An Inside Look at the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions

A native of Waterloo, NY, mezzo-soprano Lindsay Kate Brown was one of nine finalists in the Grand Finals Concert, out of thousands of singers from around the world.  She talks to us by phone from Houston, where she is with the Houston Grand Opera, about the process, and about a dizzying week when she sang in the Metropolitan Opera Grand Finals Concert, and won another competition just two days before.  

Photo credit: Kristin Hoebermann

Creation of a World of Sound

Two different presentations offer The World According to Sound and Cornell According to Sound at the Cherry Artspace.  We hear from sound artists Chris Hoff and Sam Harnett.  They explain these unique sonic experiences and how the recorded and winnowed natural sounds into aural performances.  

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Music at Fishs Eddy Announces Three Concerts this Summer

Opening with a concert by a gamelan ensemble, Music at Fishs Eddy continues with music for guitar and harpsichord.  Artistic Director Joyce Lindorff talks about the history of the festival, and about its venue, the Old Pioneer Church.  

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A Concert of Hope and Peace

The Downtown Singers of Binghamton present ‘A Concert of Hope and Peace’ featuring music by Sir Charles Hubert Hastings Parry, Sir Edward Elgar, and Sir Michael Tippett. 

A Locally-formed Band Comes for a Visit

The founding members of the roots music band, Donna the Buffalo, Tara Nevins and Jeb Puryear, stopped by to talk about their new album ‘Dance in the Street’, the craft of songwriting, and touring.  They perform Friday, January 25 at 10pm in Ransom Steele Tavern in Apalachin.  

Photo credit: Donna the Buffalo

Young String Players Present Their Winter Concert

The Little Delaware Youth Ensemble presents their Winter Concert in two performances.  Conductor Uli Speth joins us to talk about the program and about the history of the ensemble, as well as an upcoming workshop for the group.  

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Beautiful Music to Welcome a New Year

Pianist John Covelli presents his annual tradition of a New Year’s Eve concert. He joins us to talk about this year’s concert, ‘Memories.”  

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From Haydn to Beethoven

The Ithaca Community Orchestra presents a concert comparing Ludwig van Beethoven’s music with that of his composition teacher, Franz Joseph Haydn.

Music for Autumn

The Binghamton University Orchestra presents ‘All About Autumn”, with STMTA Youth Soloist Sophia Klin

Part Poetry, Part Lamentation, Part Concert

Author, teacher, storyteller and spiritual activist, Stephen Jenkinsen is joining with
Canadian musician and songwriter, Gregory Hoskins and his band for a 35-city North
American Tour of ‘Nights of Grief and Mystery’.  The Ithaca presentation will be on  Thursday, November 1st 7pm-9:30pm at the Hangar Theatre. Juan Lube, one of the people coordinating the even joins us by phone.  

Photo credit: Orphan Wisdom

Vocal Music at the Kilmer Mansion

Music in the Kilmer Mansion presents singers Thomas Goodheart and Jean Goodheart, flutist Jeanne Sperber, and pianist Pej Reitz.  The Goodhearts join us to talk about this varied program, which includes music of Copland, Saint-Saens, Liszt, Mozart, Chaminade, Romberg, and Rossini.  

Photo credit: Jonathan Cohen

Celebrating 100 Years of a Musical Work and Premiering a New One

The Orchestra of the Southern Finger Lakes presents the next concert of its Musicians’ Choice Series, as a septet organized by violinist Avner Finberg performs Stravinsky’s ‘Soldier’s Tale’. He tells us about that work, as well as about the premiere of his composition ‘The Miracle of Hanukkah’ coming up on December 9.  

Photo credit: Grasya Orbon

Music by Palestrina, Soriano, and Victoria from a New Choral Group

The Southern Tier Singers’ Collective is a new ensemble comprised of choral musicians from across the region. They present their premiere concert with music of Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina, Francesco Soriano, and Tomas Luis de Victoria.  Conductor William Culverhouse joins us to talk about the program and the ensemble.  

Photo credit: Binghamton University Music Department

‘Great Cities’ in Music at Binghamton University

The Binghamton University Symphony Orchestra will open its final season under the long-time direction of Professor Timothy Perry with “Great Music for Great Cities” at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 20 in Osterhout Concert Theater at Binghamton University. The program celebrates in sound the life of four of the world’s greatest cities, New York, Paris, London and Rome, with music by Leonard Bernstein, George Gershwin, Edward Elgar and Ottorino Respighi. Dr. Perry joins us to talk about the program and about the orchestra, which is mainly made up of non-music majors.  

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Re-examining a Tragedy Twenty Years Later

Studio 271 Productions along with Identity Youth Center are performing the award winning play; “The Laramie Project” by Moises Kaufman and members of the Tectonic Theater Project. With a cast of almost thirty performers this production shows the life of the residents of Laramie Wyoming during the aftermath of the murder of Matthew Shepard.

They’re Taking It Off in Owego!

The Ti-Ahwaga Community Players present the Terence McNally/David Yazbek musical ‘The Full Monty’. Director James Osborne joins us to talk about this Americanized musical version of the British film about how a group of unemployed steel workers get back their self-esteem and reconnect with their families with an unusual solution.  

Photo credit: Stephanie Jump

Songs of Schubert Tell a Winter’s Tale

The Binghamton University Music Department presents pianist Joel Harder and baritone Tobias Greenhalgh in a performance of Franz Schubert’s song cycle ‘Die Winterreise’ — ‘The Winter Journey’.

A New Season for a New Orchestra

The Binghamton Baroque Orchestra begins its second season with a program of music by Vivaldi, Telemann, Gluck, and J.S. Bach.  Conductor and recorder player Jeff Wahl joins us to talk about the program, the soloists, and why trumpet concertos are so short.

A Two-character Musical About First Love

Director Bevin O’Gara joins us to talk about the story and the actors in ‘Girlfriend’, a story about first love between two teenagers who don’t have the words to express their feelings, so they use mix-tapes.

Pairing Shakespeare and Gardening

Master Gardener Eve Berman joins us to talk about ‘Much Ado in the Garden’, a Shakespeare-themed event taking place in the Cutler Botanic Garden at the Cornell Cooperative Extension grounds on Front Street in Binghamton.  There will be music, food, readings, and costumed characters.

‘The Time Element’ is Part of the 2018 Serling Fest

Rod Serling researcher Amy Boyle Johnston found a script for a radio play by Rod Serling from 1954 and brought it back to Binghamton.  Director Kate Murray and actor Joe Bardales talk about re-creating this drama, which was a precursor to Serling’s ground-breaking series ‘The Twilight Zone’. It is part of the 2018 Serling Fest taking place July 6 and 7 in downtown Binghamton.  

Photo credit: 271 Productions

WindSync Performs for Stamford Friends of Music

The Friends of Music of Stamford present the wind quintet WindSync on Sunday, June 17 at 3 in the Stamford United Methodist Church, 88 Main Street, Stamford.  We hear from Kara LaMoure, the bassoonist of the Houston-based ensemble, about music that has been written especially for them, and the great amount of touring and educational work they do.  

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Three One-Act Plays by Tennessee Williams

Know Theatre presents three rarely-performed plays by Tennessee Williams: ’27 Wagons Full of Cotton’, ‘The Pretty Trap’, and ‘Interior: Panic’. Director Tim Gleason talks about the poetry of Tennessee Williams’ dialogue and how these plays pull back the curtain to reveal more about Williams’ craft of creating characters.

Music of Johannes Brahms is Featured with the Downtown Singers

The Downtown Singers, led by Kristina Ruffo, present their Spring Concert.  This year it features the music of Johannes Brahms.  We hear from conductor Kristina Ruffo about the works, as well soloists Timothy LeFebvre, Michelle Thompson, and Erik Thompson.  

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A Jazz Legend Carries on his Father’s Legacy in Geneva

The Geneva Music Festival presents a wide range of music and various venues in and around Geneva. We hear from jazz legend, drummer T.S. Monk, who will be performing with his sextet at the Smith Opera house. The son of Thelonious Monk, he tells the amazing story of how he first approached his father about wanting to become a drummer — and what happened next.  

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Celebrating the Birthday of a Famous Horse

The Exterminator Extravaganza celebrates the famous racehorse Exterminator, at one time Binghamton’s most famous resident.  Bill Gorman joins us to talk about the First Friday event at Cooperative Gallery 213, and the Sunday, June 3 event at Temple Concord/Kilmer Mansion featuring music and a theatrical reading of ‘Old Bones the Wonder Horse’ by Southern Tier Actors Read. For reservations at the Sunday event, call 607/723-4620.

Drama is on the BPO Program

The Binghamton Philharmonic Orchestra presents music of Franz Joseph Haydn, Ludwig van Beethoven, and Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky in a concert on May 19th in the Forum on Washington Street in downtown Binghamton.  The new Music Director, Daniel Hege, joins us to talk about this dramatic program featuring trumpet soloist Frank Campos.  

Photo credit: Alice G. Patterson

The Binghamton Philharmonic Celebrates the Variety of Music by ‘Magnificent Mozart’

The Binghamton Philharmonic Orchestra, led by Principal Guest Conductor Daniel Hege presents ‘Magnificent Mozart’ on Saturday, May 5 at 7:30 in the Forum, on Washington Street in downtown Binghamton.  Maestro Hege talks about the great variety of music that Mozart wrote and one astonishing harmonic discovery he made while preparing this concert.  

Photo credit: Alice G. Patterson

Class of 2018 Introduced At The World Video Game Hall Of Fame

ROCHESTER, NY (WXXI) – The fourth class of the Strong’s World Video Game Hall of Fame includes a game experts say helped launch the multi-billion dollar video game industry, and another that has changed the way people consume sports video games, and the way actual sports games are broadcast.

Two Lost Musical Treasures are Rediscovered

Conductor Gerald Wolfe joins us to talk about the two rarely-performed choral masterpieces that will be on the program of the next Ithaca Community Chorus and Chamber Singers concert on May 12th at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church.

The Catskill Choral Society celebrates ‘The Seasons’

We hear from Catskill Choral Society music director G. Roberts Kolb who is leading them in two performances of Franz Joseph Haydn exuberant oratorio ‘The Seasons’. Maestro Kolb has produced a new English edition of the work.  

Photo credit: Catskill Choral Society

The Binghamton Community Orchestra Premieres New Work

Music Director Timothy Perry and composer Kristen Gilbert talk about the next concert by the Binghamton Community Orchestra. The concert is called ‘Our Town’, and features the ‘Triple Cities Suite’ commissioned by the orchestra.  

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The Singers of the Madrigal Choir of Binghamton ‘Celebrate Singing’

Bruce Borton, conductor of the Madrigal Choir of Binghamton joins us to talk about ‘Celebrate Singing: Madrigal Choir Favorites of the Past 40 Years’ and the task of winnowing down all of those favorites into a concert.  The choir has also commissioned a new work, and founder Anne Boyer Cotten will be at the concert conducting the last three works on the program.  

Photo credit: Madrigal Choir of Binghamton

Ithaca’s Multicultural Chorus Raises VOICES in ‘Songs of Hope’

The VOICES Multicultural Chorus performs ‘Great Expectations: Songs of Hope’ on Saturday, May 5 at 4pm in Ithaca’s First Baptist Church.  Music Director Lorrene Adams joins us to talk about the great range of sources and languages for this inspirational concert.  

Photo credit: Affiliated Choruses of Ithaca

A New Play Explores the History of a Binghamton Landmark

Playwright and director Elizabeth Mozer joins us to talk about her play ‘Castle on the Hill’, about the history of the Binghamton State Hospital, the residents, and the staff.  With her is actor Natalie DeBoer, who plays several roles in the play. It premieres this weekend in Watters Theatre of the Fine Arts Building on the Binghamton University campus.  

Photo credit: Binghamton University Theatre Department

Corning Community College Celebrates 60 Years with Poetry and Music

The Cantata Singers and the Corning Community College Vocal Ensemble join forces for a concert celebrating 60 years of Corning  Community College with poetry of Edward Dougherty set to music by conductor Will Wickham, who joins us to talk about this free concert at the Corning Museum of Glass Auditorium.  

Photo credit: Bob Haggard for the Cantata Singers

The Sultans of String Combine Many Musical Threads in their Concerts

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.  

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An Ithaca Filmmaker Tackles a Current Issue

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.  

Photo credit: The Cherry Artspace

Composer Hugh McElyea Uses an Ancient Form to Portray Heroism and Sacrifice

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.  

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‘A Feast for the Ears’ Showcases a Variety of Musical Styles

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.  

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The Cooperstown Summer Music Fest Presents its First Concert of the Season

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.  

Photo credit: Peter Schaaf

Bassist Marc Johnson Highlights the 5th Annual Scott LaFaro Day Concert

The Smith Center for the Arts presents the 5th Annual Scott LaFaro Day Celebration Concert on Saturday, April 7 in the Smith Opera House in Geneva.  Bassist Marc Johnson joins us to talk about Scott’s legacy as a a ground-breaking jazz bassist. He is joined on the concert by his wife, Grammy-winning pianist and composer Eliane Elias, and Marc will even play a few number on Scott’s double bass.  

