Arts & Education

By George Basler Just when you start to despair about the next generation, something comes along to renew your faith. That’s what happened to me this past Saturday (Feb. 22) at Binghamton University’s Anderson Center. The event was the annual Broome County Music Educators Association’s All-County Music Festival, which featured student musicians from school districts across the county. First, let me make a confession. On a normal Saturday I would have been nowhere near the Anderson Center. The only reason I came was because the daughter of a family...
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For the second year in a row, BAMirror sends a big shout-out and thank you to Rich Ives of Owego, who compiled a nifty graphic about upcoming musicals at local high schools and made it available to us. (more…)...
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By Barb Van Atta A shout-out to Press & Sun-Bulletin reporter Meghin Delaney for her ongoing series of articles on Union-Endicott High School’s upcoming production of Andrew Lloyd-Webber’s Phantom of the Opera. For years, one question has always been on the minds of those of us whose extracurricular endeavors and/or those of our children have centered around auditoriums, not gymnasiums: “Why don’t high school arts get the same media attention as high school sports?” As Arts & Entertainment Editor at the Press and now as editor of...
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Reviewed by Nancy Oliveri After 26 years as director of the Broome Community College Choir and its wonderful offshoot, the BCC Chamber Singers, Gerald Grahame is retiring. Maestro Grahame took his final bow last Wednesday night (May 15) in a free concert, “Madrigals and Modern Music,” in the school’s Little Theatre. The program featured everything from Italian Renaissance songs and English Madrigal to American standards and pop favorites. Look, any concert that can include a madrigal about pipe smoking, “Come Sirrah Jack Ho” by Thomas Weelkes, “Somewhere Over the...
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By George Basler The Rod Serling Video Festival began 19 years ago as a local contest for young video makers in Broome County. Nowadays, however, the locals have some competition. This year’s entrants come from across New York state and from as way away as Tacoma, Wash., and Port Moody, British Columbia in Canada. For Larry Kassan, the festival’s founder, it’s a sign of just how successful the Serling program has become. “We’re getting entrants from further away than ever before,” he said. WSKG Public Television will broadcast an...
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By Nancy Oliveri  If you want to feel great about the state of arts education in Broome County, you should make every effort to attend a performance this weekend of the annual spring dance program at Binghamton High School. Four Elements features everything from African to pop, jazz to ballet, hip-hop to modern. Under the direction of Karen Koyanagi-De Luca, students from the Rod Serling School of the Arts, the International Baccalaureate program and a clapping, stomping crew called Tazama all dance together in a program that...
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By Barb Van Atta Tomorrow (March 13), Broome County Arts Council Board Chairman Fred Xlander and Executive Director Sharon Ball will announce the awarding of more than $228,000 in United Cultural Fund (UCF) grants for 2013. Seven arts and cultural organizations will share in $210,428 in UCF general operating support grants. Project grants totaling another $18,298 will be shared by 14 organizations and individual artists. The announcement will come at a 10:30 a.m. press conference in the offices of the arts council (BCAC), 81 State St., Suite...
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