A New Opera Tells the Story of Colonel Jim Thompson

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Col. Jim Thompson was held nearly nine years as a prisoner of war during the Vietnam War. Tom Philpott’s book about that ordeal and Thompson’s subsequent return to the USA has been adapted into an opera by composer Tom Cipullo.  Tri-Cities Opera will offer five performances of it in the Opera Center on Clinton Street in Binghamton.  General and Artistic Director Susan Ashbaker and conductor Joshua Horsch talk about this powerful yet lyrical drama, and the events around the performances.  The November 11 performance will be free for veterans who reserve tickets through the Vet’s Center. http://wskg.org/audio/gloryhorsch.mp3

 

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Tri-Cities Opera Presents Puccini’s ‘La Boheme’

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Tri-Cities Opera presents Giacomo Puccini’s ‘La Boheme’ in one performance on Sunday, October 15 in the Forum in downtown Binghamton. Soprano Meroe Khalia Adeeb and baritone Scott Purcell talk about the production, their cast mates, and what makes this opera such a favorite.  WSKG’s Natalie Shoemaker streamed the interview and a subsequent question and answer session live on Facebook.  You can see that here. http://wskg.org/audio/boheme.mp3

 

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TCO Presents 'Hydrogen Jukebox'

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Tri-Cities Opera presents an opera unique in its genesis and format. In ‘Hydrogen Jukebox’ poet Allen Ginsberg and composer Philip Glass collaborated on settings of some of Ginsberg’s most powerful poetry. Stage director Alison Moritz has given the songs shape by adding actor Bill Gorman in the last days of Ginsberg’s life. Maestro Braden Toan leads a chamber orchestra and singers Stacey Geyer, Abigail Smith, Mary Beth Nelson, Jordan Schreiner, Scott Purcell, and Jake Stamatis. http://wskg.org/audio/hydrogen.mp3

 

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TCO Pairs a Comedy by Ravel with Cabaret Songs by Schoenberg

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Tri-Cities Opera is presenting a double-bill of Arnold Schoenberg’s early cabaret songs, the Brettl-lieder paired with Maurice Ravel’s effervescent comedy ‘L’Heure Espagnole’. Stage Director James Kenon Mitchell talks about turning the Brettl-lieder into a mini-autobiography of Marilyn Monroe and linking the songs to Ravel’s comedy and its fiery, yet frustrated leading lady, Concepcion.  Soprano Stacey Geyer talks about the various sources for the texts used in the Brettl-lieder, and about playing the Marilyn Monroe character. http://wskg.org/audio/brettl.mp3

 

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TCO Celebrates 2017

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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

 

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The Downtown Singers and the Binghamton Philharmonic Present Handel's 'Messiah'

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The Downtown Singers and the Binghamton Philharmonic perform Handel’s oratorio ‘Messiah’ on Saturday, December 17 at 7:30 in the Forum in downtown Binghamton. Marisa Crabb leads the ensemble in this 34-year tradition. Soloists include soprano Stacey Geyer, mezzo-soprano Ivy Walz, tenor Dinyar Vania, and baritone Timothy LeFebvre. http://wskg.org/audio/1215messiah.mp3

 

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Tri-Cities Opera presents ‘Hansel and Gretel’

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Tri-Cities Opera is presenting Engelbert Humperdinck’s seasonal favorite ‘Hansel and Gretel’ in the Opera Center at 315 Clinton Street in Binghamton. Director Cara Consilvio and Director of Community Engagement John Rozzoni talk about the new translation that brings new life to this traditional tale. http://wskg.org/audio/hanselint.mp3

 

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Tri-Cities Opera presents 'Hansel and Gretel'

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Tri-Cities Opera is presenting Engelbert Humperdinck’s seasonal favorite ‘Hansel and Gretel’ in the Opera Center at 315 Clinton Street in Binghamton. Director Cara Consilvio and Director of Community Engagement John Rozzoni talk about the new translation that brings new life to this traditional tale. http://wskg.org/audio/hanselint.mp3

 

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Tri-Cities Opera Presents Verdi’s ‘La Traviata’

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Tri-Cities Opera is presenting Giuseppe Verdi’s ‘La Traviata’ in one performance on Sunday, October 16 in the Forum in downtown Binghamton.  Director David Lefkowich talks about the non-traditional staging of the opera, with the orchestra onstage.  Baritone Timothy LeFebvre, who spent twenty years with TCO as a student and then as a resident artist,  returns to Binghamton for the role of Giorgio Germont, a role he first sang with Tri-Cities Opera. Also returning to Binghamton is Meroe Khalia Adeeb in the role of Violetta. http://wskg.org/audio/Traviata.mp3

 

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Tri-Cities Opera Presents Verdi's 'La Traviata'

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Tri-Cities Opera is presenting Giuseppe Verdi’s ‘La Traviata’ in one performance on Sunday, October 16 in the Forum in downtown Binghamton.  Director David Lefkowich talks about the non-traditional staging of the opera, with the orchestra onstage.  Baritone Timothy LeFebvre, who spent twenty years with TCO as a student and then as a resident artist,  returns to Binghamton for the role of Giorgio Germont, a role he first sang with Tri-Cities Opera. Also returning to Binghamton is Meroe Khalia Adeeb in the role of Violetta. http://wskg.org/audio/Traviata.mp3

 

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Opera and Beer Mix in a Tri-Cities Opera Event

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Tri-Cities Opera presents ‘Opera and Beer’ at the Garage Taco Bar, the corner of Washington and Henry Streets in downtown Binghamton. The five resident artists of Tri-Cities Opera, Jake Stamatis, Mary Beth Nelson, Stacey Geyer, Scott Purcell, and Jordan Schreiner, and students of the M.M. in Opera Program at Binghamton University serenade the patrons with drinking songs and other show-stoppers from operas, accompanied by lots of beer, including Binghamton Brewing Company’s new “Tri-Cities Hopera”. http://wskg.org/audio/operabeer.mp3

 

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

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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

 

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Songs of Medieval life and love at the Osterhout Concert Theater

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Conductor Timothy Perry leads the Binghamton University Orchestra and Chorus in Carl Orff’s “Scenic Cantata” Carmina Burana this weekend. Choral conductor Bruce Borton and baritone soloist Thomas Goodheart talk about the history of the work and why it is so popular.  Other soloists are soprano Stacey Geyer and tenor Steven Nanni.  

 

The Catskill Choral Society presents Haydn's "Lord Nelson" Mass

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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.  

 

 

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