In a pastoral track from the New York duo, Randa Leigh asks an essential question: “What you follow, fear or love?”
In a pastoral track from the New York duo, Randa Leigh asks an essential question: “What you follow, fear or love?”
While a valiant endeavor, the Metropolitan Opera’s new series of steaming concerts can’t seem to shake off opera’s fusty, aristocratic traditions.
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.
Hear Waterloo, NY native Lindsay Kate Brown sing from the stage of the Metropolitan Opera
WSKG Classical will broadcast a concert by the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra
With the help of a few “wrong” notes, the principal clarinetist of the New York Philharmonic turned “America the Beautiful” into a solemn protest of police violence.
Augusto Diemecke and Christine Lowe-Diemecke perform on the OSFL Facebook page.
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.
Konitz was devoted to improvisation and played on more than 100 albums over a seven-decade career, including the historic sessions that became Miles Davis’ album Birth of the Cool.
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.
Jazz pianist and educator Ellis Marsalis has died at the age of 85, according to tweets from New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell and Jazz at Lincoln Center.
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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The U.S.’ largest performing arts organization has told its orchestral players, chorus and stagehands they will not be paid after March 31. The company has also canceled the rest of its season.
The Cayuga Vocal Ensemble presents ‘Passages’
The Binghamton University Theatre Department presents the musical ‘Sweet Charity’
The Southern Tier Singers Collective performs music from a 16th Century manuscript.
The Cayuga Chamber Orchestra presents ‘Pivotal Pieces’, a program of major works by Ludwig van Beethoven, Richard Strauss, and Felix Mendelssohn.
The Orchestra of the Southern Finger Lakes presents a youth-centered concert.
Clarinetist Timothy Perry joins us to talk about ‘Notes from the Margins’
The Ti-Ahwaga Community Players present ‘Spamalot’
“I never behaved aggressively” towards women, the opera star says, while the performers’ union that investigated his alleged behavior attempts to ferret out who provided information to the press.
The Binghamton Community Orchestra welcomes guest conductor Evan Meccarello
The Ithaca Ballet presents ‘Winter Dance 2020 in the Hangar Theatre.
Carla Del Villaggio is bringing her ‘Simply Streisand’ program to the Broome County Forum
The New York Philharmonic has commissioned 19 women to create new works to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the passing of the 19th Amendment. It’s called Project 19.
During the month of February, the MET will present a special series of iconic broadcasts from our archives — chosen by our radio audience.
The Binghamton Philharmonic Orchestra continues its journey through Ludwig van Beethoven’s symphonies
‘Songs for a New World’ is more than a revue, and certainly not a musical play, but each song is a story in itself.
One of West Africa’s best-known musicians, Ballaké Sissoko, says that his kora was dismantled by TSA agents while he was traveling from New York to Paris. The agency denies it was involved.
‘Arts Adventure’ is a collaborative effort by the Roberson Museum and Science Center, the Binghamton Philharmonic Orchestra, Tri-Cities Opera, and the Goodwill Theatre
A thoughtful musician from a distinguished family, Serkin interpreted the classics and expanded the repertoire by commissioning new works.
SRO Productions presents ‘Matilda: the Musical’ at the Schorr Family Firehouse Stage
When it comes to the Underground Railroad, everyone knows Harriet Tubman. But a new oratorio sheds light on a different, key figure named William Still.
The Cherry Arts presents ‘Apple:Tree’, a ‘rolling cabaret.’
The Little Delaware Youth Ensemble presents their Winter Concert
The Ithaca Community Chorus and Chamber Singers perform ‘Dixit Dominus’ by the young George Frederick Handel and Josef Rheinberger’s ‘Mass in E-flat’.
Spare Productions presents ’35mm: A Musical Exhibition.’ Cast members Lydia Griffin and Mike Ferguson join us to talk about this usual musical where the songs by Ryan Scott Oliver are inspired by photographs by Matthew Murphy, often with surprising results.
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The Orchestra of the Southern Finger Lakes presents a chamber concert at the Rockwell Museum
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.
The WFM Festival Orchestra is a new ensemble, formed especially to celebrate New Year’s Day.
The Broadway songwriter died in Miami of pulmonary complications, according to his publicist.
