Ithaca Shakespeare Company

The Ithaca Shakespeare Company is a regional theatre organization in Central New York. Their three to four productions per year draw a total audience of approximately 5,000 with visitors from all across America and beyond. For over ten years Ithaca Shakespeare have performed their summer productions on the grounds of the beautiful Cornell Plantations and it was during last summer’s performance of ‘Henry IV’ that WSKG Arts visited the company. This segment features interviews with Ithaca Shakespeare Director Steve Ponton and Board Member Michael Donato, plus behind-the-scenes footage of how the production comes together.

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.

Ntozake Shange's 'for colored girls' Weaves Together Love, Loss and Sisterhood

‘for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf,’ Ntozake Shange’s collection of choreopoems, will be performed this weekend at the Know Theatre in downtown Binghamton. Director Amoreena Wade talks with Crystal Sarakas about the joy and darkness of the work, and about the experience of bringing together six women (plus Wade) to perform this work. Performances are March 4th and 5th at 7:30 p.m. There is a pay-what-you-can final dress rehearsal Thursday, March 3rd at 7:30.  

Photo Credit: Connor Deacon

Nerdcore Rapper Sammus Makes Definitive Statement With New Single: 'I Am A Human Being'

By day, she’s Enongo Lumumba-Kasongo a PhD student at Cornell University. By other time of day, she’s producer and nerdcore rapper Sammus. In her new single 1080p, she shows her fans that there is no distance between these two aspects of her life. There are a couple video game references sprinkled into the song, but the focus is on the rapper’s personal journey to good mental health. Sammus performs at the Sacred Root Kava Lounge in Ithaca on March 15th.

Pianist John Covelli and Friends Present a 'Crazy Quilt' of Music

The Schorr Family Firehouse Stage presents pianist John Covelli in a wide-ranging concert with cellist Hakan Tayga-Hromek, flutist Nina Stutzman, clarinetist Timothy Perry, countertenor Steven Nanni, and pianist Pej Reitz.  The concert features music by Henry Cowell, Franz Liszt, Frederick Chopin, Ludwig van Beethoven, and Maurice Ravel.


Photo credit: melolou via Flickr

Memories of a Summer in Ireland Come to Life at BU

Binghamton University Theatre Department is presenting Brian Friel’s award-winning play ‘Dancing at Lughnasa’.  It’s a time of change between the two World Wars, and those changes are finally coming to rural Ireland. The changes are viewed as a hazy memory by the son of one a group of five sisters. Director Elizabeth Mozer tells us about this beautiful play about joy and family in the midst of hard and uncertain times.


Photo Credit: Jonathan Cohen, Binghamton University

'Read Across America' 2016 Arrives

Every year, on March 2nd, the National Education Association (NEA) celebrates Dr. Seuss’s Birthday as Read Across America Day. We’ve assembled a few online resources to help you celebrate Seuss-style and to encourage families to read together. Dr. Seuss Crafts Roundup from PBS Parents features adorable, low-cost craft ideas for the early learner! Are you a busy parent and short on time? PBS KIDS has compiled this online Reading Activity Calendar full of simple, easy ideas for you to incorporate at home! Co-watch The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That!  on WSKG TV (Monday-Friday at 1:30pm) and follow up with an online game.

A is for Avocados!

It’s always a good time to learn about nutrition and instill healthy habits into your family’s eating routine!  Our friends from Sesame Street are here with a special message regarding avocados! Elmo, Cookie Monster and Rosita help from Chef Pati Jinich, of WETA’s Pati’s Mexican Table on PBS Stations, share health benefits and fun facts about the avocado. From tickling Elmo’s taste buds with avocado toast to satisfying Cookie Monster’s cookie obsession with easy avo-substitutions, these educational videos show the green superfruit for what it is…versatile and ready for any diet! Did you know…?

Yuka Otani

WSKG Arts is proud to partner with the Corning Museum of Glass on a series of arts segments that feature past resident artists of the museum. This short features Yuka Otani, a 2015 resident artist at the museum. You might not look at glass and candy and think they have similar properties, but Yuka Otani does. “Those two materials share many characteristics,” she says. “But what if they are made into a unified object?”

A Rhode Island School of Design graduate, Otani has been experimenting with clear materials for quite some time.

Karl Jenkins' 'The Armed Man — A Mass for Peace' is Performed in Horseheads

Karl Jenkins’ ‘The Armed Man — A Mass for Peace’ was written only 16 years ago, and yet it is performed regularly, which is unusual for a contemporary  work that is so musically challenging. The Cantata Singers of Elmira are presenting it on Sunday, February 28 at 3pm in the First United Methodist Church in Horseheads. As we hear from conductor Will Wickham and chorister Susan Nagle, the challenges are emotional as well.


Photo credit: The Cantata Singers

The Roberson Museum Presents Art Made with Air

‘Blow Up’ is a traveling exhibit of contemporary inflatable art.  It is on display at the Roberson Museum and Science Center from March 1 until May 1. The exhibition explores the imaginative ways that artists use air as a tool for creating large-scale sculpture and includes imagery that is both figurative and abstract.  Roberson is offering related activities during the run of the exhibit.


Photo credit: Jason Fiume for the Roberson Museum and Science Center

Binghamton Film Initiative

WSKG’s Arts & Culture Short Series examines the Binghamton Film Initiative, an organization founded by two Binghamton University students who were looking for an outlet to produce narrative films. Nearly two years later the group has produced over 15 films and show no signs of slowing down. BFI is a student-founded initiative aimed at encouraging students from both the Binghamton University Theatre and Cinema departments to participate in projects together by connecting online. By utilizing the skills and resources of each department, the goal is to promote students from any department or major to create and distribute unique content. This segment features interviews with BFI co-founders Tyler Downey and and Jared Biunno, plus behind-the-scenes footage from one of their movie sets.

Watch all of BFI’s student produced films!

A Story of Memory, Identity and Elephants in Space

The book Barsk: The Elephant’s Graveyard is a science fiction space opera set in a far future where humanity is gone, but their successors live on in a race of civilized, sentient animals. The novel is an exploration of memory, emotion and identity, all within the story of a Fant named Jorl and truths that are revealed after centuries of being hidden. Lawrence Schoen spoke with Crystal Sarakas about writing about these anthropomorphic characters. Lawrence M. Schoen holds a Ph.D. in cognitive psychology, has been nominated for the Campbell, Hugo, and Nebula awards, is a world authority on the Klingon language, operates the small press Paper Golem, and is a practicing hypnotherapist specializing in authors’ issues. His previous science fiction writings includes many light and humorous adventures of a space-faring stage hypnotist and his alien animal companion.

The Nathaniel Dett Chorale Performs in Ithaca and Oneonta

The Nathaniel Dett Chorale is performing at Ithaca College and as part of the Oneonta Concert Association series this week.  They are Canada’s first professional choral group dedicated to Afrocentric music of all styles, including classical, spiritual, gospel, jazz, folk and blues, and was named in honor of the late-19th-century composer and musicologist Nathanial Dett.  We talked with conductor Brainerd Blyden-Taylor who was in Toronta before the Chorale started their tour.


Photo credit: Nathaniel Dett Chorale

New Plays From Around The Country Staged by Darkhorse Dramatists

Over two hundred plays were submitted to Darkhorse Dramatists from playwrights around the nation for their festival of new plays, ‘WRITE from the Heart, Plays on Love’. The seven finalist plays will be presented at the Cider Mill Playhouse.  Artistic Director Tony Yajko talks about the process of selecting and staging the plays.


Photo credit: Darkhorse Dramatists

Elizabeth McMahon Returns to Painting with 'Dash, Lift, Slide'

Elizabeth McMahon exhibit ‘Dash, Lift, Slide’ is on display in ArtSpace at the Community Arts Partnership in Ithaca. She started out studying to be an artist, but as a young mother she was drawn into a very different career, and was soon well-known as her character Mrs. McPuppet. Now she has retired Mrs. McPuppet and returned to painting full time.


Photo credit: Elizabeth McMahon

Tri-Cities Opera Presents Two One-Act Operas by Menotti and Bernstein

Gian-Carlo Menotti’s comedy ‘The Telephone’ and Leonard Bernstein’s ‘Trouble in Tahiti’ are presented in the round in the Tri-Cities Opera Center, 315 Clinton Street in Binghamton in four performances this weekend. Stage Director Carleen Graham and conductor Warren Jones talk about this innovative production.


Photo credit: Bunn Hill Photo and Randy Cummings

Alison Lowry

WSKG Arts is proud to partner with the Corning Museum of Glass in a series of features highlighting their past resident artists. This piece profiles artisan Alison Lowry. Irish artist Alison Lowry’s works do not shy away from traumatic situations and memories. From Vessels (of Remembrance), her commentary on a horrific child abuse story in the recent past, to The Others (95% Series), her reference to the 95% of rape victims who will never report their crimes, Lowry uses viewers’ interactions with their personal traumas to explore psychological phenomenon. Lowry is formally trained in textiles, and began working with fused glass in 2008.

Film Scores are on the Program for the Binghamton Community Orchestra's Next Concert

Film scores have been around as long as films.  Conductor Timothy Perry says that Camille Saint-Saens and Jacques Ibert wrote some of the earliest film scores.  The Binghamton Community Orchestra is presenting a concert of film score music by John Williams, Elmer Bernstein, Wolfgang Erich Korngold, Howard Shore, and others in their next concert.


Photo credit: Half Chinese via Flickr

Poets and Artists Collaborate in Lyric Visions II


Tish Pearlman, former Poet Laureate of Tompkins County, talks with Crystal Sarakas about the upcoming Lyric Visions II exhibit and poetry reading. Pearlman selected 16 poets to submit their work; then artists selected a poem and created a piece of art inspired by that poem. On Sunday, February 14, several of the poets whose work has been turned into visual art, will read and talk about the creative process. The poetry reading and dialogue takes place at 2 p.m. at the State of the Art Gallery in Ithaca.  

Photo credit: “Seeking Peace” by Patty Porter; State of the Art Gallery



Tompkins County Farmer during the Great Depression | #tbt

Jack Delano took today’s throwback Thursday photograph in September 1940. It shows a farmer cutting a field of buckwheat along Route 79, near Ithaca, New York. This photo is just one of 170,000 photographs that were taken by the Farm Security Administration during the Great Depression. Between 1935 and 1945, the Farm Security Administrations and Office of War Information (FSA-OWI) sent photographers across the country to document the effects of the depression and to help build support for New Deal relief programs. Photographers included Dorothea Lange, Walker Evans, and Arthur Rothstein. The program also produced some of the most iconic images of the era.

A Gender-bending Cult Musical Comes to Hartwick College

Director Nathan Skethway and actor James Canal join forces to present the cult musical ‘Hedwig and the Angry Inch’ at Harwick College.  It’s almost 20 years since this musical premiered, but the themes are still challenging and more timely than ever. And, as a two-actor show, it’s a real challenge for the performers.


Photo credit: ldhren via Flickr


The Generation Gap and the Challenges on Both Sides are Explored in a Drama at Know Theatre

After a traffic violation, a judge renders a decision, but which party is being punished: the young driver with lots to do in his demanding career, or the widower who has next to nothing to do?  Know Theatre Actors Bernie Sheredy and Josh Sedelmeyer, along with director Tim Gleason, talk about Jeff Baron’s ‘Visiting Mr. Green’. It’s a play with themes so universal that it has been performed in many languages in over 40 nations.  


Photo credit: THE Holy Hand Grenade via Flickr

Tony Blazonczyk's New Phaze, Show One

WSKG is proud to welcome Tony Blazonczyk’s New Phaze to the Let’s Polka stage! Tony and the band traveled all the way from Chicago to entertain the live studio audience and dancers with a half hour of polka fun. New Phaze began its journey in the fall of 2005. After several attempts to get a band started, Tony Blazonczyk finally succeded in putting the right combination of musicians together to form what is now New Phaze. The band has expanded it’s following over the years touring the USA & Canada.

Tony Blazonczyk's New Phaze

It is an exciting weekend for Let’s Polka as a brand new episode featuring Tony Blazonczyk’s New Phaze will premiere on Saturday, February 6th at 6:30pm. Tony and the New Phaze traveled all the way from Chicago to put on a spectacular show for the studio audience at WSKG. Performances include the “Fishermans Polka”, “For My Lover Polka” and the “Birds Were Singing Waltz”. Bill Flynn hosts the half hour of toe-tapping fun and we hope you tune in!

Please visit for more information about Tony and the New Phaze!

An old industry returns as a family event at Hanford Mills

The Hanford Mills Museum in East Meredith presents its annual Ice Harvest Festival. It’s an interactive event showing how important this “winter crop” was, and how it was done.  There are lots of other activities going on at Hanford Mills as well.  The best part is that the ice harvested this weekend is stored until July, when it is used to make ice cream.


Photo courtesy Hanford Mills

Jeff Mack

WSKG Arts is proud to partner with the Corning Museum of Glass in a series of features highlighting their past resident artists. This piece profiles artisan Jeff Mack. Jeff Mack’s career as a glassmaker has offered him a variety of opportunities, from factory production to working and studying with world-renowned glass artists. He has been the manager of the Glass Pavilion at the Toledo Museum of Art, as well as a glassblower and instructor at Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village. Mack’s work references traditional techniques and is held in both public and private collections worldwide.

Abbie Gardner heads out on a solo journey

With the recently announced hiatus of the Americana group Red Molly, Abbie Gardner is heading out for a solo tour. She’ll perform for the first time at 6 on the Square in Oxford, NY, Saturday night at 7:30 p.m. She’ll be playing songs from her most recent CD, “Hope,” as well as new tunes she’s written since.

Two pianists and two percussionists make up the ensemble Yarn/Wire

The ensemble Yarn/Wire presents two events with the Binghamton University Music Department. A lecture/demonstration is scheduled for Thursday, January 28 at 6pm, with a concert on Friday, January 29 at 4pm. Both events are in the Casadesus Recital Hall of the Fine Arts Building on the Binghamton University campus. Composition professor Daniel Davis talks about the ensemble and their music.

Shelley James

WSKG is proud to partner with the Corning Museum of Glass for a series of features profiling their past resident artists. This story profiles 2013 resident artist Shelley James. Shelley James’ work is the result of practiced technical precision and researched techniques. Over the past six years, she has focused her work on “combining the optical qualities of glass with the graphic range of print to explore the dialogue between eye and brain.”

James studied textiles at the Ecole Nationale Superieure des Arts Decoratifs in Paris, she received a M.A. in multidisciplinary printmaking from the University of the West of England, Bristol, and will receive her Ph.D. from the Royal College of Art in London in 2013. In 2012, her work was included in exhibitions including Resonant Spaces, a solo exhibition at the Bate Museum of Musical Instruments, and Illusoriamente, a group exhibition at the European Convention on Visual Perception in Sardinia.

Uli Speth leads his first concert with the Little Delaware Youth Ensemble

In its 16th year, the Little Delaware Youth Ensemble welcomes its new music director, violinist Uli Speth. The ensemble performs music by Mendelssohn, Vivaldi, Dvorak, and Johann Strauss, Jr in two performances: Sunday, January 31 in the Okun Theatre on the SUNY Delhi campus, and Sunday, February 7 in the Anderson Theatre on the Hartwick College campus.  Both performances are at 3pm.

Vivaldi's "The Four Seasons" highlights the next BPO concert

The Binghamton Philharmonic Orchestra is presenting an all-Baroque concert on Sunday, January 24 at 3pm in the Forum in downtown Binghamton.   The program highlights the soloists of the orchestra with a different violinist play the solo part of each of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons. Maestro Jose-Luis Novo talks about this unusual concert.  


Photo provided by the Binghamton Philharmonic

Local Jazz Singer Wins YoungArts Award

17 year old Painted Post resident Sharada Shashidhar recently won a coveted YoungArts Award in Miami, Florida. Sharada, who has been performing since the age of three, won an award in the Voice Category. YoungArts, which was established in 1981, provides emerging artists with life-changing experiences and validation by renowned mentors, access to significant scholarships, national recognition, and other opportunities throughout their careers. YoungArts serves as the exclusive nominating agency for the U.S. Presidential Scholars in the Arts, the country’s highest honor for young artists. Each year, they receive thousands of applications to YoungArts from 15-18 year-old (or grades 10-12) artists, and from these, approximately 800 winners are selected.

