The Binghamton University Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Timothy Perry, will present "Very Varied Variations" at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 1 in Osterhout Concert Theater. The many techniques of musical variations are the common thread of this program with Johannes Brahms' "Variations on a Theme of Joseph Haydn," Antonín Dvořák's "Symphonic Variations" and Pyotr Tchaikovsky's "Variations on a Rococo Theme" featuring solo cellist Zachary Sweet. "To put it simply", explains conductor Perry, "Variation and Unity interact as the essential DNA of all musical compositions. In his seminal book on The Structure of Music, R.O. Morris notes that 'this principle – that of combining unity with variety – is at the root of all artistic form, from a Ming bowl to a Gothic Cathedral, from the humblest folk-song to the greatest symphony'. Each of these composers of variations employs different methods of subjecting its subject or Theme to transformations in melody, harmony, rhythm, and orchestration. They are fascinating opportunities to see the composer's art laid bare, sometimes in an obvious exposure, and yet often in exquisitely subtle ways that require many hearings to discern and understand. The overall composition is still bound together by the theme in such a way that the entire composition makes sense." Tickets for the concert are $10, general admission; $7, faculty, staff, alumni and seniors; and free for students and are available at the Anderson Center Box Office from noon-5:30 p.m. weekdays, by calling 607-777-ARTS, online (anderson.binghamton.edu) or at the door.
The flute students from the studio of Jeanne Sperber will perform in a Flute Recital on Saturday, Dec. 1 at 7:30 p.m. in Casadesus Recital Hall. This concert is free and open to the public.
The piano students from the studios of Michael Salmirs and Jinah Lee will perform in a Piano Ensemble Recital on Monday, Dec. 3 at 7:30 p.m. in Casadesus Recital Hall. This concert is free and open to the public.
The jazz students who participate in the Jazz Studio Band, under the direction of Laurence Elder, will perform at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 4 in Casadesus Recital Hall. This concert is free and open to the public.
The Binghamton University Music Department will be bursting with holiday festivities at the free Holiday Mid-Day Concert at 1:20 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6 in Casadesus Recital Hall. Get into the holiday spirit with iconic jingles, booming voices and much more! This concert is free and open to the public.
A concert of traditional African music, directed by Elikem Nyamuame, will be presented by the Nukporfe African Dance and Drumming Ensemble at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 7 in Watters Theater in the Fine Arts Building at Binghamton University. The presentation will include African music performed by a full ensemble of drummers and dancers. African dance-drumming typically juxtaposes several art forms together including storytelling, pantomime, oral history and community wisdom. It is an excellent way to introduce authentic African culture to anyone who may have little understanding of modern Africa. Tickets are $5 per person at the door.
The Binghamton University Wind Symphony, under the direction of Daniel Fabricius, will perform "Travelogue" at 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8 in Osterhout Concert Theater at Binghamton University. Although we cannot always physically travel to far-away places music can give us the essence of places we would like to visit. The audience will hear diverse contemporary works by notable wind band composers including Alfred Reed and Samuel Hazo. This concert also includes stunning arrangements of works by Percy Grainger and Ottorino Respighi, a fantastic work with historical significance by Camille Saint-Saëns, and even an exotic piece by Pulitzer Price-winning composer, Michael Colgrass. All aboard, as we depart from the BU campus on this amazing musical journey. Tickets for the concert are $10, general admission; $7, faculty, staff, alumni and seniors; and free for students and are available at the Anderson Center Box Office from noon-5:30 p.m. weekdays, by calling 607-777-ARTS, online (anderson.binghamton.edu) or at the door.
The Binghamton University Opera Ensemble will present the children's opera "Pinocchio" at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 9 in the Anderson Center Chamber Hall at Binghamton University. "Pinocchio" is an operatic version of the children's literary classic "Pinocchio" by Carlo Collodi, adapted by American opera and concert singer John Davies. This version of "Pinocchio" uses scenes from operas by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Gaetano Donizetti, Jacques Offenbach, and Giovanni Battista Pergolesi. "Pinocchio's" colorful characters lend themselves to operatic interpretation, and the opera reinforces a very important message: telling the truth is always the best choice! And the use of music by Mozart and other great composers helps to make this an entertaining and educational tool that sends an important message to all who experience it. Tickets for the concert are $15, general admission; $10, faculty, staff, alumni and seniors; and $5,students and are available at the Anderson Center Box Office from noon-5:30 p.m. weekdays, by calling 607-777-ARTS, online (anderson.binghamton.edu) or at the door.
Directions, Parking and Maps
MAIN ENTRANCE OF CAMPUS TO THE ANDERSON CENTER:
Go to traffic circle; bear right (follow sign pointing WEST). Turn at 1st left into parking lot "C" (next to Science IV), main entrance to the Anderson Center is at the end of lot "C".
Go around traffic circle to left (follow sign pointing EAST). Turn at 1st right into parking garage.
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