Pianist John Covelli presents his annual New Year’s Eve concert at St. Patrick’s Church in Binghamton.
For thirty-seven years the Downtown Singers have been presenting George Frederic Handel’s ‘Messiah’.
NYS Baroque performs ‘Baroque Noel’ directed by noted lutenist Paul Odette.
The Ithaca Community Orchestra presents its fall concert, ‘Classic Meets Jazz’
The Orchestra of the Southern Finger Lakes presents its Holiday Concert
His simultaneous dismissal from two of the world’s leading opera houses comes after an investigation into allegations of misconduct during a Royal Opera performance in Tokyo.
The Opera Workshop of the Binghamton University Music Department presents Engelbert Humperdinck’s ‘Hansel and Gretel’
The Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season opens with Philip Glass’ ‘Akhnaten.’
The Madrigal Choir of Binghamton gives two performances of Lessons and Carols for Christmas.
The Roberson Museum and Science Center, annual ‘Home for the Holidays’ is now on display.
Pianist Shai Wosner is soloist in this weekend’s concert by the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra.
VOICES Multicultural Chorus presents their Fall Concert ‘We Can Be Kind: Joy and Inspiration in Song’ https://acithaca.org/groups/voices/on Sunday, December 7 at 4pm in Ithaca’s First Baptist Church. Artistic Director Lorrene Adams joins us to talk about finding uplifting music to inspire the audience, and the inspiration she finds in leading the ensemble.
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Binghamton’s Know Theatre presents its 16th Annual Playwrights and Artists Festival.
To celebrate Ludwig Von Beethoven’s upcoming semiquincentennial, WSKG Classical broadcasts three chamber music recitals on Saturday mornings this December.
The Binghamton Community Orchestra welcomes cello soloist Joshua Jang for its Fall Concert.
The Binghamton University Music Department welcomes The Fifth House Ensemble
The Rodney Marsalis Philadelphia Big Brass performs in the Smith Opera House
The Catskill Symphony Orchestra welcomes Maciej Zoltowski, the third Music Director candidate.
The Stamford Friends of Music welcome baritone Mario Diaz-Moresco
The Beethoven Project continues with a concert at the Phelps Mansion Museum.
The Binghamton University Theatre Department presents the Ahrens and Flaherty musical ‘A Man of No Importance’.
The Corning Civic Music Association welcomes the Vera Quartet.
The next Binghamton Philharmonic concert features music with a jazz inflection.
Jamie Barton puts a bisexual spin on classical music.
Tri-Cities Opera presents ‘We Shall Find Peace: A Tribute to the Armed Forces’ to commemorate Veteran’s Day.
The Oneonta Concert Association welcomes two Oneonta resident to their music series. We hear from flutist Ana Laura Gonzalez about the concert which blends classical repertoire with music from Latin American and from the Philippines, the birthplace of her collaborative pianist Fideliz Campbell.
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SRO Productions presents William Finn and James Lapine’s musical ‘Falsettos’.
China refuses to grant South Korean musicians and artists work visas as part of a policy barring South Korean businesses from the country. The policy was put in place as retaliation for a missile system the U.S. deployed in South Korea in 2016.
The Southern Tier Singers Collective presents a concert for All Souls’ Day.
As part of the Binghamton Philharmonic Orchestra’s Beethoven Project, Theatre Street Productions presents ‘Beethoven at the Phelps Mansion.’
The British conductor, harpsichordist and scholar helped reignite interest in works by composers like Monteverdi — but he also championed new works and wrote notable film scores of his own.
The Madrigal Choir of Binghamton honors the centennial of women’s suffrage with a concert of music by women composers.
The Binghamton Chapter of the American Guild of Organists welcomes organist Bryan Dunnewald.
Tri-Cities Opera presents Giacomo Puccini’s ‘Tosca’
The Friends of Music of Stamford, New York welcome violinist Rachel Lee Priday and pianist Marija Stroke.
Norman was one of the leading African American opera figures in a time when there were fewer than now. The soprano won four Grammys and the National Medal of Arts.
Ti-Ahwaga Community Theatre presents Steve Martin and Edie Brickell’s musical ‘Bright Star’.
The Binghamton Philharmonic opens its season with two symphonies by Beethoven.
