A former turkey farm now hosts a wide-ranging music series

The Old Carter Barn, located between Montrose and Tunkhannock fills the summer with music. We hear from Douglas Carter Beane, who inherited a dilapidated turkey farm, and Lewis Flinn, who turned it first into a wedding venue, and now, as part of the North Branch Art Trail, into a summer music festival featuring a wide range of music

 

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“What Fun Music!” comes back to the Forum

The WFM Festival Orchestra offers a concert of light classics, film music, and a “pick the conductor” contest.  Music Director Daniel Fabricius and orchestra member David Ripic join us to talk about the concert, and about a detective story about tracking down parts of a long-lost piece that Timothy Perry stitched back together for the first performance in nearly a century. For more information, search for the WFM Festival Orchestra on facebook.com

 

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The Cayuga Chamber Orchestra premieres a new work

The Cayuga Chamber Orchestra honors the memory of Percy Browning by premiering a new work commissioned in her honor. We hear from the composer of that work, Seth Grosshandler, about his composition process.  We also meet the soloist, clarinetist Michael Wayne, about the work he performs, the Clarinet Concerto by Carl Nielsen, and why such a major work for clarinet is played so rarely. If you would like to hear some of Mr. Grosshandler’s music, here is a link to the Violin Sonata he mentions, played by Christina Bouey.  

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Glassfest is back in Corning

Glassfest returns to the Gaffer District of Corning. Executive Director Coleen Fabrizi joins us to give us a hint of the many events taking place during the three days of the festival.  

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Music for Trombone Ensemble

The Trombone Quartet of the Orchestra of the Southern Finger Lakes is presenting a concert at North Presbyterian Church.  Trombonist Norm Wilcox joins us to talk about the program, and about the history of music specifically for Trombone Ensemble, dating back to the Eastman School of Music.  

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The Euclid Quartet adds an extra cello for a special work by Schubert

The Friends of Music of Stamford, NY welcome the Euclid String Quartet this weekend.  We heard from violinist Jameson Cooper about the two works on the program, Claude Debussy’s one and only string quartet, and a string quintet by Franz Schubert.  The extra member for the quintet is cellist Adrian Daurov.  Mr. Cooper also tells us how the quartet got its name.  

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“From the New World” and back again

The Binghamton Philharmonic Orchestra closes its season with Antonin Dvořák’s Symphony No.9, “from the New World”, along with a work by American composer Stacy Garrop’s “Bohemian Cafe” which returns Dvořák’s favor.  Artistic Director Daniel Hege joins us to talk about the relationship of the two pieces, and the performance of Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No.2 with soloist Andrew Russo

 

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A celebration of French composer Cesar Franck

Organist Mark Laubach is celebrating the  bicentennial of French composer Cesar Franck by performing the complete works for organ.  Sponsored by the Binghamton AGO, the Wilkes-Barre musician performs a selection of those in Binghamton at United Presbyterian Church on Friday, April 22.  He joins us to talk about Franck’s legacy, and deep influence on the generations of organist who followed him.  

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Two choral concerts on the same day will include a world premiere

The Southern Tier Singers’ Collective presents the premiere of a Mass by composer Zanaida Robles. STSC Artistic Director William Culverhouse talks about commissioning this work for the STSC performance on Sunday, April 24 in St. Patrick’s Church, and the weekend residency of Dr. Robles at Binghamton University featuring performances by the University choral ensembles. You can hear some of Dr. Robles’ music here.  

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Expressions looks at an American original, the Appalachian Mountain Dulcimer

Expressions shines a spotlight on the Appalachian mountain dulcimer in this month’s premiere episode. It’s one of only two original American instruments along with the banjo. Our guide is luthier Bernd Krause, who has built more than 250 dulcimers over the past 40 years. Find out who inspired his very first dulcimer and visit the shop where he still crafts these wondrous instruments.  

