New York governor Andrew Cuomo calls universal preschool one of his big priorities, and last year state lawmakers approved a big grant program to increase full-day preschool slots. It’s $340 million a year for five years. That grant just got approved for its second round, but the first year brought mixed results. Angela Ray lives just west of Binghamton, in the Southern Tier of New York. On a recent school vacation day, her two kids show up at a family friend’s for dinner with lots of energy.
Composer Loren Loiacono talks about her new cello concerto on the program of the Cornell Chamber Orchestra’s concert this weekend. Composer Behzad Ranjbaran speaks with Crystal Sarakas about his work, Esther, to be premiered by the Binghamton Philharmonic. The Cider Mill Playhouse presents Sarah Ruhl’s Stage Kiss. We hear from director Emily Jackson.
General Manager Susan Ashbaker hosts as Binghamton University professor Paul Schleuse describes the plot of Faust. Hear excerpts sung by cast members from Tri-Cities Opera’s production created by Charles Gounod. We also hear remarks from Conductor Thomas Muraco and Stage Director Martha Collins. Read a synopsis of Faust. http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/wskg/local-wskg-1039412.mp3
Faust: Chris Trapani
Marguerite: Rebecca Heath
Mephistopheles: Brandon Coleman
Valentin: Daniel Scofield
Siebel: Meaghan Heath
Martha: Lindsay Brown
Wagner: Josiah Davis
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Composer Santino DeAngelo talks about a cabaret concert of songs from his new musical. The Wild Ponies appear as part of the Cooperstown Concert Series. Cellist Hakan Tayga-Hromek joins with violinist Uli Speth and pianist Tomoko Kanamaru for a concert of music for piano trio.
Frank Bocek started working making stained glass in 1975 right after his wife told him “he needed to get a hobby”. After watching a fellow stained glass artist cutting glass, he immediately went out and bought $20 worth of supplies, quit his accounting job, and proceded to learn the craft himself. In his technique, Bocek applies the copper foil approach, which is a technique co created by innovators and glass artists Louis Comfort Tiffany and John La Farge. Besides being commissioned in the restoration of the windows of the St. Patricks Church in Owego, NY, other commissions include the building of a piece for the Vietnam Women’s Memorial for which he received great recognition.
WSKG’s locally produced Let’s Polka, hosted by Bill Flynn, is a half hour of toe-tapping fun and excitement. Tremendous local polka bands take the stage for our studio audience, who participate by showing off their polka moves on the dance floor. This episode features The Piatkowski Brothers from Syracuse, New York. These veterans of the polka scene have been performing for over thirty years in various incarnations and have put together a dynamic set for your enjoyment. From fast moving polkas to soft, tender waltzes this episode has something for every polka fan.
Go Public: A Day in the Life of an American School District documents a single day in an urban public school district, from sun up to long after sundown. On May 8, 2012, 50 directors and their small camera crews followed 50 individuals who attend, support and work in the Pasadena Unified School District, a racially and economically diverse district with 28 public school campuses. Administrators, teachers, students, support staff and volunteers lead us on journeys that reveal their unique contributions in making a public school district function. No voice-over narratives or expert commentaries, just an authentic window into the world of public education. Go Public gives audiences a chance to see and hear the people actually living the public school experience.