The Orchestra of the Southern Finger Lakes pairs music with art in a concert on September 28.
The Classical Guitar Society of Upstate New York presents its 19th Annual Fall Festival.
Opera Ithaca presents Giacomo Puccini’s opera ‘La Boheme’.
A Springsteen concert “created a civic space in which two antithetical sentiments could coexist and communicate with each other,” writes A.O. Scott. The Boss turns 70 years old today.
In a closed-door meeting with the company’s chorus and orchestra, General Manager Peter Gelb argued that the Met has no reason to investigate the famed opera singer or to cancel his performances.
Afton Community Theatre is presenting ‘Matilda: the Musical.’
Marc Berger and Ride, with Mike Ricciardi perform as part of the Singer/Songwriter series at Atomic Tom’s in Binghamton.
NYS Baroque presents Viol Cubed
The lead singer of The Cars — the offbeat Boston rock band that became a mainstay of radio in the 1980s — died Sunday afternoon in New York.
Before settling in Harlem, Mary Lou Williams traveled the country playing with big bands. The road shaped her sound, and her theory of black music as “the greatest and only true art in the world.”
The Friends of Music of Stamford welcome Pegasus: the Orchestra for ‘Americana’.
Know Theatre presents the 1965 musical ‘Man of La Mancha’.
After nearly a year, the 103-year-old orchestra’s musicians and management are still at odds over a new contract. Its new season is scheduled to begin on Saturday.
Tri-Cities Opera presents its annual celebration of song, Opera and Beer
Since August, 20 women have made allegations against the highly influential opera star via reports published by The Associated Press. A spokesperson for Domingo disputed the report.
Flutist Jeanne Sperber presents ‘Woods and Winds’ at Casadesus Recital Hall.
The LUMA Projection Arts Festival returns to Binghamton this weekend.
The Catskill Symphony Orchestra opens its season with the first of it Music Director candidates, Silas Huff.
The Cider Mill Stage is host to the play-with-music ‘End of the Rainbow’ by Peter Quilter.
Irish harpist Máire Ní Chathasaigh and guitarist Chris Newman perform in Oneonta on September 4 and in Hyde Hall north of Cooperstown on September 7.
Jazz singer Julian Fleisher is presenting three performances at Franklin Stage
Atomic Tom’s singer/songwriter series welcomes Jen Chapin
The Neave Trio presents an encore performance for the Stamford Friends of Music
The Cooperstown Summer Music Festival welcomes violinist Rachel Barton Pine.
Franklin Stage Company presents the play with music ‘Billy Bishop Goes to War’.
Twenty years ago the CD ‘Opera Cowpokes’ was released.
In this defining interview, Andy Zax, producer of a massive new Woodstock box set, shares previously unheard recordings from the festival and the remarkable stories behind them.
NPR’s Sarah McCammon speaks with Adrian Enscoe, Sydney Shepherd and Regina Strayhorn, members of the band Bandits on the Run and stand-out entrants in this year’s Tiny Desk Contest.
Based on former New York prosecutor Mark Godsey’s book of the same title, the new opera draws on detailed interviews with exonerees to put America’s criminal justice system on trial.
The new opera by Tazewell Thompson and Jeanine Tesori tells the story of a couple in Harlem who are forced to confront their teenage son’s sudden death by police violence.
The Summer Savoyards present Gilbert and Sullivan’s tragi-comic masterpiece, ‘The Yeomen of the Guard.’
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 recent Pop Culture Happy Hour trip to New York took the team to see Rigoletto at the Metropolitan Opera. A jester in a rat pack? We saw it.
Spare Productions presents two shows this summer in two very different venues
The Cornell Cooperative Extension presents its second year of ‘Much Ado in the Garden’.
Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers and his quartet performs on Wednesday at Atomic Tom’s in Binghamton.
New York City Opera has commissioned Stonewall, a new opera premiering one week before the 50th anniversary of the riots that sparked the modern gay-rights movement.
Ron Howard’s new Pavarotti film fails to make us feel much for its subject, and does little to bolster the magical, complicated art called opera.
The Cooperstown Summer Music Festival welcomes marimbist Ian Rosenbaum in a duet recital with flutist and artistic director Linda Chesis.