 

 

 

 

We also hear dulcimer performances from both Bernd and Beth Fallon, recorded at the ArtFarm Studio and Gift Shop in Chenango Bridge.

The story of Cinderella updated to the 1950s in a collaborative production

Tri-Cities Opera is presenting Gioachino Rossini’s setting of the tale of Cinderella in a joint production with Syracuse Opera.  It’s a different version of the tale, with a stepfather instead of a stepmother, a wise tutor instead of a fairy godmother, and matching bracelets instead of a glass slipper — but lots of laughs.  We hear from executive director John Rozzoni, Camille Sherman who plays Cinderella, and Aaron Crouch who plays the Prince.  

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A rarely-performed work of sacred American music is sung by the Madrigal Choir

Leo Sowerby was a major composer of sacred music.  The Madrigal Choir of Binghamton joins with the choir of Trinity Memorial Episcopal Church for a performance of his cantata “Forsaken of Man’. We hear from the accompanist, Bill Trafka, who has wanted to perform it for a long time, and learn about Sowerby and this rarely-performed masterpiece.  

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The Cayuga Vocal Ensemble goes on the road

The Cayuga Vocal Ensemble presents “The Spirit Sings” in two performances, one in Ithaca and another in Seneca Falls.  Artistic Director Sean Linfors joins us to talk about the themes of the concert,  the long break the ensemble had during the shut-down, and the excitement accompanying the premiere of a new work.  

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Tenor Tony Villecco Appears On Expressions

Expressions returns with a new episode featuring ‘Tenor’ Tony Villecco singing a set of baroque era songs in a special on-location performance. Tony has been performing since he was ten years old and has spent the last five decades entertaining audiences with his angelic voice and easygoing charm. The performance was recorded at the St. Thomas Aquinas Church in Binghamton and Tony was accompanied by a seasoned group of local musicians including John Isenberg, Marijane Wojtowitz, Joanne Peters and Melanie Valencia. The setlist includes pieces from Georg Handel, and ‘Ave Maria’ by Caccini.

Young string players perform in Delhi

The Little Delaware Youth Ensemble and Preparatory Orchestra return to performing live with a concert on Sunday, March 13 in the United Ministry Church of Delhi. Music Director joins us to talk about the concert by the older orchestra, with pieces performed by the Preparatory Orchestra led by Deborah Devine. To hear some performances, click here.  

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A new opera in Ithaca is both a love story and a clash between cultures and values

Opera Ithaca is presenting the premiere of a new opera, We Wear the Sea Like a Coat.  We hear from the composer, Sally Lamb McCune, and Artistic Director, Ben Robinson. They tell us about the gestation of the opera which began with a chance meeting in the Orkney Islands and grew into a poetic, but dramatic story.  

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The OSFL celebrates musical diversity and music in our schools

The Orchestra of the Southern Finger Lakes is presenting “Musica Diversa”. We hear from Music Director Toshiyuki Shimada about this wide-ranging concert featuring music by Florence Price, Arturo Marquez, Bright Sheng, Sergei Rachmaninoff, and William Grant Still. The pianist in the Rachmaninoff is Christopher Tillen.  

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A musical journey from darkness to light onstage at Binghamton University

The Binghamton University Music Department is presenting Mozart’s comic opera The Magic Flute in two performances with two casts.  Stage Director David Toulson joins us to talk about this story of a prince and princess on a path to enlightenment, with a lot of laughs along the way. The opera will also be live-streamed on Friday night and Sunday afternoon. 

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Music for clarinet from south of the equator

Clarinetist Timothy Perry joins us to talk about a special program of music, mostly from south of the equator, that he and pianist Pej Reitz have been exploring over the past few years. The concert, Musica Australis, is Friday, February 18 at 7:30 in the Casadesus Recital Hall on the Binghamton University campus.  

