Roberson Manager of Marketing and Public Relations Jason Fiume speaks with WSKG’s Bill Snyder about this year’s Home for the Holidays Christmas Forest and events. The mansion is decorated for the holidays and trees are decorated by businesses and ethnic organizations — and the model trains are always running. http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/wskg/local-wskg-1030240.mp3
Graphic courtesy Roberson Museum and Science Center
If I’d known I was going to live this long, I’d have taken better care of myself. — Songwriter Eubie Blake (1883-1983)
There’s an old saying to the effect that the years know something that the days may not have realized. Indeed, there are a lot of hoary sayings that impart a certain guidance or enlightenment, often passed along by elders who may have heard (and perhaps initially shrugged off) that advice when they were young. For example:
Learn how to breathe and move on. There is plenty of pain to go around, but if you get stuck in it, you don’t move on. (page 209)
Advice for a stable marriage: ‘Never go to bed without saying “I love you.” I don’t care if you have to grind your teeth and say “I love you.”
On an Earth colony planet called Penance – it was founded, Australia-like, as a penal colony – a plague has swept through just as a mutation appeared in the population and left innocent people with the spotted flesh of a leopard. These leopards are hunted down by vigilante Plaguellants and must spend the daylight hours in hiding. Amandine Sand is a “leopard”, but also a spectacular performer on the trapeze and a member of the Cristallo circus. http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/national/local-national-1030364.mp3
She is also in the midst of a breakup with her lover Malaga, and finds herself powerfully attracted to Nikos Annapoulis, a so-called Titan businessman who is a potential buyer of the cash-strapped Cristallo. “Angel on the Ropes” is a science-fiction story set in the year 2375, a romance, a tale of violence propelled by prejudice, a look at civil rights and moral choices and a trip behind the scenes at the circus. It is the first novel by Jill Shultz of Binghamton, whose background includes work as a science writer, zookeeper, land steward, naturalist and program director of the Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance. She does not have experience as a trapeze artist (and even admits to a fear of heights), but in this instance she enjoyed the collaboration of trapezist Serenity Smith Fourchion, a Cirque de Soleil alumna and an instructor at the New England Center for Circus Arts. Her descriptions of Amandine’s flights on the trapeze are among the most commanding passages of “Angel on the Ropes”. She drove out with every drop of power in her body and soared upward. She released the bar, then tucked as tight as she could, trying to squeeze out more speed so she’d finish her rotations and meet Jango [her trapeze partner] at the correct rendezvous point. He might slip out of his lock and slide down to match her actual trajectory, but she’d be coming at him fast enough to strip the skin off his hands, hard enough to dislocate his shoulders. And he had to hold on. Tight as a pill bug, she somersaulted once, twice, still rising through the rigging. She completed her third spin at the peak of her flight, well above the frame. And then she began to fall. As she turned her fourth somersault, she caught a blurry glimpse of Jango lying on his back in the air, reaching up to her. She blasted toward him.
Binghamton University orchestral conductor Timothy Perry and choral conductor Bruce Borton speak with WSKG’s Bill Snyder about the joint concert Gaudete. The 150-plus members of the ensembles will perform J. S. Bach’s Christmas Oratorio, Part I with Binghamton University undergraduate and graduate music student soloists: soprano Christina Santa Maria, mezzo-soprano Emily Geller, tenor Kevin Truax and bass Jake Stamatis. The program will also include Alice Parker’s Six Latin Christmas Hymns and Gustav Holst’s upiter, The Bringer of Jollity.
Pianist, composer, and host of NPR’s Piano Jazz Rising Stars, Jon Weber, speaks with WSKG’s Sarah Gager about the differences between new and seasoned musicians, what it’s like hosting the longest-running jazz program from NPR, and his upcoming performance at the Goodwill Theatre.
Joanne Barthelmes is a visual artist who has resided in the southern tier of New York for over 25 years. Her pastel and acrylic works on paper use images from nature as a conveyance for metaphoric exploration. The current series of macro forest floor views is informed by her interest in the way light can illuminate experiences and forms into obscuring brightness and revealing shadows. She earned her M.F.A. in drawing from the University of Tennessee and also studied at Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture’s residency program. Joanne’s work has received recognition in national, invitational and regional exhibitions and is included in museum, corporate and private collections.
Prof. Paul Schleuse speaks with WSKG’s Bill Snyder about the next Friedheim Memorial Lecture/Recital. Michael Salmirs will be the pianist. Tuesday, Nov. 19 at 8pm in the Casadesus Recital Hall of the Fine Arts Building on the Binghamton University campus. Franz Liszt found a musical compatriot (and later a son-in-law) in Richard Wagner, and arranged selections of Wagner’s music. http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/wskg/local-wskg-1030078.mp3
Director Tom Kremer and actor Matthew Gaska speak with WSKG’s Bill Snyder about the Binghamton University theatre department’s production of the musical Rent. The plot comes from the same source material as Puccini’s La Boheme, but updated to 1990s New York City. http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/wskg/local-wskg-1030079.mp3
Organist Joseph Ripka and the AGO’s John Holt speak with WSKG’s Bill Snyder about Mr. Ripka’s concert on Friday, November 15 at 7:30 in United Presbyterian Church, 42 Chenango St. in downtown Binghamton. He is joined in the concert by his wife, violinist Erin Kathryn Ripka. http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/wskg/local-wskg-1030077.mp3
The Rod Serling School of School of Fine Arts’ Lawrence Kassan and actress Susannah St. Clair speak with WSKG’s Bill Snyder about the School’s production of Noel Coward’s Blithe Spirit. More information here. http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/wskg/local-wskg-1030030.mp3
Photograph courtesy Chris Hunkeler via Flickr