"Morning's at Seven" premiered in 1939 and hasn't lost any laughs

Paul Osborn’s play Morning’s at Seven inhabits a world of family events and emotions that remains unchanged since it opened on Broadway in 1939.  It has been revived several times on Broadway, and is popular in community theatre for its colorful and still-relevant characters.  Southern Tier Actors Read are presenting it in the ballroom of the Phelps Mansion Museum on Saturday, January 23rd, and Sunday, the 24th.  



Photo courtesy clio1789 via Flickr

The National Geographic photography award goes to a local photographer

It was a complete surprise to photographer Joel Nsadha that his picture of a young man with his bicycle was in the running for an award.  It was an even bigger surprise when he won. He tells the story of taking the picture in Uganda, and the hair-raising tale of the search for the original photograph.  Joel Nsadha will be giving a talk on Thursday, January 21 in the Cooperative Gallery 213 in Binghamton.  


Photo courtesy Joel Nsadha

Maestro's Men, Show One

The award winning Dennis Polisky and The Maestro’s Men take the Let’s Polka stage for another half hour of toe-tapping fun! The Maestro’s Men have been performing together since 1996 and the musicians’ unique backgrounds and experience form the heart of the Maestro’s Men sound. Their unique sound and arrangements of traditional and original music offer an exciting and entertaining musical variety. The Maestro’s Men are Dennis Polisky, Jackie Libera, Ken Yash, Rich Bernier, Jim Motyka and Andrew Galarneau. The International Polka Association Of Chicago, IL has awarded the Maestro’s Men the coveted ‘Favorite Band/Instrumental Group of the Year” award an amazing 10 ten times since 2002.

Ancient Roman pantomime finds a new voice

Pantomime was hugely popular in ancient Rome, but virtually nothing is known about them, other than that they were entertainments performed by one dancer accompanied by chorus and vocal soloists. Composer Santino DeAngelo has researched this lost art and created his own short pantomime based on the myth of Narcissus.  Narcissus premieres on Thursday, January 21 at the Tri-Cities Opera Center as part of A Walk on the Wild Side.  The program also includes selections from recent operas sung by artists from Tri-Cities Opera.  WSKG will broadcast Narcissus this coming spring as a WSKG Arts Presents special. Composer Santino DeAngelo, dramaturg Marty Murray, and director Austin Tooley talk about reviving this lost art.


Photo courtesy Santino DeAngelo

New Let's Polka Featuring The Maestro's Men

WSKG is proud to have The Maestro’s Men take the Let’s Polka stage for a brand new episode on Saturday, January 16th at 6:30pm. The Maestro’s Men have been performing together since 1996. The musicians’ unique backgrounds and experience form the heart of the Maestro’s Men sound. Their unique sound and arrangements of traditional and original music offer an exciting and entertaining musical variety. Performances on this episode include “The Clarinet Polka” and “Don’t Stop The Music Polka”.

Actor Alexander Boyce displays his magical side at the Schorr Firehouse

Alexander Boyce is probably most familiar to audiences in the Triple Cities for his acting, at Union-Endicott High School, SRO Productions, and Know Theatre, and he is now pursuing acting studies at the Tisch School of Arts at NYU.  His interest in magic began about the same time as his interest in acting, and that is what brings him to the Schorr Family Firehouse Stage of the Goodwill Theatre in Johnson City with fellow magician David Oliver for Bam! It’s Magic!

Photo courtesy Goodwill Theatre


A story from 2014's "Ithaca Actors Read Ithaca Authors"

In November of 2014 Ithaca City of Asylum presented a highly successful Ithaca Out Loud event, “Ithaca Actors Read Ithaca Authors”.  Ithaca City of Asylum has graciously allowed us to air these, so we have selected an atmospheric and poetic story by Jacob White, read by actor Masa Gibson, “Maintenance”.

Photo courtesy Doug Kerr via Flickr


The Piatkowski Brothers, Show Three

Let’s Polka welcomes back The Piatkowski Brothers for another half hour of polka fun! This dynamic band from the Syracuse area have been playing polkas for close to thirty years and the live studio audience was captivated by their showmanship. Performances include “Rosie From Jersey”, “We Left Our Wives At Home” and “Take My Hand Forever”. Bill Flynn hosts and interviews bassist Mark Trzpacz, who talks about his time with the great polka band, The Dynatones. Push aside your living room furniture and dance along to another great episode of Let’s Polka!

PBS's 'In Defense of Food' features Cornell Professor and Lansing High School

“Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.” With that, food journalist Michael Pollan answers one of the most frequently asked questions of our time – what should we eat to be healthy? In the new PBS show In Defense of Food (check out our preview), Pollan takes us on a journey through the American food system, showing what and how we make up our diet.

In the Defense of Food

In the Defense of Food airs on WSKG TV December 30th at 9pm. Join New York Times best-selling author Michael Pollan on a fascinating journey to answer the question: What should I eat to be healthy? Busting myths and misconceptions, the two-hour film In Defense of Food reveals how common sense and old-fashioned wisdom can help us rediscover the pleasures of eating and at the same time reduce our risks of falling victim to diet related diseases.”Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.”

Mel Brooks' "Silent Movie" comes to the Forum with a new score

Mel Brooks’ 1976 Silent Movie is anything but silent with an original score by theatre organist Jim Ford on Sunday, December 27th at 2pm in the Forum on Washington Street in downtown Binghamton.

Photo courtesy Binghamton Theatre Organ Sociey

Watch for Endicott native Matthew Beach on Great Performances on New Year's Day

WSKG TV is airing Great Performances: From Vienna: The New Year’s Celebration 2016 on January 1 at 7:30 pm.  As part of the program, the Vienna Boys Choir will be performing two of the selections.  Endicott native Matthew Beach is currently singing with the Vienna Boys Choir.  They were just back from a performance tour around German and Switzerland when he was able to chat with us via Skype from the school in Vienna.  He tells about how he became a chorister, what it’s like living in a palace in a park on an island in the Danube River, and how busy their academic and musical schedules keep them.


Photo courtesy Tami Beach

An internationally-known pianist gets to perform at home

Pianist Gleb Ivanov and friends are presenting a concert at his home church in Endicott, SS Peter and Paul Orthodox Church, 210 Hill Avenue on Sunday, December 27 at 5pm. Joining him in the concert are violinist Eric Grossman, cellist Lawrence Zoernig, pianist Olga Krayterman, and Gleb’s wife, soprano Maria Guryleva. The first half will be music of Sergei Rachmaninoff then, after the intermission, music of Heitor Villa-Lobos, Fryderyk Chopin, and Felix Mendelssohn.

Photo courtesy of Gleb Ivanov

Holiday Cooking Tips from your favorite PBS Chefs

As you’re preparing for the holiday season, here are some useful cooking tips and recipes from some of your favorite PBS Cooking programs.  Have a wonderful holiday season from all of us at WSKG! From Chef’s Life:

Chef Vivian Howard answers holiday questions from PBS viewers and demonstrates how to make a gourmet cheese ball. From America’s Test Kitchen:

Get Chestnuts Under Control: Want the easiest way to roast and peel chestnuts at home? John “Doc” Willoughby shows how to prep and roast this holiday-season treat for chestnut stuffing, candied chestnuts, or for eating straight from the shell. From Martha Stewart:

Martha makes a special version of chocolate chip cookies, a tradition that she loves to share with loved ones and friends over the holiday.

Tri-Cities Opera is looking forward to the new year

Tri-Cities Opera is bringing in the New Year with Midnight in Paris at the Binghamton Club, with Parisian music from the TCO Resident Artists. Then in January, A Walk on the Wide Side with music from new operas, as well as the first public performance of Santino DeAngelo’s recreation of a Roman pantomime with original music, Narcissus.  February brings two one-act American operas, Gian-Carlo Menotti’s comedy The Telephone and Leonard Bernstein’s jazz-influenced Trouble in Tahiti.  TCO’s John Rozzoni joins us to talk about all of these.

Photo provided by Tri-Cities Opera: AmArA’s evocation of Van Gogh’s “Starry Night”

"A Christmas Carol" moves through the Phelps Mansion Museum

Dickens’ A Christmas Carol makes itself at home as the audience follows the play from room to room in the Phelps Mansion Museum, now decorated for Christmas. Chris Nickerson plays Ebeneezer Scrooge, along with Jan DeAngelo as Jacob Marley, Joe Bardales as Bob Cratchit, and Judy McMahon, Mickey Ray, Nick DeLucia as the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future. Adam Ackerman and Matthew Beach will be featured as Tiny Tim.

Photo courtesy of Joshua B

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The annual performance of Handel's "Messiah" by the Downtown Singers returns to the Forum

The Downtown Singers have been presenting Handel’s Messiah since 1983. This year they are collaborating with the Binghamton Philharmonic Orchestra for their annual performance under the baton of Marisa Crabb, now in her third year of conducting the group.  They welcome soloists Brenda Dawe, Kasey Stewart, Carlos Santelli, and Timothy LeFebvre for a performance on Saturday, December 19th at 7:30 in the Forum on Washington Street in downtown Binghamton.


Photograph courtesy Pierre Malherbet

"Glitter and Gold" pairs period music with the Phelps Mansion architecture

Theatre Street Productions presents Glitter and Gold: Operatic Jewels of the Gilded Age, music from the era when the Phelps family built their home on Court Street in Binghamton. Soprano Andrea Gregori, mezzo-soprano Kasey Stewart, tenor Steven Nanni, and pianist Margaret Reitz perform selections from opera and Gilbert and Sullivan in the ballroom of the Phelps Mansion.  This past summer they performed at the International Gilbert and Sullivan Festival in Harrogate, Great Britain.   The Mansion is decorated for the holidays, and the singers are in period costumes. The concert is on Sunday, December 20th at 3pm.

Photo courtesy of Angel Zdimal

Classical Pianists of the Future

WSKG Arts has been proud to work with the Classical Pianists of the Future over the past five years, and this Arts and Culture Short takes a look at this local organization. Founded by Alvin Williams and Lance G. Hill in 2006, this local non-profit organization strives to find a forum for talented young pianists to perform in front of live audiences. Their mission is to educate young people about the value of classical music and for everyone to enjoy its vast riches. WSKG’s Expressions has featured six artists (ranging in ages from 12-23) that were brought to the area by the Classical Pianists of the Future, and each one has astounded the audience with their prodigious talents.

Watch Chloe Zhang’s live performance on Expressions here.

Toshiyuki Shimada and the OSFL celebrate the season

The Orchestra of the Southern Finger Lakes  presents a Holiday Concert on Sunday, December 13 at 4pm in the Clemens Center in Elmira featuring Amanda Kohl, soprano; Ivy Walz, mezzo-soprano; and the Chorus of the Southern Finger Lakes. Maestro Toshiyuki Shimada leads the orchestra and chorus in selections from Handel’s Messiah and well as other holiday favorites, and some unexpected surprises.  


Photo courtesy Quinn Dombrowski via Flickr

60 years of hand-painted Christmas cards

Artist James Mullen has produced a large body of work, and has been an educator for many years at SUNY-Oneonta. In those years he has also created a Christmas card almost every year, and collected cards from other important artists — some are whimsical, some are abstract, some are mystical, some are unabashedly sentimental. Mullen talks about this and his other work, and a coincidental meeting that took him to Oneonta.  



Photo courtesy James Mullen

Holiday Harmonies | Enchantment & The Tabernacle United Methodist Church Choir

WSKG’s Holiday Harmonies third season continues with another hour of holiday standards. This episode features the unique talents of harp duet Enchantment and the golden voices of the Tabernacle United Methodist Church Choir. Lisa Craig Fenwick and Melissa Collins are Enchantment and their performances of “We Three Kings” and “Silent Night” provide an ethereal holiday soundtrack. The Tabernacle United Methodist Church Choir is based in Binghamton and they provide festive performances of “Once In Royal David’s City” and “Away in a Manger”. Be sure to watch until the very end as the two groups combine for a special performance of “Silent Night”.

WSKG Holiday Trio | "Christmas Time Is Here" & "Linus & Lucy"

A Holiday tradition at WSKG continues as staff members put down their mouse pads and pick up their instruments to perform seasonal standards. This year, President & CEO Brian Sickora is joined on stage by Manager of Audience Outreach and Non-Profit Sponsorship, Gregory Keeler, and Radio Promotions Assistant Phil Westcott to perform two Vince Guaraldi classics. The trio performs both “Christmas Time Is Here” and “Linus and Lucy” with jazzy aplomb. Please enjoy this holiday treat from WSKG! WSKG HOLIDAY TRIO:
Brian Sickora – Trumpet
Gregory Keeler – Piano
Phil Westcott – Saxophone

The VOICES Multicultural Chorus explores the influences of American music

The VOICES Multicultural Chorus of the Ithaca Community Choruses is joined by the quintet Honey Child for their Winter Concert on Saturday, December 12 at 3pm in the First Baptist Church on Dewitt Park in downtown Ithaca.  The program is an exploration of the many influences on what makes American music American.  Artistic Director Lorrene Adams talks about the program and the history of the chorus.  


Photo courtesy VOICES Multicultural Chorus and the Ithaca Community Choruses

2015 Holiday Schedule: Celebrate the holidays with WSKG!

Celebrate the 2015 holiday season with WSKG! Check out our list of holiday programs on WSKG Radio and WSKG TV this December.  
December 1 at 8:00 p.m.  – Advent Voices
December 8 at 7:00 p.m. – Hannukah In Story and Song
December 8 at 8:00 p.m. – Hannukah Lights
December 9 at 8:00 p.m. – Candles Burning Brightly
December 18 at 8:00 p.m. –  Riverwalk Jazz Christmas: Hot Christmas for a Cool Yule
December 21 at 9:00 p.m. – Handel’s Messiah from the Pittsburg Symphony Orchestra
December 22 at 9:00 p.m. – A Paul Winter Solstice (Paul Winter’s 35th Annual Winter Solstice Celebration)
December 23 at 8:00 p.m. – Light and Gold: The Choral Music Of Eric Whitacre
December 23 at 9:00 p.m. – Christmastime In New York: The Cathedral Choir of St. John the Divine
December 23 at 10:00 p.m. – A Rose in Winter: A Garden of Medieval and Renaissance Music for the Nativity
December 24 at 10:00 a.m. – A Festival Of Nine Lessons And Carols
December 24 at 1:00 p.m. – Welcome Christmas With Vocal Essence
December 24 at 7:00 p.m. – Hollywood Holiday
December 24 at 8:00 p.m. – Caroling With The Singers
December 24 at 9:00 p.m. – St Olaf’s Christmas Festival
December 24 at 11:00 p.m. – A Festival Of Nine Lessons And Carols
December 25 at 9:00 a.m. – A Rose in Winter: A Garden of Medieval and Renaissance Music for the Nativity
December 25 at 10:00 a.m. – A Chanticleer Christmas
December 25 at 11:00 a.m. – Christmas With The Mormon Tabernacle Choir
December 25 at 12:00 p.m. – Christmas With The Moorehouse And Spellman Glee Clubs
December 25 at 1:00 p.m. – Tinsel Tales
December 25 at 7:00 p.m. – Jazz Piano Christmas
December 25 at 8:00 p.m. – Riverwalk Jazz Christmas: What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve
December 25 at 9:00 p.m. – Jazz Profiles: Nat King Cole
December 29 at 1:00 p.m and 7:00 p.m. – A Season’s Griot. A Special Kwanza Presentation
January 1, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. – Live from Vienna

December 4 at 10:30 p.m. – Mannheim Steamroller 30/40 Live
December 17 at 8:00 p.m. – Expressions: Holiday Harmonies
December 18 at 10:30 p.m. – Lidia Celebrates America: Home for the Holidays
December 19 at 10:00 p.m. – Keeping Up Appearances Christmas Special
December 19 at 10:30 p.m. –  Vicious Holiday Special
December 20 at 1:30 p.m. – Chef’s Life Holiday Special
December 21 at 9:00 p.m. – Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir Featuring Santino Fontana
December 21 at 10:00 p.m. – Christmas at Belmont 2015
December 24 at 8:00 p.m. – Expressions Holiday Harmonies
December 25 at 9:00 p.m. – Call The Midwife Holiday Special
December 25 at 10:30 p.m. – Craft In America: Celebration
December 26 at 11:00 a.m. – Lidia Celebrates America: Home for the Holidays
December 26 at 10:00 p.m. – Keeping Up Appearances Christmas Special
December 27 at 6:00 p.m. & 9:00 p.m. – Downton Abbey, Season 5, Episode 9
December 31 at 8:00 p.m. – Live from Lincoln Center, New York Philharmonic New Year’s Eve: La Vie Parisienne
December 31 at 11:00 p.m. – Michael Feinstein New Year’s Eve at the Rainbow Room
January 1, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. – Great Performances from Vienna: The New Year’s Celebration

Holiday Harmonies | Kevin Dorsey Collective Trio & The Valley Chorus

Join WSKG for an hour of eclectic holiday music that will surely get you in the spirit of the season. The Kevin Dorsey Collective Trio features a jazzy vibe that turns every song they play into an arrangement that is uniquely their own. The Trio is Kevin Dorsey on electric bass, Thomas Bronzetti on electric guitar and William Pomares on flute. Performances include, “Let It Snow” and “We Three Kings”. The Valley Chorus is based in Northeast Pennsylvania and have been delighting audiences for almost sixty years.

