Monday, December 31, 2012

For the New Year, more videos of Jerome Witkin at LCAD!

Happy New Year, everyone!  I just found this link to a YouTube video by Eric Minh Swenson of Jerome Witkin from his recent visit and show at Laguna College of Art and Design.  Enjoy, and as JW says, "May all good things visit you!"

And here are more from MFA critiques at LCAD:

And two lecture videos from LCAD:

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Happy 2013: DXing with Cumbre 742 now available for download

Hello and Happy New Year; here is the download link for DXing with Cumbre 742, the last show produced in 2012!  Featured; holiday programming with Chris Lobdell!  Thanks to all of our listeners, and the best for 2013!  73--Marie Lamb

Thursday, December 13, 2012

DXing with Cumbre 741 now available!

Hello, everyone!  Show #741 is available now, with Bob Padula's December EDXP report.  Also, Chris Lobdell's "Pirating with Cumbre" features Christmas programming from Up Against the Wall Radio.  Here's the download link for this week:

Thursday, December 6, 2012

DXing with Cumbre 740 now available for download

Hello!  DXing with Cumbre 740 is now available for download or listening on RapidShare.  Featured: Chris Lobdell's "Pirating with Cumbre" has audio from the annual holiday pirate Happy Hanukkah Radio, since the Jewish Festival of Lights begins this weekend.  He has a "Pirates for Peace" segment, too! Here is the link:

73, best of DX, and Happy Hanukkah to all who will be celebrating! --Marie

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Videos of Jerome Witkin's November 2012 visit to Laguna College of Art & Design

For our fans of artist Jerome Witkin, I have links to two videos from his November 2012 visit to Laguna College of Art and Design in California.  They are on Vimeo, and anyone may watch them, but you have to join Vimeo and sign in if you wish to comment; it's free.

The first link is to a drawing demonstration in an art class.  The video is just over 11 minutes.  It is, of course, sped up to fit into a short video, but it's fascinating to see JW at work, as if you're looking over his shoulders.  They also include some of his remarks to the students, especially about the importance of studying anatomy.

The second video shows JW visiting the studios of a few students and giving crits of their work, along with various insightful comments.  It runs about 11 minutes.

BTW, the photo above was taken while Jerome was at LCAD.  There's a set of 47 photos, including this one, on the school's Facebook page.  Here's a link to the album; Facebookers can "like" the LCAD page, and then check out the photos here:

Thursday, November 29, 2012

DXing with Cumbre 739 now available for download

Hi, everyone!  Here's the download link for DXing with Cumbre 739; enjoy! There's a double dose of Chris Lobdell and Pirating with Cumbre this week!

Thanks for listening and 73--


Thursday, November 15, 2012

DXing with Cumbre 738 now available for download

Hi, everyone!  DXing with Cumbre 738 may be downloaded at this link:

Bob Padula has the November EDXP Report, and Chris Lobdell has Pirating with Cumbre!

Thanks and 73--


Friday, November 9, 2012

More info, and another poster, for Jerome Witkin at LCAD

I have found another poster for Jerome Witkin's show and talk at LCAD, and here's a link to more information:  (BTW, the woman in the drawing is Rebecca Stronger. I have seen this in person; it's a remarkable drawing!)  I've also received a link to a news story about the show, which will include this painting, "Parking Lot off S. State Street."  It's an urban landscape painted in Syracuse, New York, where Witkin has lived at taught at Syracuse University since 1971.

Jerome Witkin to give artist talk in Laguna Beach, CA!

If you are near Laguna Beach, California, or will be on November 13th, one of this blogger's favorite subjects, artist Jerome Witkin, will speak about his work at Laguna College of Art and Design at 2 P.M. Pacific Time. I don't know if the school plans to provide online video or audio of the lecture, but if they do, I will let everyone know!  BTW, the title of the painting shown in the poster is "A Boy and his Mother: The First Chair," and it dates from 1999.

Download link for DXing with Cumbre 737

Hello!  As I announced the other day, we are no longer carried via the World Radio Network.  For those who listened to us there, and to the WRN broadcasts via Sirius XM, don't despair; you can join the already large group of DXing with Cumbre listeners who download our program as an mp3.  If you haven't done this before, you can listen whenever you wish on your computer, mp3 player or other device.  Here is the free download link for show #737:   Enjoy! 