Photo Credit: Jos Knaepen

The Dorothy Cotton Jubilee Singers Present a Concert in Elmira

The Music Director of the Dorothy Cotton Jubilee Singers, Baruch Whitehead, joins us to talk about their concert on Sunday, March 25 in the Clemens Center in Elmira, which presents a variety of Negro Spirituals. He talks about the meaning behind these moving songs and their historical context.

Southern Tier Actors Read Celebrates Irish Theatre

The Phelps Mansion Museum host Southern Tier Actors Read for a presentation of two Irish one-act comedies.  Director Judy McMahon joins us to talk about the author, Isabella Augusta, Lady Gregory and her unique insights into Irish culture in her classic plays.  

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The Cantata Singers Perform in Sayre

The Cantata Singers of Elmira perform music by Breesport native Dan Forrest at the Church of the Redeemer in Sayre. Conductor Will Wickham and Cantata Singers president Sally Davis join us to talk about Forrest’s music and his deep roots in the Elmira area. We also learn a bit of the history of the Cantata Singers.

Hanford Mills Presents its Annual Ice Harvest Festival

The Hanford Mills Museum near Oneonta presents its annual Ice Harvest Festival on Saturday, February 3 from 10am to 3pm.  Executive Director Liz Callahan joins us to explain the process of harvesting ice, how it is stored, the treat that is the ultimate reward in July for the ice harvest in February.

The VOICES Multicultural Chorus Present Their Fall Concert

The VOICES Multicultural Chorus perform their Fall Concert: ‘The Spirit of Home: Many Homes — One Voice’ on December 9 at 4pm in the First Baptist Church in Ithaca.  Conductor Lorrene Adams joins us to talk about this wide-ranging concert, and the joys and challenges of programing a concert when there are so many good choices for it. http://wskg.org/audio/lorrene.mp3

 

Photo credit: VOICES Multicultural Chorus

‘A Christmas Story’ is Back at Ti-Ahwaga

The Ti-Ahwaga Community Players present their annual production of Philip Grecian’s stage adaptation of the film ‘A Christmas Story’. Jamie Cornell, who plays the grown-up Ralphie, joins us to talk about the sixteen years of this production, and the members of many families that have grown up in and around this annual event. http://wskg.org/audio/christmasstory2017.mp3

 

Photo credit: R E Baker Photography

WSKG Loves the Arts Tour

WSKG is dedicated to promoting the arts of the region and beyond. So, we’re taking an art tour with our President and CEO, Greg Catlin. We’ll be visiting local galleries throughout the region, exploring the arts and meeting some of WSKG’s great listeners and viewers. That’s you. We hope you’ll join Greg and the personalities from WSKG at a gallery near you.

BU Opera Ensemble Presents ‘Billy Goats Gruff’

The Binghamton University Music Department’s Opera Ensemble presents composer John Davies’ 40 minute opera for children, ‘Billy Goats Gruff’. The composer and the Opera Ensemble’s Music Director, Willie Anthony Waters, talk about the opera and their casts of singers. Mr. Davies (pictured) explains how he uses preexisting music from operas where similar situations are encountered. Mr. Waters also gives us a heads-up that he will be on the Metropolitan Opera live Saturday broadcast’s Opera Quiz twice this coming season. http://wskg.org/audio/billygoats.mp3

 

Photo credit: Binghamton University Music Department

‘Venetian Traditions’ Presents Music for Multiple Choruses

The Binghamton University Music Department presents ‘Venetian Traditions’, music for multiple choruses by Heinrich Schütz, Claudio Monteverdi, Giovanni Gabrieli, and Salamone Rossi.  The new Director of Choral Activites, Bill Culverhouse joins us to talk about those traditions.  Also on the program is the first suite of ‘Ancient Airs and Dances’ by Ottorino Respighi led by orchestra conductor, Timothy Perry. http://wskg.org/audio/venetian.mp3

 

Photo credit: Binghamton University Music Department

Artist Blazo Kovacevic Uses Virtual Reality for a New Art Exhibit

Blazo Kovacevic, Assistant Professor of Art and Design at Binghamton University, has a new exhibit of his work called ‘Incited’ at the Dowd Gallery on the SUNY Cortland campus. “Incited is a large-scale, multimedia installation featuring digitally modified security X-rays taken by European border patrol forces of vehicles carrying hidden illegal immigrants in their cargo. This exhibition focuses on the acute problems of human trafficking, smuggling and terrorism currently dominating the socio-political sphere. The unobstructed views of trucks, vans and cars harboring stowaways also offer insight into privacy issues and the fragility of the human body.” A virtual reality 360 video will allow the viewer to experience being one of the 54 illegal immigrants transported under inhumane conditions in the cargo van that crashed in Serbia two years ago.

The Binghamton Baroque Orchestra Plays Pergolesi and Zelenka

The Binghamton Baroque Orchestra presents its second concert on Saturday, November 25 in St. Thomas Aquinas Church in Binghamton.  Conductor Jeff Wahl joins us to talk about the two masterworks of two lesser-known composers, Giovanni Battista Pergolesi and Jan Dismas Zelenka. http://wskg.org/audio/bbozelenka.mp3

 

Photo credit: Binghamton Baroque Orchestra

Rafael Grigorian Ballet Presents ‘The Nutcracker’

The Rafael Grigorian Ballet Theatre presents Tchaikovsky’s famous story of Clara and her Christmas present, ‘The Nutcracker’.  Choreographer Rafael Grigorian joins us to talk about the logistics of doing a Saturday performance in the Clemens Center in Elmira, and then moving the whole production to Binghamton for a Sunday performance in the Forum. He also talks about the new studios in Elmira and Vestal. http://wskg.org/audio/nutcracker.mp3

Photo credit: Rafael Grigorian Ballet Theatre

The BCO Presents ‘Bach to the Future’

The Binghamton Community Orchestra performs Bach transcriptions by Leopold Stokowski, Erich Leinsdorf, and Gustav Holst on Saturday, November 18 at 7pm. Conductor Timothy Perry joins us to talk about the program, as well as STMTA Youth Soloist Tayler Otis, who is soloist for Camille Saint-Saens Piano Concerto No.2. Then the Madrigal Choir of Binghamton joins the orchestra for a selection from Bach’s Cantata 80.  The concert ends with the Grand Oratorio ‘The Seasonings’ by the oddest of JS Bach 20-odd children, PDQ Bach. http://wskg.org/audio/bcobach.mp3

 

Photo credit: Binghamton Community Orchestra

WSKG Loves the Arts Tour

WSKG is dedicated to promoting the arts of the region and beyond. So, we’re taking an art tour with our President and CEO, Greg Catlin. We’ll be visiting local galleries throughout the region, exploring the arts and meeting some of WSKG’s great listeners and viewers. That’s you. We hope you’ll join Greg and the personalities from WSKG at a gallery near you.

Amy Hoi Ngan Hsiao Exhibits Paintings at First Friday

Hong Kong native Amy Hoi Ngan Hsiao presents ‘Ice and Fire’, an exhibit of her latest work at the Orazio Salati Gallery during November. She joins us to speak about her studies at Alfred University and settling in Montrose, Pennsylvania. http://wskg.org/audio/amy.mp3

 

Photo credit: Amy Hoi Ngan Hsiao

A New Opera Tells the Story of Colonel Jim Thompson

Col. Jim Thompson was held nearly nine years as a prisoner of war during the Vietnam War. Tom Philpott’s book about that ordeal and Thompson’s subsequent return to the USA has been adapted into an opera by composer Tom Cipullo.  Tri-Cities Opera will offer five performances of it in the Opera Center on Clinton Street in Binghamton.  General and Artistic Director Susan Ashbaker and conductor Joshua Horsch talk about this powerful yet lyrical drama, and the events around the performances.  The November 11 performance will be free for veterans who reserve tickets through the Vet’s Center. http://wskg.org/audio/gloryhorsch.mp3

 

Photo credit: Randy Cummings/Bunn Hill Photo

Music in the Kilmer Mansion Presents Pej Reitz and Jinah Lee

Music in the Kilmer Mansion at Temple Concord welcomes duo-pianists Pej Reitz and Jinah Lee for a Four-Hand Piano Concert. Jinah Lee talks about the music by Mozart, Schumann, Rachmaninoff, Piazzolla, Stravinsky, and Barber. She also describes the delicate choreography of hands and elbows that two pianists on the same bench have to negotiate. http://wskg.org/audio/jinah.mp3

 

Photo credit: Domenico di Donna via Flickr

RSVP to the Gray Riders Film Screening

See The Gray Riders documentary before it premieres on television. We’re hosting a special screening on Thursday, November 2 for this film, so RSVP to rsvp@wskg.org. There will be a reception at 5:30pm with light refreshments and snacks. The film will begin at 6pm. This one-hour documentary looks at the remarkable 100-year history of the New York State Police.

Kitchen Theatre Presents ‘Brahman/i’

Kitchen Theatre presents Aditi Brennan Kapil’s ‘Brahman/i’. We hear from actor Aila Peck about her character in this creative telling of the life of this individual who may or may not be a Hindu deity. “Kitchen Theatre Company transforms into a comedy club featuring a very unusual and completely hilarious stand-up routine in the second play of our season. Meet, B or  Brahman/i, a boy/girl from Athens, Georgia who explores everything from his/her/their Indian heritage to history, mythology, gender roles, and horrifying middle school experiences, with the assistance of J, electric bass playing side-kick.  

 

Photo credit: Kitchen Theatre

WSKG Loves the Arts Tour

WSKG is dedicated to promoting the arts of the region and beyond. So, we’re taking an art tour with our President and CEO, Greg Catlin. We’ll be visiting local galleries throughout the region, exploring the arts and meeting some of WSKG’s great listeners and viewers. That’s you. We hope you’ll join Greg and the personalities from WSKG at a gallery near you.

The Madrigal Choir of Binghamton Celebrates the Reformation

The Madrigal Choir of Binghamton presents ‘Celebrate the Reformation: 1517-2017’ with music from the Reformation and the Counter-Reformation. Conductor Bruce Borton talks about the various uses of the tune ‘A Mighty Fortress’ and, in contrast, music of the of the Roman Catholic Church that “saved polyphony.” He also tell us what is up next for the Madrigal Choir. http://wskg.org/audio/madrigalreform.mp3

 

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Binghamton University Presents Amy Herzog’s ‘Belleville’

Binghamton University Theatre Department presents Amy Herzog’s thriller ‘Belleville’. Director Anne Brady talks about this 2013 Drama Desk Award-winning play, having her actors learn appropriate accents, and the very detailed set. Because it’s a thriller we try not to give away too many plot points. http://wskg.org/audio/belleville.mp3

 

Photo credit: Marcus Newton for Binghamton University

Mozart’s ‘The Magic Flute’ Plays in a Mysterious Theatre

Kitchen Theatre welcomes Fitz&Startz Production for ‘The Mystery of the Magic Flute’, a re-imagining of Mozart’s ‘The Magic Flute’ with music from other Mozart operas for a detective story for kids about a mysterious theatre. “Three American girls–Bettina age 15, Anna age 12, and Suz age 9–are off to Salzburg, Austria with their Uncle Wolfie to see the sights and experience going to the opera in Mozart’s home town. Uncle Wolfie has told his nieces about a mysterious opera house that is on a street with no name and is not on any map. Can they find it? When Uncle Wolfie turns a corner and disappears and a mysterious door appears, the girls decide to enter.

