Cranberry Coffeehouse is an unsung local treasure

Reviewed by Lee Shepherd

Last Saturday (Sept 15), Bill Christophersen and Dave Howard launched the fall Cranberry Coffeehouse season with a rousing fanfare! The duo, on fiddle and guitar, serenaded the crowd with everything from Texas rags to Appalachian ballads, from modal melodies to dance tunes. Their repertoire stretched from the 1790s to the 1970s, with cool licks and beautifully executed vocal harmonies. Their songs were poignant, humorous and altogether delightful. Read the rest of this entry »

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Tell us about your weekend in the arts

Yes, once again we’re asking you to share your art-ful activities. Exhibits, performances, readings — what do you see and do this weekend? Oh, and if Sunday’s Binghamton Youth Symphony concert is on your agenda, please share what you thought of Broome County’s newest large performance space, the Vestal Middle School auditorium.

Vienna Boys Choir charms at The Forum

Reviewed by Lee Shepherd

It’s been a very good week, musically speaking, starting with the Nowell Sing We Clear concert Dec. 6 at Binghamton’s Unitarian Universalist Congregation (a Cranberry Coffeehouse event) and the Vienna Boys Choir Dec. 9 at The Forum. If you missed the sadly under-attended Nowell concert by these four talented troubadours, kick yourself. Make a note on your calendar for December 2010 to get tickets, if we’re lucky enough to have them in Binghamton again!

Angels we have heard on high – the Vienna Boys Choir gives a whole new meaning to the phrase. The choir – a band of 23 little boys with angelic voices — and their devilishly handsome conductor, Manolo Cagnin, charmed the nearly full house at The Forum. The concert was a special event in the Binghamton Philharmonic Orchestra season. Read the rest of this entry »

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