The Trombone Quartet of the Orchestra of the Southern Finger Lakes is presenting a concert at North Presbyterian Church. Trombonist Norm Wilcox joins us to talk about the program, and about the history of music specifically for Trombone Ensemble, dating back to the Eastman School of Music.
Photo credit: Orchestra of the Southern Finger Lakes
Portuguese Sponge Cake (Pão de Ló)
Start to finish: 45 minutes (25 minutes active), plus cooling
Servings: 8 to 10
Outside Lisbon, home cook Lourdes Varelia baked for us a classic Portuguese sponge cake called pão de ló. Its outward appearance was, to us, unusual—deeply browned, wrinkly and sunken, and the dessert was brought to the table in the parchment in which it was baked. And another surprise was in store: slicing revealed a layer of gooey, barely baked batter between the upper crust and the airy, golden-hued crumb. Sweet, eggy and tender, the unadorned cake was simple yet supremely satisfying. When attempting to re-create pão de ló at Milk Street, we turned to a recipe from “My Lisbon” by Nuno Mendes, who, in an uncommon twist, adds olive oil, giving the cake subtle fruity notes along with a little more richness.
WHY THIS WORKS: We thought that battered cauliflower bites, drizzled with a cool and creamy vegan sauce, were the perfect stand-in for the fish. We wanted to avoid the mess of deep-frying, so we cut the cauliflower into large florets and roasted them. To boost their flavor, we dunked the pieces in canned coco- nut milk seasoned with garlic and spices and then rolled them in a mixture of panko bread crumbs and shredded coconut. Not only did this add richness and the flavors of a cabana-shaded getaway, but it also mimicked the crisp exterior texture of batter-fried fish. A bed of crunchy slaw with juicy mango and spicy jalapeño provided the perfect balance of sweetness and heat.
After a hiatus due to COVID, the Geneva Music Festival returns. Artistic Director Geoffrey Herd joins us to talk about the eight concerts coming up in the next few weeks, and what it’s like to, not only be the Artistic Director, but also to perform during the festival.
The Friends of Music of Stamford, NY welcome the Euclid String Quartet this weekend. We heard from violinist Jameson Cooper about the two works on the program, Claude Debussy’s one and only string quartet, and a string quintet by Franz Schubert. The extra member for the quintet is cellist Adrian Daurov. Mr. Cooper also tells us how the quartet got its name.
The Binghamton Community Orchestra presents “Noble and Mischievous Spirits”, a concert of music by Mykola Lysenko, Edward Elgar, Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, Giuseppe Verdi, Richard Harvey, and Franz Schubert. We hear from Music Director Evan Meccarello and Concerto Competition winner Alex VanTassel.
The Ithaca Community Orchestra presents “Homage”, a concert of music by Schubert, Ravel, and both Fanny and Felix Mendelssohn in the Hangar Theatre. Music Director Aaron Burgess joins us to talk about the program and the history of the Community Orchestra
Composer and choreographer Lavinia Reid joins us to talk about her ballet version of the story of Snow White, a fan favorite that returns to Ithaca Ballet. She tells about creating a scenario that gives opportunities to the adult, as well as to the young dancers, and about creating movement while composing the music.
The Binghamton Philharmonic Orchestra closes its season with Antonin Dvořák’s Symphony No.9, “from the New World”, along with a work by American composer Stacy Garrop’s “Bohemian Cafe” which returns Dvořák’s favor. Artistic Director Daniel Hege joins us to talk about the relationship of the two pieces, and the performance of Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No.2 with soloist Andrew Russo
Organist Mark Laubach is celebrating the bicentennial of French composer Cesar Franck by performing the complete works for organ. Sponsored by the Binghamton AGO, the Wilkes-Barre musician performs a selection of those in Binghamton at United Presbyterian Church on Friday, April 22. He joins us to talk about Franck’s legacy, and deep influence on the generations of organist who followed him.
The Schorr Family Firehouse Stage welcomes jazz musician Camille Thurman and her ensemble. Schorr Jazz Series organizer Mike Carbone joins us to talk about Camille Thurman’s path to a busy career in jazz as a performer and teacher, and her upcoming show at the Schorr Firehouse.
The Southern Tier Singers’ Collective presents the premiere of a Mass by composer Zanaida Robles. STSC Artistic Director William Culverhouse talks about commissioning this work for the STSC performance on Sunday, April 24 in St. Patrick’s Church, and the weekend residency of Dr. Robles at Binghamton University featuring performances by the University choral ensembles. You can hear some of Dr. Robles’ music here.
Off The Page from WSKG · Anne Bailey – The Weeping Time
Between 1760 and 1860, more than 1.2 million enslaved men, women and children were sold in the United States. The wealth of a nation was built on the trade of people – of slaves – yet most of us know very little about these auctions or the people who were sold there. Professor Anne Bailey from Binghamton University is
working to change that. Her book, The Weeping Time: Memory and the Largest Slave Auction in American History, tells the story of a specific auction in 1859. But it also examines the trauma that still exists today, and the healing that families are finding as they trace their lineage back to the auction block.
Sometimes fully cooked ground pork retains a slightly pink hue; trust your thermometer. These meatballs can be served as an appetizer with tooth- picks or as a main course alongside a vegetable and potatoes or rice. PICADA
¼ cup slivered almonds
1 slice hearty white sandwich bread, torn into 1-inch pieces
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
3 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 slice hearty white sandwich bread, torn into 1-inch pieces
1 large egg
2 tablespoons water
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley, divided
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 teaspoon table salt
½ teaspoon pepper
1 pound ground pork
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
½ cup finely chopped onion
½ teaspoon paprika
1 cup chicken broth
½ cup dry white wine
¼ teaspoon saffron threads, crumbled
1 teaspoon sherry vinegar
FOR THE PICADA: Process almonds in food processor until finely ground, about 20 Add bread and process until bread is finely ground, about 15 seconds. Transfer almond-bread mixture to 12-inch nonstick skillet. Add oil and cook over medium heat, stirring often, until mixture is golden brown, 3 to 5 minutes.
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.
Opera Ithaca has had a production of Mozart’s comedy The Marriage of Figaro planned for many years. Director Ben Robinson and Board of Directors Chair Deborah Montgomery join us to talk about the roadblocks, and the final production at the Community School of Music and Arts.
Know Theatre of Binghamton presents Steve Martin’s Meteor Shower. We hear from director Joshua Sedelmeyer and actor Julia Adams about what starts out as a “comedy of manners”, but which quickly devolves into a comedy of bad manners amid a once-in-a-lifetime viewing of celestial fireworks.