The Cantata Singers of Elmira present “Love and Music Continue to Bloom”
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.
The Little Delaware Youth Ensemble and Preparatory Orchestra present their Spring Concert on Sunday, June 2
The Madrigal Choir of Binghamton presents ‘A Moses Hogan Celebration’ in Trinity Memorial Episcopal Church, featuring countertenor Derek Lee Ragin.
The Cooperstown Summer Music Festival is presenting Conversations: Music for Oboe, Flute and Strings on Saturday, May 18 in Cooperstown’s Christ Episcopal Church.
The Geneva Music Festival opens on May 24 and goes through June 16th in various venues in and around Geneva.
The Binghamton Philharmonic Orchestra presents ‘A Night at the Ballet’
The Ithaca Community Chorus and Chamber Singers join with the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra for a concert
The Orchestra of the Southern Finger Lakes performs ‘A Tribute to Mothers’ in the Clemens Center in Elmira.
Tri-Cities Opera presents this year’s ‘Bravo Broadway’ with ‘Even Stephens’.
The Binghamton Community Orchestra presents ‘Danubian Delights’.
Ensemble Concord presents a matinee concert in the Kilmer Mansion of Temple Concord.
Smithsonian Folkways archivist and Pete Seeger expert Jeff Place talks about Pete Seeger: The Smithsonian Folkways Collection, due out on what would have been Seeger’s 100th birthday.
The VOICES Multicultural Chorus present ‘Exploring Ithaca’s Heritage Through Song’.
NYS Baroque presents George Frideric Handel’s pastoral opera ‘Acis and Galatea’.
Tri-Cities Opera is presenting the Gilbert and Sullivan favorite ‘HMS Pinafore.’
The Cayuga Chamber Orchestra is joined by the Cornell Glee Club and Chorus for a performance of Johannes Brahms’ ‘A German Requiem’.
The young composer’s opera, which debuted at the Los Angeles Opera, was inspired by her own experience as a survivor of sexual assault.
The Madrigal Choir of Binghamton and the choir of Trinity Memorial Episcopal Church join forces to perform J.S. Bach “Passion According to St. John.”
The Cantata Singers present ‘The World Beloved: A Bluegrass Mass’ in Watkins Glen.
The Orchestra of the Southern Finger Lakes presents the Elmira Trombone Choir in a special performance at the Rockwell Museum.
This epic flop became the longest-running theatrical release in U.S. movie history.
Ithaca Ballet presents a ballet version of Shakespeare’s ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ with music by Felix Mendelssohn.
Binghamton University’s Opera Ensemble is presenting Henry Purcell’s opera ‘Dido and Aeneas’.
The Binghamton Philharmonic Orchestra presents ‘Wagner’s Ring Cycle in One Night.’
The Orchestra of the Southern Finger Lakes welcomes the Youth Orchestra, as well as Concerto Competition winner Sophia Werner for ‘Pictures of St. Patrick’.
The Phelps Mansion Museum welcomes John Covelli to its Ballroom for a recital.
The Cayuga Chamber Orchestra performs this weekend in Ford Hall on the Ithaca College campus.
For its next concert, the Oneonta Concert Association presents Project Trio.
André Previn died Thursday morning in Manhattan. He was a composer of Oscar-winning film music, conductor, pianist and music director of major orchestras.
‘Gems Rediscovered’ is a concert of works for orchestra that were lost for a time. Binghamton University Orchestra conductor and music director Timothy Perry joins us to talk about the re-discovery and performance of music by Franz Schubert and Karl Ditters von Dittersdorf, and tells the remarkable story of composer Florence Price.
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African-Americans currently make up less than two percent of larger orchestra members in the United States. This lack of representation is a struggle for many groups, including the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra.
Performances of the New York Metropolitan Opera are heard Saturday afternoons, during its season, on WSKG Classical.
Tri-Cities Opera presents Jake Heggie’s 90-minute opera ‘Three Decembers’
The Madrigal Choir of Binghamton sings about ‘Love, Longing, and Lechery’.
WSKG’s Andrew Pioch and Al Williams of Classical Pianists of the Future join us to talk about the two-part retrospective of six years of Expressions programs hosted by Ithaca College piano student Alexei Aceto, who also play some new pieces.
