Violinist Chris McKhool joins us to talk about his band, the Sultans of String, who will be performing at the Hangar Theatre on May 11. The band members come from many musical traditions and present a wide range of styles in their concerts. For this concert, they welcome sitarist Anwar Khurshid.
In 1981 director Peter Brook created a pared-down version of Georges Bizet popular opera ‘Carmen’, incorporating elements from the original opera-comique version, and from the novella on which is was based. WSKG’s Sam Goodyear talks with the singers playing Carmen and Don Jose from Tri-Cities Opera’s production of ‘La Tragédie de Carmen”, Tascha Anderson and Andrew Surrena.
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.
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.
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
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.
Director Tim Gleason and actor Jeff Tagliaferro talk about Neil LaBute’s play ‘The Mercy Seat’ coming up at Know Theatre in Binghamton. It tells the story of how two people who should have been in the World Trade Center on 9/11 cope with the reasons why they were not there.
‘Always…Patsy Cline’ is the true story of the friendship between the famous country singer and one of her fans through correspondence and a few meetings. Actors Alexandra Mendoza and Lynette Daniels join us to talk about SRO’s production of it and the many songs Cline made famous in her tragically short life.