Alan Chartock

President and CEO

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 name it! 

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Justin Peck
New York Times

  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

  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. 

Congressman Peter Welch

  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. 

Congressman Peter Welch

  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.

Congressman Peter Welch

  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.

  Nadine Sierra makes her debut with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and her first appearance at Tanglewood tomorrow night as part of the festival’s opening weekend concerts. Tomorrow night’s concert will hear the American singer in her acclaimed account of the soprano soloist’s role in Orff’s Carmina Burana. Jacques Lacombe will conduct the performance.

Praised for her vocal beauty, seamless technique, and abundant musicality, Sierra is being hailed as one of the most promising emerging talents in the opera world today. She is already making a name for herself through her performances with top opera companies and symphony orchestras around the world.

  Barrington Stage Company, a professional award-winning Equity regional theatre located in the heart of the Berkshires, in Pittsfield, MA, was founded in 1995. Barrington Stage’s mission is three-fold: to present top-notch, compelling work; to develop new plays and musicals; and to find fresh, bold ways to bringing new audiences into the theatre—especially young people.

On their two stages they present new plays and musicals created by the best theatrical minds working today as well as classics.

Julianne Boyd is the co-founder and Artistic Director of Barrington Stage and she joins us now with an overview of the season.

  Ellen Highstein, Director of the Tanglewood Music Center joins us along with two outstanding TMC fellows.

Cellist Francesca McNeeley - a Graduate of Princeton and Rice University and Mezzo-soprano Fleur Barron was the 1st Prize Winner of the 2013 Liederkranz Competition. In 2016, Fleur was a Palm Beach Opera Young Artist, singing Mercedes and covering the title role in Carmen.

  The Capitol Steps were founded in December, 1981 when some staffers for Senator Charles Percy were planning entertainment for a Christmas party. Since then, they’ve been putting the “mock” in democracy in Washington, D.C., on tour, on the radio, and – during the summer – here in Lenox, MA.

The musical satirists call The Cranwell Spa and Golf Resort their summer home – performing here every night except Tuesday through September 2nd.

We are joined this morning by longtime steppers, Bari Biern and Jack Rowles.

  Tanglewood is a name that's recognized around the world. Just about every time we interview a conductor or musician, they mention the venue's reputation and cache.

That doesn't just happen by accident. There's a hard-working team of professionals that keeps Tanglewood on the lips of both audience-members and performers.

And, it is quite a season that gets underway tonight. To give us a State of Tanglewood report – we welcome back our friend Mark Volpe – the Managing Director of the BSO.

  The Boston Cello Quartet was founded in 2010 by the Boston Symphony Orchestra cellists Blaise Dejardin, Adam Esbensen, Mihail Jojatu and Alexandre Lecarme.

Since its acclaimed debut concert, the BCQ has quickly won the hearts of music lovers through their own arrangements of staples of the classical music repertoire, as well as jazz, contemporary works, and even comic medleys, all which showcases the limitless possibilities of the instrument they love.

The Quartet will perform the Tanglewood Family Concert tomorrow afternoon at 2:30PM in Ozawa Hall. 

  The Boston Symphony Orchestra opens its 2016 Tanglewood season tonight at 8PM with an Opening Night at Tanglewood program featuring music by Ravel, Saint-Saëns, and Prokofiev, led by conductor Jacques Lacombe.

Jacques Lacombe is the Principal Conductor of the Bonn Opera in Germany beginning with the coming 2016-2017 season. He served as Music Director of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra for several years. He conducts around the world and we last spoke with him a year ago when he again opened up the Tanglewood season.

Tony Fogg has been Artistic Administrator of the Boston Symphony Orchestra since 1994 and assists the Music Director in the planning and selection of all BSO concerts and repertoire. 

  Election Day is about four months away.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Congressional Quarterly’s David Hawkings and WAMC’s Alan Chartock discuss the presidential race. 

WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses two separate shootings by police in the U.S. and Attorney General Loretta Lynch on Clinton's emails.