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The Binghamton Community Orchestra presents a concert featuring ‘Distant Destinations’.
nghamton Baroque Orchestra presents ‘Back to Baroque’
The Southern Tier Singers’ Collective perform ‘O Vos Omnes: Music of Repentence and Redemption’.
Behind musical legends like Aretha Franklin, Elvis Presley and Ray Charles is one timeless genre that spans across lifetimes: gospel music.
Mark Twain really had a music box, but what music it played is a mystery. ‘
The Binghamton University Art Museum welcomes the Southern Tier Singers’ Collective for a program of madrigals.
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
As Latin music was fading from popular culture, a blend of Caribbean rhythms going by the name salsa got a new generation dancing.
SRO Productions presents the ABBA musical ‘Mamma Mia’ at the Schorr Family Firehouse Stage. Stage and Music Director Scott Fisher and Assistant Director and member of the ensemble Andrew Simek join us to talk about producing this lavish and fun-filled musical in an intimate space.
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Emily Sprague performs three quiet, delicate songs in the NPR Music offices with help from members of New York’s Epoch collective.
The New York band’s punchy horn section, bluesy vocals and uniquely transformative harmonica solos instantly demand attention.
The Cantata Singers of Elmira have been invited to be among an international array of choral group performing ‘The Music of Karl Jenkins: 75th Birthday Celebration’ in Carnegie Hall.
In 2016, Maggie Rogers was attending class at New York University when super producer Pharrell sat in on a master class to critique the students’ work. Pharrell was blown away by Rogers’ song “Alaska.”
The Ithaca Community Chorus and Chamber Singers perform Requiems by Gabriel Faure and Maurice Durufle. Conductor Gerald Wolfe joins us to talk about the similarities and differences between this two works, written 50 years apart.
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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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Tenor Tony Villecco and pianist Barbara Garges present ‘Sing: 10; Dance: 3’ in the Ti-Ahwaga Performing Arts Center.
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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The New York City Council voted last week to honor hip-hop greats the Notorious B.I.G. and Wu-Tang Clan with streets named after them. LeRoy McCarthy, who led the effort, says it’s long overdue.
The Binghamton Downtown Singers present their annual performance of George Frederic Handel’s ‘Messiah’.
The Cleveland Orchestra announced on Wednesday afternoon that it has fired concertmaster William Preucil and principal trombonist Massimo La Rosa for multiple alleged incidents of sexual misconduct.
The Cayuga Chamber Orchestra and Cayuga Vocal Ensemble join forces to present highlights from Handel’s ‘Messiah.’
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The VOICES Multicultural Chorus presents ‘Big Bands and Ballads: Swing Through the Season’ on December 8.
The Stamford Friends of Music welcome the Iceberg String Quartet for a concert of Beethoven, Webern, and Debussy.
The Ithaca Community Orchestra presents a concert comparing Ludwig van Beethoven’s music with that of his composition teacher, Franz Joseph Haydn.
Binghamton University’s Theatre Department performs a ‘Jazz Nutcracker’.
The New York band’s new video for “The Closing Door” tells a sunny coming-of-age story.
The Binghamton University Orchestra presents ‘Very Varied Variations’, a concert of music by Brahms, Dvorak, and Tchaikovsky.
Johnson City High School graduate, singer/songwriter Zarni Devette performs this weekend at Atomic Tom’s on State Street in Binghamton.
The Madrigal Choir of Binghamton presents their annual concert of Lessons and Carols for Christmas.
The Stamford Friends of Music welcome soprano Amber Evans and pianist Thomas Muraco.
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SRO Productions III presents Maury Yeston’s ‘Titanic: the Musical’ in the Schorr Family Firehouse Stage.
The Binghamton Baroque Orchestra presents ‘Baroque Overtures and Arias’.
In this bonus episode of ‘Hear Here!’ listen as WSKG’s Sam Goodyear talks about how music can be used to intrigue and build anticipation in an original piece he calls ‘Chocolate Music’.
The Binghamton University Orchestra presents ‘All About Autumn”, with STMTA Youth Soloist Sophia Klin
The Binghamton University Wind Symphony, led by Dan Fabricius, presents a Veteran’s Day concert.