Tri-Cities Opera is presenting Gioachino Rossini’s setting of the tale of Cinderella in a joint production with Syracuse Opera. It’s a different version of the tale, with a stepfather instead of a stepmother, a wise tutor instead of a fairy godmother, and matching bracelets instead of a glass slipper — but lots of laughs. We hear from executive director John Rozzoni, Camille Sherman who plays Cinderella, and Aaron Crouch who plays the Prince.
The Schorr Family Firehouse Stage presents Bam! It’s Magic in two performances, Friday, April 8, and Saturday, April 9 at 7pm both nights. We get to hear from Endicott native Alex Boyce talk about studying acting and magic at the same time, and about his co-headliner David Williamson.
Photo credit: Alex Boyce and Schorr Family Firehouse Stage
Leo Sowerby was a major composer of sacred music. The Madrigal Choir of Binghamton joins with the choir of Trinity Memorial Episcopal Church for a performance of his cantata “Forsaken of Man’. We hear from the accompanist, Bill Trafka, who has wanted to perform it for a long time, and learn about Sowerby and this rarely-performed masterpiece.
The Cayuga Vocal Ensemble presents “The Spirit Sings” in two performances, one in Ithaca and another in Seneca Falls. Artistic Director Sean Linfors joins us to talk about the themes of the concert, the long break the ensemble had during the shut-down, and the excitement accompanying the premiere of a new work.
Harpsichordists Paul Cienniwa and Michael Bahmann perform Johann Sebastian Bach’s Art of the Fugue in the Ballroom of the Phelps Mansion Museum on Sunday, April 3. Paul Cienniwa joins us to talk about the mysteries of this unfinished work.
Originally Tom Dudzick’s comedy was Over the Tavern, about a Polish family in Buffalo, but family dynamics remained the same as it was moved to Ireland and became Over the Pub. Director Kate Murray and actor Bridget Callahan Kane talk about this family comedy opening at the Cider Mill Stage.
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.
Forget Pygmalion, Caesar and Cleopatra, Heartbreak House, or The Devil’s Disciple. George Bernard Shaw’s Too True to Be Good is an absurdist romp through history with a microbe who makes a patient sick, and she returns the favor by making the microbe sick. Director Chris Nickerson and actor Bill Gorman join us a guides through this quirky comedy.
The Little Delaware Youth Ensemble and Preparatory Orchestra return to performing live with a concert on Sunday, March 13 in the United Ministry Church of Delhi. Music Director joins us to talk about the concert by the older orchestra, with pieces performed by the Preparatory Orchestra led by Deborah Devine. To hear some performances, click here.
Off The Page from WSKG · Off The Page – Poet Merrill Douglas
Merrill Douglas is a freelance editor and a poet. Her poems are ‘beautifully gritty,’ and explore the realities of life in ways that are both just a little bit icky, but also capture the life in the smallest detail. Her poems have appeared in the Baltimore Review, Tar River Poetry, Stone Canoe and more. Her chapbook, published by Finishing Line Press, is called Parking Meters Into Mermaids. Merrill joins host Crystal Sarakas to talk about her writing process and to read some of her work.
Opera Ithaca is presenting the premiere of a new opera, We Wear the Sea Like a Coat. We hear from the composer, Sally Lamb McCune, and Artistic Director, Ben Robinson. They tell us about the gestation of the opera which began with a chance meeting in the Orkney Islands and grew into a poetic, but dramatic story.
The Orchestra of the Southern Finger Lakes is presenting “Musica Diversa”. We hear from Music Director Toshiyuki Shimada about this wide-ranging concert featuring music by Florence Price, Arturo Marquez, Bright Sheng, Sergei Rachmaninoff, and William Grant Still. The pianist in the Rachmaninoff is Christopher Tillen.
Photo credit: Orchestra of the Southern Finger Lakes
Curator Mary Murray of the Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute joins us to talk about the exhibition of works by Allan Rohan Crite, a Boston-based African-American artist. She tells us about the great variety of media and styles he worked in during his life.
Photo credit: Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute
The Binghamton University Music Department is presenting Mozart’s comic opera The Magic Flute in two performances with two casts. Stage Director David Toulson joins us to talk about this story of a prince and princess on a path to enlightenment, with a lot of laughs along the way. The opera will also be live-streamed on Friday night and Sunday afternoon.
Photo credit: Binghamton University Music Department
The Binghamton Community Orchestra welcomes cellist Anne Jacobs-Perkins for the New York premiere of Peteris Vasks’ Cello Concerto No.2. She and conductor Evan Meccarello join us to talk about the piece, and the other works on the program, that highlight different parts of the orchestra.
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.
Clarinetist Timothy Perry joins us to talk about a special program of music, mostly from south of the equator, that he and pianist Pej Reitz have been exploring over the past few years. The concert, Musica Australis, is Friday, February 18 at 7:30 in the Casadesus Recital Hall on the Binghamton University campus.
Photo credit: Photo by Iain Cridland on Unsplash and Binghamton University Music Department
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.
DSP Shows is presenting the Howard Jones Trio with guest artist singer/songwriter Rachael Sage in the Hangar Theatre in Ithaca. Rachael Sage joins us to talk about her many albums, as well as her many collaboration with other musicians. She also talks about her Poetica project and the different aspects of writing poetry versus writing songs.
Know Theatre of Binghamton presents Annie Baker’s Body Awareness. A famous photographer challenges a quiet family in Vermont, and is challenged himself in this comedy of academia. Director Tim Gleason and actor Chris Nickerson join us to talk about the battle lines that are drawn, re-drawn, and the secrets that are revealed.
The old National Cash Register building on South Hill in Ithaca, across from Ithaca College is now a multi-purpose facility that includes space for artists, and the Gallery at South Hill. We hear from curator Michael Sampson and the artist whose work is now on display, Marc Reed.
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.
A dilemma confronts a teenage girl in SRO Productions’ performances of the musical based on the acclaimed children’s book Tuck Everlasting. Director Scott Fisher and singer Lonna Pierce, herself a librarian and long-time fan of the book, talk about the themes of the book, and how well it works as a musical.
