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.  

Photo credit: WindSync

Mezzo Raehann Bryce-Davis is part of a duet concert in Stamford

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.


Photos courtesy Raehann Bryce-Davis

A Weekend of Chamber Music is coming to the Western Catskills

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.




Photo courtesy Lark Quartet

The Catskill Mountains Film Festival is calling for entries

Festival chair Jessica Vecchione speaks with WSKG’s Bill Snyder about the Catskill Mountains Film Festival.  The deadline for entries is March 21st. The Festival is looking to encourage regional filmmakers to work together, with special emphasis on creativity in young filmmakers.


Illustration courtesy of the Catskill Mountains Film Festival.  

The History of Tourism in the Catskills

by Miranda Materazzo

When most people think of tourism in New York, they likely imagine the thousands of people who visit New York City every year. Famous sites like the Statue of Liberty, Times Square, the Empire State Building, and Central Park all very well may come to mind. But there was a time, not so long ago, when people flocked to visit Upstate New York as well. For decades in the mid 20th century, huge numbers of tourists came to visit the Catskill Mountain area of the state, which generally includes the area between New York City and Albany, the state capital. While people still visit the mountains today, the small towns nestled within them are no longer the economic centers that they were all those years ago.

The Belleayre Music Festival presents Donizetti's "Lucia di Lammermoor"

Artistic Director Donald Westwood speaks with WSKG’s Bill Snyder about the production of Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor at the Belleayre Music Festival.  It’s his third production with the Festival for the Michigan-based director.

Photograph courtesy Dave Connor via Flickr