Broome Arts Mirror

Reviewed by Lee Shepherd Something old, something new and something smacking of a midlife crisis!That phrase characterizes Saturday’s fine Binghamton Philharmonic concert in a nutshell. Performing at Binghamton University’s Anderson Center, the orchestra revisited Brahms’ Symphony No. 1 in C minor, Op. 68 and Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor, Op. 37 and introduced the program with a sparkling new work, Tri-Sattawat by Thai composer Narong Prangcharoen (commissioned by Maestro Jose-Luis Novo’s other orchestra, the Annapolis Philharmonic). Tri-Sattawat (“Three Centuries”) was an hors d’oeuvre to whet...
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intoTheWoods Reviewed by Nancy Oliveri The Cider Mill Playhouse's season opener, Into the Woods (book by James Lapine, music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim), is a bold choice, and the first under the leadership of new Executive Director Gail King Belokur. With the nearly 30-year-old musical still growing in popularity and slated to be a film this Christmas, the timing was right, and, on the whole, I think the cast and crew were up to it --  but with a...
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A Note from Sharon Ball, Executive Director, Broome County Arts Council:  Our 10th Heart of the Arts Awards Celebration on Monday (Sept. 22)  featured a special and very moving Memorial Roll Call researched, written and presented by Broome Arts Mirror Editor Barb Van Atta.   We wanted to share it with you: (more…)...
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vieuxReviewed by Nancy Oliveri You probably already know that Tim Gleason is raising funds to take his Know Theatre ensemble to Cape Cod to present Vieux Carre at the International Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theater Festival. But before they go at the end of this month, the cast and crew will present the play "in the round" at its Carroll Street venue for one more weekend: this Friday and Saturday (Sept. 19-20). You will never have a better chance...
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By Barb Van Atta The Broome County Arts Council’s Heart of the Arts awards returned today (Sept. 4) with tributes to four members of the local cultural community. Honorees were announced at a 10:30 a.m. press conference at the BCAC offices in downtown Binghamton, hosted by arts council executive director Sharon Ball and BCAC board president Jim Rollo.  They are:

• HOTA Lifetime Achievement Award -- Albert Hamme, jazz musician and educator; • Heart of the Arts Award – Judy Berry, soprano and former marketing director...

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Reviewed by Lee Shepherd Summer would be incomplete without a visit to the Skaneateles Festival, a four-week jewel in New York state’s cultural crown that featuring concerts in churches and at Brook Farm by the lake. The festival logo, “World Class Music,” is exactly right. They should add “by world class performers.” The Thursday, Aug. 21, concert featured Bulgarian violinist Bella Hristova and Minnesota Orchestra Concertmistress Erin Keefe, cellists David Ying and Mimi Hwang (assistant professor of chamber music at the Eastman School of Music), pianists Elinor...
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heroes.Reviewed by Nancy Oliveri Dateline: Any provincial town in France, 1959. Gustave, Henri and Philippe have nowhere else to be these days except on the terrace of a home for WWI veterans. They have each other, their memories and, not to be minimized, the company of a concrete dog, but that may not be enough to save their sanity. Heroes was translated from French playwright Gerald Sibleyras' 2003 Le Vent Des Peupliers (The Wind in the Poplars). In this adaptation by Tom...
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