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Executive Director Laura Knochen-Davis will be leaving the Broome County Arts Council (BCAC) as of July 28. Knochen-Davis told the arts council board of directors that she is facing some family obligations that require her complete attention. "I am disappointed not to be able to continue in my position as I was looking forward to a long relationship with the BCAC," said Knochen-Davis, who became executive director in January 2016. Since February, the BCAC has been developing an organizational strategic plan. Board President Susan Appe, Ph.D., said...
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Broome High School Emerging Artists Exhibit

Broome High School Emerging Artists Exhibit opened with an award ceremony on First Friday, April 7th. Nine Broome County high schools have seventy students displaying their two-dimensional art work at the Broome County Arts Council. (more…)...
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By Barb Van Atta For its 69th season, Tri-Cities Opera again will divide its performance time between Broome County’s performing arts center and the opera company’s own newly refurbished headquarters. The season will open at The Forum, 236 Washington St., Binghamton, with a fully staged production of Puccini’s lyrical heartbreaker La Boheme. The 3 p.m. Oct. 15 performance will star Meroë Khalia Adeeb (Mimi), Jordan Schreiner (Rodolfo), Stacey Geyer (Musetta), Scottt Purcell (Marcello) and Schaunard (Jake Stamatis). All are debuting their role. La Boheme will be sung in...
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Memorial services were held Sunday (Jan. 22) for BC Pops co-founder and conductor (1974-1998) David L. Agard, who passed away Jan. 20 at the age of 75. Over his long career, Agard also was an assistant conductor at Tri-Cities Opera and a conductor of the Triple Cities Welsh Chorale. A talented violinist, he performed with many regional orchestras and in the pit for local theater companies. Here is a link to his obituary in the Press & Sun-Bulletin: http://tinyurl.com/ht3prd5. Please share your memories in...
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Funeral services were held today (Nov. 28) for pianist Irene Kanazawich. Known fondly by her colleagues at Tri-Cities Opera and elsewhere as “Iron Fingers Irene,” the indefatigable accompanist was one of the Broome County Arts Council’s inaugural Heart of the Arts Award winners in 2004. Here is link to her obituary in the Press & Sun-Bulletin....
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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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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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