12/17/19 Newsletter – Topics and Guest on TV

Schenectady / Capital Region Today

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Below you will find listings for our interesting on-air guests for the next four weeks.  Check out the lists below for our great variety of topics.  We start filming at 10 am in THE ADDY THEATRE on Tuesday. A live audience is always welcome and there are plenty of seats. You can meet the guests in person and learn more about their projects or even get involved yourself.

December 17, 2019 – Show #1115

Segment ONE

Mike Performing on our Stage

Mike Purcell, Entertainer

Segment TWO

Capital Community Voices – Lighting the Season with Song

Julie Panke, Director & Phyllis Pulver, Composer

            “Lighting the Season with Song” will offer the premiere performance of “The Light of Christmas” by local composer and songwriter Phyllis Pulver of Rexford, NY.

            Classical selections include music by Mendelssohn, Mozart, and Rutter. The chorus will also present popular songs including “The Christmas Song,” “Here Comes Santa Claus,” and “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch.”

            The chorus is directed by Julie Panke and will be accompanied by Joanna Towse, piano, Randy Jennings, bass, James Iacketta, percussion.

            Phyllis Pulver (composer, singer, and motivational song leader) has been delving into music since retiring in 2014. Her genre is Positive (Posi) Music, which delivers messages of peace, oneness and joyous living. Her mission is: to connect people at the heart level, unlocking their humanity with music. Her first choral piece, “A Call to Awaken”, was performed earlier this year by the Festival Celebration Choir under the direction of Julie Panke. Capital Community Voices is now premiering Phyllis’s second choral piece, “The Light of Christmas”. This song appears as a solo on Phyllis’s debut album of original Posi songs, titled PHYLLIS PULVER – POSITIVELY ME! True to her mission as song leader and choral community-builder, Phyllis hosts a monthly non-performing musical gathering, Friends In Harmony, at her Rexford home. Now in its 20th year, this gathering is open to all who yearn for uplifting music, harmony, and the company of others who share these interests.  

            Our Director, Julie Panke, has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin, where she trained at the Lawrence Conservatory of Music, and a Master of Arts degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo.  She was Director of Music at the First Reformed Church of Schenectady for seventeen years and previously served churches in Albany, Burnt Hills, and Glenville.

  • Organization: Capital Community Voices
  • Mission: Mixed adult chorus presenting two concerts per year
  • Event: Lighting the Season with Song
  • Location of event: Genet Elementary School, East Greenbush, NY
  • Date/Time: Sat. Dec. 21 St 7:30 pm
  • Cost: $10 general admission; $8 for seniors and students
  • Contact Information: 518-370-5434
  • Website: www.ccvsings.blogspot.com

Segment THREE

Gracias Choir — Christmas Cantata

Philemon Yoo, Program Coordinator

            The Gracias Christmas Cantata is a stunning musical event that touches countless lives in over 40 countries each year. The Cantata Tour has quickly grown from 9 cities in 2011 to 29 cities in 2019. Last year, over 130,000 people in North American attend this event. The performance is free of charge for the community.

            With the Cantata, the Gracias Choir wishes to inspire and to plant hope in the hearts of people who are down on their luck and who are facing challenges in their lives through the magic of music and theatre. They believe that music unites people across socioeconomic status and backgrounds and through free events such as these, we hope to bring the community a little bit closer together. Also, I am pleased to say that through the Cantata, many underprivileged families will have the chance to come and be inspired by the performing arts.

  • Organization: International Youth Fellowship USA
  • Mission: With the motto “Music is Change”, the Gracias Choir and Orchestra uses the performing arts to soothe souls, change minds, and help people navigate their life onto a constructive path.
  • Event: Gracias Christmas Cantata
  • Location of event: Palace Theatre in Albany
  • Date/Time: Sunday, January 5th at 7 pm
  • Cost: Free Admission
  • Contact Information:
  • Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/graciaschoir/
  • Instagram: @gracias_choir
  • Website: www.Graciaschoir.com  and  www.Christmascantata.us

Segment FOUR

Community Loan Fund of Capital Region

Linda MacFarland, Executive Director

            In September we launched a new online training program for entrepreneurs. We are also planning to expand our successful business incubator to provide more affordable office space for entrepreneurs to get started in. The new incubator will have street-facing retail space, additional training space, a drop-in daycare facility and affordable housing units. We’d love to talk about these topics on the show.

  • Organization: Community Loan Fund of the Capital Region
  • Mission: The Community Loan Fund of the Capital Region’s mission is to promote sustainable community development efforts for economically underserved people and communities.

            To do that, we pool investments and donations from socially concerned individuals and organizations and re-lend it to businesses owned by minorities, women, and people of low-income as well as non-profits. We also offer training, mentoring, and affordable office space to help entrepreneurs get started. The Loan Fund was incorporated in 1985, and to date, has made $61 million in loans, financing 925 community projects and 325 minority, woman and/or low-income owned businesses.

  • Facebook: Yes – Community Loan Fund of the Capital Region
  • Twitter: @communityloans
  • Instagram: @communityloans
  • Website: www.mycommunityloanfund.org

Segment FIVE

Schenectady Theatre for Children

Guest to be announced

Information has not been provided by organization as of this publication

Segment SIX

Proctor’s Historical

Janice Walz, Member

            Janice will be speaking about the work of the committee and new items given to us.  The need for new docents.

  • Organization: Proctors Historical Committee
  • Mission: To promote the history and present of Proctors Theatre
  • Website: www.Proctors.org

Upcoming Shows

December 24 & 31, 2019 Show #1116

Our special look back at 2019 with bits from some of our interviews

The Beekman Boys, Joy Bennett, Adam Bornt (Exotic animals), Tanya Deptola, Malcolm Kogut, Bill Munro, Byron Nilsson, Peter Plourde, John Roberts, Timur Yusupov (Artist from Russia) Madison Vandenburg and more.

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Now in our 17th Year of giving voice to Capital District / Tech Valley communities. To receive our weekly announcements & guest list by e-mail, send your name & e-mail address to: subscribe@annparillo.com How to watch the Show: Live Streaming on the web when aired on Channel 16 in Schenectady County: http://www.OpenStageMedia.com Schenectady County — Channel 16– starting on Wed. 10 am and 6 pm and continuing throughout the week depending on time availability Now on FIOS in Sch’dy – on Channel 36 – see above for times: Amsterdam – Channel 16 – Tuesday 3 pm (one week later) Albany (City) – Channel 18 on ChannelAlbany on Sunday at 5 pm – Same week as filmed Albany County, Clifton Park, Saratoga, Rensselaer, Troy — Time Warner Cable – Regional Public Access –– Tuesday 3 pm (one week later) Bethlehem/Delmar – Channel 18 – Wednesday 2:30 pm. (One week later) We can also be found on Facebook: Schenectady Today – In & Around the Capital Region. Please join our page. You can also watch many show segments, read about guests and browse / search our archives, here on the site. Show Content: The show usually includes six segments with a variety of guests interviewed each week. Regular guests include Representatives from the Animal Protective Foundation; faculty from the various area institutions of higher learning discussing health and community issues; Representatives from City, County and State agencies; actors and directors from the theREP, Proctors Theatre, Circle Theatre Players at Sand Lake Center for the Arts, Schenectady Civic Players, Schenectady Light Opera, Albany Civic Players, Classic Theater Guild, and many other area theatrical groups; Tax Specialists from the Internal Revenue Service (during tax season); Representatives from Schenectady County Library; area museums including miSci & ESAM and many area non-profit organizations. We also try to highlight local artists and musicians whenever possible.