Binghamton University Orchestra Plays Music from Disney Films

The Binghamton University Orchestra presents ‘Dream Machine: Music of the Disney Studios.’ Conductor Timothy Perry joins us to talk about the timeline of music associated with the Disney Studios, from ‘Steamboat Willie’ to ‘Frozen.’ http://wskg.org/audio/disney2017.mp3

 

Photo credit: Binghamton University Music Department

SRO Vortex Presents ‘Gripped’

Vortex, the dance wing of SRO Productions presents ‘Gripped’ on October 20, 21, and 22 in the Endicott Performing Arts Center on Washington Avenue in Endicott. Choreographer Anne Trebilcock talks about the collaboration that created this exploration of addiction and its effects on family and friends. http://wskg.org/audio/gripped.mp3

 

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Tri-Cities Opera Presents Puccini’s ‘La Boheme’

Tri-Cities Opera presents Giacomo Puccini’s ‘La Boheme’ in one performance on Sunday, October 15 in the Forum in downtown Binghamton. Soprano Meroe Khalia Adeeb and baritone Scott Purcell talk about the production, their cast mates, and what makes this opera such a favorite.  WSKG’s Natalie Shoemaker streamed the interview and a subsequent question and answer session live on Facebook.  You can see that here. http://wskg.org/audio/boheme.mp3

 

Photo credit: Randy Cummings/Bunn Hill Photo

John Covelli and Friends Perform at the Schorr Family Firehouse

The Schorr Family Firehouse Stage of the Goodwill Theatre presents pianist John Covelli to celebrate ten years of concerts there. Maestro Covelli performs music of Chopin, Griffes, Copland, and Kabelevsky, capping off the concert with Gershwin’s one-piano arrangement of ‘Rhapsody in Blue’. He also welcomes pianist Pej Reitz, saxophonist April Lucas, flutists Jeanne Sperber and Nina Stutzman, tenor Steven Nanni, clarinetist Timothy Perry, cellists Hakan Hromek and, in a special recorded segment, Sara Sant’Ambrogio.  This special Saturday concert will be at 4pm on October 14. http://wskg.org/audio/Covelli1017.mp3

 

 

Ti-Ahwaga Community Players Present ‘The Glass Menagerie’

‘The Glass Menagerie’ was the play that started Tennessee Williams’ career as a playwright. Director James Osborne and assistant director Kylee Thetga join us to talk about Ti-Ahwaga Community Players production of it, featuring Jane Nichols reprising the role of Amanda after 20 years. http://wskg.org/audio/menagerie.mp3

 

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The Binghamton Babylon Film Festival Ends with the Rod Serling Film Festival

A chance encounter on a New York subway led to the Binghamton Babylon Film Festival.  Now in its second year, the weekend is capped off with the Rod Serling Film Festival. Art Mission Vice-president Andrea Gregori and WSKG Education Director Jackie Stapleton talk about the many entries in both competitions. http://wskg.org/audio/17babylon.mp3

 

Photo credit: Doug Kerr via Flickr

Marietta Cheng Returns to the OSFL

The Orchestra of the Southern Finger Lakes welcomes back Conductor Laureate Marietta Cheng for Folk Tales à la Russe, an all-Russian program of music by Glinka, Tchaikovsky, and Rimsky-Korsakov. “Marietta Cheng  served as Music Director and Conductor of the OSFL from its creation until May of 2008. From 1986 to 1995, Cheng was Conductor of the Corning Philharmonic. Ms. Cheng is Professor of Music and Conductor at Colgate University and chair of the Music Department. The Colgate University Orchestra, under her baton, is one of the best liberal arts college orchestras in the country.

The Annual Artists Open House is Back

Artists of Susquehanna County, PA open their studios for the annual Artists Open House on October 7, 8, and 9 from 10am to 6pm. Twenty-six artists in 19 locations display paintings, sculpture, pottery, photography, and woodworking. There is also a treasure hunt and a Richard Gere film festival. We meet painter Earl Lehman and photographer Eric Van Tassel. http://wskg.org/audio/17artstour.mp3

 

Photo credit: Joe Weldon

 

 

Opera Ithaca Presents ‘Pagliacci’ at Circus Culture

Opera Ithaca presents Ruggero Leoncavallo’s versimo opera ‘Pagliacci’ at Circus Culture in Ithaca. Director Zachary James joined us via Skype from New York just as the company was preparing to present the opera at The Slipper Room in the East Village in Manhattan. He talks about incorporating circus acts into the commedia dell’arte elements of the opera. http://wskg.org/audio/pagliacci.mp3

 

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Chris Younghoon Kim Leads the Binghamton Philharmonic

The Binghamton Philharmonic welcomes Music Director finalist Chris Younghoon Kim to lead the orchestra in Jean Sibelius’ Symphony No.7, Aaron Copland’s ‘Quiet City’, and Ernst Bacon’s ‘Remembering Ansel Adams — A Mountain Threnody’.

The Cayuga Chamber Orchestra Opens Its Season

The Cayuga Chamber Orchestra opens its season with an augmented ensemble to perform the Leonore Overture No.3 by Ludwig van Beethoven, the Symphony No.1 by Johannes Brahms, and two concerto excerpts with winners of the Lee Strebel Concerto Competition: violinist Gioia Gedicks playing the first movement of Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto in e minor and Benjamin Doane playing the third movement of Camille Saint-Saens’ Cello Concerto No.1 in a minor. Music Director Cornelia Laemmli Orth joins us to talk about what to expect in the concert. http://wskg.org/audio/corneliacco.mp3

 

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WSKG Loves the Arts Tour

WSKG is dedicated to promoting the arts of the region and beyond. So, we’re taking an art tour with our President and CEO, Greg Catlin. We’ll be visiting local galleries throughout the region, exploring the arts and meeting some of WSKG’s great listeners and viewers. That’s you. We hope you’ll join Greg and the personalities from WSKG at a gallery near you.

Savoyards Ithaca Present 'The Mystery of Edwin Drood'

Savoyards Ithaca venture out of the Gilbert and Sullivan canon to present Rupert Holmes’ musical ‘The Mystery of Edwin Drood’. Director Gabriella Carr talks about the challenge Charles Dickens left when he died before finish the murder mystery that is the basis for the musical. http://wskg.org/audio/drood.mp3

 

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Savoyards Ithaca Present ‘The Mystery of Edwin Drood’

Savoyards Ithaca venture out of the Gilbert and Sullivan canon to present Rupert Holmes’ musical ‘The Mystery of Edwin Drood’. Director Gabriella Carr talks about the challenge Charles Dickens left when he died before finish the murder mystery that is the basis for the musical. http://wskg.org/audio/drood.mp3

 

Photo credit: Savoyards Ithaca

Matthew Kraemer Leads the Binghamton Philharmonic

The Binghamton Philharmonic opens its season with the first of the music director finalists, Matthew Kraemer.  He leads the orchestra in music by Samuel Barber, Antonin Dvorak, and Pytor Ilyich Tchaikovsky.  He talks about the music on the concert and his background. The soloist in the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto is Tessa Lark, who is also a gifted bluegrass fiddler, so there may be a very interesting encore. http://wskg.org/audio/kraemer.mp3

 

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Music of the Bach Sons Accompanies a 1921 Silent Film

The Cornell University Music Department and Cornell Cinema presents the 1921 silent film of Shakespeare’s ‘Hamlet’, with the title role played by then-superstar Asta Neilsen. Organist Dennis James joins us to talk about how he created the score out of music by three of Johann Sebastian Bach’s sons, Carl Phillip Emanuel, Johann Christian, and Wilhelm Friedemann. http://wskg.org/audio/hamletjames.mp3

 

Photo credit: Danish Film Institute via Flickr

 

 

SRO Productions and Know Theatre Present 'The Nance'

Know Theatre and SRO Productions III join forces to present Douglas Carter Beane’s ‘The Nance’. ” In the 1930s, burlesque impresarios welcomed the hilarious comics and musical parodies of vaudeville to their decidedly lowbrow niche.  A headliner called “the nance”—usually played by a straight man—was a stereotypically camp homosexual and master of comic double entendre.  THE NANCE recreates the naughty, raucous world of burlesque’s heyday and tells the backstage story of Chauncey Miles and his fellow performers.  At a time when it was easy to play gay and dangerous to be gay, Chauncey’s uproarious antics on the stage stand out in marked contrast to his offstage life.”

SRO Productions and Know Theatre Present ‘The Nance’

Know Theatre and SRO Productions III join forces to present Douglas Carter Beane’s ‘The Nance’. ” In the 1930s, burlesque impresarios welcomed the hilarious comics and musical parodies of vaudeville to their decidedly lowbrow niche.  A headliner called “the nance”—usually played by a straight man—was a stereotypically camp homosexual and master of comic double entendre.  THE NANCE recreates the naughty, raucous world of burlesque’s heyday and tells the backstage story of Chauncey Miles and his fellow performers.  At a time when it was easy to play gay and dangerous to be gay, Chauncey’s uproarious antics on the stage stand out in marked contrast to his offstage life.”

The LUMA Projection Arts Festival Expands

New events have been added to the LUMA Projection Arts Festival in downtown Binghamton for September’s First Friday. The art galleries will open at 6. The light festival begins at 9 and continues until midnight.  Operations Director Joshua Bernard Ludzki and Conrad Taylor talk about the expansion of the festival throughout downtown Binghamton, and give suggestions on where to park. http://wskg.org/audio/2017luma.mp3

 

Photo credit: Van Zandbergen Photography

Summermusic Concerts Return to Gilbertsville

Burton Kaplan’s Magic Mountain Music Farm of Morris, NY presents the 25th anniversary of Labor Day weekend concerts at the First Presbyterian Church on Rt. 51 in Gilbertsville. The two free concerts feature music by Beethoven, Brahms, Gliere, Mozart, Prokofiev, Schubert, and Strauss. Cellist Adele O’Dwyer traveled all the way from Ireland for the third time and violinist Marvin Suson from Milwaukee for the nineteenth time to study with Burton Kaplan. They talk about the concert and what brings them back year after year.

'Storm Country' is a New Kind of Theatre Experience

The Cherry Arts presents an audio walking play, ‘Storm Country’. Based on the novel ‘Tess of the Storm Country’ story set in Ithaca by Ithaca author Grace Miller White it tells the story of squatters living in the swamp that is now the Ithaca waterfront. Director Samuel Buggeln tells us how an audio walking play works, and how reconstruction of the waterfront will make it impossible to do this play again in the same location. http://wskg.org/audio/storm.mp3

 

Photo credit: The Cherry Arts

Binghamton's Porchfest Continues to Grow

This year’s Binghamton Porchfest has expanded to one hundred and ten musical groups on forty porches around Binghamton’s West Side on Sunday, August 27 from noon to seven.  Organizer Chris Bodnarczuk takes time out from his preparations to talk about the Porchfest phenomenon that started in Ithaca and has spread across the nation. http://wskg.org/audio/porchfest17.mp3

 

Photo credit: Patti Schwartz for Binghamton Porchfest

Noel Coward's 'Blithe Spirit' at Chenango River Theatre

Greene’s Chenango River Theatre presents Noel Coward’s timeless comedy ‘Blithe Spirit’ August 18 through September 10, with a talk-back after the August 25 performance. “To research a new book he’s writing, Charles invites the eccentric medium and clairvoyant, Madame Arcati, to his house to conduct a séance.  The disbelieving Charles is shocked when the séance unleashes the ghost of his late first wife, the clever and insistent temptress Elvira.  Both worldly and unworldly personalities clash in one of the most refreshing “menages a trois” in modern theatre as Charles’ current wife Ruth battles Elvira for her husband’s attention. ”

Jennifer Terrell, playing Ruth, and Eliza Shea, playing Elvira, join us to talk about this hilarious play.  And we were pleased to say hello to Eliza’s parents who were listening in London. http://wskg.org/audio/blithe.mp3

The Binghamton Baroque Orchestra Presents its First Concert

The Binghamton Baroque Orchestra presents its first concert on Sunday, August 20 at 6pm in the Jewish Community Center in Vestal, featuring music by Vivaldi, Telemann, and J.S. Bach. Founder and recorder soloist Jeff Wahl joins us with harpsichordist John Isenberg and principal violinist Sophia Warner. http://wskg.org/audio/wahlbaroque.mp3

 

Photo credit: Binghamton Baroque Orchestra

Franklin Stage Company Presents 'Magdalen'

The Franklin Stage Company welcomes actress Erin Layton in her play ‘Magdalen’ about the Magdalen Laundries of Ireland.  She and director/collaborator Julie Kline talk about the journey from the shock of learning about the Magdalen Laundries to crafting a one-woman play that gives voices to the many characters involved in those tragic circumstances. http://wskg.org/audio/magdalen.mp3

 

Photo credit: Erin Layton

KBKabaret Presents a Music and Comedy Festival

KBKabaret presents a Music and Comedy Festival on Sunday, August 13 from 1pm to 7pm at Traditions at the Glen, 4101 Watson Boulevard in Johnson City.  Founder and comedy writer Bree Harvey joins us to talk about growing up watching television variety shows hosted by Carol Burnett, Sonny and Cher, and the Smothers Brothers, and how they inspired her to create KBKabaret. http://wskg.org/audio/bree.mp3

 

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The Jasper String Quartet Presents Three Concerts this Weekend

The Cooperstown Summer Music Festival welcomes the Jasper String Quartet for a series of three concerts: August 4 in Christ Church, August 5 in Templeton Hall, and August 6 in the Otesaga Resort Hotel.  We hear from the quartet’s violist, Sam Quintal, who took a break from his drive to perform a concert, in order to chat with us via Skype. http://wskg.org/audio/jasper.mp3

 

Photo credit: Vanessa Briceno-Scherzer for the Jasper String Quartet

Know Theatre Marks 25 Year with 'Music and Magic'

Know Theatre of Binghamton celebrates 25 years with a special performance featuring magic by Alexander Boyce and music by Santino DeAngelo performed by John Covelli.  Artistic Director Tim Gleason tells about the program and the history of the theatre group. http://wskg.org/audio/musicmagic.mp3

 

Photo credit: Know Theatre

Geneva Light Opera presents Mozart's 'Don Giovanni'

Geneva Light Opera presents Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s dramma giocoso ‘Don Giovanni’. Jimi James, the baritone singing the title role, joins us along with General Manager Gena Rangel to talk about this unique and challenging work that runs the gamut from high drama to slapstick comedy. http://wskg.org/audio/genevadon.mp3

 

Photo credit: Kevin Schoonover for Geneva Light Opera

Franklin Stage Presents 'Orson Welles/Shylock'

