Five years after the death of its host and namesake, Piano Jazz with Marian McPartland is ending distribution to the nation’s public radio stations. The announcement was made in letter sent to public radio station managers by longtime producer Shari Hutchinson.
Classical Pianists of the Future and WSKG present Chuyue “Chloe” Zhang, performing live on Thursday, November 12 at 8:00 p.m. on WSKG TV. It’s the next broadcast of Expressions in partnership with Classical Pianists of the Future. Zhang, an Eastman School of Music senior, will showcase her talent. Tune in!
Pianist Gleb Ivanov performs a concert of music by Brahms, Mendelssohn, Debussy, and Liszt as part of the Oneonta Concert Association season. Mr. Ivanov comes from a family of musicians, and began to accompany his father’s vocal recitals at the age of eight. He graduated from the Moscow Conservatory in 2005. After moving to the United States Mr. Ivanov earned his Master’s degree from the Manhattan School of Music. http://wskg.org/audio/ivanovoca.mp3
WSKG Arts & Culture takes a look at precocious piano talent, Victoria Frances Young. This segment features clips from Victoria’s live Expressions performance at the WSKG Studios plus interview clips where she talks about wanting to inspire children her age to take up music. WSKG would like to thank the Classical Pianists of the Future for bringing Victoria to Binghamton. At a young age, Victoria Frances Young has already performed in prestigious venues such as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and Steinway Hall in New York City. In 2011, she was awarded a $10,000 Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award in conjunction with her performance on NPR’s From the Top.
WSKG is pleased to partner with the Roy H. Park School of Communications at Ithaca College on a series of Arts & Culture Shorts. This video was produced by students at IC and looks at one student’s love of both playing the piano and figure skating. Told through her own words and intercut with footage of both the piano and ice, this feature provides a dramatic backdrop for a truly unique student. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_CUCQLdAFFk
Produced by: Sharon Mejia, Taylor Zambrano and Ali Zydunczy
WSKG’s Sarah Gager speaks with pianist Roman Rabinovich about his paintings, and how he maintains his piano skills while on tour. He will be performing February 12 at 8PM, at the Anderson Center of the Performing Arts with the Haifa Symphony Orchestra of Israel. http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/wskg/local-wskg-1031863.mp3
Michael Cannon, co-founder of the Honest Brook Music Festival in Delhi, NY, performs on piano. Cannon’s piano performing career has taken him all over the world. He has performed in such major European capitals as London, Amsterdam, The Hague, Berlin and Frankfurt as well as Shanghai and Tokyo in the Far East. The London Daily Telegraph called him “A distinguished artist, having not only a fine technique, but also ripe experience and deep familiarity with the music – a wide variety of tone, warmth and flexibility.” For the second performance of the program, Cannon put together a tribute to three composers – Mendelsshon, Chopin and Liszt – born within three years of one another, but who have greatly varied styles.
David Heiss and Warren Jones make for a dynamic duo on the cello and piano. Heiss, a native of Endwell, recalls announcing his determination to play the violin in the second grade – but his “very wise” mother convinced him to pick up the cello. His parents took him to hear the Binghamton Symphony as a child (he remembers hearing the great American cellist Leonard Rose play), and he had his first opera experience here in the Triple Cities, at the Triple Cities Opera, as the only cellist in the orchestra, “a kid trying to play a big opera like that”. Heiss spent close to six years with TCO. Today, cellist David Heiss is a longtime member of The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and principal cellist of the New York Pops at Carnegie Hall.
Cortland’s Rick Starmer takes the Expressions stage for this second season episode. Rick is a jazz pianist and wrote all the songs he performed during this episode. Highlights include a composition he dedicated to his daughter, “Kayla Walk”. Brew up some coffee or tea and enjoy a great half hour of original piano tunes. This program was recorded at WSKG studios on March 10th, 2009 in front of a live studio audience.