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For immediate release:
5 October 2008

WSKG-TV presents the world premiere showing of:

Opera Cowpokes Alive!
Opera Stars Sing Classic Western and Country Western Songs
Special Guests Galumpha
Thursday, October 23, 2008
10:00 pm
WSKG-TV - public television, Binghamton, NY

Whoa, there! Can it be true? The Opera Cowpokes are riding the airwaves into town with that special blend of horseplay, vengeance, lost (and found) love. Catch the world premiere telecast of Opera Cowpokes Alive! on WSKG  Public Television, Thursday, October 23 at 10 pm.. This professionally filmed video features stars from Tri-Cities Opera,  a hot western swing band and a  cast of cowgirl dancers, with a special appearance by Binghamton's globetrotting dance troupe, Galumpha. Grab your boots and hang on to your hat, Lucia di Lammermoor meets Lucille in Opera Cowpokes Alive!

Filmed on an organic vegetable farm overlooking Cayuga Lake, Opera Cowpokes Alive! features opera stars performing western and country/western songs ,  traditional folk tunes and operatic favorites.  Producers baritone Steven Stull and choreographer Jeanne Goddard break down the barriers between "classical" and "popular" music and bring together an impressive collection of performers from both worlds. They have also crafted new cowboy and cowgirl song lyrics, a series of mythical letters between cowpokes and their gals, and a new form of sometimes outrageous cowboy poetry - the “Opera Cowpoke Haiku”.

Well known to audiences throughout Central New York and the Southern Tier from their performances with Tri-Cities Opera, Glimmerglass Opera, and Syracuse Opera, the nationally known singers include: Steven Stull, Timothy LeFebvre, Peter Sicilian, Todd Geer, Melisse Weber and Linda Larson. The Opera Cowpokes Orchestra features some of Ithaca's best loved players: bassist and music director Peter Chwazik, guitarist Dave Davies, mandolin and fiddle players Rick Manning and Max Buckholtz, pianist Molly MacMillan . Dancers in the production represent the entire Finger Lakes region and include: Donna Davenport, Ariel Fajardo, Jeanne Goddard, Karen Koyanagi, Mary Ellen Lagana, Shelly Ray, Claire Webster and Cadence Whittier. Popular Binghamton dancers, Greg O’Brien, Andy Horowitz and Marlon Torres of Galumpha perform their comic trio to the classic “Ragtime Cowboy Joe”.

Opera Cowpokes Alive! was directed and edited by the late filmmaker, Daniel Booth, then director of Cornell University's Educational Television Center. Eric Gasteiger, who served as primary cameraman for the eight camera shoot, took over as finishing editor after Booth's untimely death. Filming before a live audience, Booth and his crew capture the excitement of the performance as it moves from Grand Opera to Grand Ol' Opry in a spectacular setting overlooking Cayuga Lake.

Opera Cowpokes Alive! can also be seen on a DVD with "behind the scenes" extras and additional footage not seen on the broadcast. The DVD and CD of the production, as well as the original CD, "Opera Cowpokes", are available from the CRS Barn Studio and other retail outlets. For more information visit http://www.operacowpokes.com


"We attended last year, and had a rip-roar'n, dirt-kick'n time!"

>From an country and western fan
"you blew my socks off - boots and all"

>From an opera fan:
"I've never considered myself either a country or a western fan, but was mighty taken by
the renditions ...  It's a fun change from lust, vengeance, dying consumptives and so on."

        607-257-2043 voice, 607-257-2195 fax, crsbarn@lightlink.com

WHAT:    OPERA COWPOKES ALIVE! world premiere broadcast

WHERE:    WSKG-TV, public television, Binghamton, NY

The CRS Barn Studio is an offshoot of CRS Growers, an organic vegetable farm, and is in its eighteenth season of presenting an eclectic series of music and dance performances. The studio overlooks Cayuga Lake. The original Opera Cowpokes recording and other CRS Barn studio recordings are available in compact disc format at many retail locations throughout Tompkins County or directly from CRS Barn Studio.

contact us:
CRS Barn Studio
2622 N. Triphammer Road
Ithaca, NY 14850
607-257-2043   (9am-7pm EST)
607-257-2195 fax (9am-7pm EST)

Contact us: crsbarn@lightlink.com
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