Off The Page from WSKG · A Century of Swindles: Ponzi Schemes, Con Men, and Fraudsters
If you’re a fan of true-crime – but perhaps without all the murderdeathkill – then you’ll love this book which takes a deep dive into 7 infamous schemes that took place between 1850 and 1950. There’s intrigue, deception, sensationalism and chutzpah that is mind-boggling. Railey Jane Savage lives and works in Ithaca, NY, where her abiding love for history’s forgotten moments – swindles, or otherwise – grows against the dramatic background of the Finger Lakes. With an English degree from Smith College, she splits her time between writing and editings. A Century of Swindles is her second book.
David Tennant stars as Phileas Fogg in Jules Verne’s tale about a daring
bet in the 1870s to circle the globe in just eighty days. Ibrahim Koma plays
Fogg’s resourceful valet, with Leonie Benesch as the intrepid reporter who
accompanies them. MASTERPIECE updates Verne’s plot with exciting new
themes, characters, and incidents. The round-the-world feat would be hard
enough for the trio, even if someone wasn’t trying to sabotage them at
every turn. Jules Verne’s classic adventure gets an adaptation from MASTERPIECE on PBS.
Novelist Carson McKenna presents her first play. It is about an agoraphobic young woman dealing with her isolation. She and director Missy Harris talk about the play and the cast, which includes a doctor playing a doctor, and a lawyer playing a lawyer. For more information: email@example.com
After the success of last year’s Cocoa and Carols streaming event, Tri-Cities Opera is again offering an online concert. General Director John Rozzoni joins us to talk about Gather Together, a Musical Potluck featuring past, present, and future singers from TCO.
Off The Page from WSKG · Off the Page – I’m Dreaming Of A Brown Christmas (with Vernon Gibbs and Steve Gray)
Steven T. Gray is a visual artist, illustrator, sculptor, producer and musician born in Brooklyn, NY and raised in Queens, NY. Vernon D. Gibbs II has been a stay-at-home dad since 2015. They’re the co-authors of “I’m Dreaming of a Brown Christmas” a beautifully illustrated kids book that shares the story of Christmas traditions and family as seen through the eyes of a young black boy. “I’m Dreaming of a Brown Christmas” is the second book that Vernon and Steve have co-written. Their first book, “When Good Fruit Goes Bad” is about eating healthy, creating less food waste, and knowing that you have value. You can purchase “I’m Dreaming of a Brown Christmas” on Amazon, or here. Follow Vernon Gibbs on Twitter @coolminivandad1.
Charlie Brown and the gang are returning to PBS for the holiday season, this year with three Peanuts classics coming to WSKG this fall. Join the Peanuts gang for a timeless adventure as Charlie Brown preps for a party, Snoopy sets his sights on the Red Baron, and Linus patiently awaits a pumpkin patch miracle. It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown airs on Sunday, October 24, 7:30 pm on WSKG-HD and on WSKG-PBS Kids. (This program will be for Broadcast only. WSKG is restricted from airing this on our Live Stream.)
Peppermint Patty invites everyone to Charlie Brown’s for Thanksgiving, even though he’s going to see his grandmother. Snoopy decides to cook his own version of a Thanksgiving meal with help from his friends.
The Binghamton Downtown Singers had to give up their annual performance of Handel’s Messiah, but are back with Part I of the popular oratorio. Music Director Marisa Crabb and one of the co-presidents, Julie Drozdowski, join us to talk about this “Welcome back” concert.
You’ll need a 9-inch tart pan with a removable bottom for this recipe. We strongly recommend weighing the almond flour and cornstarch for the crust. If preferred, you can use a stand mixer or handheld mixer to whip the cream in step 4. The tart crust will be firm if you serve the tart on the day that it’s made; if you prefer a more tender crust, make the tart through step 3 up to two days ahead. For tips on how to pipe the whipped cream into decorative patterns, see page 31.
Opera Ithaca presents a filmed production of the seasonal favorite Hansel and Gretel. Director and librettist Ben Robinson and Opera Ithaca Board President Deborah Montgomery join us to talk about the ingenious concept, the cast, and the logistics of filming the production in three states.
The Orchestra of the Southern Finger Lakes presents a concert of traditional music for Christmas and Hanukkah, as well as new music by composer Polina Nazaykinskaya. We hear from the composer, and from Music Director Toshiyuki Shimada. The concert also features aerial violinist Janice Martin.
Off The Page from WSKG · Off the Page – Jennifer Crow
Jennifer Crow has been writing poetry since she was a little girl. Her poems explore the edges of time and space, and of myth and lore. Her poetry has appeared in many print and electronic places over the past quarter of a century, including Analog Science Fiction, Uncanny Magazine, Kaleidotrope and more. Her 2020 poem “Still” was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She talks with host Crystal Sarakas about writing and pushing the edges of comfort in her poetry.
Conductor Paul McShee joins us to talk about “Changing Worlds”, a concert of music by Adolphus Hailstork, Jessica Curry, and Antonin Dvorak. Choirs of Binghamton University also joins the Symphony Orchestra for the music by Jessica Curry.
Photo credit: Binghamton University Music Department
The Madrigal Choir of Binghamton returns to its annual tradition of Lessons and Carols for Christmas. Artistic Director Bruce Borton joins us to talk about the wide variety of music presented in this free concert at Trinity Memorial Episcopal Church in Binghamton. Photo credit: Madrigal Choir of Binghamton
“Isabelle de Borchgrave: Fashioning Art from Paper” is an exhibit on display through January 9, 2022 in the Munson Williams Proctor Arts Institute Museum. Deputy Director and Chief Curator Stephen Harrison joins us to describe these historically accurate fashions, fabricated from paper.
Photo credit: Munson Williams Proctor Arts Institute
Two years ago Binghamton University acquired a famous manuscript of music from the Convent of La Crocetta in Florence, Italy. Associate Professor of Musicology Paul Schleuse tells the story of its journey from its origin in 1543 to Binghamton University. Then the Southern Tier Singers’ Collective, prepared by William Culverhouse, performs a selection of excerpts from the manuscript.
A long-postponed concert is finally presented by the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra. Music Director Cornelia Laemmli Orth joins us to talk about the program, and the guest soloist, superstar guitarist Jordan Dodson.
The Akropolis Reed Quintet performs for the Friends of Music of Stamford. Saxophonist Matt Landry joins us to talk about this new kind of ensemble and how it differs from the traditional wind quintet, and how composers are writing new music specifically for this combination, and arranging existing music.
