An undated portrait of the cellist Lynn Harrell. Harrell died Monday at age 76.

Cellist Lynn Harrell Has Died, Age 76

The Grammy-winning American cellist had a wide-ranging career that spanned Bach to new music written by Augusta Read Thomas. His colleagues also treasured him as a generous musical collaborator.

Michael Lang – who helped organize the original Woodstock in 1969 and was working on this year's 50th anniversary event – photographed announcing the Woodstock 50 lineup at Electric Lady Studio on March 19, 2019 in New York.

Woodstock 50 (Finally) Throws In The Towel

After a series of logistical and financial setbacks, the planned three-day festival celebrating the 50th anniversary of the original Woodstock Music & Art Fair has been canceled by its organizers.

Woodstock - Back to the Garden: The Definitive 50th Anniversary Archive is a 38-disc collection of every recording made at the landmark festival

Woodstock At 50: The Unheard Recordings

In this defining interview, Andy Zax, producer of a massive new Woodstock box set, shares previously unheard recordings from the festival and the remarkable stories behind them.

What One New York Orchestra’s Doing To Increase Diversity

African-Americans currently make up less than two percent of larger orchestra members in the United States. This lack of representation is a struggle for many groups, including the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra.  

A Locally-formed Band Comes for a Visit

The founding members of the roots music band, Donna the Buffalo, Tara Nevins and Jeb Puryear, stopped by to talk about their new album ‘Dance in the Street’, the craft of songwriting, and touring.  They perform Friday, January 25 at 10pm in Ransom Steele Tavern in Apalachin.  

Photo credit: Donna the Buffalo

Tiny Desk Concert with Florist.

Florist: Tiny Desk Concert

Emily Sprague performs three quiet, delicate songs in the NPR Music offices with help from members of New York’s Epoch collective.

"I sort of became this cocktail party version of myself where I felt like I had to play the role of 'happy girl'," Maggie Rogers says.

Maggie Rogers Reintroduces Herself

In 2016, Maggie Rogers was attending class at New York University when super producer Pharrell sat in on a master class to critique the students’ work. Pharrell was blown away by Rogers’ song “Alaska.”

Peace Amidst War In Opera At Glimmerglass Festival

ROCHESTER, NY (WXXI) – Cooperstown, New York means one thing to baseball fans  – the Hall of Fame, And another thing to opera fans – The Glimmerglass Festival, held every summer.

Jason Mraz on Ask Me Another.

Jason Mraz: A Return To New York

Mraz recounts the palm reading that led him to drop out of college and make music, and how Sara Bareilles brought him to the Broadway musical Waitress. Then we quiz this organic farmer on avocados.

The Binghamton Baroque Orchestra Presents its First Concert

The Binghamton Baroque Orchestra presents its first concert on Sunday, August 20 at 6pm in the Jewish Community Center in Vestal, featuring music by Vivaldi, Telemann, and J.S. Bach. Founder and recorder soloist Jeff Wahl joins us with harpsichordist John Isenberg and principal violinist Sophia Warner. http://wskg.org/audio/wahlbaroque.mp3

 

Photo credit: Binghamton Baroque Orchestra

KBKabaret Presents a Music and Comedy Festival

KBKabaret presents a Music and Comedy Festival on Sunday, August 13 from 1pm to 7pm at Traditions at the Glen, 4101 Watson Boulevard in Johnson City.  Founder and comedy writer Bree Harvey joins us to talk about growing up watching television variety shows hosted by Carol Burnett, Sonny and Cher, and the Smothers Brothers, and how they inspired her to create KBKabaret. http://wskg.org/audio/bree.mp3

 

Photo credit: KBKabaret

Know Theatre Marks 25 Year with 'Music and Magic'

Know Theatre of Binghamton celebrates 25 years with a special performance featuring magic by Alexander Boyce and music by Santino DeAngelo performed by John Covelli.  Artistic Director Tim Gleason tells about the program and the history of the theatre group. http://wskg.org/audio/musicmagic.mp3

 

Photo credit: Know Theatre

New York Met Unveils 2017-18 Opera Season

WSKG Public Media will again present the New York Metropolitan Opera’s 87th consecutive Saturday Matinee Radio Broadcast season.  These live broadcasts commonly begin in early afternoon on WSKG Radio. It kicks off on December 2, 2017 with a live broadcast of Verdi’s Requiem and continues through the May 5 matinee of Roméo et Juliette. The broadcast season will once again be heard live over the Toll Brothers-Metropolitan Opera International Radio Network. Mary Jo Heath returns for her third season as host and Ira Siff returns for his 11th season as commentator for the broadcasts, which feature a range of dynamic intermission features, live backstage interviews with artists, and the ever-popular Opera Quiz. The Metropolitan Opera’s full 2017-18 season will feature 220 performances of 26 works, including two Met premieres.