Franklin Stage Company presents ‘Orson Welles/Shylock’.  Writer/actor/director Matt Chiorini tells about Welles’ life-long quest to portray this enigmatic and disturbing character from Shakespeare’s ‘The Merchant of Venice’, and how difficult it was to boil down the 70 years of this larger-than-life actor into just 70 minutes of theatre. http://wskg.org/audio/chiorini.mp3

 

Photo credit: Franklin Stage Company

'Easy Out' by Arthur Bicknell Premieres in Ithaca

The Homecoming Players of Ithaca present Arthur Bicknell’s new comedy, ‘Easy Out’. Director Rachel Hockett talks about the gestation of the play, a sequel of sorts to the first play Homecoming Players performed, and the cast.  She also tells how going to her high school reunion led to the founding of Homecoming Players. http://wskg.org/audio/easyout.mp3

 

Photo credit: Jeff Hodges for Homecoming Players

The Endless Mountains Theatre Company Presents Frank Loesser's 'Guys and Dolls'

The Endless Mountains Theatre Company presents Frank Loesser’s classic musical ‘Guys and Dolls’ in the Elk Lake High School in Springville.  Based on stories by Damon Runyon, it has a memorable score including “Fugue for Tinhorns”, “Adelaide’s Lament”, “Luck be a Lady”, and “Sit Down, You’re Rocking the Boat”. Director Sandra Raub talks about fielding a large cast for this delightful but demanding show. http://wskg.org/audio/guysdolls.mp3

 

Photo credit: Endless Mountains Theatre Company

The Endless Mountain Music Festival Begins July 21

The Endless Mountain Music Festival opens July 21 and continues through August 5 with fifteen concerts in various locations in Tioga and Potter Counties in Pennsylvania, and Steuben and Chemung Counties in New York.  We hear from conductor and Artistic Director Stephen Gunzenhauser. http://wskg.org/audio/endlessmtns.mp3

 

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The Summer Savoyards Present 'The Sorcerer"

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

 

Photo credit: Kirsten Johnson for the Summer Savoyards

Franklin Stage Company Presents Gogol's 'The Government Inspector'

Franklin Stage Company presents Nikolai Gogol’s comedy ‘The Government Inspector’. It’s a new adaptation by playwright and songwriter Oded Gross, who talks about the pressure of adapting such a famous play and writing songs that advance the plot. http://wskg.org/audio/gogol.mp3

 

Photo credit: Oded Gross

The Raleigh Ringers Perform in Greene

The 1810 Juliand House presents the Raleigh Ringers in concert on Thursday, July 13 at 7:00pm in the Green High School.  There will also be a 3pm workshop free and open to the public.  Claudia Kachmarik of the 1810 Juliand House tells about the history of the ensemble and their virtuoso performances of a wide range of music. http://wskg.org/audio/raleigh.mp3

 

Photo credit: Raleigh Ringers

Franklin Stage Presents 'Cry Havoc'

The Franklin Stage Company presents three performances of Stephan Wolfert’s one-man show ‘Cry Havoc’, which tells of Wolfert’s own war-time experiences,  and then trying to fit back into civilian life, illuminated with the words of characters from Shakespeare. “Stephan Wolfert recounts his own experiences of military service, weaving his personal narrative with lines from some of Shakespeare’s most famous speeches. Wolfert proposes that the military recruits citizens and trains them to kill, but asks what does the “de-cruit” process look like? How do civilians and Veterans re-learn to live together?” http://wskg.org/audio/cryhavoc.mp3

 

Photo credit: Franklin Stage Company

Spare Productions Presents 'Legally Blonde'

Spare Productions presents the musical ‘Legally Blonde’ as this summer’s production. Based on the film, it tells the story of a fashionable young lady who enrolls in law school in order to follow the man of her dreams, but unforeseen circumstances lead her in a different direction. Actors Eli Carlin and Darius Fuller, who is also the producer tell us about putting together this show, which includes a large cast, and finding the two dogs, who are also part of the cast. The Friday and Saturday times stated in the interview are incorrect; curtain will be at 7:00pm both nights. http://wskg.org/audio/blonde.mp3

 

Photo credit: Spare Productions

Chenango River Theatre Presents 'Almost Heaven'

Chenango River Theatre presents ‘Almost Heaven: Songs of John Denver’ through July 30. Cast members and multi-instrumentalist Jenny Malone and Chris Blisset, who is also the director, tell us about show. The show is much more than a concert of songs, just a Bob Denver was much more than a songwriter, but also an environmental activist. http://wskg.org/audio/denver.mp3

 

Photo credit: Chenango River Theatre

Shakespeare's 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' Performed Outdoors

Cider Mill Playhouse and the City of Binghamton have joined to present Shakespeare’s comedy ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ in Confluence Park for three performances.  Andrea Gregori, playing Titania, and Shan Towns, playing Oberon, talk about this joint venture, and give an overview of this comedy of mismatched couples. Audience members are encouraged to bring folding chairs. http://wskg.org/audio/midsummer.mp3

 

Photo credit: Joshua B for Shakespeare on the River

The Tesla Quartet Performs in Stamford

The Friends of Music of Stamford, New York welcome the Tesla Quartet.  We hear from quartet founder Ross Snyder about the program, founding the quartet, and how he began studying violin because a trumpet was too heavy for a three-year-old. http://wskg.org/audio/tesla2.mp3

 

Photo credit: Tesla Quartet

Downtown Singers Perform Mendelssohn's 'Elijah'

The Downtown Singers present Felix Mendelssohn’s oratorio ‘Elijah’ for their Spring Concert.  Marisa Crabb leads a chorus of almost one hundred singers, along with orchestra and five soloists for this very dramatic and tuneful choral work.  Soprano Mary Burgess and baritone Timothy LeFebvre talk about their experiences singing this very popular oratorio, and about their experiences singing with the Downtown Singers. http://wskg.org/audio/Elijah.mp3

Know Theatre Presents Edward Albee's 'The Goat, or Who is Sylvia?'

Binghamton’s Know Theatre presents ‘The Goat, or Who is Sylvia?’ Edward Albee’s 2002 comedy/drama mines ancient Greek tragedy for a play about the modern world testing its boundaries of toleration. Artistic Director Tim Gleason and actor Jarel Davidow talk about the process of finding all of the hidden references Albee has thrown into the play which make it, by turns, hilarious and then terrifying. http://wskg.org/audio/goat.mp3

 

Photo credit: Kat D’Andrea for Know Theatre

Ti-Ahwaga Players Present Jerry Herman's 'La Cage Aux Folles'

Ti-Ahwaga Community Players present Jerry Herman and Harvey Fierstein’s musical ‘La Cage Aux Folles’. Director James Osborne and assistant director/choreographer Talia Saraceno talk about staging this comedy that calls for a large cast of dancers and singers. http://wskg.org/audio/cage.mp3

 

Photo credit: Talia Saraceno for Ti-Ahwaga Community Players

Horseheads and Hector Will Hear Music for Violin and Piano

Horseheads native, pianist Benjamin Pawlak and violinist Maria Beltavski perform two concerts including music by Beethoven and Ravel in Horseheads and Hector.  They join us via Skype to talk about the music, how they met, the six years of planning this collaboration, and where they are headed next. http://wskg.org/audio/pawlakbelt.mp3

 

Photo credit: www.benjaminpawlak.com

The Geneva Music Festival Opens this Week

The Geneva Music Festival opens this week.  Geoffrey Herd, the director and also one of the performers, talks about the wide-ranging music being performed in the festival, and about the rather wide-ranging venues for them. http://wskg.org/audio/genevagoeff.mp3

 

Photo credit: Cavani String Quartet for the Geneva Music Festival

'Ascend' is a New Musical with a Biblical Story

The Endicott Performing Arts Center is presenting the premiere of a new musical.  ‘Ascend’ starts out where ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ ends.  Playwright Lori Zabadal-Dayton talks about how “the play found her”, and about the process of dramatizing the story, writing the music, and saying good-bye to some of the songs and scenes during the rehearsal process.  Her daughter, Jennifer Dayton, who is one of the dancers in the show, tells why dance is so essential to the telling of the story. http://wskg.org/audio/ascend.mp3

 

Photo credit: Beyond the Stage Photography for Endicott Performing Arts Center

 

The Little Delaware Youth Ensemble Closes its Season

The Little Delaware Youth Ensemble ends its season with music of Bach and Mendelssohn, and with the premiere of a new work by Mark J. Connor, as well as a new work, a waltz, by one of the orchestra members.  Music Director Uli Speth joins us to talk about the orchestra’s past season and about the website where you can find more information. http://wskg.org/audio/ldye0604.mp3

 

Photo credit: Little Delaware Youth Ensemble

Answer the Muse Has Three Performances Coming Up

The Ithaca-based musical group Answer the Muse has performances coming up at Oquaga Lake, at the Ithaca Festival, and at the Faerie Festival.  We hear from founders Jai Hari Meyerhoff and Susan Ceili Murphy about how the group got started, their multi-faceted performances, and the wide range of venues they play. http://www.wskg.org/audio/muse.mp3

 

Photo credit: answerthemuse.com

Tri-Cities Opera Alumna Cynthia Clarey Performs Her Cabaret Act

The Goodwill Theatre welcomes Tri-Cities Opera alumna Cynthia Clarey, who will perform her cabaret act ‘What Becomes of the Broken Hearted’ at the Schorr Family Firehouse Stage on Thursday, May 25. She joins us via Skype from Chicago to talk about putting together a very personal act. She also tells about how her career unexpectedly turned from musical theatre to opera, and about her encounter with a very famous singer. http://wskg.org/audio/clarey.mp3

 

Photo credit: Goodwill Theatre

Cornelia Laemmli Orth Leads the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra in a Grand Finale

The Cayuga Chamber Orchestra welcomes baritone Nathan Gunn as soloist for their final concert of the season.  Music Director Cornelia Laemmli Orth tells us about the program of music by Ravel, Mozart, Mascagni, Rossini, Copland, and a medley of American songs arranged by Mr. Gunn’s wife, collaborative pianist Julie Jordan Gunn. http://wskg.org/audio/laemmli.mp3

 

Photo credit: Sandra Powers for Nathan Gunn

Opera Ithaca Presents Rossini's 'Cinderella' in Three Performances

Opera Ithaca is presenting Gioachino Rossini’s version the the Cinderella story for two full-length performances and one performance of a short children’s version. General Director Zachary James and hair and make-up coordinator Dorothy Peterson talk about the history of the original version, staging this effervescent comedy with a large cast, and adding choreography.  They also tell about their visit to a vast costume warehouse to find appropriate clothing for the cast — and finding some costumes specially made for well-known singers. http://wskg.org/audio/cinderella.mp3

SRO Productions Presents 'Avenue Q'

SRO Productions is presenting the musical ‘Avenue Q’. If the puppets from Sesame Street grew up, went to college, and tried to find their purpose in life, they might find very adult problems waiting for them in the world just like the characters, humans and puppets alike, in ‘Avenue Q’. Director Scott Fisher, Sean Sherwood, and the character Princeton talk about this hilarious, heart-warming, but definitely adult-themed musical coming to the Schorr Family Firehouse Stage. http://wskg.org/audio/avenueq.mp3

 

Photo credit: SRO Productions

The Dorothy Cotton Jubilee Singers Perform at the Kennedy Center

The Dorothy Cotton Jubilee Singers travel to Washington, D.C. this weekend for a performance at the Kennedy Center.  But before that, they will present the same concert in Ford Hall on the Ithaca College campus.  Music Director Baruch Whitehead joins us to talk about how this concert came about, the treasure of Negro Spirituals, and about the legacy of Dorothy Cotton herself. http://wskg.org/audio/cottonsingers.mp3

Danish Violinist Julie Eskar Performs with OSFL

The Orchestra of the Southern Finger Lakes welcomes Danish violinst Julie Eskar, performing Robert Schumann’s Violin Concerto in d minor. Although written in 1853, it remained virtually unknown until 1937.  Julie Eskar tells this fascinating story involving seances and copyright battles, and talks about her career as a concertmaster, soloist, chamber musician. http://wskg.org/audio/eskar.mp3

 

Photo credit: www.eskarjulie.com

BU Theatre Department Presents Wilde's 'Lady Windermere's Fan'

Binghamton University Theatre professor Tom Kremer has adapted Oscar Wilde’s first big theatrical success, ‘Lady Windermere’s Fan’. It’s a story of blackmail, accusations of infidelity, gossip, social climbing, shameful secrets, and, finally, a selfless act that redeems all involved. Director Kremer and assistant director Carol Hanscom talk about this adaptation, Wilde’s rich language, and their long partnership. http://wskg.org/audio/windermere.mp3

 

Photo credit: peterjr1961 via Flickr

VOICES Chorus Honors Ithaca Organizations

The VOICES Multicultural Chorus of Ithaca presents ‘Building Community Through Song’. Artistic Director Lorrene Adams joins us to talk about planning a concert around the many community organizations being honored in this concert. http://wskg.org/audio/lorrene0428.mp3

 