Monday, November 5, 2012

Jerome Witkin interview by Marie Lamb now available here!

For our Jerome Witkin fans, I am now sharing my September 2011 interview with him here at "On the Lamb."  It runs about 17 minutes, and was originally on WCNY-FM on September 11, 2011 for "Arts Talk" in conjunction with Jerome's "Drawn to Paint" exhibition at Syracuse University.  Since the "Arts Talk" web page is being taken down from the WCNY site due to the end of the series, I am sharing this interview here.  Here is a link where you may download the audio as an mp3 file or listen to it.  I hope you enjoy it; it's my personal favorite of all the interviews I've ever done in almost 25 years of radio!

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Musical Associates of CNY has three concerts this weekend!

(Pianist Jon Nakamatsu)
For our readers in the Central New York and Mohawk Valley region, I am pleased to share the news that Musical Associates of Central New York (formerly Symphony Syracuse) is having THREE concerts this weekend, one in Rome, NY and the others in Syracuse.  Feel free to spread the word as this new symphonic organization gets off the ground!

The first concert will be on Friday, October 26th at Rome Free Academy, and it will begin at 8 P.M.  José-Luis Novo will conduct, and the soloist will be world-renowned pianist Jon Nakamatsu, who is a great favorite with audiences in our region.  
The program for this concert, and also for Saturday evening's concert in Syracuse, will include the overture to "Russlan and Ludmila" by Glinka, Grieg's Piano Concerto in a minor, and Rachmaninoff's Symphony No. 2.  Ticket information for the Rome Free Academy concert is available from the Rome Chamber of Commerce at (315) 337-1700.  (BTW, if you have not been to RFA for a concert in recent years, check it out, since their auditorium is a very nice concert venue!)

The second concert this weekend from Musical Associates will be on Saturday, October 27th at 10:30 A.M. in the Crouse-Hinds Concert Theater of the Mulroy Civic Center.  This is a Halloween family concert, and will be conducted by Heather Buchman. The orchestra and Ms. Buchman will be joined by narrator David Baker and members of the Empire State Dance Center troupe in what promises to be a program of frighteningly good favorites for your little boys and ghouls...corny, I know, but remember that the name of this blog is based on a pun, after all!  Children are encouraged to attend in costume, and to be part of the costume parade during the concert. Tickets can be purchased at the Ticketmaster website or in person at the Oncenter War Memorial Box Office, 760 S. State St. in downtown Syracuse. They are also available by phone through the Oncenter Box Office at (315) 435-2121.  Tickets to the family concert are $20 for adults, $9 for children and $17 for seniors.

The third concert from MA will be on Saturday, October 27th as well, starting at 7:30 P.M. It will also be in the Crouse-Hinds Concert Theater, and it will feature pianist Jon Nakamatsu and conductor José-Luis Novo in a program that is identical to the one being performed on Friday at RFA.  Tickets range from $21 to $42 for adults, and student tickets are $12.  Tickets for this concert may be purchased through Ticketmaster, at the Oncenter War Memorial Box Office, and by phone at (315) 435-2121.

Again, feel free to spread the word, and we hope lots of you can attend and support Musical Associates' efforts with symphonic music in Central New York!  All good things...Marie

Monday, October 22, 2012

For Jerome Witkin fans: a brand-new official website!

(Photo: "The Two Of Us: Bergen-Belsen and Israel" from 

We'll have a new DXing with Cumbre show this week, after our technical woes.  However, I know that some of you also enjoy the artwork I share here from time to time, including that of Jerome Witkin, who did the "Marie Lamb, The Chatterbox" portrait of me.  I have something to be chatty about today!  A few months ago, Jerome told me that there would soon be a new official website for his work.  I got a Google Alert about it this morning, so I am sharing the good news about !  Although webmaster Andrew Saluti mentions that the site is a work in progress, there are a number of Jerome's pieces you can see there, plus some YouTube video links and contact information for Jack Rutberg Fine Arts, the art gallery in Los Angeles that represents Jerome.  You can leave your comments, too, and Andrew Saluti invites Jerome's fans to check back often for updates!  Congratulations, Jerome; it looks good so far, and it's well-deserved!