'South Pacific' Comes to the Cider Mill Playhouse

The Cider Mill Playhouse welcomes Jan DeAngelo Productions for Rodgers and Hammerstein’s ‘South Pacific’ in a concert staging.  Although they have been married and have performed together for many years, Jan and Shannon DeAngelo have never played opposite each other. They have chosen this classic musical to do just that.  They talk about the perils of that, and this beloved score, which is one hit song after another, and tells a story that addresses serious themes of love against a backdrop of war. http://wskg.org/audio/southpacific.mp3

 

Photo credit: Studio 271 Productions for Jan DeAngelo Productions

Christian McBride and Edgar Meyer Perform at Cornell

The Cornell Concert Series presents bassists Christian McBride and Edgar Meyer in concert on Friday, February 3 at 8pm in Bailey Hall on the Cornell campus.  We hear from Christian McBride about his family connections to the double bass and the unusual circumstances that led to this unique pairing. http://wskg.org/audio/mcbride.mp3

 

Photo credit: Cornell Concert Series

 

 

Binghamton's PorchFest is in its Second Year

The PorchFest phenomenon started in Ithaca and has spread across the nation.  The Binghamton Porchfest is celebrated this weekend around the West Side of Binghamton.  The number of bands and porches has grown since its inaugural festival last year.  It’s free, and audiences are invited to stroll around the neighborhood to listen to music from noon until 7pm.  Booklets with a map and schedule are available to guide listeners to the 26 porches and at least 89 bands. Organizer Chris Bodnarczuk gives us more details. http://www.wskg.org/audio/porchmix.mp3

 

Photo credit: Patti Schwartz

 

 

Art, Music, and Poetry Come Together for a Set of Performances and Viewings

SpoolMFG is presenting a set of showing of the art of Don Demauro, combined with the poems ‘Four Quartets’ by T.S. Eliot, and the Suites for Solo Cello by Johann Sebastian Bach played by cellist Hakan Tayga-Hromek.  Spool Mfg. is a contemporary art space committed to the existential, personal, social, and political dimensions of the contemporary moment. Spool Mfg. functions within a large 19th-century industrial site which accommodates exhibitions, installation, and performance at 140 Baldwin Street in Johnson City. http://www.wskg.org/audio/spoolmix.mp3

 

Photo credit: Inoyl via Flickr

Comedian Tommy Koenig is a Musical Tour Guide Through the Baby Boom Generation

Ti-Ahwaga Performing Arts Center is presenting comedian Tommy Koenig in his one-man show ‘Baby Boom Baby’. The show charts the journey of the Baby Boom Generation through the sound-track of their life. Koenig is a veteran of National Lampoon and a Baby Boomer himself. His song parodies reflect the times that the generation was living through. http://wskg.org/audio/koenigmix.mp3

 

Photo Credit: Tommy Koenig

Nerdcore Rapper Sammus Makes Definitive Statement With New Single: 'I Am A Human Being'

By day, she’s Enongo Lumumba-Kasongo a PhD student at Cornell University. By other time of day, she’s producer and nerdcore rapper Sammus. In her new single 1080p, she shows her fans that there is no distance between these two aspects of her life. There are a couple video game references sprinkled into the song, but the focus is on the rapper’s personal journey to good mental health. Sammus performs at the Sacred Root Kava Lounge in Ithaca on March 15th.

"A Christmas Carol" moves through the Phelps Mansion Museum

Dickens’ A Christmas Carol makes itself at home as the audience follows the play from room to room in the Phelps Mansion Museum, now decorated for Christmas. Chris Nickerson plays Ebeneezer Scrooge, along with Jan DeAngelo as Jacob Marley, Joe Bardales as Bob Cratchit, and Judy McMahon, Mickey Ray, Nick DeLucia as the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future. Adam Ackerman and Matthew Beach will be featured as Tiny Tim. http://wskg.org/audio/phelpschristmasmix.mp3

Photo courtesy of Joshua B

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The Sultana

WSKG and local musician Jeff Stachyra partner to produce a musical/historical look at the greatest maritime disaster in United States history. Told thru songs written by Jeff this hour long program details the demise of The Sultana, which went down in the immediate aftermath of the Civil War and Lincoln’s assassination. Also included are historical and personal vignettes which chronicle the history of the disaster and Jeff’s own journey to put his album and this program together. Jeff is joined by The Sultana Band, The Madrigal Choir of Binghamton, a ten piece orchestra and local actor Bill Gorman in this ambitious hour of history and music. https://youtu.be/MFV9qperaGo

For more information, please visit: facebook.com/thesultana