'The Mikado' Comes to Binghamton University

The Binghamton University Music Department, in conjunction with the Summer Savoyards present Gilbert & Sullivan’s perennial favorite ‘The Mikado’ in two performances, February 10 at 7:30pm and February 12 at 1pm in the Chamber Hall of the Anderson Center on the Binghamton University campus.  Timothy Perry leads the orchestra and tenor Steven Nanni directs.  We hear from the two sopranos sharing the role of the young Yum-Yum, who seems innocent, but she’s “very wide awake” in dealing with a frightening rival, as well as threats of decapitation and other more “stuffy” deaths. http://wskg.org/audio/0206mikado.mp3

 

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BU's Opera Ensemble Presents Excerpts from 'Suor Angelica' and "Tales of Hoffmann'

UPDATE: The venue of the Saturday, December 10 performance has been changed to the Chamber Hall of the Anderson Center. The Binghamton University Music Department’s Opera Ensemble is presenting scenes from Giacomo Puccini’s ‘Suor Angelica’ and Jacques Offenbach’s ‘The Tales of Hoffmann’ in two peformances.  Performances are Sunday, December 4 at 3pm in the Ballroom of the Phelps Mansion Museum on Court Street in Binghamton, and again on Saturday, December 10 at 7:30 in Watters Theatre of the Fine Arts Building.  the Chamber Hall of the Anderson Center on the Binghamton University campus. http://wskg.org/audio/operascenes.mp3

 

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The Momenta Quartet Performs at Binghamton University

The Momenta Quartet performs ‘Music Now!’ on Thursday, December 1 at 7:30pm in the Casadesus Recital Hall of the Fine Arts Building on the Binghamton University campus. They perform music from their repertoire and new music by composition students of professor Daniel Davis.  Professor Davis and violist Stephanie Griffin talk about the program and have brought along an excerpt of one of the student compositions. http://wskg.org/audio/momenta.mp3

 

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Binghamton University Chorus Performs Brahms’ ‘A German Requiem’

The Binghamton University Chorus and Orchestra present Johannes Brahms’ ‘A German Requiem’. Conductor Bruce Borton talks about Brahms’ long journey to complete his largest work, which was a great departure from any other requiem written until that time. http://wskg.org/audio/1130requiem.mp3

 

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Binghamton University Chorus Performs Brahms' 'A German Requiem'

The Binghamton University Chorus and Orchestra present Johannes Brahms’ ‘A German Requiem’. Conductor Bruce Borton talks about Brahms’ long journey to complete his largest work, which was a great departure from any other requiem written until that time. http://wskg.org/audio/1130requiem.mp3

 

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A Choir of Cellos Performs New Music at Binghamton University

The Binghamton University Music Department presents cello professor Zachary Sweet in a recital of music by Ligeti, Messiaen, and Brahms this Thursday evening in the Casadesus Recital Hall of the Fine Arts Building on the Binghamton University campus. Also on the program is the premier of a new work by Binghamton University composer Daniel Romberger. http://wskg.org/audio/zacharysweet.mp3

 

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Two pianists and two percussionists make up the ensemble Yarn/Wire

The ensemble Yarn/Wire presents two events with the Binghamton University Music Department. A lecture/demonstration is scheduled for Thursday, January 28 at 6pm, with a concert on Friday, January 29 at 4pm. Both events are in the Casadesus Recital Hall of the Fine Arts Building on the Binghamton University campus. Composition professor Daniel Davis talks about the ensemble and their music. http://wskg.org/audio/yarnwire.mp3

"Ho! Ho! Ho!" brings a festive start to December

Organist Jonathan Biggers and friends present a varied program at United Presbyterian Church in Binghamton as part of the First Friday celebration. Biggers is joined by singers Stacey Geyer and Lindsay Brown, clarinetist Timothy Perry, pianists Pej Reitz and Christopher Bartlette, and the BU French Horn Quartet. http://wskg.org/audio/jonathanho.mp3

 

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BU Music presents an enduring Christmas favorite

Binghamton University Music Department presents two Sunday matinees of Gian Carlo Menotti’s Amahl and the Night Visitors.  Originally written for television, Menotti wrote it so that it could be easily staged in a theatre.  Stage Director Steven Nanni, Music Director Willie Waters, and Henry Wager, the boy soprano singing the title character, talk about why this short opera is so beloved. http://wskg.org/audio/amahl2015.mp3

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The ensemble Early On performs a wide-ranging program

The Binghamton University Music Department presents the ensemble Early On along with guest musician Larry Zukof for a program originally planned before the death of Peter Browne, one of their founders.  They perform music that spans centuries in the Casadesus Recital Hall of the Fine Arts Building on the Binghamton University.  Originally the concert was scheduled for 3pm on November 15, but the time has been changed to 4pm. http://wskg.org/audio/earlyon.mp3

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English poets are paired with English composers in "A Lad's Journey"

A Lad’s Journey: A Tour of British Writers and Composers is presented on Friday, October 30th at 7:30pm in Casadesus Recital Hall of the Fine Arts Building on the Binghamton University campus.  Tenor Dominic Armstrong is accompanied by pianist Joel Harder, the new professor of Collaborative Piano.  The recital includes settings of poems by W.H. Auden by Benjamin Britten, Thomas Hardy by Gerald Finzi, Robert Louis Stevenson by Ralph Vaughan Williams, and William Shakespeare by Roger Quilter. http://wskg.org/audio/ladsjourney.mp3

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Roomful of Teeth uses a wide range of vocal effects in their concert in the Anderson Center

The Binghamton University Music Department present the vocal ensemble Roomful of Teeth in concert on Sunday, October 11 at 3 pm in the Chamber Hall of the Anderson Center on the Binghamton University campus.  Included in the program is Pulitzer prize winning composition by Caroline Shaw “Partita for 8 Voices” which you can hear a bit of in the interview with BU composition professor Dan Davis. http://wskg.org/audio/roomfulteeth.mp3

 

 

 

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