Broome Arts Mirror

Reviewed by Nancy Oliveri

The original two-act play Letter Writing, written and directed by Marisa Valent for SPARE Productions, opened Thursday night (Aug. 18) and runs through Saturday (Aug. 20). Performed once before in Syracuse, Letter Writing is having its Binghamton-area premiere at the Cider Mill Playhouse, and its opening night audience gave it a standing ovation. (more…)

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By George Basler The Southern Tier, during the past year, wallowed in revenge, murder, cannibalism and lust. Don’t panic: We’re not talking real life here, but the world of the stage. For whatever reason, Broome and neighboring counties were treated to three productions of Sweeney Todd, Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler’s classic musical horror story about a naïve barber who becomes a revengeful serial killer. The Endicott Performing Arts Center mounted a production last fall and Tri-Cities Opera in the spring. The Glimmerglass Festival in Cooperstown is currently staging the bloody...
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I went to First Friday in downtown Binghamton, where I toured galleries and helped promote the Broome County Arts Council's upcoming Heart of the Arts celebration. What did you do in the arts this past week?

-- Barb Van Atta

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By Barb Van Atta When members of the local arts community gather next month to honor five of their own, they also will be honoring the past, present and future of the arts in Broome County. At a press conference this morning at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Binghamton, Broome County Arts Council Executive Director Laura Knochen-Davis announced the following recipients of BCAC’s bi-annual Heart of the Arts awards:

• HOTA Lifetime Achievement Award – Dr. Timothy G. Perry, Binghamton University music professor and Binghamton Community...

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By George Basler Stephen Sondheim is not a big opera fan. That’s one discovery I made while attending an appearance by Sondheim last weekend at the Glimmerglass Festival in Cooperstown. The renowned composer was interviewed by Jamie Bernstein, Leonard Bernstein’s daughter. The two have known each other from the time Jamie, now 63, was a child. Sondheim, of course, worked with her father on the groundbreaking Broadway classic West Side Story. The question-and-answer session, which drew a capacity audience, dovetailed with the Glimmerglass staging of Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd as...
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Reviewed by Matthew Pitcher Anthony Brunelli Fine Arts gallery is back at it again with another highly impressive exhibit. The “Summer Salon Group Exhibition,” on display through September, showcases 10 artists who employ a wide range of creative mediums and styles. The atmosphere of this show is like a carnival with the flashing lights in Sungchul Hong’s high-tech perceptual mirrors, the food appeal of Jae Yong Kim’s glimmering doughnut wall, the vendor memorabilia in Ray Gross’ larger-than-life paint tubes and brushes, and the oddity in Jamie Salmon’s ...
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