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.  

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Creation of a World of Sound

Two different presentations offer The World According to Sound and Cornell According to Sound at the Cherry Artspace.  We hear from sound artists Chris Hoff and Sam Harnett.  They explain these unique sonic experiences and how the recorded and winnowed natural sounds into aural performances.  

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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”.

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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Young String Players Present Their Winter Concert

The Little Delaware Youth Ensemble presents their Winter Concert in two performances.  Conductor Uli Speth joins us to talk about the program and about the history of the ensemble, as well as an upcoming workshop for the group.  

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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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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.

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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Vocal Music at the Kilmer Mansion

Music in the Kilmer Mansion presents singers Thomas Goodheart and Jean Goodheart, flutist Jeanne Sperber, and pianist Pej Reitz.  The Goodhearts join us to talk about this varied program, which includes music of Copland, Saint-Saens, Liszt, Mozart, Chaminade, Romberg, and Rossini.  

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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.  

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‘Great Cities’ in Music at Binghamton University

The Binghamton University Symphony Orchestra will open its final season under the long-time direction of Professor Timothy Perry with “Great Music for Great Cities” at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 20 in Osterhout Concert Theater at Binghamton University. The program celebrates in sound the life of four of the world’s greatest cities, New York, Paris, London and Rome, with music by Leonard Bernstein, George Gershwin, Edward Elgar and Ottorino Respighi. Dr. Perry joins us to talk about the program and about the orchestra, which is mainly made up of non-music majors.  

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Re-examining a Tragedy Twenty Years Later

Studio 271 Productions along with Identity Youth Center are performing the award winning play; “The Laramie Project” by Moises Kaufman and members of the Tectonic Theater Project. With a cast of almost thirty performers this production shows the life of the residents of Laramie Wyoming during the aftermath of the murder of Matthew Shepard.

They’re Taking It Off in Owego!

The Ti-Ahwaga Community Players present the Terence McNally/David Yazbek musical ‘The Full Monty’. Director James Osborne joins us to talk about this Americanized musical version of the British film about how a group of unemployed steel workers get back their self-esteem and reconnect with their families with an unusual solution.  

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A New Season for a New Orchestra

The Binghamton Baroque Orchestra begins its second season with a program of music by Vivaldi, Telemann, Gluck, and J.S. Bach.  Conductor and recorder player Jeff Wahl joins us to talk about the program, the soloists, and why trumpet concertos are so short.

A Two-character Musical About First Love

Director Bevin O’Gara joins us to talk about the story and the actors in ‘Girlfriend’, a story about first love between two teenagers who don’t have the words to express their feelings, so they use mix-tapes.

The 26th Anniversary of SummerMusic

The Magic Mountain Music Farm presents the 26th Anniversary of chamber music concerts in the First Presbyterian Church of Gilbertsville, NY.  Violist Noralee Walker and clarinetist Dan Ferreira talk about their performances and what brings them back to Morris, NY every year to study with Burton Kaplan.

Pairing Shakespeare and Gardening

Master Gardener Eve Berman joins us to talk about ‘Much Ado in the Garden’, a Shakespeare-themed event taking place in the Cutler Botanic Garden at the Cornell Cooperative Extension grounds on Front Street in Binghamton.  There will be music, food, readings, and costumed characters.

‘The Time Element’ is Part of the 2018 Serling Fest

Rod Serling researcher Amy Boyle Johnston found a script for a radio play by Rod Serling from 1954 and brought it back to Binghamton.  Director Kate Murray and actor Joe Bardales talk about re-creating this drama, which was a precursor to Serling’s ground-breaking series ‘The Twilight Zone’. It is part of the 2018 Serling Fest taking place July 6 and 7 in downtown Binghamton.  

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WindSync Performs for Stamford Friends of Music

The Friends of Music of Stamford present the wind quintet WindSync on Sunday, June 17 at 3 in the Stamford United Methodist Church, 88 Main Street, Stamford.  We hear from Kara LaMoure, the bassoonist of the Houston-based ensemble, about music that has been written especially for them, and the great amount of touring and educational work they do.  