A celebration of the Negro Spiritual in Ithaca

The Dorothy Cotton Jubilee Singers present a concert of Negro Spirituals led by Dr. Baruch Whitehead, on Sunday, December 13 at 3pm in the Hockett Family Recital Hall at Ithaca College. Dr. Whitehead talks about the history of the Negro Spiritual, and about the importance of Ithaca resident Dorothy Cotten, who served as education director for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference along side Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and used music as part of her mission.


Photo courtesy of The Dorothy Cotton Jubilee Singers

"Ho! Ho! Ho!" brings a festive start to December

Organist Jonathan Biggers and friends present a varied program at United Presbyterian Church in Binghamton as part of the First Friday celebration. Biggers is joined by singers Stacey Geyer and Lindsay Brown, clarinetist Timothy Perry, pianists Pej Reitz and Christopher Bartlette, and the BU French Horn Quartet.


Photo courtesy Till Westermeyer via Flickr

BU Music presents an enduring Christmas favorite

Binghamton University Music Department presents two Sunday matinees of Gian Carlo Menotti’s Amahl and the Night Visitors.  Originally written for television, Menotti wrote it so that it could be easily staged in a theatre.  Stage Director Steven Nanni, Music Director Willie Waters, and Henry Wager, the boy soprano singing the title character, talk about why this short opera is so beloved.

Photo courtesy Binghamton University Music Department

Holiday Harmonies, Season Three Compilation

WSKG presents another hour of festive tunes that will definitely get you in the holiday spirit. These performances were curated from the third season of Holiday Harmony programs, which were all filmed at the WSKG Studios. From full choirs (The Binghamton Downtown Singers) to a harp duet (Enchantment) to a group of holiday jazz singers (The Wyalusing Swing Choir) this program has got something for every fan of holiday music. Selections include “Do You Hear What I Hear?”, “I Saw Three Ships”, “The Wren Song”, and “Feliz Navidad”.

1) Binghamton Downtown Singers “Do You Hear What I Hear?”

Holiday Harmonies, Season Two Compilation

Here comes another hour of festive songs courtesy of WSKG’s Holiday Harmonies! This hour takes a look back at the very best performances from the second season including “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing”, “While By My Sheep”, and “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year.” An eclectic array of performers include pianist Michael Patrick Phelan, The Binghamton High School Steel Drum Band and The Colgate University Chamber Singers. Sit back by the fire and warm your heart with this hour holiday classics.

Holiday Harmonies, Season One Compilation

Allow WSKG to get you in the Holiday spirit with a compilation of performances from our first season of Holiday Harmonies! Many timeless classics are included in this hour including, “Sing We Now of Christmas”, “Sleigh Ride” and “Jingle Bells”. Performers include the Madrigal Choir of Binghamton, the Whitney Point Aquila Chorus, Novo4tet and The Southerntiersmen.

1) Madrigal Choir of Binghamton “Sing We Now of Christmas”
2) Novo4tet “Riu Riu Chiu”
3) Whitney Point Aquila Chorus “Sleigh Ride”
4) Milk and Honey “The Christmas Song”
5) Binghamton University Harpur Chorale “Al Hanissim”
6) Windsor Middle School 8th Grade Chorus “Come See The Lights”
7) Carousel Harmony Chorus “Christmas Chopsticks”
8) Bronzissimo “Carol of the Bells”
9) Madrigal Choir of Binghamton “Gaudete”
10) Novo4tet “Christmas Concerto”
11) Kaskeset “V’ahavta”
12) Horseheads High School Select Womens Chorus “Niska Banja”
13) Corning Community College Womens Ensemble “My Favorite Things”
14) The Southerntiersmen “Jingle Bells”
15) Union-Endicott High School Jazz Choir “A Holiday Jazz Trio”
16) Carousel Harmony Chorus “Santa Claus Is Coming To Town”
17) Whitney Point Aquila Chorus “Deck The Halls”
18) Madrigal Choir of Binghamton “Ding Dong Merrily On High”
19) Novo4tet “We Wish You A Merry Christmas”

All of the performances on this program were recorded in the 2007 Holiday Season and this program originally aired on WSKG-TV on December 9, 2010.

A drama explores a controversial issue

Author Jack Gilroy and director Judy McMahon talk about the first area reading of the play The Predator.  After years as a teacher, Gilroy has begun writing novels and plays. Coming from a military family, he explores issues around drone warfare.  Judy McMahon brings her dramatic expertise and actors from Southern Tier Actors Read for a reading and discussion of this play.  The performace will be at the Unitarian Universalist church next to Lourdes Hospital in Binghamton.

Photo provided; KAZ Vorpal via Flickr

Ti-Ahawaga Community Players have the leg lamp turned on for you!

Ti-Ahwaga Community Players offer their annual production of A Christmas Story.  The flag pole, Santa, the Old Man, the leg lamp, Lifebuoy soap, the Ovaltine decoder ring, and the Red Ryder BB gun all make their appearance. Todd Smith, who plays the narrator, the grown-up Ralphie, talks about this perennial favorite.


Photo by R.E. Baker via Ti-Ahwaga Community Players



A choreographic cocktail party comes to Norwich

Ballets with a Twist presents Cocktail Hour in Norwich. Artistic Director and choreographer Marilyn Klaus talks about this show of short dances, each inspired by a cocktail.  Some are humorous, some are thoughtful, and they have original music by composer Stephen Gaboury.  “Cocktail Hour, harks back to a time when entertainment was an engaging, vibrant social experience. Inspired by the likes of Busby Berkeley and Lucille Ball and infused with the exotic flavor of legendary Hollywood haunts Trader Vic’s and Coconut Grove, this pop-infused production brings timeless American spirits to life, launching the Mai Tai, Martini, Manhattan and more off the menu and onto the stage.”


Photo by Nico Malvaldi via Ballets with a Twist

Make your Thanksgiving Meal a SUCCESS!

Make your Thanksgiving meal a SUCCESS with helpful tips from PBS Food. We also have tons of recipes on the WSKG Cooking Obsession Pinterest board! Here’s some turkey tips from your favorite PBS chefs.  We hope you have a successful Thanksgiving meal! In Turkey 101, Martha Stewart prepares her tried-and-true method for a traditional show-stopping bird, and also a modern technique for roasting turkey in parchment paper.

"Chloe" Chuyue Zhang

WSKG Public Media and the Classical Pianists of the Future proudly present “Chloe” Chuyue Zhang as she takes the Classical Expressions stage. Chloe is currently in her senior year of Bachelor of Music degree program in piano performance at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York. She has won numerous awards in the United States and in her native China. This program features Chloe masterfully performing pieces from Bach, Chopin and Rachmaninoff. WSKG Classical Music Director Bill Snyder hosts and conducts a mid-performance interview with Chloe.

The Binghamton Community Orchestra goes traveling

Timothy Perry leads the Binghamton Community Orchestra in Dream Destinations, a concert of music by Beethoven, Ravel, Nielsen, and Borodin, along with selections by Mozart and Vaughan Williams sung by STMTA Competition Winner, baritone Jonah Capani. The concert also features “Music for Sonora” by Binghamton University composition graduate Christian Martin.


Photo courtesy via Flickr

Theatre Incognita performs in a new venue.

Ithaca’s Theatre Incognita is performing Sam Shepherd’s Fool for Love in a new venue, Circus Culture, Press Bay Alley in Ithaca. Director Ross Haarstad talks about this drama of confrontation that takes place on the edge of the Mojave Desert.

Photo courtesy TheRealMichaelMoore via Flickr

Louis Sherry creates fantastical sculptures with wood

Farmer and Korean War veteran Louis Sherry makes bird houses, but they are much more than bird houses.  Each is a one-of-a-kind free-form explosion of color.  Sherry talks about how his sculptures take shape, and Sydney Waller of the Art Garage describes how exciting it was to discover his work.


Photo courtesy Richard Walker


Disney music and more on the Morton Theatre Organ

Theatre organist John Ledwon returns to the Forum in downtown Binghamton for an afternoon of music from Disney movies and pops favorites from the 1950s and ’60s. More information available from the Binghamton Theater Organ Society.


Photo courtesy c-lemon via Flickr

Tony's Polka Band, Show Three

WSKG welcomes Tony’s Polka Band back to the Let’s Polka stage for another half hour of toe-tapping excitement! Coming from the Albany area, Tony and his band have been entertaining audiences for well over ten years, and their showmanship is on full display during this episode. Featuring up-tempo numbers such as the “Polka Hoe Down” and the classic “Clarinet Polka”, as well as tender waltzes like “In My Eyes You Are Beautiful”, this half-hour has something for every polka fan. Bill Flynn hosts and conducts a short interview with Tony in the middle of the program.

1) “We Are Tony’s Polka Band/I Want To Be With You”
2) “Polka Hoe Down”
3) “In My Eyes You Are Beautiful”
4) “Hey Ze Hej”
5) “La De Da Oberek”
6) “PGD Mostem”
7) “Clarinet Polka”

POLKA FACT: The National Polka Festival is held annually on Memorial Day in Ennis, Texas.

Join us for a Music Festival, coming November 28 to WSKG TV

On Saturday, November 28, join WSKG for a Music Festival! Tune in for some of your favorite live concerts, biopics of some of the most famous musicians in the world, and old time favorites that you know and love. You won’t want to miss the all-star lineup!  
November 28, starting at 2:30 p.m. on WSKG TV
2:30 p.m. – Carole King and James Taylor: Live at the Troubadour
4:00 p.m. – John Denver: Country Boy
5:30 p.m. – Classical Rewind 2
7:00 p.m. – The Lawrence Welk Show
8:00 p.m. – Songbook Standards: As Time Goes By
10:00 p.m. – Celtic Women: Destiny

"There and Back Again" presents early and contemporary music for recorder

Recorder player Jeff Wahl is presenting There and Back Again on Friday, November 20th at 7:00pm in United Presbyterian Church on Chenango St. in downtown Binghamton. Along with tenor Tony Villecco, cellist Hakan Tayga-Hromek, and keyboardist John Isenberg, they present early music for recorder, as well as modern works.  Jeff demonstrates his new recorder, which duplicates the range and power of the modern flute.




Photo courtesy MJ_Peterson via Flickr

BU Theatre looks at 1891 from a modern perspective

The Binghamton University Theatre Department presents the rock musical Spring Awakening. The original play dates from the late 19th century and is the story of adolescents dealing with the changes in their lives, while dealing with the repressive atmosphere of their school and families.

Photo courtesy of Binghamton University Theatre Department.

A barber chair is free at EPAC

The Endicott Performing Arts Center presents Stephen Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd, the Demon Barber of Fleet Street. It’s a story of a man who returns  from exile to exact revenge on the people who unjustly punished him.  Matt Gaska, who plays Sweeney, and Andrea Gregori, who plays his daughter Johanna, talk about the production, the music, and some of the themes in this monumental musical that is, by turns, horrifying, thoughtful, and devilishly funny.


Photo courtesy SD Fischer via Flickr

The ensemble Early On performs a wide-ranging program

The Binghamton University Music Department presents the ensemble Early On along with guest musician Larry Zukof for a program originally planned before the death of Peter Browne, one of their founders.  They perform music that spans centuries in the Casadesus Recital Hall of the Fine Arts Building on the Binghamton University.  Originally the concert was scheduled for 3pm on November 15, but the time has been changed to 4pm.

Photo courtesy of Binghamton University Music Department

Tri-Cities Opera presents Tchaikovsky's fairy-tale opera "Iolanta"

Tri-Cities Opera is presenting their first production in Russian with English surtitles. Iolanta was Tchaikovsky’s final opera, a one-act fairy tale, written as a companion piece to The Nutcracker.  General Director Susan Ashbaker is your host and Binghamton University professor Paul Schleuse explains the plot of the opera assisted by singers from the cast. Iolanta: Abigail Rethwisch

Marta: Lindsay Kate Brown

Brigitta: Stacey Geyer

Laura: Mary Beth Nelson

Bertrand: Josiah Davis

Almeric: Quinn Bernegger

King Rene: Andrew Hiers

Ibn-Hakia: Jake Stamatis

Robert: John Viscardi

Count Vaudemont: Jordan Schreiner

Music Director and accompanist: Yelena Kurdina

Stage Director: James Kenon Mitchell

Set Designer: Amara Kopakova

Photo provided by Tri-Cities Opera

Anna Mlasowsky

WSKG Arts is proud to partner with the Corning Museum of Glass for a series of features showcasing their past resident artists. Growing up, German artist Anna Mlasowsky wanted to be an archeologist. Instead, she focused her curiosity on studying the traditions and habits of glassmaking. “The way we evaluate a material and use its properties is defined by preconceived opinions and boundaries set by traditions,” says Mlasowsky. Her work seeks to challenge preformed behaviors and “raise questions about reality and projection.”

“I am not concerned with craft and technique, I don’t judge things by how they are made, but how they make use of material,” she says.

Tri-Cities Opera presents a fairy tale opera by Tchaikovsky

Pytor Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s one-act fairy tale opera Iolanta began as a companion piece to The Nutcracker. It is familiar to Russian audiences, but is only now becoming popular outside of Russia. Tri-Cities Opera has chosen it to inaugurate the recently renovated Savoca-Hibbitt Hall of the Opera Center on Clinton St. in Binghamton.  Performed in Russian with English supertitles, it features soprano Abigail Rethwisch in the title role.


Photo courtesy Tri-Cities Opera

Lauren Gunderson's "I and You" comes to the Kitchen Theatre

Director Emily Jackson talks about Lauren Gunderson’s play I and You, now onstage at the Kitchen Theatre.  Two teenagers work together on a project; it’s a premise the author said shouldn’t work, but it’s a probing and funny look at teenagers, their battles, and their search for meaning and being.



Photo provided



Cooperstown hosts a festival of independent films

Glimmerglass Film Days presents a festival of independent films, Sacred Places, at various venues.  Film curator Peggy Parsons talks about the unifying theme of the festival and the many hosting venues where these wide-ranging films can be seen.


Photo provided

Maria Bang Espersen

WSKG Arts is proud to partner with the Corning Museum of Glass in a series of features highlighting their past resident artists. Danish artist Maria Bang Espersen seeks to expand the viewer’s perspective through her work in glass. By stretching and bending the molten material, her sculptures show a frozen movement, while the glass retains a soft look. Espersen studied art history at the University of Aarhus, and glass and ceramics at Engelsholm Højskole, both in Denmark. She has completed additional studies at the Kosta School of Glass in Sweden, The Royal Danish Academy of Design, and Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in Maine.

Composer Adrienne Albert premieres her newest work at Cornell

The Cornell University Chorus presents the premiere of a new work by composer Adrienne Albert: Malala. It is inspired by Pakistani education activist Malala Yousafzai, the youngest ever Nobel prize winner.  The composer talks about being commissioned to write a new work for the Cornell University Chorus and how Malala’s life and work inspired this new music.

Photo courtesy Adrienne Albert

It's that most wonderful time of the year … for terror

Horror writer Kevin Lucia talks about his latest works, the horror industry today, and about what scares him. (Hint – it’s not the monsters he writes about.) Lucia will read from his works Through A Mirror Darkly and Things Slip Through on Friday, October 30th at Barnes & Noble, Vestal, NY.

An international theatrical project comes to Ithaca College

This Stained Dawn (“Dagh Dagh Ujala” in Urdu) is a set of monologues presenting the stories of witnesses to the 1947 partition of Pakistan from India. Ithaca professor Kathleen Mulligan created this theatrical work in an international project, originally presented in Urdu in Pakistan.  It now comes to Ithaca College in English before continuing on to performances in Washington, D.C.


