Expressions shines a spotlight on the Appalachian mountain dulcimer in this month’s premiere episode. It’s one of only two original American instruments along with the banjo. Our guide is luthier Bernd Krause, who has built more than 250 dulcimers over the past 40 years. Find out who inspired his very first dulcimer and visit the shop where he still crafts these wondrous instruments.
We also hear dulcimer performances from both Bernd and Beth Fallon, recorded at the ArtFarm Studio and Gift Shop in Chenango Bridge.
Expressions returns with a new episode featuring ‘Tenor’ Tony Villecco singing a set of baroque era songs in a special on-location performance. Tony has been performing since he was ten years old and has spent the last five decades entertaining audiences with his angelic voice and easygoing charm. The performance was recorded at the St. Thomas Aquinas Church in Binghamton and Tony was accompanied by a seasoned group of local musicians including John Isenberg, Marijane Wojtowitz, Joanne Peters and Melanie Valencia. The setlist includes pieces from Georg Handel, and ‘Ave Maria’ by Caccini.
After over a decade of providing the best in regional arts coverage, Expressions has returned with a new look and a new host. WSKG is pleased to be working with actress Adara Alston on a new set of episodes which have begun to roll out this month. Adara has performed across the region over the past 15 years from the Hangar Theatre in Ithaca to the Cider Mill Playhouse in Endicott. She has appeared in countless productions including ‘Doubt: A Parable’, ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’, ‘The Crucible’, ‘South Pacific’ and even a stage version of ‘Shrek’. With this type of range, Adara is perfect in her role of introducing our audience to the eclectic group of musicians and artists we have coming up this season.
Expressions returns with a new episode featuring traditional African folk artist, Samite. This world renowned talent performed his first concert since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic at the WSKG Studios in the fall of 2021 and we are happy to give you a front row seat to the performance. Samite is joined onstage by longtime friend and collaborator Nate Richardson in a career spanning setlist of songs. Along with the concert performances this half hour episode features a segment detailing Samite’s journey to upstate New York and the amazing challenges he has faced along the way. We are also pleased to introduce Adara Alston as our host of Expressions.
Expressions, WSKG’s long running local arts and culture program, is returning to the television schedule on a new night and time! Tune in Friday nights at 8:30 for the best in concert performances and regional art. New episodes are scheduled to premiere on the second Friday of each month and we have an exciting line-up for you in 2022. In the next few months you will see a brand new concert from African folk artist Samite, Tenor Tony Villecco performing baroque period songs with his unique panache and we visit an art shop that expertly uses its location to create a unique visiting experience. We are also pleased to work with talented actress and musician Adara Alston this season.
Let’s Polka is proud to welcome Alex Meixner and his band back to our studios for another half hour episode of polka fun. Alex is a true superstar and his eclectic performance dazzled our live studio audience. Selections included Alex’s original tune “Why Die Thirsty”, “Fliegerlied” and the classic “Roll Out The Barrel Polka”. Check out this clip from the program and watch the entire premiere on Saturday, August 12th at 6:30pm. https://youtu.be/kCb9AKeS_1w
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Buffalo area band Special Delivery returns to Let’s Polka on Saturday, August 3 for a half hour of toe-tapping fun! Performances include “Dreamin’ Polka”, “Iron Casket Oberek” and the “How Married Are You Polka.” The program is hosted by Bill Flynn who also interviews band leader Ted Szymanski. Enjoy this promo and tune into Let’s Polka, airing every Saturday evening at 6:30 on WSKG-TV. https://youtu.be/7kPMFD8ngNY
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The future of polka music looks to be in a good place if the Polka Method are any indication! This seven piece band features some of the youngest performers that have ever graced the Let’s Polka stage and their debut episode premieres Saturday, July 15th at 6:30 on WSKG. Led by vocalist and trumpet player Matt Martin, the group runs thru classic tracks such as “Fiddler’s Polka”, “Lucky Stop Waltz” and “Visit to Poland”. Bill Flynn hosts the program and interviews Matt about his future in the polka world!
WSKG’s locally produced Let’s Polka returns with a new episode featuring Buffalo’s Special Delivery this Saturday, May 6 at 6:30pm. This five piece outfit delighted our live studio audience and will surely get your toes-a-tapping with their performances of ‘Barbara’s Polka’, ‘Bottom’s Up Polka’ and the ‘Can’t Get Used To Losing You Polka’. The show is hosted by Bill Flynn, who also interviews band member Ted Szymanski and they discuss Buffalo’s famous Dyngus Day. Enjoy this promo and be watching for Let’s Polka, every Saturday evening at 6:30! https://youtu.be/BFaKlLSkIVc
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
WSKG Arts isn’t quite ready to give up on the Holiday Season yet and we are proud to present two programs featuring the incomparable John Stevens’ Doubleshot. Doubleshot is based in Central Pennsylvania and have released nearly twenty albums since their formation in the mid-1990’s. The band travels all across the east coast and midwest spreading their polka cheer to adoring fans with an eclectic set list and a charismatic stage presence. In addition to playing polka classics, John has also written nearly fifty original tunes during his career. To celebrate the holiday season John has added some special tunes to each of the shows set lists.
WSKG Arts proudly presents a special Expressions program featuring the area’s very best jazz musicians performing some holiday classics! This hour long program showcases the groups Miles Ahead, The Little Big Band, Ultra Vibe and the duet of Ron Emerick and Rhonda Plunkett. Selections include ‘Let It Snow’, ‘Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas’, ‘God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen’ and ‘Favorite Things’. https://youtu.be/OLfEF8nFICU
1) Miles Ahead-Let It Snow
2) The Little Big Band-Jingle Bell Rock/Rocking Around The Christmas Tree
3) Ron & Rhonda-Mary, Did You Know
4) Ultra Vibe-Christmas Time Is Here
5) The Little Big Band-Go Tell It On The Mountain
6) Miles Ahead-Blue Christmas
7) Ron & Rhonda-Merry Christmas, Darling
8) The Big Band-Jingle Jazz Jam
9) Ultra Vibe-Favorite Things
10) Ron & Rhonda-Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
11) Miles Ahead-Rudolph, The Red-Nosed Reindeer
12) The Little Big Band-God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
WSKG Arts is proud to present a special Expressions: Holiday Harmonies featuring some of the area’s best jazz musicians! Featuring performances from Miles Ahead, The Little Big Band, Ultra Vibe plus Ron Emerick and Rhonda Plunkett this hour long program is sure to put some swing in your holiday weekend. Check out this short clip and see below for the times you can watch or listen on WSKG TV and Radio! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MdosM07mwq0
Let’s Polka is getting into the swing of the holiday season with a special run of performances from the amazing John Stevens’ Doubleshot! This episode features some great polka tunes including the “Goodtimes Polka”, “Snow Waltz” and an enthusiastic rendition of the “Jingle Bells Polka”. Doubleshot have been performing in the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre area of Pennsylvania for over twenty years and have nearly 20 polka albums to their credit. John tours all around the country and has even performed on two polka cruises during his career. His indomitable energy has won audiences over for two decades and we are excited that he has brought his band to the Let’s Polka stage to help WSKG celebrate the holiday season.
