The Latest from Diane Jones

Things are busy, busy, busy . . . and that’s a good thing!

Working the mid-day shift at WCNY Classic FM here in Syracuse is an absolute blast!  I’ve had the opportunity to interview an incredible array of artists, including Matt Haimovitz and The Neave Trio.  Co-hosting the weekly Concert Hall with my good friend, Bruce Paulsen, is a blast (and if you heard our joint Hallowe’en Concert Hall, you’ll know what a good time we have together).  I’ve also introduced a new weekly event, “Fresh From the Wrapper.”  Every Thursday at 1:00 pm, I feature an hour of music taken from CDs we’ve just received in the studios.  Some are new works you’ve never heard before, others are new recordings of familiar favorites.  Check the Pet Dragon Music Facebook page on Thursday mornings for that day’s playlist.

On the composition end of the spectrum, I’ve had two premieres since my last update.  Choreographer Cheryl Wilkins-Mitchell and co-choreographer/dancer Dominique Dawkins did a fantastic job bringing “Elemental Suite” to life for Vision of Sound. Along with a trio of incredible musicians, (Kelly Covert, flute; Arvilla Rovit, viola; and Rob Auler, piano,) they gave three amazing performances.

I wrote a very short work for piano trio called “Woman A/Part” for the Society for New Music as well, based on the photography of the incredible Carrie Mae Weems.  I was inspired by her “Museum” series - it struck a chord, and I saw her as both a part of, and apart from, her images.  You can hear a repeat performance of this work during the Cazenovia Counterpoint Festival of Music and Arts this summer.

Coming up - two very exciting ventures.  First, I’m putting the finishing touches on a trombone concerto for Haim Avitsur, which will be released on a new CD next year.  My good friend, Ovidiu Marinescu, will be conducting the orchestra, and plans are in place for recording in Moscow this coming January.

Second, look for a brand new weekly show on WCNY-FM this fall.  I’ll be hosting “Feminine Fusion,” a show that highlights the role of women in classical music.  I’ll look at women who create, perform, and inspire classical music, now and throughout history.  The official premiere date will be announced very soon.

Keep your eye on this page for more news in the coming weeks and months!