New York and the Civil War | Chords of Memory

This episode of Chords of Memory highlights photographs of New York State soldiers who fought during the Civil War. Brian Hyland provides the music and plays "An Mhaighdean Mhara" on his concertina. Photographs courtesy of the Chemung County Historical Society, the Delaware County Historical Association, and the Library of Congress.

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.

Helping Tug Hill Plateau Forest Cope With Climate Change

by Ellen Abbott
SYRACUSE (WRVO) - The Nature Conservancy is hoping to create a climate resilient forest on the Tug Hill Plateau. The Tug Hill Plateau is the third-largest forest landscape in the New York state -- a critical link between the Adirondacks and the Allegheny and Appalachian mountains. Its headwaters pour clean water into Lake Ontario, and the area is home to a variety of wildlife, ranging from black bears to forest birds. But selective cutting has weakened some parts of the forest, according to Nature Conservancy Central And Western New York director Jim Howe. And he says, add to that climate change, and these forests are very vulnerable.

Southern Tier Math Conference

Join WSKG at this free conference for PK-12 teachers.  We'll be featuring resources from our very own Good to Know series and math materials from PBS LearningMedia. Sessions include math workstations, Math & Movement, Lakeshore, and more!  The conference is sponsored by Broome-Tioga BOCES and the Broome County Teacher Center.  Click here for more information.

'All Manner of Marvels' are on Display in Ithaca

The Corners Gallery in Ithaca is presenting an new exhibit, 'All Manner of Marvels: Wonders Seldom Seen', a group exhibition curated by Steve Carver. He joins us to talk about assembling the collection of works by artists from around the country, some whose work has never been seen regionally, and some by local artists, including Lou Beach, Robin Cass, Bill Hastings, Marshall Hyde, Beth Hylen, Wayne Kruse, Gary Panter, Minna Resnick, Robin Whiteman, and Steve Carver himself. He also tells us a little of his journey from Oklahoma to Los Angeles to Ithaca.


Photo credit: Corners Gallery

Listen Now: Free-Range Folk for March 4, 2017



Lillie Mae - "The Last Time"
Over the Hill and Through The Woods (2017, Third Man Records)

Lori McKenna - "Humble & Kind"
The Bird & The Rifle (2016, CN Records)

Brandon Jenner - "Burning Ground"
Burning Ground (2016, Chartless Records)

Ryan Bingham - "Snow Falls In June"
Snow Falls In June (2015, Axster Bingham Records)

Noah Gundersen - "Jealous Love"
Carry The Ghost (2015, Dine Alone Music)

Wynonna Judd, Jason Isbell - "Things That I Lean On"
Wynonna & The Big Noise (2016, Curb Records)

Ordinary Elephant - "Railroad Man"
Before I Go (2017, Berkalin Records)

Lydia Sylvia - "Jo Bones"
Chasing the Ghost (2014, Dryad)

The Early Mays - "Lonesome John"
The Early Mays (2014, Bird on the Wing Records)

Sarah Jarosz - "Lost Dog"
Undercurrent 2016, Sugar Hill Records

Abigail Washburn - "Ballad of Treason"
City of Refuge (2011, Rounder Records)

Sofia Talvik - "Big Sky Country"
Big Sky Country (2015, Independent)

David LaMotte - "John Henry Revisited"
The Other Way Around (2016, Lower Dryad Music)

Sean McConnell - "Ghost Town"
Sean McConnell (2016, Rounder)

Ellis - "Five Hundred Crows"
The Guest House (2016, Singing Crow Records)

Pat Wictor - "Song of Songs"
Sunset Waltz (2008, RiskyDisc Records)

Ellis Paul & Vance Gilbert - "Gentle Arms of Eden"
Side of the Road (2003, Rounder)

Joshua Radin - "In Your Hands"
Onward and Sideways (2015, Glass Bead Music)

Lori McKenna - "If Whiskey Were A Woman"
The Bird & The Rifle (2016, CN Records)

Yola Carter - "Home"
Orphan Offering (2017, Ear Trumpet Music)