Photo courtesy of Voices of Partition



English poets are paired with English composers in "A Lad's Journey"

A Lad’s Journey: A Tour of British Writers and Composers is presented on Friday, October 30th at 7:30pm in Casadesus Recital Hall of the Fine Arts Building on the Binghamton University campus.  Tenor Dominic Armstrong is accompanied by pianist Joel Harder, the new professor of Collaborative Piano.  The recital includes settings of poems by W.H. Auden by Benjamin Britten, Thomas Hardy by Gerald Finzi, Robert Louis Stevenson by Ralph Vaughan Williams, and William Shakespeare by Roger Quilter.

Photo courtesy Binghamton University Music Department

Love, Lies & Laughter: A Night at the Opera

WSKG Arts and the Tri-Cities Opera proudly present “Love, Lies and Laughter: A Night at the Opera”. This hour-long program features performances from TCO’s resident artists that run the emotional gamut. WSKG Classical Music Director Bill Snyder hosts and he is joined by Tri-Cities Opera General Director Susan Ashbaker. She discusses the storied history of this long running cultural institution, how the performances for this program were chosen and the recent remodel of the Opera House on Clinton Street in Binghamton.

-Abigail Rethwisch “Martern aller Arten”
-Jake Stamatis “Aprite un po’ quegli’ occhi”
-Emily Dalessio “Ah scostati…Smanie implacabili”
-Stacey Guyer & Jake Stamatis “Papageno/Papagena Duet”
-Quinn Bernegger “Un’aura amorosa”
-Lindsay Brown “O Mio Fernando”
-Stacey Guyer “Quel guardo…So anch’io”
-Jordan Schreiner “Una furtiva lagrima”
-Christina Russo “Va!

The original stage version of "The Rocky Horror" show comes to the Schorr Family Firehouse Stage

The Rocky Horror Picture Show opened forty years ago, based on a British musical.  SRO Productions is presenting the original version at the Schorr Family Firehouse Stage. Mickey Woyshner (Dr. Frankenfurter) and Heather Merlis (Columbia) tell us about the ground-breaking aspects of the show and how director Scott Fisher has adapted it to this intimate space.

Tri-Cities Opera 2015-2016 Season Preview

WSKG Classical Music Director Bill Snyder is joined by Tri-Cities Opera General Manager Susan Ashbaker to discuss their new season. Susan talks about the renovations of the Opera House on Clinton Street in Binghamton and the schedule of performances for the upcoming season. There is also a small performance clip from “Love, Lies and Laughter: A Night at the Opera”, which premieres Thursday, October 22 at 8:00 on WSKG. Please visit for more information about their exciting 2015-2016 season.

Love, Lies and Laughter: A Night at the Opera

Be intrigued by the stories. Be entranced by the music. Love, Lies and Laughter: A Night at the Opera, highlights some of the most beloved operatic repertoire from the Tri-Cities Opera. This preview features the entire ensemble from Tri-Cities Opera performing “Libiamo” from Verdi’s La Traviata. Soloists are Quinn Bernegger and Abigail Rethwisch.

A comedy of manners (without the manners) opens Binghamton University's theatre season

Yasmina Reza’s dark comedy The God of Carnage is the next play presented by the Theatre Department of Binghamton University. Director Tom Kremer and one of the four actors, Tom Mackin,  talk about the two civilized and well-off couples who meet to solve a dispute between their two sons, and their descent into behavior that would make a ten-year-old blush.  The play was originally written in French, but has quickly been translated into many languages for successful productions.



Multi-talented artist Virgil Ortiz visits Corning

The Corning Museum of Glass and the Rockwell Museum are collaborating with Native American artist Virgil Ortiz for an exhibit of his work.  He will also be experimenting with a new medium to him: glass.  He has been inspired in much of his work by the Pueblo Revolt of 1680.


Photo courtesy Virgil Ortiz


Transient Visions celebrates its third year at Spool MFG

Transient Visions is an annual festival of experimental film hosted by Spool MFG in Johnson City.  Short films have been selected from hundreds of entries and curated into four programs.  There will also be musical performances both nights. Organizer David Chirico talks about the exponential growth of the festival and the entries that have arrived from all over the world.

Photo courtesy David Chirico

Mezzo Raehann Bryce-Davis is part of a duet concert in Stamford

The Friends of Music of Stamford, NY present an afternoon of vocal music at the Stamford United Methodist Church with mezzo-soprano Raehann Bryce-Davis, baritone Robert Mellon, and pianist Thomas Muraco. Ms. Bryce-Davis lived in Binghamton as a child and was a member of the Treble Choir at Trinity Episcopal Church, and Maestro Muraco recently conducted Tri-Cities Opera’s production of Gounod’s Faust. It’s a wide-ranging program of songs by American composer Amy Beach and German composer Hugo Wolf, along with some Broadway and zarzuela selection, capped by a stormy duet from Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana.


Photos courtesy Raehann Bryce-Davis

The Madrigal Choir goes on the road

Bruce Borton, Artistic Director of the Madrigal Choir of Binghamton, talks about their upcoming concert, From Stage & Screen, music from opera and operetta and the Broadway stage, Academy Award-winning songs, and Disney classics.  For this concert the choir will perform their Saturday evening concert at Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Norwich, and their Sunday afternoon concert at United Presbyterian Church in Binghamton.


Photo courtesy Marta Wlusek via Flickr

Melinda Willis

WSKG Arts is proud to partner with the Corning Museum of Glass for a series of features highlighting their past resident artists. Melinda Willis is a glass artist who works out of the Canberra Glassworks studio in Australia. Her recent work has resulted in a series that examines the materiality of architectural glass through its transparency, reflectivity and optic qualities. Says Willis, “Glass is a material that I investigate conceptually because it compresses, reflects, and reinterprets space.” Her layering of fused and slumped sheet glass with digital imagery results in works that Willis hopes to be “vehicles for experiential and perceptual encounters.”

Willis holds a Bachelor of Visual Arts from both the Australian National University and the South Australian School of Art, University of South Australia. In 2012, she presented two solo exhibitions, Transference at the Smokestack Gallery of Canberra Glassworks in Canberra, Australia and Space Dissolving at the Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre in Canberra, Australia.

Roomful of Teeth uses a wide range of vocal effects in their concert in the Anderson Center

The Binghamton University Music Department present the vocal ensemble Roomful of Teeth in concert on Sunday, October 11 at 3 pm in the Chamber Hall of the Anderson Center on the Binghamton University campus.  Included in the program is Pulitzer prize winning composition by Caroline Shaw “Partita for 8 Voices” which you can hear a bit of in the interview with BU composition professor Dan Davis.




Photo courtesy Roomful of Teeth

Explore the weird west with Silver on the Road

When Isobel turns sixteen years of age, she must choose what she’s going to do with her life. For her, that choice is to become the Devil’s own hand. Gabriel is just passing through Flood, but chooses to become Isobel’s mentor on her first journey on the road. Together, they toss a coin into the crossroads and set out to discover that the powers that are gathering are not just a threat to a green rider and her teacher, but to the entire territory the Devil rules. Laura Anne Gilman talks with Crystal Sarakas about Silver on the Road, her latest novel.

Susquehanna County presents its Art Trail

The Susquehanna County Artists Tour takes place this weekend with 23 venues presenting a wide variety of arts and crafts.  We hear from photographer Leslie van Zandbergen and Andrew Gardner, who works in both willow woodworking and ceramics.


Photo courtesy Andrew Gardner

Ti-Ahwaga Community Players stage Harper Lee's classic story

Ti-Ahwaga Community Players present a stage version of To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee’s novel that was turned into a memorable film.  The play centers on the trial and how the father, Atticus Finch, and his daughter, Scout, support each other during a difficult time. American History professor Joseph Crespino has said, “In the twentieth century, To Kill a Mockingbird is probably the most widely read book dealing with race in America, and its protagonist, Atticus Finch, the most enduring fictional image of racial heroism.” We hear from the actors playing father and daughter, Greg Fusare and Nadia Murphy.


Photo courtesy Russ Baker via Ti-Ahwaga Community Players

Oneonta Concert Association presents pianist Gleb Ivanov

Pianist Gleb Ivanov performs a concert of music by Brahms, Mendelssohn, Debussy, and Liszt as part of the Oneonta Concert Association season. Mr. Ivanov comes from a family of musicians, and began to accompany his father’s vocal recitals at the age of eight. He graduated from the Moscow Conservatory in 2005. After moving to the United States Mr. Ivanov earned his Master’s degree from the Manhattan School of Music.


Picture courtesy Oneonta Concert Association

Andrew Erdos

WSKG is pleased to partner with the Corning Museum of Glass in a series of features highlighting their past resident artists. Andrew Erdos is a new media artist and sculptor based in Brooklyn. His multi-disciplinary works often combine blown and cast glass, video, photography and installation. The artist’s meticulously fabricated objects and environments reference the complexity of the interdependent and often conflicting relationships between technology, nature, time, physics and faith. Erdos first began working with molten glass at age fifteen while taking elective credits at Bucks County Community College in his home town of Newtown, Pennsylvania.

American Graduate Champion | Joe Renton

Joe Renton is recognized as a local American Graduate Champion! For nearly twenty years he and wife Barbara have provided informal music lessons to students in upstate New York. Mr. Renton volunteered with local high school bands on a daily basis providing instruction and mentorship to hundreds of students. Additionally, the Rentons sponsored music lessons and trips to the Binghamton Philharmonic for students to help cultivate a culture of music in the community. “Many activities come and go over time, but your knowledge of music is a lifelong gift that will open many doors for you.

Paula Poundstone is coming to Ithaca

Wait! Wait! Don’t Tell Me panelist Paula Poundstone is bringing her trademark comedy to the State Theatre of Ithaca. WSKG’s Sarah Gager had a chance to talk with Paula by phone earlier this week.

Atomic Tom's hosts the Rude and Bold Women art show

In 1996 the Rude and Bold Women art collective had what was going to be a one-time thing in 1996.  It returned in 2001 and has grown every year.  Pat Raube and Yvonne Lucia talk about the history of the show and the excitement of finding talent among non-professional artists.

Southern Tier Actors Read start Halloween a little early

The Passion of Dracula ran Off-Broadway for two years. It’s a slightly up-dated version of Bram Stoker’s classic tale, with women taking up the battle against the famous vampire.  Southern Tier Actors Read performs it for one night only in the Cider Mill Playhouse in Endicott.  Director Joe Bardales and actor Bree Harvey talk about the play and Southern Tier Actors Read.


Tips and Techniques from the Great British Baking Show

Enjoy these tips and techniques from your favorite contestants of the Great British Baking Show. Avoiding “Soggy Bottoms”:

The key challenge to pies is ensuring it is baked through in order to avoid a moist crust or “soggy bottom.” Bread Kneading Techniques:

Dough slapping, window panes, and stretching – there’s more than one way to knead dough. Photo Credit: Courtesy of © Love Productions


Joanna Manousis

WSKG is proud to partner with the Corning Museum of Glass on a series of arts and culture features. This segment features Joanna Manousis, a past resident artist of the museum. Joanna Manousis has worked, studied, and taught in Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United States, and has received a number of scholarships and awards for her blown and kiln-cast sculpture. These include a Bombay Sapphire nomination, the Frabel award for “Best Artist,” and a finalist entry in “E-Merge,” 2010. Manousis’ work captures and animates transitional moments, revealing a world in which objects, being, and places are interconnected and in flux.

Jon Robin Baitz' "Other Desert Cities" comes to Chenango River Theatre

Chenango River Theatre director Bill Lelbach talks about Jon Robin Baitz’ 2011 Broadway play “Other Desert Cities”.  A family with roots in Hollywood who has been drawn into the higher echelons of politics, but their counter-culture children threaten to scandalize that comfortable prominence by revealing a family secret. But even secrets can have hidden meanings.  Many of the cast members are local actors, but playing surprising roles.


Photo courtesy Chenango River Theatre

Sci-Fi fans invade Binghamton

The RoberCon Science Fiction convention is this weekend.  It’s a two-day event this year at the Roberson Museum and Science Center, with expanded gaming opportunities at Binghamton High School.  Marketing Director Jason Fiume took some time off from organizing the event to chat with us.

Photo courtesy Roberson Museum and Science Center

BTOS presents two silent films

“Hot Water” and “The Freshman” are two early comedies starring silent film legend Harold Lloyd. The Binghamton Theatre Organ Society is screening them with organist Jim Ford supplying the musical accompaniment — and the sound effects. Ben Reynolds will also appear in character as Harold Lloyd.


photo courtesy twm134 via Flickr

Marta Ramirez

WSKG is proud to partner with the Corning Museum of Glass for a series of features that showcase their past resident artists. This spot profiles Marta Ramirez. Marta Ramírez is a glass artist and industrial designer who teaches at the Los Andes University in Bogotá, Colombia. Her work is clearly inspired by water, and she explores the similarities of this element and the material of glass through her art. “Water is movement, transparency, gravity, freefall.

A Weekend of Chamber Music is coming to the Western Catskills

The Alexander String Quartet performs on Saturday, September 19 at 7pm in the West Kortright Center in East Meredith.  Then on Sunday, the 20th, the Stamford Friends of Music presents the Lark Quartet at 3pm in the United Methodist Church at 88 Main St. in Stamford.  Cellist Caroline Stinson from the Lark Quartet talks about their “sunny” program for Sunday, and balancing quartet performances with teaching and home life.




Photo courtesy Lark Quartet

[title of show] comes to EPAC

The Endicott Performing Arts Center presents [title of show], the musical depiction of the struggles of a couple of playwrights trying to create a musical for a competition, and finding that their struggle is a more interesting subject for a musical than any other idea the come up with, so it’s a musical about writing a musical about writing a musical about…..  Actor Jana Kucera and assistant director Dallas Ellwood do their best to explain this zany concept.


photo courtesy Andrew Malone via Flickr

Know Theatre presents "Proof"

Know Theatre presents David Auburn’s play Proof.  It explores the fine line between genius and madness in a family of mathematicians. A mathematician tries to “prove” her own genius against the memories of her recently-departed mathematician father.  Actors Tim Gleason and Eric Young talk about their roles and the tensions and conflicts as the family strives for a resolution.


photo courtesy tkamenick via Flickr

Mathieu Grodet

WSKG is pleased to be partnering with the Corning Museum of Glass in a series of segments featuring their past resident artists. Mathieu Grodet is a French-born artist living and working in Canada. He creates thin and elegant glass objects in classic Venetian style, engraved with imagery that addresses modern-day ideas and issues. In his March 2012 Residency at The Studio, Grodet used the Museum’s Rakow Library to research forms and styles for vessels, as well as sketches for his final drawings on the vessels.

This segment was produced by the Corning Museum of Glass

Colorscape Chenango returns to Norwich

The Colorscape Chenango Arts Festival returns to Norwich with crafts of all kinds, and lots of live music.  Among the groups are favorites the Slambovians and Salsa Libre.


Photo courtesy Colorscape Chenango

Norwood Viviano

WSKG is proud to partner with the Corning Museum of Glass in a series of arts shorts featuring their past resident artists. This segment takes a look at Norwood Viviano. Norwood Viviano uses digital 3D modeling and printing technology in combination with the casting process to create his sculptural works. Two recent bodies of works, Cities: Departure and Deviation and Kohler Pile, address power dynamics between industry and the surrounding communities that are dependent on it. Cities: Departure and Deviation, an installation comprised of 24 blown-glass forms, maps the relationship between industrial growth and decline relative to population expansion and contraction of major cities in the United States.

The West Kortright Center celebrates 40 years with a fair

The West Kortright Center has been a center for arts for forty years, bringing performances of all genres, as well as education.  Charlene Sugihara, a member of the board, describes the fair that will take place at the Center on Sunday, September 6th.  There’s also a members’ art show that begins on Friday.

The Cornell Jewish Studies department presents a Yiddish Theatre Festival

The Cornell Jewish Studies department is presenting its first Yiddish Theatre Festival on September 8th, 9th, and 10th.  The festival includes a silent film from the 1920s, a performance of “Yosl Rakover Speaks to G-d”, a sampler of Yiddish theatre, and a performance of “Waiting for Godot” in Yiddish.  Allen Lewis Rickman gives us an overview of the festival.


