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. http://wskg.org/audio/darkhorsemix.mp3
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. http://wskg.org/audio/mcmahonmix.mp3
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. http://wskg.org/audio/tahiti2.mp3
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 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. http://wskg.org/audio/bco0216.mp3
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
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.
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. http://wskg.org/audio/hedwigmix2.mp3
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.
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.
Maestro Jose-Luis Novo leads the Binghamton Philharmonic in a program featuring Antonin Dvorak’s Symphony No.9, “from the New World”. Also on the program are the Symphony No.25 of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, and Franz Joseph Haydn’s “Surprise” Symphony.
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! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0-Xm8hpRgck
Please visit http://www.newphaze.com/ for more information about Tony and the New Phaze!
Ira Levin’s thriller Deathtrap opens the season for the Homecoming Players in a reading at the Kitchen Theatre. Artistic Director Rachel Hockett and actor Arthur Bicknell talk about the suspense, surprises, and humor of this carefully plotted classic, presented on two Monday evenings.
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. http://wskg.org/audio/hanfordicemix.mp3
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.
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. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JQS3cTm-E-8
The Schorr Family Firehouse Stage turns into a Caribbean island as SRO Productions presents Stephen Flaherty’s musical Once on This Island. Director Scott Fisher and actress Mari Lewis, who plays one of the storytellers, talk about producing this musical fable in the round.
Peter and the Starcatcher is a comedy that tells of how an orphan becomes Peter Pan. Kitchen Theatre co-directors Rachel Lampert and her sister Sara Lampert Hoover keep things moving with actors playing multiple roles.
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. http://wskg.org/audio/yarnwire.mp3
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.
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. http://wskg.org/audio/ulildye012516.mp3
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. http://wskg.org/audio/narcissus2016.mp3
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”.
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! http://wskg.org/audio/boycemagicmix.mp3
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”. http://wskg.org/audio/maintenancemix.mp3
Singer/songwriters Christine Lavin and Don White join forces for an evening of laughs at the Schorr Family Firehouse Stage on Friday, January 8th at 7pm. Check out the link for a sample of their music and comedy.
Photo courtesy James Madison Thomas via Christine Lavin
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!
“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 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’ 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. http://wskg.org/audio/silentmovie.mp3
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. http://wskg.org/audio/matthewbeach.mp3
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. http://wskg.org/audio/glebchristmas.mp3
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 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. http://www.wskg.org/audio/paris.mp3
Photo provided by Tri-Cities Opera: AmArA’s evocation of Van Gogh’s “Starry Night”
Sharon Ball is retiring from the Broome County Arts Council after 11 years at Executive Director. She shares some of her history with the Arts Council and talks about the future of it. This is just a small part of a more extensive interview which we will post after the holidays.
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. http://wskg.org/audio/phelpschristmasmix.mp3
Photo courtesy of Joshua B
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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. http://wskg.org/audio/marisamessiah.mp3
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. http://wskg.org/audio/glitterphelps.mp3
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. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QTTjnBJlTxQ
Watch Chloe Zhang’s live performance on Expressions here.
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.
The Rockwell Museum presents the first annual Gingerbread Invitational. Eleven local artists have used local buildings as models for their gingerbread structures. We hear from the Rockwell Museum’s Willa Vogel about these spicy buildings.
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.
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”.
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 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
Celebrate the 2015 holiday season with WSKG! Check out our list of holiday programs on WSKG Radio and WSKG TV this December.
On WSKG RADIO
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
On WSKG TV
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
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.
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. http://wskg.org/audio/dorothycotton.mp3
Photo courtesy of The Dorothy Cotton Jubilee Singers
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. http://wskg.org/audio/jonathanho.mp3
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. http://wskg.org/audio/amahl2015.mp3
Photo courtesy Binghamton University Music Department
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”. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nFc18lU_DBw
1) Binghamton Downtown Singers “Do You Hear What I Hear?”
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.
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. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bNcqewsVPFc
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.
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. http://wskg.org/audio/predatormix.mp3
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. http://wskg.org/audio/toddsmithmix.mp3
Photo by R.E. Baker via Ti-Ahwaga Community Players
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.” http://wskg.org/audio/ballettwistmix.mp3
Conductor Timothy Perry leads the Binghamton University Orchestra and Chorus in Carl Orff’s “Scenic Cantata” Carmina Burana this weekend. Choral conductor Bruce Borton and baritone soloist Thomas Goodheart talk about the history of the work and why it is so popular. Other soloists are soprano Stacey Geyer and tenor Steven Nanni.
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.
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.
