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Metropolitan Opera
Sat, 02/18/2012 - 1:00pm

Rodion Pogossov sings the title role of the barber in Bartlett Sher's popular production, which propels the comic action right into the audience. Diana Damrau is the mischievous Rosina and Colin Lee is Almaviva. Maurizio Benini conducts.

Approximate running time 3 hrs. 5 min.

Metropolitan Opera
Sat, 02/11/2012 - 12:00pm

With its cataclysmic climax, the Met’s new Ring cycle, directed by Robert Lepage, comes to its resolution. Deborah Voigt stars as Brünnhilde and Jay Hunter Morris is Siegfried—the star-crossed lovers doomed by fate. Fabio Luisi conducts.

Approximate running time 5 hrs. 50 min.

Black History Month specials
Tue, 02/28/2012 - 1:00pm
Tue, 02/28/2012 - 7:00pm
A man tapes the history of his town with a scavenged cassette recorder, a woman fights for social justice with a pie, a DJ ignites his community with a sound. Join us for this richly produced and deeply layered hour long special that resonates for Black History Month.  Hosted by Alfre Woodard. Produced by The Kitchen Sisters (Nikki Silva & Davia Nelson) and Roman Mars. read more
Black History Month specials
Thu, 02/23/2012 - 1:00pm
Thu, 02/23/2012 - 7:00pm

During the vibrant years of the Harlem Renaissance, music, religion, and spitituality were interconnected -- not just in the religious setting of the church, but in the jazz club, the dance hall, the rent party, even the political street rally.  Writer Carl Hancock Rux, Reverend Calvin Butts of the Abyssinian Baptist Church, historian Farah Griffin, Professors Josef Sorett and Obery Hendricks, and others explore these powerful interconnections.  Includes the voices of Langston Hughes, poet Sterling Brown, Marcus Garvey, as well as readings from Hughes, Arna Bontemps, and musician James Reese Europe.  Music includes Count Basie, Chick Webb, The Abyssinian Baptist Church Choir, Geri Allen, The Original Five Blind Boys of Alabama, Duke Ellington, Ma Rainey, Ella Fitzgerald, James Reese Europe's 369th US Infantry "Hell Fighters" Band, Mahalia Jackson, Ron Carter Big Band, Fats Waller, James P Johnson, WIllie The Lion Smith, Courtney Bryan, The Abyssinian Baptist Choir and more. 

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Black History Month specials
Thu, 02/09/2012 - 1:00pm
Thu, 02/09/2012 - 7:00pm

Maya Angelou defines Black History, as it is embraced in our popular culture with an emphasis on the civil rights era and a poetic acknowledgement of late activist, Rosa Parks. This one hour historical trek takes us from the 1950's thru the 1990's. Dr. Maya Angelou renders a poetic portrait of the day-to-day lives of African Americans during the civil rights era, when artists and activists, musicians and ministers joined hands with people from all walks of life to bring about a historic change in our culture.

Program Highlights:

  • Congressman John Lewis, and fellow Presidential Medal of Freedom 2011 recipient, shares some of his experiences during the Freedom Rides of 1961 and the civil rights era.
  • Nikky Finney, winner of the 2011 National Book Award for Poetry, discusses her critically acclaimed acceptance speech and shares stories of growing up in a civil rights family, as she talks about how her work was impacted by the era.
  • Singer and songwriter Mary J. Blige, who will play Nina Simone in an upcoming film, discusses her five year preparation for the role aimed at encouraging and educating a new generation on the life and times of the singer and civil rights activist.
  • Economist and Bennett College President Dr. Julianne Malveaux discusses the impact of the Civil Rights movement on education, economics and how knowledge has begun to translate into a new prosperity with continued challenges.
  • Ambassador Andrew Young talks about his relationship with Martin Luther King and the fight for equality during a time when separate but equal was not enough.

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Community Conversation
Tue, 01/31/2012 - 7:00pm

A look at the upcoming changes in New York's education system.

Tue, 02/07/2012 - 9:00pm

Tri-Cities Opera’s Artistic Director John Mario Di Costanzo presents an informative summary of the TCO’s upcoming performance of this Donizetti opera.  The program features performances by the cast.  Recorded on Saturday, February 4th at the Clinton Street Opera Center in Binghamton.

By Special Invitation
Mon, 02/06/2012 - 9:00pm

Jose-Luis Novo leads the Binghamton Philharmonic in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 2, Mendelssohn’s Fair Melusina and Shostakovich’s Cello Concerto No. 1, featuring Israeli cellist, Amit Peled.  Recorded on January 29th at the Anderson Center.

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