Photo credit: Ithaca Community Choruses

The BPO Plays Stravinsky and Brahms this Weekend

The Binghamton Philharmonic Orchestra has two concerts coming up. On Saturday Maestro Daniel Hege leads the orchestra in a suite from Igor Stravinsky’s ballet ‘The Firebird’, the overture to Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s opera ‘The Magic Flute’, and Johannes Brahms’ Piano Concerto No.1 with soloist Andrew Russo.  Then next Thursday he leads the orchestra in a Star Wars concert, appropriately on May the Fourth. http://wskg.org/audio/firebird.mp3

Gerald Wolfe Leads Music of Schubert and Rehnqvist

The Ithaca Community Chorus and Chamber Singers and Chamber Singers led by Gerald Wolfe perform Franz Schubert’s final choral work, the profounc Mass in E flat, and the Chamber Singers sing ‘When I close my eyes, I dream of peace’ by Swedish composer Karin Rehnqvist. http://wskg.org/audio/schubertmass.mp3

 

Photo credit: Ithaca Community Choruses

'Hot Keys and Burning Brass' Lights up the Forum

The Binghamton Theatre Organ Society presents acclaimed organist David Gray and virtuoso trumpeter Frank Campos together in ‘Hot Keys and Burning Brass’.  David Gray grew up in Scotland and first heard a theatre organ when he was a boy, and immediately wanted to learn to play it.  Frank Campos is a professor at Ithaca College and recordings of one of his recitals turn up often on Performance Today.  They talk about this collaboration and the process of putting together an exhilarating program as it is happening. The program will be announced as it unfolds, so be prepared for surprises. http://wskg.org/audio/btosgray.mp3

 

Photo credit: Binghamton Theatre Organ Society

Choreographers Come Together to Celebrate

Choreographer René Neville celebrates 50 years in dance with a party called Alt 50 in the Endicott Performing Arts Center on Washington Avenue in Endicott.  She brings together her choreographer friends for a program of poetry, music, art, and, of course, dance in a festive program. “ALT 50 is a collaborative performance of dance, music, poetry, and art celebrating movement and sound in an exploratory vein. It features the work of nine choreographers exploring the themes of Emergence, Gifts, Resonance, Heritage, Chronicles, Unity, Nexus, Fortitude, Vices, Permanence, and Fêtes as they relate to all artists within the context of an artistic life. These themes are danced by 23 dancers with 6 actors providing spoken word pieces between each dance. Original video art projections by René Neville and live music provided by Laurence Elder completes the collaboration between dance, music, poetry, and art.”

The Ithaca Community Orchestra Presents its Spring Concert

The Ithaca Community Orchestra presents its Spring Concert on Saturday, April 22. Incoming conductor Madeline Schatz-Harris speaks with us about the program, led by her, James Mick, and Brian Diller, featuring music by Pytor Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Richard Strauss, Peter Warlock, and Antonin Dvorak, and about the decision to leave Hawaii for Ithaca. http://wskg.org/audio/madeline.mp3

 

Photo credit: Madeline Schatz-Harris

Stamford Friends of Music Present Pianist Steven Lin

The Friends of Music of Stamford present pianist Steven Lin.  Steven Lin is familiar to Public Radio listeners from his appearances on From the Top and Performance Today. He talks about his program of two sonatas by Beethoven, a selection of Gershwin’s song arrangements, and Liszt’s ‘Reminiscences of Don Juan’. http://wskg.org/audio/stevenlin.mp3

 

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OCA Welcomes the Todd Williams Quartet

The Oneonta Concert Association presents the Todd Williams Quartet on Friday, April 21 at 7pm.  A graduate of the Eastman School of Music, composer, arranger, multi-instrumentalist, and music educator Todd Williams brings his quartet to the Foothills Performing Arts Center. http://wskg.org/audio/Williams.mp3

 

Photo credit: Todd Williams

Know Theatre Presents 'An Evening with Edward Allan Baker'

Know Theatre is presenting three one-act plays by Edward Allan Baker. ‘Dolores’ and ‘Up, Down, Strange, Charmed, Beauty, and Truth’ are intense studies of modern issues, while ‘Mafia on Prozac’ is a dark comedy. Director Tim Gleason tells about meeting the playwright, and how this triple bill came to be. http://wskg.org/audio/bakerknow.mp3

'Forces of Nature' are on Display at the Cooperative Gallery 213

The Cooperative Gallery 213 presents ‘Forces of Nature’, an exhibit of oil paintings by Glenda Blake and photographs by Chuck Haupt for the month of April. As the title suggests, the subject is nature with paintings that suggest Impressionism paired with black and white photographs. http://wskg.org/audio/hauptblake.mp3

 

Photo credit: Cooperative Gallery 213

Pianist John Covelli Welcomes Liam Teague Back

The Schorr Family Firehouse Stage of the Goodwill Theatre presents an encore of the pairing of pianist John Covelli and “the Paganini of the Steel Pan”, Liam Teague.  John Covelli speaks about meeting Liam Teague and their first joint concert in 2015 and how popular demand brought them back together. http://wskg.org/audio/covelliteague.mp3

 

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Comedic Actress and Singer Christine Pedi Performs in Binghamton

The Goodwill Theatre present singer and voice impressionist Christine Pedi  performing her show ‘Great Dames’ in a ‘Stardust Gala’ at the DoubleTree in downtown Binghamton on Friday, March 31. No stranger to radio, she talks about how, as a long-time cast member of ‘Forbidden Broadway’, she discovered her talent for vocal impressions. In ‘Great Dames’ she brings a host of Broadway voices with her. http://wskg.org/audio/pedi.mp3

 

Photo credit: www.christinepedi.com

Bruce Borton Leads his Last Binghamton University Chorus Concert

The Binghamton University Chorus and Orchestra presents a concert of the ‘Missa in Angustiis’ by Franz Joseph Haydn, known as the ‘Lord Nelson Mass’, and two works by Gabriel Faure, the ‘Requiem’ and the ‘Cantique de Jean Racine.’ This is Professor Bruce Borton’s last concert with the ensemble before retirement. He tells us about the works on the program and why he choose them. http://wskg.org/audio/lordnelson.mp3

Works by Milton Glaser Come to Binghamton University

The Binghamton University Art Museum presents two exhibits of works by renowned graphic designer Milton Glaser. Museum Director Diane Butler and curator Blazo Kovacevic talk about how these unique exhibits came to be. “Although Glaser might be best known for his commercial work – the ubiquitous I ❤ NY logo or the psychedelic Bob Dylan album cover – the exhibition features work in which Glaser experiments with pattern and perception. He works out his thoughts graphically in a series of prints of landscapes and images that celebrate modern masters such as Cézanne, Toulouse-Lautrec and Klimt. Milton Glaser: Modulated Patterns is accompanied by a catalogue, published by the Binghamton University Art Museum, which includes an introduction by the curator and an interview with Milton Glaser by Tom McDonough, associate professor of art history at Binghamton University.

Improv Comedy Comes to the Phelps Mansion Museum

The Phelps Mansion Museum hosts a performance by graduates of Tim Mollen’s improv comedy workshop. He joins us to talk about how he got interested in improv comedy, what techniques he uses to teach, and how the improv group he founded while in college is still going strong.  Workshop graduate Heather Merlis is along to speak about how and assignment to write about the workshop turned her into a happy participant. http://wskg.org/audio/comedyimprov.mp3

 

Photo credit: Tim Mollen

Pianist Alexei Aceto Performs in Binghamton

Classical Pianists of the Future has found their next performer right in our area.  Seventeen year old Alexei Aceto is a native of Ithaca and a student of Charis Dimaras of Ithaca College. He is performing at United Presbyterian Church, 42 Chenango Street in Binghamton. He talks with us about his favorite composers and about being an ambassador for classical music to students his own age. http://wskg.org/audio/alexei.mp3

 

Photo credit: Alexei Aceto

Robert H. Lieberman's Comedy 'Green Lights' is Screened at Cinemapolis

Cinemapolis is offering a screening of Robert H. Lieberman’s 2002 comedy ‘Green Lights’ on Saturday, March 25. Filmed in Ithaca, the cast is a mix of New York and Ithaca actors. In a classic ‘fish out of water’ plot, a film location scout is mistaken for a big-time producer, and starts to enjoy the perks that adulation provides.  Film maker Robert H. Lieberman talks about filming this love letter to Ithaca, and the many hats he wears. http://wskg.org/audio/greenlights.mp3

 

Photo credit: Robert H. Lieberman

Harmony Bridge Brings Music to Seniors

Harmony Bridge is a new program that takes music to seniors who are unable to attend concerts.  We hear from Michael Levine who came up with the program and Yvonne Allen from the Horseheads schools music department, where the program is turning into a huge success. Senior facilities interested in presenting music to their clients can email yallen@horseheadsdistrict.com. http://wskg.org/audio/harmonybridge.mp3

 

Photo credit: Horseheads School District

The Homecoming Players Present 'Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike"

The Homecoming Players present Christopher Durang’s brilliant take-off on Anton Chekov, ‘Vany and Sonia and Masha and Spike’ on two successive Monday evenings in the Kitchen Theatre.  Rachel Hockett and Arthur Bicknell join us to talk about this romp through Russian drama, moved to rural Pennsylvania. http://wskg.org/audio/Vanya.mp3

 

Photo credit: Homecoming Players

'The Things They Carried' is Adapted as a Play

Tim O’Brien’s award-winning book ‘The Things They Carried’ is the source for a series of events around the Binghamton area. Studio 271 Productions presents a dramatic reading at the Schorr Family Firehouse Stage on March 10 and 11 in an adaptation by Martin M. Murray. The SUNY-Broome Center for Civic Engagement presents a guided deliberative discussion—’The Limits of Power: The United States in Vietnam’ on March 8 at 6:30pm in the Decker Community Room of the Broome County Public Library. Tim O’Brien will also appear on March 25 in the Helen Foley Theatre of Binghamton High School. The events are  part of the NEA Big Read, a month-long series of programs highlighting ‘The Things They Carried’, presented by SUNY-Broome Community College.We hear more from director Kate Murray and Prof. Mary Donnelly.

'Peter Pan' Flies into the Forum

The Binghamton Theatre Organ Society presents the 1924 silent film ‘Peter Pan’ with organ accompaniment by Jim Ford.  He joins us to talk about the film which at that time had ground-breaking special effects and input from James Barrie himself. Jim Ford provides the musical special effects. http://wskg.org/audio/peterpan.mp3

 

Photo credit: BTOS

'All Manner of Marvels' are on Display in Ithaca

The Corners Gallery in Ithaca is presenting an new exhibit, ‘All Manner of Marvels: Wonders Seldom Seen’, a group exhibition curated by Steve Carver. He joins us to talk about assembling the collection of works by artists from around the country, some whose work has never been seen regionally, and some by local artists, including Lou Beach, Robin Cass, Bill Hastings, Marshall Hyde, Beth Hylen, Wayne Kruse, Gary Panter, Minna Resnick, Robin Whiteman, and Steve Carver himself. He also tells us a little of his journey from Oklahoma to Los Angeles to Ithaca. http://wskg.org/audio/carver.mp3

 

Photo credit: Corners Gallery

Jonathan Fenwick is the Featured Soloist with the OSFL

2016 Doreen B. Hertzog Concerto/Aria Competition Winner Jonathan Fenwick is the violin soloist with the Orchestra of the Southern Finger Lakes  led by Maestro Toshiyuki Shimada in their concert on Sunday, March 5 in the Clemens Center in Elmira. The Ithaca native will be playing the third movement of Camille Saint-Saens Violin Concerto No.3. He speaks with us from his dorm room at the Oberlin Conservatory. Also on the program are  George Gershwin’s An American in Paris performed by the Youth Orchestra of the Southern Finger Lakes and the Junior String Ensemble, Franz Liszt’s Hungarian Rhapsody No.2  the YOSFL performing side by side with OSFL, Benjamin Britten’s Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra  with narrator Ed Williams, and two choral works by Johannes Brahms performed by the Chorus of the Southern Finger Lakes, Schicksalslied  and Nänie. http://wskg.org/audio/fenwick.mp3

 

Photo credit: Orchestra of the Southern Finger Lakes

Tenor Michael Calmes Performs in Two Concerts

Trinity Memorial Episcopal Church welcomes Boston-based tenor Michael Calmes in concert with Trinity’s organist Timothy Smith for two concerts. The First Friday concert at 7pm is ‘Broadway to Hollywood’ with soprano Christina Taylor, and then on Sunday at 7pm they present ‘Canzona’ with arias, art songs, and sacred works.  Michael Calmes talks about the programs and how his family’s dairy cows helped him learn to sing. http://wskg.org/audio/calmes.mp3

 

Photo credit: Trinity Memorial Episcopal Church

The Verma Family Presents Music for Sitar at the Goodrich Theatre

The Oneonta Concert Association presents renowned sitarist Roop Verma in concert on Friday, March 3 at 7:30 in the Goodrich Theatre on the SUNY Oneonta campus.  We hear from his son Arjun Verma, also a noted sitarist, and Tracy Verma, the tambourist. “Roop Verma is an internationally known sitarist, composer and accomplished teacher of Indian Classical music. He trained under two of the greatest masters of Indian Classical music of our time: Ravi Shankar and Ali Akbar Khan. For over 40 years, he has performed in concert halls of Europe, North and South America. He will be joined by his son, Arjun, a brilliant upcoming sitarist who combines innovative techniques drawn from his study with Ali Akbar Khan and his apprenticeship with his father, and by internationally renowned tabla player Naren Budhakar, with Tracy Verma on tamboura.