Off The Page from WSKG · Off the Page – Mary Gauthier
Mary Gauthier was twelve years old when she was given her Aunt Jenny’s old guitar and taught herself to play with a Mel Bay basic guitar workbook. Music offered her a window to a world where others felt the way she did. Songs became lifelines to her, and she longed to write her own, one day. Then, for a decade, while struggling with addiction, Gauthier put her dream away and her call to songwriting faded. It wasn’t until she got sober and went to an open mic with a friend did she realize that she not only still wanted to write songs, she needed to.
Know Theatre presents its 18th annual Playwrights and Artists Festival. Artistic Director Tim Gleason joins us to talk about how the festival has changed over the years, and how its reputation has expanded to include submissions from around the world.
The Southern Tier Singers’ Collective presents excerpts from a 16th century manuscript created for the Convent of La Crocetta in Florence. Paul Schleuse describes its creation and its mysterious journey from Italy to South America, and the exciting story of how it was acquired by Binghamton University, then conductor William Culverhouse continues the story with how it got from the page to the singers.
Photo credit: Binghamton University and the Southern Tier Singers’ Collective
In its second concert of the season, the Binghamton Philharmonic presents “Ascend”, a program including music by Richard Wagner, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, and emerging composer Jessie Montgomery (pictured above). Music Director Daniel Hege joins us to talk about discovering the music of Jessie Montgomery, the astonishing artistry of Mozart’s Symphony No.41, and Wagner’s Christmas present to his wife, and the conductor who taught himself to play the trumpet in the middle of a lake so that he could participate in the premiere.
Photo credit: Binghamton Philharmonic and Alice G. Patterson
Start to finish: 1½ hours (1 hour active), plus cooling Servings: 4 to 6
PHOTO CREDIT: CONNIE MILLER OF CB CREATIVES
1 pound Yukon Gold potatoes, not peeled, sliced into ¼-inch rounds 2 tablespoons plus ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil, divided Kosher salt and ground black pepper 1 pound ground lamb or 80 percent lean ground beef 1 medium yellow onion, halved and grated on the large holes of a box grater ½ cup finely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley ½ teaspoon ground allspice ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon 14½-ounce can crushed tomatoes 2 medium garlic cloves, minced 1 pound plum tomatoes, cored and sliced into ¼-inch rounds 1 small green bell pepper or Anaheim chili, stemmed, seeded and sliced into thin rings
Heat the oven to 450°F with a rack in the middle position. On a rimmed baking sheet, toss the potatoes with 1 tablespoon of oil and ¼ teaspoon salt. Distribute in a single layer and roast without stirring just until a skewer inserted into the potatoes meets no resistance, 10 to 13 minutes. Remove from the oven and set aside to cool slightly. Leave the oven on. While the potatoes cook, line a second baking sheet with kitchen parchment.
The many-facets of the music of Claude Bolling are on display at the Cider Mill Stage. We hear from flutist and ensemble leader Jeff Wahl about Bolling and his long career and the huge legacy of music he composed and performed.
The correspondence between singer Patsy Cline and a fan who grew to be a treasured friend is the basis for Always, Patsy Cline presented by SRO Productions. Director George Kurbaba talks about the true story of this friendship and how it translates to the stage.
When an eccentric billionaire loses control of his island resort-slash-theme park, literature professor Addie Cox is an unlikely choice to help fix the situation. But it’s no ordinary theme park: this is pure wizardry come to life, with unicorns, talking rabbits – and murder. The book is called Questland, a mad mashup of Jurassic Park and Dungeons and Dragons. Bestselling author Carrie Vaughn nerds out with host Crystal Sarakas about all things geek on the latest episode of Off the Page.
Punk rock emerged in the mid-1970s in London, New York City, but was also going strong in Binghamton. The Binghamton University Art Museum hosts a Punk Rock Reunion and Exhibit. We hear from organizers Claire L. Kovacs and John J. Lee.
After a long time of being unable to perform due to COVID restrictions, the Binghamton Community Orchestra is back. Music Director Evan Meccarello joins us to talk about the upcoming concert that spotlights the various sections parts of the orchestra, and also a wide range of music.
Organist/Choirmaster Timothy Smith joins us to talk about the upcoming concert at Trinity Memorial Episcopal Church in Binghamton. The concert features music by Dietrich Buxtehude, Jehan Alain, Francis Poulenc, and Daniel Pinkham.
How has the changing landscape of America changed over the centuries and how has art reflect those changes? We hear from Binghamton University Art Museum Director Diane Butler and Curator Tom McDonough about a new exhibit: Topograhies: Changing Conceptions of the American Landscape.
BLAST at the Cider Mill Stage presents Ira Levin’s classic comic thriller Deathtrap. Will there be theft? Will there be murder? Artist Director Rob Egan joins us to talk about the play without giving away too many of the surprises.
Kari Stuart’s life was going nowhere – until she unexpectedly won the lottery. Now an instant millionaire, she’s trying to decide what to do next when an orphan cat, a failing animal rescue and a murder mystery all fall into her lap. On this episode of Off The Page, we talk with author Deborah Blake about her new cozy mystery series.
You’ve heard her on Snap Judgment or possibly seen her on shows like Dead to Me, American Horror Story, The Middle, or Curb Your Enthusiasm. Jen Kober brings her hilarious award-winning stories to the Firehouse Stage on Saturday, October 23. She talks about growing up in Louisiana entertaining her mother, her friends and eventually, audiences.
Music Director Cornelia Laemmli Orth gives us a preview of the upcoming Cayuga Chamber Orchestra season after a long time off due to COVID-19. Old favorites, new suprises, and a world premiere highlight the season.
Cayuga Chamber Orchestra concertmaster Christina Bouey is the soloist in this weekend’s concert at Ford Hall on the Ithaca College campus. She speaks with us about her deep love for Samuel Barber’s Violin Concerto, and the story behind the composition of the concerto. The overture to the comic opera The Bartered Bride by Bedřich Smetana and Ludwig van Beethoven’s Symphony No.5 are also on the program.
After a year of not singing, the Madrigal Choir of Binghamton presents a concert intended for last year’s proposed Beethoven festival. Music Director Bruce Borton speaks to us about some of Beethoven’s smaller and lesser know works they will be performing.
We hear from Larry Kassan, who will be giving a talk sponsored by the Broome County Historical Society, A Pioneering Mind of Television; The Life and Times of Rod Serling on Wednesday, October 20 on Zoom and streamed on Facebook.