Photo credit: Photo by Iain Cridland on Unsplash and Binghamton University Music Department

Samite Performs on New Episode of Expressions

Expressions returns with a new episode featuring traditional African folk artist, Samite. This world renowned talent performed his first concert since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic at the WSKG Studios in the fall of 2021 and we are happy to give you a front row seat to the performance. Samite is joined onstage by longtime friend and collaborator Nate Richardson in a career spanning setlist of songs. Along with the concert performances this half hour episode features a segment detailing Samite’s journey to upstate New York and the amazing challenges he has faced along the way. We are also pleased to introduce Adara Alston as our host of Expressions.

Rachael Sage joins Howard Jones at the Hangar Theatre

DSP Shows is presenting the Howard Jones Trio with guest artist singer/songwriter Rachael Sage in the Hangar Theatre in Ithaca. Rachael Sage joins us to talk about her many albums, as well as her many collaboration with other musicians.  She also talks about her Poetica project and the different aspects of writing poetry versus writing songs.  

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Expressions Returns With New Episodes

 

     Expressions, WSKG’s long running local arts and culture program, is returning to the television schedule on a new night and time! Tune in Friday nights at 8:30 for the best in concert performances and regional art. New episodes are scheduled to premiere on the second Friday of each month and we have an exciting line-up for you in 2022. In the next few months you will see a brand new concert from African folk artist Samite, Tenor Tony Villecco performing baroque period songs with his unique panache and we visit an art shop that expertly uses its location to create a unique visiting experience. We are also pleased to work with talented actress and musician Adara Alston this season.

The OSFL presents holiday favorites, an aerial violinist, and new music

The Orchestra of the Southern Finger Lakes presents a concert of traditional music for Christmas and Hanukkah, as well as new music by composer Polina Nazaykinskaya.  We hear from the composer, and from Music Director Toshiyuki Shimada. The concert also features aerial violinist Janice Martin.  

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An annual tradition is back

The Madrigal Choir of Binghamton returns to its annual tradition of Lessons and Carols for Christmas.  Artistic Director Bruce Borton joins us to talk about the wide variety of music presented in this free concert at Trinity Memorial Episcopal Church in Binghamton. Photo credit: Madrigal Choir of Binghamton

The Southern Tier Singers’ Collective performs music from a rare manuscript

Two years ago Binghamton University acquired a famous manuscript of music from the Convent of La Crocetta in Florence, Italy.  Associate Professor of Musicology Paul Schleuse tells the story of its journey from its origin in 1543 to Binghamton University.  Then the Southern Tier Singers’ Collective, prepared by William Culverhouse, performs a selection of excerpts from the manuscript.

Music from the 16th century is heard once more

The Southern Tier Singers’ Collective presents excerpts from a 16th century manuscript created for the Convent of La Crocetta in Florence. Paul Schleuse describes its creation and its mysterious journey from Italy to South America, and the exciting story of how it was acquired by Binghamton University, then conductor William Culverhouse continues the story with how it got from the page to the singers.  

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The BPO introduces recent music of a new composer, plus two familiar works

In its second concert of the season, the Binghamton Philharmonic presents “Ascend”, a program including music by Richard Wagner, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, and emerging composer Jessie Montgomery (pictured above).  Music Director Daniel Hege joins us to talk about discovering the music of Jessie Montgomery, the astonishing artistry of Mozart’s Symphony No.41, and Wagner’s Christmas present to his wife, and the conductor who taught himself to play the trumpet in the middle of a lake so that he could participate in the premiere.  

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A Tour-de-force for Violin with the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra

Cayuga Chamber Orchestra concertmaster Christina Bouey is the soloist in this weekend’s concert at Ford Hall on the Ithaca College campus.  She speaks with us about her deep love for Samuel Barber’s Violin Concerto, and the story behind the composition of the concerto.  The overture to the comic opera The Bartered Bride by Bedřich Smetana and Ludwig van Beethoven’s Symphony No.5 are also on the program.  