'My Fair Lady' Comes to EPAC

The Endicott Performing Arts Center and Theatre Street Productions present Lerner and Loewe’s classic musical, ‘My Fair Lady’. Often referred to as ‘the perfect musical’, it tells the story of a Cockney flower girl from an unstable family who is taught proper diction by a egotistical professor of linguistics. He does perhaps too good a job when she becomes not only a model of perfect English, but also a strong and independent woman who really doesn’t need him at all, and the tables are turned.  Andrea Gregori and Chris Nickerson talk about the tension between their two characters and about this timeless and tuneful musical. http://wskg.org/audio/fairlady.mp3

The DixieKats Release a New CD During Mardi Gras

The Ithaca Dixieland jazz band Casey Max and the DixieKats are releasing their latest CD, ‘Struttin’ with some BBQ’, with a party at Lot 10 in Ithaca on Mardi Gras.  We hear from bandleader David Plaine and percussionist Mark Sammo about the event and what makes Dixieland jazz different from other kinds of jazz, and David tells us about “the Big Dog”. http://wskg.org/audio/sammo.mp3

 

Photo credit: The DixieKats

The Cantata Singers of Elmira Present Jenkins' 'Requiem' and 'Cantata Memoria'

The Cantata Singers of Elmira, as part of the Music at Grace series, is presenting two works by Sir Karl Jenkins, ‘Requiem’ and ‘Cantata Memoria; For the Children of Abervan’ on Sunday, February 26 at 4pm in Grace Episcopal Church, 375 W. Church Street in Elmira.  Music Director Will Wickham talks about the tragedy that prompted the Cantata, and the music that memorializes it. http://wskg.org/audio/jenkinsrequiem.mp3

 

Photo credit: Cantata Singers

The Binghamton University Symphony Orchestra Makes 'Magic!'

The Binghamton University Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Timothy Perry presents ‘It’s Magic!’ on Saturday, February 25 at 3pm in the Osterhout Concert Theatre of the Anderson Center on the Binghamton University campus.  The program includes ‘The Magic Fair’ by Carlos Surinach, ‘A Night on the Bare Mountain’ by Modest Mussorgsky in the orchestration by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, ‘The Sorcerer’s Apprentice’ by Paul Dukas, as well as suites from the film scores from ‘How to Train Your Dragon’ by John Powell and the Harry Potter series by John Williams.

 

Photo credit: Binghamton University Music Department

Elmira College Students Premiere 'Aide et Reconfort'

The Arnot Art Museum hosts the premiere of a new play, ‘Aide et Reconfort’ by Elmira College professor John J. Kelly.  The title is a reference to French citizens who were suspected of giving “aid and comfort” to the Nazi forces occupying France, and how the French Resistance dealt with them.  We hear from Professor Kelly about his historical research to write this play, and also from actor Sophie Poost, a sociology and anthropology major, whose studies inform her role as a member of the Resistance. http://wskg.org/audio/aide.mp3

 

Photo credit:Elmira College

Flutist Jeanne Sperber Celebrates the American Melting Pot

The Schorr Family Firehouse Stage presents flutist Jeanne Sperber and friends for ‘America the Beautiful Melting Pot’, a concert including music by Elmira-born composer, Charles Tomlinson Griffes, Paul Schoenfield, Katherine Hoover, and the North American premiere of a work by Cuban composer Leo Brouwer.  Pej Reitz is the pianist, along with cellist Hakan Tayga-Hromek, and tenor Steven Nanni. http://wskg.org/audio/sperber.mp3

 

Photo credit: Jeanne Sperber

The BU Theatre Department Presents 'A Lie of the Mind'

The Binghamton University Theatre Department presents Sam Shepard’s drama ‘A Lie of the Mind’ in five performances in the Watters Theatre of the Fine Arts Building on the Binghamton University campus. Director Anne Brady talks about Sam Shepherds autobiographical connection to the play and working with young actors playing complex characters. The production contains adult content and is not suitable for young audiences. http://wskg.org/audio/shepherd.mp3

 

Photo credit: Binghamton University Theatre Department

The Civic Ensemble of Ithaca Performs an Encore

The Civic Ensemble of Ithaca is bringing back their production of Athol Fugard’s play ‘My Children! My Africa!’ Director Melanie Dreyer-Lude talks about the play and her cast. “The great South African playwright Athol Fugard confronts the tragedy of apartheid in this compelling tale set in a segregated township in 1984. In the face of increasing racial tension, a humble and humane black teacher attempts to persuade his best (and most charismatic) student that education, not violence, is the answer to South Africa’s problems. Fugard’s play resonates deeply with the increasing influence of the Black Lives Matter movement challenging the old guard of the Civil Rights movement and with ongoing debates over racial inequality in American public schools.”

The Binghamton Community Orchestra Speaks 'Franglais'

The Binghamton Community Orchestra presents ‘Parlez-vous Franglais?’ Music Director Timothy Perry talks about this concert of music by French composers influenced by English music and English composers writing music with a French accent. The guest soloist is 17 year old alto saxophonist Andrew Tleon, who is the STMTA Competition Winner. Andrew talks about how he started playing the saxophone and the surprisingly large classical repertoire for the instrument. http://www.wskg.org/audio/tleon.mp3

 

Photo credit: Binghamton Community Orchestra

 

 

 

TCO Pairs a Comedy by Ravel with Cabaret Songs by Schoenberg

Tri-Cities Opera is presenting a double-bill of Arnold Schoenberg’s early cabaret songs, the Brettl-lieder paired with Maurice Ravel’s effervescent comedy ‘L’Heure Espagnole’. Stage Director James Kenon Mitchell talks about turning the Brettl-lieder into a mini-autobiography of Marilyn Monroe and linking the songs to Ravel’s comedy and its fiery, yet frustrated leading lady, Concepcion.  Soprano Stacey Geyer talks about the various sources for the texts used in the Brettl-lieder, and about playing the Marilyn Monroe character. http://wskg.org/audio/brettl.mp3

 

Photo credit: Randy Cummings of Bunn Hill Photography for Tri-Cities Opera

'Works On Paper' Are on Display at Binghamton University

The Binghamton University Art Museum is displaying Works on Paper Between the Wars, a collection from Binghamton residents Gil and Deborah Williams.  Gil Williams and Museum Director Diane Butler talk about the exhibition, related exhibits, and the historical value of the included works. http://wskg.org/audio/worksonpaper.mp3

 

Photo credit: Peter Helck via Binghamton University Art Museum

'South Pacific' Comes to the Cider Mill Playhouse

The Cider Mill Playhouse welcomes Jan DeAngelo Productions for Rodgers and Hammerstein’s ‘South Pacific’ in a concert staging.  Although they have been married and have performed together for many years, Jan and Shannon DeAngelo have never played opposite each other. They have chosen this classic musical to do just that.  They talk about the perils of that, and this beloved score, which is one hit song after another, and tells a story that addresses serious themes of love against a backdrop of war. http://wskg.org/audio/southpacific.mp3

 

Photo credit: Studio 271 Productions for Jan DeAngelo Productions

'The Mikado' Comes to Binghamton University

The Binghamton University Music Department, in conjunction with the Summer Savoyards present Gilbert & Sullivan’s perennial favorite ‘The Mikado’ in two performances, February 10 at 7:30pm and February 12 at 1pm in the Chamber Hall of the Anderson Center on the Binghamton University campus.  Timothy Perry leads the orchestra and tenor Steven Nanni directs.  We hear from the two sopranos sharing the role of the young Yum-Yum, who seems innocent, but she’s “very wide awake” in dealing with a frightening rival, as well as threats of decapitation and other more “stuffy” deaths. http://wskg.org/audio/0206mikado.mp3

 

Photo credit: Summer Savoyards

Ithaca Ballet Presents an Array of Short Ballets at the Hangar Theatre

Ithaca Ballet, under the direction of Cindy Reid, presents an evening of cutting edge and innovative dance with works by Larry Brantley, Amy O’Brien, Tucker Davis, Kevin Olmstead. J. Locarro and Heather MacNeill, Lena Rose Polzonetti, M. Matteer and Anna Nolan Wheatley along with a wide variety of music.  Cindy Reid tells us what to expect. http://wskg.org/audio/0131ithacaballet.mp3

 

Photo credit: Johann Studier via Ithaca Ballet

Women's Works Presents 'Unite and Sing'

Women’s Works of Ithaca presents a program of various kinds of music.  The unifying theme is that it is all music associated with Central New York.  The program includes Haudenosaunee music with guest soloist Theresa “Bear” Fox, Shaker music, and music of suffragists. Also the Ithaca Children and Youth Chorale sings arrangement of songs from Africa and the American West. We hear from ensemble members Kristen Park, Jennifer DeLapp Birkett, and Jennifer Lawrence Birnbaum. http://wskg.org/audio/0130womensworks.mp3

 

Photo credit: Women’s Works

The Little Delaware Youth Ensemble Presents their Winter Concerts

The Little Delaware Youth Ensemble presents their Winter Concerts in two locations, on January 29 at 3pm in the Anderson Theatre on the Hartwick Colleg campus, then February 5 at 3pm in the United Ministry Church in Delhi.  Music Director Uli Speth talks about the music on the program, the support the parents give these young musicians, and keeping in touch with graduates of the ensemble. http://wskg.org/audio/ldye0129.mp3

 

Photo credit: Little Delaware Youth Ensemble

'East Meets West' at the Cyber Cafe West

World Music performer Don Baragiano is performing on Wednesday, January 25 at Cyber Cafe West, 176 Main Street in Binghamton.  A graduate of the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, he first became fascinated with non-Western music while working for the US Treasury Department in Saudi Arabia.  He tells us about performing World Music with a band and by himself, and we hear a little of his album ‘Releasing the HOW’. http://wskg.org/audio/baragiano.mp3

 

Photo credit: Don Baragiano

Nancy Wildoner Plays 'Pop Pipes — Chart-toppers'

The Binghamton Theatre Organ Society presents organist Nancy Wildoner in the latest episode of her ‘Pop Pipes’ series: ‘Chart-toppers’.  With the help of Magic 101.7 FM dj Tejay Schwartz, Nancy presents a retrospective of Top Ten hits from the 1950’s to today.  Nancy talks about the two sides of her career as both a classical organist and a theatre organist, and the fun of preparing a program of inter-generational hits. http://wskg.org/audio/wildoner.mp3

 

Photo credit: William Wandling via Binghamton Theatre Organ Society

Choral Music by Vivaldi, Rejcha, and Husa is on the Program in Ithaca

The Ithaca Community Chorus and Chamber Singers are joined by the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra for a program of three works: Antonio Vivaldi’s ‘Gloria’, Antonin Rejcha’s ‘Te Deum’, and ‘Three Moravian Songs’ by the late Karel Husa.  The ‘Gloria’ is well-known, but the ‘Te Deum’ is not, and Gerald Wolfe talks about how it is an unjustly neglected masterpiece. http://www.wskg.org/audio/0114wolfe.mp3

 

Photo credit: Ithaca Community Chorus

John Covelli Presents 'Beautiful Music for a Happy New Year'

Pianist John Covelli has been presenting a New Year’s Eve Concert for twenty years.  This year the hour-long 7pm concert at St. Patrick’s Church on Leroy Street in Binghamton features short works by J.S. Bach, Liszt, Beethoven, Debussy, and Ravel.  Of course no program by Mr. Covelli would be complete without some Chopin, Gershwin, and Gottschalk. For more information, call 607-729-3364. http://wskg.org/audio/1229covelli.mp3

 

Photo credit: eflon via Flickr

The Cherry Arts Presents 'The Snow Queen'

The Cherry Arts is presenting a musical adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tale ‘The Snow Queen’ in the Kitchen Theatre in Ithaca.  The production features puppets and original songs with lyrics by Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon and music by Paul Leschen.  We hear from director Samuel Buggeln. http://wskg.org/audio/snowqueen2.mp3

 

Photo credit: The Cherry Arts

 

 

 

Ti-Ahwaga Community Players Present 'A Christmas Story'

Ti-Ahwaga Community Players present their annual production of the stage version of the holiday film ‘A Christmas Story’ adapted by Philip Grecian. It’s the fifteenth year for this hilarious classic.  Jamie Cornell, playing the narrator, the grown-up Ralphie, talks about his and his whole family’s involvement over the years. Executive Director Sonny DeWitt is also on hand to talk about new additions to the production alongside the flagpole, the slide, and the infamous leg lamp. http://wskg.org/audio/1202christmasstory.mp3

 

Photo credit: R.E. Baker for Ti-Ahwaga Community Players

BU's Opera Ensemble Presents Excerpts from 'Suor Angelica' and "Tales of Hoffmann'