WSKG’s Let’s Polka is getting into the holiday spirit with a series of shows featuring the incomparable John Stevens’ Doubleshot. Three new shows featuring classic holiday tunes begin airing on Saturday, December 17 at 6:30pm and continue each Saturday throughout the rest of the month. Check out this promo and be sure to tune in Saturday for great holiday polka music! https://youtu.be/flNtVXsxRDU
WSKG Arts profiles the Heavenly Eating Food Blog in this Art & Culture Short. Chef Frank Purrazzi from Ithaca’s Northstar House and his friend Max Lerner bonded over their love of food and started posting videos to their blog in an attempt to educate the public that making delicious meals with local ingredients is not that difficult. With their easy-going demeanors, fun personalities and unique recipes the blog quickly garnered fans from all over the world. We caught up with Max and Chef Frank at Silver Queen Farm in Trumansburg, New York as they were filming one of their videos. Silver Queen is one of the many local farms that Chef Frank uses to keep his restaurant’s ingredients as fresh as possible. Supporting regional food suppliers and farmers is extremely important to Heavenly Eating and they urge everyone to eat local as much as possible.
Did you know that New York State is only second to Vermont in maple syrup production in the United States? With that in mind, WSKG Arts visited SweeTrees Maple Products in Berkshire to learn about their business and how exactly maple syrup gets from the trees to your breakfast pancakes. SweeTrees owner Dan Beasley tells us why he and his wife, Ruth, decided to open up the business and shows us how maple syrup is tapped and processed. We also go inside the SweeTrees Sugar Shack and examine all their maple goodies and snacks. Enjoy this sweet morsel from WSKG Arts and visit the SweeTrees website at sweetreesmaple.com for more information about this great local business!
WSKG Arts along with the Classical Pianists of the Future proudly present a special performance featuring Anastasia Rizikov and Michael Davidman. Both of these precocious talents have graced the Classical Expressions stage in years past and we are happy that they decided to return for another hour of classical piano. Canadian pianist Anastasia Rizikov is a remarkably poised and precocious seventeen year old who has already won major prizes all over the world. Resolving to compete in adult competitions since the age of twelve, Anastasia won first places over musicians twice her age in the following competitions: the Ettore Pozzoli International Piano Competition, along with prizes for best compulsory work by E. Pozzoli, and audience prize (Seregno, Italy, 2015). Born in New York City in 1997, Michael Davidman started piano lessons at five years old at Greenwich House Music School with Michiyo Morikawa, then from 2005-2015 piano performance with Efrem Briskin at Manhattan School of Music, conducting with Jonathan Strasser 2009-2015, and conducting with David Gilbert 2013-2015.
WSKG Arts is proud to partner with the Corning Museum of Glass for a series of Arts & Culture Shorts that highlight the great artisans that work with the museum. This segment features world renowned Native American artist Virgil Ortiz. From Cochiti Pueblo, New Mexico, Ortiz strives to use art to blend historic events with futuristic elements in provocative and edgy designs to ignite contemporary interest in the stories of his Pueblo culture. Ceramicist, fashion designer and graphic artist, Ortiz worked with the Museum’s team to experiment with new ideas in glass, furthering his well-known Pueblo Revolt series. Ortiz, along with the Rockwell Museum, has also helped local at-risk students design and paint a mural in downtown Corning that was unveiled in September of 2016.
WSKG Arts and the Corning Museum of Glass are proud to partner in a series of Arts and Culture Shorts featuring past resident artists of the museum. This segment features 2015 artist and Alfred University graduate Jackie Pancari. Jackie Pancari loves discovering the ways glass and light interact. She thinks of her studio as “a laboratory where curiosity and imagination lead to experimentation and discovery.” With an MFA from Alfred University School of Art, Pancari has exhibited her work across the U.S. and in Japan. Pancari is inspired by the properties of glass and its ability to assume an infinite number of forms. “Creating shapes that exude a quiet beauty, simplicity and sensuality represents the most basic foundation of my work,” she says.
WSKG Arts is proud to partner with the Corning Museum of Glass for a series of arts shorts featuring their past resident artists. This segment features 2015 artist Helen Tegeler. Helen is inspired by the transitional properties of plants, and extrapolates upon that in her work. From growth patterns and branching to surface textures and patterns, she feels there are infinite design possibilities when interpreting plants in glass. She loves exploring seeds, and the potential they hold for great change.
Violinist June Ingram leads the Rich Bobinski Orchestra to another smashingly successful appearance on WSKG’s locally produced Let’s Polka. Our live studio audience was entertained with RBO’s eclectic set list and boundless enthusiasm. June is joined on-stage by Jim Turek (Trumpet), John Clark (Clarinet/Saxophone), Eddie Zavaski (Accordion/Vocals), Lorraine Jeski Moroch (Bass Guitar/Vocals) and Eddie Biegaj (Drums/Vocals). Performances included the “Golden Gate Polka”, “The Godfather Polka” and “Down by the Water”. Hosted by Bill Flynn who interviews June about the band and her career in the polka music world.
WSKG Arts is proud to bring in a polka band all the way from Chicago on this episode of Let’s Polka. Tony Blazonczyk and the New Phaze band once again entertain WSKG’s live studio audience with an eclectic set of polka tunes. Move aside your furniture and dance along to classics such as the “Love Em & Leave Em Polka”, “Bandleader’s Polka” and ‘Walk Through This World With Me Waltz”. Tony is joined on-stage by Tim Jagodzinski (concertina), John Fuzmaniak (accordion), Melvin Rzeszutko (drummer), CJ Lackowski (trumpet), Dan Levdanski (trumpet, clarinet, saxophone). The program is hosted by Bill Flynn, who also interviews Tony about his career and his family’s rich polka history.
WSKG Arts is proud to partner with the Roy H. Park School of Communications for a series of Arts & Culture Shorts. This segment profiles the energetic and wildly talented Yamatai, which is Cornell University’s student-run taiko drumming team. Based in Cornell’s Lincoln Hall, they perform for several events on campus each semester as well as regional concerts all around the northeast. See how this ancient Japanese art is meticulously recreated by the students at Cornell and go behind the scenes with interviews and rehearsal/audition footage. https://youtu.be/QY6VJob_v0c
Produced by Erin McClory, Tom Garris & Akili Dorsey-Bell
WSKG Arts is proud to partner with the students at the Roy H. Park School of Communications for a series of Arts & Culture Shorts. This piece looks at talented, young filmmaker Juanito Sanchez. Juanito attends Ithaca College and his story is told thru interviews and behind the scenes shots of his productions. His dedication and enthusiasm shines through, especially in the section where he describes how he came up with the name of his production company. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EsBgHxBgYFQ
This segment was produced by Faith Meckley & Will Uhl
WSKG Arts is proud to partner with the Roy H. Park School of Communications for a series of Arts & Culture segments. Have you ever wondered what it’s like to prepare for a music final? This piece looks at talented singer and music major Rebecca Saltzman as she describes her final Ithaca College project. Rebecca goes through step by step about how she composed her performance and this segment features footage of her collaborating with the Dorothy Cotton Jubilee Singers and fellow IC students. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qdSepAsl4qQ
This segment was produced by Sophie Israelsohn & Mallery Rockwell
WSKG Arts is proud to partner with the students of the Roy H. Park School of Communications for a series of Arts & Culture Shorts. This segment profiles Ithaca artisan Jenny Pope who fashions amazing work featuring animals and the environment thru her color-reduction woodcuts and illustrated ceramics. Jenny’s shop, J-Pop Studios can be found at 102 West State Street in downtown Ithaca. https://youtu.be/zWNx50Bvb2E
This segment was produced by Nick Fustor, Rachel Langlitz and Stephen Latham.
