The Binghamton Babylon Film Festival Ends with the Rod Serling Film Festival

A chance encounter on a New York subway led to the Binghamton Babylon Film Festival.  Now in its second year, the weekend is capped off with the Rod Serling Film Festival. Art Mission Vice-president Andrea Gregori and WSKG Education Director Jackie Stapleton talk about the many entries in both competitions.


Photo credit: Doug Kerr via Flickr

Know Theatre Marks 25 Year with 'Music and Magic'

Know Theatre of Binghamton celebrates 25 years with a special performance featuring magic by Alexander Boyce and music by Santino DeAngelo performed by John Covelli.  Artistic Director Tim Gleason tells about the program and the history of the theatre group.


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The Binghamton Philharmonic Performs 'Unlimited Wonders'

The Binghamton Philharmonic, led by Maestro Daniel Hege, presents ‘Unlimited Wonders’ on Saturday, March 18 in the Forum in downtown Binghamton. The concert begins with a premiere by local composer Santino DeAngelo, ‘Into the Twilight Zone.’ Also on the program, the Chamber Symphony for Strings by Dmitri Shostakovich, Franz Schubert’s Mass in G featuring the Madrigal Choir of Binghamton led by Bruce Borton, and Franz Joseph Haydn’s Sinfonia Concertante featuring soloists from the orchestra, Uli Speth, violin; Hakan Tayga Hromek, cello; John Lathwell, oboe; Lynn Hileman bassoon. Maestro Hege and Santino DeAngelo join us to talk about the concert and presenting a new music work.


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The Art Mission Opens the Binghamton Babylon Film Festival

The Art Mission and Theatre is present the Binghamton Babylon Film Festival, October 12 – 16.  It opens with a keynote address by Scott MacDonald, whose book, ‘Binghamton Babylon’ inspired the festival.  It culminates with the Rod Serling Film Festival.  In between are film retrospectives and new avant-garde works of film. We hear from Tim Mollen of the Art Mission board of directors, and general manager Rebecca Sheriff about the festival, and the chance encounter on a New York City subway car that uncovered the rich history of film-making at the Binghamton campus.


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A New Comedy by Santino DeAngelo Premieres at the Cider Mill Playhouse

The Cider Mill Playhouse is presenting Santino DeAngelo’s newest play, ‘When in Carthage’, a farce that throws two Romans into the enemy city, Carthage.  It combines the “slamming doors” of French farce with the situational (and sometimes bawdy) comedy of Plautus. The playwright and the director, Tim Mollen, talk about molding a new play and the input that the actors have towards the final version.  Local favorites Chris Nickerson, Andrew Simek, Josh Sedelmeyer, and Jessica Nogaret are in the cast, as well as the playwright’s mother, Shannon DeAngelo.


Photo credit: Tim Mollen for Cider Mill Playhouse



Narcissus: An Ancient Roman Pantomime Premieres Tonight on WSKG

WSKG Arts and composer Santino DeAngelo present Narcissus: An Ancient Roman Pantomime. This hour long program features original music written by DeAngelo, performances from the Tri-Cities Opera and a behind the scenes look at how this unique production came together. Take a sneak peek with this promo produced by WSKG Arts.

Narcissus: An Ancient Roman Pantomime premieres on Thursday, May 19th at 8pm on WSKG-TV.

Ancient Roman pantomime finds a new voice

Pantomime was hugely popular in ancient Rome, but virtually nothing is known about them, other than that they were entertainments performed by one dancer accompanied by chorus and vocal soloists. Composer Santino DeAngelo has researched this lost art and created his own short pantomime based on the myth of Narcissus.  Narcissus premieres on Thursday, January 21 at the Tri-Cities Opera Center as part of A Walk on the Wild Side.  The program also includes selections from recent operas sung by artists from Tri-Cities Opera.  WSKG will broadcast Narcissus this coming spring as a WSKG Arts Presents special. Composer Santino DeAngelo, dramaturg Marty Murray, and director Austin Tooley talk about reviving this lost art.


Photo courtesy Santino DeAngelo

Tri-Cities Opera is looking forward to the new year

Tri-Cities Opera is bringing in the New Year with Midnight in Paris at the Binghamton Club, with Parisian music from the TCO Resident Artists. Then in January, A Walk on the Wide Side with music from new operas, as well as the first public performance of Santino DeAngelo’s recreation of a Roman pantomime with original music, Narcissus.  February brings two one-act American operas, Gian-Carlo Menotti’s comedy The Telephone and Leonard Bernstein’s jazz-influenced Trouble in Tahiti.  TCO’s John Rozzoni joins us to talk about all of these.

Photo provided by Tri-Cities Opera: AmArA’s evocation of Van Gogh’s “Starry Night”

"Another Happy Ending" at the Schorr Family Firehouse Stage

Santino DeAngelo speaks with WSKG’s Bill Snyder about the reading of his musical Another Happy Ending.  DeAngelo has been working on his musical for a few years now, and it’s in the workshopping stage.  Songs have been written, tossed out, revised, and restored as the musical is shaped. And having an audience hear it is important.

Logo courtesy Goodwill Theatre