Downton Abbey Series Finale airs Sunday, 3/6, 9pm on WSKG TV. For DVDs and more Downton Abbey items, visit shopPBS.org. Downton Abbey Season 6 finale
Ithaca, Sunday, March 6
Tompkins County Public Library
BorgWarner Community Room
101 East Green Street
Ithaca, NY 14850
Series Finale early screening 3/6/16 at 2:00pm
Free, but RESERVATIONS required at (607) 729-0100, or RSVP@WSKG.org
WSKG will screen Downton Abbey’s Final episode early at 2pm on March 6, in the Tompkins County Public Library’s BorgWarner Community Room. Join curator Catherine Blumenkamp for a tour of the exhibit ‘Hats, Shoes, and Accessories of the Downton Abbey Era’ after the screening. RSVP required. Call 607-729-0100 or email RSVP@wskg.org.
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. http://wskg.org/audio/112015bco.mp3
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. http://wskg.org/audio/foolovemix.mp3
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. http://wskg.org/audio/sherrymix.mp3
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. http://wskg.org/audio/151109ledwon.mp3
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. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XsLuySDk6JM
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.
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
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. http://wskg.org/audio/jeffwahl.mp3
The Serling Players present Neil Simon’s early romantic comedy Barefoot in the Park. It’s another odd couple, but in this case, it’s a young married couple making the best of their differences, their new apartment, and their quirky neighbors and family.
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. http://wskg.org/audio/springawakeningmix.mp3
Photo courtesy of Binghamton University Theatre Department.
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. http://wskg.org/audio/sweeneymix.mp3
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. http://wskg.org/audio/earlyon.mp3
Photo courtesy of Binghamton University Music Department
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
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.
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. http://www.wskg.org/audio/iolanta.mp3
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. http://wskg.org/audio/iandyoumix.mp3
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. http://wskg.org/audio/FILMDAYSFINAL.mp3
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.
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. http://wskg.org/audio/Malala.mp3
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.
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.
Fantastique Halloween is a special concert by the Binghamton Philharmonic on Halloween featuring spooky music by Berlioz, Caplet, SibWagner, Saint-Saens, as well as a suite from the film score from Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho, by Bernard Herrmann.
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. http://wskg.org/audio/ladsjourney.mp3
Photo courtesy Binghamton University Music Department
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. https://youtu.be/1KI8J8bIkkk
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. http://wskg.org/audio/rockymix.mp3
Spare Productions is a group of young singers who produce a musical every summer. For Halloween they are offering a Halloween-themed cabaret, “Stage Fright: A Halloween Spooktacular”. One of the singers, Emily Frederick, tells us about it.
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 tricitiesopera.com for more information about their exciting 2015-2016 season. https://youtu.be/nG5KzmxUBz4
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.
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. http://www.wskg.org/audio/carnagemix.mp3
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. http://www.wskg.org/audio/ortizmix.mp3
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. http://www.wskg.org/audio/transient.mp3
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. http://www.wskg.org/audio/stamfordfriends.mp3
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. http://www.wskg.org/audio/stagescreen.mp3
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.
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. http://wskg.org/audio/roomfulteeth.mp3
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.
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. http://wskg.org/audio/artiststour.mp3
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. http://wskg.org/audio/mockingbirdmix.mp3
Photo courtesy Russ Baker via Ti-Ahwaga Community Players
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. http://wskg.org/audio/ivanovoca.mp3
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.
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.
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. http://wskg.org/audio/POUNDSTONE.mp3
The Cornell Symphony Orchestra presents the New York premiere of Kenneth Froelich newest work, his Symphony No.1 in a concert on Saturday, October 3 at 8pm in Bailey Hall on the Cornell campus. http://wskg.org/audio/froelich.mp3
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. http://wskg.org/audio/rudebold.mp3
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. http://wskg.org/audio/draculamix.mp3
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.
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. http://wskg.org/audio/desertcitiesmix.mp3
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. http://wskg.org/audio/roberconmix.mp3
“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. http://wskg.org/audio/btosharold.mp3
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.
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. http://wskg.org/audio/lark4tet.mp3
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. http://wskg.org/audio/titleofshowmix.mp3
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. http://wskg.org/audio/proofmix.mp3
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. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S3gKwxwN5DU
This segment was produced by the Corning Museum of Glass
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. http://wskg.org/audio/colorscape15mix.mp3
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 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. http://wskg.org/audio/westkcfairmix.mp3
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. http://wskg.org/audio/yiddishtheatremix.mp3
Picture courtesy Ronald L. Glassman via Cornell Jewish Studies
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. http://wskg.org/audio/Brahmsandfriends.mp3
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!
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.