Justin Townes Earle - "White Gardenias"
Single Mothers (2014, Vagrant Records)

Jason Isbell - "Something More Than Free"
Something More Than Free (2015, Southeastern)

Sam Outlaw - "Keep It Interesting"
Angeleno (2015, Six Shooter Records)

Glen Hansard - "High Hope"
Rhythm and Repose (2012, Anti-)

Gillian Welch - The Harrow & The Harvest
"Tennessee" (2011, Acony Records)

Crooked Still - "Undone In Sorrow"
"Still Crooked (2008, Signature Sounds)

Marit Larsen - "Bluebelle Mountain"
Jonie Was Right, Pt. II (2016, Handbrygg Records)

The Oh Hellos - "The Lament of Eustace Scrubb"
Through the Deep, Dark Valley (2012, Elektra)

Jonathan Fenwick is the Featured Soloist with the OSFL

2016 Doreen B. Hertzog Concerto/Aria Competition Winner Jonathan Fenwick is the violin soloist with the Orchestra of the Southern Finger Lakes  led by Maestro Toshiyuki Shimada in their concert on Sunday, March 5 in the Clemens Center in Elmira. The Ithaca native will be playing the third movement of Camille Saint-Saens Violin Concerto No.3. He speaks with us from his dorm room at the Oberlin Conservatory. Also on the program are  George Gershwin's An American in Paris performed by the Youth Orchestra of the Southern Finger Lakes and the Junior String Ensemble, Franz Liszt's Hungarian Rhapsody No.2  the YOSFL performing side by side with OSFL, Benjamin Britten's Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra  with narrator Ed Williams, and two choral works by Johannes Brahms performed by the Chorus of the Southern Finger Lakes, Schicksalslied  and Nänie.


Photo credit: Orchestra of the Southern Finger Lakes

Tenor Michael Calmes Performs in Two Concerts

Trinity Memorial Episcopal Church welcomes Boston-based tenor Michael Calmes in concert with Trinity's organist Timothy Smith for two concerts. The First Friday concert at 7pm is 'Broadway to Hollywood' with soprano Christina Taylor, and then on Sunday at 7pm they present 'Canzona' with arias, art songs, and sacred works.  Michael Calmes talks about the programs and how his family's dairy cows helped him learn to sing.


Photo credit: Trinity Memorial Episcopal Church

Mercy Street Season 2 Finale

After Antietam, the Greens suffer a setback and Pinkerton’s inquiry heats up. Foster and Samuel visit Foster’s family plantation, where they intervene in a difficult labor. The hospital staff unites to oust their hated chief. In Boston, Mary’s condition worsens. Mercy Street season 2 finale airs Sunday, March 5, 2017 at 8:00 pm.

Victoria on Masterpiece Finale

On the verge of delivering her first child, Victoria spurns advice and ventures among her subjects, attracting the devoted and demented alike. Miss Skerrett and Francatelli reach their decisive moment. Victoria on Masterpiece season finale will air Sunday, March 5, 2017 at 9:00 pm. Enjoy this Victoria on Masterpiece Web extra!  


Photo Credit: Courtesy of ITV Plc

The Verma Family Presents Music for Sitar at the Goodrich Theatre

The Oneonta Concert Association presents renowned sitarist Roop Verma in concert on Friday, March 3 at 7:30 in the Goodrich Theatre on the SUNY Oneonta campus.  We hear from his son Arjun Verma, also a noted sitarist, and Tracy Verma, the tambourist. "Roop Verma is an internationally known sitarist, composer and accomplished teacher of Indian Classical music. He trained under two of the greatest masters of Indian Classical music of our time: Ravi Shankar and Ali Akbar Khan. For over 40 years, he has performed in concert halls of Europe, North and South America. He will be joined by his son, Arjun, a brilliant upcoming sitarist who combines innovative techniques drawn from his study with Ali Akbar Khan and his apprenticeship with his father, and by internationally renowned tabla player Naren Budhakar, with Tracy Verma on tamboura.