BU Opera Ensemble Presents ‘Billy Goats Gruff’

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The Binghamton University Music Department’s Opera Ensemble presents composer John Davies’ 40 minute opera for children, ‘Billy Goats Gruff’. The composer and the Opera Ensemble’s Music Director, Willie Anthony Waters, talk about the opera and their casts of singers. Mr. Davies (pictured) explains how he uses preexisting music from operas where similar situations are encountered. Mr. Waters also gives us a heads-up that he will be on the Metropolitan Opera live Saturday broadcast’s Opera Quiz twice this coming season. http://wskg.org/audio/billygoats.mp3

 

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Binghamton University Presents Amy Herzog’s ‘Belleville’

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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

The Binghamton University Symphony Orchestra Makes 'Magic!'

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The Binghamton University Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Timothy Perry presents ‘It’s Magic!’ on Saturday, February 25 at 3pm in the Osterhout Concert Theatre of the Anderson Center on the Binghamton University campus.  The program includes ‘The Magic Fair’ by Carlos Surinach, ‘A Night on the Bare Mountain’ by Modest Mussorgsky in the orchestration by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, ‘The Sorcerer’s Apprentice’ by Paul Dukas, as well as suites from the film scores from ‘How to Train Your Dragon’ by John Powell and the Harry Potter series by John Williams.

 

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'The Mikado' Comes to Binghamton University

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The Binghamton University Music Department, in conjunction with the Summer Savoyards present Gilbert & Sullivan’s perennial favorite ‘The Mikado’ in two performances, February 10 at 7:30pm and February 12 at 1pm in the Chamber Hall of the Anderson Center on the Binghamton University campus.  Timothy Perry leads the orchestra and tenor Steven Nanni directs.  We hear from the two sopranos sharing the role of the young Yum-Yum, who seems innocent, but she’s “very wide awake” in dealing with a frightening rival, as well as threats of decapitation and other more “stuffy” deaths. http://wskg.org/audio/0206mikado.mp3

 

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A Concert Presents Old and New Piano Trios

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The Binghamton University Music Department presents ‘Piano Trio: Old Meets New’ on Sunday, September 25 in the Chamber Hall of the Anderson Center on the Binghamton University Campus. Violinist Uli Speth, cellist, Zachary Sweet, and pianist Joel Harder perform piano trios by Ludwig van Beethoven, Amy Beach, Paul Schoenfield, and Binghamton University composition professor Daniel Davis. http://wskg.org/audio/ulizach.mp3

 

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Binghamton University Hosts the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company

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The Anderson Center on the Binghamton University campus presents the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company, performing ‘Play and Play, An Evening of Music and Movement’.  He joins us to talk about his early dance experiences at what was then Harpur College, and with Binghamton’s American Dance Asylum. “Recognized as one of the most innovative forces in the modern dance world, Bill T. Jones returns to his alma mater for a Homecoming weekend performance by his dance company. While attending Binghamton University, Bill T. studied classical ballet and modern dance. Binghamton is also where he started his first dance company in 1973.” http://wskg.org/audio/jonesmix.mp3

 

Photo credit: Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company

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

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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

 

 

 

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Roman Rabinovich to Perform with the Haifa Symphony Orchestra of Israel

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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

Photograph provided by Anderson Center

 

Brandford Marsalis visits WSKG | Part 2

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