April at the Phelps Mansion Museum

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April at the Phelps Mansion Museum

It looks like spring is finally making its appearance. We just wanted to drop in and let you know what we are up to in the month of April. We would love to see you at one or more of our upcoming events.

Did you know you can show your support for the museum in many different ways? Attending events, becoming a member if you aren’t already or even volunteering all help us continue our mission as a public historic house museum.

We look forward to seeing you at the museum soon!

Mission Statement
The Phelps Mansion Museum will utilize and preserve its unique Victorian facitility and collections to serve the public through regular tours, exhibits, and programs emphasizing local history, education, literature, art and music

First Friday

April 6th 6pm to 9pm

Join us for First Friday as we present architectural tours of the mansion at 6:15pm, 7:15pm and 8:15pm. Tours are Free- We will also have woodworking tools on display as part of this evenings tours. Light  refreshments provided


Bob Connelly – What is an Appraisal?

On Monday, April 9 at 1 p.m., Robert “Bob” J. Connelly will discuss the different types of appraisals, and will appraise one item per audience member at the Phelps Mansion Museum at 191 Court Street in Binghamton.

Bob is a longtime member of the American Society of Appraisers (ASA), and is an Accredited Senior Appraiser, the Society’s highest designation. He has served locally as President of the ASA’s Hudson Valley Chapter (1990, 1996 and 2007), and is a member of its Board of Directors (1990 to present). He served on the International Personal Property Committee, an ASA national assignment. Bob has also served nationally on the Appraisers Association of America’s Board of Directors from 1995-2007, and as the Regional Representative for NY-NJ-CT from 2008 to 2013. He also holds that Society’s highest designation.

Widely recognized as an authority on antiques, collectibles, clocks and watches, sports memorabilia, and classic cars, Bob has appeared as an expert witness in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Michigan and Texas, and is a consultant for the Technical Advisory Service for Attorneys (TASA).

Although Bob occasionally provides a Professional Opinion of Value, an abbreviated appraisal to meet special needs, most of his appraisals are full narrative reports prepared in conformity with the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP), published by the Appraisal Foundation. Only the standard USPAP report is valid in court and accepted by banks, insurance companies, auction houses, and the IRS. Naturally, Bob keeps current on appraisal standards by attending conferences and training seminars. He completed the USPAP 2016 in January, and has also brushed up on the IRS review process for donations and estates.

Lunch starts at 12 p.m. noon and Bob’s program starts at 1 p.m. Admission to both the lunch and program is $20 for the general public, members, and guests. Attending the program only is $5. For reservations, call (607) 722-4873 by Friday, April 6, at 4 p.m. Reservations can also be made online at phelpsmansion.org/events.


Binghamton Ball 2018

Saturday April 14th at 7:30pm

Space is limited for dancers and also for viewing- if you plan on attending to view the dances only, please call 607-722-4873 to reserve your seat.

Call Lee or Julian Shepherd (722-9327) for more information

We Welcome back the Binghamton Community Dance Group for their 2018 English Ball. Reservations are necessary to dance and limited seating will be provided for those who may just want to observe. There is a $5.00 admission to observe the dances. Please visit http://www.binghamtondance.org/ecd.htm for more information on how to sign up to dance.


Chamber Concert

April 22 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Baritone Jake Stamatis

On Sunday, April 22, at 3:00 p.m., Baritone Jake Stamatis and Pianist Joel Harder will perform at the Phelps Museum at 191 Court Street in Binghamton.

Admission
$20 general public; $15 for members & seniors; $5 students with I.D.; children 12 and younger are free. For more information, please call (607) 722-4873 or email info@phelpsmansion.org.

Jake Stamatis
Baritone Jake Stamatis is a native of Tunkhannock, PA. He has performed a variety of roles on the operatic stage including Leporello in Don Giovanni, Figaro in Le Nozze di Figaro, Papageno in Die Zauberflöte (Mozart), Schaunard in La Bohème (Puccini), Ko-Ko in The Mikado (G&S), and the Bass-baritone in Hydrogen Jukebox (Glass). His recent concert engagements include solos in Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, Bach’s Christmas Oratorio and Missa Brevis in F major, and Finzi’s In Terra Pax.

Jake has been a member of Tri-Cities Opera’s Resident Artist Training Program (2015-17), and has recently appeared with Opera Ithaca, Jeunesses Musicales Croatia, and The Hawaii Performing Arts Festival. This summer he will be a fellow with the Music Academy of the West, where he will sing the role of Antonio in Le Nozze di Figaro ?under the baton of James Conlon, with stage direction by James Darrah. Jake received his Bachelors Degree in Vocal Performance at Susquehanna University, and his Masters Degree in Opera at Binghamton University. He currently studies with Laura Brooks Rice.

Joel Harder
A versatile and accomplished musician, Canadian pianist Joel Harder is in demand as an accompanist, vocal coach and chamber musician and has performed in venues throughout Canada, the United States, England and Austria. Equally at home in performance of chamber music, song and operatic repertoire, Mr. Harder has performed concerts in venues such as Alice Tully Hall, the Caramoor Centre for the Arts, Bishopsgate Hall, and the Beethovenhaus in Baden, Austria. He has worked with such renowned artists as Stéphane Lemelin, Charles Owen, Robin Bowman, J.J. Penna, Cameron Stowe, Brian Zeger, Ken Noda, Roger Vignoles, Iain Burnside and Graham Johnson. He is an alumnus of the Banff Centre for the Arts, a recipient of the Johann Strauss Foundation Award for study at the Franz Schubert Institute in Austria, and is a piano fellow alumnus of the Tanglewood Music Centre.

Mr. Harder has worked with a number of distinguished conductors on operatic repertoire, including Maestros James Conlon, Christoph von Dohnanyi and Lorin Maazel. He was featured as pianist and coach at the Cincinnati May Festival, the Castleton Festival in Virginia, Highlands Opera studio and the Chautauqua Vocal Arts Program.

Mr. Harder has received a Bachelor degree from the University of Alberta, a Masters Degree from the University of Ottawa, and a post-graduate degree in Accompaniment from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. Currently Mr. Harder is undertaking his fourth year as a C.V. Starr Doctoral Fellow in Collaborative Piano at the Juilliard School under full scholarship, studying with Jonathan Feldman and Margo Garret. He is currently researching and writing on the melodies of composer André Caplet.

This program is made possible in part by a grant from the United Cultural Fund, a program of the Broome County Arts Council.


Celebrate Women’s History

Elizabeth Cady Stanton Presentation portrayed by Melinda Grube

Saturday April 28th at 10:30am

Elizabeth Cady Stanton  was a social activist, one of the originators of the women’s movement in the United States, and an author, wife, and mother. With her good friend Susan B. Anthony, she campaigned tirelessly for women’s rights, particularly for the right to vote.

Presentation begins at 10:30am in our ballroom.

Light refreshments offered


Phelps Mansion Museum
191 Court St
Binghamton, NY 13901

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