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Severe technical difficulties....

Hello, everyone! As you know, we have had some frustrating production problems in recent times, and the latest was a power failure today at the station where I work. This caused a computer glitch, and the only way that our evening programming can be aired is from our production computer. That means I cannot produce the show as I had planned to do. I hope we'll be back on schedule next week. In the meantime, here is a download link from our most recent DXing with Cumbre show. Thanks for your patience!  All good things--Marie Lamb

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

As promised..."Marie Lamb, The Chatterbox!"

As promised in several places, I am delighted to share my portrait! It was painted by (who else?) Jerome Witkin. Mr. Witkin decided to paint me after I interviewed him for WCNY-FM in September of 2011; the offer was unexpected, but I took it, and it changed my exaggeration!  Jerome worked on the painting in the fall of 2011 and in the spring of 2012. He suggested that I borrow it for display at WCNY-FM, and of course, I accepted such a generous offer! When I went to hear Jerome's talk about Karl Schrag at S.U. on September 18th of this year, I was surprised to learn that he had the painting ready for me to take back to the radio station! Jerome and one of his students got the painting into the back seat of my car, and it just barely made it in there! The painting's title is "Marie Lamb, The Chatterbox." Its title, the chattering wind-up false teeth, and the radio in the background are humorous references to my quarter-century in public radio. The photo does not do justice to this magnificent painting, which is on a pretty grand scale!  However, I hope you enjoy it, and words are not enough to express my gratitude to Jerome, not just for this incredible painting, but for his wonderful friendship and support, the greatest gifts of all!

P.S.: This photo of me with the portrait was taken on September 27th by one of our WCNY ReadOut volunteers, Patty Wilkowski, who has been following the progress of this project from the beginning!  I had a set of wind-up teeth on my desk, so we got a plate from the station kitchen and turned the teeth loose while Patty got the picture!  

Monday, September 17, 2012

Download link for DXing with Cumbre #734

Hello!  Here's the download link for DXing with Cumbre show #734:

Thanks for waiting, and enjoy!  

Monday, September 10, 2012

Remembering 9/11: "Taken" by Jerome Witkin

For 9/11, I am sharing a picture of Jerome Witkin's multi-panel painting called "Taken." As Jerome has mentioned in interviews, he had a cousin who was a first responder in New York on that day. She died of cancer after inhaling the chemical-laden dust and debris while working to save lives at the World Trade Center. He did this monumental work in tribute to her, to the other first responders, and to all whose lives were taken on that fateful day. As Jerome himself said in a 2010 talk at Indiana University, "It is a privilege to paint such difficult things." You can hear Jerome Witkin discussing this powerful work, and his art in general, in this WCNY Arts Talk interview from September 2011 at  There is also some more about it here:  This small photo does not really do justice to this large-scale work, but I am sharing it here today to remember Jerome's cousin and all the others who died 11 years ago on this date, or in the aftermath of the tragedy.

Violinist Odin Rathnam announces new concert series in Harrisburg!

I got this news today from violinist Odin Rathnam, who is the former concertmaster of the Harrisburg Symphony and a noted concert violinist who is also known for his work with the West Branch Festival and Academy in the Catskills.  The concert series mentioned below is of special interest to our friends and readers in Pennsylvania, although this is also within a few hours drive of New York State.  Best of luck to Odin, the HSO, and the other participants in the series!
September 10th, 2012: Former Harrisburg Symphony Concertmaster Odin Rathnam announces new "Classical Passion Series" at the Forum in Harrisburg, Pa.

Odin Rathnam, the former concertmaster of the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra, has announced a new benefit concert series at the Forum, titled “Classical Passion”.

The series of three concerts benefits the Else Borges Foundation for Arts Initiatives, as well as other local non-profit organizations. Mr. Rathnam made a promise to Harrisburg audiences this Spring that he would continue to bring both Symphony subscribers and the broader community the music they’ve come to expect from him, during his distinguished 21 year tenure as concertmaster of the HSO. This concert series fulfills that promise.