WSKG Arts is proud to welcome back The Rich Bobinski Orchestra to Let’s Polka! This Connecticut based outfit returns to delight our live studio audience with an eclectic set of polka fun. Highlights include “Curtain Raiser”, “The Clarinet Polka” and an amazing rendition of Tom Jones’ “Delilah.” The band is led by violinst June Ingram and she is joined on-stage by Jim Turek (Trumpet), John Clark (Clarinet/Saxophone), Eddie Zavaski (Accordion/Vocals), Lorraine Jeski Moroch (Bass Guitar/Vocals) and Eddie Biegaj (Drums/Vocals). Local polka legend Bill Flynn hosts.
WSKG Arts is proud to partner with Ithaca College for a series of Arts & Culture Shorts. This segment profiles Ithaca resident Angie Beeler, who teaches children the joy of music thru her albums and classes. Miss Angie welcomes toddlers and their parents into her classroom/studio and leads them through sing-alongs and early teaching lessons. This segment was produced by students from the Roy H. Park School of Communications. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LGpRzPzhfaA
WSKG Arts concludes its first season of Late Fringe with two great documentaries directed by New York State filmmakers. Host Phil Westcott guides us through this episode’s selections which will both inspire and entertain. Aaron J. Brander directs “Defying the Odds”, which looks at three uplifting individuals who aren’t letting their disabilities get in the way of doing the things they love. Our second film will surely get you in the holiday spirit no matter what season it is. “Claus” examines the annual Christmas celebration in Lockport, New York and specifically Christopher Parada, the man who dons the suit and beard for the town.
WSKG Arts is proud to partner with The Roy H. Park School of Communications for a series of Arts & Culture Shorts. This segment profiles the long running Ithaca College singing organization, Ithacappella, and examines their efforts to bring all of their past singers back to commemorate the group’s 20th anniversary. Told thru interviews with both past and present members this arts segment shows how vital this organization has been to the Ithaca College community. https://youtu.be/gpJXDIP9Oh0
Produced by Roy H. Park School of Communications; Edited by Luke Harbur
WSKG Arts is proud to partner with the Roy H. Park School of Communications for a series of Arts & Culture Shorts. This segment features Theodore Strauel (Ithaca class of 2018) and his special puppy friend Cassidy. Cassidy is a seeing-eye dog trainee and this segment looks at what Theodore has to go through as a trainer to prepare her for her future. If you are a dog lover then you won’t be able to turn away from this special arts & culture segment. https://youtu.be/ut0UbHfe9Ho
Produced by students from the Roy H. Park School of Communications
WSKG Arts is proud to present another episode of Let’s Polka! This week features a performance from one of Connecticut’s best and brightest polka bands, The Rich Bobinski Orchestra. This six-piece band is led by violinist June Ingram and she captivated the live studio audience at the WSKG Studios with her good natured charm and inspired play. June was joined on-stage by Jim Turek (trumpet), John Clark (clarinet/saxophone), Eddie Zavaski (accordion/vocals), Lorraine Jeski Moroch (bass guitar/vocals) and Eddie Biegaj (drums/vocals). Performances include “Home at Last”, “Polka Bells”, “The Fiddler’s Polka” and Let’s Polka is hosted by Bill Flynn.
WSKG Arts newest series, Late Fringe, is back with another episode showcasing the talents of New York State’s best and brightest filmmakers. Host Phil Westcott leads the viewers down the rabbit hole this week with a look at three short features ranging from documentary to experimental to narrative. The first selection is ‘Paul’s Ride’ directed by Ben Davis and it looks at Vietnam veteran Paul Davis, who uses his life-long love of motorcycles as a way to reminisce about all stages of his life. The pain of his time spent in Southeast Asia is apparent as he talks about fallen friends and comrades. Our second film is ‘Walk’, directed by Marissa Miksad and she explores the boundaries between dreams and reality in her experimental work.
WSKG Arts is proud to present Narcissus: An Ancient Roman Pantomime! This program is the culmination of a tremendous partnership between arts organizations from all across the state of New York. Featuring an original score composed by Binghamton native Santino DeAngelo, performances by members of the Tri-Cities Opera and original choreography performed by pantomime dancer Doug Baum, Narcissus is a truly unique viewing experience. In addition to the three acts of performances, ‘Narcissus: An Ancient Roman Pantomime’ also features a behind the scenes look at the history of this long-forgotten art and how this complicated production came together. Sit back and return to the days of the Roman Coliseum with this special presentation from WSKG Arts!
WSKG Arts weekly tour through the minds of New York State’s best and brightest filmmakers continues with these two episodes of Late Fringe. The first episode looks at the political films of Akram Shibly. Akram was able to spend time in a Syrian refugee camp and the images and words he was able to capture are truly remarkable. These are showcased in “Waiting at the Door” and the interviews that Akram holds with the children of the camp are eye opening. We also showcase “Heal the World”, which again looks at war through the eyes of innocent children.
WSKG Arts and composer Santino DeAngelo present Narcissus: An Ancient Roman Pantomime. This hour long program features original music written by DeAngelo, performances from the Tri-Cities Opera and a behind the scenes look at how this unique production came together. Take a sneak peek with this promo produced by WSKG Arts. https://youtu.be/B70KiRuMEzQ
Narcissus: An Ancient Roman Pantomime premieres on Thursday, May 19th at 8pm on WSKG-TV.
Join WSKG Arts as we celebrate the work of regional filmmakers with our brand new series, Late Fringe. Host Phil Westcott navigates us around the state as we view exciting and thought provoking films every Saturday night at midnight. Grab your favorite movie snack and sit down for three short features. The first film is “The Luna and the Tide”, directed by Ben Davis and the beachside visuals are both breathtaking and emotionally compelling. The second feature was a winner in last year’s Rod Serling Film Festival and is directed by The Anderson Brothers.
WSKG Arts new series Late Fringe is dedicated to showcasing the work of talented directors from New York State and this Web Exclusive has host Phil Westcott chatting with filmmaker Akram Shibly. Akram’s politically charged films are featured in the third episode of Late Fringe and he discusses how he was able to film inside a Syrian refugee camp and the ideas he is trying to convey with his close-up style of filmmaking. In addition to discussing his films, Akram also describes the role the media has in framing the public’s opinion of world affairs and why Binghamton is a great place to make movies. https://youtu.be/TITriuk5f2o
Enjoy the interview and then watch Late Fringe, Saturday night at midnight on WSKG-TV! Special Thanks to Ilana Lipowicz
WSKG Arts and Classical Pianists of the Future are proud to present Drew Petersen as he takes the Classical Expressions stage. The 22-year old Petersen has been playing since the age of five and he enthralled the live studio audience at WSKG Studios with his talent and poise. Award winning pianist Drew Petersen has performed solo and concerto recitals in both Europe and the United States. He has been a top prizewinner in the Hilton Head International Piano Competition, Kosciuszko Foundation Chopin Competition, and the New York Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition. He has performed in the Verbier Festival (Switzerland), Euro Arts Festival (Leipzig, Germany), Musica e Arte Festival (Italy), Music Festival of the Hamptons (NY), and Tanglewood (MA). At home in New York City, he has performed at Symphony Space, Carnegie’s Weill Hall, Steinway Hall, Alice Tully Hall, the Rose Theater in Lincoln Center, and Christie’s Auction House.
