What did you do in the arts this weekend?

I attended all three performances of Union-Endicott High School’s amazing production of Godspell. How were the arts a part of your week and weekend?

2 Responses to “What did you do in the arts this weekend?”

  1. Sharon Ball Says:

    I did a personal gallery hop on Saturday. Had a terrific time. First stop: Cooperative Gallery to see the work of printmaker Jim Mullen — strong yet delicate, sometimes tiny prints that pull you inside the line of demarcation to worlds within. Also enjoyed Janet Normile’s whimsical assemblages installed, interestingly, between Mullen’s prints, making for a good visual conversation. Next stop: Orazio Salati’s Studio and Gallery just across the street. On the walls were Joanne Thorne Arnold’s “HOME” exhibition which opens First Friday April 5th. Color, color color, forming outdoor landscapes that feel simultaneously cool and internal. Last stop, the Windsor Whip Works Art Gallery, for the opening reception of an exhibition of fabric and basket art. To quote one visitor, “These sure aren’t your grandmother’s quilts!” Portraits and mountains; stone stairs that appear three dimensional; abstracts suggesting wheat fields, prairie grass. And posted signs that reminded you to pull back the hand that just reached out, apparently on its own, to touch fabrics that would not recover from the oils that skin leaves behind. Happily, the same signs invited viewers to touch the lovely, handwoven baskets arranged upstairs and down on pedestals like the complex sculptures they are. GO, see!

  2. leeshepherd Says:

    Submitted by Julian Shepherd:
    Janey Choi and Michael Salmirs treated us last Sunday (March 17) to a program in the Anderson Center Chamber Hall at Binghamton University of violin sonatas by the three B’s. Yes, Beethoven and Brahms, but also William Bolcom. Bolcom is a prolific contemporary composer of piano pieces, songs and four violin sonatas, among other works. With flair and sensitivity, Choi and Salmirs presented his second violin sonata, a piece with, in Bolcom’s words, dreamy, “fast & brutal” and slow-paced movements. Beethoven’s Sonata No. 7, Op. 30 No.2, is actually one of his later sonatas for violin, and it led off the concert. The concert was rounded out with Brahms’ third and last violin-and-piano sonata, which has contemplative passages reminiscent of his famous late Intermezzos for piano. Salmirs and Choi are a very proficient and well-matched pair who gave the audience a memorable afternoon.

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