Broome Arts Mirror

Reviewed by Lee Shepherd There was far more beauty than tragedy in the Binghamton Philharmonic concert Sunday (Feb. 22) dubbed “Tragic Beauty”by Maestro Jose-Luis-Novo. In a concert that juxtaposed three 20th century composers with one from the18th century, beauty emanated from the virtuosic abilities displayed by every section of the BPO. I’m sure orchestra members slept well that night, the well-earned rest of total exhaustion after a difficult and demanding program performed to perfection. It seems smart for Novo to choose works that showcase the orchestra, rather than featuring a...
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As BAMirror writer Lory Martinez recently pointed out, Broome County residents would especially enjoy Hugh Grant's The Rewrite, set at Binghamton University, if they watched it in a theater (as opposed to the current video-on-demand option). Part of the fun is the communal experience every time Grant and his fellow castmates make a comment about our community. And now we have that opportunity. The rom-com opens this week at the Art Mission and Theatre, 61 Prospect Ave., Binghamton. Screenings are at 7:15 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Tuesday and 3 p.m. Sunday (Feb....
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Reviewed by Lee Shepherd Though it was blustery and bitterly cold outside last Sunday (Feb. 15), the “Brilliant Brass” concert by the Binghamton Philharmonic Brass Quintet warmed the hearts of everyone in downtown Binghamton’s United Presbyterian Church. The program ranged from hot jazz to heraldic Renaissance fanfares fit for a king or queen, demonstrating the best a brass quintet repertoire has to offer. The ensemble is composed of principal players in the BSO: trumpeters Benjamin Aldridge and Frank Campos, tuba player Adam Peck, French hornist Alex Shuhan...
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Reviewed by Nancy Oliveri Know Theatre’s latest offering might just keep you up at night. When director Bernie Sheredy took on The Pillowman by Martin McDonagh, he knew he was going to face some challenges. It takes a brave company, and director, to present a play with the level of difficulty this show presents. Just over 10 years old, this 2004 Olivier Award for Best New Play lacks the pop culture recognition of some of the other works  to be seen in Binghamton. The theater is kept cool so that the...
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By Lory Martinez This past Sunday (Feb. 8),  Binghamton University hosted the official U.S. premiere of The Rewrite, a film written and directed by BU graduate Marc Lawrence. The lighthearted romantic comedy, starring Hugh Grant and Marisa Tomei, is set in Binghamton, not the ever-popular New York City, thus putting our college town on the map for movie goers. Location filming occurred in 2013 in Broome County. In the days leading up to the Anderson Center screening,  there was what can only be called a lot of hullabaloo on campus. Bearcat Pride was everywhere....
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Reviewed by Sherri Strichman Disclosure: I love Rossini opera. So why did it take so long Friday night (Feb. 6) for me to warm up to Tri-Cities Opera’s new production of The Italian Girl in Algiers? The singing was very good. Director Dorothy Danner gave her young and energetic cast a lively staging.  The orchestra, led by William Hobbs, ably supported the singers and the drama. Robert Little’s set was attractive and functional, making use of rolling screens to delineate rooms in a palace. The costumes, coordinated by...
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