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...Read more
Food for Thought
By Barb Van Atta For centuries, theater companies have used ethnic makeup to alter the race of Caucasian performers. This tradition, however, does not align with the racial and cultural sensitivities of the 21st century. Thus, in recent weeks, the New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players canceled a staging of The Mikado after facing stinging online criticism for the use of "yellowface" in promotional material for a production featuring primarily non-Asian performers (for New York Times coverage, visit http://tinyurl.com/ngaj4ej). Similarly, complaints arose when Metropolitan Opera promotional material...Read more
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...Read more
Written by BCAC President, James J. Rollo, and printed in the Press & Sun-Bulletin, Sunday October 20, 2013. Are you tired of reading studies that depict our community as a laggard economically and a leader in pessimism? Have you heard enough talk about the way things used to be? We can choose to reject the negative characterizations. We can stop living in the past. We can choose to embrace a future vision of our great community as an even better place to live. We can...Read more
Joe Patti, author of the arts blog Butts in the Seats and experienced arts administrator, writes about the connections that are created in a community engaged with the arts, and some not-often-discussed benefits that the arts bring, even in a small town.Read more
Case in point, I met an administrator at the university early one Friday, later that day he got his haircut. That night his hairdresser, whom I had never met before, said he made positive remarks about me.
What has been interesting to me...