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Three One-Act Plays by Tennessee Williams

Know Theatre presents three rarely-performed plays by Tennessee Williams: ’27 Wagons Full of Cotton’, ‘The Pretty Trap’, and ‘Interior: Panic’. Director Tim Gleason talks about the poetry of Tennessee Williams’ dialogue and how these plays pull back the curtain to reveal more about Williams’ craft of creating characters.

Fresh Air’s Maureen Corrigan on Being a Book Critic

‘Fresh Air’ book critic Maureen Corrigan will be speaking at the 2018 Women’s Fund Breakfast hosted by the Women’s Fund of the Community Foundation for South Central New York. She joins us by phone to tell how she became book critic for ‘Fresh Air’, how many books land on her front porch every week, and what it is like to discover a great book by a previously unknown author.

Music of Johannes Brahms is Featured with the Downtown Singers

The Downtown Singers, led by Kristina Ruffo, present their Spring Concert.  This year it features the music of Johannes Brahms.  We hear from conductor Kristina Ruffo about the works, as well soloists Timothy LeFebvre, Michelle Thompson, and Erik Thompson.  

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It’s a Life-or-Death Situation in a Comedy in Owego

Harry Segall’s comedy ‘Heaven Can Wait’ takes the stage performed by the Ti-Ahwaga Community Players.  Director Linda Fenescey and actor Kerry Kane are on hand to talk about the prize-fighter who refuses to believe he has died.  It turns out that it was just a clerical error, but putting things right proves difficult…and hilarious.

A Jazz Legend Carries on his Father’s Legacy in Geneva

The Geneva Music Festival presents a wide range of music and various venues in and around Geneva. We hear from jazz legend, drummer T.S. Monk, who will be performing with his sextet at the Smith Opera house. The son of Thelonious Monk, he tells the amazing story of how he first approached his father about wanting to become a drummer — and what happened next.  

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Celebrating the Birthday of a Famous Horse

The Exterminator Extravaganza celebrates the famous racehorse Exterminator, at one time Binghamton’s most famous resident.  Bill Gorman joins us to talk about the First Friday event at Cooperative Gallery 213, and the Sunday, June 3 event at Temple Concord/Kilmer Mansion featuring music and a theatrical reading of ‘Old Bones the Wonder Horse’ by Southern Tier Actors Read. For reservations at the Sunday event, call 607/723-4620.

Drama is on the BPO Program

The Binghamton Philharmonic Orchestra presents music of Franz Joseph Haydn, Ludwig van Beethoven, and Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky in a concert on May 19th in the Forum on Washington Street in downtown Binghamton.  The new Music Director, Daniel Hege, joins us to talk about this dramatic program featuring trumpet soloist Frank Campos.  

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The Binghamton Philharmonic Celebrates the Variety of Music by ‘Magnificent Mozart’

The Binghamton Philharmonic Orchestra, led by Principal Guest Conductor Daniel Hege presents ‘Magnificent Mozart’ on Saturday, May 5 at 7:30 in the Forum, on Washington Street in downtown Binghamton.  Maestro Hege talks about the great variety of music that Mozart wrote and one astonishing harmonic discovery he made while preparing this concert.  

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Two Lost Musical Treasures are Rediscovered

Conductor Gerald Wolfe joins us to talk about the two rarely-performed choral masterpieces that will be on the program of the next Ithaca Community Chorus and Chamber Singers concert on May 12th at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church.

The Catskill Choral Society celebrates ‘The Seasons’

We hear from Catskill Choral Society music director G. Roberts Kolb who is leading them in two performances of Franz Joseph Haydn exuberant oratorio ‘The Seasons’. Maestro Kolb has produced a new English edition of the work.  

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The Binghamton Community Orchestra Premieres New Work

Music Director Timothy Perry and composer Kristen Gilbert talk about the next concert by the Binghamton Community Orchestra. The concert is called ‘Our Town’, and features the ‘Triple Cities Suite’ commissioned by the orchestra.  

