Tony's Polka Band, Show One

WSKG’s locally produced Let’s Polka is a half hour of toe-tapping fun for the whole family. Join host Bill Flynn and our studio audience for a great time featuring polka music and dancing. This episode features Tony’s Polka Band from Albany, New York. Tony Banewicz has been playing polkas since he was a teenager in his grandmother’s band and he leads this eclectic seven piece group to the Let’s Polka stage. Featuring guitars, horns, and of course, accordion, Tony’s Polka Band has something for every lover of polka music.

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From Slavery To Citizenship: The Story Of John W. Jones

 

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We continue our series that highlights notable black residents of the Southern Tier with John W. Jones. (If you missed the first installment, click here.)

Shane Johnson of WSKG’s history department writes: “Between the summers of 1864 and 1865, nearly 3,000 Confederate prisoners died at the Civil War prison camp in Elmira, New York. The monumental task of burying the dead fell upon Jones, a former runaway slave.” Shane has more on this epic here.

February 26, 2015 | Homecoming Players of Ithaca; singer-songwriter Jesse Terry; Binghamton University Theater

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The Homecoming Players of Ithaca perform a prize-winning comedy from Canada. Singer-songwriter Jesse Terry performs at 6 On The Square in Oxford. Binghamton University Theater Department presents a modern take on Chekov’s The Seagull, but we can’t say the title on the air!  

 

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How Oscar Barton’s Drum Embodies Owego Civil War History

 

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For Black History Month, we are highlight notable black residents of the Southern Tier, starting with Oscar Barton. Barton was from Owego and, in 1863, he 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. Barton’s drum is now on display at the Tioga County Historical Society Museum.

February 19, 2015 | Cassie and Maggie MacDonald; Endicott Performing Arts Center; mezzo Julia Grella O'Connel and Pej Reitz

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SUNY-Broome professors, mezzo Julia Grella O’Connell and pianist Pej Reitz perform songs about childhood. Nova Scotia natives Cassie and Maggie MacDonald perform at 6 on the Square. EPAC’s dance group, DANCE STORIES, presents “Shapes”. Entertainment Editor Chris Kocher tells us what else is coming up this weekend.

February 12, 2015 | NYC Ladies of Laughter; The Pillowman; Arts Roundup with Chris Kocher

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The Schorr Family Firehouse Stage presents NYC Ladies of Laughter.  One of those ladies, Erica Spera, grew up in Endwell.  We hear from her. Chris Kocher gives us a preview of the weekend’s events, including Ira Glass appearing in Ithaca. Director Bernie Sheredy and producer Tim Gleason talk about Know Theatre’s latest production, Martin McDonagh’s The Pillowman. The music at the end of the interview is by Alisha Redmond.  

Surrealism and Magic at Johnson Museum

n 2014, The Johnson Museum and Cornell Library’s Division of Rare and Manuscript Collectionsexamined the work of Swiss-Amercian surrealist artist Kurt Seligmann. Kurt Seligmann’s work is characterized by possesing imageries of medieval people engaged in macabre and santanical rituals.  He was also an enthusiast and practitioner of magic himself, and was known for organizing ritualistics gatherings in his home in Paris, also frecuented by other famous artists of the era. The exhibition called “Surrelism and Magic” explored his passion and the passion that other surrealists shared for the occult; with over 125 objects in display the exhibition inluded photographs, video art, letters and ephemera, as well as rare books. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qXLbiX74ZSY
WSKG’s summer intern Lory Martinez interviews curator Andrew Wieslogel who explains the genesis of this fantastic exhibit.

February 5, 2015 | Gilbert & Sullivan Players; Bill Cowdery; Marc Lawrence talks about The Rewrite

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The New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players bring their revue, A Little Twist, to Geneva. Bill Cowdery talks about romance and lawsuits in the early days of Cornell University set to music in the operetta Jennie’s Will. Binghamton University alumnus Marc Lawrence talks about his film The Rewrite, which has a screening at the Anderson Center this weekend, and about teaching Hugh Grant how to say “Binghamton.” https://youtu.be/WhEVfpHH9Vk

The Italian Girl in Algiers

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With it’s manic, but pristine music, The Italian Girl in Algiers is an innovation turned classic. General Manager Susan Ashbaker hosts as Binghamton University professor Paul Schleuse describes the plot. Hear excerpts sung by cast members from Tri-Cities Opera’s production of The Italian Girl in Algiers by Gioachino Rossini. We also hear remarks from Conductor William Hobbs and Stage Director Dorothy Danner. http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/wskg/local-wskg-1038474.mp3

Isabella: Mary Beth Nelson
Elvira: Rebecca Heath
Zulma: Megan Heath
Lindoro: Rexford Tester
Ali: Steven Stull
Mustafa: Daniel Noyola
Taddeo: Jake Stamatis

Accompanist: Michael Lewis