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! 

Ways to Connect

  New York City gets a quarter of its energy from Indian Point.

In today’s Congressional Corner, New York representative Sean Patrick Maloney tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that he has serious questions about the plant’s future. 

WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses the end of the Republican National Convention, fact-checking the RNC, and Roger Ailes stepping down from Fox News.

Jonathan Stafford
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  Our final guest today is Jonathan Stafford. Jonathan is a ballet master at New York City Ballet and a member of the faculty at the School of American Ballet, NYCB’s official school.

Born in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, Mr. Stafford began his dance training at the age of eight. He was invited to become an apprentice with New York City Ballet in October 1998 and joined the Company as a member of the corps de ballet in February 1999. He was promoted to the rank of soloist in March of 2006 and became a principal dancer in May 2007. After retiring from the Company in May 2014, he was appointed an NYCB ballet master.

At the School of American Ballet, Mr. Stafford served as a member of SAB’s guest faculty during the 2006-07 school year and joined the School’s permanent faculty in September 2007. Mr. Stafford received the Martin E. Segal Award from the School of American Ballet in 1999.

NYCB performs Balanchine's A Midsummer Night's Dream
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  Marquerite Mehler is the Director of Production of New York City Ballet and has been stage managing for more than 20 years, primarily in dance. Since joining the Production Department of New York City Ballet in 1995, she has stage managed more than 2000 performances of more than 150 ballets in the New York City Ballet repertory, including world premieres by Peter Martins, Justin Peck, Alexei Ratmansky, Jerome Robbins, and Christopher Wheeldon.

With the production staff, Ms. Mehler supervises scenery, lighting, and all other production elements of the NYCB repertory both at home and on tour. She also coordinates with the other NYCB departments and supervises the NYCB and State Theatre stagehands.

Maria Kowroski
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  Maria Kowroski is a principal dancer with New York City Ballet. She began her training in Grand Rapids, where she was born.

Ms. Kowroski entered the School of American Ballet in the fall of 1992. She became an apprentice with New York City Ballet in the summer of 1994 and was invited to join the Company as a member of the corps de ballet in January of 1995. In the spring of 1997, Ms. Kowroski was promoted to the rank of soloist and in the spring of 1999, she was promoted to principal dancer.

Ms. Kowroski was a recipient of the Princess Grace Award in 1994. She will perform the principal role in Balanchine’s Agon while at SPAC.

  Troy Schumacher is a choreographer and member of New York City Ballet’s corps de ballet.

In 2010, Schumacher founded BalletCollective, and as the company’s director and resident choreographer, he collaborates closely with composers, artists, and designers on original works. He was born in Atlanta, Georgia, began his ballet training with Atlanta Ballet and the Chautauqua School of Dance before entering the School of American Ballet in 2002.

He became a New York City Ballet apprentice in 2005 and a member of the corps de ballet in December of that year. His second work for New York City Ballet, Common Ground, will have its SPAC premiere at the sold-out Gala performance. He will also perform the role of “Puck” in Balanchine’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Lauren Lovette
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  Lauren Lovette is a Principal Dancer with New York City Ballet. She was born in Thousand Oaks, California and began studying ballet at the age of 11 at the Cary Ballet Conservatory in Cary, North Carolina

Ms. Lovette became an apprentice with NYCB and joined the Company as a member of the corps de ballet in September 2010. She was promoted to soloist in February 2013 and to principal in June 2015. She was the 2012-2013 recipient of the Janice Levin Award.

Ms. Lovette will choreograph her first-ever work for New York City Ballet, which will premiere in the fall of 2016. She will perform a principal role in Balanchine’s “Rubies” from Jewels and will have her debut in Christopher Wheeldon’s most recent work for NYCB, American Rhapsody, set to Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue,” when it has its second SPAC performance on 7/30.

  Peter Martins first joined the New York City Ballet in 1970, having already achieved international fame with the Royal Danish Ballet. His career in New York saw him move from Principal Dancer to his current position as Ballet Master-in-Chief.

Martins most popular performances as a dancer include Apollo and as the Cavalier in mentor George Balanchine’s Nutcracker. His contributions as a world renowned choreographer include Calcium Light Night, Sleeping Beauty and Romeo and Juliet.

Martins has accompanied the Ballet on their annual summer journey up to Saratoga, and has taken the time to speak with us this morning.

  Andrews Sill is the Associate Music Director of New York City Ballet. He joined New York City Ballet in the spring of 2009 and served as Interim Music Director from 2012 to 2015. He also serves as Music Director of Milwaukee Ballet.

