Tri-Cities Opera is presenting Stephen Sondheim's musical thriller 'Sweeney Todd, the Demon Barber of Fleet Street'. It's a challenging show in many ways, and we hear from the singers playing Mrs. Lovett, Jenni Bank, and Sweeney Todd, Philip Cutlip. http://wskg.org/audio/jenniphilip.mp3
The National Park Service turns 100 this summer and WSKG and PBS are re-airing Ken Burns's documentary THE NATIONAL PARKS: AMERICA'S BEST IDEA, April 25-30 to celebrate . You can catch a new episode each night that week at 9PM on WSKG TV. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TUfgKhN6Tco
THE NATIONAL PARKS: AMERICA'S BEST IDEA is a six-episode series produced by Ken Burns and Dayton Duncan and written by Dayton Duncan. Filmed over the course of more than six years at some of nature's most spectacular locales – from Acadia to Yosemite, Yellowstone to the Grand Canyon, the Everglades of Florida to the Gates of the Arctic in Alaska - THE NATIONAL PARKS: AMERICA'S BEST IDEA is nonetheless a story of people: people from every conceivable background – rich and poor; famous and unknown; soldiers and scientists; natives and newcomers; idealists, artists and entrepreneurs; people who were willing to devote themselves to saving some precious portion of the land they loved, and in doing so reminded their fellow citizens of the full meaning of democracy.
Earth Day was established in 1970 to give a voice to an emerging consciousness, channeling human energy toward environmental issues. It is a day to reflect to on how you can make a difference in creating a more sustainable world. Here are some PBS KIDS and PBS programs highlighting Earth Day activities:
Plum Landing game: A series of globetrotting ecosystem puzzles inspired by “escape room” adventure games. Plum Landing Nature Changer Game: Play as 30 different animals and customize game mechanics like speed, the number of predators, and goals for a nearly infinite amount of combinations! PSB KIDS Explore the Outdoors
Check out these PBS Earth Day specials. Frontline Heat covers a far-reaching investigation into America's energy landscape and what can be done to save our planet - and what it will take.
Organist, choral conductor, and composer Peter Browne died last year. He was long-time organist/choirmaster at Trinity Memorial Episcopal Church and conductor of the Harpur Chorale at Binghamton University. This year a memorial concert has been organized in his memory. Conductor Bruce Borton and organist Timothy Smith join us to talk about this concert. http://wskg.org/audio/browneconcert.mp3
After many years of straining to hear the Oneonta frequency at 91.7, listeners to WSKG Radio have a new option that comes in loud & clear in Cooperstown, NY at 105.9 fm. While this frequency is not in the "reserved band" for non-commercial stations, the license is indeed a non-commercial license. 105.9 fm in Cooperstown is now on the air, broadcasting WSKG Public Radio's schedule of NPR Newsmagazines, classical music, and specialty programs like This American Life, RadioLab, A Prairie Home Companion, and Wait, Wait... Don't Tell Me. A printable PDF schedule for WSKG Radio may be found here.
The Cooperstown Summer Music Festival is presenting the American String Quartet in a program including music by Beethoven and Ravel. The festival's artistic director, flutist Linda Chesis, joins them for a rarely performed work by Albert Roussel.
Photo credit: Peter Schaaf for the American String Quartet
Today's throwback Thursday photograph shows a high wire act being performed for a crowd at the Chemung County Fair, circa 1900. The Chemung County Agricultural Society held the first Chemung County fair in 1843. Annual county fairs were one of the most important social gatherings for many communities, and they continue to bring enjoyment every summer. This year marks the 174th annual Chemung County Fair. Between 1855 and 1889, Elmira also hosted the State Fair nine times before it was moved to its current location in Syracuse.
Photograph Courtesy of the Chemung County Historical Society.
'Haudenosaunee Culture: Sharing the River of Life' is a series of presentations at the Waterman Center by speakers from the Onondaga, Mohawk and Cayuga Nations. Karen Kucharski is the project manager for the series and she joined Crystal Sarakas today to talk about the project. On Saturday, Karenlyne Hill of the Snipe Clan will talk about traditional and contemporary-style beadwork on Saturday, April 23rd at 2 p.m. Hickory Edwards of the Turtle Clan will talk about paddling and river journeys on Sunday, April 24th at 2 p.m. Both presentations are free and open to the public. For more information, visit watermancenter.org
Gannett Entertainment Editor Chris Kocher gives us the roundup of other arts events taking place over the next week. Highlights include the George Reed Jazz Scholarship Concert in Elmira, featuring jazz vocalist Nancy Kelly and awarding the jazz scholarship to Sharada Shashidhar. Also, soprano Dawn Upshaw performs with the Ithaca College Symphony Orchestra, and Riverdance dances through Elmira and Binghamton.
The Ithaca Ballet is presenting Igor Stravinsky's ballet 'The Firebird'. It's a well-known score, but the ballet is not performed often, because of the demanding role of Prince Ivan and the stage magic called for in the scenario. Choreographer Lavinia Reid has solved the latter issue with the use of black light, and the leading man, Peter Doll, is looking forward to to his challenging role. http://wskg.org/audio/firebirdmix.mp3