How were the arts for you this past week?

Were you out-and-about over the weekend, enjoying the arts of Greater Binghamton and Broome County? Were you someplace where you could hear, see, learn from or interact with the arts? And, to be honest, it doesn’t just have to be a weekend event. If something art-full happened to you during the week, please join our conversation and add to the comment section of this post.

6 Responses to "How were the arts for you this past week?"

  1. gkeeler

    Congratulations to the Broome County Arts Council on a fabulous idea! And to grab Barb Van Atta to be the editor of the new blog… genius! Many of us fondly miss reading Barb, and now we can get our fix.

    I didn’t happen to sample any arts this past weekend (my loss), but I’m working on a project that may interest readers of the blog… the GILBERT & SULLIVAN GALA, November 21 at West Middle School.

    Summer Savoyards are celebrating our 50th season of Gilbert & Sullivan operettas this year. Since 1961, our plucky little community theater troupe (Broome County’s longest-running, by the way) has put on a G & S show every summer, and some years an off-season show as well. We’re partnering with Cayenna Ponchione and the Binghamton Community Orchestra for the G & S gala, and so far we’re having a blast! We’ll be presenting arias, duets, patter songs and choruses (and overtures) from The Mikado, H.M.S. Pinafore, The Pirates of Penzance, and more…with a “full euphonious orchestra” as the old G & S posters used to say. It promises to be a grand evening of Gilbert & Sullivan for the newcomer or the old hand. More information at .

  2. dirvidfest

    I attended the SUNY Binghamton (I still call it SUNY, the only BU I know is in Boston!) theatre department production of Neil LaBute’s Some Girl(s) on Saturday night. It was staged in The Anderson Center’s Studio B. Solid performances by the male lead Bobby Daglio (ok, I like his work and know him from UEHS productions) and the young women who played his past girlfriends. I’m not sure if it was student directed and I found some “interesting” directorial choices… hey it was a learning expereince! Sadly, only about ten people in attendance and for a whopping ticket price of $3.00 it was a shame that there were not more in the house! Come on people, in this economy where are you getting a live show for less than the cost of a movie ticket? If you are reading this please get out and support these student productions… having been a theatre student in college (back in a time when gas lighting illuminated the stage) I can assure you how important it is to have an audience for feedback!
    One note to the Anderson Center staff… there was another show taking place down the hall at the Waters Theatre and their was often noise from the performers that at times was a bit too loud. Although the red coats did their best to quiet the group it was a bit annoying! I guess we all need at times to double book our venues!

  3. cyberbassdave

    It was not weekend but mid-week when Harmony Club of Binghamton presented its November program at Endwell United Methodist Church. Barbara Herne and I assembled a variety of vocal and instrumental, classical and popular performances around the theme “Love Notes.” Pat Caldwell, accompanied by Polly Wendling, opened the show, delicately singing the Irish favorite “Rose of Tralee.” Clarinetist Joanne Peters’ fingers flew so fast over the keys I expected to see smoke and flames coming from her instrument as she played “Variations sur un air du pays d’Oc.” Bonnie DeForest (from EPAC et. al.) joined me to sing the Christine/Raoul duet “All I Ask of You” from Phantom of the Opera. Now since learning that I can’t count past 4 (well maybe 6, but not 5-6-7-8), Bonnie’s been on a mission to make this penguin-suit guy into a dancer. So we did a couple box step circuits in the 6-measure interlude before the end, and I did manage to avoid stepping on her and causing her to hit her high A-flat prematurely! April Lucas was as impressive on alto sax as Joanne was on clarinet as she played Puccini’s “Tosca Fantasy” and “Brazileira” from Scaramouche.

    Now I had an ulterior agenda in suggesting the “Love Note” theme to Barbara for this program. Earlier this year my wife and I celebrated our ruby (40-year) anniversary, and for over 2 years I’ve been waiting for a chance to sing for her a lovely song I found on a Nat King Cole compilation CD. From a totally obscure 1952 motion picture, it’s called “The Ruby and the Pearl,” written by Ray Evans and Jay Livingston, whose “Mona Lisa,” also recorded by Cole, is much better remembered.

    Carolyn Blake offered upon the “King of Instruments” an organ arrangement of “O Perfect Love,” frequently heard at weddings.

    The program then featured “deconstructed” versions of some of Brahms’ “Liebeslieder Waltzer” (“Love Song Waltzes”). I say “deconstructed” because while Brahms wrote the pieces for 4-hand piano with lyrics from G.F. Daumer’s poetry, Greg Keeler and I sang the lovely tenor-baritone duet “Sieh, wie ist die welle klar” unaccompanied. Then Barbara Garges (her fingers thoroughly warmed up by now from having accompanied 4 previous artists) and Fitzroy Stewart joined forces at the keyboard to play, sans voix, 4 more of the waltzes.

    As a fitting bookend to the Emerald Isle selection that opened the program, Greg Keeler returned to sing his signature “Danny Boy,” a somber song for sure but one that speaks of the hope of love that lives beyond this mortal life.

    A fine time of refreshments and fellowship followed the program. Harmony Club’s programs are free and open to the public. Our next program, “Holiday Music,” will take place Wednesday Dec. 2 at 1 PM at First Baptist Church in Endicott.

    The Harmony Club of Binghamton, founded in 1925, each year gives a number of modest music scholarships to promising high school seniors persuing high education. In addition, the Club “adopts” a musician for the year, this year tenor Kirk Doughherty from Tri-Cities Opera. This year the Club expanded its “adoptions” to include a high school music department for the year. This year it is Chenango Valley High School.

    If you love music and fellowship in music, whether you are a performer or not, you’re welcome to join Harmony Club. For information, contact Cheryl Labban at

    Submitted by Dave Schriber, CyberBassDave

  4. Sharon Ball

    Did anyone see STC’!’s presentation of Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana at The Forum last night? I had no idea that flamenco was so … balletic!

  5. Hello, my name is Kim Johnson. I’m an Art Photographer based in Endicott, NY. (Read more about me on my website: I would like to share with you the following blog post by internationally renowned artist Charles Fazzino, where he recently discussed my photograph titled Generations:

    This photo, and others in the same collection, are close to my heart because they depict the hands of my late grandmother. The success of this collection has been bittersweet, as it has surrounded her ill health and passing.

    Many thanks to Charles Fazzino for his recognition of this piece. I hope members and visitors of the Broome County Arts Council will enjoy it also.

  6. swilson31

    Beethoven 9 Shout Out

    I just wanted to thank everyone who either attended or performed in the Binghamton Philharmonic’s sold out performance of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 and Brahms’ Song of Destiny this past weekend at the Anderson Center. The BU Chorus did a fantastic job and their director, Bruce Borton, did a wonderful job preparing them. It was also a pleasure to present as part of the vocal quartet two singers with local roots whose careers are going so well: mezzo Jenni Bank and baritone Jake Gardner. The enthusiastic response of the audience was a testament to the both the power and relevance of this music, especially in such difficult and uncertain times as these.