Broome Arts Mirror

Reviewed by George Basler Arthur Miller’s The Crucible is a classic play that deals with the ideas of personal honor and mass hysteria. It is also considered a classic of American drama and, as such, is a much studied work. The downside of this distinction is that the word “classic” comes with its own baggage, making a play seem a daunting experience that is worthwhile, but not particularly inviting. But don’t let those feelings keep you away from The Ti-Ahwaga Community Players production, which opened this past weekend...
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Reviewed by Lee Shepherd Heroism – that was the recurring theme of Saturday night’s season-opening concert of the Binghamton Philharmonic Orchestra at The Forum in Binghamton under the baton of principal guest conductor Daniel Hege. From the overture to William Tell by Rossini (about a folk hero) to Max Bruch’s passionate and romantic Concerto for Violin No. 1, Op. 26, in G Minor to a stellar performance of Beethoven’s “Eroica” Symphony, the program spotlighted the orchestra’s top-notch talent and heroic stamina. By the end of the 45-minute long...
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Reviewed by Lee Shepherd Taking Sides, which opened Friday night (Sept. 30) at the Chenango River Theatre, is the perfect vehicle to showcase the supreme acting talents of Jim Wicker and James Wetzel. Portraying, respectively, world-renowned Berlin Philharmonic conductor Wilhelm Furtwangler and his post-World War II U.S. Army interrogator Major Arnold, the two are locked in mortal combat. You can’t take your eyes away from the carnage.
UPDATE: A memorial service will be held Monday (Oct. 10) at The United Presbyterian Church of Binghamton, 42 Chenango St., Binghamton. Musical tributes will begin at 12:15 p.m. and the Service of Witness to the Resurrection and Celebration of the Life of Jonathan Biggers will begin at 1p.m. Binghamton University Music Department Chairman James Burns notified music faculty members today (Sept. 27) that longtime faculty member Jonathan Biggers had passed away suddenly. “We only learned of his death this afternoon, and details are still coming in,”...
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Reviewed by Tony Villecco For the past 34 years, Binghamton University alumni Bill T. Jones has been bringing his innovative and thought-provoking choreography to the forefront of modern American dance movement. Performances by the professional company developed by Jones and his fellow choreographer, the late Arnie Zane, leave one to ponder in amazement at the human body used as an instrument to propel, not only movement, but an emotional depth sometimes underplayed in the dance world today. On Saturday night (Sept. 24) in Binghamton University’s Anderson Center, members of the Bill T....
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At this week’s Heart of the Arts Celebration, we remembered some of the men and women who were lost to the arts community in 2015 and 2016. The following is an expanded list, gleaned from the obituary notices in the Press & Sun-Bulletin. Please feel free to make additions and/or offer remembrances in the comments area.

2015

Dr. Delos "Jerry" Aumock Jr., April 3, arts supporter and founding member of Ti-Ahwaga Players Lucille S. Fenning, 89, July 5, founder of Landmark Society of Broome County Dennis Bock, 65, July...
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when-in-carthReviewed by Nancy Oliveri

When the Cider Mill Playhouse’s Artistic Director, Gail Belokur, commissioned hometown theatrical wunderkind Santino DeAngelo to write a farce, she knew exactly what she was doing. And, apparently, so does DeAngelo.

The playwright,/composer/lyricist/commercial producer, now based in New York, has already had his work seen in the Big Apple. His musical Foolerie won the New York Musical Festival's 2015 Next Link Project, and he has been mentioned...

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