Andrews was just fifteen years old when he was accepted as a conducting and piano student at Yale University, where received his bachelor’s degree with honors. He continued his education under scholarship and fellowship awards from the Manhattan School of Music, earning his doctorate in 1987.

He will be conducting A Midsummer Night’s Dream and the Gala program of Contemporary works on Saturday night.

Justin Peck
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  Justin Peck is a Soloist and the Resident Choreographer of New York City Ballet. He has created more than 25 works for a range of companies including New York City Ballet, the Paris Opéra Ballet, San Francisco Ballet and Miami City Ballet.

In 2011, NYCB Ballet Master in Chief Peter Martins designated Justin to receive New York Choreographic Institute’s first year-long choreographic residency. Peck was named New York City Ballet’s Resident Choreographer, the second in the Company’s history, in July of 2014.

His latest work Scherzo Fantastique will premiere here at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center on Saturday Night for SPAC’s 50th. It will be his 11th work for the Company.

  Taylor Stanley has danced at SPAC before. But, this summer marks his first performances in Saratoga as a Principal dancer.

In September 2009, Taylor became an apprentice with NYCB, and joined the Company as a member of the corps de ballet a year later. He was promoted to soloist in 2013 and to principal dancer in May of this year.

He will be performing a principal role in Justin Peck’s SPAC World Premiere Scherzo Fantastique which will be performed this Saturday Night as part of the Anniversary Gala. Taylor will also perform in Balanchine’s Jewels presented twice next week.

Marcia White
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  Marcia White, in a former life was a nurse and political aide, but for the past 12 seasons – she has been SPAC’s president and executive director.

In February of this year – she announced that this 50th Anniversary season – would be her last and she will retire at its conclusion. Marcia was appointed the president of SPAC in 2005 and is credited for leading major renovations, bringing the facility out of the red and maintaining SPAC’s classical offerings.

WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses the Republican National Convention last night.

  Being a politician is more than debating on the floor of the House.

In today’s Congressional Corner, New York representative Sean Patrick Maloney tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock about a new piece of equipment he helped secure for Newburgh. 

WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses the Republican National Convention nominating Donald Trump to be the party's nominee for President.

  The Northeast has several competitive House districts, which is unusual.

In today’s Congressional Corner, New York representative Sean Patrick Maloney tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that that fact makes him work even harder for his constituents. 

WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses coverage of the Republican National Convention including accusations of plagarism and Rudy Giuliani. 

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  Will we be talking about private email servers all the way to November?

In today’s Congressional Corner, Vermont representative Peter Welch concludes his conversation with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

WAMC's Alan Chartock discusses curbs in Great Barrington, police shootings in Baton Rouge, and Trump's VP pick in Indiana Governor Mike Pence. 

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  Who will Hillary Clinton pick for the ticket?

In today’s Congressional Corner, Vermont representative Peter Welch tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock who his favorites are.

WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses the truck attack on a crowd in France, the upcoming GOP and Democratic Conventions, and potential VP picks.

(Airs 7/14/16) WAMC’s Alan Chartock spoke in 2010 with journalist Sydney Schanberg and actor Sam Waterston, who played Schanberg in the movie The Killing Fields. Schanberg died this week at age 82.

  Trump and Clinton are getting most of the attention, but the entire House is up for grabs in November too.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Massachusetts Representative Richard Neal tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock whether he thinks the Democrats can retake control.

WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses Albany's Palace theater project, Obama's town hall event today, and Donald Trump's VP pick.

  Ahead of the conventions, it’s anyone’s guess who will be tapped for the presidential tickets.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Massachusetts Representative Richard Neal tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock about his favorite. 

WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses Bernie's endorsement of Hillary, potential VP picks, and President Obama in Dallas.

  Senator Bernie Sanders and his Democratic presidential primary rival Hillary Clinton are due to rally together next hour.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Massachusetts Congressman Richie Neal discusses the state of the race with WAMC’s Alan Chartock. This conversation was recorded before today’s rally was announced.

WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses a new poll on young voters, Clinton and Obama in Dallas today, and Teresa May to become Britain's next Prime Minister.

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  Senator Bernie Sanders and his Democratic presidential primary rival Hillary Clinton are due to rally together tomorrow.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Vermont representative Peter Welch tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that he thinks Senator Sanders is going to help Democrats unify the party. This conversation was recorded before tomorrow's rally was announced.

WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses guns in the wake of the Dallas shootings, Rudy Giuliani's comments, and the line between policing and warfare.

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