Artist Cafe

WSKG radio 12:30pm on Thursday

WSKG presents the newly revamped Artist Café, a weekly half-hour arts radio show hosted by Bill Snyder and Crystal Sarakas. Each week, Artist Café showcases an expansive variety of local artists working in film, visual and performing arts, theater, photography, literature, painting, sculpture, poetry and more. Artist Café brings our community a unique and geographically diverse arts experience. Join us to learn more about each artist’s craft and how the arts contribute to our community.

ARTS EVENTS WEEKEND ROUNDUP 2/11/2016

Listen to the Arts Roundup with Chris Kocker and Crystal Sarakas Highlights Shakespeare in Ithaca and Broadway Touring Shows

Broadway shows in Binghamton

42nd Street in Elmira

Henry the V at Hangar Theater

Swedish Band ODE and Milkweed duo at Cyber Cafe

INTERVIEWS

A Gender-bending Cult Musical Comes to Hartwick College

Crystal Sarakas speaks with Tish Pearlman from Lyric Visions II about pairing poets with visual artists

The Generation Gap and the Challenges on Both Sides are Explored in New Drama at Know Theater

Want to ask a question about Artist Café? Send the producers an email at artistcafe@wskg.org.

About the Host

Bill Snyder

Bill has worked at WSKG for 20 years, first as Editor of the Arts Calendar, Music Librarian, and Weekend Evening Announcer, becoming the Music Director and Mid-day Radio Host in 1996. Still serving as Music Librarian, Bill also conducts live and pre-recorded artist interviews about art and cultural events across WSKG’s 21-county coverage area.

Bill was born in Harrisburg, PA, grew up in Endicott, and graduated Union-Endicott High School. He earned his Bachelor of Music in Education from Susquehanna University, after which he taught music in a pre-school interdisciplinary reading program for inner city children, then teaching general music at a local junior high school. Bill went on to earn his Masters Degree in Historical Musicology at Binghamton University with his Master’s Thesis The Evolution of Production Styles of Wagner’s “Der Ring des Nibelungen”, 1876-1976. Bill is currently Choir Director at Christ Episcopal Church in Binghamton, and has performed with Tri-Cities Opera, the Ti-Ahwaga Community Players, Summer Savoyards, as well as with the Binghamton University Chorus.

 

Crystal Sarakas

Crystal Sarakas, host of WSQX News programming and radio producer, joined WSKG in 1998. Over the course of her career at WSKG, Crystal has produced numerous classical, folk and new age music programs. She produced and hosted the live bi-weekly show Community Conversation, a public affairs program featuring local guests (scholars, activists, politicians, citizens, etc.) discussing issues of local, regional, national and international importance.

In 2009, WSKG was awarded a My Source Community Impact Award for Engagement from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting Community Conversation, and the NYS Associated Press Broadcasters Association awarded Crystal with a Special Mention award for her Community Conversation on Sexual Assault and Rape in 2014.

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