The correspondence between singer Patsy Cline and a fan who grew to be a treasured friend is the basis for Always, Patsy Cline presented by SRO Productions. Director George Kurbaba talks about the true story of this friendship and how it translates to the stage.
You’ve heard her on Snap Judgment or possibly seen her on shows like Dead to Me, American Horror Story, The Middle, or Curb Your Enthusiasm. Jen Kober brings her hilarious award-winning stories to the Firehouse Stage on Saturday, October 23. She talks about growing up in Louisiana entertaining her mother, her friends and eventually, audiences.
‘Always…Patsy Cline’ is the true story of the friendship between the famous country singer and one of her fans through correspondence and a few meetings. Actors Alexandra Mendoza and Lynette Daniels join us to talk about SRO’s production of it and the many songs Cline made famous in her tragically short life.
The Schorr Family Firehouse Stage of the Goodwill Theatre presents pianist John Covelli to celebrate ten years of concerts there. Maestro Covelli performs music of Chopin, Griffes, Copland, and Kabelevsky, capping off the concert with Gershwin’s one-piano arrangement of ‘Rhapsody in Blue’. He also welcomes pianist Pej Reitz, saxophonist April Lucas, flutists Jeanne Sperber and Nina Stutzman, tenor Steven Nanni, clarinetist Timothy Perry, cellists Hakan Hromek and, in a special recorded segment, Sara Sant’Ambrogio. This special Saturday concert will be at 4pm on October 14. http://wskg.org/audio/Covelli1017.mp3
The Goodwill Theatre welcomes Tri-Cities Opera alumna Cynthia Clarey, who will perform her cabaret act ‘What Becomes of the Broken Hearted’ at the Schorr Family Firehouse Stage on Thursday, May 25. She joins us via Skype from Chicago to talk about putting together a very personal act. She also tells about how her career unexpectedly turned from musical theatre to opera, and about her encounter with a very famous singer. http://wskg.org/audio/clarey.mp3
The Schorr Family Firehouse Stage of the Goodwill Theatre presents an encore of the pairing of pianist John Covelli and “the Paganini of the Steel Pan”, Liam Teague. John Covelli speaks about meeting Liam Teague and their first joint concert in 2015 and how popular demand brought them back together. http://wskg.org/audio/covelliteague.mp3
Tim O’Brien’s award-winning book ‘The Things They Carried’ is the source for a series of events around the Binghamton area. Studio 271 Productions presents a dramatic reading at the Schorr Family Firehouse Stage on March 10 and 11 in an adaptation by Martin M. Murray. The SUNY-Broome Center for Civic Engagement presents a guided deliberative discussion—’The Limits of Power: The United States in Vietnam’ on March 8 at 6:30pm in the Decker Community Room of the Broome County Public Library. Tim O’Brien will also appear on March 25 in the Helen Foley Theatre of Binghamton High School. The events are part of the NEA Big Read, a month-long series of programs highlighting ‘The Things They Carried’, presented by SUNY-Broome Community College.We hear more from director Kate Murray and Prof. Mary Donnelly.
