Profile: 2010 Heart of the Arts Award nominee Johnny Only

Solo or part of a troupe, onstage or behind the scenes, paid or volunteer, each of the five 2010 Heart of the Arts Award nominees gives 100 percent to the bright and varied world of arts and entertainment in Broome County. All this week BAMirror will be providing biographical background about  the nominees.  We’re also offering you an opportunity to congratulate the nominees and to share a story or two. Today we feature DJ and children’s entertainer Johnny Only. Read the rest of this entry »

Profile: 2010 Heart of the Arts Award nominee Lou Ligouri

Solo or part of a troupe, onstage or behind the scenes, paid or volunteer, each of the five 2010 Heart of the Arts Award nominees gives 100 percent to the bright and varied world of arts and entertainment in Broome County. All this week BAMirror will be providing biographical background about the nominees. We’re also offering you an opportunity to congratulate the nominees and to share a story or two. Today we feature Lou Ligouri, executive director of the Endicott Performing Arts Center. Read the rest of this entry »

TCO names stage director for fall show

 Nelson Sheeley has been engaged as stage director for Tri-Cities Opera’s production of “Così fan tutte,” which will be presented Oct. 15 and 17 at The Forum in Binghamton.  Sheeley was most recently stage director at Lake George Opera. He also has  directed at the National Opera Compay, Opera Naples, Whitewater and Sorg Operas, Nevada Opera and the Orchestra of St. Lukes. He has worked in professional theater since 1970 as an actor, director and stage manager.

The announcement today (Aug. 27) was described in a TCO press release as an “unusual change in the production staff (that) occurred as a result of the unexpected late withdrawal by (former TCO Artistic Director) Peter Sicilian.”

“We were very sorry that Mr. Sicilian decided not to go forward with us as our stage director as we had planned,” said TCO General Director Reed W. Smith. “We’re delighted that we could retain Mr. Sheeley’s services. His experience is vast and will fit in nicely with our company and our Resident Artist Training Program.”

John Mario Di Costanzo has been engaged as music director for the entire 2010-2011 TCO season, which also includes “La Traviata” (with Guido LeBron) and “The Tales of Hoffman.”

Were you out and about in the world of A&E this past week?

Did you see a show, catch a concert or boogie to the beat of a bar band? Did you tour a museum ( we like the new Champions! sports exhibit at Roberson), or visit a gallery?  Please share your adventures in the arts.

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Tell us about your week

Did you see a show, catch a movie, boogie to a bar band? Then you spent part of your past week in the world of arts and entertainment. Please tell us where you were and what you thought of the performance.

Was this an art-filled week for you, too?

I know nothing can beat MY arts experience this past week, watching the original comic play (“The Empire Strikes Bank”) presented by the teen acting/improv workshop at Chenango River Theatre. Another big round of applause for teacher/director Heidi Weeks and her merry band.  BUT … there was much art and entertainment to be had as August began: “King Lear” by EPAC, “Last of the Boys” at CRT, operas in rep at Glimmerglass, Spiedie Fest concerts, First Friday, etc. Did you go to any of these events? Or did you just catch a good bar band worthy of a larger audience? Please share.

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Were you lively in the lively arts this past weekend?

 Please share your views on whatever art or entertainment events you attended this past week.