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...Read more
Reviewed by Lee Shepherd It’s not a tune you’d go home humming. World-class cellist Amit Peled declared his adversarial relationship with his cello in the grim five-note motif within the first bar of the work, creating a tension that soon rose to a shriek. Hysterics, grimness, angst -- these are all adjectives that came to mind when listening to him perform Dmitri Shostakovich’s "Cello Concerto No. 1" with the Binghamton Philharmonic Sunday (Jan. 29) at Binghamton University's Anderson Center.