About: Barb Van Atta

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By Barb Van Atta Even the most empathetic person cannot truly know how the recipient of prejudicial remarks feels. And sometimes efforts at understanding, no matter how well-meaning, come off as insensitive. That point was hammered home to us at Broome Arts Mirror yesterday (May 17) through responses to our review of SRO Underground’s production of Avenue Q. Here on the blog -- and in emails and on Facebook -- cast members and their supporters took reviewer George Basler to task for opining that the production lacked...
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Reviewed by Barb Van Atta Nothing like a good “Imperial March” to prove how meaningful orchestral music is in your life. A near-capacity crowd Thursday (May 4) cheered and clapped with delight as John Williams’ sweeping intergalactic themes filled The Forum in Binghamton for “The Music of ‘Star Wars’: The Symphony Strikes Back.” Under the baton of its principal guest conductor, Daniel Hege, the Binghamton Philharmonic Orchestra concluded its 2016-17 season with a tribute to the 40 years of Star Wars movies, charming both the music lovers and the...
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Executive Director Laura Knochen-Davis will be leaving the Broome County Arts Council (BCAC) as of July 28. Knochen-Davis told the arts council board of directors that she is facing some family obligations that require her complete attention. "I am disappointed not to be able to continue in my position as I was looking forward to a long relationship with the BCAC," said Knochen-Davis, who became executive director in January 2016. Since February, the BCAC has been developing an organizational strategic plan. Board President Susan Appe, Ph.D., said...
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By Barb Van Atta For its 69th season, Tri-Cities Opera again will divide its performance time between Broome County’s performing arts center and the opera company’s own newly refurbished headquarters. The season will open at The Forum, 236 Washington St., Binghamton, with a fully staged production of Puccini’s lyrical heartbreaker La Boheme. The 3 p.m. Oct. 15 performance will star Meroë Khalia Adeeb (Mimi), Jordan Schreiner (Rodolfo), Stacey Geyer (Musetta), Scottt Purcell (Marcello) and Schaunard (Jake Stamatis). All are debuting their role. La Boheme will be sung in...
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By Barb Van Atta The Broome County Arts Council (BCAC) is awarding $231,246 in United Cultural Fund (UCF) grants for 2017. General operating grants will help support operations of seven major arts organizations. Seventeen project grants will support projects by community non-profits and individual artists. The recipients were to be honored at a press conference Tuesday (March 14), followed by a “Pi Day” celebration and fund-raising event at the Water Street Brewing Co. in downtown Binghamton. The press conference has been canceled due to the impending blizzard, but...
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Memorial services were held Sunday (Jan. 22) for BC Pops co-founder and conductor (1974-1998) David L. Agard, who passed away Jan. 20 at the age of 75. Over his long career, Agard also was an assistant conductor at Tri-Cities Opera and a conductor of the Triple Cities Welsh Chorale. A talented violinist, he performed with many regional orchestras and in the pit for local theater companies. Here is a link to his obituary in the Press & Sun-Bulletin: http://tinyurl.com/ht3prd5. Please share your memories in...
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