What have you been doing in the arts?

Have you been performing, rehearsing or attending plays or concerts? Have you visited galleries or set up your own easel? Please share.

2 Responses to "What have you been doing in the arts?"

  1. Lee Shepherd

    A better question would be, What didn’t I do this weekend!

    On the performing end, Julian (my cello playing husband) and I played for an English Country Dance in Syracuse, which is always great fun.

    On the audience side, we attended a concert by the Ying Quartet, the grand opener for the 2013 Skaneateles Festival. For those who don’t know about this month-long celebration of music and the arts, it’s offers a terrific variety of first-class music, set in a beautiful little lakeside village about 2-1/2 hours north of Binghamton. Set in various churches and venues, festival founder David Ying (also a cellist) and his three siblings treated us to a performance of Schubert’s “Death and the Maiden” quartet, played with more speed and verve than humanly possible. Check out the Skaneateles Festival website for more concerts that run through August 31. It’s definitely worth the trip.

    Back in Binghamton, we caught the last performance of “In the Heights” presented by the Binghamton University Summer Youth Musical Theater Workshop. There was enough energy on stage to power a rocket ship to Mars, and enough talent to overshadow every episode of the TV series, “Glee.” I pinched myself repeatedly, reminding myself that these are just teenagers! Hats off to every member of the shining ensemble and to the directors and coaches who gave the young people this unbeatable experience.

  2. Lee Shepherd

    I loved EPAC’S Shakespeare in the Park, this year celebrating its 10th anniversary with scenes by the Bard about love — romantic, fraternal, hilarious, homicidal, sardonic, tragic — you name it. The free outdoor performance, 7:30 p.m. each night through Sunday (Aug. 18), is in George W. Johnson Park on Oak Hill Avenue, Endicott. Charles Berman, Chris Nickerson (also the project director) and Amoreena Wade kind of steal the show in their scenes, but each and every actor in the show is fine.
    Admission is free; parking is plentiful; lots of good restaurants a stone’s throw away. Bring a lawn chair and a blanket — it gets really cold out there!