WSKG Arts is proud to present its latest locally produced series, Late Fringe! Hosted by WSKG’s Phil Westcott, this weekly program showcases the talented filmmakers of New York State. Each episode contains short films stretching across all genres of film. From narrative to documentary, comedy to drama, the surreal to ‘normal’, this show promises to have something for every fan of short films.
Our debut episode features three short films with the first being We Often Cross The Lines, directed and edited by Andrew DesGaines and based on a poem by Steven T. Licardi. This short feature is a harrowing look at one man’s struggle to overcome his addiction and blends the fine line between control and self destruction.
WSKG is proud to present its latest locally produced show, Late Fringe, a half hour program showcasing the talented filmmakers of New York State. Hosted by Phil Westcott, Late Fringe aims to entertain each week with films that range from the surreal to the experimental. Whether you enjoy dramas or comedies, documentaries or narrative shorts, there will be something for every film buff to sink their teeth into each and every Saturday night. Please enjoy this Late Fringe promo and tune in every Saturday night following Austin City Limits on WSKG-TV for a brand new episode! https://youtu.be/vzwyJcH9FH8
Remember to check back here as full episodes will be available for streaming at wskg.org!
WSKG Arts is proud to partner with the Roy H. Park School of Communications for a series of arts & culture shorts. This piece looks at Ithacan John Lyon Paul, who has been involved with the arts community for over forty years. John’s career began in the Lower Hudson Valley and this segment examines his move to Ithaca and how his daily meditation plays a factor in his work. This segment contains interviews with John and his satisfied customers, as well as footage of John working on his latest colorful pieces. You can visit John and his studio along the Ithaca Art Trail.
WSKG is proud to partner with the Corning Museum of Glass in a series of features profiling their past resident artists. This piece takes a look at artisan Steven Ciezki. Cups and vessel forms are the founding influence on Steven Ciezki’s body of work. Achieving these shapes has led him to experiment and apply theory to his process. His work has been exhibited in select group shows across the United States.
WSKG Arts is proud to welcome Tony Blazonczyk and his New Phaze band back to the Let’s Polka stage for another half hour of toe-tapping fun! Our studio audience and dancers were captivated by their energy and good natured charm which shines through during this episode. Tony Blazonczyk’s New Phaze have recorded 6 CD’s on the New Phaze label and received Best Single of the Year in 2012 by The International Polka Association for the song “For The Love of the Music”. That song kicks off an eclectic set that also includes the “Girls, Girls, Girls Polka” and the “My Heart Waltz”. Tony is joined on-stage by a crack set of polka music veterans including John ‘Fu’ Furmaniak (accordion), Tim Jagodzinski (concertina), Melvin Rzeszutko (drums), CJ Lackowski (trumpet & vocals), and Dan Levdanski (trumpet).
WSKG Arts is proud to partner with the Roy H. Park School of Communications at Ithaca College for a series of Arts & Culture Shorts. This segment profiles the newly formed Ithaca Jacobean Players. While many drama groups will perform the works of Shakespeare, these students wanted to showcase what was popular in England after Shakespeare. Their story is told thru interviews with troupe members and exclusive footage of their first ever performance, John Webster’s “The Duchess of Malfi”. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-bXGxB8Ms6s
WSKG Arts is proud to partner with the Roy H. Park School of Communications for a series of Arts & Culture Shorts. This segment looks at Ithaca photographer and artisan Dede Hatch. The photography of Dede Hatch has been part of the local visual landscape for over thirty years. She had her first exhibition, as well as her first commercial advertising shoot, at the age of 16. Throughout her education, art and photography were central and she has exhibited widely.
The Easter Weekend is fast approaching and WSKG is here to give you a few family friendly ideas on how to celebrate! -Children’s Charity of Greater Binghamton Easter Egg Hunt at Recreation Park in Binghamton; Saturday, March 26 beginning at 10am with the Easter egg hunt starting at 11am
-Dino-Eggstravaganza at the Museum of the Earth in Ithaca; Saturday, March 26 from 10am-1pm
-Eggstravaganza at Tanglewood Nature Center in Elmira; Saturday, March 26 beginning at 11am
WSKG Arts is proud to partner with the Corning Museum of Glass on a series of arts shorts profiling their past resident artists. This segment looks at visual artist Justin Ginsberg. With a material as fragile and unpredictable as glass, artists need to be flexible—and it’s exactly that flexibility that intrigues Justin Ginsberg. A visual artist, Ginsberg investigates the “unusual properties” of glass, and its “extraordinary ability to flex and bend when made very thin.” His work exploits the aesthetic qualities of the material while investigating new ways to think about glass as sculpture. Ginsberg received an MFA in Glass from the University of Texas at Arlington, where he now teaches.
Is the Southern Tier becoming the Hollywood of Upstate New York? Thanks to the Binghamton Film Initiative, over a dozen films have been shot around the Binghamton area over the past couple years. This segment features an interview with director Ethan Alexis Scarduzio, and he explains why shooting a film upstate has major advantages over filming in a bigger city. We also see some scenes from Ethan’s film “Cul De Sac”, which was filmed in and around Broome County in the Summer of 2015. https://youtu.be/YRORknDS6Ug
Leave a comment if you have seen a movie being filmed in the Southern Tier and tell us what your reaction was!
WSKG Arts is proud to welcome Polka Hall-of-Famer Dennis Polisky and his Maestro’s Men back to the Let’s Polka stage for another half hour of toe-tapping fun. Dennis and the band wowed our studio audience with an eclectic mix of songs that drew upon their over twenty years of playing together. Dennis was joined on-stage by fellow Polka Hall-of-Famer Jackie Libera (keyboard and vocals), Rich Bernier (accordion and vocals), Andrew Galarneau (trumpet), Jim Motyka (trumpet) and Ken Yash (drums). The chemistry this band has together is extraordinary and is highlighted on tunes such as “Holiday in Poland”, “Before I Met You” and “Sax on the Beach” (in which Dennis plays the saxophone with extreme ferocity). Bill Flynn hosts and interviews Dennis after the recording to discuss his long and successful polka career.
The Ithaca Shakespeare Company is a regional theatre organization in Central New York. Their three to four productions per year draw a total audience of approximately 5,000 with visitors from all across America and beyond. For over ten years Ithaca Shakespeare have performed their summer productions on the grounds of the beautiful Cornell Plantations and it was during last summer’s performance of ‘Henry IV’ that WSKG Arts visited the company. This segment features interviews with Ithaca Shakespeare Director Steve Ponton and Board Member Michael Donato, plus behind-the-scenes footage of how the production comes together. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yyXTTCA26ik
It might be early in the week, but just in case you are already thinking about what to do this weekend here are some arts & culture related activities that you should think about checking out! Reading Takes You Places event at the Broome County Public Library on Saturday, March 12 beginning at 1pm. Fun for the whole family! The Rockwell Museum in Corning presents two storytellers as part of their “Inspiring Women and Girls of Color” event beginning at 1pm on Saturday, March 12. The Binghamton University Wind Symphony joins up with the Southern Tier Concert Band for a special performance at the Osterhout Concert Theater on Sunday, March 13 at 3pm.
WSKG Arts is proud to partner with the Corning Museum of Glass on a series of arts segments that feature past resident artists of the museum. This short features Yuka Otani, a 2015 resident artist at the museum. You might not look at glass and candy and think they have similar properties, but Yuka Otani does. “Those two materials share many characteristics,” she says. “But what if they are made into a unified object?”
A Rhode Island School of Design graduate, Otani has been experimenting with clear materials for quite some time.
