Broome Arts Mirror

Anastasia Rizikov, a 10-year-old Canadian-born pianist, raised more than one pair of eyebrows last weekend at her second appearance in Binghamton. Presented by the organization “Classical Pianists of the Future," this phenomenon of nature left her audience dazzled. Child prodigies are always exciting to hear, and Rizikov delivered the goods. (more…)
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The annual smorgasbord of holiday entertainment has begun: "Hansel and Gretel," "A Christmas Story," "The Russian Nutcracker," concerts by Irish entertainers and theater organists, ... I'm only touching the surface here and only talking about this week's fare (starting Dec. 4). Please share your impressions of these performances. And, as always, we'd love to know what you saw and did at First Friday and First Saturday....
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The Madrigal Choir of Binghamton just offered its 32d season of “Lessons and Carols for Christmas.” This is both a concert and a worship service, the sacred and secular readings and classical and contemporary anthems and familiar Christmas carols recounting the story of the coming of Messiah.

Sitting in the choir looking out over the audience, one can see family, friends and neighbors. Some have come for the enjoyment of the music, others as an act of seasonal devotion, from within this parish or some other across town. For still others, this is the closest they will ever come to being churchgoers. For all these groups, and particularly the last described, Artistic Director Anne Boyer Cotten says it’s not just about how well we sing the music but about how well we tell the story.

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Remember Sgt. Joe Friday from "Dragnet," always asking for "Just the facts, ma'am"? Well, we like the facts -- who, what, where, when -- for the Arts Council's website News & Events Calendar sections at   www.bcartscouncil.com.  But, here in the blogosphere, the important questions are "Why?" and "How?". If you're planning an event, please send those "Joe Friday" basics, press releases and such, to information@bcartscouncil.com   But if you want to share  your thoughts about the event, do it here, with the BAMirror. We want...
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Just because I work for the Arts Council doesn't mean I know all there is to know about the arts. In fact, here's one of my questions: Why oh why can you only applaud at the END of a symphony? Who made the rule against clapping for each movement and why? That's the thing about the arts. Always something to learn. Help me out here, will you?...
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