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By Lee Shepherd

Saturday’s “Unlimited Wonders” concert (March 18) at The Forum with the Binghamton Philharmonic Orchestra and the Madrigal Choir of Binghamton afforded me, a choir member, an orchestra-side view of concert preparation rarely seen by audiences.

Daniel Hege, interim conductor for the 2016-17 season, is a first-rate talent, both as an instrumental and vocal conductor.

He programs diverse and interesting concerts, a mix of beloved warhorses and new...

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Reviewed by Lee Shepherd The Binghamton Philharmonic Orchestra may be onto something good: a Sunday afternoon concert of upbeat Baroque music featuring Philharmonic musicians rather than imported guest artists. A program yesterday (Jan. 24) of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons and music by Corelli, Geminiani and Bach played by a 25-member string orchestra (and harpsichord) drew a near-capacity crowd to The Forum in Binghamton. Maestro Jose-Luis Novo called it a “Baroque feast” of mostly Italian music from the 1650s to 1750s. Concerti Grossi, he explained, featured important solo parts against...
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Reviewed by Lee Shepherd We were expecting surprises at the Binghamton Philharmonic Orchestra's Halloween concert Saturday (Oct. 31), billed as full of chills and thrills. But no one expected this: A vampire playing diabolical music on the Robert Morton Theater Organ as it rose out of the orchestra pit in a cloud of smoke. Whipping off his cape and mask, the organist was none other than Maestro Jose-Luis Novo who, added to his other talents, can really play the organ. The whole evening was like that, filled with Romantic...
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Reviewed by Lee Shepherd Craig Phillips is a distinguished organist and composer of organ and choral music. If anyone had any doubt about that, they weren’t after his concert Sunday afternoon (April 19) at Binghamton’s United Presbyterian Church, where he played to a select, but appreciative audience. Philips, who hails from Hollywood, Calif., was joined in the organ loft by violinist Uli Speth, concertmaster of the Binghamton Philharmonic, and flautist Georgetta Maiolo, recently retired from the BPO, to perform his Scenes from a Gallery (2009). The suite...
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Reviewed by Lee Shepherd Something old, something new and something smacking of a midlife crisis!That phrase characterizes Saturday’s fine Binghamton Philharmonic concert in a nutshell. Performing at Binghamton University’s Anderson Center, the orchestra revisited Brahms’ Symphony No. 1 in C minor, Op. 68 and Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor, Op. 37 and introduced the program with a sparkling new work, Tri-Sattawat by Thai composer Narong Prangcharoen (commissioned by Maestro Jose-Luis Novo’s other orchestra, the Annapolis Philharmonic). Tri-Sattawat (“Three Centuries”) was an hors d’oeuvre to whet...
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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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