An Inside Look at the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions

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

Photo credit: Kristin Hoebermann

View of the south fields, all works by Mark di Suvero. Left to right: Figolu, 2005–11. Courtesy the artist and Spacetime C.C. E=MC2 , 1996-97. Courtesy the artist and Spacetime C.C. ©Mark di Suvero.

Sculptor Mark Di Suvero Creates Joy Out Of Steel

Suvero’s acclaimed sculptures are in public spaces all over the world and in the collections of major museums. The sculptor recently installed his largest work at the Storm King Arts Center in the Hudson Valley.

Michael Lang – who helped organize the original Woodstock in 1969 and was working on this year's 50th anniversary event – photographed announcing the Woodstock 50 lineup at Electric Lady Studio on March 19, 2019 in New York.

Woodstock 50 (Finally) Throws In The Towel

After a series of logistical and financial setbacks, the planned three-day festival celebrating the 50th anniversary of the original Woodstock Music & Art Fair has been canceled by its organizers.

Music at Fishs Eddy Announces Three Concerts this Summer

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

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A Concert of Hope and Peace

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

A Rising Playwright Takes on Challenging Issues

The Binghamton University Theatre Department presents Kirsten Greenidge’s play ‘Baltimore’. Director Godfrey Simmons joins us to talk about this drama that explores the fallout of a racial incident on a college campus that prides itself on having gotten “past racism”.

What One New York Orchestra’s Doing To Increase Diversity

African-Americans currently make up less than two percent of larger orchestra members in the United States. This lack of representation is a struggle for many groups, including the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra.  

A Locally-formed Band Comes for a Visit

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

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"I sort of became this cocktail party version of myself where I felt like I had to play the role of 'happy girl'," Maggie Rogers says.

Maggie Rogers Reintroduces Herself

In 2016, Maggie Rogers was attending class at New York University when super producer Pharrell sat in on a master class to critique the students’ work. Pharrell was blown away by Rogers’ song “Alaska.”

Beautiful Music to Welcome a New Year

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

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In Ithaca, Looking Ahead To 2019

ITHACA, NY (WSKG) – 2018 is almost over and 2019 is on its way in. Around Ithaca, people are looking to make some changes. Inside a health club, people are signing up for new memberships to start the new year. Nearby others are pushing and pulling on weight machines. “I’m most looking forward to great self care,” said Christine Cummings.

Two Houses, Both Alike: In a scene that fuses two moments across two centuries, 19th-century math prodigy Thomasina (Bel Powley, left) and her tutor Septimus (Tom Riley) flank the central table of Arcadia's set, joined in the center by the present-day Valentine (Raul Esparza) and Hannah (Lia Williams).

A New York Revival For Stoppard’s Duality-Driven ‘Arcadia’

Tom Stoppard’s masterful comic romance plays out in two centuries at once, tripping lightly through subjects as diverse as sex and landscape gardening, academic ambition and the Second Law of Thermodynamics. A much-anticipated Broadway revival opens March 17.

From Haydn to Beethoven

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

Lee at Comic-Con in San Diego on July 19, 2013.

A Marvel Of A New Yorker: Stan Lee Dead At 95

Lee gave us over six decades’ worth of superheroes we could identify with, characters like Spider-Man and The Incredible Hulk, who reacted to superpowered crises in believably flawed, human ways.

Music for Autumn

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

Part Poetry, Part Lamentation, Part Concert

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

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

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

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

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

Photo credit: Binghamton University Music Department