United Cultural Fund grants total $228,000 for 2013

By Barb Van Atta

Broome County Arts Council Board Chairman Fred Xlander and Executive Director Sharon Ball today (March 13) announced the awarding of more than $228,000 in United Cultural Fund (UCF) grants for 2013. Seven arts and cultural organizations will share in $210,428 in UCF general operating support grants. Project grants totaling another $18,298 will be shared by 14 organizations and individual artists. Read the rest of this entry »

Public invited to observe OPERA America workshop at TCO

Tri-Cities Opera has been chosen to host a singers’ workshop Tuesday (Nov. 13) sponsored by OPERA America. Selected singers from TCO’s resident artists program and Binghamton University’s Masters in Music program will have the opportunity to sing a “feedback” audition, and the public is invited to listen. Read the rest of this entry »

Ceremony honors Serling fest winners

By George Basler

The broadcast of the winning entries to the annual Rod Serling Video Festival begins at 8 p.m. today (May 18) on WSKG public television. You can watch the program at home or go to Binghamton High School, 31 Main St., Binghamton, for a screening in the Helen Foley Theater. An awards ceremony will follow the broadcast. Congratulations to the following winners: Read the rest of this entry »

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Get ‘A Taste of Broadway’ at BHS

By George Basler

For one night only, Binghamton High School’s main cafeteria is going to be turned into a cabaret. After a scoring a big hit last year, the Rod Serling School of Fine Arts in association with the high school’s culinary arts class is again presenting “A Taste of Broadway.” On the bill next Wednesday (May 23) will be s a sampling of tasty desserts and a selection of show tunes. Read the rest of this entry »

Rod Serling Video Festival keeps rolling

By George Basler

A lot has changed since the Rod Serling Video Festival began 17 years ago as a way to promote the creative use of technology by students in elementary, middle and high school. Read the rest of this entry »

BU students bring ‘Wonderland’ to life

Reviewed by Sarah Kuras

Throughout my years as a student, both undergraduate and graduate, I have seen many Binghamton University theater productions. Never have I seen such a creative, whimsical and hysterical show as the current  presentation of Alice in Wonderland. Read the rest of this entry »

Africanaise at BU blends musical worlds

Reviewed by Sarah Kuras

An incredible collaboration between Binghamton University’s Nukporfe African Dance-Drumming Ensemble and the BU Music Department’s string faculty lit the Anderson Center Chamber Hall stage this past Sunday (April 15). In a mix of worlds, culture and music, Professors James Burns, Stephen Stalker and Janey Choi created a new musical world for the audience. Blending classical and traditional African music, the collaborators created an entirely new delight. Read the rest of this entry »

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Busy high school musical season begins this weekend

By Barb Van Atta

“March Musical Madness.”

With a nod to collegiate basketball, that’s how Larry Kassan, director of special projects for the Binghamton City School District’s Rod Serling School of the Arts, describes the upcoming season of Broadway musicals presented by high schools in Broome County.

Performances begin this weekend — with Binghamton’s Anything Goes and Susquehanna Valley High School’s Grease — and continue through early May, with, as Kassan pointed out, many of the shows being presented in March.

Audience members who have not seen a high school musical recently will be in for a very pleasant surprise. Do not think of these ventures as “kid shows” but as serious amateur efforts complete with elaborate sets and costumes, strong direction and choreography, and bigger pit orchestras than some professional productions. And all for tickets of $10 or less.

Here’s a quick look at each school’s show: Read the rest of this entry »

More thoughts about the arts and education

Did you catch the guest viewpoint in the Press & Sun-Bulletin yesterday (Feb. 26)? Gretchen Dandrea Blynt of Andes, a teacher at a school in the Catskills, wrote about New York state’s recently adopted Common Core Learning Standards vis-a-vis an arts curriculum and the value of independent, critical thinking. Here’s a link: http://tinyurl.com/74exzxn.

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Binghamton University Kafka expert links teaching and research

From our “Food for Thought” file comes the following article by Rachel Coker published Dec. 5 in the blog Discover-e, Insights & Innovations from  Binghamton University.

Kafka scholar Neil Christian Pages does more than encourage his undergraduate students to engage in research. He gives them the tools they need to demystify the literary academy.

A tiny figurine made out of thread — a former student’s representation of the character Odradek from Franz Kafka’s “The Cares of the Father of the Family” — hangs from one of Pages’ bookshelves. It’s material proof of the way Pages’ students engage with Kafka in his classroom and beyond it.   Read more.

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