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Binghamton University Forum
Tue, 12/16/2014 - 1:00pm
Tue, 12/16/2014 - 7:00pm
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The elections are over, but the debate over Common Core educational standards continues. Leading educators gather December 12 at Binghamton University for a review of New York’s version of Common Core.

Participating in the Binghamton university Forum are: Jason Andrews, Superintendent, Windsor Central School District S.G. Grant, Professor, Social Studies Education, Graduate School of Education, Binghamton University; and James Tallon, President of the United Hospital Fund of New York and Member, NYS Board of Regents.  The discussion will be moderated by WSKG’s Charles Compton. 

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 1:00pm
Wed, 12/17/2014 - 7:00pm
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 "Chanukah in Story and Song" (at 1pm)  is narrated by Leonard Nimoy and sung by the acclaimed vocal sextet The Western Wind Vocal Ensemble. It presents 25 eclectic selections, from the Ladino songs of the Spanish Jews and Yiddish melodies of Eastern Europe to modern Israeli tunes and the ensemble's original version of "I Have a Little Dreydle." The ensemble performs a cappella as well as with instrumental accompaniment. The narration, written by Rabbi Gerald Skolnik, sheds new light on the holiday's customs and rituals. 

At 7pm: Eternal Echoes for Hanukkah features Violinist Itzhak Perlman and Jewish music scholar and performer Hankus Netsky. They join host James David Jacobs for an hour of songs and stories celebrating the holiday known as "The Festival of Lights." We'll  hear about the history of the Jewish hymn "Maoz Tsur," which later became the Christian hymn "Rock of Ages"; selections from George Frideric Handel's dramatization of the Hanukkah story, his oratorio Judas Maccabaeus; recordings of both classical and cantorial selections by the legendary tenor Jan Peerce; two musical depictions of a spinning dreidel; Hankus Netsky telling the story of how, thanks to the idiosyncracies of Klezmer music, he became a professional accordion player within a day of his playing the instrument for the first time; Itzhak Perlman talking about the cantorial music he listened to as a child in Israel; and an attempt to convey the experience of making and eating potato latkes through the medium of radio.

Holiday Specials on WSKG Radio

Tuesday 12/9 @ 8pm: Advent Voices
Monday 12/15 @ 9pm: Christmas Vespers with Apollo’s Fire
Tuesday 12/16 @ 8pm: Chanukah in Story & Song
Wednesday 12:17 @ 8pm: Eternal Echoes for Hanukkah
Thursday 12/18 @ 8pm: An Elizabethan Christmas with the Rose Ensemble
Thursday 12/18 @ 9pm: Music of the Baroque Brass & Choral Holiday Concert
Friday 12/19 @ 7pm: Jazz Piano Christmas
Sunday 12/21 @ 8pm: A Baroque Christmas in the New World
Sunday 12/21 @ 9pm: Winter Solstice Celebration
Monday 12/22 @ 8pm: Handel’s Messiah from Trinity

Wednesday 12/24 @ 10am & 11pm: A Festival of 9 Lessons & Carols
Wednesday 12/24 @ 1pm: Welcome Christmas with VocalEssence
Wednesday 12/24 @ 7pm: It’s a Wonderful Life with The Serling Players
Wedesday 12/24 @ 8:30pm: A Christmas Carol with Stanley Kiehl Gambell
Wedesday 12/24 @ 9pm: Concierto Christmas Special

Wednesday 12/24 @ 11pm: A Festival of 9 Lessons & Carols

Thursday 12/25 @ 9am: A Leroy Anderson Christmas
Thursday 12/25 @ 10am: A Chanticleer Christmas
Thursday 12/25 @ 11am: Christmas with the Philadelphia Singers
Thursday 12/25 @ 12pm: Christmas with Morehouse & Spelman Glee Clubs

Thursday 12/25 @1pm: Christmas with Madrigalia

Thursday 12/25 @ 7pm: Tinsel Tales 2

Thursday 12/25 @ 8pm: A Broadway Christmas
Thursday 12/25 @ 9pm: St. Olaf Christmas Festival
Tuesday 12/30 @ 1pm & 7pm: A Season’s Griot
Thursday 1/1 @ 11am: New Year’s Day from Vienna

Advent Voices
Tue, 12/09/2014 - 8:00pm
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Advent is a time of quiet contemplation and waiting. It's waiting for darkness to become light and for hopes to be realized. Throughout the centuries Advent has been observed musically in sacred and secular ways. Join Lynne Warfel for an hour of the most beautiful vocal music inspired by and written for Advent:

