The Geneva Music Festival Opens this Week

The Geneva Music Festival opens this week.  Geoffrey Herd, the director and also one of the performers, talks about the wide-ranging music being performed in the festival, and about the rather wide-ranging venues for them. http://wskg.org/audio/genevagoeff.mp3

 

Photo credit: Cavani String Quartet for the Geneva Music Festival

Organist Peter Browne is Honored with a Memorial Concert

Organist, choral conductor, and composer Peter Browne died last year.  He was long-time organist/choirmaster at Trinity Memorial Episcopal Church and conductor of the Harpur Chorale at Binghamton University. This year a memorial concert has been organized in his memory.  Conductor Bruce Borton and organist Timothy Smith join us to talk about this concert. http://wskg.org/audio/browneconcert.mp3

 

Photo credit: Timothy Smith

"Ho! Ho! Ho!" brings a festive start to December

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

 

Photo courtesy Till Westermeyer via Flickr

Jonathan Biggers presents "Ho, Ho, Ho!" at United Presbyterian Church

Organist Jonathan Biggers talks with WSKG’s Bill Snyder about his holiday concert at United Presbyterian Church. The First Friday event includes music by Tchaikovsky, J.S. Bach, Olivier Messiaen and there’s even a sing-along. http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/wskg/local-wskg-1037709.mp3

Photograph courtesy Aidan-Sally via Flickr

Broome County's Pipe Organ

The Forum Theater in Binghamton, NY houses a musical treasures which over the years has become a symbol of pride for its community: a 1926 Robert-Morton pipe organ.  The pipe organ is commonly used in churches, but some of the instrument’s most memorable sounds and beautiful music accompanied fims during the silent movie era.  The segment celebrates the history of this 80-year-old local treasure, from silent films back in the 20’s to complete abandonment and almost its destruction in a chicken coop, to the restoration and renewed vibrancy and life in Broome County. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Vqz5BJ_gk8