WSKG’s Arts & Culture Short Series examines the Binghamton Film Initiative, an organization founded by two Binghamton University students who were looking for an outlet to produce narrative films. Nearly two years later the group has produced over 15 films and show no signs of slowing down. BFI is a student-founded initiative aimed at encouraging students from both the Binghamton University Theatre and Cinema departments to participate in projects together by connecting online. By utilizing the skills and resources of each department, the goal is to promote students from any department or major to create and distribute unique content. This segment features interviews with BFI co-founders Tyler Downey and and Jared Biunno, plus behind-the-scenes footage from one of their movie sets. https://youtu.be/Msch-3FCppY
WSKG Arts is proud to partner with the Corning Museum of Glass in a series of features highlighting their past resident artists. This piece profiles artisan Alison Lowry. Irish artist Alison Lowry’s works do not shy away from traumatic situations and memories. From Vessels (of Remembrance), her commentary on a horrific child abuse story in the recent past, to The Others (95% Series), her reference to the 95% of rape victims who will never report their crimes, Lowry uses viewers’ interactions with their personal traumas to explore psychological phenomenon. Lowry is formally trained in textiles, and began working with fused glass in 2008.
WSKG is proud to welcome Tony Blazonczyk’s New Phaze to the Let’s Polka stage! Tony and the band traveled all the way from Chicago to entertain the live studio audience and dancers with a half hour of polka fun. New Phaze began its journey in the fall of 2005. After several attempts to get a band started, Tony Blazonczyk finally succeded in putting the right combination of musicians together to form what is now New Phaze. The band has expanded it’s following over the years touring the USA & Canada.
It is an exciting weekend for Let’s Polka as a brand new episode featuring Tony Blazonczyk’s New Phaze will premiere on Saturday, February 6th at 6:30pm. Tony and the New Phaze traveled all the way from Chicago to put on a spectacular show for the studio audience at WSKG. Performances include the “Fishermans Polka”, “For My Lover Polka” and the “Birds Were Singing Waltz”. Bill Flynn hosts the half hour of toe-tapping fun and we hope you tune in! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0-Xm8hpRgck
Please visit https://www.newphaze.com/ for more information about Tony and the New Phaze!
WSKG Arts is proud to partner with the Corning Museum of Glass in a series of features highlighting their past resident artists. This piece profiles artisan Jeff Mack. Jeff Mack’s career as a glassmaker has offered him a variety of opportunities, from factory production to working and studying with world-renowned glass artists. He has been the manager of the Glass Pavilion at the Toledo Museum of Art, as well as a glassblower and instructor at Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village. Mack’s work references traditional techniques and is held in both public and private collections worldwide.
WSKG is proud to partner with the Corning Museum of Glass for a series of features profiling their past resident artists. This story profiles 2013 resident artist Shelley James. Shelley James’ work is the result of practiced technical precision and researched techniques. Over the past six years, she has focused her work on “combining the optical qualities of glass with the graphic range of print to explore the dialogue between eye and brain.”
James studied textiles at the Ecole Nationale Superieure des Arts Decoratifs in Paris, she received a M.A. in multidisciplinary printmaking from the University of the West of England, Bristol, and will receive her Ph.D. from the Royal College of Art in London in 2013. In 2012, her work was included in exhibitions including Resonant Spaces, a solo exhibition at the Bate Museum of Musical Instruments, and Illusoriamente, a group exhibition at the European Convention on Visual Perception in Sardinia.
17 year old Painted Post resident Sharada Shashidhar recently won a coveted YoungArts Award in Miami, Florida. Sharada, who has been performing since the age of three, won an award in the Voice Category. YoungArts, which was established in 1981, provides emerging artists with life-changing experiences and validation by renowned mentors, access to significant scholarships, national recognition, and other opportunities throughout their careers. YoungArts serves as the exclusive nominating agency for the U.S. Presidential Scholars in the Arts, the country’s highest honor for young artists. Each year, they receive thousands of applications to YoungArts from 15-18 year-old (or grades 10-12) artists, and from these, approximately 800 winners are selected.
The award winning Dennis Polisky and The Maestro’s Men take the Let’s Polka stage for another half hour of toe-tapping fun! The Maestro’s Men have been performing together since 1996 and the musicians’ unique backgrounds and experience form the heart of the Maestro’s Men sound. Their unique sound and arrangements of traditional and original music offer an exciting and entertaining musical variety. The Maestro’s Men are Dennis Polisky, Jackie Libera, Ken Yash, Rich Bernier, Jim Motyka and Andrew Galarneau. The International Polka Association Of Chicago, IL has awarded the Maestro’s Men the coveted ‘Favorite Band/Instrumental Group of the Year” award an amazing 10 ten times since 2002.
WSKG is proud to have The Maestro’s Men take the Let’s Polka stage for a brand new episode on Saturday, January 16th at 6:30pm. The Maestro’s Men have been performing together since 1996. The musicians’ unique backgrounds and experience form the heart of the Maestro’s Men sound. Their unique sound and arrangements of traditional and original music offer an exciting and entertaining musical variety. Performances on this episode include “The Clarinet Polka” and “Don’t Stop The Music Polka”.
WSKG Arts is proud to partner with the Corning Museum of Glass in a series of features highlighting their past resident artists. This piece profiles Barbara Idzikowska. Barbara Idzikowska has been fascinated by glass for over twenty years. Living and working in Wrocław, Poland, she seeks to give ideas material form through her work in glass. In 2004, she established Atelier Si, Pb…, a studio of drawing on glass, with the graphic designer Eugeniusz Get Stankiewicz.
Let’s Polka welcomes back The Piatkowski Brothers for another half hour of polka fun! This dynamic band from the Syracuse area have been playing polkas for close to thirty years and the live studio audience was captivated by their showmanship. Performances include “Rosie From Jersey”, “We Left Our Wives At Home” and “Take My Hand Forever”. Bill Flynn hosts and interviews bassist Mark Trzpacz, who talks about his time with the great polka band, The Dynatones. Push aside your living room furniture and dance along to another great episode of Let’s Polka!
WSKG Arts has been proud to work with the Classical Pianists of the Future over the past five years, and this Arts and Culture Short takes a look at this local organization. Founded by Alvin Williams and Lance G. Hill in 2006, this local non-profit organization strives to find a forum for talented young pianists to perform in front of live audiences. Their mission is to educate young people about the value of classical music and for everyone to enjoy its vast riches. WSKG’s Expressions has featured six artists (ranging in ages from 12-23) that were brought to the area by the Classical Pianists of the Future, and each one has astounded the audience with their prodigious talents. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QTTjnBJlTxQ
Watch Chloe Zhang’s live performance on Expressions here.
WSKG’s Holiday Harmonies third season continues with another hour of holiday standards. This episode features the unique talents of harp duet Enchantment and the golden voices of the Tabernacle United Methodist Church Choir. Lisa Craig Fenwick and Melissa Collins are Enchantment and their performances of “We Three Kings” and “Silent Night” provide an ethereal holiday soundtrack. The Tabernacle United Methodist Church Choir is based in Binghamton and they provide festive performances of “Once In Royal David’s City” and “Away in a Manger”. Be sure to watch until the very end as the two groups combine for a special performance of “Silent Night”.