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Celebrating Beethoven

After a year of not singing, the Madrigal Choir of Binghamton presents a concert intended for last year’s proposed Beethoven festival.  Music Director Bruce Borton speaks to us about some of Beethoven’s smaller and lesser know works they will be performing.  

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Hallowe’en Comes Early to the Broome County Forum

The Binghamton Theatre Organ Society welcomes theatre organist Jason Comet to supply music for the 1920 German silent horror film The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari.  Jason tells us how he assembles a score to accompany a silent film, and how this ground-breaking film became a classic.  

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The BPO Opens its Season with Two Familiar Works and an Exciting New Piece

The Binghamton Philharmonic Orchestra returns to the Broome County Forum after a long hiatus with “Emerge”, a program featuring Haydn’s last symphony, Mendelssohn’s famous violin concerto with young violinist Julian Rhee, and a recent work, “Pizzicato” by composer Vivian Fung. Music Director Daniel Hege joins us, along with the composer of “Pizzicato”. We hear how Maestro Hege discovered “Pizzicato” and immediately knew that he had to program it, and we hear about the work of this busy young composer.  

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Tri-Cities Opera Hosts the U.S. Army Field Band for the Performance of a New Opera

“The Falling and the Rising” is a new opera formed from interviews with many soldiers. It is being performed at the Broome County Forum.  Tri-Cities Opera General Director John Rozzoni and tenor SFC Ben Hilgert talk about the genesis of the opera and the many veterans services that will be available at the performance.  

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Three Concerts in One Weekend

The First Presbyterian Church of Gilbertsville, NY again hosts the annual Labor Day weekend concerts by the Millenium Strings, musicians from the Magic Mountain Music Farm. We hear from the founder, Burton Kaplan, violinist Marvin Suson, and hard-working pianist Cullan Bryant.  

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Fun Music at the Forum for Labor Day

The WFM Festival Orchestra presents a Labor Day weekend concert. Conductor Daniel Fabricius and orchestra member David Ripic join us to talk about the program, how this orchestra differs from most large ensembles, and some music of historical importance played for the first time in this century. And we finally find out what “WFM” stands for.  

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Two Styles of Playing the Violin

The Town of Binghamton Historical Society is presenting a workshop led by violinist/fiddler Ed Pettengill on “How to Play Old Tyme Fiddle”. Ed joins us to demonstrate the difference between the two styles, and to talk about how classical violin playing and fiddle can help each other.  All violinists are welcome.  Students should be able to play at least NYSSMA grade 3 music.  For reservations, call (607) 669-4151.  

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The Geneva Music Festival is Back!

The Geneva Music Festival is returning with a series of live and online concerts with a large range of musical genres.  We hear from the artistic director, and also one of the performers, Geoffrey Herd.  

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By Special Invitation: The Finest In Local Performances

By Special Invitation presents a stunning line-up of world-class musicians who perform classical music concerts around our region. From a preserved barn in the idyllic setting of the western Catskills and a Binghamton Opera Company to a concert stage at Ithaca College, By Special Invitation invites you to witness music performance recorded specifically for WSKG Classical. These performances can be heard Saturdays at 10:00 a.m, and at your convenience by clicking on the concerts listed below.  

An undated portrait of the cellist Lynn Harrell. Harrell died Monday at age 76.

Cellist Lynn Harrell Has Died, Age 76

The Grammy-winning American cellist had a wide-ranging career that spanned Bach to new music written by Augusta Read Thomas. His colleagues also treasured him as a generous musical collaborator.

John Prine in Atlanta in 1975.

John Prine’s Songs Saw The Whole Of Us

The music of this quintessential Nashville songwriter and lifelong independent spirit makes room for the wide range of emotions that careen through people as they stumble and dance through life.

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.  

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Nipsey Hussle

In Memoriam 2019: The Musicians We Lost

NPR Music celebrates the alt-rock heroes, Hollywood idols, Pulitzer-winning composers, jazz luminaries, cult legends, bold activists, old masters and rising stars the world lost this year.