October 30, 2014 | A reading by author Kevin Lucia; Young Frankenstein; author Katherine Howe

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SRO Productions presents Mel Brooks’ Young Frankenstein and we hear from Mickey Woyshner who plays the title role. Katherine Howe discusses her new book The Penguin Book of Witches. We learn about the Southern Tier Independence Center’s Haunted Halls of Horror from its creators. And if you want to hear something REALLY scary, author Kevin Lucia reads one of his stories.  

Pianist Anastasia Rizikov comes back to Binghamton

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Anastasia Rizikov returns to Binghamton for a recital of music by Tchaikovsky, Mussorgsky, and Balakirev, along with the Rachmaninoff Cello Concerto in g minor with cellist Stephen Stalker.  She and Lance G. Hill of Classical Pianists of the Future speak with WSKG’s Bill Snyder

 

Photograph courtesy Anastasia Rizikov

 

Branford Marsalis performs at Binghamton University

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Branford Marsalis and the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia present “Well-tempered” in the Osterhout Concert Theatre of the Anderson Center on the Binghamton University campus. The concert features Baroque masterpieces by Albinoni, Bach, Handel, Vivaldi and more. http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/national/local-national-1037077.mp3

 

Photograph courtesy Branford Marsalis.

Rigoletto

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Follow the tragic story around the licentious Duke of Mantua, his hunch-backed Rigoletto, and Rigoletto’s beautiful daughter Gilda. Conductor Andrew Bizantz and Stage Director David Lefkowich preview Tri-Cities Opera’s production of Giuseppe Verdi’s Rigoletto. We also hear from General Manager Susan Ashbaker and Binghamton University professor Paul Schleuse. http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/wskg/local-wskg-1037014.mp3

Baritone Guido Lebron was indisposed during the taping and the cast solves that problem ingeniously. Gilda: Meroe Adeeb
Duke of Mantua: Christopher Trapani
Maddalena: Meaghan Heath
Saparafucile: Brandon Coleman
Monterone: Tom Goodheart
Ceprano: Jake Stamatis
Marullo: Codyray Caho
Borsa: Jordan Schreiner
Giovanna: Lindsay Brown
Countess Ceprano: Jenny Gac
a Page:Stacey Geyer
a Palace Usher: Tarek Chams

Accompanist and chorus master: Michael Lewis.

Historic Civil War Drum is Given New Life

In 1863, Oscar Barton enlisted in the Union Army as a drummer. For two years, he carried his drum across the South as a member of the 26th United States Colored Troops. Today, the Tioga County Historical Society has given his drum a second lease on life. OSCAR BARTON

In 1863, the Civil War was in its second hellish year, and thirty year old Oscar Barton was living in Vestal, New York. He was a descendant of free-blacks from Rhode Island, and his grandfather had been a soldier during the American Revolution.

October 16, 2014 | Southern Tier Actors' Read; singer-songwriter Joe Crookston

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The Art Mission and Theatre presents broadcasts of theatrical performances from London. Singer/songwriter Joe Crookston turns the story of a Holocaust survivor into song. Southern Tier Actors Read presents the once-famous play “I Remember Mama” and with with it, relevant issues for today. https://youtu.be/2U5fpvEh8UI

 

Twilight Zone @ 50

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The WSKG program OFF THE PAGE is designed specifically as “a forum for writers from our region”.  Since its inception in January, 2000 it has presented hundreds of novelists, poets, playwrights, historians, essayists… (the list goes on and even includes farmers and a playground designer who wrote books).  With very few exceptions (mostly authors of books with special regional interest) they are people living and writing within the WSKG coverage area. For the first time OFF THE PAGE presents a program devoted to an author who is no longer with us. If, as Walt Whitman said, the proof of a poet is that his people absorb him as affectionately as he has them, we can apply that idea to playwright Rod Serling.  He belongs to Binghamton as much as the city was a part of him.  Even at his most fanciful or bizarre, in works destined to a mass audience, there are signs that Rod Serling never left home. http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/national/local-national-863354.mp3
“Everybody has to have a hometown, Binghamton’s mine.

October 9, 2014 | Church Basement Ladies; author Joshua Palmatier; Binghamton University Theater

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The director of Church Basement Ladies at the Carousel Playhouse talks about the play and how she grew up with these ladies. Fantasy author Joshua Palmatier talks about starting his own press. Binghamton University Theater Department takes on a British farce. We hear from the director and one of the actors. We also have a preview of the weekend’s coming performances.

Norwich 'Idol' Kaitlyn Jackson

WSKG goes into the home of local singer songwriter Kaitlyn Jackson in Norwich, NY, from where she shares her experience in the cultural phenomenon and TV show “American Idol”, season 13.  Kaitlyn was only 15-years-old when she won a “dream ticket” to Hollywood, Disney World’s American Idol Experience at Hollywood Studios.  She describes the moment as an experience she would not trade for the world. Kaitlyn has opened for major country artists such as Kristian Bush, Cole Swindell, Daryle Singletary, Joe Nichols, Jamie O’Neal, Ty Herndon, Josh Gracin, Bryan White, Andy Griggs, Mark Wills, Jeff Bates, & Trent Willmon. Kaitlyn has also opened for Pop artists such as Melinda Doolittle and The Veronicas.

The Frisbee House

The 1797 Frisbee House stands as the cornerstone of the Delaware County Historical Association in Delhi, NY. The grounds surrounding the historical association also include the original barns, a one-room schoolhouse, and the Frisbee family cemetery. Built by Gideon Frisbee (1758-1828), the Frisbee House has served as an inn and tavern, a courthouse, and the meeting place for the first Delaware County board of supervisors meeting in 1797. Over its two hundred year existence, the building has bore witness to many important historical events. However, it has also experienced its fair share of heartbreak.