Did you enjoy the arts this week?

Were you out and about in the arts this past week? Did you enjoy a concert, play, reading, gallery show, etc.? What did you like best? (And, if it wasn’t so enjoyable, would you tell us why?) Please join in the conversation.

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3 Responses to "Did you enjoy the arts this week?"

  1. jimciotoli

    Here’s my perspective on “The Odd Couple” at the Cider Mill Playhouse: I walked across the yard and went to the show last night and enjoyed the cast, humor and set. Even though it did not get out until around five minutes to 11 p.m., the show moved along fast and it was very fast paced and certainly did not seem as long as it was. There were two intermissions. The house was almost full.
    The performance by Equity actor Rob DeRosa was excellent — he plays a good Oscar Madison — and Mark Roth (Felix Ungar or FU, as I learned last night) really played his part well, so well, in fact, that I was waiting for there to be a homicide on the stage.
    I did note some door slamming and was happy to see that the set withstood the abuse. The apartment looked good enough to move into.
    All the lines were delivered very clearly and were easy to understand. As always, the close proximity of the stage to the audience made it seem like we were peering in through an open window, right there with Felix, Oscar, Murray and crew.
    There was lots of laughter and strong ending applause. It was nice to see some new faces and younger people in the audience.
    Ticket information: http://www.cidermillplayhouse.com

  2. I saw a hilarious one-act called “The American Century” by Murphy Guyer Friday night (March 19) on the Binghamton University campus in Studio B of the Fine Arts building. The script was pitch-perfect, and the cast (students John Charitable, Jessica Farr and Anthony Corvino) and the director (student Jason Chaskin) did a very nice job bringing it to life. I have a particular fondness for studio shows because the shoestring budget means the emphasis is where it belongs: on the story, instead of the spectacle.

  3. howardtuckey

    My first attempt at posting here — a review of the all-Chopin recital held at the Tri-Cities Opera Center on March 21. For some reason the local newspaper didn’t want it. I hadn’t heard of this site until directed by a friend. Here’s the review:
    The treasure that is the Tri-Cities Opera Center served to showcase yet another treasure on Sunday March 21. On this, the 200th anniversary of the birth of Frederick Chopin, four extremely gifted pianists presented a program never before heard in its entirety in this area. They masterfully performed Chopin’s 24 Preludes, (Op 28), and the 24 Etudes, (Opp. 10 and 25) in front of a spellbound audience.

    Rhimmon Simchy-Gross, Erika Tazawa, Dai Yi, and Sean Carmichael are students at the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam, under the tutelage of Paul Wyse, an internationally known lecturer and master teacher at the school. Wyse is justifiably proud of his charges, and he brought them here to perform in the spring recital of our own “Classical Pianists of the Future.”

    Any of them could have performed alone, and would have left an audience thankful that such talent still exists, and so close to home. The four artists together forged a performance so powerful that Chopin himself – had he heard it – would have smiled and said “That is exactly what I meant!”

    The artists took turns at the beautiful Bechstein concert grand piano, and presented the Preludes, then the Etudes, in a seamless performance that brought out the composer’s original intent, and at the end they received an ovation exceeding any I have ever heard in this area.

    The afternoon was also graced by the presence of Judy Berry, a wonderfully gifted soprano, who sang three Chopin solos especially for this occasion. She said that she had just learned them for this recital, but I had no difficulty in believing that at least one of them was written with her in mind.

    The program was the latest in a series of recitals presented by Alvin H. Williams III and Lance G. Hill, co-founders of Classical Pianists of the Future. Their organization is dedicated to keeping the music of the masters alive and well, and to bringing outstanding young keyboard talent to this area, to enchant us with their performances. Messrs. Williams and Hill are already hard at work on the Fall recital, and I am certain it will be as captivating as this one has been. You can follow their efforts, and read more about the artists at http://www.classicalpianistsofthefuture.org .