A Holiday tradition at WSKG continues as staff members put down their mouse pads and pick up their instruments to perform seasonal standards. This year, President & CEO Brian Sickora is joined on stage by Manager of Audience Outreach and Non-Profit Sponsorship, Gregory Keeler, and Radio Promotions Assistant Phil Westcott to perform two Vince Guaraldi classics. The trio performs both “Christmas Time Is Here” and “Linus and Lucy” with jazzy aplomb. Please enjoy this holiday treat from WSKG! WSKG HOLIDAY TRIO:
Brian Sickora – Trumpet
Gregory Keeler – Piano
Phil Westcott – Saxophone
Join WSKG for an hour of eclectic holiday music that will surely get you in the spirit of the season. The Kevin Dorsey Collective Trio features a jazzy vibe that turns every song they play into an arrangement that is uniquely their own. The Trio is Kevin Dorsey on electric bass, Thomas Bronzetti on electric guitar and William Pomares on flute. Performances include, “Let It Snow” and “We Three Kings”. The Valley Chorus is based in Northeast Pennsylvania and have been delighting audiences for almost sixty years.
WSKG presents another hour of festive tunes that will definitely get you in the holiday spirit. These performances were curated from the third season of Holiday Harmony programs, which were all filmed at the WSKG Studios. From full choirs (The Binghamton Downtown Singers) to a harp duet (Enchantment) to a group of holiday jazz singers (The Wyalusing Swing Choir) this program has got something for every fan of holiday music. Selections include “Do You Hear What I Hear?”, “I Saw Three Ships”, “The Wren Song”, and “Feliz Navidad”. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nFc18lU_DBw
1) Binghamton Downtown Singers “Do You Hear What I Hear?”
Here comes another hour of festive songs courtesy of WSKG’s Holiday Harmonies! This hour takes a look back at the very best performances from the second season including “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing”, “While By My Sheep”, and “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year.” An eclectic array of performers include pianist Michael Patrick Phelan, The Binghamton High School Steel Drum Band and The Colgate University Chamber Singers. Sit back by the fire and warm your heart with this hour holiday classics.
Allow WSKG to get you in the Holiday spirit with a compilation of performances from our first season of Holiday Harmonies! Many timeless classics are included in this hour including, “Sing We Now of Christmas”, “Sleigh Ride” and “Jingle Bells”. Performers include the Madrigal Choir of Binghamton, the Whitney Point Aquila Chorus, Novo4tet and The Southerntiersmen. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bNcqewsVPFc
1) Madrigal Choir of Binghamton “Sing We Now of Christmas”
2) Novo4tet “Riu Riu Chiu”
3) Whitney Point Aquila Chorus “Sleigh Ride”
4) Milk and Honey “The Christmas Song”
5) Binghamton University Harpur Chorale “Al Hanissim”
6) Windsor Middle School 8th Grade Chorus “Come See The Lights”
7) Carousel Harmony Chorus “Christmas Chopsticks”
8) Bronzissimo “Carol of the Bells”
9) Madrigal Choir of Binghamton “Gaudete”
10) Novo4tet “Christmas Concerto”
11) Kaskeset “V’ahavta”
12) Horseheads High School Select Womens Chorus “Niska Banja”
13) Corning Community College Womens Ensemble “My Favorite Things”
14) The Southerntiersmen “Jingle Bells”
15) Union-Endicott High School Jazz Choir “A Holiday Jazz Trio”
16) Carousel Harmony Chorus “Santa Claus Is Coming To Town”
17) Whitney Point Aquila Chorus “Deck The Halls”
18) Madrigal Choir of Binghamton “Ding Dong Merrily On High”
19) Novo4tet “We Wish You A Merry Christmas”
All of the performances on this program were recorded in the 2007 Holiday Season and this program originally aired on WSKG-TV on December 9, 2010.
WSKG Public Media and the Classical Pianists of the Future proudly present “Chloe” Chuyue Zhang as she takes the Classical Expressions stage. Chloe is currently in her senior year of Bachelor of Music degree program in piano performance at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York. She has won numerous awards in the United States and in her native China. This program features Chloe masterfully performing pieces from Bach, Chopin and Rachmaninoff. WSKG Classical Music Director Bill Snyder hosts and conducts a mid-performance interview with Chloe.
WSKG welcomes Tony’s Polka Band back to the Let’s Polka stage for another half hour of toe-tapping excitement! Coming from the Albany area, Tony and his band have been entertaining audiences for well over ten years, and their showmanship is on full display during this episode. Featuring up-tempo numbers such as the “Polka Hoe Down” and the classic “Clarinet Polka”, as well as tender waltzes like “In My Eyes You Are Beautiful”, this half-hour has something for every polka fan. Bill Flynn hosts and conducts a short interview with Tony in the middle of the program. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XsLuySDk6JM
1) “We Are Tony’s Polka Band/I Want To Be With You”
2) “Polka Hoe Down”
3) “In My Eyes You Are Beautiful”
4) “Hey Ze Hej”
5) “La De Da Oberek”
6) “PGD Mostem”
7) “Clarinet Polka”
POLKA FACT: The National Polka Festival is held annually on Memorial Day in Ennis, Texas.
WSKG Arts is proud to partner with the Corning Museum of Glass for a series of features showcasing their past resident artists. Growing up, German artist Anna Mlasowsky wanted to be an archeologist. Instead, she focused her curiosity on studying the traditions and habits of glassmaking. “The way we evaluate a material and use its properties is defined by preconceived opinions and boundaries set by traditions,” says Mlasowsky. Her work seeks to challenge preformed behaviors and “raise questions about reality and projection.”
“I am not concerned with craft and technique, I don’t judge things by how they are made, but how they make use of material,” she says.
WSKG Arts is proud to partner with the Corning Museum of Glass in a series of features highlighting their past resident artists. Danish artist Maria Bang Espersen seeks to expand the viewer’s perspective through her work in glass. By stretching and bending the molten material, her sculptures show a frozen movement, while the glass retains a soft look. Espersen studied art history at the University of Aarhus, and glass and ceramics at Engelsholm Højskole, both in Denmark. She has completed additional studies at the Kosta School of Glass in Sweden, The Royal Danish Academy of Design, and Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in Maine.
WSKG Arts and the Tri-Cities Opera proudly present “Love, Lies and Laughter: A Night at the Opera”. This hour-long program features performances from TCO’s resident artists that run the emotional gamut. WSKG Classical Music Director Bill Snyder hosts and he is joined by Tri-Cities Opera General Director Susan Ashbaker. She discusses the storied history of this long running cultural institution, how the performances for this program were chosen and the recent remodel of the Opera House on Clinton Street in Binghamton. https://youtu.be/1KI8J8bIkkk
WSKG Classical Music Director Bill Snyder is joined by Tri-Cities Opera General Manager Susan Ashbaker to discuss their new season. Susan talks about the renovations of the Opera House on Clinton Street in Binghamton and the schedule of performances for the upcoming season. There is also a small performance clip from “Love, Lies and Laughter: A Night at the Opera”, which premieres Thursday, October 22 at 8:00 on WSKG. Please visit tricitiesopera.com for more information about their exciting 2015-2016 season. https://youtu.be/nG5KzmxUBz4
WSKG Arts is proud to partner with the Corning Museum of Glass for a series of features highlighting their past resident artists. Melinda Willis is a glass artist who works out of the Canberra Glassworks studio in Australia. Her recent work has resulted in a series that examines the materiality of architectural glass through its transparency, reflectivity and optic qualities. Says Willis, “Glass is a material that I investigate conceptually because it compresses, reflects, and reinterprets space.” Her layering of fused and slumped sheet glass with digital imagery results in works that Willis hopes to be “vehicles for experiential and perceptual encounters.”