Picture courtesy Ronald L. Glassman via Cornell Jewish Studies

Music of Brahms and Friends played in Gilbertsville

Every year musicians from all over the United States take some time off from their busy schedules to gather at the Magic Mountain Music Farm in Morris, NY to concentrate on one piece under the tutelage of Manhattan School of Music professor Burton Kaplan.  For the twenty-third year they are presenting the products of their study in two free concerts at the First Presbyterian Church of Gilbertsville.  Violinist Erika Atchley and clarinetist Dan Ferreira talk about the concert, their backgrounds, and what brings them back year after year.


Sharada Shashidhar

WSKG Arts profiles talented local jazz singer Sharada Shashidhar in this segment. Sharada is from Painted Post, New York but recently traveled to Los Angeles to participate in the annual Grammy Camp and this feature goes behind the scenes of her experience. Sharada even gets a surprise greeting from a music legend! It also looks at Sharada’s close knit family who have supported her musical dreams since she was barely a year old. Enjoy this Arts & Culture Short about a true local talent!

Victoria Young

WSKG Arts & Culture takes a look at precocious piano talent, Victoria Frances Young. This segment features clips from Victoria’s live Expressions performance at the WSKG Studios plus interview clips where she talks about wanting to inspire children her age to take up music. WSKG would like to thank the Classical Pianists of the Future for bringing Victoria to Binghamton. At a young age, Victoria Frances Young has already performed in prestigious venues such as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and Steinway Hall in New York City. In 2011, she was awarded a $10,000 Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award in conjunction with her performance on NPR’s From the Top.

Local Small Press To Publish Two New Anthologies

The local small press, Zombies Need Brains, was founded by author Joshua Palmatier. The small press is currently running a Kickstarter campaign to fund its next two anthologies. In this interview, Palmatier talks about the work behind running a successful campaign, and why he’s dedicated to offering unknown authors a chance to submit their work to the anthology.

Emilie Benigno

WSKG is proud to partner with the Roy H. Park School of Communications of Ithaca College for this Arts & Culture feature. This segment profiles Ithaca College student Emilie Benigno. Emilie uses her love of music and playing the violin to help her overcome some very challenging obstacles in her young life. Prepare to be inspired as you watch this very special segment.

Produced by: Christie Citranglo, Jacob Ryan, Sydney O’Shaughnessy

Tomas Black

WSKG is proud to partner with the Ithaca College’s Roy H. Park School of Communications in a series of Arts & Culture shorts. This feature takes a look at potter Tomas Black, who is passionate about his craft and is willing to teach anyone who is interested. As this video shows, Tomas loves to open his shop to young students, giving them a chance to try something new. Since the production of this segment, Tomas has moved from Ithaca to the Boston area to continue his passion for pottery.

Produced by: Aisling Brennan, Kayla Dwyer and Sarah Kim

Movement Through Music

WSKG is pleased to partner with the Roy H. Park School of Communications at Ithaca College on a series of Arts & Culture Shorts. This video was produced by students at IC and looks at one student’s love of both playing the piano and figure skating. Told through her own words and intercut with footage of both the piano and ice, this feature provides a dramatic backdrop for a truly unique student.

Produced by: Sharon Mejia, Taylor Zambrano and Ali Zydunczy

Tatiana Malkin

WSKG Arts is proud to partner with the Roy H. Park School of Communications at Ithaca College for a series of short features that showcase young artists. This segment features IC student Tatiana Malkin, who is looking to start a career in the world of art.  This piece looks at Tatiana’s artwork and what drives her to create it. Her message of following your dream and doing what truly makes you happy will surely inspire.

Produced by: Sarah Chaneles & James Whitlow

Dancing With The Bhangra Stars

WSKG Arts is proud to partner with students from the Roy H. Park School of Communications at Ithaca College in a series of short features. This piece looks at Cornell University’s world-renowned Bhangra dance team. Founded in 1997, Cornell Bhangra’s goal is to promote awareness of Punjabi dance and culture in the community and across the nation. Bhangra is a folk dance originating in the state of Punjab in Northern India and Pakistan that celebrates the arrival of spring and everyday culture/life in Punjab. Over the past 18 years, Cornell Bhangra has grown to become among the most well-known bhangra teams in North America and the group has captured many national awards over the years.

Phoenix Players Theatre Group

WSKG Arts is proud to travel to the Auburn Correctional Facility to present a short feature on the inspirational Phoenix Players Theatre Group. PPTG is an inmate run organization, that with the help of Cornell University, meets every Friday night. The inmates practice monologues, skits and other theatre inspired exercises while also learning about themselves. This feature goes inside the the maximum security facility to eavesdrop on a Friday night meeting. We see the group perform and also interview a few of the members as they discuss what it means to them to be a part of this important group.

Polka Brothers, Show Two

WSKG’s locally produced Let’s Polka welcomes back The Polka Brothers. These four “brothers” (actually good friends who first started playing music together in college) from New York City bring their unique brand of polka music to the stage. The live studio audience was enthralled with this group’s charm, high quality musicianship and a very unique setlist that has something for every polka fan. Ranging from classic polka instrumentals to original Polka Brothers compositions to off the wall covers (especially for Star Wars and Mario Brothers fans), this half hour will be sure to get your hands a-clapping! Bill Flynn hosts and conducts an interview with the brothers where they discuss what it is like to play polka music in New York City.

The Rockwell Museum offers tours of its Civil War photography exhibit

Rockwell Museum of Western Art in Corning is offering guided tours of highlights of its current exhibit of Civil War photographs. Beth Manwaring of the Museum explains that many of the photographs in Between the States: Photographs of the American Civil War are from the George Eastman Collection.  Tours will also include information about the Museum building and its history.  

Mitchell Visoky displays encaustic paintings at the Salati Gallery

Artist Mitchell Visoky works in many media, including encaustic painting which has an ancient history.  Techniques of encaustic painting have advanced and now this ancient art is being rediscovered by modern artists. Visoky is exhibiting his recent work at Orazio Salati’s Gallery on State Street in downtown Binghamton.  

Franklin Stage Company presents "An Ideal Husband"

Carmela Marner, Artistic Director of Franklin Stage Company talks about their production of Oscar Wilde’s comedy An Ideal Husband.  The play addresses some very serious subjects: class, bribery, blackmail, and divulging state secrets, still it was successful enough that it took the theatre that premiered it from the brink of bankruptcy to financial success. It also premiered just as Wilde’s life was about to fall apart.  

The Cornell Savoyards present Gilbert & Sullivan's "Princess Ida"

Stage Director Judith Pratt talks about the Cornell Savoyards’ production of Gilbert & Sullivan’s Princess Ida. It’s both a satire on women’s education and the misogynistic views of it prevalent in the Victorian Era. The Savoyards have set this production in the era of the Robber Barons of the late 1800’s and, specifically, at Wells College.

Pianist John Covelli collaborates with the Dave Eggar Quartet

Pianist John Covelli first met cellist Dave Eggar and his quartet when they performed for WSKG’s Expressions.  Each member has a multifaceted career outside of the quartet, so it took a long time to arrange this concert.  It features music by Busoni, Chopin, Corigliano, Gershwin, Paganini, and Robert Schumann.  The concert takes place on Sunday, June 28th at 2pm in the Schorr Family Firehouse Stage, the corner of Corliss Avenue and Willow Street in Johnson City.


The Piatkowski Brothers, Show Two

The Piatkowski Brothers return to the Let’s Polka stage for another half hour of toe-tapping fun. The members of this band (Al Piatkowski-accordion, Rob Piatkowski-trumpet, Mark Trzepacz-bass guitar, and Jason Flynn-drums) have been playing together for close to thirty years and the studio audience enjoyed every minute of their performance. This set is highlighted by the debut of a new band member in saxophonist Zachary Piatkowski, who joins his father on-stage for the first time ever. Binghamton polka legend Bill Flynn hosts and conducts an interview with Al Piatkowski, where he discusses sharing the stage with his son.

“Showtime Polka”
“Yes Sir, She’s My Baby Polka”
“Everlasting Love”
“Real Good To Me”
“I’m Loving You Now”
“La-De-Da Oberek”
“Dusty Shoes Polka”

LET’S POLKA FACTS: Composer Johann Strauss might be well known for his waltzes, but he also wrote many polkas during his lifetime.

Kids' State Dinner

The winners of the 2015 Healthy Lunchtime Challenge, a nationwide recipe contest for kids ages 8-12 that promotes cooking and healthy eating, includes local girl Julia Rissberger! The Healthy Lunchtime Challenge received almost 1,000 entries featuring wholesome, tasty ingredients, including salmon, chickpeas, cauliflower, and quinoa. Winners representing all U.S. states, four territories and the District of Columbia will attend a Kids’ “State Dinner” at the White House hosted by First Lady Michelle Obama on Friday, July 10. Julia won with her recipe for Spinach & Apple Salad w/ Cheese Pennies!  We asked her about this big honor and she shared, “I am very excited about the trip.

Free screening of "Poldark" at WSKG

June 17, 2015 at 6pm
Almost 40 years ago Captain Ross Poldark galloped across the TV screens of millions 
of PBS viewers, vexing villains and winning female hearts in one of MASTERPIECE’s earliest hit series, Poldark. Now the gallant captain rides again, allowing a new generation to delight in the exploits of an unconventional romantic hero. Aidan Turner (The Hobbit) stars as Ross Poldark, a redcoat who returns to Cornwall after the American Revolutionary War to discover that his father is dead, his lands are ruined, and his true love is about to marry his first cousin. Also starring is Eleanor Tomlinson (Death Comes to Pemberley) as the fiery servant Demelza, a strong-willed miner’s daughter who runs away from home and finds refuge in Poldark’s enlightened household. Join us on Wednesday, June 17 at 6:00pm for a free screening of the newest series coming to Masterpiece – Poldark!

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Roman Rabinovich to Perform with the Haifa Symphony Orchestra of Israel

WSKG’s Sarah Gager speaks with pianist Roman Rabinovich about his paintings, and how he maintains his piano skills while on tour. He will be performing February 12 at 8PM, at the Anderson Center of the Performing Arts with the Haifa Symphony Orchestra of Israel.

Photograph provided by Anderson Center


Chenango River Theatre presents "The Velocity of Autumn"

Actor Suzan Perry talks about her role in the comedy The Velocity of Autumn which opens this season of the Chenango River Theatre. It’s a two-person play about a son who arrives to take his elderly mother to a retirement home and finds her, not only resistant to the idea, but surrounded by Molotov cocktails, ready to blow up both of them and the house. The Velocity of Autumn runs through June 14th at the Chenango River Theatre, Greene, NY.

Ti-Ahwaga Community Players presents "The Roar of the Greasepaint, the Smell of the Crowd"

Director Keith Nichols and the actor playing Cocky, Micah Neiss, talk about Ti-Ahwaga Community Players production of the Anthony Newley/Leslie Bricusse musical The Roar of the Greasepaint, the Smell of the Crowd.   It’s not a standard “book” musical, but an allegory played out on a game board. The musical takes a look at the differences between the upper and lower classes of British society in the 1960s. The show is filled with songs that have become standards, including “Who Can I Turn To?,” “Feeling Good,” and “The Joker.”

The show runs through June 14th at the Ti-Ahwaga Performing Arts Center, 42 Delphine St., Owego.

Olga Krayterman

WSKG and the Classical Pianists of the Future proudly present an Expressions recital featuring Olga Krayterman. Olga is a Belarussian-born American pianist and an accomplished performer of solo and chamber repertoire. In addition to garnering the 2013 Young Artist Prize of the National Federation of Music Clubs, she has also been awarded first prizes at the Concours International de Piano du Moulin d’Andé in France, the Stravinsky Competition, the Southeastern Piano Festival in South Carolina, and a prize at the Thousand Island International Piano Competition. Having begun her piano study in her native Belarus, Olga continued her musical education in Cincinnati after immigrating to the U.S. with her family in 1995. Olga has earned her Doctorate in Piano Performance and Literature with a Minor in Music Theory at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY, where she also completed her Master’s and her Bachelor’s with High Distinction.

The Joe Weber Band, Show Two

The Joe Weber Band returns to WSKG’s Let’s Polka with another set of polka classics. This German style band hails from the Lehigh Valley in Pennsylvania and the studio audience was glad they made the trip to Binghamton. Joe puts down the accordion for this program and plays an entire set with his button box. He is accompanied by his sister Sue Rabenold on vocals, Dick Doddy on saxophone and Billy Yob behind the drum kit. Performances include ‘Mountain Climber Polka’, ‘I Needed You Waltz’ and ‘Old Timers Polka’.

The Sultana

WSKG and local musician Jeff Stachyra partner to produce a musical/historical look at the greatest maritime disaster in United States history. Told thru songs written by Jeff this hour long program details the demise of The Sultana, which went down in the immediate aftermath of the Civil War and Lincoln’s assassination. Also included are historical and personal vignettes which chronicle the history of the disaster and Jeff’s own journey to put his album and this program together. Jeff is joined by The Sultana Band, The Madrigal Choir of Binghamton, a ten piece orchestra and local actor Bill Gorman in this ambitious hour of history and music.

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Tony's Polka Band, Show Two

Tony’s Polka Band returns to the Let’s Polka stage for another half hour of fun and excitement. This seven piece band from near Albany, New York features accordion, electric guitar, saxophone and clarinet. Tony Banewicz has been performing polkas almost his entire life and he fills the program with plenty of verve, enthusiasm and good humor. Highlights include “No Beer In Heaven” and the rousing “Hupaj Siupaj Medley”. Hosted by Bill Flynn.

Cider Mill Playhouse presents Stephen Sondheim's "Into the Woods"

Perry Davis Harper (Cinderella’s Prince and Wolf) and Andrew Simek (Rapunzel’s Prince) speak with WSKG’s Bill Snyder about Cider Mill Playhouse’s production of Into the Woods. The musical is a mash-up of several fairy tales: Rapunzel, Cinderealla, Jack and the Beanstalk, and Little Red Riding Hood (with references to Sleeping Beauty and Snow White), with the characters unified by another new fairy tale, The Baker and his Wife.  Everything ends happily ever after at the end of Act I, but then comes Act II…


Photograph Courtesy C@rljones via Flickr

The Polka Brothers, Show One

The fun never stops during this episode of WSKG’s locally produced Let’s Polka hosted by Bill Flynn. The Polka Brothers are a four man band of young polka lovers from New York City, out to spread the joy of polka. They’re a well-oiled polka machine, boasting a fearless repertoire that includes classic polka favorites, pop and rock gone polka, and unforgettable originals. They love hooking the audience in with lively polka covers of songs they already know, rocking it on a traditional polka they may not, and taking it home with a fun original they’ll be singing for the rest of the evening. So grab a beverage, sing along and experience the meaning of the old adage “No one ever leaves a polka party without a smile on their face.”

“The Clarinet Polka”
“Sleepless Polka”
“Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da”
“Cigarettes, Whiskey and Wild, Wild Women”
“Jump in the Pond Polka”
“Just Because”
“Heroes of our Past”

LET’S POLKA FACT: The polka is the official state dance of Wisconsin.

Tri-Cities Opera presents "Speed Dating Tonight"

Speed Dating Tonight is a new opera by Michael Ching.  It’s a humorous and sometimes moving take on the phenomenon, taking a look at some of the characters and their motivations. It’s also a work that can be re-arranged to fit the cast available, even changing genders of some of the characters. David Toulson directs the production, performed at the Tri-Cities Opera Center.  


Photograph Courtesy Tri-Cities Opera

The Cantata Singers of Elmira and Corning Community College present "Where Sacred Waters Divide"

Conductor Will Wickham leads the Cantata Singers in Where Sacred Waters Divide. Corning Community College presents this  collaborative, original work of art, with performances on Sunday, March 8 at 3:00 p.m. and Thursday, March 12 at 12:15 p.m. in the Concert Hall (R004) in the Learning Center at the College’s Spencer Hill Campus. As part of the Year of Water, the College has commissioned a program of original music and poetry focusing on the theme of water in our southern Finger Lakes area. Created by CCC faculty, this program will be performed in partnership with CCC Performing Ensembles and the Cantata Singers.


Photograph Courtesy Dougtone via Flickr


Pianist John Covelli collaborates with steelpanist Liam Teague

Pianist John Covelli and steelpanist Liam Teague collaborate in a concert at the Schorr Family Firehouse Stage.  Hailed as the “Paganini of the Steelpan,” Liam Teague currently serves as the Head of Steelpan Studies and Associate Professor of Music at Northern Illinois University.  


