Tag Archives: Osterhout Concert Theater

EDITOR’S NOTE: Let’s hear it for social media serendipity. When well-known local writer and musician Mary Pat Hyland mentioned on Facebook that she planned to attend the Béla Fleck concert, I naturally asked, “Do you want to write about it?” … and she did! Reviewed by Mary Pat Hyland On Aug. 15, 1991, Béla Fleck and the Flecktones packed the cozy Art Theatre on Binghamton’s South Side as part of the tour for their album Flight of the Cosmic Hippo. It was one of the best concerts...
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By George Basler Just when you start to despair about the next generation, something comes along to renew your faith. That’s what happened to me this past Saturday (Feb. 22) at Binghamton University’s Anderson Center. The event was the annual Broome County Music Educators Association’s All-County Music Festival, which featured student musicians from school districts across the county. First, let me make a confession. On a normal Saturday I would have been nowhere near the Anderson Center. The only reason I came was because the daughter of a family...
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Reviewed by Lee Shepherd What can we say about a 22-year-old cellist who is undoubtedly on his way to becoming a world-class star, except to thank our lucky stars that he picked Binghamton as a rung on his ladder up. Julian Schwarz, scion of a Seattle musical family (his father, Gerard, is a conductor), thrilled a packed house for Saturday night’s opening concert of the Binghamton Philharmonic 2013-14 season. He played the astonishingly virtuosic and passion-packed Saint-Saens’ Concerto for Violoncello No. 1 in A minor, Op. 33. “We’re lucky to...
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Reviewed by Lee Shepherd
Saturday night’s Binghamton Philharmonic concert (April 20) at Binghamton University's Anderson Center celebrated Maestro José-Luis Novo’s 10th anniversary and showcased the principals in the orchestra, leaving no doubt that the Philharmonic is in top form. Novo chose a program of Respighi’s Fountains of Rome, Elgar’s tone poem In the South and Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 6 in B minor, Op. 54. The common thread among the works -- all by composers incredibly skilled at writing orchestral music -- is that each piece created paintings...
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EDITOR'S NOTE: Because, yes, it's another busy weekend for the arts in Broome County, our reviewer attended the final dress rehearsal of Cosmogony. Reviewed by Nancy Oliveri Ten talented dancers, students in the Binghamton Theatre Department, will take the stage this weekend (April 12-14) during Cosmogony, B.U.'s  annual dance show. In groups of two, three, four and more, they will commune in ways that, at times, defy gravity but always define grace, coordination, super core strength and physical transcendence of the ordinary. They also will convey sadness, joy, jealousy, sprightliness...
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Reviewed by Nancy McKenzie Oliveri Last Thursday (Jan. 31), nearly 1,200 people came to Binghamton University to see the Pipes, Drums and Highland Dancers of the Black Watch 3rd Battalion, and the Band of the Scots Guards.  Throughout the night, the crowd was brought to its feet, and to tears. Repeatedly. (more…)...
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Reviewed by Lee Shepherd A funny thing happened at the Binghamton Philharmonic concert yesterday afternoon (Jan. 20). The clarinet soloist, Pascual Martinez Forteza, came out from behind the curtain at Binghamton University and almost turned left toward the woodwind section. He quickly turned right and took his rightful place in front of the orchestra, where he proved that the rarely-featured clarinet is indeed a very fine solo instrument. Performing Carl Maria von Weber’s Clarinet Concert No. 2, he declared his intent within the work’s first two notes – playing...
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