Classical Passion kicks off on Sunday, October 28, 2012 at 3 pm , with a recital featuring Odin Rathnam and the world famous collaborative pianist Robert Koenig. The program includes Stravinsky’s Suite Italienne (the opener for Rathnam’s critically acclaimed 1993 Lincoln Center debut) Mozart Sonata in B Flat Major, K.454, Henri Wieniawski’s lush “Legende” and Pablo de Sarasate’s virtuosic “Zigeunerweisen”.

The second program “Odin Rathnam & Friends, an Afternoon of Chamber Music “ takes place Sunday, March 17, 2013 at 3 pm, and includes the monumental quintets of both Schumann and Brahms. Rathnam is joined on stage by Koenig again, as well as distinguished colleagues from the United States and Europe.

The inaugural season of the “Classical Passion Series” comes to a stirring climax on Sunday, June 23, 2013, when Rathnam, Pro Musicis Ensemble, conductor Gregory Woodbridge and top young talents from the region and beyond work intensively for a week, side by side, to bring “Fire and Ice- Eight Seasons of Vivaldi and Piazzolla” to the Harrisburg Audience. Rathnam made highly successful debuts with the Randers Chamber Orchestra in November/December of 2011, playing and conducting these works for three concerts in Denmark, just before receiving the DES Cultural Prize in Copenhagen. He was immediately re-engaged by the Randers Chamber Orchestra for the ‘13-‘14 season.

“I have enjoyed many fruitful and inspiring collaborations with Gregory Woodbridge over recent seasons.” Rathnam says . “His musicianship, combined with a strong sense of how to work with young artists is critical to this concert , which culminates the eight day training program .” Area students will have the opportunity to audition for the program, which will ultimately select a total of 17 students to participate, for the nominal tuition fee of $300 for the entire 8 day program. There will be master classes in addition to the rehearsals and sectionals for the program, allowing students to explore their solo repertoire under the guidance of the distinguished artists leading them. “Students will be invited to audition on the basis of recommendations from area teachers and artists,” Rathnam adds. “We are currently selecting our artist faculty, which I am certain will inspire the students, and ensure that June 23rd’s program represents a true culmination of this first season of concerts.“ Vivaldi’s Seasons are a mainstay of the concert repertoire. Rathnam gave highly praised performances of them with the HSO in 2006, and recorded them in 2008 with the Pro Musicis Ensemble, conducted by Stephen Gunzenhauser. Piazzolla’s “Four Seasons of Buenos Aires “ have become a sensation worldwide, exploring the seasons through the eyes and ears of Astor Piazzolla’s unique “Tango Nuevo” style. The version being performed is the arrangement of Desyatnikov, originally created for violinist Gidon Kremer. “This is music of incredible rhythms and tremendous emotional tension,” adds Rathnam.

“These three concerts really serve two main purposes. In 2008, after the sudden death of my beloved mother, Else Borges, I created the Else Borges Foundation for Arts Initiatives, to honor the memory of her charitable philosophies. Since that time, we have disbursed over $17,000 to music students from our region and beyond, for summer study. These concerts aim to replenish scholarship funds and guarantee new disbursements for projects in the future. Several of the participating students in the final program have been recipients of grants, helping them attend West Branch International Festival and Academy, Charles Castleman’s Quartet Program , the Academia de Verao in Portugal and master classes with Odin Rathnam in Silkeborg, Denmark.” Secondly, when I announced my departure from the Harrisburg Symphony, I made a promise to keep bringing the art I love to this community, just in new and exciting ways. I hope this new series, as well as my solo appearances with the orchestras of Hershey and the West Shore help to fulfill that pledge! In addition, we have decided to make gifts this season to three other regional non-profits from the area, the Cultural Enrichment Fund, the World Surgical Foundation, and Harrisburg Habitat for Humanity. We at the EBF believe in the Arts’ roles in supporting larger human causes, and wanted to show solidarity with other groups that are doing important work here and worldwide.”

Rathnam began his historic tenure as concertmaster of the HSO in November of 1991. He is credited by many for leading a period of tremendous development of the string sound of that ensemble and its musical development, serving under three music directors, performing concerti of Mendelssohn, Brahms, Tchaikovsky, Korngold, Haydn, as well as virtuosic show pieces by Sarasate, Ravel, Chausson, Paganini, Kreisler, and more. His tenure attracted top classmates and colleagues from Curtis, Juilliard and other leading conservatories to join the burgeoning ensemble, where his enthusiasm and commitment to the HSO’s reputation and development also served as an anchor for the orchestra during two consecutive conductor searches.

