Tag Archives: Mozart

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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Reviewed by Kathleen Harrison Cook I’ll admit right off that this is the first time I have seen Don Giovanni anywhere. I’ve certainly heard the overture and other music from it, and of course there was that dramatic scene in the film version of Amadeus, but other than those exposures, I was an open mind without many preconceived ideas of what the show should be when I attended Tri-Cities Opera’s performance of Mozart’s Don Giovanni last night (Feb. 7). There was a decent house of opera-lovers with...
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By Barb Van Atta Don Juan’s not going to get much sympathy around Tri-Cities Opera this year. Previously when the opera company has presented Don Giovanni, Mozart’s take on the legendary lothario, the directors have been male. Thus, acknowledged TCO General Director Reed Smith recently, a slight “boys will be boys” patina seemed to cover many of the roué’s ruses, despite his final fiery fate. But now the dashing Don is facing his biggest challenge: an all-female production team, including...
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Reviewed by Lee Shepherd For most of the country, Super Bowl Sunday (Feb. 3) was all about competition. For the select crowd at Binghamton University’s Anderson Center Chamber Hall for the “pregame show” on Sunday afternoon, it was all about collaboration. And what a fine demonstration of perfect coordination it was, as the New Orford String Quartet played Mozart’s Quartet in C Major (the “Dissonant”), Brahms’ Quartet in A minor, Op. 51, No. 2 and Quebecois composer Jacques Hétu’s Quartet No. 2, Op. 50. Actually, there was a...
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Reviewed by Lee Shepherd Take four fine musicians, put them in an 1850s church surrounded by farm fields frequented by horses and other critters, and ask the performers to play their favorite works, and you’ll get the marvelous concert performed last night (July 25) by the Fenimore Quartet at the West Kortright Music Centre. (more…)...
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Reviewed by Tony Villecco How can you lose with Mozart? You can’t. I attended the final dress rehearsal Wednesday evening for Tri-Cities Opera’s production of Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute) and was not disappointed. All of the principals were strong with a few standouts. No surprise here that the orchestra also was excellent under the firm hand of Maestro John Mario Di Costanzo. The overture, a signature piece, was worth the price of admission. (more…)...
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Reviewed by Lee Shepherd How lucky we are to have such a sonorous and competent orchestra. The Binghamton Philharmonic Orchestra, under the direction of José-Luis Novo, did itself proud Saturday evening (Oct. 1) with a performance of Niels Gade’s “In the Highlands,” Mozart’s “Piano Concerto No. 23 (K. 488)” aand César Franck’s “Symphony in D Minor.” (more…)...
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