An Ithaca Filmmaker Tackles a Current Issue

Dehanza Rogers is a filmmaker and assistant professor in the Performing and Media Arts department at Cornell University.  She joins us to talk about her interactive video and sound installation at The Cherry Artspace in Ithaca. She explores the personal side of the plight of undocumented immigrants in a time of crisis.  

Photo credit: The Cherry Artspace

Composer Hugh McElyea Uses an Ancient Form to Portray Heroism and Sacrifice

Composer Hugh McElyea talks about his work ‘Tenebrae: The Passion of Dietrich Bonhoeffer’. This theatrical work uses the ancient service of Tenebrae to tell the story of the last hours of Lutheran pastor Dietrich Bonhoeffer who could have fled Germany during the Nazi regime, but whose faith compelled him to stay and face imprisonment and eventual execution just days before the war ended.  

Photo credit: www.tenebraelive.com

‘A Feast for the Ears’ Showcases a Variety of Musical Styles

Binghamton University Symphony Orchestra Music Director and Conductor Timothy Perry joins us to talk about ‘Symphonic Smorgasbord II: A Feast for the Ears’. Dr. Perry has essentially created a ‘new’ symphony by selecting the first movement of Cesar Franck’s Symphony in d minor, the second movement of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No.5 in e minor, the “Hunt” Scherzo from Anton Bruckner’s Symphony No.4, “Romantic”, and the fourth movement of Johannes Brahms’ Symphony No.4 in e minor. He talks about the challenges to the students of playing in very different styles of symphonies all written at about the same time.  

Photo credit: Binghamton University Music Department

The Cooperstown Summer Music Fest Presents its First Concert of the Season

Cooperstown Summer Music Fest Artistic Director Linda Chesis joins us to talk about the first concert of the season, taking place at the Otesaga in Cooperstown.  The American String Quartet performs Franz Schubert’s famous “Death and the Maiden” Quartet, Claude Debussy’s String Quartet in g minor, and Linda Chesis joins them as flutist in ‘Poem’ by Elmira-born composer Charles Tomlinson Griffes.  

Photo credit: Peter Schaaf