1 pound boneless pork loin chops (about 1 inch thick), sliced nothicker than ¼ inch on the diagonalKosher salt and ground black pepper3 tablespoons grapeseed or other neutral oil12 medium garlic cloves, peeled and chopped (about ¼ cup)½ medium white onion, finely chopped1½ pounds ripe tomatoes, cored and chopped3 bay leaves2 jalapeño chilies, stemmed, seeded and chopped⅓ cup pimento-stuffed green olives, chopped2 tablespoons drained capers1 cup lightly packed fresh flat-leaf parsley, finely chopped
Toss the pork with salt and pepper. In a 12-inch skillet over high,heat the oil until barely smoking. Add the pork in an even layer andcook without stirring until well browned on the bottom, about 3minutes. Using tongs, transfer the pork to a plate and set aside. To the fat remaining in the skillet, add the garlic and stir off heat.Set the pan over medium and cook, stirring often, until the garlic islightly browned, 1 to 2 minutes; adjust the heat as needed if the garlicsizzles too vigorously.
RSVP now for the 2021 Rod Serling Film Festival! This free event will be held virtually on Thursday, October 14th at 7pm ET. Registration is required.
Thank you to every student who entered work into the Rod Serling Film Festival and congratulations to the following student filmmakers who are being honored in 2021. Learn more about the 2022 contest here. Categorical Honors
‘When Rain Falls’ by Myanoe Aung
Albany High School
‘Be Aware’ by Myanoe Aung
Albany High School
Best Computer Animation
‘A Vivid Dream’ by Jackson Ames
Greater Southern Tier BOCES/Wildwood Education Center
‘Cargo of Doom’ by Charlie Spielberg
PS 38 The Pacific School
Best Stop Motion Animation
‘Tidal Wave’ by Shelby Thompson
Greater Southern Tier BOCES/Wildwood Education Center
‘Call Me at 8’ by Julia Guest
Cortland Junior/Senior High School
Best Social Commentary
‘Everything is Normal’ by Julia Guest
Cortland Junior/Senior High School
‘Anomalies’ by Genevieve Brown
Richard T. Stank Middle School
Spirit of Serling Award
‘Death’s Gambit’ by Jett Casterline
Greater Southern Tier BOCES/Wildwood Education Center
Best in Show
‘The Chef’ by Jackson McCauley
Maine-Endwell High School
Thank you to Christina Kunzman, Mallory Little, Andrew Polak, Anne Serling & Doug Sutton, and the Rod Serling Memorial Foundation.
Cooperative Gallery 213 in Binghamton welcomes a trio of artists in a sort of “college reunion” in an exhibit called “Time and Textures”. Joanne Thorne Arnold and Carrie Decker join us to talk about their long association, their art, and about their friend Cheryl McBride, who could not be with us.
The Binghamton Theatre Organ Society welcomes theatre organist Jason Comet to supply music for the 1920 German silent horror film The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari. Jason tells us how he assembles a score to accompany a silent film, and how this ground-breaking film became a classic.
The Binghamton Philharmonic Orchestra returns to the Broome County Forum after a long hiatus with “Emerge”, a program featuring Haydn’s last symphony, Mendelssohn’s famous violin concerto with young violinist Julian Rhee, and a recent work, “Pizzicato” by composer Vivian Fung. Music Director Daniel Hege joins us, along with the composer of “Pizzicato”. We hear how Maestro Hege discovered “Pizzicato” and immediately knew that he had to program it, and we hear about the work of this busy young composer.
The Endicott Performing Arts Center and Theatre Street Productions are teaming up once again for performances of the beloved musical Man of La Mancha. Director Patrick Foti and actor Andrea Gregori join us to talk about the production and the play’s journey from being a non-musical television drama to becoming the Broadway musical that has been translated into more languages than any other.
Terrence McNally’s backstage comedy “It’s Only a Play” is performed at Cider Mill Stage. We hear from Kate Murray and Rob Egan of the production company BLAST about their new theatrical venture and this irreverent comedy about opening night jitters that opens the BLAST season.
“The Falling and the Rising” is a new opera formed from interviews with many soldiers. It is being performed at the Broome County Forum. Tri-Cities Opera General Director John Rozzoni and tenor SFC Ben Hilgert talk about the genesis of the opera and the many veterans services that will be available at the performance.
WHY THIS RECIPE WORKS: For financiers with complex almond flavor and contrasting textures, we started by spraying a mini-muffin tin with baking spray with flour. The flour in the spray helped the sides of the cakes rise along with the center, preventing doming. We then stirred together almond flour, sugar, all-purpose flour, and egg whites. We opted for granulated sugar, which doesn’t totally dissolve in the egg whites, to ensure a pleasantly coarse texture. Once these ingredients were whisked together, it was just a matter of stirring in nutty browned butter and baking the cakes.
Great Performances Presents Matthew Bourne’s Two-Time Olivier Award-Winning Production of The Red Shoes September 17 on PBS
Features Tony-nominated actor and dancer Adam Cooper
From Tony Award-winning choreographer and director Matthew Bourne and British dance company New Adventures, Great Performances: The Red Shoes is a stage adaptation of the classic 1948 feature film by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger. Recorded at London’s Sadler’s Wells Theatre in January 2020, the ballet recounts Hans Christian Andersen’s original tale of obsession, possession, and one girl’s dream to be the greatest dancer in the world. Victoria Page (Ashley Shaw) lives to dance, but her ambitions create a battleground between the two men who inspire her passion: composer Julian Craster (Dominic North) and impresario Boris Lermontov (Adam Cooper). The production also features Michela Meazza as Irina Boronskaya, Liam Mower as Ivan Boleslawsky, and Glenn Graham as Grischa Ljubov. Set to the music of golden-age Hollywood composer Bernard Herrmann, Great Performances: The Red Shoes is orchestrated by Terry Davies and performed by the New Adventures Orchestra with set and costumes by Tony-winning designer Lez Brotherson and lighting by Tony winner Paule Constable.
Based on true events, Know Theatre presents Anne Nelson’s play The Guys. Artistic Director and actor Tim Gleason joins us to talk about the true events caused by the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center that led to this play.
