Tag Archives: Binghamton Philharmonic

Reviewed by Lee Shepherd Take heart, blue grass fiddlers: You CAN go from a square dance in the barn to Carnegie Hall. Tessa Lark, featured violin soloist at the Binghamton Philharmonic's Saturday night concert (Sept. 9), proves it. Rare for a classical concert artist, the native Kentuckian calls herself a "crossover musician," who enjoys every kind of music from classical to jazz to folk. She's an alumna of Mark O'Connor's fiddle camp, but she also played classical music at age 16 in Carnegie Hall's "Distinctive Debuts" program. Lark demonstrated...
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Reviewed by Lee Shepherd The Binghamton Philharmonic's concert Saturday (April 29) at The Forum in Binghamton should have been called the battle of the show-stoppers. A massive (nearly an hour long) Brahms' piano concerto with guest artist Andrew Russo filled the first half of the concert; the second half of the program ended with Stravinsky's exhilarating Firebird Suite, a show-stopper to end all show-stoppers. In between, we sampled a Viennese delicacy, Mozart's overture from The Magic Flute. Russo, playing Brahms' Concerto for Piano No. 1, Op. 15, in D...
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By Barb Van Atta The Broome County Arts Council (BCAC) is awarding $231,246 in United Cultural Fund (UCF) grants for 2017. General operating grants will help support operations of seven major arts organizations. Seventeen project grants will support projects by community non-profits and individual artists. The recipients were to be honored at a press conference Tuesday (March 14), followed by a “Pi Day” celebration and fund-raising event at the Water Street Brewing Co. in downtown Binghamton. The press conference has been canceled due to the impending blizzard, but...
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By Lee Shepherd Combine the best of all 12 First Fridays, Spiedie Fest, Blues on the Bridge, JulyFest and the now defunct (unfortunately) First Night Binghamton, and that will give you an inkling of the LUMA experience my husband and I enjoyed on Sept 2 in downtown Binghamton. (more…)...
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Editor’s note: BAMirror’s Lee Shepherd usually reviews Binghamton Philharmonic Orchestra concerts. Last weekend, however, she was a participant in a BPO performance. Here are her reflections: By Lee Shepherd Joy and brotherhood -- that's what Beethoven's Ninth Symphony is all about, and that's what we experienced singing the massive choral and orchestral work with the Binghamton University Chorus and Binghamton Philharmonic Orchestra in front of a sold-out crowd last Saturday (April 16) at The Forum in Binghamton. Months of preparation went into the concert, with excellent coaching from Bruce...
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