Classical 91.5

Feminine Fusion

Saturdays at 8pm on WXXI-FM 91.5, WXXY-FM 90.3 and Classical915.org

“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.

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Research suggests that an activity as simple as singing could reduce stress, help to improve well-being and quality of life for people dealing with chronic disease.  In the 10/24 episode we'll hear more about women lifting their voices in song.

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Born in the UK in 1886, Rebecca Clarke studied composition at the Royal College of Music in London from 1907–10. But her studies stopped abruptly before she was able to finish. Learn more about Rebecca in the 9/12 broadcast or online.

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Feminine Fusion explores the life and music of composer Cecile Chaminade in the August 15th broadcast.

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The history of Australia’s female composers is outstanding. Miriam Hyde,Dulcie Holland and Margaret Sutherland were hugely influential in the early years of Australia’s musical development. Peggy Glanville-Hicks and Anne Boyd looked beyond our borders to the musical traditions of other cultures, and sought to find a place for Australia among the community of musical nations. Learn about some of these women composing in Australia (7/11).

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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.

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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
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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.

https://musictheoryexamplesbywomen.com

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). 

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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.

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