fusion on 3/28 to celebrate with seasonal works written and performed by women. 

3/7        Looking Back Music by women from Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque

3/14      At the Keyboard, Part 3 Women pianists have left the parlor and made their mark on the concert stage. This week, performances from these talented musicians.

Margaret Bonds was an American composer and pianist. She was good friends with Langston Hughes and set many of his texts. She attempted to study with famous teacher and composer Nadia Boulanger, but Boulanger said Bonds needed no further study. This month on Feminine Fusion, hear some of Bonds' music and learn more about her life (2/22).

Women who play plucked instruments is the theme for the Jan 11th broadcast of Feminine Fusion. Tune in for harp, guitar and harpsichord works, all performed by amazing artists like harpist Valerie Milot.

12/7      At the Helm, Part 2  Women at the conductor’s podium

12/14    Words and Music, Part 2 Pairing women’s poetry with music

12/21    Patchwork Quilt, Part XVI  Another Patchwork quilt episode

12/28    Winter Music Music honoring the season

Meet some of the bold and brassy women making their mark in the brass family. (Sat 11/16 @ 7pm)

10/5      Women Walking in Their Own Shoes Groundbreaking women who follow their own path

10/12    Telling Tales  National Storytelling Weekend is Oct 4-6, so we’ll explore music that tells stories

10/19    Patchwork Quilt, Part XVI Another episode, sharing performance and works by women

10/26    Strung Along  Women playing strings

In September host Diane Jones celebrates the important role friends make in our lives (9/28).

9/7       Patchwork Quilt, Part XV Another patchwork quilt episode, sharing performances and works by women

9/14      Season 4 Begins! A look back at some of the music you’ve heard in the last year, and a hint of what’s to come.

9/21      One Life: Joan Tower  A look at the life and music of Joan Tower

9/28      Friends  In honor of International Frendship Month, let’s hear from these friends