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Ralph Gardner Jr: A Passion For Ponds

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“Pool Master” Anthony Archer-Wills
Ralph Gardner Jr.

It didn’t take long for me to bond with Anthony Archer-Wills. No more than ten seconds from the time we met. That’s when he started singing the praises of his pond in Spencertown, NY.

Aretha Franklin
Wikipedia

The music world is mourning the death this week of the Queen of Soul. Aretha Franklin died Thursday at 74 from pancreatic cancer. She is being remembered as a gospel and pop giant and a civil rights beacon. Joining us now is Justin Patch, a post-doctoral fellow in music at Vassar College. A musician himself, Patch specializes in the intersection of music and American politics.

Paul Caiano
WNYT

NewsChannel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the regional midday weather summary for Saturday, August 18, 2018.

Lucas Willard / WAMC

Saratoga Springs City Hall was struck by lightning during thunderstorms Friday night.

Rail tracks
Tipiac-Alain Caraco/Wikimedia Commons

New York State has begun the process of applying to the federal Surface Transportation Board for the formal abandonment of a 30-mile section of the Saratoga and North Creek Railway from North Creek to the former Tahawus mine in the Town of Newcomb.

The State University of New York at New Paltz and the Regional Plan Association have completed a multi-year study measuring the value of open space in the Mid-Hudson Valley.

(Airs 08/17/18 @ 10 p.m.) The Legislative Gazette is a weekly program about New York State Government and politics. On this week’s Gazette: tempers flared after the New York State Board of Elections voted to limit the subpoena powers of the investigator in charge of enforcing campaign finance violations, our political observer Alan Chartock shares his thoughts on President Trump’s visit upstate, and we take a look back at love canal.

Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney
WAMC/Allison Dunne

New York Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney is  running in the four-way Democratic primary for state Attorney General, after former Attorney General Eric Schneiderman resigned in May, over accusations he physically assaulted women that he dated.  Maloney held a town hall in Albany Thursday.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Aug 17, 2018

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Friday, August 17, 2018.

Tom Morley, daughter Grace, and wife Maggie Wolfendale
Lucas Willard / WAMC

Hours before post time at Saratoga Race Course, trainers, grooms and hotwalkers are already working with the nation’s top thoroughbreds. For trainer Tom Morley, it’s a demanding career. But luckily for him, racing is a family business.

Albany Fire Chief Joe Gregory with Mayor Kathy Sheehan in the City Hall Rotunda, August 17, 2018
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan swore in Joseph Gregory as Fire Chief this morning.

City of Worcester

A major change is coming to the sports team landscape in New England. After decades in Rhode Island, the Pawtucket Red Sox are moving across the state line into Massachusetts.

Cuomo: "Of Course America Is Great"

Aug 17, 2018
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo
Pat Bradley/WAMC

After two days of criticism from his New York political opponents and the Twitter feed of President Donald Trump, Governor Andrew Cuomo is walking back his comment that America “was never that great.”

Facebook: Taj Mahal Restaurant

Aneesa Waheed of Tara Kitchen in Schenectady and Troy, NY is joined by her father Mohammed Waheed of the Taj Mahal Restaurant in Schenectady to discuss Moroccan and Indian food on Food Friday. WAMC's Ray Graf hosts.

Courtesy of Woodstock Farm Sanctuary

Weaving animal advocacy issues with social justice issues is something Rachel McCrystal sees as integral to getting out her organization’s message. She’s the executive director of the Woodstock Farm Sanctuary in High Falls and spoke with WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne about this and other ways to ensure the sanctuary is as progressive and inclusive as possible.

1896 Telephone from Sweden.
Public Domain / Wikimedia Commons

Let's hear it from our listeners!  Here are this week's highlights from the WAMC Listener Comment Line. 

Josh Landes / WAMC

One week ago, two dozen immigrants from 16 counties gathered at the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, to finalize their naturalization as U.S. citizens. WAMC sent this audio postcard after meeting some of the country’s newest American citizens.

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Aug 17, 2018
Paul Caiano
WNYT

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Friday, August 17, 2018.

Baiba Skride is a Latvian classical violinist who was the winner of the Queen Elisabeth Violin Contest in 2001 and has performed around the world including the London Philharmonic Orchestra and New Zealand Symphony Orchestra.

Tomorrow night, Andris Nelsons conducts an All-Bernstein Program with the Boston Ballet and featuring violinist Baiba Skride in the shed at 8PM. The program concludes with Bernstein’s Serenade for violin and orchestra, featuring Skride as soloist.

Seiji Ozawa Hall at Tanglewood
Sarah LaDuke

The Days in the Arts (DARTS) program is a summer residential program near Tanglewood that provides middle school students with high-quality arts immersion experience, allowing each student to engage with and create art with their peers in a positive, non-judgmental environment.

The program unites students from urban, suburban and rural communities – and has been doing so for 50 years! Each summer since 1968, the BSO operates the Days in the Arts residential education program that invites students from across Massachusetts to gather together to explore the arts. DARTS serves 400 middle school students each summer during eight one-week sessions.

We are joined by the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s Executive Officer for Education, Community Engagement, and Inclusion, Zakiya Thomas and the Associate Director of Education and Community Engagement Claire Carr. 