Harp-guitarist Muriel Anderson performs a multi-media concert at the Keystone Theatre in Towanda.
This episode is all about sharing and listening. Moms, Dads and their kids share music they like. They talk about why they like it, and how it makes them feel. We also meet therapeutic harpist Jayne Demakos who plays for people living in a nursing home.
This episode was produced by Dan Davis. Sarah Gager is the Executive Producer.
The Cooperstown Summer Music Festival presents the Ying Quartet.
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.
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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
After a move to New York in the late ’60s, the clear-toned Fortune became a versatile fixture on the broad landscape of modern jazz.
The Binghamton University Music Department presents a recital by baritone Thomas Goodheart and bass-baritone Kenneth Shaw.
How is voice used in jazz? We’ll learn about improvisations, other vocal techniques, and listen to some big band singing. We will also hear from Catherine Gale, an Ithaca, NY based jazz singer and teacher. Biddle De Bop was produced by Celia Clarke and edited by Gabe Altieri. Additional editing support comes from Monica Sandreczki.
The Corning-Painted Post Civic Music Association presents cellist David Finckel and pianist Wu Han
The Classical Guitar Society of Upstate New York presents its Fall Festival this weekend
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.
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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.
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The Madrigal Choir of Binghamton presents ‘Words and Music’ at United Presbyterian Church on Chenango Street in downtown Binghamton.
During a tech rehearsal of the theatre piece “Bitter Banquet” we will hear from Ithaca-based composer/performer Annie Lewandowski who is at home with both classical music and rock. We will learn about the journey from composition to performance, and how many people it takes to present a “one-woman” show. A One-Woman Show? was produced by Bill Snyder and edited by Monica Sandreczki. Additional support comes from Nancy Coddington.
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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Some people think that classical music is lifeless and boring. They might be in for some surprises during this episode of Hear Here! Classical music can be amusing, funny, or just plain wacky, like the soundtrack of a crazy cartoon. We will discover how music can actually make us laugh. LOL was produced by Sam Goodyear and edited by Gabe Altieri.
Sam Goodyear speaks with soprano Kasia Borowiec and tenor Jordan Schreiner from Tri-Cities Opera’s production of ‘Madama Butterfly’
Binghamton area native Sherrie Maricle brings her band 5 Play to the Schorr Family Firehouse Stage for two performances
Clocktower Theatre presents Jason Robert Brown’s ‘The Last Five Years’ in the Cider Mill Stage.
Come along as singer-songwriter Joe Crookston explores the world of music, sound and songwriting! What kind of sound do various instruments make? How do stories and sounds then turn into songs? Let’s find out together! Can’t Never Did Nothing was produced by Crystal Sarakas and edited by Gabe Altieri.
Watch Caleb Teicher tap his way through Bach’s Goldberg Variations with pianist Conrad Tao at the Steinway factory in New York.
Five years after the death of its host and namesake, Piano Jazz with Marian McPartland is ending distribution to the nation’s public radio stations. The announcement was made in letter sent to public radio station managers by longtime producer Shari Hutchinson.
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.
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The Binghamton Philharmonic presents music of Bedrich Smetana, Christopher Theofanidis, and Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
The nonprofit located in Brooklyn functions as performance space, record label and artist incubator. Despite its small size, it has a foundation with a $450,000 fund to develop new work.
Jazz pianist and vocalist Dena DeRose returns to Binghamton for a concert at Atomic Tom’s
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’.
The Orchestra of the Southern Finger Lakes presents an all-Mozart concert to open its season.
Jazz, poetry, and photography paint a ‘Portrait of New York’
ROCHESTER, NY (WXXI) – The Rochester Chamber Orchestra recently filed its papers to dissolve the organization.
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.
Canadian-American cellist Britton Riley joins us to talk about Chamber Music at New Park, which includes two concerts at the New Park Retreat Center and one at the Trumansburg Conservatory.
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.
One of the many events that make up the LUMA Festival in downtown Binghamton is a performance of ‘Music from the Future’ by theramin player Eric Ross.
Opera Ithaca presents Ambroise Thomas’ opera version of Shakespeare’s tragedy ‘Hamlet’ at the Cherry Artspace. We hear from conductor Keith Chambers about this very French version of Shakespeare’s masterpiece, which is no less powerful than the original. And the conductor gets into the action too in this innovative production.
