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By Changing Role, Landmark Theatre Stays on Center Stage

Mar 2, 2018
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Even after 90 years, the show goes on for the Landmark Theatre.

The Syracuse performing arts venue celebrated the milestone anniversary with a community celebration that included a screening of a silent movie and tours of the historic building, the last and grandest of the opulent downtown movie palaces of the early 1900s.

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A group of Onondaga Community College students is preparing a play to memorialize the historic 100th anniversary of the tragedy known as The Disaster at Split Rock.  It happened July 2, 1918 on the site of a former limestone quarry turned munitions factory during World War One not too far from the college.  OCC Journalism Professor Laurel Saiz says overheated equipment is believed to have sparked a fire that ignited a dynamite storage facility.

"So people's body parts were found, like, half a mile, a mile away."

Songwriter/Musician Jimmy Webb, along with Glen Campbell's wife, Kim, and daughter, Ashley spoke with Live Space Entertainment's Tom Honan and WAER's Chris Bolt about Glen's music, the Alzheimer's disease he struggled with, and the work they're doing for awareness about the disease.  Jimmy Webb brought his performance "The Glen Campbell Years" to Syracuse.

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Central New York native Lizzie Klemperer is embracing her return to Syracuse for her latest show.  She will be performing at Symphoria’s concert called A Night at the Oscars on Saturday.

I've been trying to get back to Syracuse to do a concert with Symphoria for several years now.  This is the first time it worked out with scheduling.  The concert is really's an Oscar-themed concert, everyone will be dressed up.  I hear there’s going to be a red carpet.”          

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The Syracuse Area Music Awards has unveiled the list of nominees for the 2018 SAMMY’s.  A competitive field of talented artists representing 14 music genres had judges making difficult decisions.  In less than a month, area musicians will be awarded for their local music contributions for the albums they produced in 2017.  E.S.P., Harmonic Dirt and Phantom Chemistry are some of the cool names on the nominees list.  Local Syracuse Radio DJ Dixon shared the nominees for the Best Jazz category.

This week on Stage Right Radio Stephen Shepherd welcomes Abel Searor and Liam Fitzpatrick from the Baldwinsville Theatre Guild's 'The Hunchback of Notre Dame.

Abel and Liam talk about how they prepared for their their production and Liam performs a song from the upcoming show.

Stage Right Radio is a bi-weekly program heard on WAER HD3 where host Stephen Shepherd goes behind the curtain of theatrical productions in the Syracuse area. This week Stephen is joined by Noelle Hedgcock, Liz Stanistreet, & Chris Lupia from the CNY Playhouse production of Boeing Boeing. 

The show features a brief bio on some of the cast, a short read through. and  Q&A. 

Any upcoming local productions interested in being on SRR should contact Stephen Shepherd at

This weekend we will say good bye to 2017 and welcome in a brand new year. And with that many of us will look to achieve new goals. Lose weight, travel outside the country, maybe even spend more time in the kitchen.

Syracuse’s historic Landmark Theatre didn’t have to go far to hire its new executive director.  The board of trustees promoted general manager Mike Intaglietta after nearly three years without someone in the top post.   He's largely been running the theater for the past two years, and they’re coming off one of the busiest seasons in years.

"Things are going really well.  2017 was a standout year.  We had over 143,000 guests walk through our doors." / Symphoria

Musicians, singers, and dancers will once again fill the stage at the civic center this weekend for Symphoria’s Holiday Pops concerts. The symphony’s principal pops conductor described what’s new and how the program comes together. 

Sean O’Loughlin says he spent a week back in September crafting an arrangement that won’t be heard anywhere else.

 “Symphoria is playing music literally, this holiday season, that it’s the only place that you’ll hear it, including a new opening overture that I wrote called Holiday Wonder which captures the theme of our concerts.”