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The Singers of the Madrigal Choir of Binghamton ‘Celebrate Singing’

Bruce Borton, conductor of the Madrigal Choir of Binghamton joins us to talk about ‘Celebrate Singing: Madrigal Choir Favorites of the Past 40 Years’ and the task of winnowing down all of those favorites into a concert.  The choir has also commissioned a new work, and founder Anne Boyer Cotten will be at the concert conducting the last three works on the program.  

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Ithaca’s Multicultural Chorus Raises VOICES in ‘Songs of Hope’

The VOICES Multicultural Chorus performs ‘Great Expectations: Songs of Hope’ on Saturday, May 5 at 4pm in Ithaca’s First Baptist Church.  Music Director Lorrene Adams joins us to talk about the great range of sources and languages for this inspirational concert.  

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A New Play Explores the History of a Binghamton Landmark

Playwright and director Elizabeth Mozer joins us to talk about her play ‘Castle on the Hill’, about the history of the Binghamton State Hospital, the residents, and the staff.  With her is actor Natalie DeBoer, who plays several roles in the play. It premieres this weekend in Watters Theatre of the Fine Arts Building on the Binghamton University campus.  

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Corning Community College Celebrates 60 Years with Poetry and Music

The Cantata Singers and the Corning Community College Vocal Ensemble join forces for a concert celebrating 60 years of Corning  Community College with poetry of Edward Dougherty set to music by conductor Will Wickham, who joins us to talk about this free concert at the Corning Museum of Glass Auditorium.  

Photo credit: Bob Haggard for the Cantata Singers

The Sultans of String Combine Many Musical Threads in their Concerts

Violinist Chris McKhool joins us to talk about his band, the Sultans of String, who will be performing at the Hangar Theatre on May 11.  The band members come from many musical traditions and present a wide range of styles in their concerts. For this concert, they welcome sitarist Anwar Khurshid.  

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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.  

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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.  

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‘A Feast for the Ears’ Showcases a Variety of Musical Styles

Binghamton University Symphony Orchestra Music Director and Conductor Timothy Perry joins us to talk about ‘Symphonic Smorgasbord II: A Feast for the Ears’. Dr. Perry has essentially created a ‘new’ symphony by selecting the first movement of Cesar Franck’s Symphony in d minor, the second movement of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No.5 in e minor, the “Hunt” Scherzo from Anton Bruckner’s Symphony No.4, “Romantic”, and the fourth movement of Johannes Brahms’ Symphony No.4 in e minor. He talks about the challenges to the students of playing in very different styles of symphonies all written at about the same time.  

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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.  

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The Dorothy Cotton Jubilee Singers Present a Concert in Elmira

The Music Director of the Dorothy Cotton Jubilee Singers, Baruch Whitehead, joins us to talk about their concert on Sunday, March 25 in the Clemens Center in Elmira, which presents a variety of Negro Spirituals. He talks about the meaning behind these moving songs and their historical context.

Southern Tier Actors Read Celebrates Irish Theatre

The Phelps Mansion Museum host Southern Tier Actors Read for a presentation of two Irish one-act comedies.  Director Judy McMahon joins us to talk about the author, Isabella Augusta, Lady Gregory and her unique insights into Irish culture in her classic plays.  

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The Cantata Singers Perform in Sayre

The Cantata Singers of Elmira perform music by Breesport native Dan Forrest at the Church of the Redeemer in Sayre. Conductor Will Wickham and Cantata Singers president Sally Davis join us to talk about Forrest’s music and his deep roots in the Elmira area. We also learn a bit of the history of the Cantata Singers.

Hanford Mills Presents its Annual Ice Harvest Festival

The Hanford Mills Museum near Oneonta presents its annual Ice Harvest Festival on Saturday, February 3 from 10am to 3pm.  Executive Director Liz Callahan joins us to explain the process of harvesting ice, how it is stored, the treat that is the ultimate reward in July for the ice harvest in February.

