An Ithaca Filmmaker Tackles a Current Issue

Dehanza Rogers is a filmmaker and assistant professor in the Performing and Media Arts department at Cornell University.  She joins us to talk about her interactive video and sound installation at The Cherry Artspace in Ithaca. She explores the personal side of the plight of undocumented immigrants in a time of crisis.  

Photo credit: The Cherry Artspace

Composer Hugh McElyea Uses an Ancient Form to Portray Heroism and Sacrifice

Composer Hugh McElyea talks about his work ‘Tenebrae: The Passion of Dietrich Bonhoeffer’. This theatrical work uses the ancient service of Tenebrae to tell the story of the last hours of Lutheran pastor Dietrich Bonhoeffer who could have fled Germany during the Nazi regime, but whose faith compelled him to stay and face imprisonment and eventual execution just days before the war ended.  

Photo credit: www.tenebraelive.com

The Cooperstown Summer Music Fest Presents its First Concert of the Season

Cooperstown Summer Music Fest Artistic Director Linda Chesis joins us to talk about the first concert of the season, taking place at the Otesaga in Cooperstown.  The American String Quartet performs Franz Schubert’s famous “Death and the Maiden” Quartet, Claude Debussy’s String Quartet in g minor, and Linda Chesis joins them as flutist in ‘Poem’ by Elmira-born composer Charles Tomlinson Griffes.  

Photo credit: Peter Schaaf

Developers Want Kinder, Gentler Video Games

ROCHESTER, NY (WXXI) – Local game developers are spent the weekend creating video games based on kindness at the Rochester Institute of Technology. The event, or “game jam” was hosted by iThrive Games, a company who aims to empower and inspire teens through video games. They hold these weekend long brainstorming sessions across the country, based on different elements such as kindness, or empathy. Senior Creative Director for iThrive Games, Heidi McDonald, McDonald says she’s noticed a trend in young developers wanting to make deeper, more compassionate games. “Pew-pew is fun, vroom vroom is fun, but I think we are at a place where both the player base and the developers want something deeper, they want something more.