UPDATE: The venue of the Saturday, December 10 performance has been changed to the Chamber Hall of the Anderson Center. The Binghamton University Music Department’s Opera Ensemble is presenting scenes from Giacomo Puccini’s ‘Suor Angelica’ and Jacques Offenbach’s ‘The Tales of Hoffmann’ in two peformances.  Performances are Sunday, December 4 at 3pm in the Ballroom of the Phelps Mansion Museum on Court Street in Binghamton, and again on Saturday, December 10 at 7:30 in Watters Theatre of the Fine Arts Building.  the Chamber Hall of the Anderson Center on the Binghamton University campus. http://wskg.org/audio/operascenes.mp3

 

Photo credit: Binghamton University Music Department

Binghamton University Presents a Jazz 'Nutcracker'

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

Photo credit: Binghamton University Theatre Department

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

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

 

Photo credit: Binghamton University Music Department

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

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

 

Photo credit: Binghamton University Music Department

Tenor Timothy Fallon Performs Liszt, Schubert, and Beach in Binghamton

Tenor Timothy Fallon and pianist Ammiel Bushakevitz are presenting a recital at St. Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church on Leroy Street in Binghamton on Saturday, November 26 at 7:30.  The program includes music by Franz Liszt, Franz Schubert, and Amy Beach. The recital is part of a series of concerts culminating in their debut at Wigmore Hall in London in January. The Bis recording label has just released their recording of songs by Liszt. http://wskg.org/audio/timfallon.mp3

 

Photo credit: Timothy Fallon

Folk-Rock Band Driftwood Heads their Tour Back to Binghamton

Binghamton folk-rock band Driftwood is on tour in Florida right now after the release of their newest album ‘City Lights’. They will make their way back for two performances in the Ransom Steele Tavern in Apalachin on Thanksgiving weekend. Front man Dan Forsyth talks about how their grueling tour schedule impacts their task of writing songs, and how a studio session helps the creative process. http://wskg.org/audio/driftwoodmix.mp3

 

Photo credit: Driftwood

‘Death Boogie’ Comes to Kitchen Theatre

Kitchen Theatre presents Darian Dauchan in his own hip-hop musical, ‘Death Boogie’.  Performed with upright bass and violin, it tells the story of blue-collar worker Victor Spartan and his journey from passivity to activism as he works through an array of characters. Dauchan talks about creating the multi-media show, and its successful performances in Edinburgh and Norway. http://wskg.org/audio/boogiemix.mp3

 

Photo credit: DarianDauchan.com

 

 

'Death Boogie' Comes to Kitchen Theatre

Kitchen Theatre presents Darian Dauchan in his own hip-hop musical, ‘Death Boogie’.  Performed with upright bass and violin, it tells the story of blue-collar worker Victor Spartan and his journey from passivity to activism as he works through an array of characters. Dauchan talks about creating the multi-media show, and its successful performances in Edinburgh and Norway. http://wskg.org/audio/boogiemix.mp3

 

Photo credit: DarianDauchan.com

 

 

‘Hansel & Gretel’ Event Open to Families

Join WSKG and Tri-Cities Opera for an afternoon of operatic storytelling! Enjoy a twenty minute version of ‘Hansel & Gretel’ as presented by Tri-Cities Opera. Children can also make a craft, try a PBS KIDS ‘Super Why’ activity, and meet opera performers. Sunday, November 6, 2016 | 1:00pm-2:00pm

WSKG Studios | 601 Gates Road Vestal, NY

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'Hansel & Gretel' Event Open to Families

Join WSKG and Tri-Cities Opera for an afternoon of operatic storytelling! Enjoy a twenty minute version of ‘Hansel & Gretel’ as presented by Tri-Cities Opera. Children can also make a craft, try a PBS KIDS ‘Super Why’ activity, and meet opera performers. Sunday, November 6, 2016 | 1:00pm-2:00pm

WSKG Studios | 601 Gates Road Vestal, NY

Space is limited and an RSVP is required using the form below. REGISTER:
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Anastasia Rizikov and Michael Davidman Play Piano Four-Hands

Classical Pianists of the Future are putting together two of their most popular performers in an evening consisting of a short solo program from each of them, followed by music for piano four-hands, including Franz Schubert’s Fantaisie in F, Maurice Ravel’s Rapsodie Espagnol, Claude Debussy’s Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun in Ravel’s arrangement, and George Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue.  Anastasia Rizikov and Michael Davidman talk about the excitement of collaborating at the same piano, and the challenges of practicing when the other is not there.   The program is on Saturday, October 29 at 7:30pm in the United Presbyterian Church, 42 Chenango Street in downtown Binghamton. http://wskg.org/audio/1026piano.mp3

 

Photo credit: Classical Pianists of the Future

Theatre Organist Jim Ford Accompanies ‘The Phantom of the Opera’

The Binghamton Theatre Organ Society presents a reconstructed version of the 1929 silent film ‘The Phantom of the Opera’.  Different versions were made in the 1920s and subsequently were lost or destroyed.  This “new” version has been assembled into the the version that audiences would have flocked to in 1929. Organist Jim Ford accompanies the film with his own improvisations. http://wskg.org/audio/1021BTOS.mp3

 

Photo credit: kndynt2009 via Flickr

Theatre Organist Jim Ford Accompanies 'The Phantom of the Opera'

The Binghamton Theatre Organ Society presents a reconstructed version of the 1929 silent film ‘The Phantom of the Opera’.  Different versions were made in the 1920s and subsequently were lost or destroyed.  This “new” version has been assembled into the the version that audiences would have flocked to in 1929. Organist Jim Ford accompanies the film with his own improvisations. http://wskg.org/audio/1021BTOS.mp3

 

Photo credit: kndynt2009 via Flickr

Rod Serling Film Festival Open to the Community

On Sunday, October 16, 2016 join WSKG at the Art Mission and Theater as we celebrate expression through film! Activities of the Art Mission’s Binghamton Babylon Film Festival run throughout the weekend and Sunday marks the annual Rod Serling Film Festival.  Winning student films will screen at 4:00pm and 5:30pm. Admission is free and there is a suggested donation in support of the Art Mission. Anne Serling will be on site from 3:00pm-4:00pm hosting a book signing.

Susquehanna County Artists Celebrate Twenty Years of the Art Trail

Susquehanna County celebrates its twentieth year of the Columbus Day weekend Artists Tour. More than twenty-five artist will open their studios for the weekend to visitors to display a wide range of work of textiles, prints, photography, and even fieldstone walls. “This is a great chance to observe art being created and chat with your local artists & crafts-people. Some of these studios are only open this one weekend of the year. Others will welcome you to return once you know the way.

Corning Welcomes Autumn with an Urban Arts Crawl

Urban Corning presents an Urban Arts Crawl on Friday, September 29 in Downtown Corning.  Logan Sweet from Urban Corning talks about the many events and exhibits, including the Rockwell Museum, 171 Cedar Arts Center, the West End Gallery, the Orchestra of the Southern Finger Lakes, and the Arts Council of the Southern Finger Lakes.  It also features the unveiling of the latest Alley Art Project mural – a special Rockwell Museum 40th Anniversary project and collaboration between acclaimed artist Virgil Ortiz and Corning’s own High School Learning Center Students. http://wskg.org/audio/loganmix.mp3

 

Photo credit: Urban Corning

 

A New Comedy by Santino DeAngelo Premieres at the Cider Mill Playhouse

The Cider Mill Playhouse is presenting Santino DeAngelo’s newest play, ‘When in Carthage’, a farce that throws two Romans into the enemy city, Carthage.  It combines the “slamming doors” of French farce with the situational (and sometimes bawdy) comedy of Plautus. The playwright and the director, Tim Mollen, talk about molding a new play and the input that the actors have towards the final version.  Local favorites Chris Nickerson, Andrew Simek, Josh Sedelmeyer, and Jessica Nogaret are in the cast, as well as the playwright’s mother, Shannon DeAngelo. http://wskg.org/audio/carthagemix.mp3

 

Photo credit: Tim Mollen for Cider Mill Playhouse

 

 

LUMA Lights Up Binghamton

In its second year, the LUMA Projection Arts Festival uses high-powered projectors to ‘animate’ the facades of buildings and create dynamic shows. This year also features a juried competition. Organizers Joshua Ludzki and Nick Rubenstein talk about the technique of making buildings move with light. “LUMA, the largest projection fine arts and entertainment festival in the United States, returns on September 2nd. Last year, 25,000 people gathered in Downtown Binghamton, NY, to celebrate a bold confluence of technology and visual arts. LUMA is a festival founded by artists, for artists, with the wholehearted embrace of an entire city.

Hundreds of Singers Gather on Binghamton's Riverwalk

SingBing invites singers for a mass chorus to sing ‘All You Need is Love’ at the Peacemakers Stage on the Riverwalk in Downtown Binghamton on First Friday before the sun goes down and the LUMA Projection Arts Festival begins.  Organizers Marie McKenna and Gregory Keeler talk about getting as many singers as possible to celebrate September’s First Friday. Soloists Devinne Meyers and Ayana Del Valle will lead the chorus, along with band members Armand Olevano, trumpet; Al Miele, drums; Bob Rynone, guitar; Andy Gorman, bass; Burt Mueller, keyboard, and Mo Reese Taylor, trombone. http://wskg.org/audio/singbingmix.mp3

 

Photo credit: Big Drew Graphics via SingBing

'Art of Binghamton' Features Binghamton Architecture

‘Art of Binghamton’ is an exhibit of art of various media focusing on Binghamton landmarks, some no longer standing. Artists Matthew Card and Steven Palmer talk about their contributions and the process of gathering this collection.  All of the artists are from the greater Binghamton area. The exhibit is on display at the Roberson Museum and Science Center, and the exhibit will move to the Bundy Museum in October, along with some new pieces. “Each piece is a depiction of, or relating to, Binghamton’s past, present and future. The most impressive aspect of the show is that it is represents a diverse set of media from classical to advanced digital, that will offer an eye opening viewpoint behind the interest and history Binghamton has to offer.

Production of WSKG's original music show 'Brew Beats' is Underway. Coming Spring 2017!

Production of WSKG’s ‘Brew Beats’ is underway. Check out the behind the scenes photos from our recent production of ‘Brew Beats’ at Butternuts Beer and Ale in Oneonta, featuring country music singer Kolby Oakley.  Kolby is one of the many artists to be featured in WSKG’s new original music show coming in spring 2017. ‘Brew Beats’ Concert Series is a music show that follows the roads that connect Upstate New York dynamic and growing breweries and cideries, turning the spotlight on the story of the people behind these industries while highlighting the region’s rich history of musical traditions.  

Binghamton's PorchFest is in its Second Year

The PorchFest phenomenon started in Ithaca and has spread across the nation.  The Binghamton Porchfest is celebrated this weekend around the West Side of Binghamton.  The number of bands and porches has grown since its inaugural festival last year.  It’s free, and audiences are invited to stroll around the neighborhood to listen to music from noon until 7pm.  Booklets with a map and schedule are available to guide listeners to the 26 porches and at least 89 bands. Organizer Chris Bodnarczuk gives us more details. http://www.wskg.org/audio/porchmix.mp3

 

Photo credit: Patti Schwartz

 

 

Art, Music, and Poetry Come Together for a Set of Performances and Viewings

SpoolMFG is presenting a set of showing of the art of Don Demauro, combined with the poems ‘Four Quartets’ by T.S. Eliot, and the Suites for Solo Cello by Johann Sebastian Bach played by cellist Hakan Tayga-Hromek.  Spool Mfg. is a contemporary art space committed to the existential, personal, social, and political dimensions of the contemporary moment. Spool Mfg. functions within a large 19th-century industrial site which accommodates exhibitions, installation, and performance at 140 Baldwin Street in Johnson City. http://www.wskg.org/audio/spoolmix.mp3

 

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The Binghamton Aeros Create Art that Flies

Binghamton Aeros present their annual Fun Fly. Vintage airplanes are meticulously recreated in miniature and engineered to fly as their full-scale forbears would have.  We hear from Ed Pettengill about building and flying these model airplanes. http://wskg.org/audio/aerosmix.mp3

 

Photo credit: Binghamton Aeros

Hamlet's Ophelia Steps to the Front of the Stage in Franklin

The Franklin Stage Company present ‘The Ophelia Project’ this weekend.  In Shakespeare’s play ‘Hamlet’ she is the victim of Hamlet’s feigned madness and a reason for her brother Laertes to challenge Hamlet to a duel.  In operatic treatments she gives the composer an excuse to write a mad scene. But what is she really about? Soprano Cree Carrico and director Christopher Mirto present a musical exploration of this familiar, yet enigmatic character. http://wskg.org/audio/ophelia.mp3

 

Photo credit: Franklin Stage Company

Dream Landscapes are on Display at Cornell Plantations

Artist Wynn Yarrow opens ‘Genius Loci’ at the Cornell Plantations.  They are mysterious dream landscapes influenced by the artist’s love of literature, and also by her work with the Rockwell Museum’s Great Circle program where she is artist in residence. http://www.wskg.org/audio/yarrowmix.mp3

 

