The Photography of Sol Goldberg | Chords of Memory

In this episode of Chords of Memory we highlight the photography of Sol Goldberg, a photographer from Ithaca, New York. Joanna Patchett sings "Mister Sun". Photographs courtesy of the History Center in Tompkins County.

Chords of Memory is a web series from WSKG that combines historic photographs with local musical talent. In each episode, a local artist provides the musical backdrop to a showcase of hand-selected images from various photographic archives.

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.

Listen Now: Free-Range Folk For February 18, 2017

Free-Range Folk
February 18, 2017

Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstandt, Emmylou Harris - "Those Memories of You"
The Complete Trio Collection (2016, Rhino Entertainment)

Gillian Welch - "The Way It Goes"
The Harrow & The Harvest (2011, Acony Records)

Sara Watkins - "Tenderhearted"
Young In All The Wrong Ways (2016, New West Records)

The Northern Belle - "Bad Habit"
Bad Habit (2016, Vestkyst Records)

Neko Case - "Magpie to the Morning"
The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You (2013, Anti)

The Head and the Heart - "Lost In My Mind"
The Head and the Heart (2011, Sub Pop Records)

Teresa Storch - "Come Clean"
Come Clean (2014, Independent)

Neptune's Car - "A Blue Sky Turned To Rust"
The 45th Parallel (2015, Independent)

Heather Styka - "Birch Log"
While This Planet Spins Beneath Our Feet (2014, Kite Stripe Records)

Amber Rubarth - "When It Fits"
Good Mystery (2009, Indepedent)

Connor Garvey - "Mountain Song"
Where Ocean Meets Land" (2011, Mishara Music)

Driftwood - "Gasoline"
City Lights (2016, Independent)

Darling West - "The Sweetest Tune"
Vinyl and a Heartache (2016, Vestkst Records)

J. Tillman - "Love No Less Worthy"
Singing Ax (2010, Western Vinyl)

John Gorka - "She's That Kind Of Mystery"
Bright Side of Down (2014, Red House Records)

Chris Smither - "Seems So Real"
Leave The Light On (2014, Signature Sounds Recordings)

Eliza Gilkyson - "Eliza Jane"
The Nocturne Diaries (2014, Red House Records)

Tom Waits - "Hold On"
Mule Variations (1999, Anti-)

Johnny Cash - "Ain't No Grave"
American VI: Ain't No Grave (2010, American Recordings)

Dead Man Winter - "This House Is On Fire"
This House Is On Fire (2017 GNDWire Records)

Nickel Creek - "Destination"
A Dotted Line (2014, Nonesuch Records)

Mighty Oaks - "Back To You"
Howl (2015, Vertigo/Capitol)

Brandi Carlile - "The Eye"
The Eye (2015, ATO Records)

Rosanne Cash - "A Feather's Not A Bird"
The River & The Thread (2013, Blue Note Records)

Rhiannon Giddens - "She's Got You"
Tomorrow Is My Turn (2014, Nonesuch Records)

Ellis - "How Would It Be?" Break The Spell (2008, Rubberneck Records)

Ellis Paul - "God's Promise"
The Speed of Trees (2002, Philo)

Ending Tune:

Steel Wheels - "Mountains Quake"
Leave Some Things Behind (2015, Big Ring Records)

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

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'

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.


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.

Arts Roundup: Tri-Cities Opera, Goodnight Moonshine, Steve Hackett, Cinderella and more!

Chris Kocher, Entertainment Editor for the Gannett Central NY newspapers, joins Crystal Sarakas to highlight some of the arts events coming up this weekend. Highlights include: Tri-Cities Opera performing the music of Ravel and Schonberg; the national tour of Cinderella comes to Elmira; Genesis guitarist Steve Hackett plays at the State Theater in Ithaca; and Goodnight, Moonshine, featuring Molly Venter and Eben Pariser, plays at 6 on the Square in Oxford.  



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

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.


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