Issues in the Arts

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...
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UPDATE: Here's a link to the Press and Sun-Bulletin editorial on Aug. 28: http://tinyurl.com/ondvjjg Published here is an Aug. 18 letter from the Binghamton Philharmonic Orchestra about plans to cancel its season-opening concert because of a breakdown on contract negotiations with the musicians' union. It is followed by the union's response. (For more details, here is a link to coverage in the Friday, Aug 21, issue of the Press & Sun-Bulletin: http://tinyurl.com/q4qwfcu.) Binghamton, NY - Today the negotiating committee for the American Federation of Musicians Local...
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By Barb Van Atta Dr. Michael Bogdasarian, chairman of the Tri-Cities Opera board of directors, announced today (Feb. 25) that the company's general director, Reed W. Smith, has resigned to pursue other interests. Smith, according to a TCO press release, has been involved with the opera company for more than 33 years, starting as a resident artist and then moving into management. He has served as chief executive of the company for 13 years. Smith, a recipient of a Heart of The Arts award from the Broome County Arts Council, also was recognized by the national organization OPERA America for...
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The Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.'s oldest private art museum, and its venerable college of art and design would cease to exist as an independent institution, and its key components — artwork, historic building and school program — would be taken over by the National Gallery of Art and George Washington University, under a plan announced Wednesday afternoon.  If the deal goes through, it's the bittersweet end of the Corcoran's long, slow decline.  Read the Washington Post article....
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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...
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