Were the arts part of your holiday weekend?

What did you see/hear/listen to/enjoy (or not) this weekend? Was it a marching band, a rock band or a recitation? Please share!

French-Canadian organ accompanies British choral music

Reviewed by David L. Schriber

Organist and Church Musician Peter Browne and the Mixed Choir of Trinity Memorial Episcopal Church in Binghamton presented a concert May 23 of British choral music from “Byrd to Britten and Beyond.” This concert was the second in a series featuring the 50-year old Casavant organ. This program demonstrated the recently refurbished instrument for choral accompaniment. Four centuries of British composers were represented from William Byrd (1543-1623) to John Rutter (b. 1945), including three composers who had themselves been organists.

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Karate kids got a kick out of Roberson

Check out this link to YNN (Your News Now) to see some of last weekend’s karate events held in conjunctionwith the Roberson Museum and Science Center’s new “Champions!” sports exhibit: http://binghamton.ynn.com/content/top_stories/505656/karate-kids-take-over-roberson-museum/?ap=1&MP4

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YNN reports impending changes at TCO

Did you catch this YNN item about Tri-Cities Opera earlier this month? (YNN is Your News Now, the Time Warner 24-hour news channel.)

BINGHAMTON, N.Y. — Changes could be coming to Binghamton’s Tri-Cities Opera.

The opera company has been a local fixture for more than 60 years and announced its lineup for next season just a couple weeks ago. But a source with close ties to Tri-Cities tells YNN the opera company is now dealing with fiscal difficulties. The source says a number of options are being considered. Some may involve personnel.

We contacted General Manager Reed Smith. He says the Opera’s board is looking at some changes, but declined to get into specifics. Smith said any announcements about decisions made would come in June. He added the Opera’s next season will go on as planned.

Tri-Cities Opera runs an artist training program and holds several full-scale productions each season.

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DeAngelos were ‘singin’ and dancin’ in love’

Reviewed by David L. Schriber

Jan and Shannon DeAngelo delighted a cabaret audience Saturday (May 15) at Johnson City’s Firehouse Stage with a song and dance program of familiar songs about love, particularly married love. Both performers are well-known individually for their roles in musicals, and it’s hard to believe that this was their first cabaret performance together. Read the rest of this entry »

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A bit of Binghamton on Tony nominees list

Long ago I realized that Binghamton is divided into two types of people: those who worry about living only three hours from NYC and those who are grateful that they only have to travel three hours to get to NYC.

For the latter group, a Broadway note: The May 4 announcement of the 2010 Tony Awards nominees was headed by an 11-nomination tie between the revival of “La Cage aux Folles” and “Fela!,” the story of the legendary Nigerian musician Fela Kuti. Among those 11 nods for “Fela!” were two — best choreography and best direction of a musical — for 2007 Tony winner Bill T. Jones, who studied both theater and dance at the State University of New York at Binghamton (now Binghamton University).

Stay tuned, as they say; the awards ceremony is 8 p.m. June 13 on CBS.

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Contemplating opera in the ‘Age of Surtitles’

EDITOR’S NOTE: One of BAMirror’s goals is to be an online salon, a place where you can join in a conversation about the arts. I’m going to share some of my recent reflections and hope that you will chime in (like that musical allusion?) with some thoughts of your own.

Ever since the final curtain call of Tri-Cities Opera’s recent production of “The Elixir of Love,” I’ve been thinking about surtitles (those subtitles “over” the stage that translate the lyrics) and how they have affected my opera-going experience. I saw my first opera, “Tosca,” at TCO at age 10. I read the synopsis in the program, which gave the plot and a general gist of the famous arias. After that, I had to rely on the staging, the singers’ body language and the emotion of the music to follow the story, because I didn’t speak Italian. But that was fine. I was swept up, transported and completely hooked into a lifetime of loving opera.

As an adult, I joined the TCO chorus and found myself learning some of the scores twice, because shows were offered in both the original language and in English.  (There were six performances over two weekends in those days.) Comedies were always in English so that you could catch the verbal humor, a programming decision I heartily supported despite the sometimes awkward phrasing. But the dramas, the tragedies? Couldn’t they just let things be? Read the rest of this entry »

Charming BU vocal ensembles deserved bigger audience

Reviewed by David L. Schriber

Among the many free musical events on the Binghamton University campus is the annual spring concert of the Harpur Chorale and Women’s Chorus. The treble-voice chorus, conducted by Danielle Sisson, and the mixed-voice chorale, conducted by Peter Browne, are the university’s select choruses of approximately two dozen singers each. On May 6, the two ensembles offered “Choral Florals,” songs themed around flowers and clouds, birds and bees, and springtime love. The hour-long program went quickly and provided a light-hearted escape for the evening.

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Talk about your art-full week

Did you catch a show, hear a concert, attend a reading, wander along the Art Walk? Please share your reflections.

Hot weekend was hot for the arts, too

It was another busy week/weekend for the arts in Greater Broome — EPAC, Cider Mill, TCO and BU had productions; the legendary Willie Nelson was at the Arena; poets gathered at the Broome County Arts Council. What did you see/hear/observe? Did you enjoy yourself? Those of us who went to the opera learned about next season (“Cosi fan Tutte,” “La Traviata,” “The Tales of Hoffman”). Do you like those choices? Do they bring back memories of previous productions? Please join in the arts conversation.

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