The VOICES Multicultural Chorus Present Their Fall Concert

The VOICES Multicultural Chorus perform their Fall Concert: 'The Spirit of Home: Many Homes -- One Voice' on December 9 at 4pm in the First Baptist Church in Ithaca.  Conductor Lorrene Adams joins us to talk about this wide-ranging concert, and the joys and challenges of programing a concert when there are so many good choices for it.


Photo credit: VOICES Multicultural Chorus

‘A Christmas Story’ is Back at Ti-Ahwaga

The Ti-Ahwaga Community Players present their annual production of Philip Grecian's stage adaptation of the film 'A Christmas Story'. Jamie Cornell, who plays the grown-up Ralphie, joins us to talk about the sixteen years of this production, and the members of many families that have grown up in and around this annual event.


Photo credit: R E Baker Photography

BU Opera Ensemble Presents ‘Billy Goats Gruff’

The Binghamton University Music Department's Opera Ensemble presents composer John Davies' 40 minute opera for children, 'Billy Goats Gruff'. The composer and the Opera Ensemble's Music Director, Willie Anthony Waters, talk about the opera and their casts of singers. Mr. Davies (pictured) explains how he uses preexisting music from operas where similar situations are encountered. Mr. Waters also gives us a heads-up that he will be on the Metropolitan Opera live Saturday broadcast's Opera Quiz twice this coming season.


Photo credit: Binghamton University Music Department

‘Venetian Traditions’ Presents Music for Multiple Choruses

The Binghamton University Music Department presents 'Venetian Traditions', music for multiple choruses by Heinrich Schütz, Claudio Monteverdi, Giovanni Gabrieli, and Salamone Rossi.  The new Director of Choral Activites, Bill Culverhouse joins us to talk about those traditions.  Also on the program is the first suite of 'Ancient Airs and Dances' by Ottorino Respighi led by orchestra conductor, Timothy Perry.


Photo credit: Binghamton University Music Department

Artist Blazo Kovacevic Uses Virtual Reality for a New Art Exhibit

Blazo Kovacevic, Assistant Professor of Art and Design at Binghamton University, has a new exhibit of his work called 'Incited' at the Dowd Gallery on the SUNY Cortland campus. "Incited is a large-scale, multimedia installation featuring digitally modified security X-rays taken by European border patrol forces of vehicles carrying hidden illegal immigrants in their cargo. This exhibition focuses on the acute problems of human trafficking, smuggling and terrorism currently dominating the socio-political sphere. The unobstructed views of trucks, vans and cars harboring stowaways also offer insight into privacy issues and the fragility of the human body." A virtual reality 360 video will allow the viewer to experience being one of the 54 illegal immigrants transported under inhumane conditions in the cargo van that crashed in Serbia two years ago.

The Binghamton Baroque Orchestra Plays Pergolesi and Zelenka

The Binghamton Baroque Orchestra presents its second concert on Saturday, November 25 in St. Thomas Aquinas Church in Binghamton.  Conductor Jeff Wahl joins us to talk about the two masterworks of two lesser-known composers, Giovanni Battista Pergolesi and Jan Dismas Zelenka.


Photo credit: Binghamton Baroque Orchestra

Rafael Grigorian Ballet Presents ‘The Nutcracker’

The Rafael Grigorian Ballet Theatre presents Tchaikovsky's famous story of Clara and her Christmas present, 'The Nutcracker'.  Choreographer Rafael Grigorian joins us to talk about the logistics of doing a Saturday performance in the Clemens Center in Elmira, and then moving the whole production to Binghamton for a Sunday performance in the Forum. He also talks about the new studios in Elmira and Vestal.

Photo credit: Rafael Grigorian Ballet Theatre