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Reviewed by Lee Shepherd I sat glued to every moment of Ken Burns' masterful documentary The Vietnam War, then capped it off by attending opening night (Friday, Sept. 29) of Chenango River Theatre's powerful production of The Speed of Darkness. "Gripping" describes both documentary and play. They go glove-in-hand, both revealing secrets that cry out to see the light of day. The Speed of Darkness by Steve Tesich received its world premiere in 1989 at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago, and had its Broadway premiere two years later....
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Reviewed by Lee Shepherd Take heart, blue grass fiddlers: You CAN go from a square dance in the barn to Carnegie Hall. Tessa Lark, featured violin soloist at the Binghamton Philharmonic's Saturday night concert (Sept. 9), proves it. Rare for a classical concert artist, the native Kentuckian calls herself a "crossover musician," who enjoys every kind of music from classical to jazz to folk. She's an alumna of Mark O'Connor's fiddle camp, but she also played classical music at age 16 in Carnegie Hall's "Distinctive Debuts" program. Lark demonstrated...
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Reviewed by Lee Shepherd The Summer Savoyards' The Sorcerer created magic last night (Friday, July 14)  in the Anderson Center Chamber Hall at Binghamton University. One of Gilbert & Sullivan's lesser-known comic operas, presented here as a "staged concert," didn't skimp on much. It featured the full-length score and script, but minimal sets and costumes. The show is full of humor and pathos, timely social commentary, beautiful soaring voices and the spirited acting for which the company is known. Read more
Reviewed by Lee Shepherd The Binghamton Philharmonic's concert Saturday (April 29) at The Forum in Binghamton should have been called the battle of the show-stoppers. A massive (nearly an hour long) Brahms' piano concerto with guest artist Andrew Russo filled the first half of the concert; the second half of the program ended with Stravinsky's exhilarating Firebird Suite, a show-stopper to end all show-stoppers. In between, we sampled a Viennese delicacy, Mozart's overture from The Magic Flute. Russo, playing Brahms' Concerto for Piano No. 1, Op. 15, in D...
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By Lee Shepherd

Saturday’s “Unlimited Wonders” concert (March 18) at The Forum with the Binghamton Philharmonic Orchestra and the Madrigal Choir of Binghamton afforded me, a choir member, an orchestra-side view of concert preparation rarely seen by audiences.

Daniel Hege, interim conductor for the 2016-17 season, is a first-rate talent, both as an instrumental and vocal conductor.

He programs diverse and interesting concerts, a mix of beloved warhorses and new...

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Reviewed by Lee Shepherd

In a week of turbulent events that turned America on its ear, the Binghamton Philharmonic Orchestra paid tribute to veterans and offered a much-needed note of hope for the future. Guest conductor Daniel Hege programmed beloved and iconic works by American composers Aaron Copland and George Gershwin, with guest soloist John Covelli performing Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue.

The Forum in downtown Binghamton was filled almost to capacity Saturday night (Nov. 12), a happy sight testifying to the reputation and popularity of the orchestra...

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Reviewed by Lee Shepherd With its concert this weekend, Classical Pianists of the Future celebrated its 10th anniversary. "It's hard to believe. We didn't think we'd get beyond the first year," said Alvin H. Williams III, co-founder and co-executive director with Lance G. Hill, the area's pre-eminent piano technician/tuner. The well-attended performance Saturday evening (Oct. 29)  at Binghamton's United Presbyterian Church brought back two of the finest performers of the last decade for a gala program of duos and solos.

Anastasia Rizikov first performed here at the age...

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