VOICES Chorus Honors Ithaca Organizations

The VOICES Multicultural Chorus of Ithaca presents 'Building Community Through Song'. Artistic Director Lorrene Adams joins us to talk about planning a concert around the many community organizations being honored in this concert. http://wskg.org/audio/lorrene0428.mp3

 

Photo credit: Ithaca Community Choruses

One Month Left to Enter Serling Film Fest

The 2017 Rod Serling Film Festival is now open. WSKG is accepting submissions from K-12 students through May 26, 2017. Entrants must use the online submission form . The Festival is held in honor of Rod Serling and his work, which has had a lasting influence on the television industry and media creation. The Festival seeks to inspire the next generation of filmmakers.

Southern Tier Economy Growing, But Help’s Wanted

Micatu is growing fast, The Horseheads start-up has over 20 employees right now and wants to expand to more than a hundred. “Started in my garage with $75 and, you know, five years later, here we  are," co-founder Mike Oshetski explained.  Oshetski credits state economic development money for helping Micatu grow. The company makes a device that tracks energy usage. It sells the device to utilities.

NY Lawmakers Advance DiNapoli’s Bill To Oversee State Contracts

A bill that could address corruption in Albany is progressing in the state Legislature, but it might not be the measure that Gov. Andrew Cuomo wants to become law.  Several former Cuomo associates, including a former top aide, face federal corruption trials on charges of bribery and bid-rigging in connection with the contracts for some of the governor’s signature economic development projects, including the Buffalo Billion. A bill proposed by State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli would give the comptroller the power to oversee economic development contracts in the future and potentially flag any signs of illegal activities. The comptroller had the authority to review the contracts until 2011, when that power was taken away in an agreement by Cuomo and the Legislature. Senate Deputy Majority Leader John DeFrancisco, who is sponsoring the bill in that house, said he wants to correct what many now acknowledge was an error. “This is the way things used to be,” said DeFrancisco, who added the comptroller was “mistakenly” taken out of the process because Cuomo convinced lawmakers that the extra scrutiny just slowed the projects down.

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Chemung Buses Prepare For More Employees At Tioga Downs

The no. 10 bus that runs from Elmira to Owego used to drive past Tioga Downs, but now it stops there six times a day. It's called the "Tioga Downs" line on the bus website. Chemung County added the stops to help people who work at the casino. The county is working with the human resources department at Tioga Downs to learn when work shifts are as they consider how to expand service.

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Pennsylvania Releasing Names Of Potential Marijuana Sellers

HARRISBURG (WSKG) -- The Department of Health has revealed a few new details on the lengthy rollout of its medical marijuana program. The names of dozens of potential dispensaries have been released, though officials won't say where exactly they'll be located.  The deadline to apply for licenses to grow or sell marijuana was March 20th. Health Secretary Karen Murphy said the department received over 500, and has so far reviewed 258. The list of processed applicants is available online, and includes corporate names like "Holistic Pharma" and "Keystone Medicinals," as well as which of six state regions they're located in. Asked whether the DOH plans to release addresses where these growers and dispensers could set up shop, Murphy said no--not until they decide which 12 growers and 81 dispensers to license.

The BPO Plays Stravinsky and Brahms this Weekend

The Binghamton Philharmonic Orchestra has two concerts coming up. On Saturday Maestro Daniel Hege leads the orchestra in a suite from Igor Stravinsky's ballet 'The Firebird', the overture to Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's opera 'The Magic Flute', and Johannes Brahms' Piano Concerto No.1 with soloist Andrew Russo.  Then next Thursday he leads the orchestra in a Star Wars concert, appropriately on May the Fourth. http://wskg.org/audio/firebird.mp3

NY State Lawmakers Push For Law To Release Trump’s Tax Returns

  Several New York state lawmakers are sponsoring a bill that they say would force President Donald Trump to make his state tax returns public.  Trump broke with a more than 40-year tradition of presidential candidates and presidents voluntarily releasing their tax returns. Trump has said he can’t release his returns because he is under audit.  In the 1970s, President Richard Nixon began the practice of releasing the tax filings, even though Nixon himself was under federal audit at the time. Since then, every president has voluntarily released his tax returns. Democrats in the New York State Legislature say they’d like to make that practice mandatory, not voluntary, and believe they have the power to do it. Assemblyman David Buchwald, who is also a tax attorney, said the bill also covers both U.S. senators and statewide elected officials including the governor, state comptroller and state attorney general, all of whom routinely make their tax returns available.

Ithaca Classical Pianist To Appear On Expressions

Alexei Aceto, an extremely talented classical pianist from Ithaca will appear on a brand new episode of Expressions, premiering Thursday, April 27th at 8pm. A senior in high school, Alexei recorded an evening of classical standards from composers such as Rachmaninoff, Scriabin and Schubert in front of a live studio audience at the WSKG Studios. The hour long program will also include interview clips where Alexei discusses his early start playing the piano, his influences and future plans. Enjoy this promo and be watching for Expressions with Alexei Aceto! https://youtu.be/yP-G50PkOyk

This program was produced with the help of Classical Pianists of the Future

TCO Presents 'Hydrogen Jukebox'

Tri-Cities Opera presents an opera unique in its genesis and format. In 'Hydrogen Jukebox' poet Allen Ginsberg and composer Philip Glass collaborated on settings of some of Ginsberg's most powerful poetry. Stage director Alison Moritz has given the songs shape by adding actor Bill Gorman in the last days of Ginsberg's life. Maestro Braden Toan leads a chamber orchestra and singers Stacey Geyer, Abigail Smith, Mary Beth Nelson, Jordan Schreiner, Scott Purcell, and Jake Stamatis. http://wskg.org/audio/hydrogen.mp3

 

Photo credit: Randy Cummings via Tri-Cities Opera