All About the Holidays | Presidents Day

Presidents Day | All About the Holidays
Presidents Day is an opportunity for the country to acknowledge the leaders of its government. See how it evolved from a birthday party for George Washington to an observance for all of the Presidents. For lesson plans, additional resources, and more teacher support, download our free iBook from the iTunes store: All About the Holidays.

Dinosaur Train: What's at the Center of the Earth?

In this one-hour special, the Conductor has a special surprise for our favorite Pteranodon Family, the Dinosaur Drill train! This amazing machine gives its passengers a front row seat as they dig deep underground on a once-in-a-lifetime adventure below the Earth’s surface. There they discover a whole new world from fossils and troglobites to rivers of lava. The family gains a whole new perspective on our planet and what it’s made of… especially after a runaway mine cart thrill ride!

The Civic Ensemble of Ithaca Performs an Encore

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The Civic Ensemble of Ithaca is bringing back their production of Athol Fugard’s play ‘My Children! My Africa!’ Director Melanie Dreyer-Lude talks about the play and her cast. “The great South African playwright Athol Fugard confronts the tragedy of apartheid in this compelling tale set in a segregated township in 1984. In the face of increasing racial tension, a humble and humane black teacher attempts to persuade his best (and most charismatic) student that education, not violence, is the answer to South Africa’s problems. Fugard’s play resonates deeply with the increasing influence of the Black Lives Matter movement challenging the old guard of the Civil Rights movement and with ongoing debates over racial inequality in American public schools.”

The Binghamton Community Orchestra Speaks 'Franglais'

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The Binghamton Community Orchestra presents ‘Parlez-vous Franglais?’ Music Director Timothy Perry talks about this concert of music by French composers influenced by English music and English composers writing music with a French accent. The guest soloist is 17 year old alto saxophonist Andrew Tleon, who is the STMTA Competition Winner. Andrew talks about how he started playing the saxophone and the surprisingly large classical repertoire for the instrument. http://www.wskg.org/audio/tleon.mp3

 

Photo credit: Binghamton Community Orchestra

 

 

 

New York Met Unveils 2017-18 Opera Season

WSKG Public Media will again present the New York Metropolitan Opera’s 87th consecutive Saturday Matinee Radio Broadcast season.  These live broadcasts commonly begin in early afternoon on WSKG Radio. It kicks off on December 2, 2017 with a live broadcast of Verdi’s Requiem and continues through the May 5 matinee of Roméo et Juliette. The broadcast season will once again be heard live over the Toll Brothers-Metropolitan Opera International Radio Network. Mary Jo Heath returns for her third season as host and Ira Siff returns for his 11th season as commentator for the broadcasts, which feature a range of dynamic intermission features, live backstage interviews with artists, and the ever-popular Opera Quiz. The Metropolitan Opera’s full 2017-18 season will feature 220 performances of 26 works, including two Met premieres.

The Origami Revolution

NOVA The Origami Revolution airs on WSKG TV February 15, 2017 at 9pm

 

The tradition of folding two-dimensional paper into three-dimensional shapes is now at the heart of a scientific revolution. Engineers are discovering how, by adopting the principles of origami, they are able to reshape the world around us… and even within us. The rules of folding are at the heart of many natural phenomena, from how leaves blossom to how beetles fly. But now, origami is being adopted in designing new drugs, micro-robots, even future space missions! With this burgeoning field of origami-inspired design, the question is: can the mathematics of origami be boiled down to one elegant algorithm – a fail-proof guidebook to make any object out of a flat surface, just by folding?

TCO Pairs a Comedy by Ravel with Cabaret Songs by Schoenberg

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Tri-Cities Opera is presenting a double-bill of Arnold Schoenberg’s early cabaret songs, the Brettl-lieder paired with Maurice Ravel’s effervescent comedy ‘L’Heure Espagnole’. Stage Director James Kenon Mitchell talks about turning the Brettl-lieder into a mini-autobiography of Marilyn Monroe and linking the songs to Ravel’s comedy and its fiery, yet frustrated leading lady, Concepcion.  Soprano Stacey Geyer talks about the various sources for the texts used in the Brettl-lieder, and about playing the Marilyn Monroe character. http://wskg.org/audio/brettl.mp3

 

Photo credit: Randy Cummings of Bunn Hill Photography for Tri-Cities Opera

'An Ear for Drama' Project Open to Students

You might listen to three podcasts a week, some streaming from a favorite website or others downloaded to your phone… But what entertainment could be found through your headphones before the internet? Enter the RADIO DRAMA! Wikipedia reminds us that radio drama first appeared in the 1920s and quickly rose in popularity. In the 1940s, it was a leading form of popular entertainment for children and adults; and one they often enjoyed together.

Operalogue: Brettl-Lieder and 'L'Heure Espagnole'

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Tri-Cities Opera presents the Operalogue of the double-bill, the Brettl-Lieder, cabaret songs by Arnold Schoenberg, and Ravel’s comedy ‘L’Heure Espagnole’. Binghamton University Professor Paul Schleuse gives background on both works assisted by members of the cast. General Director Susan Ashbaker chats with the music and stage directors and the cast. Host: General Director Susan Ashbaker

Conductor: William Hobbs

Stage Director: James Kenon Mitchell

Brettl-Lieder

Soprano: Stacey Geyer

Accompanist: William Hobbs

‘L’Heure Espagnole’

Concepcion: Mary Beth Nelson

Torquemada: Patrick Park

Ramiro: Scott Purcell

Don Inigo Gomez: Jake Stamatis

Gonsalve: Jordan Schreiner

Accompanist: John Elam

Performances are February 17-26 in the Opera Center, 315 Clinton Street, Binghamton. http://wskg.org/audio/ravel.mp3

 

Photo credit: Randy Cummings of Bunn Hill Photography for Tri-Cities Opera

'Works On Paper' Are on Display at Binghamton University

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The Binghamton University Art Museum is displaying Works on Paper Between the Wars, a collection from Binghamton residents Gil and Deborah Williams.  Gil Williams and Museum Director Diane Butler talk about the exhibition, related exhibits, and the historical value of the included works. http://wskg.org/audio/worksonpaper.mp3

 

Photo credit: Peter Helck via Binghamton University Art Museum