John Covelli and Friends Perform at the Schorr Family Firehouse

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The Schorr Family Firehouse Stage of the Goodwill Theatre presents pianist John Covelli to celebrate ten years of concerts there. Maestro Covelli performs music of Chopin, Griffes, Copland, and Kabelevsky, capping off the concert with Gershwin’s one-piano arrangement of ‘Rhapsody in Blue’. He also welcomes pianist Pej Reitz, saxophonist April Lucas, flutists Jeanne Sperber and Nina Stutzman, tenor Steven Nanni, clarinetist Timothy Perry, cellists Hakan Hromek and, in a special recorded segment, Sara Sant’Ambrogio.  This special Saturday concert will be at 4pm on October 14. http://wskg.org/audio/Covelli1017.mp3

 

 

Flutist Jeanne Sperber Celebrates the American Melting Pot

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The Schorr Family Firehouse Stage presents flutist Jeanne Sperber and friends for ‘America the Beautiful Melting Pot’, a concert including music by Elmira-born composer, Charles Tomlinson Griffes, Paul Schoenfield, Katherine Hoover, and the North American premiere of a work by Cuban composer Leo Brouwer.  Pej Reitz is the pianist, along with cellist Hakan Tayga-Hromek, and tenor Steven Nanni. http://wskg.org/audio/sperber.mp3

 

Photo credit: Jeanne Sperber

'The Mikado' Comes to Binghamton University

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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

 

Photo credit: Summer Savoyards

Pianist John Covelli and Friends Present a 'Crazy Quilt' of Music

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The Schorr Family Firehouse Stage presents pianist John Covelli in a wide-ranging concert with cellist Hakan Tayga-Hromek, flutist Nina Stutzman, clarinetist Timothy Perry, countertenor Steven Nanni, and pianist Pej Reitz.  The concert features music by Henry Cowell, Franz Liszt, Frederick Chopin, Ludwig van Beethoven, and Maurice Ravel. http://wskg.org/audio/crazyquilt.mp3

 

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"Glitter and Gold" pairs period music with the Phelps Mansion architecture

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Theatre Street Productions presents Glitter and Gold: Operatic Jewels of the Gilded Age, music from the era when the Phelps family built their home on Court Street in Binghamton. Soprano Andrea Gregori, mezzo-soprano Kasey Stewart, tenor Steven Nanni, and pianist Margaret Reitz perform selections from opera and Gilbert and Sullivan in the ballroom of the Phelps Mansion.  This past summer they performed at the International Gilbert and Sullivan Festival in Harrogate, Great Britain.   The Mansion is decorated for the holidays, and the singers are in period costumes. The concert is on Sunday, December 20th at 3pm. http://wskg.org/audio/glitterphelps.mp3

Photo courtesy of Angel Zdimal

BU Music presents an enduring Christmas favorite

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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

Photo courtesy Binghamton University Music Department

Songs of Medieval life and love at the Osterhout Concert Theater

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Conductor Timothy Perry leads the Binghamton University Orchestra and Chorus in Carl Orff’s “Scenic Cantata” Carmina Burana this weekend. Choral conductor Bruce Borton and baritone soloist Thomas Goodheart talk about the history of the work and why it is so popular.  Other soloists are soprano Stacey Geyer and tenor Steven Nanni.  

 

The Madrigal Choir of Binghamton presents "Psinging the Psalms"

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Conductor Bruce Borton leads the Madrigal Choir of Binghamton in a program called “Psinging the Psalms”. Psalms were meant for singing and Dr. Borton has collected musical settings from Gregorian chant up to the present, including Leonard Bernstein’s famous “Chichester Psalms”, written 50 years ago.  Guest musicians include Steven Nanni, countertenor; Joel Smales, percussionist; Jean Henssler, organist; and William Lawson, keyboard harpist.  

 

Photograph Courtesy of Madrigal Choir of Binghamton.  

 

Downtown Singers present their Spring Concert

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Music Director Marisa Crabb speaks with WSKG’s Bill Snyder about the Downtown Singers’ Spring Concert. The program includes music by Bruckner, Bernstein, Vaughan Williams, and Holst. http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/national/local-national-1033953.mp3

 

Photograph Courtesy Doug_Kerr via Flickr