Alan Chartock

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Dr. Alan Chartock is professor emeritus at the University at Albany. He hosts the weekly Capitol Connection series, heard on public radio stations around New York. The program for almost twelve years, highlighted interviews with Governor Mario Cuomo and now continues with conversations with state political leaders. Dr. Chartock also appears each week on The Media Project and the Roundtable and offers commentary on Morning Edition, weekdays at 7:37 am.

During his long tenure at WAMC/Northeast Public Radio, Alan Chartock has interviewed interesting people of every stripe. From Governors, Senators and top lawmakers, to newsmakers including World War II heroes and former UN weapons inspectors. Dr. Chartock has also had the chance for in-depth chats with artists, musicians, actors and directors...authors...you name it! 

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WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses the current federal investigation into Micheal Cohen, the former attorney for President Trump. Dr. Chartock also discusses former CIA Director John Brennan's revoked security clearance. 

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.

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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.

Jessica Zhou with a harp
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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.

Pamela Tatge, Jacob’s Pillow artistic director
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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
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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.

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

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WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses the live broadcast from Tanglewood, a Pentagon report that says China is likely training pilots for strikes against the U.S., and Governor Andrew Cuomo being offered a bus ticket to go to Canada from NYS Republicans. 

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WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock shares his thoughts on New York Governor Andrew Cuomo's comment "America was never great." Dr. Chartock also discusses a recent CNN poll showing Democrats ahead of Republicans nationwide as the November elections approach. 

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Republicans are hoping to hold on to New York’s 21st House district.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Democrat Tedra Cobb wraps up her discussion with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

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WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock shares his thoughts on Tuesday's primaries in Vermont and Connecticut. Dr. Chartock also discusses the sex abuse cover-ups by the Roman Catholic Church in Pennsylvania.

Tedra Cobb
Tedra Cobb for NY21

All politics is local.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Tedra Cobb — a Democrat running in New York’s 21st district — continues her discussion with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

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WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock shares his thoughts on the president's visit to Fort Drum in upstate New York Monday. Dr. Chartock also discusses a Washington Post article highlighting President Trump's aggressive use of non-disclosure agreements.

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Tedra Cobb for NY21

Will Republican Elise Stefanik win a third term in New York’s 21st House district?

In today’s Congressional Corner, Democratic candidate Tedra Cobb speaks with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

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WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock shares his thoughts on the president's visit to Fort Drum in Jefferson County, New York today. Dr. Chartock also discusses Western New York Congressman Chris Collins, who has suspended his campaign for reelection.  The suspension comes after the Republican was indicted last week on insider trading charges.

Voters in New York’s Hudson Valley have a chance to decide the future of the House.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Democratic candidate Antonio Delgado of the 19th district wraps up his discussion with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

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WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses denuclearization in North Korea. Dr. Chartock also shares his thoughts on the impact of Uber and Lyft on public transportation.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Democratic candidate Antonio Delgado continues his discussion with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

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WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock shares his thoughts on the charges against Republican U.S. Representative Chris Collins of New York's 27th district. Dr. Chartock also discusses the ongoing trial of Paul Manafort, the former campagain manager for President Donald Trump.

The race for New York’s 19th Congressional district is among the most anticipated of the midterms.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Democratic candidate Antonio Delgado speaks with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

Next month, New York Democrats have to decide if they want to keep Andrew Cuomo on as governor for a third term.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Union College political science professor Brad Hays wraps up his conversation with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

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WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses the trial of Paul Manafort, President Trump's former campaign manager. Dr. Chartock also shares his thoughts on his conversation with NY-19 Congressional candidate Antonio Delgado. Dr. Chartock spoke to the Democrat on the Congressional Corner Monday.

Who will be the next Speaker of the House?

In today’s Congressional Corner, Union College political science professor Brad Hays continues his conversation with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

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WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock shares his thoughts on the Trump Administration's sanctions on Iran. Dr. Chartock also discusses the lawsuit filed against New York Governor Andrew Cuomo by the National Rifle Association.

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WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock shares his thoughts on comments made by President Trump calling the media "the enemy of the people." Dr. Chartock also discusses the Trump administration's proposal released Thursday, which would freeze antipollution and fuel-efficiency standards for cars.

The Constitution’s “emoluments clause” is getting a new round of scrutiny.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Union College political science professor Brad Hays speaks with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

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WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses the possibility of the TSA ending screening at smaller U.S. airports.  Dr. Chartock also shares his thoughts on the trial of Paul Manafort, President Trump's former campaign chairman.

The Mueller investigation continues.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Representative John Faso of New York’s 19th district wraps up his discussion WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

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