WHY THIS RECIPE WORKS: When developing our cream of tomato soup recipe, we found that good-quality, straight-from-the-can diced tomatoes were good, but not quite good enough. We got a more robust tomato flavor for our tomato soup recipe by using a technique known for intensifying flavor: caramelization. We roasted whole canned tomatoes, first sprinkling them with brown sugar to induce caramelization. The ultimate difference in flavor was extraordinary, and because the rest of the soup could be prepared while the tomatoes roasted, we were able to keep stovetop time down to 20 minutes. 2 (28 ounce) cans whole tomatoes (not packed in puree), drained, 3 cups juice reserved, tomatoes seeded
1½ tablespoons dark brown sugar
4 tablespoons unsalted butter
4 large shallots, minced
1 tablespoon tomato paste Pinch ground allspice
2 tablespoons unbleached all-purpose flour
1¾ cups chicken stock or canned low-sodium chicken broth
½ cup heavy cream
2 tablespoons brandy or dry sherry cayenne pepper
Adjust oven rack to upper-middle position and heat oven to 450 degrees; line jelly-roll pan or rimmed cookie sheet with foil.
The First Presbyterian Church of Gilbertsville, NY again hosts the annual Labor Day weekend concerts by the Millenium Strings, musicians from the Magic Mountain Music Farm. We hear from the founder, Burton Kaplan, violinist Marvin Suson, and hard-working pianist Cullan Bryant.
The WFM Festival Orchestra presents a Labor Day weekend concert. Conductor Daniel Fabricius and orchestra member David Ripic join us to talk about the program, how this orchestra differs from most large ensembles, and some music of historical importance played for the first time in this century. And we finally find out what “WFM” stands for.
The Munson-Williams-Proctor Art Institute Museum is presenting two complementary art exhibits. One is a traveling exhibit of work by African-American artist Emma Amos and the other is work from the permanent collection reflecting on Amos’ work. Curator Mary Murray talks about these interrelated exhibits.
Photo credit: Munson-Williams-Proctor Art Institute
The Friends of Music of Stamford, NY present the ensemble Invoke in an outdoor concert on Sunday, August 14 in Rexmere Park. We hear from one of the members of the multi-instrumental band, Zach Matteson
The Town of Binghamton Historical Society is presenting a workshop led by violinist/fiddler Ed Pettengill on “How to Play Old Tyme Fiddle”. Ed joins us to demonstrate the difference between the two styles, and to talk about how classical violin playing and fiddle can help each other. All violinists are welcome. Students should be able to play at least NYSSMA grade 3 music. For reservations, call (607) 669-4151.
The World’s Most Iconic Photographers, Musicians, and Industry Experts Give Viewers a Backstage Pass into the Electrifying World of Music Photography in New Six-Part Series, Icon: Music Through The Lens. Episode One – “On Camera” (Friday, July 16, 9:00-10:00 p.m. ET)
What makes an image iconic? Episode One explores how photographic images of Snoop Dogg, Bob Dylan and Madonna influence perceptions and how they communicate, through themes of interaction, technical skill, occasional luck and cultural impact. The episode goes back to Robert Johnson to find the genesis of music photographs that demonstrate the incredible power of a frozen moment in time. Other highlights include Kevin Cummins on Joy Division, Gered Mankowitz on Jimi Hendrix and Rachael Wright on Billie Eilish trying not to be beautiful.
WHY THIS RECIPE WORKS: Butter basting, a technique that involves repeatedly spooning sizzling butter over food as it cooks, is great for mild, lean, flaky fish such as cod, haddock, or snapper. The butter helps cook the top of the fillet as the skillet heats the bottom, allowing you to flip the fish only once and early in the cooking process—before the flesh has become too fragile—so it stays intact. Throughout the process, the nutty, aromatic butter, which we enhanced with thyme sprigs and crushed garlic cloves, bathed the mild fish in savory flavor. We alternated basting with direct- heat cooking on the burner, taking the temperature of the fish so we knew exactly when the fillets were done.
2 (6 ounces) skinless cod fillets, about 1 inch thick
½ teaspoon kosher salt
⅛ teaspoon pepper
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
3 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into ½-inch cubes
The Cooperstown Summer Music Festival presents the Imani Winds. We hear from Artistic Director Linda Chesis about this concert, with a preview of the remainder of the Festival….Due to rising COVID cases in Otsego County, this concert has been postponed indefinitely.
Franklin Stage Company presents Lucas Hnath’s “A Doll’s House, Part 2”. We hear from Leslie Noble, who plays Nora, about the play and what happened after the famous closing of the door. She also talks about the joys of performing in front of a live audience after a long break.
Photo credit: Russ Rowland via Franklin Stage Company
Thank you to all of the young writers who shared work with us during the 2021 Student Writing Challenge. Congratulations to the following students who are receiving honors. You can watch our awards ceremony here. Materials for the 2022 contest are available here! FICTION
Best Fiction, Grades K-1
‘Look Where Your Keys Go’ by Audriann G., Vestal, NY
Best Fiction, Grades 2-3
‘My Fractured Fairy Tale’ by Cameron W., Vestal, NY
Best Fiction, Grades 4-5
‘Haunted Manor’ by Grayden E., Conklin, NY
Best Fiction, Grades 6-8
‘The Discontented Man’ by Heyan C., Vestal, NY
Best Fiction, Grades 9-12
‘The Siege of the Sea’ by Daisy D., Binghamton, NY
Honorable Mention, Grades 9-12
‘Heaven or Hell, that is the Question’ by Emma P., Owego, NY
Best Personal Essay/Non-Fiction, Grades K-1
‘About Children’ by Zelda S., Vestal, NY
Best Personal Essay/Non-Fiction, Grades 2-3
‘Wolf Connection’ by Amina S., Binghamton, NY
Honorable Mention, Grades 2-3
‘Personal Narrative’ by Zoey R., Lodi, NY
Best Personal Essay/Non-Fiction, Grades 4-5
‘The Cat and the Coconut’ by Maya S., Vestal, NY
Best Personal Essay/Non-Fiction, Grades 9-12
‘Screaming for Those that Can’t’ by Erin R., Binghamton, NY
Best Poetry, Grades 2-3
‘Art’ by Moussia S., Vestal, NY
Honorable Mention, Grades 2-3
‘Ducks’ by Shterny C., Vestal, NY
Best Poetry, Grades 4-5
‘Freedom’ by Mushky C., Vestal, NY
Honorable Mention, Grades 4-5
‘Death Poem’ by Aviva K., Vestal, NY
Best Poetry, Grades 6-8
‘The Wall’ by Faris S., Vestal, NY
Best Poetry, Grades 9-12
‘Real-ationship’ by Lily B., Binghamton, NY
Honorable Mention, Grades 9-12
‘Women’ by Lydia C., Apalachin, NY
TEXT WITH VISUALS
(GRAPHIC NOVEL, ILLUSTRATED WORK, PICTURE BOOK)
Best Text with Visuals, Grades K-1
‘How to Brush Your Teeth’ by Anastasia G., Binghamton, NY
Best Text with Visuals, Grades 4-5
‘The Lone Hero’ by Bilal K., Vestal, NY
Best Text with Visuals, Grades 6-8
‘The Queen Called Evil’ by Imogen K. and Hannah J., Binghamton, NY
Thank you to Mary Ann Karre, Lonna Pierce, Sarah Reid, Sara-Jo Sites, Sandy Stiles, the George F. Johnson Memorial Library, Jenny Gordon, Rachel Rissberger, Nikki Waskie-Laura, the School Librarian Association of the Southern Tier EAST, and the WSKG Education Advisory Committee.
