Tag Archives: Frank Campos

Reviewed by Lee Shepherd Listening to orchestra musicians play a work they genuinely love imparts a special freshness, enthusiasm and sense of discovery to those lucky enough to be in the audience. While Dvorak's Symphony No. 9, the New World Symphony, is programed so often that it runs the risk of sounding hackneyed, Sunday’s performance (Feb. 7) by the Binghamton Philharmonic Orchestra, part of a concert titled “Dvorak and the New World,” was incredibly fresh and exciting. Fresh because Dvorak's melodic gifts, as well as his ability to...
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By George Basler George Frideric Handel wasn’t thinking about Christmas -- white, or otherwise -- when he wrote Messiah 274 years ago. He began work on the oratorio in late August and saw it performed for the first time in Dublin for Easter in April 1742. So the old boy might be surprised to come back and see how it’s become a staple during the Christmas season for choruses and orchestras across the United States and Great Britain. In Broome County, Messiah has been a tradition since 1983 thanks to...
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Reviewed by Lee Shepherd Though it was blustery and bitterly cold outside last Sunday (Feb. 15), the “Brilliant Brass” concert by the Binghamton Philharmonic Brass Quintet warmed the hearts of everyone in downtown Binghamton’s United Presbyterian Church. The program ranged from hot jazz to heraldic Renaissance fanfares fit for a king or queen, demonstrating the best a brass quintet repertoire has to offer. The ensemble is composed of principal players in the BSO: trumpeters Benjamin Aldridge and Frank Campos, tuba player Adam Peck, French hornist Alex Shuhan...
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Reviewed by Barb Van Atta Double entendres. Derring-do. Dastardly seekers of world domination. All are trademarks of Bond, James Bond, movies. And so is the music, both the instantly recognizable John Barry theme and the string of title tunes sung by the voice du jour. Saturday night (Dec. 4), the Binghamton Philharmonic and Maestro Jose-Luis Novo transported their Pops Series audience from The Forum in Binghamton to a world tour of exotic Bond locales. We didn't wear tuxes or quaff martinis, but we definitely were both shaken and stirred by the...
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