The BCO Presents ‘Bach to the Future’

The Binghamton Community Orchestra performs Bach transcriptions by Leopold Stokowski, Erich Leinsdorf, and Gustav Holst on Saturday, November 18 at 7pm. Conductor Timothy Perry joins us to talk about the program, as well as STMTA Youth Soloist Tayler Otis, who is soloist for Camille Saint-Saens Piano Concerto No.2. Then the Madrigal Choir of Binghamton joins the orchestra for a selection from Bach’s Cantata 80.  The concert ends with the Grand Oratorio ‘The Seasonings’ by the oddest of JS Bach 20-odd children, PDQ Bach. http://wskg.org/audio/bcobach.mp3

 

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Amy Hoi Ngan Hsiao Exhibits Paintings at First Friday

Hong Kong native Amy Hoi Ngan Hsiao presents ‘Ice and Fire’, an exhibit of her latest work at the Orazio Salati Gallery during November. She joins us to speak about her studies at Alfred University and settling in Montrose, Pennsylvania. http://wskg.org/audio/amy.mp3

 

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A New Opera Tells the Story of Colonel Jim Thompson

Col. Jim Thompson was held nearly nine years as a prisoner of war during the Vietnam War. Tom Philpott’s book about that ordeal and Thompson’s subsequent return to the USA has been adapted into an opera by composer Tom Cipullo.  Tri-Cities Opera will offer five performances of it in the Opera Center on Clinton Street in Binghamton.  General and Artistic Director Susan Ashbaker and conductor Joshua Horsch talk about this powerful yet lyrical drama, and the events around the performances.  The November 11 performance will be free for veterans who reserve tickets through the Vet’s Center. http://wskg.org/audio/gloryhorsch.mp3

 

Photo credit: Randy Cummings/Bunn Hill Photo

Music in the Kilmer Mansion Presents Pej Reitz and Jinah Lee

Music in the Kilmer Mansion at Temple Concord welcomes duo-pianists Pej Reitz and Jinah Lee for a Four-Hand Piano Concert. Jinah Lee talks about the music by Mozart, Schumann, Rachmaninoff, Piazzolla, Stravinsky, and Barber. She also describes the delicate choreography of hands and elbows that two pianists on the same bench have to negotiate. http://wskg.org/audio/jinah.mp3

 

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Kitchen Theatre Presents ‘Brahman/i’

Kitchen Theatre presents Aditi Brennan Kapil’s ‘Brahman/i’. We hear from actor Aila Peck about her character in this creative telling of the life of this individual who may or may not be a Hindu deity. “Kitchen Theatre Company transforms into a comedy club featuring a very unusual and completely hilarious stand-up routine in the second play of our season. Meet, B or  Brahman/i, a boy/girl from Athens, Georgia who explores everything from his/her/their Indian heritage to history, mythology, gender roles, and horrifying middle school experiences, with the assistance of J, electric bass playing side-kick.  

 

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The Madrigal Choir of Binghamton Celebrates the Reformation

The Madrigal Choir of Binghamton presents ‘Celebrate the Reformation: 1517-2017’ with music from the Reformation and the Counter-Reformation. Conductor Bruce Borton talks about the various uses of the tune ‘A Mighty Fortress’ and, in contrast, music of the of the Roman Catholic Church that “saved polyphony.” He also tell us what is up next for the Madrigal Choir. http://wskg.org/audio/madrigalreform.mp3

 

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Binghamton University Presents Amy Herzog’s ‘Belleville’

Binghamton University Theatre Department presents Amy Herzog’s thriller ‘Belleville’. Director Anne Brady talks about this 2013 Drama Desk Award-winning play, having her actors learn appropriate accents, and the very detailed set. Because it’s a thriller we try not to give away too many plot points. http://wskg.org/audio/belleville.mp3

 

Photo credit: Marcus Newton for Binghamton University

Ithaca Ballet Presents a Double Bill for the Whole Family

Ithaca Ballet presents ‘Snow White’ and ‘Haunted House’ in two performances in the State Theatre in Ithaca.  Choreographer Cindy Reid joins us to talk about the two short ballets.  ‘Snow White’ features music by Lavinia Reid and ‘Haunted House’ is to Modest Mussorgsky’s ‘A Night on Bald Mountain’. http://wskg.org/audio/snowwhite.mp3

 