The Schorr Family Firehouse Stage presents flutist Jeanne Sperber and friends for ‘America the Beautiful Melting Pot’, a concert including music by Elmira-born composer, Charles Tomlinson Griffes, Paul Schoenfield, Katherine Hoover, and the North American premiere of a work by Cuban composer Leo Brouwer. Pej Reitz is the pianist, along with cellist Hakan Tayga-Hromek, and tenor Steven Nanni. http://wskg.org/audio/sperber.mp3
SRO Productions is presenting the musical ‘1776’ by Sherman Edwards and Peter Stone. Sam Goodyear talks with Mickey Woyshner who plays John Adams, and Scott Fisher who is director and is also playing the crotchety Rhode Island delegate Stephen Hopkins. They talk about amassing the number of men needed to cast the show and producing this innovative staging in the Schorr Family Firehouse Stage in Johnson City. They also talk about the musical number in the show that so offended President Richard Nixon that it was eliminated from the filmed version, but it is retained for this production. http://wskg.org/audio/1776.mp3
The Goodwill Theatre presents singer Naima Kradjian in her new cabaret concert ‘Listen to My Heart’ in the Schorr Family Firehouse Stage. Since a cabaret concert is such a personal performance, putting one together is a challenging task. We hear about finding new songs, saying good-bye to long-time favorites, and rehearsing with a pianist with lots of cabaret experience. http://wskg.org/audio/naima.mp3
The Annual Florence Hamme free jazz concert is on Wednesday, April 13 at 6pm in the Schorr Family Firehouse Stage. Al Hamme performs with the Swing Street Jazztet, with special guest Cookie Coogan. Tickets are free, but reservations are required. http://wskg.org/audio/hammemix.mp3
The Schorr Family Firehouse Stage presents pianist John Covelli in a wide-ranging concert with cellist Hakan Tayga-Hromek, flutist Nina Stutzman, clarinetist Timothy Perry, countertenor Steven Nanni, and pianist Pej Reitz. The concert features music by Henry Cowell, Franz Liszt, Frederick Chopin, Ludwig van Beethoven, and Maurice Ravel. http://wskg.org/audio/crazyquilt.mp3
The Schorr Family Firehouse Stage turns into a Caribbean island as SRO Productions presents Stephen Flaherty’s musical Once on This Island. Director Scott Fisher and actress Mari Lewis, who plays one of the storytellers, talk about producing this musical fable in the round.
Alexander Boyce is probably most familiar to audiences in the Triple Cities for his acting, at Union-Endicott High School, SRO Productions, and Know Theatre, and he is now pursuing acting studies at the Tisch School of Arts at NYU. His interest in magic began about the same time as his interest in acting, and that is what brings him to the Schorr Family Firehouse Stage of the Goodwill Theatre in Johnson City with fellow magician David Oliver for Bam! It’s Magic! http://wskg.org/audio/boycemagicmix.mp3
Singer/songwriters Christine Lavin and Don White join forces for an evening of laughs at the Schorr Family Firehouse Stage on Friday, January 8th at 7pm. Check out the link for a sample of their music and comedy.
Photo courtesy James Madison Thomas via Christine Lavin
The Rocky Horror Picture Show opened forty years ago, based on a British musical. SRO Productions is presenting the original version at the Schorr Family Firehouse Stage. Mickey Woyshner (Dr. Frankenfurter) and Heather Merlis (Columbia) tell us about the ground-breaking aspects of the show and how director Scott Fisher has adapted it to this intimate space. http://wskg.org/audio/rockymix.mp3
Pianist John Covelli first met cellist Dave Eggar and his quartet when they performed for WSKG’s Expressions. Each member has a multifaceted career outside of the quartet, so it took a long time to arrange this concert. It features music by Busoni, Chopin, Corigliano, Gershwin, Paganini, and Robert Schumann. The concert takes place on Sunday, June 28th at 2pm in the Schorr Family Firehouse Stage, the corner of Corliss Avenue and Willow Street in Johnson City. http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/wskg/local-wskg-1040121.mp3
Pianist John Covelli and steelpanist Liam Teague collaborate in a concert at the Schorr Family Firehouse Stage. Hailed as the “Paganini of the Steelpan,” Liam Teague currently serves as the Head of Steelpan Studies and Associate Professor of Music at Northern Illinois University.
Judy McMahon speaks with WSKG’s Bill Snyder about Southern Tier Actors Read and their celebration of Veterans Day — and some upcoming performances. Directors Judy McMahon and Kate Murray have delved into radio archives to recreate a radio show from World War II, with a behind- the- scenes look at the production of these radio programs, including specially created sound effects. http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/national/local-national-1037279.mp3
Santino DeAngelo speaks with WSKG’s Bill Snyder about the reading of his musical Another Happy Ending. DeAngelo has been working on his musical for a few years now, and it’s in the workshopping stage. Songs have been written, tossed out, revised, and restored as the musical is shaped. And having an audience hear it is important. http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/national/local-national-1034430.mp3
Pianist Rick Pedro speaks with WSKG’s Bill Snyder about his Patriotic Piano performance on Sunday, June 1 at 2pm at the Schorr Family Firehouse Stage. Pedro started out as a classical pianist, but was drawn to ragtime and jazz stride piano. http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/national/local-national-1033906.mp3