Binghamton University Music Department presents two Sunday matinees of Gian Carlo Menotti’s Amahl and the Night Visitors. Originally written for television, Menotti wrote it so that it could be easily staged in a theatre. Stage Director Steven Nanni, Music Director Willie Waters, and Henry Wager, the boy soprano singing the title character, talk about why this short opera is so beloved. http://wskg.org/audio/amahl2015.mp3
Photo courtesy Binghamton University Music Department
WSKG presents another hour of festive tunes that will definitely get you in the holiday spirit. These performances were curated from the third season of Holiday Harmony programs, which were all filmed at the WSKG Studios. From full choirs (The Binghamton Downtown Singers) to a harp duet (Enchantment) to a group of holiday jazz singers (The Wyalusing Swing Choir) this program has got something for every fan of holiday music. Selections include “Do You Hear What I Hear?”, “I Saw Three Ships”, “The Wren Song”, and “Feliz Navidad”. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nFc18lU_DBw
1) Binghamton Downtown Singers “Do You Hear What I Hear?”
Happy Holidays from Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood! The holidays are just around the corner, so don’t forget that GRR-ific wintery episodes of Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood are coming your way! Watch on WSKG TV Monday, December 7th and Tuesday, December 8th! Special episodes include: “Daniel’s Winter Adventure”, ”Neighborhood Nutcracker”, “Snowflake Day”, “A Snowy Day” and “Tutu All the Time”. Cozy up, drink some cocoa, and enjoy!
Here comes another hour of festive songs courtesy of WSKG’s Holiday Harmonies! This hour takes a look back at the very best performances from the second season including “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing”, “While By My Sheep”, and “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year.” An eclectic array of performers include pianist Michael Patrick Phelan, The Binghamton High School Steel Drum Band and The Colgate University Chamber Singers. Sit back by the fire and warm your heart with this hour holiday classics.
A school merger that aimed to combine the Elmira Heights and Horseheads districts is off the table after residents overwhelmingly rejected the proposition Thursday. In Elmira Heights, Superintendent Mary Beth Fiore says three quarters of the ballots came up “no”. “Clearly there was a desire to preserve the small school atmosphere in spite of some of the challenges that we’re faced with,” she says. Those challenges are mainly financial. Elmira Heights, Horseheads and many other New York districts have faced tight budgets lately, thanks in part to post-recession state funding cuts.
Allow WSKG to get you in the Holiday spirit with a compilation of performances from our first season of Holiday Harmonies! Many timeless classics are included in this hour including, “Sing We Now of Christmas”, “Sleigh Ride” and “Jingle Bells”. Performers include the Madrigal Choir of Binghamton, the Whitney Point Aquila Chorus, Novo4tet and The Southerntiersmen. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bNcqewsVPFc
1) Madrigal Choir of Binghamton “Sing We Now of Christmas”
2) Novo4tet “Riu Riu Chiu”
3) Whitney Point Aquila Chorus “Sleigh Ride”
4) Milk and Honey “The Christmas Song”
5) Binghamton University Harpur Chorale “Al Hanissim”
6) Windsor Middle School 8th Grade Chorus “Come See The Lights”
7) Carousel Harmony Chorus “Christmas Chopsticks”
8) Bronzissimo “Carol of the Bells”
9) Madrigal Choir of Binghamton “Gaudete”
10) Novo4tet “Christmas Concerto”
11) Kaskeset “V’ahavta”
12) Horseheads High School Select Womens Chorus “Niska Banja”
13) Corning Community College Womens Ensemble “My Favorite Things”
14) The Southerntiersmen “Jingle Bells”
15) Union-Endicott High School Jazz Choir “A Holiday Jazz Trio”
16) Carousel Harmony Chorus “Santa Claus Is Coming To Town”
17) Whitney Point Aquila Chorus “Deck The Halls”
18) Madrigal Choir of Binghamton “Ding Dong Merrily On High”
19) Novo4tet “We Wish You A Merry Christmas”
All of the performances on this program were recorded in the 2007 Holiday Season and this program originally aired on WSKG-TV on December 9, 2010.
How We Got To Now with Steven Johnson is a six part documentary series that reveals the story behind the remarkable ideas that made modern life possible; the unsung heroes that brought them into the world – and the unexpected and bizarre consequences each of these innovations has triggered. Best-selling author and host Steven Johnson explains his new 6-part series and what he hopes viewers take away from it. How We Got To Now with Steven Johnson reveals the story behind the remarkable ideas that made modern life possible; the unsung heroes that brought them into the world – and the unexpected and bizarre consequences each of these innovations has triggered. It’s a journey that takes Steven to meet penguins in the middle of the desert, deep down into the sewers of San Francisco and to the frozen wastes of the Arctic to fish with the Inuit. These stories unfold in six episodes:
“Clean” –Dirty water has killed more humans than all the wars of history combined, but in the last 150 years, a series of radical ideas, extraordinary innovations and unsung heroes have changed our world.
Author Jack Gilroy and director Judy McMahon talk about the first area reading of the play The Predator. After years as a teacher, Gilroy has begun writing novels and plays. Coming from a military family, he explores issues around drone warfare. Judy McMahon brings her dramatic expertise and actors from Southern Tier Actors Read for a reading and discussion of this play. The performace will be at the Unitarian Universalist church next to Lourdes Hospital in Binghamton. http://wskg.org/audio/predatormix.mp3
Ti-Ahwaga Community Players offer their annual production of A Christmas Story. The flag pole, Santa, the Old Man, the leg lamp, Lifebuoy soap, the Ovaltine decoder ring, and the Red Ryder BB gun all make their appearance. Todd Smith, who plays the narrator, the grown-up Ralphie, talks about this perennial favorite. http://wskg.org/audio/toddsmithmix.mp3
Photo by R.E. Baker via Ti-Ahwaga Community Players
Experience a year of a Southern town’s efforts to address the urgent demand for reform in American public schools, and watch what happens when the systems that can either fuel or diffuse that reform — bureaucracy, economic opportunity and fixed mindsets — interact and intersect. https://youtu.be/UFXQcGLjgOs
Watch episode 1 on December 5th at 5:30am and episode 2 on December 12th at 5:30am on WSKG TV.