For more information on the concerts and to purchase tickets online or donate online, visit
 and search for Odin Rathnam. For information on how to support the Else Borges Foundation for Arts Initiatives, you may visit
 . To follow Odin Rathnam’s concert activities and more , visit his official Facebook page , “Violinist Odin Rathnam”

Jerome Witkin to present gallery talk on Karl Schrag exhibition on Tuesday, 9/18

(This news is from the S.U. Art Galleries.  For all the Jerome Witkin fans in Central New York and beyond who follow his doings on this blog, you're invited to attend!  Please come and give our "J-Man" a good crowd!  Thanks, and hope to see you there--Marie)

Jerome Witkin, Professor in the Department of Art at Syracuse University, will open the 2012-2013 Syracuse University Art Galleries lecture series at 5:00 p.m. Tuesday, September 18, in the SUArt Galleries in the Shaffer Art Building.  Witkin on Schrag: A Conversation with Jerome Witkin focuses on the current exhibition Karl Schrag: Memories and Premonitions, on display until October 21.

A student of Karl Schrag’s at Cooper Union College, Witkin will present a gallery talk and walk visitors through the exhibition of prints, drawings and paintings.  A unique component of the gallery talk will be Jerome Witkin’s perspective on Karl Schrag as a mentor and teacher, as well as an artist.  Considered one of America’s most important living figurative artists, Witkin celebrates over 40 years of teaching, the majority of which has been at Syracuse University.

The exhibition Karl Schrag: Memories and Premonitions is the first major examination of the artist’s work since his death in 1995.  The exhibition includes 70 original works of art by the influential artist, including paintings, prints and drawings.  Curated by SUArt Galleries Director Domenic Iacono, the exhibition highlights numerous prints from the Syracuse University Art Collection, as well as loaned work consisting of paintings and drawings from the artist’s family.

Witkin on Schrag: A Conversation with Jerome Witkin is free and open to the public. Complete information and related programming is available by visiting the SUArt Galleries website at  Parking is available on campus in the Q4 lot. Please notify the attendant you are here for the lecture in the SUArt Galleries.

About The SUArt Galleries
The SUArt Galleries strives to provide the best possible environment for art appreciation and scholarly development. No photography will be allowed in exhibition spaces. For approved, press-ready images, please visit the exhibition website. 

The SUArt Galleries, accessible through the Shaffer Art Building on the SU campus, enhance the cultural environment of SU and the Syracuse area through meaningful educational experiences and encounters with the University's permanent collection and traveling exhibitions. It is the main campus venue for the visual arts and home of the University's extensive permanent collection. The facility hosts a variety of temporary and permanent exhibitions throughout the year. The SUArt Galleries is a member of SU's Coalition of Museum and Art Centers (CMAC).  There is a link to more information at  Also, our friends on Facebook can learn more, and invite their friends, at 

(UPDATE: Allow me to wish Jerome and his twin brother, noted photographer Joel-Peter Witkin, a happy 73rd birthday!  Marie Lamb, 9/13/12)

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Where to find Cumbre on Facebook and Yahoo Groups

For those who would like to participate in our Facebook group, Facebook page, and Yahoo group, here's where to find us!

To join the Cumbre DX Facebook group, you can request membership at: It is an open group, but applicants must be approved by me, Mark Coady, or Mauno Ritola before you join.  One of us will usually get you approved ASAP.

There is also a Cumbre DX/DXing with Cumbre Facebook page, which mostly has show updates but which also welcomes your loggings and postings; just click "like" at

DXing with Cumbre has an associated Yahoo group, and this is the ONLY group on Yahoo that is officially affiliated with the DXWC radio program. Mark, Mauno and I run this one, too. If you have a Yahoo ID, you can sign up at: 

Hope to see even more of you -- 73, Marie

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Here's DXing with Cumbre #733 for Labor Day Weekend


Hello, everyone, and a Happy Labor Day weekend for all who are celebrating the American holiday...we hope the rest of you are enjoying the weekend, too!  Thanks for your patience; we had some last-minute problems at WCNY due to the illness of a colleague, but we're back this week, and there's a double dose of Pirating with Cumbre, too!  Here's the link for this week: 

Saturday, August 25, 2012

For our Jerome Witkin fans....