Photo credit: Wynn Yarrow

'Willie Wonka' Comes to Susquehanna County

The Endless Mountains Theatre Company is presenting the stage version of the beloved film ‘Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory’ with cast members from Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania. It’s a multi-generational cast and we hear from the director, Amanda Rispoli, and the actor playing Willie Wonka, Caleb Park, who has also taken on the task of being producer. http://www.wskg.org/audio/wonkamix.mp3

 

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The Homecoming Players Revive a Favorite Play

The Homecoming Players are presenting Arthur Bicknell’s play ‘Dotty’.  The play is back by popular demand and involves a writer who has fallen on hard times and is dealing with the dementia of her mother, who was a much more successful writer.  Things have never been easy between them, but time is forcing Dotty to come to terms with their problems quickly.  We hear from the director, Rachel Hockett. http://wskg.org/audio/dottymix.mp3

 

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Entries are Invited for a Mural Project in Binghamton

Binghamton’s Department of Public Art is sponsoring a competition to paint a mural on a large flood wall along the Chenango River. Director Mark Bowers explains what Public Art really means, tells about the many examples of public art already evident in Binghamton, and invites artists to submit their designs. http://wskg.org/audio/bowersmix.mp3

 

Photo credit: Department of Public Art

 

 

An Award-winning Photographer Displays his Work in Binghamton

The Orazio Salati Studio and Gallery is presenting the work of award-winning photographer Joel Nsadha for two months beginning on July 1. Joel Nsadha won Best Photograph from National Geographic for the photograph you see above.  He tells about winning that prize and his career as a photographer. http://wskg.org/audio/nsadhamix.mp3

 

Photo credit: Joel Nsadha

The Rockwell Museum Presents Paintings of Native American Life

The Rockwell Museum is hosting an exhibition of the work of Howard Terpning from the Eddie Basha Collection in Arizona.  We hear about Terpning’s career that went from creating iconic posters for classic films such as ‘Doctor Zhivago’ and ‘Lawrence of Arabia’ to depictions of the life of Native Americans of the Northern Plains. http://wskg.org/audio/terpningmix.mp3

 

Photo Credit: Howard Terpning, Gathering Sage for the Sun Dance, 2004, oil on canvas. © Terpning Family Limited Partnership, LLLP. All Rights Reserved

A Familiar Opera in a New Guise

The Franklin Stage Company presents Opera MODO’s production of Bizet’s ‘Carmen’.  At its premiere in 1875, ‘Carmen’ challenged audience with title character’s courage, sense of liberation, and her dark sense of humor. This opera company from Detroit has reset this tuneful favorite in a women’s prison, with the title character as a transgender woman sung by a countertenor. http://wskg.org/audio/carmenfranklin.mp3

 

Photo credit: Franklin Stage Company and Opera MODO

American Fiddling Meets Nordic Fiddling

The annual Fiddlers Gathering returns to Watkins Glen for two days of performances, workshops, and crafts.  Saturday is Old Time Day with the great variety of North American Fiddling and Sunday is Nordic Folk Arts Day with music, heritage, and crafts of Finnish, Swedish, and Norwegian Culture. http://wskg.org/audio/fiddlermix.mp3

 

Photo credit: Metku Music

 

 

Cabaret Singing Is a Personal Craft

The Goodwill Theatre presents singer Naima Kradjian in her new cabaret concert ‘Listen to My Heart’ in the Schorr Family Firehouse Stage.  Since a cabaret concert is such a personal performance, putting one together is a challenging task.  We hear about finding new songs, saying good-bye to long-time favorites, and rehearsing with a pianist with lots of cabaret experience. http://wskg.org/audio/naima.mp3

 

Photo credit: Goodwill Theatre

 

 

A Drama Examines an Artist's Definition Of Success

Know Theatre presents Donald Margulies’ play ‘Sight Unseen’.  Jeff Tagliaferro plays an artist so successful that collectors pay up front for paintings he has yet to begin. But he feels that the well of inspiration is running dry, so he visits the former girlfriend (Amoreena Wade) who was his Muse when he started becoming famous.  She is married now to a stable, but unexciting husband (Tim Gleason) and the battle lines are set. http://wskg.org/audio/sightunseen.mp3

 

Photo credit: Know Theatre

'Never Before Seen' at the State of the Art Gallery

 

The State of the Art Gallery in Ithaca is present an unusual exhibit.  In addition to work by members of the gallery, members have also invited friends of theirs to to present a wide range of styles and media. http://wskg.org/audio/beforeseen.mp3

 

Photo credit: Judy Barringer from State of the Art Gallery

Juilliard Violinist is Soloist with the OSFL

The Orchestra of the Southern Finger Lakes presents Juilliard violinist Chelsea Starbuck Smith as the soloist as Maestro Toshiyuki Shimada leads the orchestra in the Violin Concerto of Jean Sibelius. The program also includes the ‘Grand Canyon Suite’ by Ferde Grofe and the ‘Blumine’ movement that was originally part of Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No.1. Ms. Smith also teaches music in a pre-school program and is an avid bluegrass fiddler. http://wskg.org/audio/starbucksmith.mp3

 

Photo credit: OSFL

 

 

A Binghamton Artist Returns with an Homage to a Family Member

Binghamton-born artist Muffin Ray has moved around the country, most recently to Colorado.  She returns to Binghamton with an exhibit at Orazio Salati’s Gallery. She has been experimenting with new techniques involving found fabrics and polyurethane. The exhibit is also an homage to her brother. http://wskg.org/audio/muffinmix.mp3

 

Photo credit: Muffin Ray

 

 

Unusual Casting Shows the Universality of Shakespeare

The Binghamton University Theatre Department is presenting Shakespeare’s ‘Hamlet’. In this case, the Prince of Denmark is portrayed by a woman, Danielle Nigro, and we hear from her about how Hamlet’s struggles transcend gender.  We also meet fight director Jamie Cheatham, an alumnus of Binghamton University, who now specializes in stage combat. http://wskg.org/audio/hamletmix.mp3

 

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An Art Class Turns into an Arts Festival

It began seventeen years ago as a pottery class that moved outside on a sunny day. Now the Athens ArtsFest is a large juried arts and craft festival.  Art teacher, potter, and festival organizer Dave Webster tells about the those beginnings and how the festival has grown. http://wskg.org/audio/athensarts.mp3

 

Photo credit: Athens ArtsFest

Pianist Drew Petersen Performs in Binghamton

Classical Pianists of the Future are presenting a concert by twenty-two year old Juilliard student Drew Petersen at United Presbyterian Church on Chenango Street in downtown Binghamton.  The program includes music by Beethoven, Chopin, and Schumann. http://wskg.org/audio/petersen.mp3

 

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Organist Peter Browne is Honored with a Memorial Concert

Organist, choral conductor, and composer Peter Browne died last year.  He was long-time organist/choirmaster at Trinity Memorial Episcopal Church and conductor of the Harpur Chorale at Binghamton University. This year a memorial concert has been organized in his memory.  Conductor Bruce Borton and organist Timothy Smith join us to talk about this concert. http://wskg.org/audio/browneconcert.mp3

 

Photo credit: Timothy Smith

Summer is Coming Early to Cooperstown

The Cooperstown Summer Music Festival is presenting the American String Quartet in a program including music by Beethoven and Ravel.  The festival’s artistic director, flutist Linda Chesis, joins them for a rarely performed work by Albert Roussel.  

 

Photo credit: Peter Schaaf for the American String Quartet

'Haudenosaunee Culture: Sharing the River of Life' Series Returns To The Waterman Nature Center

‘Haudenosaunee Culture: Sharing the River of Life’ is a series of presentations at the Waterman Center by speakers from the Onondaga, Mohawk and Cayuga Nations. Karen Kucharski is the project manager for the series and she joined Crystal Sarakas today to talk about the project. On Saturday, Karenlyne Hill of the Snipe Clan will talk about traditional and contemporary-style beadwork on Saturday, April 23rd at 2 p.m. Hickory Edwards of the Turtle Clan will talk about paddling and river journeys on Sunday, April 24th at 2 p.m. Both presentations are free and open to the public. For more information, visit watermancenter.org

 

Photo Credit: Karen Kucharski

 

Stravinsky's ballet 'The Firebird' Lands in Ithaca

The Ithaca Ballet is presenting Igor Stravinsky’s ballet ‘The Firebird’. It’s a well-known score, but the ballet is not performed often, because of the demanding role of Prince Ivan and the stage magic called for in the scenario.  Choreographer Lavinia Reid has solved the latter issue with the use of black light, and the leading man, Peter Doll, is looking forward to to his challenging role. http://wskg.org/audio/firebirdmix.mp3

 

Photo credit: Ithaca Ballet

Students at Hartwick College Take on a Challenging Musical

We hear from the choreographer Alyssa Lundberg and the set and lighting designer Joanna Carber of Hartwick College’s production of the Kander and Ebb musical ‘Chicago’.  Director of Theatre Arts Malissa Kano-White is the stage director of this jazz-age saga. http://wskg.org/audio/hartwickchicago.mp3

 

Photo credit: Hartwick College

An Unfinished Musical Work Gets a New Ending

The Ithaca Community Chorus and Chamber Singers, under the direction of Gerald Wolfe, are performing Mozart’s ‘Requiem’ in their spring concert.  Mozart died before completing it, so friends of Mozart’s pitched in to finish it.  Later scholarship has found sketches that Mozart might have intended as part of it.  The Community Chorus is presenting the Levin edition of it.  Gregorio Allegri’s ‘Miserere mei’ is also on the program, a work also associated with Mozart. http://wskg.org/audio/ICCRequiem.mp3

 

Photo credit: Ithaca Community Choruses

A Program of 'Glorious Sextets' Comes to Oneonta

The Oneonta Concert Association presents an ensemble from the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. Led by cellist David Finckel, they perform sextets by Richard Strauss, Antonin Dvorak, and Johannes Brahms in the First United Methodist Church in Oneonta. http://wskg.org/audio/finckel.mp3

 

 

Photo credit: Lisa-Marie Mazzucco for Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center

Maestro Jose-Luis Novo Bids Farewell to Binghamton with Beethoven and Brahms

Maestro Jose-Luis Novo has led the Binghamton Philharmonic Orchestra since 2003.  His last concert is coming up on Saturday, April 16 in the Forum in Binghamton. The orchestra is joined by the Binghamton University Chorus, prepared by Bruce Borton.  The program includes ‘The Song of the Fates’ by Johannes Brahms and ‘Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage’ by Ludwig van Beethoven.  Beethoven’s Symphony No.9 in d minor comprises the second half. http://wskg.org/audio/novo041616.mp3

 

Photo credit: Binghamton Philharmonic

An Unexpected Find Leads an Artist in a New Direction

Potter Leslie Green Guilbault was in a professional quandary. She had just finished one job, unrelated to her training in art, and was wondering what to do next. She took a winter walk in the woods with her ten year old son.  He spotted the sad remains of a fawn that had been killed by a coyote. They took the bones home and Ms. Guilbault introduced herself to bone carving.  She also uses the ‘sgraffito’ technique in her pottery to create arresting designs on pieces that more than display pieces; they are useful as well. http://wskg.org/audio/guilbaultmix.mp3

 

Photo credit: Leslie Green Guilbault

A Son's Play Recollects his Father's Life through Letters

Dalton Trumbo was a well-known screenwriter, but he was called in to testify in the Red Scare and name names of other screenwriters who had been members of the Communist Party.  He was found in contempt of Congress and was blacklisted, but managed to not only continue his craft, but excel in it.  Bill Gorman and Chris Nickerson star in ‘Trumbo: Red, White, and Blacklisted’, a play based on Trumbo’s letters produced by Southern Tier Actors Read. For tickets, 607/729-1959. http://wskg.org/audio/redwhitemix.mp3

 

Photo credit: Kate Murray; Studio 271.

An Opera is Revived After 400 Years

A team of musicians under the direction of Cornell University professor Neal Zaslaw has created a performing edition of Agostino Agazzari’s 1606 pastoral opera ‘Eumelio’.  The Cornell Early Music Lab is performing it on March 19 and 20 in the Klarman Hall Auditorium. http://wskg.org/audio/eumelio.mp3

 

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A New Mural Welcomes Visitors to the Tanglewood Nature Center

Artist Chris Longwell has created a ceramic mural that welcomes visitors to the Tanglewood Nature Center in Elmira. The mural depicts pond life in all sizes, from amoebas to largemouth bass.  The artist tells us about his process and his materials.  The dedication of the mural is this weekend. http://wskg.org/audio/longwellmix.mp3

 

Photo credit: Subash BGK via Flickr

Singer-songwriter Dana LaCroix Performs in Binghamton, Oneonta This Weekend

Singer-songwriter Dana LaCroix hails from Canada but now makes her home here in Southern Tier. She’s playing for the first time in Binghamton this weekend at a benefit concert for VINES, and will perform on Sunday in Oneonta. David Restivo, an award-winning pianist from Canada, will join her. She talked with Crystal Sarakas about her musical upbringing and the role music plays in supporting community. Dana LaCroix and Dave Restivo will play Saturday night at 7 p.m. at the United Presbyterian Church in Binghamton, and on Sunday at 7 p.m. at the B-Side Ballroom and Supper Club in Oneonta.

It's Never Too Early To Think About the Weekend!

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.