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.

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

Feminine Fusion for August 2019

Jul 28, 2019
Audible Intelligence

8/3        Striking Music Keyboards and percussion dominate this week’s program

8/10      Lead On More from women at the podium, leading various ensembles

8/17      Summer Heat Works inspired by the summer season

8/24      Humorous Music  Who sys classical music is dull? Here are works with a sense of humor

8/31      Patchwork Quilt, Part XV Another Patchwork Quilt episode, sharing performances and works by women

This month host Diane Jones takes us on a musical journey around the world to hear choral ensembles of women. Pictured is The Great Voices of Bulgaria Women's Choir, a successor of The Women’s Choir of Sofia, a group of professional singers that has existed for more than 50 years.

7/6       Liberty and Justice for All – Works by women honoring human rights

7/13      Voices of the World – Choral ensembles from around the globe

6/1       Looking North  Music by women from Canada

6/8       Looking South Music by women from the Southern Hemisphere

6/15      Looking East, Part 2 Music by women from Asia and the Middle East

6/22      Looking West Music by women from Europe

6/29      Looking Toward Home Music by women from the United States

St. Olaf College

This month Diane Jones highlights some of the most influential female music teachers.  Pictured here is Nadia Boulanger, probably the most powerful influence in the 20th century music.

5/4       Patchwork Quilt, Part XIV  A mix of music written and performed by women.

5/11      Elemental Music  Music of earth, air, fire and water

5/18      Influential Women: Teachers  Women who share their knowledge with a new generation


On April 20th, host Diane Jones explores female composers from the United Kingdom.  One such composer is Kerry Andrew, a 38-year-old British composer who, in 2014, won two British Composer Awards for her works Woodwose: A Community Chamber Opera and Dart’s Love.  In 2016, her who we are was sung by the massed forces of the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain at the Royal Albert Hall.

On Saturday, April 6, Feminine Fusion joins our line up at 8 PM. The show, which highlights all facets of women in classical music, is produced and hosted by Diane Jones, who is also the midday host at WCNY in Syracuse. Diane took a road trip to our studios to chat with Julia Figueras about Feminine Fusion, the quiet (and sometimes not so subtle) bias against women in the world of classical music, and her journey from executive secretary to composer and radio host.