Photograph Courtesy Liam Teague

The Lontano Ensemble performs at Binghamton University

Odaline de la Martinez lead the Lontano Ensemble in music by Binghamton University composition students, as well as some of her own music. Martinez was the first woman to conduct a BBC Proms concert. She is also well-know as a champion of the music of Dame Ethyl Smythe and Heitor Villa-Lobos.




Photograph Courtesy Lontano Ensemble

The Binghamton Theatre Organ Society presents Scott Harrison with "Swingin' in Spring"

The Binghamton Theatre Organ Society presents Australian theatre organist Scott Harrison performing “Swingin’ in Spring” on Saturday, May 17 at 7:30pm in the Forum on Washington St. in downtown Binghamton.  He is joined with a Dixieland Jazz Band with Rob Weinberger, Arslan Kachadourian, Ryan Zawel, Chris Mann, and Michael Wellen.


Photograph Courtesy Scott Harrison

The Madrigal Choir of Binghamton presents "Psinging the Psalms"

Conductor Bruce Borton leads the Madrigal Choir of Binghamton in a program called “Psinging the Psalms”. Psalms were meant for singing and Dr. Borton has collected musical settings from Gregorian chant up to the present, including Leonard Bernstein’s famous “Chichester Psalms”, written 50 years ago.  Guest musicians include Steven Nanni, countertenor; Joel Smales, percussionist; Jean Henssler, organist; and William Lawson, keyboard harpist.  


Photograph Courtesy of Madrigal Choir of Binghamton.  


New Exhibit at Binghamton University Highlights True Costs of the Civil War

The lower gallery of the Binghamton University Art Museum is abuzz with activity. A group of graduate students huddle around a tape measure debating the best way to hang a large picture frame on the wall. Around them on the floor, other frames and labels lay in neat rows. The students are setting up for a new exhibition, entitled The Civil War: Images of Ruin. “This is actually the first exhibition I’ve worked on,” explains Kasia Kieca, an art history student at Binghamton University.

Tri-Cities Opera presents Gounod's "Faust"

Stage Director Martha Collins and Coordinator of Marketing and Events John Rozzoni speak with WSKG’s Bill Snyder about Tri-Cities Opera’s production of Charles Gounod’s opera Faust.  Based on the play by Goethe, it’s the timeless tale of an elderly scientist who sells his soul to the devil, the charmingly deceitful Mephistopheles, in exchange for youth and love.  Martha Collins started out as an opera singer — she can be seen in the Cher-Nicholas film Moonstruck as singing the role of Mimi in the production of La Boheme that the couple attends — but finds directing much more fun.  


Photograph Courtesy barnyz via Flickr

The Catskill Choral Society presents Haydn's "Lord Nelson" Mass

Conductor Colin Armstrong speaks with WSKG’s Bill Snyder about the Catskill Choral Society’s presentation of Franz Joseph Haydn’s Missa in Angustiis, more commonly know as the “Lord Nelson Mass. All four soloists are from Binghamton University’s Master of Music in Opera program: Stacey Geyer, soprano; Lindsay Brown, alto; Jordan Schreiner, tenor; and Josiah Davis, bass.  Dr. Armstrong explains why the work got its alternate title, and why it’s such an important and much-loved work.  



Photograph Courtesy of ricoeurian via Flickr

The Ithaca Community Chorus and Chamber Singers present Johannes Brahms' "A German Requiem"

Conductor Gerald Wolfe speaks with WSKG’s Bill Snyder about the Ithaca Community Chorus’ performance of Johannes Brahms’ A German Requiem.  It is not a requiem in Latin in the traditional sense that Mozart’s, Verdi’s, or Faure’s are, but comforting words from scripture in a language that Brahms’ listeners would have understood. After the death of Brahms’ mother, he added an extra movement with a soprano solo.  It’s one of the most beloved works in the choral repertoire.  

Photograph courtesy of Zabowski via Flickr

The Cayuga Vocal Ensemble presents a Civil War Themed Concert

Conductor Carl Johengen speaks with WSKG’s Bill Snyder about the Cayuga Vocal Ensemble’s concert “Spring Writes: A Civil War Commemoration” in the First Presbyterian Church of Ithaca. More information here.  There are settings of poems by Walt Whitman and newly composed works, spirituals, and songs by Stephen Foster.  

Carl Johengen: “We have twenty singers and we are being joined by Kenneth Meyer on the guitar, also a couple pieces will be accompanied by Ithaca pianist Kerry Mizrahi.”  



Photograph Courtesy Cayuga Vocal Ensemble

The Binghamton University Chorus and Orchestra present a rare performance of Felix Mendelssohn's Symphony No.2

Conductor Timothy Perry speaks with WSKG’s Bill Snyder about a rare performance of Felix Mendelssohn’s Symphony No.2, “Song of Praise” being performed by the Binghamton University Chorus and Orchestra.  The chorus was prepared by Bruce Borton. It’s the first performance of this work in the area in over 30 years.  It was written to commemorate the 40oth anniversary of Gutenburg’s institution of the printing press. Timothy Perry:  “The texts in this case are drawn primarily from the Psalms.”  






Photograph Courtesy of NCinCD via Flickr

The Finger Lakes Finns celebrate the 150th Anniversary of the birth of Jean Sibelius

Singer Riikka Paasikivi and pianist Marja Kaisla talk with WSKG’s Bill Snyder about the Jean Sibelius memorial concert in Ithaca. More information here. Riikaa Paasikivi and Marja Kaisla perform songs by Jean Sibelius and other Finnish composers in this concert. Never having met before, the rehearsals will be especially exciting. Marja: “Well, we will not be able to rehearse together until a couple of days before the concert, but that’s always a lot of fun because all the energy and enthusiasm will heightened by the short rehearsal time”



Photography Courtesy of Archer10 via Flickr

Southern Tier Actors Read perform Chekov's "Uncle Vanya"

Director Bernie Sheredy speaks with WSKG’s Bill Snyder about directing Anton Chekov’s Uncle Vanya. Sheredy has found a translation of this classic play that he feels captures the spirit of the original. “Vanya is one of the most — I think — fully realized of his comedic masterpieces. It’s certainly my favorite. And to have a chance to work on it, even in just a reading, though as a reading it’s incredibly challenging, because Vanya’s a stretch for any actor.”

The Homecoming Players of Ithaca present Peter Shaffer's comedy "Lettice and Lovage"

Director George Sapio speaks with WSKG’s Bill Snyder about the Homecoming Players’ presentation of Peter Shaffer’s Lettice and Lovage by Peter Shaffer.  Shaffer is best known for his psychological dramas such as Equus and Amadeus, but Lettice and Lovage is a comedy that he wrote especially for Maggie Smith.  Lettice is a larger-than-life character whose flights of fancy displease the authorities.  But she has a way of making her enemies into co-conspirators. George Sapio: “The part is written for an actress of great talent and great dramtic reach…She’s actually a tour guide at the dullest house in England.”  

Performances are at the Kitchen Theatre in Ithaca.



Photograph Courtesy Anguskirk via Flickr

April 16, 2015 | World premiere by the Binghamton Philharmonic; Cider Mill Playhouse presents Stage Kiss

Composer Loren Loiacono talks about her new cello concerto on the program of the Cornell Chamber Orchestra’s concert this weekend. Composer Behzad Ranjbaran speaks with Crystal Sarakas about his work, Esther, to be premiered by the Binghamton Philharmonic. The Cider Mill Playhouse presents Sarah Ruhl’s Stage Kiss.  We hear from director Emily Jackson.  



General Manager Susan Ashbaker hosts as Binghamton University professor Paul Schleuse describes the plot of Faust. Hear excerpts sung by cast members from Tri-Cities Opera’s production created by Charles Gounod. We also hear remarks from Conductor Thomas Muraco and Stage Director Martha Collins. Read a synopsis of Faust.

Faust: Chris Trapani
Marguerite: Rebecca Heath
Mephistopheles: Brandon Coleman
Valentin: Daniel Scofield
Siebel: Meaghan Heath
Martha: Lindsay Brown
Wagner: Josiah Davis

Accompanist: Michael Lewis

Glass Artist Frank Bocek

Frank Bocek started working making stained glass in 1975 right after his wife told him “he needed to get a hobby”. After watching a fellow stained glass artist cutting glass, he immediately went out and bought $20 worth of supplies, quit his accounting job, and proceded to learn the craft himself. In his technique, Bocek applies the copper foil approach, which is a technique co created by innovators and glass artists Louis Comfort Tiffany and John La Farge. Besides being commissioned in the restoration of the windows of the St. Patricks Church in Owego, NY, other commissions include the building of a piece for the Vietnam Women’s Memorial for which he received great recognition.

The Piatkowski Brothers, Show One

WSKG’s locally produced Let’s Polka, hosted by Bill Flynn, is a half hour of toe-tapping fun and excitement. Tremendous local polka bands take the stage for our studio audience, who participate by showing off their polka moves on the dance floor. This episode features The Piatkowski Brothers from Syracuse, New York. These veterans of the polka scene have been performing for over thirty years in various incarnations and have put together a dynamic set for your enjoyment. From fast moving polkas to soft, tender waltzes this episode has something for every polka fan.

March 12, 2015 | The Gin Game; author Deborah Blake; Romancing Spain

Ti-Ahwaga Community Players present The Gin Game. 

Oneonta author Deborah Blake talks about the new book in her Baba Yaga series. We hear an excerpt from Romancing Spain by Lamar Herrin read by David Romm at last November’s Ithaca Out Loud event. Entertainment Editor Chris Kocher gives us a look at what is coming up this weekend.

Metal Sculptor Amy Tavern

Upstate NY-based artist Amy Tavern’s artistic talent relies on her memories to make exquisite hand-crafted jewelry, turning her memories into wearable objects that carry with them what she refers to as a “universal understanding”.  WSKG’s crew visited Amy’s studio in Richfield Springs, where she explains how her work is autobiographical and enables her to communicate with other people, while revealing the singularities of the objects such as their tradition and history.
Amy’s talent has been recognized and celebrated by Metalsmith Magazine, and rock star Amy Lee has worn her pieces at the Grammy’s.

Tony's Polka Band, Show One

WSKG’s locally produced Let’s Polka is a half hour of toe-tapping fun for the whole family. Join host Bill Flynn and our studio audience for a great time featuring polka music and dancing. This episode features Tony’s Polka Band from Albany, New York. Tony Banewicz has been playing polkas since he was a teenager in his grandmother’s band and he leads this eclectic seven piece group to the Let’s Polka stage. Featuring guitars, horns, and of course, accordion, Tony’s Polka Band has something for every lover of polka music.

February 26, 2015 | Homecoming Players of Ithaca; singer-songwriter Jesse Terry; Binghamton University Theater

The Homecoming Players of Ithaca perform a prize-winning comedy from Canada. Singer-songwriter Jesse Terry performs at 6 On The Square in Oxford. Binghamton University Theater Department presents a modern take on Chekov’s The Seagull, but we can’t say the title on the air!  


February 19, 2015 | Cassie and Maggie MacDonald; Endicott Performing Arts Center; mezzo Julia Grella O'Connel and Pej Reitz

SUNY-Broome professors, mezzo Julia Grella O’Connell and pianist Pej Reitz perform songs about childhood. Nova Scotia natives Cassie and Maggie MacDonald perform at 6 on the Square. EPAC’s dance group, DANCE STORIES, presents “Shapes”. Entertainment Editor Chris Kocher tells us what else is coming up this weekend.

Surrealism and Magic at Johnson Museum

n 2014, The Johnson Museum and Cornell Library’s Division of Rare and Manuscript Collectionsexamined the work of Swiss-Amercian surrealist artist Kurt Seligmann. Kurt Seligmann’s work is characterized by possesing imageries of medieval people engaged in macabre and santanical rituals.  He was also an enthusiast and practitioner of magic himself, and was known for organizing ritualistics gatherings in his home in Paris, also frecuented by other famous artists of the era. The exhibition called “Surrelism and Magic” explored his passion and the passion that other surrealists shared for the occult; with over 125 objects in display the exhibition inluded photographs, video art, letters and ephemera, as well as rare books.
WSKG’s summer intern Lory Martinez interviews curator Andrew Wieslogel who explains the genesis of this fantastic exhibit.

February 5, 2015 | Gilbert & Sullivan Players; Bill Cowdery; Marc Lawrence talks about The Rewrite

The New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players bring their revue, A Little Twist, to Geneva. Bill Cowdery talks about romance and lawsuits in the early days of Cornell University set to music in the operetta Jennie’s Will. Binghamton University alumnus Marc Lawrence talks about his film The Rewrite, which has a screening at the Anderson Center this weekend, and about teaching Hugh Grant how to say “Binghamton.”

The Italian Girl in Algiers

With it’s manic, but pristine music, The Italian Girl in Algiers is an innovation turned classic. General Manager Susan Ashbaker hosts as Binghamton University professor Paul Schleuse describes the plot. Hear excerpts sung by cast members from Tri-Cities Opera’s production of The Italian Girl in Algiers by Gioachino Rossini. We also hear remarks from Conductor William Hobbs and Stage Director Dorothy Danner.

Isabella: Mary Beth Nelson
Elvira: Rebecca Heath
Zulma: Megan Heath
Lindoro: Rexford Tester
Ali: Steven Stull
Mustafa: Daniel Noyola
Taddeo: Jake Stamatis

Accompanist: Michael Lewis


January 22, 2015 | Little Delaware Youth Ensemble; Paul Schleuse; Bag 'Bones (the Sultana musical)

Michael Hanbridge talks about the upcoming performances by the Little Delaware Youth Ensemble that is currently celebrating 15 years of making music. Jeff Stachyra and Laura Cunningham have written a musical about the disaster of the steamboat Sultana. They speak about the history of the Sultana and about the musical, Bag O’ Bones, which is coming to the Bundy Museum. Binghamton University professor Paul Schleuse continues his remarks about his book Singing Games in Early Modern Italy which will be published in the spring.

January 15, 2015 | Jersey Boys; Theatron Productions; Haydn's Seven Last Words

Theatron Productions presents their first performance, a cabaret of show tunes from musicals that weren’t big hits. Crystal Sarakas speaks with a cast member of the touring company of the musical Jersey Boys. Conductor Gerald Wolfe talks about the winter concert of the Ithaca Community Chorus that features Haydn’s Seven Last Words. Binghamton University professor Paul Schleuse has written a book about music from the early days of the printing press.  We hear part one of Bill Snyder’s interview with him.

January 8, 2015 | The David Wax Museum plays in Cooperstown; Robert Rogers Puppet Theatre; Connor Garvey in Oxford

The David Wax Museum appears in Cooperstown this weekend. Robert Rogers Puppet Theatre presents Cinderella in the Wild West at the Schorr Family Firehouse Stage. Singer/songwriter Connor Garvey performs at 6 On the Square in Oxford.

John Covelli presents his annual New Year's Eve concert

Pianist John Covelli speaks with WSKG’s Bill Snyder about this year’s New Year’s Eve concert at St. Patrick’s Church in Binghamton. Covelli has been playing his New Year’s Eve concerto for 18 years as part of First Night activities, and continued after First Night was discontinued.  St. Patrick’s church is at 9 Leroy St. in Binghamton

Photograph courtesy Randy Cummings.

"It's a Wonderful Life" on WSKG Radio

Larry Kassan speaks with WSKG’s Bill Snyder about the broadcast of It’s a Wonderful Life airing at 7pm on Christmas Eve on WSKG Radio.  Students of the Rod Serling School of the Arts perform a radio play version of the famous film, along with “foley artists” supplying the sound effects.


Photograph courtesy Larry Kassan.  

The Binghamton Theatre Organ Society presents an afternoon of early film comedies

Organist Jim Ford and Paul Stapel speak with WSKG’s Bill Snyder about the Binghamton Theatre Organ Society’s presentation of 4 historic silent films with organ accompaniment. Ford prepares by watching the films repeatedly until he gets the musical ideas that will accompany the action. He says that the greatest compliment is when audience members tell him that they don’t remember the music.

Photograph courtesy Leon Reynolds via BTOS

Brandford Marsalis visits WSKG | Part 2

Jazz legend Branford Marsalis musical career expands beyond jazz.  He has collaborated with other celebrated artists such as Sting, Harry Connick Jr., Miles Davis, and even the Grateful Dead.  As a band leader, he has performed all over the world with his quartet Branford Marsalis Quartet.  On this occasion,  he presents a program of baroque music at the Anderson Center at Binghamton University. WSKG’s Director of Arts & Culture, Alexandra Rangel speaks with him about his extraordinary musical career.