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The Magic Mountain Music Farm presents the 26th Anniversary of chamber music concerts in the First Presbyterian Church of Gilbertsville, NY. Violist Noralee Walker and clarinetist Dan Ferreira talk about their performances and what brings them back to Morris, NY every year to study with Burton Kaplan.
ROCHESTER, NY (WXXI) – More details are emerging about upcoming funeral services for the late U.S. Senator John McCain.
Born 100 years ago on Aug. 25, 1918, Bernstein was a larger-than-life character — on stage as a conductor, at the piano as a composer, on TV as an educator and in a sometimes tangled personal life.
The celebrated artist and his husband, Scott Walters, are accused of drugging and raping a young singer in Houston, Texas, in May 2010.
ROCHESTER, NY (WXXI) – Cooperstown, New York means one thing to baseball fans – the Hall of Fame, And another thing to opera fans – The Glimmerglass Festival, held every summer.
“A total bummer”: Phish can’t play at the Watkins Glen Curveball music festival due to dirty water from Tuesday’s torrential rains.
The Stamford Friends of Music present the Neave Trio playing music by Haydn, Schumann, Shostakovich, and Debussy.
The Cooperstown Music Festival presents pianists Ran Dank and Soyeon Kate Lee in a program of music for solo piano, and for piano four-hands.
The Summer Savoyards present Gilbert and Sullivan’s ‘The Pirates of Penzance’. Music Director Sherri Strichman joins WSKG’s Sam Goodyear to talk about this fast-paced comedy.
The Franklin Stage Company welcomes jazz singer, actor, and bandleader Julian Fleisher and his Rather Big Band for two shows.
Geneva Light Opera presents Gioachino Rossini’s comic opera ‘The Barber of Seville’ which pairs virtuoso singing with uproarious comedy.
After 22 years away from the Metropolitan Opera, acclaimed soprano Kathleen Battle will return for a November concert of spirituals.
The Broome County Ethnic Festival has moved from the Veteran’s Memorial Arena to Northside Park in in Endicott’s Little Italy.
The Boss’ Tony-winning, autobiographical, one-man stage show is coming to the streaming platform in December.
Listen to an intimate concert from one of our favorite folk bands.
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.
From novel, to film, to musical, a heart-warming story of family
We hear from Hangar Theatre’s Artistic Director Michael Barakiva about the new production of Kander and Ebb’s musical ‘Chicago’. He tells about the history of how the original play almost didn’t become a musical at all, and about the process of reviving the original Bob Fosse choreography.
Photo credit: Hangar Theatre
America’s top orchestras are presenting little if any music written by women next season. Why is that?
Guitarist Paul Sweeny joins us to talk about the concert by the ensemble Early On. The concert, on Sunday, June 24 at 3pm in the Unitarian Universalist Congregation at 183 Riverside Drive in Binghamton, is called ‘Early and Later On’ and features performances by young recorder players, and an old friend, Larry Zukof.
With work spanning much of the Soviet era, the conductor served as an important and prominent conduit between Russia and the West. He died Saturday at age 87.
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.
Photo credit: WindSync
The owner of the revered Village Vanguard in New York City — and a champion of generations of jazz musicians, including Thelonious Monk — died Saturday at age 95.
Ebro Darden and Peter Rosenberg remain vocal gatekeepers in an era of SoundCloud rappers and soundalike playlists.
The New York and London-hailing artists make a case for the similarities of their cities respective influence with video for “Praise The Lord (Da Shine).”
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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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.
Photo credit: courtesy Geneva Music Festival
The Little Delaware Youth Ensemble presents their spring concert in the Atrium of the Foothills Performing Arts Center on Sunday, June 3 at 3pm. Music Director Uli Speth joins us to talk about the program and the history of the group.
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Mraz recounts the palm reading that led him to drop out of college and make music, and how Sara Bareilles brought him to the Broadway musical Waitress. Then we quiz this organic farmer on avocados.
Their allegations against the former Metropolitan Opera conductor were made public in a counter lawsuit filed by the Met on Friday in New York.