Niles: I Wonder As I Wander - Emma Kirkby
Poston: Jesus Christ the Apple Tree - Seraphic Fire
Biebl: Ave Maria - Chanticleer
Traditional: Quem Pastores - The Cambridge Singers
Huron Carol: Twas in the Moon of Wintertime - Cantus
Poulenc: Videntes Stellam - Choir of Trinity College
Lauridsen: O Magnum Mysterium - Chamber Choir of Europe
Gruber: Stille Nacht - The King's Singers
Scheidt: O Jesulein Zart - Bryn Terfel and Nidus Choir
Trad.: Away in a Manger sung in Welsh - Bryn Terfel
Trad.: Taladh Chriosda - Apollo's Fire with Meredith Hall
Britten: A Boy Was Born - The Dale Warland Singers
Holst: In the Bleak Midwinter - Theatre of Voices
Trad.: Sweet Little Jesus Boy - Jessye Norman

World of Opera
Sat, 11/01/2014 - 1:00pm
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Royal Opera House, London

Royal Opera House Orchestra and Chorus Betrand de Billy, conductor

CAST: Joyce DiDonato (Maria Stuarda); Carmen Giannattasio (Elisabetta); Ismail Jordi (Roberto); Jeremy Carpenter (Lord Cecil); Matthew Rose (Giorgio Talbot); Kathleen Wilkinson (Anna Kennedy)

In operas from Elizabeth at Kenilworth to Anna Bolena, Donizetti seemed fascinated by the intrigues and rivalries of British royalty. This example deals with the complex relationship between Elizabeth I and Mary Stuart -- also known as Mary, Queen of Scots.

Remaining operas in November from World of Opera:

11/8 Tchaikovksy: The Enchantress; Theater an der Wien

11/15 Rossini: Armida; Rossini Opera Festival, Pesaro

11/22 Mussorgsky: Boris Godunov; Finnish National Opera

11/29 Verdi: I Due Foscari; Royal Opera House, Covent Garden

TCO Operalogue
Tue, 10/21/2014 - 9:00pm

Tune in for a broadcast of Tri Cities Opera's Operalogue, recorded Saturday October 18th, 2014.

In the upcoming production of Verdi's Rigoletto, Grammy Nominated artist and Tri-Cities Opera alumnus, Guido Lebron returns to sing the title role in Verdi's breakthrough masterpiece.  Meroe Adeeb plays his angelic daughter, Gilda and Chris trapani plays her love interest, the philandering Duke of Mantua.

Hear a walk through the opera with highlights sung by the performers and enjoy interviews with the cast, directors and producers.

Intelligence Squared U.S.
Tue, 10/07/2014 - 1:00pm
Tue, 10/07/2014 - 7:00pm

Intelligence Squared U.S. brings Oxford-style debating to America -- one motion, one moderator, two informed and provocative panelists for the motion, and two against. John Donvan of ABC News -- Nightline is the official moderator of Intelligence Squared debates. More information HERE.

The disintegration of Iraq, Syria's ongoing civil war, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the promise and peril of the Arab Spring... What role should America play in the Middle East? For some, America's restraint has been a sign of disciplined leadership. But for others, it has been a sign of diminished strength and influence. How do we strike a balance between our national interests, moral obligations, and the maintenance of world order? Are we simply recognizing the limitations of our power, or does this embattled region require a bolder, more muscular, American presence?
Moderator: John Donvan

Fri, 09/19/2014 - 12:14pm

Beginning Monday September 22nd, hear NPR News' All Things Considered on your way home beginning at 4pm!  Enjoy it from 4-6pm and then, as you settle in to your evening, hear a full hour of Fresh Air with Terry Gross, from 6 to 7pm.

Tune in with your radio, OR keep informed using WSKG's online stream.

American RadioWorks
Tue, 09/23/2014 - 7:00pm

Vocational education was once a staple of American schooling, preparing some kids for blue-collar futures while others were put on a path to college. Today that kind of tracking smacks of classism. "College for all" is the new mantra. But not everyone wants to go to college, and nearly half of jobs don't require a bachelor’s degree. Many experts say it's time to bring career and technical education back. This American RadioWorks documentary explores how vocational education has changed and how it's re-shaping debates about the purpose of school.

American RadioWorks
Tue, 09/16/2014 - 7:00pm

The 21st Century college student is likely to be older than traditional students.  She's more likely to be female, working and Hispanic or African-American.  She's more likely to be a mom. She's less likely to attend college full time or finish in four years. This American RadioWorks documentary explores how universities are adapting to their new students.

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