Since some of the people coming here for Cumbre DX info have become interested in the art of "On the Lamb" title creator Jerome Witkin, whose "Self-Portrait Standing in the Snow" is shown here, I'd like to invite any Facebook members to join the group "Jerome Witkin is AMAZING," a group which was founded a few years back by one of his students, artist Nicole Troillet.  You can check it out at the link, and apply to join:

Leonard Bernstein's birthday, and some art by my brother Ward Lamb

Today, we remember American composer-conductor Leonard Bernstein, who was born on this date in 1918 and lived until 1990. Even people who don't follow classical music remember Bernstein for his score for the film "On the Waterfront" and for the beloved musical "West Side Story." Bernstein had many classical compositions as well, he was a good pianist, and was especially known for his conducting, which was among the best of the 20th century. Many who were TV viewers in the U.S. in the 1950s and 1960s remember him for his Young People's Concerts and other educational programs on CBS, and in the 1970s he did a series of lectures called "The Unanswered Question", which were shown on public TV and later made available on DVD.  The painting, which is called "Leonard Bernstein in his Element," is by my brother, Ward Lamb. It is in the music department of the Minisink Valley High School in New York State. Happy birthday to the man musicians still remember as "Lenny," and enjoy the painting!

DXing with Cumbre returns next week

Hi, everyone!  Due to a sudden change in the health of a WCNY-FM colleague with a chronic illness, I had no time for a new show this week.  DXing with Cumbre will return next week.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

DXing with Cumbre 732 is available for download

Hello, everyone!  Here is the download link for Cumbre show #732:

This week's show includes reports from both Bob Padula (EDXP Report) and Chris Lobdell (weekly Pirating with Cumbre).  Chris also has a new "Pirates for Peace" promo, which I'll mention since a number
of you reacted favorably to the first one.  

Thanks for listening and 73--Marie

Thursday, August 9, 2012

DXing with Cumbre 731 is now available for download

Hello, everyone!  I am not sure where I got this logo, although perhaps it was a creation of the late Bob Arnold, N2JEU, who also created the DXing with Cumbre logo with the microphone for our now-defunct page on iTunes.  Might as well use it again!

DXing with Cumbre #731 is now available for download, and here's the link:

Thanks and 73--


Sunday, August 5, 2012

By request: World Harvest Radio and WRN information

As requested by listeners to "DXing with Cumbre," I am posting links to World Harvest Radio, which carries the show on shortwave and streaming audio, and to the World Radio Network, which carries the show on their English satellite service for Europe and as streaming audio.

This link for World Harvest Radio will get you to schedule information (subject to change), a link for submitting shortwave reception reports, programs, technical information, and more.

This link will take you to information, streaming audio, schedules, etc. for the World Radio Network, which carries "DXing with Cumbre" on its English service for Europe.

Thanks for your continued interest in "DXing with Cumbre," and I hope this will make your listening easier!

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Welcome to DXing with Cumbre fans; recent links to show are here!

Hi, everyone! I set up this blog before the current DXing with Cumbre changes.  This mostly has art and music items on it, but since I've had requests for a place where people can find links and get an RSS feed, you're welcome to find those things here.  Now, for recent download links for Cumbre broadcasts 725 through 730.  Enjoy!

Thursday, August 2, 2012

UNC Asheville talk by Jerome Witkin from January 2012: 2 video links

I'm sharing links to the video of Jerome Witkin's talk at UNC Asheville on January 18th, 2012.  The video is available for viewing or for free download. Part 1 is 24:12 and is at and part 2 (about 31:00) is at .  Very informative, especially for those getting acquainted with Witkin's work.  Enjoy!  (BTW, an unfinished version of the "Marie Lamb, Chatterbox" portrait is at around 28:00 into the second video. Jerome had me sit for it again about two months after this talk was given; thus, the finished product is very different from the original shown in the video.)

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Please be patient!

I see that people are checking this out already, even though I have no content just yet! Please be patient; thanks for stopping by, and I hope to have some material to share soon!

Test posting

Here is a photo. And here is a link.