Did you have an art-full week?

My week in the arts began Tuesday (Dec. 7) at the Union-Endicott High School “Music for the Holidays” vocal concert. Parental pride aside, it was a wonderful concert. Another round of applause to director James Gleason and members of the Chorus, Chorale and Jazz Choir. I also caught one of the four performances of “Amahl and the Night Visitors” (see review below); how about you? What did you see and/or do in the arts this past week?

‘Amahl’ singers share real meaning of Christmas

Reviewed by Tony Villecco

This past weekend, the Binghamton University Music Department in collaboration with Tri-Cities Opera produced a lovely adaptation of Gian Carlo Menotti’s one-act seasonal masterpiece, Amahl and the Night Visitors. Performances were Saturday and Sunday (Dec. 11 and 12) in the Anderson Center’s Chamber Hall. Read the rest of this entry »

St. Petersburg Men’s Ensemble sings of Russian traditions

Reviewed by David L. Schriber

The St. Petersburg Men’s Ensemble is not from Florida, but the other St. Petersburg, in Russia. The a cappella group formed in 2003 to promote Russian music of various epochs and styles, both sacred and folk. On Dec. 4, the quartet, sponsored by Union Center United Methodist Church, performed in concert at First United Methodist Church in Endicott. Read the rest of this entry »