Amber Rubarth

At 21 years old, Amber Rubarth quit her career as a chainsaw sculptor in Nevada in order to pursue a quiet passion for music. She taught herself guitar, began playing open mics and recording her songs, and soon began performing throughout the US and Europe. She received over 1.5 million listens on MySpace through word of mouth and quickly became one of their top indie artists. Amber has garnered attention for her insightful songwriting and unique musicality by  being the Grand Prize Winner of NPR’s Mountain Stage New Song Award. Amber joined the Dave Eggar Quartet for this special performance.

Gretchen Hull

Gretchen Hull, a native of western upstate New York, is a pianist living in Philadelphia. She is currently a DMA student at Temple University under Dr. Charles Abramovic, where she studies piano performance. She has performed for multiple solo recital series on piano, and also has performed on harpsichord and the positiv organ. Special thanks to the Classical Pianists of the Future who brought this talented young woman to our Expressions series.

The Monkey's Paw

“The Monkey’s Paw”, a short story by W.W. Jacobs is acted out by local talents in WSKG’s studio for this 2013 Expressions Halloween Special. The story tells of a family who didn’t realize that their wishes could have unintended consequences. The actors are from Southern Tier Actors Read (S.T.A.R).


Steven Nanni with Pej Reitz

Steven L. Nanni is a fast-rising world class bel canto tenor who displays an extraordinary voice in opera, oratorio and song literature. Steven recently debuted as Beppe in Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci, and as Tamino in Mozart’s Die Zauberflote in Washington, D.C. Pianist Pej Reitz is a native of the Binghamton area. She received her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in piano performance with accompanying emphasis fromBoston University, the New England Conservatory, and Binghamton University.

"Doing Time Outside" By Ginnah Howard


Many people would consider the hellish atmosphere and regimentation in a prison to be itself a deterrence, meant to keep people contemplating a criminal act from straying into wrongdoing.  At the same time, there are convicts who genuinely need help that a correctional institution may not be ready to offer.  At the start of Ginnah Howard’s novel “Doing Time Outside”, Rudy Morletti is imprisoned near his home here in upstate New York at the fictional Onango County Correctional Facility, and not for the first time.  He stands accused of assault with a deadly weapon and possession of a controlled substance.

As their story unfolds, Carla, his mother, and his sister Tess have come to tell him that they haven’t yet raised sufficient funds to bail him out.  Rudy believes the charges against him are trumped up, and that whatever he did might be atributed to his bipolar disorder and chemical dependency.  He needs help and support and at least has the good fortune of a loving, albeit stressed out, family.  But even with the return of his grandmother Angela, the unpredictability of Rudy’scondition makes his prospects uncertain. “Doing Time Outside” is the third in Ginnah Howard’s trilogy about family and community in Onango County dealing with mental health and addiction matters.  It begins in “Rope and Bone”, a series of stand-alone stories that Ginnah started to write twenty years ago and will be released next year in a single volume.  The story picks up with Howard’s acclaimed novel “Night Navigation” (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2009).  Any reader who has travelled the pages with Rudy, the long-suffering women in his family and friends and neighbors who are both supportive and troublesome, could be drawn into their travails.  Unresolved issues of bureaucracy take the place of humanity while restrictions on movement or association prove to be impractical.  When Rudy does finally win release he strains to make himself useful, striving to repair the family’s Maverick, taking a part-time custodial job at the local Catholic church, longing to trace down his former girlfriend, Sunny.  Carla continues to hold down a bartender-psychologist job at the Edgewater tavern.  Tess has taken an interest in zoology and is hoping for an internship that will allow her to study chimpanzees.  But they are all controlled by Rudy’s vulnerabilities, external threats and personal shortcomings. Even though the action takes place in the picturesque upstate New York region, the settings are often bleak and the circumstances gritty. Carla watches Dirk’s truck lights disappear down Chicken Farm Road.  Dirk’s a nice man, but no matter how grateful she is for the loan of the bail money, for the job at the Edgewater, she does not have to put up with him plunking his hand on her knee.

Native Sons Jazz Trio

From Hartwick Seminary, NY, the Native Sons Jazz Trio combines piano, drums and guitar for a cool jazz sound. After returning to his hometown of Cooperstown in 2005, Tim Iversen met up with bassist William C. Green to work on the blueprint for a new jazz group.  With the addition of local drummer Orion Palmer, the final piece fell into place and The Native Sons Jazz Trio was formed.  Drawing on their diverse musical backgrounds, each originating in Cooperstown, the trio has an ever-growing repertoire that will impress the jazz aficionado and entertain all.

“Bernie’s Tune” by Bernie Miller
“Daddy’s Little Addy” by Timothy Iverson
“A Child is Born” by Thad Jones
“Lavar Out” by Orion Palmer
“Oliloqui Valley” by Herbie Hancock
“Portabello Soup” by Timothy Iverson
“Newlywed Waltz” by Timothy Iverson
“Aisha” by McCoy Tyner
“Straight, No Chaser” by Thelonious Monk
“Plain Jane” by Sonny Rollins
“Bouncin with Bud” by Bud Powell

John Stanky & The Coalminers, Show Two

John Stanky & The Coalminers grace the Let’s Polka stage once again and delight the studio audience with a tremendous performance. Selections include the ‘Helen Polka’, ‘Clarinet Polka’ and the tender waltz ‘Overlooked an Orchid’. With over fifty years of musical experience, John is considered a polka legend in the northeast and beyond. He is joined on-stage by his two daughters, Deborah Horoschock and Kimberly Bukowski, who play the trumpet, saxophone and clarinet. The versatile Norbert Wisniewski plays both saxophone and clarinet while Vinny Horoschock and John Ptashinski round out the rhythm section.

The Golden Tones, Show Two

Let’s Polka is happy to welcome back The Golden Tones for another half hour of toe tapping fun! Hailing from Hazleton, Pennsylvania this group has over thirty years of polka experience. Led by the Machey Brothers, The Golden Tones have performed in many states in the northeast including Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey, New York and Connecticut. This episode features the ‘Pickles and Peppers Polka’, ‘Harvest Time Waltz’ and the ‘You’re My Baby Polka’. Hosted by Bill Flynn who also interviews Jerome Machey and they discuss how the group got started and if Jerome can actually speak Polish.



Unravel the twists and turns of the story of an irresistible gypsy temptress and the soldier who sacrifices all for her passionate love. Music Director Scott Bergeson explains the plot of Bizet’s Carmen with excerpts sung by members of the cast.

Carmen: Ginger Costa-Jackson

Micaela: Rebecca Heath

Don Jose: Perry Davis Harper

Escamillo: Robert Hee-Pyoung Oh


Accompanist: Michael Lewis

Recording: Jeff Stachyra


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