Levine will conduct again at Met

Following up on last year’s announcement:

“James Levine is making a comeback.”

“Defying opera world doubters who thought he was too ill, weak or disengaged, the longtime and much loved music director of the Metropolitan Opera plans to return to the podium for the first time in two years, for a May 19 performance by the Met Orchestra at Carnegie Hall and for three productions at the opera house next season.”

Read more about this at Arts Beat, The New York Times Arts section.

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New Museum of Innovation getting funding

“More than $500,000 from the Regional Economic Development plan will fund the construction of a world-class museum.

It is hoped to serve as a major tourist attraction for those driving through Binghamton.”

Read and see more from WBNG Action News

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Levine withdraws from conducting at the Met, until at least 2013

“James Levine, the Metropolitan Opera’s ailing music director, has withdrawn from conducting at the house this season and the next, the Met and Mr. Levine said on Friday (Dec. 9). Levine cancelled the last remaining dates on his schedule — two cycles of Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen in April and May — and withdrew from all productions he had planned to lead next season.”

Read more about this at Arts Beat, The New York Times Arts section.

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Binghamton Philharmonic to honor Syracuse Symphony tickets for remainder of 2010-2011 season

The Binghamton Philharmonic will honor Syracuse Symphony Orchestra concert tickets at its remaining two concerts this season. (The Syracuse Symphony suspended operations this week.) Each unused Syracuse Symphony ticket may be exchanged for one Binghamton Philharmonic ticket (subject to availability) at no charge.The Binghamton Philharmonic performs its final classical series concert of the season this Saturday (April 2) at 8 p.m. in the Osterhout Concert Theater of the Anderson Center at Binghamton University. The final Binghamton Philharmonic pops concert is on 8 p.m. Saturday, May 14, at The Forum in downtown Binghamton. Syracuse Symphony Orchestra patrons should call the Binghamton Philharmonic box office at 607-723-3931 for information on exchanging their tickets. Full concert information may be found at www.binghamtonphilharmonic.org.

The Binghamton Philharmonic’s 2010-2011 season is made possible with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency. General operating support is provided to the Binghamton Philharmonic by a grant from the United Cultural Fund, a program of the Broome County Arts Council.

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Incredible concert in Hancock

The following was provided to BAM by Marcy Swartz, winner of a BCAC  Heart of the Arts Award for Lifetime Achievement in 2005. 

It’s always exciting to find a treasure in your backyard – okay, well, 35 minutes down Route 17 to Hancock – and the West Branch International Music Festival & Academy is a MAJOR treasure.

It’s a blissful coming together of noted musicians from around the world; intelligent, inspiring chamber music and orchestral programming, and the incredible beauty of the natural environment. 

The intimate chamber music concert space – a  lodge-like room with great acoustics at  the West Branch Angler & Sportsman’s Resort – contributes to the total experience. This year the festival added a high-level training program for young performers, who come from around  the country and from countries such as Argentina, Israel and Italy.

But hurry! The last of the series’ chamber concerts are scheduled for this Thursday( July 29) at 8 p.m. and this weekend, with the8 p.m.  Saturday (July 31) concert featuring the Schubert “Trout Quintet,” appropriate for this popular fishing mecca.  The festival’s  final orchestral concert is scheduled for 3 p.m. Sunday (Aug. 1).

For more information about the West Branch Music Festival in Hancock,  see their website at www.westbranchfestival.org.

EDITOR’S NOTE:  The Broome County Arts Council has some free tickets available first-come, first serve for remaining concerts (Thursday, Saturday and Sunday).  To request tickets, call the BCAC office at 723-4620 or e-mail  sball@bcartscouncil.com

Orazio Salati: “You, Too, Can Be An Art Critic”

Salati, Artist & Gallery Owner

There are professional critics who write reviews about movies, plays, books, art exhibitions, music, etc. These critics describe their responses to a variety of art forms and they give you an assessment of their merit. You may not always agree with their opinions because your criteria or standards of judgment may be very different from these professional critics.

When you hear the word criticism, you might think it is something negative. Not true.  A criticism can be a positive statement. Art criticism is not difficult.  It can be rather a lot of fun. At least it can make the study of art less mysterious and complicated, and more logical. Read the rest of this entry »

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How were the arts for you this week?

Were you out-and-about this week, enjoying the arts of Greater Binghamton and Broome County? Were you someplace where you could hear, see, learn from or interact with the arts? If something art-full happened to you during the week starting Nov. 16, please join our conversation and add to the comment section of this post.