Brandford Marsalis visits WSKG | Part 1

Jazz legend Branford Marsalis musical career expands beyond jazz.  He has collaborated with other celebrated artists such as Sting, Harry Connick Jr., Miles Davis, and even the Grateful Dead.  As a band leader, he has performed all over the world with his quartet Branford Marsalis Quartet.  On this occasion,  he presents a program of baroque music at the Anderson Center at Binghamton University. WSKG’s Director of Arts & Culture, Alexandra Rangel speaks with him about his extraordinary musical career.

Drummer, Rocker and Photographer Mike Ricciardi

Local artist Mike Ricciardi has been drumming since the age of nine. This rocker turned photographer knows his way around Photoshop, as well as a drum kit. Lately, while touring with musician Marc Berger, his passion for photography art took a turn of no return. He has been featured by the National Association of Photoshop Professionals for his photo ‘Toast’.  In this arts and culture segment, Christine Lantz brings us the story behind the photo.

The Binghamton University Orchestra presents "From the New World"

Conductors Heather Worden and Timothy Perry talk with WSKG’s Bill Snyder about the Binghamton University Orchestra’s concert “From the New World”.  Antonin Dvorak’ s final symphony took shape during his stay in the United States when he listened to Negro spirituals and Native American music.


Photograph courtesy NoblePiranah via Flickr

Jonathan Biggers presents "Ho, Ho, Ho!" at United Presbyterian Church

Organist Jonathan Biggers talks with WSKG’s Bill Snyder about his holiday concert at United Presbyterian Church. The First Friday event includes music by Tchaikovsky, J.S. Bach, Olivier Messiaen and there’s even a sing-along.

Photograph courtesy Aidan-Sally via Flickr

Emmanuel Sikora & Friends

Emmanuel Sikora is a native and current resident of Cortland, New York. He attended Queens College (CUNY) between 2009/12, earning a Bachelor of Arts with a Concentration in Composition from the Aaron Copland School of Music. In the summer of 2012 he went to Berlin for six weeks to study composition with Samuel Adler. That fall he began his graduate work at Binghamton University, earning a Masters in Music Composition with a Certificate in College Teaching in the summer of 2014.

He is currently the organist at Saint Mary of the Assumption in Binghamton.

Sim Redmond Band

Since their inception The Sim Redmond Band has been steadily forging new ground in roots music. Traveling around the globe in some of the most beautiful venues in the U.S. and Japan, the world has taken notice. With 6 tours of Japan under their belt, they are a unique blend of roots-rock, Afro-Carribean, and reggae music.

The Blind Spots

This all original, female-fronted, five-piece moxy rock band from Ithaca, NY is driving hard at bigger things and has been busy building an airtight justification for all the buzz surrounding it, both in its hometown and throughout the region. The Blind Spots performed live on WSKG’s Expressions on November 6th, 2014.  

November 13, 2014 | Anna Coogan; Tafelmusik

Conductor Ubaldo Valli talks about the SUNY-Cortland Community Orchestra concert, “Tell Me a Story”. Ithaca-based singer-songwriter Anna Coogan introduces us to her new CD. The Canadian period instrument ensemble Tafelmusik comes to Cornell with their “Galileo Project” and we hear from the conductor, Jeanne Lamon.

July is Grassroots!

The Grassroots Festival is Upsate NY premier music festival which every year draws thousands of people from all over, who come to the small historical town of Trummansburg, a few miles north of Ithaca, to enjoy some of the best musical acts in the country. Grassroots is held in July and over a four-day-period, national and local acts line up to bring back-to-back music in a carefree, love-for-all unique atmosphere and surrounded by beautiful natural surroundings. Some of the genres represented among the musicians include: folk and Americana, bluegrasss, singer song writer, among other earthy tones.

WSKG’s crew went behind the scenes in 2014 and showed us a glimpse of USA today’s top 10 outdoor music festival in the country.

Southern Tier Actors Read presents a Patriotic Radio Show for Veterans Day

Judy McMahon speaks with WSKG’s Bill Snyder about Southern Tier Actors Read and their celebration of Veterans Day — and some upcoming performances. Directors Judy McMahon and Kate Murray have delved into radio archives to recreate a radio show from World War II, with  a behind- the- scenes look at the production of these radio programs, including specially created sound effects.

Photograph courtesy STAR

Cider Mill Playhouse presents "One Slight Hitch"

Ben Williamson talks with WSKG’s Bill Snyder about the Cider Mill Playhouse production of Lewis Black’s One Slight Hitch.  Black is best known as a stand-up comedian who has described his style of  humor as “being on the Titanic every single day and being the only person who knows what is going to happen.” But his play, full of eccentric characters and frenetic situations, is surprisingly gentle.


Photograph Courtesy Cider Mill Playhouse

Binghamton University Theatre presents "A Chorus Line"

Director Elizabeth Mozer and actress Zarina Latypova speak with WSKG’s Bill Snyder about the Binghamton University production of A Chorus Line. Mozer explains that casting a college production of show that demands acting and singing in addition to the required dancing is a challenging task, but that the students have met the challenge.


Photograph courtesy of Binghamton University

Pianist Anastasia Rizikov comes back to Binghamton

Anastasia Rizikov returns to Binghamton for a recital of music by Tchaikovsky, Mussorgsky, and Balakirev, along with the Rachmaninoff Cello Concerto in g minor with cellist Stephen Stalker.  She and Lance G. Hill of Classical Pianists of the Future speak with WSKG’s Bill Snyder


Photograph courtesy Anastasia Rizikov


Branford Marsalis performs at Binghamton University

Branford Marsalis and the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia present “Well-tempered” in the Osterhout Concert Theatre of the Anderson Center on the Binghamton University campus. The concert features Baroque masterpieces by Albinoni, Bach, Handel, Vivaldi and more.


Photograph courtesy Branford Marsalis.


Follow the tragic story around the licentious Duke of Mantua, his hunch-backed Rigoletto, and Rigoletto’s beautiful daughter Gilda. Conductor Andrew Bizantz and Stage Director David Lefkowich preview Tri-Cities Opera’s production of Giuseppe Verdi’s Rigoletto. We also hear from General Manager Susan Ashbaker and Binghamton University professor Paul Schleuse.

Baritone Guido Lebron was indisposed during the taping and the cast solves that problem ingeniously. Gilda: Meroe Adeeb
Duke of Mantua: Christopher Trapani
Maddalena: Meaghan Heath
Saparafucile: Brandon Coleman
Monterone: Tom Goodheart
Ceprano: Jake Stamatis
Marullo: Codyray Caho
Borsa: Jordan Schreiner
Giovanna: Lindsay Brown
Countess Ceprano: Jenny Gac
a Page:Stacey Geyer
a Palace Usher: Tarek Chams

Accompanist and chorus master: Michael Lewis.

Twilight Zone @ 50

The WSKG program OFF THE PAGE is designed specifically as “a forum for writers from our region”.  Since its inception in January, 2000 it has presented hundreds of novelists, poets, playwrights, historians, essayists… (the list goes on and even includes farmers and a playground designer who wrote books).  With very few exceptions (mostly authors of books with special regional interest) they are people living and writing within the WSKG coverage area. For the first time OFF THE PAGE presents a program devoted to an author who is no longer with us. If, as Walt Whitman said, the proof of a poet is that his people absorb him as affectionately as he has them, we can apply that idea to playwright Rod Serling.  He belongs to Binghamton as much as the city was a part of him.  Even at his most fanciful or bizarre, in works destined to a mass audience, there are signs that Rod Serling never left home.
“Everybody has to have a hometown, Binghamton’s mine.

October 9, 2014 | Church Basement Ladies; author Joshua Palmatier; Binghamton University Theater

The director of Church Basement Ladies at the Carousel Playhouse talks about the play and how she grew up with these ladies. Fantasy author Joshua Palmatier talks about starting his own press. Binghamton University Theater Department takes on a British farce. We hear from the director and one of the actors. We also have a preview of the weekend’s coming performances.

Norwich 'Idol' Kaitlyn Jackson

WSKG goes into the home of local singer songwriter Kaitlyn Jackson in Norwich, NY, from where she shares her experience in the cultural phenomenon and TV show “American Idol”, season 13.  Kaitlyn was only 15-years-old when she won a “dream ticket” to Hollywood, Disney World’s American Idol Experience at Hollywood Studios.  She describes the moment as an experience she would not trade for the world. Kaitlyn has opened for major country artists such as Kristian Bush, Cole Swindell, Daryle Singletary, Joe Nichols, Jamie O’Neal, Ty Herndon, Josh Gracin, Bryan White, Andy Griggs, Mark Wills, Jeff Bates, & Trent Willmon. Kaitlyn has also opened for Pop artists such as Melinda Doolittle and The Veronicas.

The Chenango River Theatre presents a new play, "Mr. Hart and Mr. Brown"

Actor Andrew Criss speaks with WSKG’s Bill Snyder about the new play Mr. Hart and Mr. Brown, being performed by the Chenango River Theatre. Philadelphia playwright Bruce Graham’ s play is based on a real-life historical figure and the the young reporter who discovers more about Hart than he is comfortable knowing.

Photograph courtesy Chenango River Theatre

The Catskill Mountains Film Festival is calling for entries

Festival chair Jessica Vecchione speaks with WSKG’s Bill Snyder about the Catskill Mountains Film Festival.  The deadline for entries is March 21st. The Festival is looking to encourage regional filmmakers to work together, with special emphasis on creativity in young filmmakers.


Illustration courtesy of the Catskill Mountains Film Festival.  

Six Mile Creek

Six Mile Creek  is one of the Ithaca’s closest vineyards, which makes it an excellent first stop on your way to the Finger Lakes region.  Its friendly staff and summer concert series are the perfect excuse to enjoy their vistas filled with pictures ponds and vines.  Bill Snyder spoke with owner Roger Battistella who insists that his venture was formed by chance, but not the wine.  

Pleasant Valley Wine Co.

The Pleasant Valley Wine Company, also known as the Great Western Winery, is located near the village of Hammondsport, New York.  Established in 1860, It is the oldest winery in the Finger Lakes region. The winery proudly displays the designation U.S. Bonded Winery No. 1 and has eight remarkable stone buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

September 25, 2014 | Rod Serling Video Festival winner update; Manhattan Transfer performs this weekend

Readers’ Theatre of Ithaca is presenting Anna Ziegler’s play Photograph 51. We hear from the playwright who dramatized this historical event. Crystal Sarakas speaks with members of the Preservation Association of the Southern Tier about their tour of mid-20th Century Homes. Bill Snyder speaks with two-time winner of the Rod Serling Video Festival, Zach Mulligan, who is now pursuing his studies in film-making, and Larry Kasson of the Festival tells about the First Friday event in the Forum. The Corning Civic Music Association presents Manhattan Transfer on Saturday, September 27th.

Ti-Ahwaga Community Players present "Frost/Nixon"

Director James Osborne speaks with WSKG’s Sam Goodyear about Ti-Ahwaga Community Players production of Frost/Nixon. Peter Morgan’s play pits the disgraced former president against the light-weight entertainment interviewer.  One is trying to redeem his image; the other is trying to maintain his playboy lifestyle. Only one can succeed.


Photograph courtesy stevendepolo via Flickr

September 18, 2014 | RoberCon; Artist Lynn Capani-Czebiniak; Know Theatre performs 'Vieux Carre'; Rachel Lampert talks about the new season at Kitchen Theatre

Today’s guests:

Jason Fiume from the Roberson Museum and Science Center talks about the upcoming RoberCon SciFi Convention, expanded this year because of last year’s unexpected success. Artist Lynn Capani-Czebiniak talks about how her art ideas spring from her dreams.

Know Theatre is taking their production of Tennessee Williams’ VIEUX CARRE to the Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theatre Festival.  Tim Gleason and Amanda Marsico join Crystal Sarakas to talk about their last weekend of the play in Binghamton and their upcoming trip. Rachel Lampert talks with Bill Snyder about the Kitchen Theatre’s new season.

The Oneonta Concert Association present the Vanaver Caravan

Livia Vanaver speaks with WSKG’s Bill Snyder about Turn, Turn, Turn: A Tribute to Pete Seeger, coming to the Goodrich Theatre on Saturday, September 20th at 7:30. They are a unique dance ensemble in that they perform in a wide variety of dance styles and travel with their own musicians.

Photograph provided


Tri-Cities Opera presents "Kismet in the Garden"

Tri-Cities Opera”s John Rozzoni speaks with WSKG’s Bill Snyder about Kismet in the Garden at Tioga Gardens.  Singers from TCO perform an outdoor concert with an Arabian Nights theme.

Photograph courtesy Tioga Gardens

Theatre organist Gene Roberson performs at the Forum

The Binghamton Theatre Organ Society welcomes theatre organist Gene Roberson speaks with WSKG’s Bill Snyder about Anything (Organ-ical) Goes! at the Forum in downtown Binghamton.  Johnson City High School’s Sophisticats are the special guests.


Photograph courtesy Binghamton Theatre Organ Society.

Wagner Vineyards

Wagner Vineyards is one of the Finger Lakes Region’s estate wineries, which means that they grow all of their grapes used to produce their wine. They are also the home of Wagner Brewery where they produce several craft beers on site.

Broome County's Pipe Organ

The Forum Theater in Binghamton, NY houses a musical treasures which over the years has become a symbol of pride for its community: a 1926 Robert-Morton pipe organ.  The pipe organ is commonly used in churches, but some of the instrument’s most memorable sounds and beautiful music accompanied fims during the silent movie era.  The segment celebrates the history of this 80-year-old local treasure, from silent films back in the 20’s to complete abandonment and almost its destruction in a chicken coop, to the restoration and renewed vibrancy and life in Broome County.


Clarinetist Timothy Perry and friends present music of the "Incurable Romantics"

Clarinetist Timothy Perry speaks with WSKG’s Bill Snyder about the concert Incurable Romantics in the Watters Theatre of the Fine Arts Building on the Binghamton University campus.  He and pianist Pej Reitz are joined by organist Jonathan Biggers, bassoonist Martha Weber and clarinetist Sarah Chandler for a program of works by Brahms, Piazzolla, Richard Strauss, Ponchielli, Cavallini, and Verdi/Lovreglio.


Photograph courtesy Tim Swinson via Flickr.  

Bellwether Hard Cider

Bellwether Hard Cider is owned and operated by Cheryl and Bill Barton. Inspired by travels through the cider regions of France and after years of research as home cider makers, they started their business with the simple goal of making fine artisanal ciders.

The Catskill Choral Society adds a new choir

Catskill Choral Society director Colin Armstrong speaks with WSKG’s Bill Snyder about the new children’s choir. More information, call Kerstin Green at (607) 286-9106.

Photograph courtesy CCS

Hunt Country Vineyards

Along with producing award-winning wines,  Hunt Country Vineyards owners, Arthur and Joyce Hunt and plan and manage their farming practices with the goal of sustaining and improving the land for the future, a great place to visit while in Keuka Lake.  One of the wines is named after their late dog Gus, a friendly Bernese Mountain Dog, who is also the inspiration behind the vineyard’s annual Dog Walk.

Bully Hill Vineyards

Bully Hill Vineyards is a winery located in Hammondsport, NY which offer access to stunning views of Keuka Lake. The winery’s controversial history never stopped them from making what they dub as wine for the common men, for over 100 years. In addition the winery is considered as a champion in sustainability and sound environmental practices in the region.

Tim Mollen releases three volumes of his "Lost Journal"

Author Tim Mollen speaks with WSKG’s Bill Snyder about the release of the three volumes of his Lost Journal. “Having never kept an actual journal, Tim writes these humor columns in retrospect.  Each week, he chooses a different day in his lifetime, and writes about it as though it were today.  A particular entry may be about a day last week, or Halloween 1980, or the day he was born.  Some of you may be asking, “But how would he have been able to write a journal entry on the day he was born?”  To you, Tim says:  “Lighten up.  It’s a humor column.”