Gene Schiavone / Boston Ballet

Andris Nelsons and The Boston Symphony Orchestra will present an all-Bernstein program tomorrow night at Tanglewood which begins with a fully-staged performance of the composer's ballet “Fancy Free” in the first-ever BSO collaboration with the Boston Ballet.

Bernstein's first ballet score and Robbins' first full-scale choreographic effort, “Fancy Free” catapulted both artists -- who were both just 25 -- to stardom. In what would become his signature style, Robbins combined classical choreography with jazz and popular dance moves.

“Fancy Free” is being presented here at Tanglewood using Robbins' original choreography. Joining us this morning to tell us more about the Boston Ballet, we welcome Artistic Director Mikko Nissinen; Principal Dancer Kathleen Breen Combes; and Principal Dancer Paul Craig.

The 8th annual Bike ‘n’ Fly is this Saturday at the Great Barrington Airport.

Jessica Zhou with a harp
Photo provided by Marco Borggreve

Jessica Zhou, the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s principal harpist, is also soloist in the new John Williams piece, “Highwood’s Ghost,” with Yo-Yo Ma. Both Zhou and Ma will perform with Maestro Andris Nelsons and the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra on Sunday afternoon for the annual Leonard Bernstein Memorial Concert.

The program celebrates the completion of sculptures that John Williams commissioned for the Tanglewood grounds of three of the Festival's seminal figures, who are also personal heroes of the composer: Aaron Copland, Serge Koussevitzky, and Leonard Bernstein. The new piece by Williams, a work for cello, harp and orchestra, was specially written for this occasion.

Harpist Jessica Zhou joined the Boston Symphony Orchestra in the fall of 2009, occupying the Nicholas and Thalia Zervis Chair. In 2001, Ms. Zhou became the first and only Chinese harpist ever to win top prizes in three of the most prestigious harp competitions in the world.

Midori
Timothy Greenfield Sanders

Midori, perhaps, perhaps has one of the best Leonard Bernstein stories of all time. In happened in 1986 at Tanglewood when she was performing Bernstein's "Serenade," conducted by Bernstein. During the performance, she broke the E string on her violin, then again on the concertmaster's Stradivarius after she borrowed it. She finished the performance with the associate concertmaster's instrument and received a standing ovation. The next day The New York Times front page carried the headline, "Girl, 14, Conquers Tanglewood with 3 Violins"

Midori has maintained an international presence for almost three decades, first as a performer, and increasingly as a musical community engagement advocate, and educator.

Tanglewood's season-long Bernstein centennial celebration will culminate in a gala concert on Bernstein's actual 100th birthday, August 25th featuring Midori playing Serenade - conducted by Christoph Eschenbach.

Pamela Tatge, Jacob’s Pillow artistic director
Hayim Heron/Jacob’s Pillow Dance

Each year thousands of dance enthusiasts visit the Berkshires to experience the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival with more than 50 dance companies and 200 free performances, talks, and events; to train at The School at Jacob’s Pillow, to explore the Pillow’s rare and extensive dance archives; and to take part in numerous community programs designed to educate and engage dance audiences of all ages.

This weekend alone, Jacob’s Pillow will present Houston Ballet; a work by Obie and Lucille Lortel Award-winning choreographer Sonya Tayeh; and, on Sunday, a program entitled “Gotta Dance: New Faces for Broadway.”

Pamela Tatge is the Director of Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival and she joins us.

Shakespeare & Company in Lenox, Massachusetts was founded in 1978 to create a theatre of unprecedented excellence in Performance, Training, and Education. This season, Shakespeare & Company has presented productions of The Bard’s “Macbeth,” “Love’s Labours Lost,” and “As You Like It” – the last of which runs through September 2.

Terrence McNally’s “Mothers and Sons” began performances last night and opens officially on Sunday and Shakespeare & Company’s production of Simon Stephens’ “Heisenberg” opens tonight.

We are joined by Founding Artistic Director Tina Packer, Artistic Director Allyn Burrows, and Director of “Mothers and Sons,” James Warwick.

Olivier Marger and Julian Schack
gewandhausorchester.de

This year, The Tanglewood Music Center has three Fellows from the Mendelssohn Academy in Leipzig, Germany as an exchange that’s part of the BSO’s alliance with the Gewandhaus Orchestra. It’s the first-ever Musician Exchange Program between Tanglewood and Leipzig's acclaimed Music Academy programs.

This morning we welcome two of those three. They’re both playing in the Leonard Bernstein Memorial Concert Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra performance with Andris Nelsons and Yo-Yo Ma on Sunday in The Shed at 2:30 PM.

Cellist Olivier Marger will perform in all four pieces and Julian Schack on horn will perform during the Copland, Williams, and Bartok pieces.

The Wood Family

Saturday marks the 25th anniversary of one of upstate New York's most riveting unsolved missing persons cases.

Mark Volpe
The Boston Globe

Managing Director Of The Boston Symphony Orchestra Mark Volpe joins us to discuss Tanglewood's Bernstein Centennial Summer.

MLB:

The Phillies managed to split a doubleheader with the New York Mets after absorbing a 24-4 loss in the opener. Jose Bautista helped the Mets set a club record for runs in a game by hitting a grand slam and collecting a career-high seven RBIs. But the Phils bounced back in the nightcap as Rhys Hoskins belted a three-run homer and Scott Kingery added a solo shot in a 9-6 win over the Mets.

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