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. http://wskg.org/audio/PALMATIERFINAL.mp3
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. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2S01_TkxvPg
Produced by: Christie Citranglo, Jacob Ryan, Sydney O’Shaughnessy
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. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mp664HT8BOw
Produced by: Aisling Brennan, Kayla Dwyer and Sarah Kim
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. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_CUCQLdAFFk
Produced by: Sharon Mejia, Taylor Zambrano and Ali Zydunczy
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. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7x_liGz_u54
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/wskg/local-wskg-1040122.mp3
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. http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/wskg/local-wskg-1040121.mp3
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. https://youtu.be/I1bOBecTUPo
“Yes Sir, She’s My Baby Polka”
“Real Good To Me”
“I’m Loving You Now”
“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.
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.
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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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. http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/wskg/local-wskg-1031863.mp3
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.
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.” https://youtu.be/pulEa0cfNcw
The show runs through June 14th at the Ti-Ahwaga Performing Arts Center, 42 Delphine St., Owego.
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 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’.
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. https://youtu.be/MFV9qperaGo
For more information, please visit: facebook.com/thesultana
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.
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… http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/national/local-national-1036682.mp3
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”
“Cigarettes, Whiskey and Wild, Wild Women”
“Jump in the Pond Polka”
“Heroes of our Past”
LET’S POLKA FACT: The polka is the official state dance of Wisconsin.
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.
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. http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/wskg/local-wskg-1038816.mp3
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.
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. http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/wskg/local-wskg-1039107.mp3
Organist Jim Ford musically interprets the 1927 silent film King of Kings on the Morton Theatre organ in the Forum in downtown Binghamton. The showing is part of the concert series of the Binghamton Theatre Organ Society.
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. http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/wskg/local-wskg-1039756.mp3
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.”
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”
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.”
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. http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/wskg/local-wskg-1039689.mp3
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. http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/wskg/local-wskg-1039412.mp3
Faust: Chris Trapani
Marguerite: Rebecca Heath
Mephistopheles: Brandon Coleman
Valentin: Daniel Scofield
Siebel: Meaghan Heath
Martha: Lindsay Brown
Wagner: Josiah Davis
Composer Santino DeAngelo talks about a cabaret concert of songs from his new musical. The Wild Ponies appear as part of the Cooperstown Concert Series. Cellist Hakan Tayga-Hromek joins with violinist Uli Speth and pianist Tomoko Kanamaru for a concert of music for piano trio.
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.
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.
Chris Brubeck’s Triple Play performs as part of the Oneonta Concert Association. The Brothers MacRae perform at Galaxy Brewing in Binghamton. The Cider Mill Playhouse presents the thriller Angel Street, the source of the film Gaslight.
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.
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. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z4XtHXpiX3U
Amy’s talent has been recognized and celebrated by Metalsmith Magazine, and rock star Amy Lee has worn her pieces at the Grammy’s.
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.
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!
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.
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. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qXLbiX74ZSY
WSKG’s summer intern Lory Martinez interviews curator Andrew Wieslogel who explains the genesis of this fantastic exhibit.
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.” https://youtu.be/WhEVfpHH9Vk
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. http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/wskg/local-wskg-1038474.mp3
Isabella: Mary Beth Nelson
Elvira: Rebecca Heath
Zulma: Megan Heath
Lindoro: Rexford Tester
Ali: Steven Stull
Mustafa: Daniel Noyola
Taddeo: Jake Stamatis
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.
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.
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. https://youtu.be/w9zhaqp4l7k
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
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. http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/national/local-national-1037932.mp3
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. http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/national/local-national-1037915.mp3
Crystal Sarakas speaks with Stephen Schweitzer about a new CD sampler of Binghamton musicians. Bill Snyder talks with conductor Marisa Crabb about the Downtown Singers’ annual presentation of Handel’s Messiah.
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.
Charles Compton explores the psychology of Ebeneezer Scrooge. Ithaca Ballet presents their annual performances of Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker. Singer/songwriter Vance Gilbert appears in Oxford this weekend. https://youtu.be/buOINsnVdVk
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.
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. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AebzK2aW_g0
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. http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/wskg/local-wskg-1037708.mp3
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. http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/wskg/local-wskg-1037709.mp3
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. http://youtu.be/s_3Spqk88tk
He is currently the organist at Saint Mary of the Assumption in Binghamton.
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. http://youtu.be/-Fb4emIOrN4
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.
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. https://youtu.be/cuJFIA_qpPk
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. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VsrpVN6Vipk
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.
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. http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/national/local-national-1037279.mp3
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. http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/wskg/local-wskg-1037244.mp3
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. http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/wskg/local-wskg-1037232.mp3
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
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. http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/national/local-national-1037077.mp3
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. http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/wskg/local-wskg-1037014.mp3
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
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. http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/national/local-national-863354.mp3
“Everybody has to have a hometown, Binghamton’s mine.
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.
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.
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. http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/national/local-national-1036680.mp3