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.

Rafael Grigorian Ballet Presents ‘The Nutcracker’

The Rafael Grigorian Ballet Theatre presents Tchaikovsky’s famous story of Clara and her Christmas present, ‘The Nutcracker’.  Choreographer Rafael Grigorian joins us to talk about the logistics of doing a Saturday performance in the Clemens Center in Elmira, and then moving the whole production to Binghamton for a Sunday performance in the Forum. He also talks about the new studios in Elmira and Vestal. http://wskg.org/audio/nutcracker.mp3

Photo credit: Rafael Grigorian Ballet Theatre

'Rhapsody and Rhythm' Comes to the Clemens Center

‘Rhapsody and Rhythm’ comes to the Clemens Center on Thursday, September 8. Pianist Richard Glazier was only nine years old when he met Ira Gershwin and started a lifelong fascination with songs by the Gershwins.  A classically trained pianist, he brings soprano Sylvia McNair and baritone Michael Andrew for a celebration of this music.  He also brings along photographs for a multi-media experience of his journey of exploring this repertoire. ” ‘Rhapsody & Rhythm’ is the official multimedia concert event celebrating the ingenious music and legacy of George and Ira Gershwin. Performed throughout North America to critical acclaim, it is the definitive Gershwin experience performed by incredible musicians with an unparalleled understanding of why George and Ira Gershwin will forever be the most beloved and respected songwriting team in history. This truly unique and entertaining Gershwin experience includes unparalleled performances of the most popular songs such as I Got Rhythm, ‘S Wonderful, They Can’t Take That Away From Me, Summertime, as well as George Gershwin’s masterpiece Rhapsody in Blue.”