Willis holds a Bachelor of Visual Arts from both the Australian National University and the South Australian School of Art, University of South Australia. In 2012, she presented two solo exhibitions, Transference at the Smokestack Gallery of Canberra Glassworks in Canberra, Australia and Space Dissolving at the Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre in Canberra, Australia.
WSKG is pleased to partner with the Corning Museum of Glass in a series of features highlighting their past resident artists. Andrew Erdos is a new media artist and sculptor based in Brooklyn. His multi-disciplinary works often combine blown and cast glass, video, photography and installation. The artist’s meticulously fabricated objects and environments reference the complexity of the interdependent and often conflicting relationships between technology, nature, time, physics and faith. Erdos first began working with molten glass at age fifteen while taking elective credits at Bucks County Community College in his home town of Newtown, Pennsylvania.
WSKG is proud to partner with the Corning Museum of Glass on a series of arts and culture features. This segment features Joanna Manousis, a past resident artist of the museum. Joanna Manousis has worked, studied, and taught in Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United States, and has received a number of scholarships and awards for her blown and kiln-cast sculpture. These include a Bombay Sapphire nomination, the Frabel award for “Best Artist,” and a finalist entry in “E-Merge,” 2010. Manousis’ work captures and animates transitional moments, revealing a world in which objects, being, and places are interconnected and in flux.
WSKG is proud to partner with the Corning Museum of Glass for a series of features that showcase their past resident artists. This spot profiles Marta Ramirez. Marta Ramírez is a glass artist and industrial designer who teaches at the Los Andes University in Bogotá, Colombia. Her work is clearly inspired by water, and she explores the similarities of this element and the material of glass through her art. “Water is movement, transparency, gravity, freefall.
WSKG is pleased to be partnering with the Corning Museum of Glass in a series of segments featuring their past resident artists. Mathieu Grodet is a French-born artist living and working in Canada. He creates thin and elegant glass objects in classic Venetian style, engraved with imagery that addresses modern-day ideas and issues. In his March 2012 Residency at The Studio, Grodet used the Museum’s Rakow Library to research forms and styles for vessels, as well as sketches for his final drawings on the vessels. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S3gKwxwN5DU
This segment was produced by the Corning Museum of Glass
WSKG is proud to partner with the Corning Museum of Glass in a series of arts shorts featuring their past resident artists. This segment takes a look at Norwood Viviano. Norwood Viviano uses digital 3D modeling and printing technology in combination with the casting process to create his sculptural works. Two recent bodies of works, Cities: Departure and Deviation and Kohler Pile, address power dynamics between industry and the surrounding communities that are dependent on it. Cities: Departure and Deviation, an installation comprised of 24 blown-glass forms, maps the relationship between industrial growth and decline relative to population expansion and contraction of major cities in the United States.
WSKG Arts profiles talented local jazz singer Sharada Shashidhar in this segment. Sharada is from Painted Post, New York but recently traveled to Los Angeles to participate in the annual Grammy Camp and this feature goes behind the scenes of her experience. Sharada even gets a surprise greeting from a music legend! It also looks at Sharada’s close knit family who have supported her musical dreams since she was barely a year old. Enjoy this Arts & Culture Short about a true local talent!
WSKG Arts & Culture takes a look at precocious piano talent, Victoria Frances Young. This segment features clips from Victoria’s live Expressions performance at the WSKG Studios plus interview clips where she talks about wanting to inspire children her age to take up music. WSKG would like to thank the Classical Pianists of the Future for bringing Victoria to Binghamton. At a young age, Victoria Frances Young has already performed in prestigious venues such as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and Steinway Hall in New York City. In 2011, she was awarded a $10,000 Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award in conjunction with her performance on NPR’s From the Top.
WSKG is proud to partner with the Roy H. Park School of Communications of Ithaca College for this Arts & Culture feature. This segment profiles Ithaca College student Emilie Benigno. Emilie uses her love of music and playing the violin to help her overcome some very challenging obstacles in her young life. Prepare to be inspired as you watch this very special segment. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2S01_TkxvPg
Produced by: Christie Citranglo, Jacob Ryan, Sydney O’Shaughnessy
WSKG is proud to partner with the Ithaca College’s Roy H. Park School of Communications in a series of Arts & Culture shorts. This feature takes a look at potter Tomas Black, who is passionate about his craft and is willing to teach anyone who is interested. As this video shows, Tomas loves to open his shop to young students, giving them a chance to try something new. Since the production of this segment, Tomas has moved from Ithaca to the Boston area to continue his passion for pottery. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mp664HT8BOw
Produced by: Aisling Brennan, Kayla Dwyer and Sarah Kim
WSKG is pleased to partner with the Roy H. Park School of Communications at Ithaca College on a series of Arts & Culture Shorts. This video was produced by students at IC and looks at one student’s love of both playing the piano and figure skating. Told through her own words and intercut with footage of both the piano and ice, this feature provides a dramatic backdrop for a truly unique student. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_CUCQLdAFFk
Produced by: Sharon Mejia, Taylor Zambrano and Ali Zydunczy
WSKG Arts is proud to partner with the Roy H. Park School of Communications at Ithaca College for a series of short features that showcase young artists. This segment features IC student Tatiana Malkin, who is looking to start a career in the world of art. This piece looks at Tatiana’s artwork and what drives her to create it. Her message of following your dream and doing what truly makes you happy will surely inspire. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7x_liGz_u54
WSKG Arts is proud to partner with students from the Roy H. Park School of Communications at Ithaca College in a series of short features. This piece looks at Cornell University’s world-renowned Bhangra dance team. Founded in 1997, Cornell Bhangra’s goal is to promote awareness of Punjabi dance and culture in the community and across the nation. Bhangra is a folk dance originating in the state of Punjab in Northern India and Pakistan that celebrates the arrival of spring and everyday culture/life in Punjab. Over the past 18 years, Cornell Bhangra has grown to become among the most well-known bhangra teams in North America and the group has captured many national awards over the years.
WSKG Arts is proud to travel to the Auburn Correctional Facility to present a short feature on the inspirational Phoenix Players Theatre Group. PPTG is an inmate run organization, that with the help of Cornell University, meets every Friday night. The inmates practice monologues, skits and other theatre inspired exercises while also learning about themselves. This feature goes inside the the maximum security facility to eavesdrop on a Friday night meeting. We see the group perform and also interview a few of the members as they discuss what it means to them to be a part of this important group.
WSKG’s locally produced Let’s Polka welcomes back The Polka Brothers. These four “brothers” (actually good friends who first started playing music together in college) from New York City bring their unique brand of polka music to the stage. The live studio audience was enthralled with this group’s charm, high quality musicianship and a very unique setlist that has something for every polka fan. Ranging from classic polka instrumentals to original Polka Brothers compositions to off the wall covers (especially for Star Wars and Mario Brothers fans), this half hour will be sure to get your hands a-clapping! Bill Flynn hosts and conducts an interview with the brothers where they discuss what it is like to play polka music in New York City.
