Expressions shines a spotlight on the Appalachian mountain dulcimer in this month’s premiere episode. It’s one of only two original American instruments along with the banjo. Our guide is luthier Bernd Krause, who has built more than 250 dulcimers over the past 40 years. Find out who inspired his very first dulcimer and visit the shop where he still crafts these wondrous instruments.
We also hear dulcimer performances from both Bernd and Beth Fallon, recorded at the ArtFarm Studio and Gift Shop in Chenango Bridge.
Expressions returns with a new episode featuring ‘Tenor’ Tony Villecco singing a set of baroque era songs in a special on-location performance. Tony has been performing since he was ten years old and has spent the last five decades entertaining audiences with his angelic voice and easygoing charm. The performance was recorded at the St. Thomas Aquinas Church in Binghamton and Tony was accompanied by a seasoned group of local musicians including John Isenberg, Marijane Wojtowitz, Joanne Peters and Melanie Valencia. The setlist includes pieces from Georg Handel, and ‘Ave Maria’ by Caccini.
After over a decade of providing the best in regional arts coverage, Expressions has returned with a new look and a new host. WSKG is pleased to be working with actress Adara Alston on a new set of episodes which have begun to roll out this month. Adara has performed across the region over the past 15 years from the Hangar Theatre in Ithaca to the Cider Mill Playhouse in Endicott. She has appeared in countless productions including ‘Doubt: A Parable’, ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’, ‘The Crucible’, ‘South Pacific’ and even a stage version of ‘Shrek’. With this type of range, Adara is perfect in her role of introducing our audience to the eclectic group of musicians and artists we have coming up this season.
Expressions returns with a new episode featuring traditional African folk artist, Samite. This world renowned talent performed his first concert since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic at the WSKG Studios in the fall of 2021 and we are happy to give you a front row seat to the performance. Samite is joined onstage by longtime friend and collaborator Nate Richardson in a career spanning setlist of songs. Along with the concert performances this half hour episode features a segment detailing Samite’s journey to upstate New York and the amazing challenges he has faced along the way. We are also pleased to introduce Adara Alston as our host of Expressions.
Expressions, WSKG’s long running local arts and culture program, is returning to the television schedule on a new night and time! Tune in Friday nights at 8:30 for the best in concert performances and regional art. New episodes are scheduled to premiere on the second Friday of each month and we have an exciting line-up for you in 2022. In the next few months you will see a brand new concert from African folk artist Samite, Tenor Tony Villecco performing baroque period songs with his unique panache and we visit an art shop that expertly uses its location to create a unique visiting experience. We are also pleased to work with talented actress and musician Adara Alston this season.
This event has passed. Join WSKG for a recording of our television music program Expressions featuring Maddy Walsh & The Blind Spots! Come on out Thursday, February 6th to the WSKG Studio (601 Gates Rd, Vestal, NY). 6:00PM – Doors Open
6:15PM – Reception (Fresh Hot Pretzels & Local Craft Beer)
7:00PM – Performance by Maddy Walsh & The Blind Spots begins
WSKG’s Andrew Pioch and Al Williams of Classical Pianists of the Future join us to talk about the two-part retrospective of six years of Expressions programs hosted by Ithaca College piano student Alexei Aceto, who also play some new pieces.
Alexei Aceto, an extremely talented classical pianist from Ithaca will appear on a brand new episode of Expressions, premiering Thursday, April 27th at 8pm. A senior in high school, Alexei recorded an evening of classical standards from composers such as Rachmaninoff, Scriabin and Schubert in front of a live studio audience at the WSKG Studios. The hour long program will also include interview clips where Alexei discusses his early start playing the piano, his influences and future plans. Enjoy this promo and be watching for Expressions with Alexei Aceto! https://youtu.be/yP-G50PkOyk
This program was produced with the help of Classical Pianists of the Future
WSKG Arts proudly presents a special Expressions program featuring the area’s very best jazz musicians performing some holiday classics! This hour long program showcases the groups Miles Ahead, The Little Big Band, Ultra Vibe and the duet of Ron Emerick and Rhonda Plunkett. Selections include ‘Let It Snow’, ‘Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas’, ‘God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen’ and ‘Favorite Things’. https://youtu.be/OLfEF8nFICU
1) Miles Ahead-Let It Snow
2) The Little Big Band-Jingle Bell Rock/Rocking Around The Christmas Tree
3) Ron & Rhonda-Mary, Did You Know
4) Ultra Vibe-Christmas Time Is Here
5) The Little Big Band-Go Tell It On The Mountain
6) Miles Ahead-Blue Christmas
7) Ron & Rhonda-Merry Christmas, Darling
8) The Big Band-Jingle Jazz Jam
9) Ultra Vibe-Favorite Things
10) Ron & Rhonda-Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
11) Miles Ahead-Rudolph, The Red-Nosed Reindeer
12) The Little Big Band-God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
WSKG Arts is proud to present a special Expressions: Holiday Harmonies featuring some of the area’s best jazz musicians! Featuring performances from Miles Ahead, The Little Big Band, Ultra Vibe plus Ron Emerick and Rhonda Plunkett this hour long program is sure to put some swing in your holiday weekend. Check out this short clip and see below for the times you can watch or listen on WSKG TV and Radio! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MdosM07mwq0
WSKG Arts along with the Classical Pianists of the Future proudly present a special performance featuring Anastasia Rizikov and Michael Davidman. Both of these precocious talents have graced the Classical Expressions stage in years past and we are happy that they decided to return for another hour of classical piano. Canadian pianist Anastasia Rizikov is a remarkably poised and precocious seventeen year old who has already won major prizes all over the world. Resolving to compete in adult competitions since the age of twelve, Anastasia won first places over musicians twice her age in the following competitions: the Ettore Pozzoli International Piano Competition, along with prizes for best compulsory work by E. Pozzoli, and audience prize (Seregno, Italy, 2015). Born in New York City in 1997, Michael Davidman started piano lessons at five years old at Greenwich House Music School with Michiyo Morikawa, then from 2005-2015 piano performance with Efrem Briskin at Manhattan School of Music, conducting with Jonathan Strasser 2009-2015, and conducting with David Gilbert 2013-2015.