The Binghamton Chapter of the American Guild of Organists and Binghamton’s United Presbyterian Church present organist Jean Herman Henssler in concert on Sunday, May 20. John Holt joins her as we talk about the difference between church and concert repertoire, and the multi-tasking it takes to perform on such a complicated and powerful instrument.
Photo credit: John Holt
Parquet Courts’ fifth album, Wide Awake! is a turning point for the band. The four guys based in New York made conscious attempts to push their music out of their habitual tendencies.
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 Friends of Music of Stamford welcome the Formosa Quartet for a concert on Sunday, May 20. The concert opens with music written for them by Ithaca College composer Dana Wilson.
The band’s sophomore album, Rios de Norte y Sur, pays loving homage to a music born of the collision of indigenous, African and Spanish cultures in colonial Mexico.
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
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.
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
ROCHESTER, NY (WXXI) – Guitarist Lawrence Johnson recorded the complete works of early-nineteenth century composer Fernando Sor – using equipment that the guitarist got in a trade for a Volkswagen.
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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Maestro Cornelia Laemmli Orth of the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra joins us to talk about the performance of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s ‘Requiem’ with the Ithaca College Choir. Also on the program is the Sinfonia No.5 of Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach and the Flute Concerto in D, “The Goldfinch” by Antonio Vivaldi.
Photo credit: Cayuga Chamber Orchestra
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
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
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
Dorough spent two decades as a jazz player, singer, conductor and arranger in New York before being approached, at his advertising day job, to explain math to children via music.
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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In 1981 director Peter Brook created a pared-down version of Georges Bizet popular opera ‘Carmen’, incorporating elements from the original opera-comique version, and from the novella on which is was based. WSKG’s Sam Goodyear talks with the singers playing Carmen and Don Jose from Tri-Cities Opera’s production of ‘La Tragédie de Carmen”, Tascha Anderson and Andrew Surrena.
Photo credit: Randy Cummings, Bunn Hill Photo
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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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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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
The recently-formed Binghamton Baroque Orchestra continues its first season with some rarely-performed works.
Carlos do Carmo helped popularize fado, Portugal’s national music, and gave it a political edge when Portugal’s dictatorship fell in 1974. This past weekend, he brought fado to New York.
‘Always…Patsy Cline’ is the true story of the friendship between the famous country singer and one of her fans through correspondence and a few meetings. Actors Alexandra Mendoza and Lynette Daniels join us to talk about SRO’s production of it and the many songs Cline made famous in her tragically short life.
Photo credit: SRO Productions
With a major label debut looming, the Bronx rapper’s unchecked charm remains her biggest asset — her Swarovski-encrusted skeleton key to the halls of fame.
Vessel is Greta Kline’s third proper album as the leader of Frankie Cosmos, though she’s been putting her music online since she was 16. At 24, her songs have come to find the beauty in melancholy.
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
A silent gets a new treatment in Ithaca
Rock & Roll Hall of Fame member Patti Smith performs in honor of her late husband, Fred “Sonic” Smith, and helps with his posthumous induction into the West Virginia Music Hall of Fame.
Many of us know and love traditional spirituals like Swing Low, Sweet Chariot or Wade in the Water. But a lesser known aspect is that many of these songs served as coded messages for the Underground Railroad. We’ll explore the connection between slavery and the songs that slaves sang on their way to freedom. (Producer: Crystal Sarakas)
No Man Can Hinder Me: The Journey From Slavery to Emancipation Through Song by Velma Maia Thomas
‘Coded Spirituals’ | A full teacher resource gallery from PBS LearningMedia. Follow the Drinking Gourd | This book, song video, and Reading Rainbow episode offer kids.
Guitarist and singer-songwriter Michael Callahan joins us to talk about the new ‘From Corning’ Festival taking place on Saturday, March 24 starting at noon at seven locations in downtown Corning, featuring twenty-five ensembles and solo performers.
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.
Brian Manker went to school in upstate New York in the Endwell, Vestal, and Binghamton communities. He wanted to be a football player, but then he discovered
the cello. Now he’s the principal cello for the Montreal Symphony Orchestra. Produced by Bill Snyder. Post-Listen Discussion Questions:
Where did Brian Manker grow up?
Women’s Works presents ‘Building Bridges’
Misha and Cipa Dichter perform in Oneonta