Photograph provided by Tim Mollen

From a Turkey Farm to Glimmerglass

Just north of the busy streets of Cooperstown stands the world-class opera house Glimmerglass Festival.  Behind Glimmerglass curtains unfolds the extraordinary story of a committed community of musicians, artists, educators and performers, whose efforts helped transform a turkey farm into one of the most celebrated opera houses in the world.  The opera presents an annual season along the banks of the magnificent Otsego Lake, which contributes to an unforgettable experience, not only brought by the music emanating from its concert hall, but also by the breathtaking beauty of its surroundings.
In this segment of Arts and Culture Shorts, WSKG’s Tina Reinhard interviews Glimmerglass Artistic Director Francesca Zambello who explains the reasons behind its diversity in programming.

Chenango River Theatre presents the comedy "Heroes"

Actors Bernie Sheredy, Bill Gorman, and Jim Wicker speak with WSKG’s Bill Snyder about the comedy Heroes, which opens on August 22nd at the Chenango River Theatre.  The play is  Tom Stoppard’s translation of the French play Le Vent Des Peupliers by Gérald Sibleyras.


Photograph Dan McKay via Flickr

RiverFest is coming to the Roberson Museum and Science Center

Marketing and Public Relations Director Jason Fiume speaks with WSKG’s Bill Snyder about RiverFest at Roberson. Events will be inside and outside the Mansion and Science Center. Vendors of all sorts will be available, as well as arts organizations from around the area.


Photograph courtesy Roberson Museum and Science Center

S.T.A.R presents "The Farnsworth Invention" at the Cider Mill Playhouse

Director Judy McMahon and actors Andy Horowitz and Nick De Lucia speak with WSKG’s Bill Snyder about the staged reading of Aaron Sorkin’s play The Farnsworth Invention coming to the Cider Mill Playhouse.  It was originally meant as a screenplay about the interactions between Philo T. Farnsworth and RCA president David Sarnoff, who stole Farnsworth’s invention.


Photograph provided by S.T.A.R.

Works by three artists at the Windsor Whipworks Gallery

Windsor Whip Works owner Bill Pesce and exhibiting artist Orazio Salati speak with WSKG’s Bill Snyder about a new exhibit opening.  Along with Salati’s work, there will be pieces by Mark Schimsky and Roberto Bertoia. Salati talks about his process of painting with wax and using a blowtorch to spread and mix the colors.


Photograph courtesy Orazio Salati.

The Belleayre Music Festival presents Donizetti's "Lucia di Lammermoor"

Artistic Director Donald Westwood speaks with WSKG’s Bill Snyder about the production of Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor at the Belleayre Music Festival.  It’s his third production with the Festival for the Michigan-based director.

Photograph courtesy Dave Connor via Flickr

Franklin Stage Company presents Moliere's "Tartuffe"

Carmela Marner of Franklin Stage Company speaks with WSKG’s Bill Snyder about the new production of Moliere’s Tartuffe in a translation by Richard Wilbur. The Franklin Stage Company performs  a season of plays each summer with admission offered only a voluntary basis, in Chapel Hall the in Franklin, NY.


Photograph Courtesy Jade Goodrich


Three concerts at the Star Theatre in Cherry Valley

Violinist Katherine Hannauer and Jane Sapinski from Cherry Valley Artworks speak with WSKG’s Bill Snyder about the three concerts coming up at the Star Theatre. Cherry Valley Artworks presents the Fenimore String Quartet, One-Two-Trio, and Ensembles Large and Small — all members of the Glimmerglass Opera orchestra.  

The Summer Savoyards present Gilbert & Sullivan's "Iolanthe" in a re-vamped style

WSKG’s Sam Goodyear speaks with Mary Donnelly, Kate Murray, and Jim Mica about the Summer Savoyards’ production of Gilbert and Sullivan’s Iolanthe — Re-Vamped.  In Celtic literature fairies were not cut from the same cloth as Flora, Fauna, and Merriweather, but rather more like the vampires of popular culture.  This production satirizes both the current crop of vampires and politics at the same time.



Photo courtesy michael_d_beckwith via Flickr

Damiani Wine Cellars

Great wines are a reflection of the landscape in which the grapes are grown.  Damiani Cellar on Seneca Lake, not only committed to making wines that reflect the richness of their terroir, but they also pride themselves for providing a space where local artists showcase their work, and visitors enjoy the views while sipping on a light ruby color.

The Joe Weber Band, Show Three

The Joe Weber Band returns to entertain the Let’s Polka audience in this episode of WSKG’s locally produced program. Joe and his sister, Sue Rabenold, both supply strong vocal performances for this German style band. They are backed by saxophonist Dick Doddy and percussionist Billy Yob. Watch for set highlight, the ‘Blue Danube Waltz’, which puts a different spin on a very well-known composition. Show host Bill Flynn also interviews Joe during the half hour and he describes what it takes to mold a song such as ‘Blue Danube’ into a polka tune.

Sayre Theater 100th Birthday!

In 1988, The Bradford County Regional Arts Council began the task of renovating of Bradford County historic Kingstone, The Rialto and The Sayre Theater. In 2014, The Sayre Theater celebrated its 100th birthday by holding an old-fashioned picnic which was filled with colorful charaters from the area, such as artists and performers and people who joint in to have a good time with family and friends.  Initially set as a movie theater, the Sayre was owed and operated by Bob Noon.  In the three-minute segment, WSKG’s producer Christine Lantz brings the story of Bob’s son, Mike Noon, who reflects on the golden years of the area, as well as shares some of his memories of growing up right next to the theater.


Peter Serko presents "My Brother Kissed Mark Zuckerberg" at the Cider Mill Playhouse

Peter Serko presents his multi-media one-man show about his brother David at the Cider Mill Playhouse.  The David Serko Project began as a play called “My Brother is Dead and Other Funny Stories” but grew as Peter began to track down people who knew David.

Photograph courtesy Peter Serko

Montezuma Winery

Montezuma is a family run winery located in the heart of the Finger Lakes, in Seneca, upstate NY.  It’s offerings combine over 30 different types of wine, including their exotic bee vodka. The also offer other tasty treats such as a homemade fudge, made by the matriarch of the Martin family, Ginny Martin herself.  Co-Owner Bill Martin reveals some of his behind-the-scene bee vodka-making techniques to obtain the highest-quality premium vodka available.

No bees were harmed in the creation of this program.

Polka Quads, Show Three

For the third time this season, The Polka Quads take the Let’s Polka stage. John Salov, Mark Dubrovec and Vinny Horoschock traveled from Steelton, Pennsylvania to perform their Slovenian style of polka for a live studio audience and the results are eclectic. Performances include  the ‘Dance Dance Dance Polka’, ‘Rose of Rio Waltz’ and the rousing ‘Quads Finale’.  Hosted by Bill Flynn, this program also includes a short interview with John where he remembers advice that the legendary Frank Yankovic gave him.

“Pecon In Europe Polka”
“Theresa Polka & Oj Marica Peglaj”
“My Darling Ann Waltz”
“Little Green Valley Waltz”
“Dance Dance Dance Polka”
“Uncle Jake’s Polka”
“Rose of Rio Waltz”
“Quads Finale”

If you are interested in joining WSKG’s Let’s Polka Club, please contact Chris DiRienzo at (607) 729-0100 ext.

Spare Productions presents "The Drowsy Chaperone"

Tony DeLousia and Brian Ives speak with WSKG’s Bill Snyder about Spare Production’s presentation of the musical The Drowsy Chaperone.  It’s a musical within a musical about a reclusive Broadway show fan who plays a record of his favorite 1920’s musical, and the audience sees it though his eyes.


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Theatre organist Nathan Avakian performs with the Binghamton High School Steel Drum Band

Theatre organist Nathan Avakian and Joel Smales, conductor of the Binghamton High School Steel Drum Band speak with WSKG’s Bill Snyder about Out of the Box 2, coming to the Forum in Binghamton.  The Binghamton Theatre Organ Society brings together this unexpected collaboration.


Photograph Courtesy Binghamton Theatre Organ Society

JulyFest is back in downtown Binghamton

Music Coordinator Mike Carbone speaks with WSKG’s Bill Snyder about this year’s JulyFest in downtown Binghamton.  It’s a three-day celebration of arts, crafts, food, and jazz .

Photograph courtesy JulyFest

Polka Quads, Show Two

The Polka Quads return to the Let’s Polka stage with another rousing half hour of Cleveland/Slovenian Style polka. John Salov, Mark Dubrovec and Vinny Horoschock are the Polka Quads and they delighted our studio audience with selections including the ‘Pony Tail Polka’, ‘Oh Johnny Johnny Polka’ and the ‘Night in May Waltz’. Bill Flynn hosts and conducts a short interview with John where he talks about how he puts the setlist together for a half hour program.

“When You’re Away Polka”
“Pony Tail Polka”
“Until We Meet Again Waltz”
“Ja Sam Sirota Waltz”
“Oh Johnny Johnny Polka”
“Old Timers Polka”
“Schnee Waltz”
“Night in May Waltz”

POLKA FACT: Another popular form of Polka is the ‘Polish Style’, which incorporates horns (such as trumpets, saxophones or clarinets) into the mix.  

Windsor Whipworks presents a talk by violin-makers

Violin-makers Jon Thompson and Christoph Blumrich speak with WSKG’s Bill Snyder about their talk and demonstration — and Christoph brought his home-made baryton! The baryton enjoyed a brief vogue in the early 1800s. Haydn’s patron Prince Esterhazy played the instrument and Haydn wrote quite a few works for the Prince to play.

Photograph provided by Christoph Blumrich


"Another Happy Ending" at the Schorr Family Firehouse Stage

Santino DeAngelo speaks with WSKG’s Bill Snyder about the reading of his musical Another Happy Ending.  DeAngelo has been working on his musical for a few years now, and it’s in the workshopping stage.  Songs have been written, tossed out, revised, and restored as the musical is shaped. And having an audience hear it is important.

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Victoria Young

At a young age, Victoria Frances Young has already performed in prestigious venues such as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and Steinway Hall in New York City. In 2011, she was awarded a $10,000 Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award in conjunction with her performance on NPR’s From the Top. Victoria made her orchestral debut at age six with the Nevada Chamber Symphony and made her international solo debut at ten in Dominican Republic. In January 2013 she won the grand prize in the 40th Midland-Odessa Symphony National Young Artists Competition. In March, Victoria won the Special Jury Prize in the 8th J.S. Bach International Piano Competition in Würzburg, Germany—competing with pianists up to 36 years old.

Tromboteam! performs in Johnson City

Vestal native Sarah Paradis speaks with WSKG’s Bill Snyder about the free performance her ensemble Tromboteam! presents at St. James Roman Catholic Church on Saturday, June 7 at 7pm. Sarah Paradis is the Assistant Professor of Trombone and Euphonium at Boise State University. Paradis earned her B.M. in Music Education from Ithaca College, her M.M. in Trombone Performance from Indiana University, and her D.M. in Brass Pedagogy from Indiana University.

"The Human Voice" is heard at Franklin Stage Company

Carmela Marner and Barbara Paterson speak with WSKG’s Bill Snyder about Francis Poulenc’s one-woman opera which opens the Franklin Stage season. Poulenc based the opera on a play by Jean Cocteau, and worked closely with Cocteau and the soprano Denise Duval while composing it.  It depicts the last conversation a woman has with her lover, who now loves someone else.  



Photograph courtesy machinate via Flickr

Painter Brian Keeler

Brian Keeler was born in 1953 and he began his art study early in life as his father was a painter as well. More through osmosis than direct teaching he was inspired to paint and encouraged by his father’s example. He continued to have an interest in drawing and painting throughout his youth, which led him to study first at Keystone College near Scranton,PA and then at the York Academy of Arts in York, PA. While in York he studied realistic painting under the auspices of Tom Wise, Ted Fitzkee, Virgil Sova, William Faulkler and others. He has since studied with several other accomplished realist painters including Dan Greene, Everett Kinstler, Jack Beal and Nelson Shanks.

Downtown Singers present their Spring Concert

Music Director Marisa Crabb speaks with WSKG’s Bill Snyder about the Downtown Singers’ Spring Concert. The program includes music by Bruckner, Bernstein, Vaughan Williams, and Holst.


Photograph Courtesy Doug_Kerr via Flickr

A weekend of Bach with the Cantata Singers

Bill Cowdery and Will Wickham speaks with WSKG’s Bill Snyder about the two concerts featuring JS Bach’s Mass in b minor. It’s a reunion concert of the Cantata Singers, bringing back many former members of the group, and there’s also a talk about the work and the previous works that Bach “recycled” into the Mass.

Photograph courtesy Cantata Singers

Rick Pedro plays "Patriotic Piano"

Pianist Rick Pedro speaks with WSKG’s Bill Snyder about his Patriotic Piano performance on Sunday, June 1 at 2pm at the Schorr Family Firehouse Stage.  Pedro started out as a classical pianist, but was drawn to ragtime and jazz stride piano.

Photograph courtesy Wolfgang Lonien via Flickr.

"Unnecessary Farce" opens the Chenango River Theatre season

Cast members of Paul Slade Smith’s Unnecessary Farce opens the season at Chenango River Theatre.  Cast members Hayley Zale, Brendan Cullen, and Katie Lamark speak with WSKG’s Bill Snyder about this play which has been described as “Law and Order if the Marx Brothers took over”.  Two cops, three crooks, eight doors.  GO!


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Hazlitt 1852

Over 160 years ago in 1852, David Hazlitt bought 153 acres of fruit trees and vineyards in Hector, NY. Watch as our host Bill Snyder meets with Winemaker Michael Reidy and 7th generation family member Sarah Hazlitt to talk about Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards.

The Joe Weber Band, Show One

Let’s Polka is WSKG’s locally produced half hour of polka music and dancing. Each episode features a great polka band along with our live studio audience and is hosted by the one and only, Bill Flynn. This program features The Joe Weber Band from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. This four person group features Joe Weber on accordion and vocals, his sister Sue Rabenold on vocals, Dick Doddy on saxophone and Billy Yob on drums. This rousing set includes, ‘So A Schwipserl’, ‘Uhrlaubzeit Polka’ and the ‘Blumenstrauss Waltz’. The program also contains an interview with Bill and Joe where he discusses how he and his sister got their start in polka music.

Syndicated Cartoonist Mason Mastroianni

Endicott, NY native Syndicated Cartoonist, Mason Mastroianni acquired a passion for drawing at an early age. He passed the time drawing when he was young. His grandfather, Johnny Hart was an award winning cartoonist noted for creating the comic strip, B. C. and co-creating The Wizard of Id comic strip. More importantly he was Mason’s role model. He and Mason had an ability to understand each other.

Roberson and Presentarts present "Women Who Tamed the West"

WSKG’s Sam Goodyear speaks with Writer and Director Judith Present and Performer Carolyn Christy-Boyden about the upcoming presentation of Women Who Tamed the West, an original production by Present. Performances are in the Roberson Museum and Science Center and feature performances by local actress based on real-life women.


Photograph Courtesy David Kingham via Flickr

Sculptor Momoko Takeshita Keane

Momoko Takeshita Keane was raised in the ancient capital of Kyoto, Japan, and grew up surrounded by the many traditional crafts of that city. One day, when she was young, she found a piece of old roof tile lying on the ground. For what reason she doesn’t know, but it was fascinating to her. Since then she has been interested in clay as a material — its ability to be shaped and fired.

Johnson Museum of Art

Opened in 1973, the Johnson Museum of Art at Cornell University in Ithaca is home to one of the finest collections of ancient and modern art in Upstate New York. Designed by noted architect I.M. Pei, the building, a work of art itself, won the prestigious American Institute of Architects Honor award in 1975.

The museum’s collection includes over 35,000 works or art that span nearly six millennia of art history from around the world. A variety of exhibitions are held throughout the year. “Cosmos,” an ongoing computer controlled installation in the ceiling of the Mallin Sculpture Court, is a dazzling display of light imagery visible day and night.

Corning Museum of Glass

In 1851, Armory Houghton founded the Bay State Glass Co. in Somerville, Massachusetts. Seventeen years later, the company, now under a new name, relocated to Corning, New York. Corning Glass Works, now Corning Incorporated, has continued to produce high quality glass at this location for over 140 years. In 1951, to celebrate its 100th anniversary, the company created the Corning Museum of Glass; one of the largest museums dedicated solely to telling the history and heritage of one product — glass.

Grammy Award-Winning Audio Engineer Robert Hunter

Former drummer in the rock band Raven, Robert Hunter now travels the world mixing audio for world renouned musician Branford Marsalas. Rob “Wacko” Hunter has toured with some of the worlds biggest rock bands, and has seen the world audio engineering in some of the world largest venues.