Broome Arts Mirror

Funeral services were held today (Nov. 28) for pianist Irene Kanazawich. Known fondly by her colleagues at Tri-Cities Opera and elsewhere as “Iron Fingers Irene,” the indefatigable accompanist was one of the Broome County Arts Council’s inaugural Heart of the Arts Award winners in 2004. Here is link to her obituary in the Press & Sun-Bulletin....
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Reviewed by George Basler Hold on to your hats: a human tornado in the form of Mama Rose is anchoring an outstanding new production of Gypsy by the Endicott Performing Arts Center Repertory Company. Mama Rose is the centerpiece of the show, and Terri-Jo Ramia gives a blistering performance as the classic stage mother who plays out her own frustrated dreams of fame through the lives of her two children. The rest of the cast is equally good, from the leads to the supporting players to those filling smaller...
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Reviewed by Lee Shepherd

In a week of turbulent events that turned America on its ear, the Binghamton Philharmonic Orchestra paid tribute to veterans and offered a much-needed note of hope for the future. Guest conductor Daniel Hege programmed beloved and iconic works by American composers Aaron Copland and George Gershwin, with guest soloist John Covelli performing Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue.

The Forum in downtown Binghamton was filled almost to capacity Saturday night (Nov. 12), a happy sight testifying to the reputation and popularity of the orchestra...

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Reviewed by Tony Villecco Tri-Cities Opera has offered up a delicious concoction in the popular opera based on the Brothers Grimm fairy tale Hansel and Gretel. Engelbert Humperdinck's opera has been enchanting adults and children alike since 1893, and TCO's production, which opened Friday (Nov. 11) did not disappoint. A small chamber orchestra led by conductor Vlad Iftinca plied out the score with accuracy and a spirited flow that kept the action moving on the stage of the Opera Center's Savoca Hibbitt Hall. The story of two misbehaving children...
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Reviewed by George Basler Mystery is afoot in Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery, which opened this past weekend (Oct. 27-30) at the Cider Mill Playhouse in Endicott. But the real mystery is why there aren’t more laughs. Ken Ludwig, the playwright, has written some truly funny farces. One of them, Lend Me a Tenor, was given a first-rate production at the Cider Mill a couple of seasons ago. But his attempt to blend farce with a Sherlock Holmes mystery falls surprisingly flat much of the time. The play...
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Reviewed by Lee Shepherd With its concert this weekend, Classical Pianists of the Future celebrated its 10th anniversary. "It's hard to believe. We didn't think we'd get beyond the first year," said Alvin H. Williams III, co-founder and co-executive director with Lance G. Hill, the area's pre-eminent piano technician/tuner. The well-attended performance Saturday evening (Oct. 29)  at Binghamton's United Presbyterian Church brought back two of the finest performers of the last decade for a gala program of duos and solos.

Anastasia Rizikov first performed here at the age...

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