Broome Arts Mirror

It's such a busy time right now with so many arts organizations winding up their seasons. I thought it would be a perfect opportunity to revive our readers' query: "What did you do in the arts this week?". On Friday, I heard a lovely concert by the combined vocal ensembles of SUNY Broome. On Sunday, I caught the really fine Tri-Cities Opera production of one of my favorite Broadway shows, Sweeney Todd. How about you?

-- Barb Van Atta, BAMirror Editor

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Reviewed by Sherri Strichman Tri-Cities Opera's Sweeney Todd opened last night (April 29) at The Forum to the enthusiastic reception of the audience. This dark musical thriller by Stephen Sondheim (book by Hugh Wheeler) is a departure from TCO's standard operatic fare, yet it seemed to be the largest house in attendance since I began reviewing performances here. The story: A wrongfully convicted barber, Benjamin Barker, returns to London. He’d had a beautiful wife whom he loved, and the judge who desired her had him transported to a penal...
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Editor’s note: BAMirror’s Lee Shepherd usually reviews Binghamton Philharmonic Orchestra concerts. Last weekend, however, she was a participant in a BPO performance. Here are her reflections: By Lee Shepherd Joy and brotherhood -- that's what Beethoven's Ninth Symphony is all about, and that's what we experienced singing the massive choral and orchestral work with the Binghamton University Chorus and Binghamton Philharmonic Orchestra in front of a sold-out crowd last Saturday (April 16) at The Forum in Binghamton. Months of preparation went into the concert, with excellent coaching from Bruce...
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Reviewed by George Basler As the play Red opens, Mark Rothko is an aging artistic lion at the height of his powers and renown. But he’s not a happy man. “We’re a smirking nation under the tyranny of the fine,” he sneers at one point before adding, “We are anything but fine.” The peek into Rothko’s innate despair is one of the key plot points of Red, which opened this past weekend (April 14-17) at the Cider Mill Playhouse in Endicott. The intelligent, well-acted production asks questions about artistic integrity...
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Reviewed by Nancy Oliveri

It’s not what you know; it’s who you know. This is what we tend to tell people who are trying to break into anything that will make them famous or successful, however they define it. And it’s one of the themes in Theresa Rebeck’s dialogue-rich two-act play, Seminar, about four young writers and their older, possibly wiser but definitely jaded, privately hired writing professor.  Joanna Patchett plays Kate, a comparatively wealthy young woman who hosts a 10-week writing seminar...
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Reviewed by George Basler Man of La Mancha, which is being presented by Half Light Theatre, is an old-fashioned musical in the best sense of the word. The show trumpets idealism and hope in the face of inhumanity and degradation. That’s a welcome relief in an era that can be marked by skepticism, cynicism and the downright nastiness that pervades social media. Moreover, the musical is filled with well-crafted Broadway songs, notably “The Impossible Dream,” which retains its emotional resonance even after being played to death when Man of...
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Reviewed by Matthew Pitcher There was no fooling around on April 1 at the Broome County Art Council when a panel of prestigious judges (Emily and Tina Corbin, Yvonne Lucia, Orazio Salati, Alisha Sickler-Brunelli and County Legislator Karl Bernhardsen) carefully evaluated 73 submissions to this year's Broome High School Emerging Artists Competition. A total of 65 students from seven Broome County high schools (Binghamton, Chenango Forks, Chenango Valley, Deposit, Johnson City, Maine-Endwell, Whitney Point) participated in the event. Looking over all the artworks, I was both delighted and grateful...
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