WHY THIS RECIPE WORKS: Smashed burgers share the same thin, verging- on-well-done profile and all-American array of condiments as typical fast-food burgers, but their big selling point is an ultrabrown, crispy crust. We used commercial ground beef instead of grinding our own because the former is ground finer and thus exposes more myosin, a sticky meat protein that helps the patties hold together when they are smashed. Using a small saucepan to press straight down on the meat ensured that it spread and stuck uniformly to the skillet (instead of shrinking as it cooked), which helped guarantee deep browning. We made two smaller patties at a time instead of one larger one because they fit nicely inside a burger bun. Sandwiching an ultramelty slice of Kraft American cheese between the two patties helped the cheese melt thoroughly and seep into the meat almost like a rich, salty cheese sauce would.
The Cooperative Gallery 213 of Binghamton is presenting an exhibit of works by the late Jerome Weinberger. Weinberger used “found objects” to create sculpture ranging from the whimsical to the profound. We hear from curator Keith Oberg. More of Weinberger’s works can be viewed at discoveriesinsculpture.com
The Friends of Music of Stamford, NY welcome the Ulysses Quartet for a concert of music by Germaine Tailleferre, Felix Mendelssohn, and Leos Janacek. We hear from violinist Christina Bouey and cellist Grace Ho about the program, and about their historic instruments
The Orchestra of the Southern Finger Lakes welcomes the English-Tobin Duo for a concert of music from between 1530 and 1800 on period instruments. We hear from them and learn what may be a new word for you: “Bicinium”.
Know Theatre is making its production of Leonard Melfi’s play Birdbath available for online viewing. Director Tim Gleason joins us to talk about the play, about Melfi’s life and work, and about the pleasures and challenges of producing a play for online viewing.
A woman’s impatience with a fellow diner at a restaurant leads her down a rabbit hole into his life. Sarah Ruhl’s comedy Dead Man’s Cell Phone comes to Wellsboro from long-time theatre company Hamilton-Gibson Productions. We hear from the director, the actor portraying the main character, and the actor playing the titular “dead man.”
The Geneva Music Festival is returning with a series of live and online concerts with a large range of musical genres. We hear from the artistic director, and also one of the performers, Geoffrey Herd.
This week on Simply Ming, Chef Tsai cooks up two versions of Okonomiyaki/Japanese Pizza. First a delicious Smoked Salmon, Crispy Fennel, Okonomiyake, and then a Vegan Okonomiyake made with rice flour, shiitake mushrooms, cabbage and seasoned with garlic and fresh ginger. To cool things down, he mixes a refreshing Cucumber-Mint Saketini for himself, and a Cucumber-Mint Spritzer for Henry.
Simply Ming @Home
Seafood Okonomiyaki (Japanese Pizza)
Gluten-Free Vegan Okonomiyaki
By Ming Tsai
2 ounces Sake
1 ounce vodka
3 mint leaves and 1 for garnish
2 slices and some julienne English cucumbers
Pre-chill a martini glass.
In a shaker filled with ice, add the sake, vodka and cucumber slices. Shake. Strain in chilled martini glass. Garnish with cucumber julienne.
ROCHESTER, NY (WXXI) – The rise of big-box bookstore chains like Barnes & Noble, Borders, and Waldenbooks battered independent bookstores in the 1990s. Indies have since been rendered an endangered species by Amazon. Most that remain, at least in the city, specialize in used books, first editions, and hard-to-find titles. CLICK HERE.
Deborah Fox of NYS Baroque joins us to talk about an online concert and lecture about Jewish musicians and composers of early modern Europe. Exile and Connection features musicologists Liza Malamut and Rebecca Cypess, along with the ensemble Incantare.
When L. Frank Baum published The Wonderful Wizard of Oz in 1900, he was 44 years old and had spent much of his life in restless pursuit of his American dream. After working and failing at a string of odd jobs that honed his instincts for showmanship — chicken breeder, actor, marketer of petroleum products, shopkeeper, newspaperman and traveling salesman — Baum and his family headed west from their home in Syracuse, New York, in 1888. During his travels from Chicago to the Great Plains during the American frontier’s final days, he witnessed a nation coming to terms with the economic uncertainty of the Gilded Age. But he never lost his childlike sense of wonder and eventually crafted his observations into an enduring, magical tale of survival, adventure and self-discovery. American Oz tells the remarkable story of the man behind one of the most beloved and quintessential American classics, reinterpreted through the generations in films, books and musicals.
Filipino Chicken Adobo with Coconut Broth
Start to finish: 1 hour 45 minutes | Servings: 4
A hefty dose of rice vinegar blended with soy sauce and aromatics gave this Filipino dish its characteristic bright flavor and made for a potent marinade. The coconut milk tended to burn under the broiler, so we added it toward the end. If you can’t find bird’s eye chilies (sometimes called Thai chilies), any small chili will do. Stir the coconut milk thoroughly before measuring it. Look for chicken thighs that are uniform in size; if some are smaller than others, begin to check them early and remove them as they come up to temperature.
In these challenging times the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra is adjusting to make music while making conditions as safe as possible for the musicians and the audience. We hear from conductor Cornelia Laemmli-Orth about some exciting and innovative upcoming concerts.
The 2022 Rod Serling Film Festival is open! WSKG is accepting submissions from K-12 students through May 27, 2022. Entrants must use the online submission form. The Festival is held in honor of Rod Serling and his work, which has had a lasting influence on the television industry and media creation. The Festival seeks to inspire the next generation of filmmakers.
During this pandemic actors and musicians have struggled with new technology to share their performances. Playwright Rachel Lampert has teamed with producer Priscilla Hummel of Walking on Water Productions to produce a trio of mini-musicals called Comfort Food.
We are all using technology in new ways during this pandemic. Know Theatre is presenting Robert Patrick’s “One Person: A Monologue”. Tim Gleason joins us to talk about this ingenious play about two people, the technology involved, and the fascinating life story of the author.