The Piatkowski Brothers return to the Let’s Polka stage for another half hour of toe-tapping fun. The members of this band (Al Piatkowski-accordion, Rob Piatkowski-trumpet, Mark Trzepacz-bass guitar, and Jason Flynn-drums) have been playing together for close to thirty years and the studio audience enjoyed every minute of their performance. This set is highlighted by the debut of a new band member in saxophonist Zachary Piatkowski, who joins his father on-stage for the first time ever. Binghamton polka legend Bill Flynn hosts and conducts an interview with Al Piatkowski, where he discusses sharing the stage with his son. https://youtu.be/I1bOBecTUPo
“Yes Sir, She’s My Baby Polka”
“Real Good To Me”
“I’m Loving You Now”
“Dusty Shoes Polka”
LET’S POLKA FACTS: Composer Johann Strauss might be well known for his waltzes, but he also wrote many polkas during his lifetime.
WSKG and the Classical Pianists of the Future proudly present an Expressions recital featuring Olga Krayterman. Olga is a Belarussian-born American pianist and an accomplished performer of solo and chamber repertoire. In addition to garnering the 2013 Young Artist Prize of the National Federation of Music Clubs, she has also been awarded first prizes at the Concours International de Piano du Moulin d’Andé in France, the Stravinsky Competition, the Southeastern Piano Festival in South Carolina, and a prize at the Thousand Island International Piano Competition. Having begun her piano study in her native Belarus, Olga continued her musical education in Cincinnati after immigrating to the U.S. with her family in 1995. Olga has earned her Doctorate in Piano Performance and Literature with a Minor in Music Theory at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY, where she also completed her Master’s and her Bachelor’s with High Distinction.
The Joe Weber Band returns to WSKG’s Let’s Polka with another set of polka classics. This German style band hails from the Lehigh Valley in Pennsylvania and the studio audience was glad they made the trip to Binghamton. Joe puts down the accordion for this program and plays an entire set with his button box. He is accompanied by his sister Sue Rabenold on vocals, Dick Doddy on saxophone and Billy Yob behind the drum kit. Performances include ‘Mountain Climber Polka’, ‘I Needed You Waltz’ and ‘Old Timers Polka’.
WSKG and local musician Jeff Stachyra partner to produce a musical/historical look at the greatest maritime disaster in United States history. Told thru songs written by Jeff this hour long program details the demise of The Sultana, which went down in the immediate aftermath of the Civil War and Lincoln’s assassination. Also included are historical and personal vignettes which chronicle the history of the disaster and Jeff’s own journey to put his album and this program together. Jeff is joined by The Sultana Band, The Madrigal Choir of Binghamton, a ten piece orchestra and local actor Bill Gorman in this ambitious hour of history and music. https://youtu.be/MFV9qperaGo
For more information, please visit: facebook.com/thesultana
Tony’s Polka Band returns to the Let’s Polka stage for another half hour of fun and excitement. This seven piece band from near Albany, New York features accordion, electric guitar, saxophone and clarinet. Tony Banewicz has been performing polkas almost his entire life and he fills the program with plenty of verve, enthusiasm and good humor. Highlights include “No Beer In Heaven” and the rousing “Hupaj Siupaj Medley”. Hosted by Bill Flynn.
The fun never stops during this episode of WSKG’s locally produced Let’s Polka hosted by Bill Flynn. The Polka Brothers are a four man band of young polka lovers from New York City, out to spread the joy of polka. They’re a well-oiled polka machine, boasting a fearless repertoire that includes classic polka favorites, pop and rock gone polka, and unforgettable originals. They love hooking the audience in with lively polka covers of songs they already know, rocking it on a traditional polka they may not, and taking it home with a fun original they’ll be singing for the rest of the evening. So grab a beverage, sing along and experience the meaning of the old adage “No one ever leaves a polka party without a smile on their face.”
“The Clarinet Polka”
“Cigarettes, Whiskey and Wild, Wild Women”
“Jump in the Pond Polka”
“Heroes of our Past”
LET’S POLKA FACT: The polka is the official state dance of Wisconsin.
WSKG’s locally produced Let’s Polka, hosted by Bill Flynn, is a half hour of toe-tapping fun and excitement. Tremendous local polka bands take the stage for our studio audience, who participate by showing off their polka moves on the dance floor. This episode features The Piatkowski Brothers from Syracuse, New York. These veterans of the polka scene have been performing for over thirty years in various incarnations and have put together a dynamic set for your enjoyment. From fast moving polkas to soft, tender waltzes this episode has something for every polka fan.
WSKG’s locally produced Let’s Polka is a half hour of toe-tapping fun for the whole family. Join host Bill Flynn and our studio audience for a great time featuring polka music and dancing. This episode features Tony’s Polka Band from Albany, New York. Tony Banewicz has been playing polkas since he was a teenager in his grandmother’s band and he leads this eclectic seven piece group to the Let’s Polka stage. Featuring guitars, horns, and of course, accordion, Tony’s Polka Band has something for every lover of polka music.
The Joe Weber Band returns to entertain the Let’s Polka audience in this episode of WSKG’s locally produced program. Joe and his sister, Sue Rabenold, both supply strong vocal performances for this German style band. They are backed by saxophonist Dick Doddy and percussionist Billy Yob. Watch for set highlight, the ‘Blue Danube Waltz’, which puts a different spin on a very well-known composition. Show host Bill Flynn also interviews Joe during the half hour and he describes what it takes to mold a song such as ‘Blue Danube’ into a polka tune.
For the third time this season, The Polka Quads take the Let’s Polka stage. John Salov, Mark Dubrovec and Vinny Horoschock traveled from Steelton, Pennsylvania to perform their Slovenian style of polka for a live studio audience and the results are eclectic. Performances include the ‘Dance Dance Dance Polka’, ‘Rose of Rio Waltz’ and the rousing ‘Quads Finale’. Hosted by Bill Flynn, this program also includes a short interview with John where he remembers advice that the legendary Frank Yankovic gave him. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Hfoipw5_OY
“Pecon In Europe Polka”
“Theresa Polka & Oj Marica Peglaj”
“My Darling Ann Waltz”
“Little Green Valley Waltz”
“Dance Dance Dance Polka”
“Uncle Jake’s Polka”
“Rose of Rio Waltz”
If you are interested in joining WSKG’s Let’s Polka Club, please contact Chris DiRienzo at (607) 729-0100 ext.
The Polka Quads return to the Let’s Polka stage with another rousing half hour of Cleveland/Slovenian Style polka. John Salov, Mark Dubrovec and Vinny Horoschock are the Polka Quads and they delighted our studio audience with selections including the ‘Pony Tail Polka’, ‘Oh Johnny Johnny Polka’ and the ‘Night in May Waltz’. Bill Flynn hosts and conducts a short interview with John where he talks about how he puts the setlist together for a half hour program. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gUB04Lu6ZVk
“When You’re Away Polka”
“Pony Tail Polka”
“Until We Meet Again Waltz”
“Ja Sam Sirota Waltz”
“Oh Johnny Johnny Polka”
“Old Timers Polka”
“Night in May Waltz”
POLKA FACT: Another popular form of Polka is the ‘Polish Style’, which incorporates horns (such as trumpets, saxophones or clarinets) into the mix.
Let’s Polka is WSKG’s locally produced half hour of polka music and dancing. Each episode features a great polka band along with our live studio audience and is hosted by the one and only, Bill Flynn. This program features The Joe Weber Band from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. This four person group features Joe Weber on accordion and vocals, his sister Sue Rabenold on vocals, Dick Doddy on saxophone and Billy Yob on drums. This rousing set includes, ‘So A Schwipserl’, ‘Uhrlaubzeit Polka’ and the ‘Blumenstrauss Waltz’. The program also contains an interview with Bill and Joe where he discusses how he and his sister got their start in polka music.