Gretchen Hull: Young in years, mature in performance

Reviewed by Lee Shepherd

It’s said that youth is wasted on the young. Not in the case of pianist Gretchen Hull, who is both very young and musically mature.
Hull, who taped a segment of Expressions Oct. 25 before a select audience in the state-of-the-art WSKG studio in Vestal, played piano with a technical virtuosity and expressiveness that belies her age. She’s a recent college grad, so she’s probably at least in her late teens or early 20s, but she looks about 16. Read the rest of this entry »

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‘Expressions’ series now taping … and you’re invited

A quick reminder that WSKG is taping new segments of the “Expressions” series (for airing later), on several Thursdays in October, and you can be part of the studio audience.

This Thursday (Oct. 4) is the Dave Eggar Quartet; Oct. 18 is tenor Steve Nanni and pianist Pej Reitz; Oct. 25 is young pianist, Gretchen Hull. All are at WSKG studios on Gates Road in Vestal, generally starting with a reception (good food!) at 6:45 p.m.; taping begins at 7:30 p.m.

Visit http://wskg.org/expressions-classical-series-2012 to RSVP. Although you can watch the shows on WSKG later, there’s nothing like live performance!

— Lee Shepherd

Masterful Mignarda explores all ‘Expressions’ of love

Reviewed by Lee Shepherd

Think hard rock. Think heavy metal. Think of the most intrusive, aggressive music that you can imagine.
Then go to the complete opposite of the spectrum, and you have Mignarda – a lute and voice duo that will be featured on WSKG’s Expressions program at 8 p.m.  Thursday, Oct. 20. I attended a taping and was treated to a front row seat, about 15 feet from the performers. Read the rest of this entry »

WSKG’s ‘Expressions’ to showcase Finger Lakes Chamber Ensemble

Reviewed by Lee Shepherd

Suppose you invited four of the finest chamber musicians in the Finger Lakes into your living room to play a private house concert just for you. That’s what a few dozen people enjoyed last Thursday (Sept.23) in WSKG’s Vestal studio, when the Finger Lakes Chamber Ensemble taped its upcoming appearance  on the stations’s Expressions show. Read the rest of this entry »

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