Building on themes from the POV documentary Portraits and Dreams, community members told their story – or that of our region ~ through photography. Original photography was submitted to WSKG in the following themed categories of ‘Portraits’, ‘Dreams’, or ‘Community’. Here’s a look at submissions depicting life in rural/suburban New York and Pennsylvania. Thank you to all participants. Community Member Photography
Home 1 | Genevieve Pedulla
Top Honor | Jonathan’s Tricks | Darlene Gold
Honorable Mention | Millie 4CLS | Jaclyn Praskavich
Top Honor | Working Toward the Dream | C. Bangel
Honorable Mention | March Sadness | C. Bangel
Top Honor | Snow Portrait | Gregory Milunich
Honorable Mention | Hercules | Jane Walker
Gabrielle Backman, Chenango Forks High School
“I chose this image because just the overall aura drew me to it.
WSKG invites you to a free virtual screening of PBS American Portrait. This ‘double-feature’ screening will be held Tuesday, February 16, 2021, at 7:00 pm ET. We’ll watch the American Portrait specials Family of Us and Generation Nation. Additionally, we’ll share an American Portrait-inspired short video created by students at Chenango Forks High School and attendees can participate in a chatbox conversation with special guests throughout the event. REGISTER for WSKG’s PBS American Portrait Screening here.
American Portrait is a unique crowdsourced series blends stories filmed by everyday people into documentaries revealing what it really means to be American today.
On May 13, the 2020 season of the Hollywood Bowl was officially cancelled for the first time in its 98-year history in an effort to protect artists, audiences, and staff from the spread of COVID-19. This series will allow viewers nationwide to experience iconic moments from the LA Phil archives at the Hollywood Bowl. Six episodes featuring the “best of” live performances from the past 10 years at the Bowl’s Summer Concert Series will be hosted by LA Phil’s Music and Artistic Director Gustavo Dudamel. IN CONCERT AT THE HOLLYWOOD BOWL premieres on Friday, January 22, at 9:00 p.m. on WSKG and on the WSKG app.
LA Phil’s Music and Artistic Director Gustavo Dudamel said, “While it was heartbreaking not to be able to share music together at the Hollywood Bowl this past Summer, having the opportunity to look back on these extraordinary concerts reminded us of everything that makes it so special and unique.
Start to finish: 45 minutes | Servings: 4
Traditional risotto is made with starchy medium-grain Italian rice. This “risotto,” modeled on a dish we had in Tel Aviv, uses pearl couscous (which actually is a pasta) and a cooking technique similar to the classic risotto method to produce “grains” with a rich, creamy consistency. The wheaty flavor of pearl couscous (sometimes called Israeli couscous) is nicely complemented by the salty, nutty notes of Parmesan cheese and the grassiness of fresh parsley. Don’t allow the onion to brown. The assertive bittersweet flavor of caramelized onion will easily overwhelm the other flavors in the dish.
Triple-Chocolate Sticky Buns
To take sticky buns over the top, we added three types of chocolate: bittersweet and milk chocolate in the filling and cocoa powder in the sticky caramel topping. To ensure that the buns were ultratender, we used a Japanese bread-making technique called tangzhong that called for microwaving a portion of the dough’s flour and milk, turning it into agel-like paste, before adding it to the rest of the dough ingredients. The gel locked in more moisture than simply adding more liquid would, so the dough was soft without becoming overly sticky and difficult to work with, and it produced moist buns. For an easy filling with complex flavor, we microwaved butter and bittersweet chocolate to form a ganache that, once it had cooled, we spread over the rolled-out dough. We then sprinkled on milk chocolate chips: Rolled up in the dough, they delivered just the right amount of sweetness plus delightfully creamy pockets of chocolate(we ditched the cinnamon, a traditional ingredient in sticky buns, because it confused the chocolate flavor).
Ikarian Braised Pork with Honey, Orange and Rosemary
Start to finish: 3¼ hours (1 hour 10 minutes active) | Servings: 6 to 8
This savory-sweet pork braise is our version of the tigania, or skillet-cooked meat meze, that Diane Kochilas demonstrated for us on the Greek island of Ikaria. Instead of serving the dish in the Greek meze tradition—that is, as a small plate along with a host of others—we opted to make a larger batch to offer as a main course. We preferred the braise sweetened with a strong, dark honey, such as buckwheat, which holds its own in the mix of wine, herbs, citrus and fennel seed. But a lighter, milder variety worked, too; orange blossom honey is a good option. An orzo pilaf or rice is perfect for serving alongside.
The book, titled ‘American Crisis,’ is Cuomo’s attempt to convince readers that New York formed a competent response to the pandemic, while characterizing President Donald Trump and his administration as careless and dismissive to the virus.
By Special Invitation presents a stunning line-up of world-class musicians who perform classical music concerts around our region. From a preserved barn in the idyllic setting of the western Catskills and a Binghamton Opera Company to a concert stage at Ithaca College, By Special Invitation invites you to witness music performance recorded specifically for WSKG Classical. These performances can be heard Saturdays at 10:00 a.m, and at your convenience by clicking on the concerts listed below.
If you can’t find King Arthur all-purpose flour, you can substitute bread flour. For the best results, weigh your ingredients. You’ll also need to plan ahead: The dough needs to rise in the refrigerator for at least 16 hours.
¼ cup (1 1/3 ounces) whole-wheat flour
3 cups (15 ounces) King Arthur all-purpose flour
1½ teaspoons table salt
1 teaspoon instant or rapid-rise yeast
1½ cups (12 ounces) water
Cornmeal or semolina flour
¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary
2 teaspoons coarse sea salt
1. Sift whole-wheat flour through fine-mesh strainer into bowl of stand mixer; discard bran remaining in strainer.
Top loin roast is also known as strip roast. Use potatoes that are about 1½ inches in diameter and at least 4 inches long. The browned surfaces of the potatoes are very delicate; take care when flipping the potatoes in step 7. To make flipping easier, flip two potatoes and remove them from the pan to create space before flipping the rest. INGREDIENTS
1 (5- to 6-pound) boneless top loin roast
2 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons kosher salt, divided
2 teaspoons pepper, divided
5 pounds Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled
¼ cup vegetable oil
5 cups beef broth
6 sprigs fresh thyme
2 small sprigs fresh rosemary
2 tablespoons unflavored gelatin
4 garlic cloves, lightly crushed and peeled