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Mozart’s ‘The Magic Flute’ Plays in a Mysterious Theatre

Kitchen Theatre welcomes Fitz&Startz Production for ‘The Mystery of the Magic Flute’, a re-imagining of Mozart’s ‘The Magic Flute’ with music from other Mozart operas for a detective story for kids about a mysterious theatre. “Three American girls–Bettina age 15, Anna age 12, and Suz age 9–are off to Salzburg, Austria with their Uncle Wolfie to see the sights and experience going to the opera in Mozart’s home town. Uncle Wolfie has told his nieces about a mysterious opera house that is on a street with no name and is not on any map. Can they find it? When Uncle Wolfie turns a corner and disappears and a mysterious door appears, the girls decide to enter.

Binghamton University Orchestra Plays Music from Disney Films

The Binghamton University Orchestra presents ‘Dream Machine: Music of the Disney Studios.’ Conductor Timothy Perry joins us to talk about the timeline of music associated with the Disney Studios, from ‘Steamboat Willie’ to ‘Frozen.’ http://wskg.org/audio/disney2017.mp3

 

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SRO Vortex Presents ‘Gripped’

Vortex, the dance wing of SRO Productions presents ‘Gripped’ on October 20, 21, and 22 in the Endicott Performing Arts Center on Washington Avenue in Endicott. Choreographer Anne Trebilcock talks about the collaboration that created this exploration of addiction and its effects on family and friends. http://wskg.org/audio/gripped.mp3

 

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Tri-Cities Opera Presents Puccini’s ‘La Boheme’

Tri-Cities Opera presents Giacomo Puccini’s ‘La Boheme’ in one performance on Sunday, October 15 in the Forum in downtown Binghamton. Soprano Meroe Khalia Adeeb and baritone Scott Purcell talk about the production, their cast mates, and what makes this opera such a favorite.  WSKG’s Natalie Shoemaker streamed the interview and a subsequent question and answer session live on Facebook.  You can see that here. http://wskg.org/audio/boheme.mp3

 

Photo credit: Randy Cummings/Bunn Hill Photo

John Covelli and Friends Perform at the Schorr Family Firehouse

The Schorr Family Firehouse Stage of the Goodwill Theatre presents pianist John Covelli to celebrate ten years of concerts there. Maestro Covelli performs music of Chopin, Griffes, Copland, and Kabelevsky, capping off the concert with Gershwin’s one-piano arrangement of ‘Rhapsody in Blue’. He also welcomes pianist Pej Reitz, saxophonist April Lucas, flutists Jeanne Sperber and Nina Stutzman, tenor Steven Nanni, clarinetist Timothy Perry, cellists Hakan Hromek and, in a special recorded segment, Sara Sant’Ambrogio.  This special Saturday concert will be at 4pm on October 14. http://wskg.org/audio/Covelli1017.mp3

 

 

Ti-Ahwaga Community Players Present ‘The Glass Menagerie’

‘The Glass Menagerie’ was the play that started Tennessee Williams’ career as a playwright. Director James Osborne and assistant director Kylee Thetga join us to talk about Ti-Ahwaga Community Players production of it, featuring Jane Nichols reprising the role of Amanda after 20 years. http://wskg.org/audio/menagerie.mp3

 

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The Binghamton Babylon Film Festival Ends with the Rod Serling Film Festival

A chance encounter on a New York subway led to the Binghamton Babylon Film Festival.  Now in its second year, the weekend is capped off with the Rod Serling Film Festival. Art Mission Vice-president Andrea Gregori and WSKG Education Director Jackie Stapleton talk about the many entries in both competitions. http://wskg.org/audio/17babylon.mp3

 

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Photographer and Activist LaToya Ruby Frazier Speaks in Corning

The Rockwell Museum welcomes TED Fellow LaToya Ruby Frazier, who will deliver a talk, ‘Art and Empathy: Storytelling for Social Change’. “For LaToya Ruby Frazier, art is a weapon – a catalyst for social justice. Her photographs and videos document today’s America, including her native Braddock, Pennsylvania. Her work amplifies the stories of post-industrial communities– cities and small towns riven by poverty, racism, healthcare inequality, and environmental toxicity. Bridging the personal with the social, her powerful gorgeous work amplifies the voices of the vulnerable and transforms our sense of place and self.”

