Tri-Cities Opera Presents Puccini’s ‘La Boheme’

Tri-Cities Opera presents Giacomo Puccini’s ‘La Boheme’ in one performance on Sunday, October 15 in the Forum in downtown Binghamton. Soprano Meroe Khalia Adeeb and baritone Scott Purcell talk about the production, their cast mates, and what makes this opera such a favorite.  WSKG’s Natalie Shoemaker streamed the interview and a subsequent question and answer session live on Facebook.  You can see that here.


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Matthew Kraemer Leads the Binghamton Philharmonic

The Binghamton Philharmonic opens its season with the first of the music director finalists, Matthew Kraemer.  He leads the orchestra in music by Samuel Barber, Antonin Dvorak, and Pytor Ilyich Tchaikovsky.  He talks about the music on the concert and his background. The soloist in the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto is Tessa Lark, who is also a gifted bluegrass fiddler, so there may be a very interesting encore.


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'Hot Keys and Burning Brass' Lights up the Forum

The Binghamton Theatre Organ Society presents acclaimed organist David Gray and virtuoso trumpeter Frank Campos together in ‘Hot Keys and Burning Brass’.  David Gray grew up in Scotland and first heard a theatre organ when he was a boy, and immediately wanted to learn to play it.  Frank Campos is a professor at Ithaca College and recordings of one of his recitals turn up often on Performance Today.  They talk about this collaboration and the process of putting together an exhilarating program as it is happening. The program will be announced as it unfolds, so be prepared for surprises.


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'Peter Pan' Flies into the Forum

The Binghamton Theatre Organ Society presents the 1924 silent film ‘Peter Pan’ with organ accompaniment by Jim Ford.  He joins us to talk about the film which at that time had ground-breaking special effects and input from James Barrie himself. Jim Ford provides the musical special effects.


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Nancy Wildoner Plays 'Pop Pipes — Chart-toppers'

The Binghamton Theatre Organ Society presents organist Nancy Wildoner in the latest episode of her ‘Pop Pipes’ series: ‘Chart-toppers’.  With the help of Magic 101.7 FM dj Tejay Schwartz, Nancy presents a retrospective of Top Ten hits from the 1950’s to today.  Nancy talks about the two sides of her career as both a classical organist and a theatre organist, and the fun of preparing a program of inter-generational hits.


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The Binghamton Theatre Organ Society Presents 'Chicago'

The Binghamton Theatre Organ Society presents the Cecil B. DeMille 1927 silent film classic ‘Chicago’ with original music performed by Jim Ford on the 1922 Robert-Morton Theatre Organ in the Forum in downtown Binghamton.  This naughty pre-Hayes Code comedy was thought lost, but a print was recovered and restored.


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Music by Copland and Gershwin Highlights the Next BPO Concert

Conductor Daniel Hege leads the Binghamton Philharmonic Orchestra in ‘Our Town’, a concert of music by Aaron Copland and George Gershwin. Pianist John Covelli is the soloist for Gershwin’s ‘Rhapsody in Blue’.  Also on the program is Gershwin’s ‘An American in Paris’, along with Aaron Copland’s ‘Appalachian Spring’ and a suite from his score for the film ‘Our Town’.  Historian Roger Luther will also be at the concert with photographs of Binghamton.


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Maestro Jose-Luis Novo Bids Farewell to Binghamton with Beethoven and Brahms

Maestro Jose-Luis Novo has led the Binghamton Philharmonic Orchestra since 2003.  His last concert is coming up on Saturday, April 16 in the Forum in Binghamton. The orchestra is joined by the Binghamton University Chorus, prepared by Bruce Borton.  The program includes ‘The Song of the Fates’ by Johannes Brahms and ‘Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage’ by Ludwig van Beethoven.  Beethoven’s Symphony No.9 in d minor comprises the second half.


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Vivaldi's "The Four Seasons" highlights the next BPO concert

The Binghamton Philharmonic Orchestra is presenting an all-Baroque concert on Sunday, January 24 at 3pm in the Forum in downtown Binghamton.   The program highlights the soloists of the orchestra with a different violinist play the solo part of each of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons. Maestro Jose-Luis Novo talks about this unusual concert.  


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Mel Brooks' "Silent Movie" comes to the Forum with a new score

Mel Brooks’ 1976 Silent Movie is anything but silent with an original score by theatre organist Jim Ford on Sunday, December 27th at 2pm in the Forum on Washington Street in downtown Binghamton.

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The annual performance of Handel's "Messiah" by the Downtown Singers returns to the Forum

The Downtown Singers have been presenting Handel’s Messiah since 1983. This year they are collaborating with the Binghamton Philharmonic Orchestra for their annual performance under the baton of Marisa Crabb, now in her third year of conducting the group.  They welcome soloists Brenda Dawe, Kasey Stewart, Carlos Santelli, and Timothy LeFebvre for a performance on Saturday, December 19th at 7:30 in the Forum on Washington Street in downtown Binghamton.


Photograph courtesy Pierre Malherbet

Tri-Cities Opera presents Gounod's "Faust"

Stage Director Martha Collins and Coordinator of Marketing and Events John Rozzoni speak with WSKG’s Bill Snyder about Tri-Cities Opera’s production of Charles Gounod’s opera Faust.  Based on the play by Goethe, it’s the timeless tale of an elderly scientist who sells his soul to the devil, the charmingly deceitful Mephistopheles, in exchange for youth and love.  Martha Collins started out as an opera singer — she can be seen in the Cher-Nicholas film Moonstruck as singing the role of Mimi in the production of La Boheme that the couple attends — but finds directing much more fun.  


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Theatre organist Gene Roberson performs at the Forum

The Binghamton Theatre Organ Society welcomes theatre organist Gene Roberson speaks with WSKG’s Bill Snyder about Anything (Organ-ical) Goes! at the Forum in downtown Binghamton.  Johnson City High School’s Sophisticats are the special guests.


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Broome County's Pipe Organ

The Forum Theater in Binghamton, NY houses a musical treasures which over the years has become a symbol of pride for its community: a 1926 Robert-Morton pipe organ.  The pipe organ is commonly used in churches, but some of the instrument’s most memorable sounds and beautiful music accompanied fims during the silent movie era.  The segment celebrates the history of this 80-year-old local treasure, from silent films back in the 20’s to complete abandonment and almost its destruction in a chicken coop, to the restoration and renewed vibrancy and life in Broome County.


Theatre organist Nathan Avakian performs with the Binghamton High School Steel Drum Band

Theatre organist Nathan Avakian and Joel Smales, conductor of the Binghamton High School Steel Drum Band speak with WSKG’s Bill Snyder about Out of the Box 2, coming to the Forum in Binghamton.  The Binghamton Theatre Organ Society brings together this unexpected collaboration.


Photograph Courtesy Binghamton Theatre Organ Society