The Summer Savoyards Present 'The Sorcerer"

The Summer Savoyards of Binghamton present Gilbert and Sullivan's early operetta 'The Sorcerer' in the Chamber Hall of the Anderson Center on the Binghamton University campus. An egotistical nobleman about to be married conspires with a hapless "Family Sorcerer" to administer a love potion to the entire village. Since it is a comedy, the plot goes hilariously wrong. WSKG's Sam Goodyear chats with Music Director Sherri Strichman and with the Sorcerer himself, John Starks. http://wskg.org/audio/sorcerer.mp3

 

Photo credit: Kirsten Johnson for the Summer Savoyards

Binghamton University Presents a Jazz 'Nutcracker'

The Binghamton University Theatre Department is presenting a Jazz Nutcracker.  Music of Duke Ellington is part of the fun as the traditional story of the Nutcracker is updated to the 1950s.  Choreographer JoEllen Kuhlman and Matt Pedersen, who dances the title role, talk about the fun of transforming this classic story. http://wskg.org/audio/jazznutmix.mp3

Photo credit: Binghamton University Theatre Department

Soprano Katherine Whyte and Pianist Joel Harder Present 'From Salon to Stage'

The Binghamton University Music Department presents 'From Salon to Stage', a program of art songs by Gabriel Faure and Sergei Rachmaninoff on the first half, and cabaret songs by Arnold Schoenberg, Kurt Weill, Jerome Kern, George Gershwin, and William Bolcom. Soprano Katherine Whyte and pianist Joel Harder perform on Friday, December 2 at 7:30pm in United Presbyterian Church, 42 Chenango Street in Binghamton.  

 

Photo credit: Binghamton University Music Department

Soprano Katherine Whyte and Pianist Joel Harder Present ‘From Salon to Stage’

The Binghamton University Music Department presents 'From Salon to Stage', a program of art songs by Gabriel Faure and Sergei Rachmaninoff on the first half, and cabaret songs by Arnold Schoenberg, Kurt Weill, Jerome Kern, George Gershwin, and William Bolcom. Soprano Katherine Whyte and pianist Joel Harder perform on Friday, December 2 at 7:30pm in United Presbyterian Church, 42 Chenango Street in Binghamton.  

 

Photo credit: Binghamton University Music Department

A Concert Presents Old and New Piano Trios

The Binghamton University Music Department presents 'Piano Trio: Old Meets New' on Sunday, September 25 in the Chamber Hall of the Anderson Center on the Binghamton University Campus. Violinist Uli Speth, cellist, Zachary Sweet, and pianist Joel Harder perform piano trios by Ludwig van Beethoven, Amy Beach, Paul Schoenfield, and Binghamton University composition professor Daniel Davis. http://wskg.org/audio/ulizach.mp3

 

Photo credit: Binghamton University Music Department

Binghamton University Hosts the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company

The Anderson Center on the Binghamton University campus presents the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company, performing 'Play and Play, An Evening of Music and Movement'.  He joins us to talk about his early dance experiences at what was then Harpur College, and with Binghamton's American Dance Asylum. "Recognized as one of the most innovative forces in the modern dance world, Bill T. Jones returns to his alma mater for a Homecoming weekend performance by his dance company. While attending Binghamton University, Bill T. studied classical ballet and modern dance. Binghamton is also where he started his first dance company in 1973." http://wskg.org/audio/jonesmix.mp3

 

Photo credit: Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company

Historian James M. McPherson Talks Civil War History and 'Mercy Street'

Recently, noted Civil War historian James M. McPherson visited Binghamton University to deliver the ninth annual Shriber Lecture. Professor McPherson sat down with WSKG History to discuss his career, Civil War history, and his involvement as a historical consultant on PBS’s Civil War medical drama MERCY STREET.  

Dr. James McPherson is the George Henry Davis ‘86 Professor of History Emeritus at Princeton University and the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of “Battle Cry of Freedom” (1988). He taught American history at Princeton University for 42 years and served as president of the American Historical Association. McPherson’s work mainly focuses on the American Civil War and Reconstruction and he is the recipient of two separate Lincoln Prizes.

Binghamton University's Past 2 Future Project Aims to Perserve Local History

On the second floor of Binghamton University’s Rockefeller Center building, you’ll find a room pilled high with boxes of photographs and film canisters alongside an array of digital equipment. This room is the headquarters of Binghamton University's Past 2 Future Project. Hands-On Research
The Past 2 Future Project was started by the university as a way to preserve the area's rich local history and to give its undergraduate students an opportunity for hands-on research. “Several years ago, the university interviewed undergraduates and asked them what would they like more of, or what was missing from their education,” states Dr. Kevin Wright, the director of the Past 2 Future Project. “One of the things that really came to the top of the list was more involvement in research.”

The Past 2 Future Project, or P2F, collects donations of historical materials, including photographs, diaries, and newspapers, from local individuals and organizations.

A comedy of manners (without the manners) opens Binghamton University's theatre season

Yasmina Reza's dark comedy The God of Carnage is the next play presented by the Theatre Department of Binghamton University. Director Tom Kremer and one of the four actors, Tom Mackin,  talk about the two civilized and well-off couples who meet to solve a dispute between their two sons, and their descent into behavior that would make a ten-year-old blush.  The play was originally written in French, but has quickly been translated into many languages for successful productions. http://www.wskg.org/audio/carnagemix.mp3