Marietta Cheng Returns to the OSFL

The Orchestra of the Southern Finger Lakes welcomes back Conductor Laureate Marietta Cheng for Folk Tales à la Russe, an all-Russian program of music by Glinka, Tchaikovsky, and Rimsky-Korsakov. “Marietta Cheng  served as Music Director and Conductor of the OSFL from its creation until May of 2008. From 1986 to 1995, Cheng was Conductor of the Corning Philharmonic. Ms. Cheng is Professor of Music and Conductor at Colgate University and chair of the Music Department. The Colgate University Orchestra, under her baton, is one of the best liberal arts college orchestras in the country.

The Annual Artists Open House is Back

Artists of Susquehanna County, PA open their studios for the annual Artists Open House on October 7, 8, and 9 from 10am to 6pm. Twenty-six artists in 19 locations display paintings, sculpture, pottery, photography, and woodworking. There is also a treasure hunt and a Richard Gere film festival. We meet painter Earl Lehman and photographer Eric Van Tassel. http://wskg.org/audio/17artstour.mp3

 

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The Roberson Museum and Science Center Welcomes Robercon

Robercon, the annual science fiction convention at the Roberson Museum and Science Center, is this weekend, Saturday and Sunday, September 30 and October 1. Five years ago the first convention was such an overwhelming hit that it had to be expanded to two days, with table-top gaming moved to the Binghamton High School.  Organizer Chris Kocher talks about the discussion groups and the special guests, and some of the events that he is especially excited about. http://wskg.org/audio/robercon.mp3

 

Photo credit: Chris Kocher for Robercon

Opera Ithaca Presents ‘Pagliacci’ at Circus Culture

Opera Ithaca presents Ruggero Leoncavallo’s versimo opera ‘Pagliacci’ at Circus Culture in Ithaca. Director Zachary James joined us via Skype from New York just as the company was preparing to present the opera at The Slipper Room in the East Village in Manhattan. He talks about incorporating circus acts into the commedia dell’arte elements of the opera. http://wskg.org/audio/pagliacci.mp3

 

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Chris Younghoon Kim Leads the Binghamton Philharmonic

The Binghamton Philharmonic welcomes Music Director finalist Chris Younghoon Kim to lead the orchestra in Jean Sibelius’ Symphony No.7, Aaron Copland’s ‘Quiet City’, and Ernst Bacon’s ‘Remembering Ansel Adams — A Mountain Threnody’.

The Cayuga Chamber Orchestra Opens Its Season

The Cayuga Chamber Orchestra opens its season with an augmented ensemble to perform the Leonore Overture No.3 by Ludwig van Beethoven, the Symphony No.1 by Johannes Brahms, and two concerto excerpts with winners of the Lee Strebel Concerto Competition: violinist Gioia Gedicks playing the first movement of Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto in e minor and Benjamin Doane playing the third movement of Camille Saint-Saens’ Cello Concerto No.1 in a minor. Music Director Cornelia Laemmli Orth joins us to talk about what to expect in the concert. http://wskg.org/audio/corneliacco.mp3

 

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Savoyards Ithaca Present 'The Mystery of Edwin Drood'

Savoyards Ithaca venture out of the Gilbert and Sullivan canon to present Rupert Holmes’ musical ‘The Mystery of Edwin Drood’. Director Gabriella Carr talks about the challenge Charles Dickens left when he died before finish the murder mystery that is the basis for the musical. http://wskg.org/audio/drood.mp3

 

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Savoyards Ithaca Present ‘The Mystery of Edwin Drood’

Savoyards Ithaca venture out of the Gilbert and Sullivan canon to present Rupert Holmes’ musical ‘The Mystery of Edwin Drood’. Director Gabriella Carr talks about the challenge Charles Dickens left when he died before finish the murder mystery that is the basis for the musical. http://wskg.org/audio/drood.mp3

 

Photo credit: Savoyards Ithaca