The Downtown Singers present Felix Mendelssohn’s oratorio ‘Elijah’ for their Spring Concert. Marisa Crabb leads a chorus of almost one hundred singers, along with orchestra and five soloists for this very dramatic and tuneful choral work. Soprano Mary Burgess and baritone Timothy LeFebvre talk about their experiences singing this very popular oratorio, and about their experiences singing with the Downtown Singers. http://wskg.org/audio/Elijah.mp3
Tri-Cities Opera has not been around for a century, but their home started life one hundred years ago as the Lithuanian Social Hall on Clinton Street in Binghamton’s First Ward. The New Year’s party celebrates that heritage with songs associated with 1917. Director of Community Engagement John Rozzoni talks about the celebration, the singers, and the music. http://wskg.org/audio/122616TCO.mp3
Pantomime was hugely popular in ancient Rome, but virtually nothing is known about them, other than that they were entertainments performed by one dancer accompanied by chorus and vocal soloists. Composer Santino DeAngelo has researched this lost art and created his own short pantomime based on the myth of Narcissus. Narcissus premieres on Thursday, January 21 at the Tri-Cities Opera Center as part of A Walk on the Wild Side. The program also includes selections from recent operas sung by artists from Tri-Cities Opera. WSKG will broadcast Narcissus this coming spring as a WSKG Arts Presents special. Composer Santino DeAngelo, dramaturg Marty Murray, and director Austin Tooley talk about reviving this lost art. http://wskg.org/audio/narcissus2016.mp3
Organist Jonathan Biggers and friends present a varied program at United Presbyterian Church in Binghamton as part of the First Friday celebration. Biggers is joined by singers Stacey Geyer and Lindsay Brown, clarinetist Timothy Perry, pianists Pej Reitz and Christopher Bartlette, and the BU French Horn Quartet. http://wskg.org/audio/jonathanho.mp3
Binghamton University Music Department presents two Sunday matinees of Gian Carlo Menotti’s Amahl and the Night Visitors. Originally written for television, Menotti wrote it so that it could be easily staged in a theatre. Stage Director Steven Nanni, Music Director Willie Waters, and Henry Wager, the boy soprano singing the title character, talk about why this short opera is so beloved. http://wskg.org/audio/amahl2015.mp3
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Stage Director Martha Collins and Coordinator of Marketing and Events John Rozzoni speak with WSKG’s Bill Snyder about Tri-Cities Opera’s production of Charles Gounod’s opera Faust. Based on the play by Goethe, it’s the timeless tale of an elderly scientist who sells his soul to the devil, the charmingly deceitful Mephistopheles, in exchange for youth and love. Martha Collins started out as an opera singer — she can be seen in the Cher-Nicholas film Moonstruck as singing the role of Mimi in the production of La Boheme that the couple attends — but finds directing much more fun.
Conductor Colin Armstrong speaks with WSKG’s Bill Snyder about the Catskill Choral Society’s presentation of Franz Joseph Haydn’s Missa in Angustiis, more commonly know as the “Lord Nelson Mass. All four soloists are from Binghamton University’s Master of Music in Opera program: Stacey Geyer, soprano; Lindsay Brown, alto; Jordan Schreiner, tenor; and Josiah Davis, bass. Dr. Armstrong explains why the work got its alternate title, and why it’s such an important and much-loved work.