Did "Sherlock: The Abominable Bride" wet your appetite for your favorite detective? Us, too! So WSKG will broadcast marathons of Masterpiece: Sherlock Seasons 1 through 3 in February 2016. We'll also bring you a marathon of Downton Abbey Season 6 to round out the month. Grab the popcorn, and enjoy your favorites!
Editor’s Note: WSKG has asked faculty and graduate students in the History Department at Binghamton University to explore the history behind PBS’s new drama Mercy Street. In today’s blog post, graduate student Erika M. Grimminger discusses the causes and effects of amputations during the Civil War. Note: this post contains a graphic illustration of gangrene. The Empty Sleeve: Amputees and the Civil War
In Episode 4 of Mercy Street, Ezra Foster , the brother of Union Doctor Jed Foster and a Confederate soldier, comes to Mansion House Hospital with a serious leg wound that requires amputating. Ezra Foster’s story represents the stories of thousands of soldiers who suffered though amputations during the American Civil War and returned home missing body parts. While these Union and Confederate soldiers luckily survived serious trauma, their reintegration into society and with their families after the war was, at best, a hard process of readjustment and, at worst, an almost impossible struggle.
Karl Jenkins' 'The Armed Man -- A Mass for Peace' was written only 16 years ago, and yet it is performed regularly, which is unusual for a contemporary work that is so musically challenging. The Cantata Singers of Elmira are presenting it on Sunday, February 28 at 3pm in the First United Methodist Church in Horseheads. As we hear from conductor Will Wickham and chorister Susan Nagle, the challenges are emotional as well. http://wskg.org/audio/jenkins.mp3
We've stopped production and mailing of our Gamut program guide, preferring to put over $50,000 of annual resources directly into WSKG programs and services. For those who would prefer them, we provide these printable PDF guides. Radio Guide, WSKG and WSQX
“Smithsonian Salutes Ray Charles: In Performance at the White House” showcases an evening of celebration with President and Mrs. Obama at the White House in honor of the legacy of iconic singer, songwriter, composer and musician Ray Charles. Hear interpretations of the music of Ray Charles, using his own big-band musical arrangements, by renowned and up-and-coming artists. Yolanda Adams, Leon Bridges, Andra Day, Anthony Hamilton, Brittany Howard, Demi Lovato, Sam Moore, Jussie Smollett, The Band Perry and Usher perform.
In Performance at the White House airs Friday, February 26, 2016 at 9:00 pm on WSKG TV.
Photo Credit, Ray Charles: Courtesy of Norman Seef
Photo Credit, Steve Davis: Courtesy of Bill Morgan via Flickr
Chris Kocher, Entertainment Editor for the Press & Sun-Bulletin, the Elmira Star Gazette, and the Ithaca Journal, joins Crystal Sarakas to talk about some of the other arts events coming up in the region, including performances by Chenango County's homegrown songwriter Matt Nakoa, and folk legend Joan Baez.
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The Ithaca Ballet is presenting 'WinterDance' in the Hangar Theatre this weekend. The dancers prove their versatility with various styles of dance to a wide variety of music. Choreographer Cindy Reid talks about the program, which includes new works and seasoned favorites, as well as some comedy. http://wskg.org/audio/winterdancemix.mp3
'Blow Up' is a traveling exhibit of contemporary inflatable art. It is on display at the Roberson Museum and Science Center from March 1 until May 1. The exhibition explores the imaginative ways that artists use air as a tool for creating large-scale sculpture and includes imagery that is both figurative and abstract. Roberson is offering related activities during the run of the exhibit. http://wskg.org/audio/blowupmix.mp3
Photo credit: Jason Fiume for the Roberson Museum and Science Center
Editor’s Note: WSKG has asked faculty and graduate students in the History Department at Binghamton University to explore the history behind PBS’s new Civil War medical drama Mercy Street. In today’s blog post, graduate student Gary Emerson discusses the medical care at the Elmira Prison Camp. Medical Care at Elmira Prison Camp
Although medical care improved over the course of the Civil War, prisoners often received inadequate and sometimes negligent medical care in prison camps. When prisoner exchanges broke down in the summer of 1863, both the Union and Confederate armies began placing large numbers of captured men into prison camps. Both sides were unprepared for this turn of events, and what followed proved disastrous. In the summer of 1864, the Union established a prison camp in Elmira, New York to house captured Confederates.