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Heart of the Arts awards this Sunday, 10/7 at Forum Theater, Binghamton
Heart of the Arts awards this Sunday, 10/7 at Forum Theater, Binghamton
Heart of the Arts awards this Sunday, 10/7 at Forum Theater, Binghamton
Bill Gorman speaks with WSKG's Bill Snyder about the Broome County Arts Council's annual awards for local notable people working in the arts BROOME COUNTY ARTS COUNCIL

Sunday, October 7, 3pm
The Forum Theater
Washington Street
Binghamton, NY

The Heart of the Arts Awards Celebration, produced annually by the Broome County Arts Council, will pay tribute to this year?s Lifetime Achievement honorees and announce the recipients of annual Heart of
the Arts Awards during a multi-media show this Sunday, October 7th at the Forum Theatre in downtown Binghamton. The show begins at 3:00pm and, in addition to the awards ceremony, will feature performances by notable local musicians, singers and dancers, as well as artwork by 27 Broome County painters, photographers and multi-media artists in the first-ever Heart of the Arts Digital Gallery Exhibition.

Tickets for the Celebration are $35 per person and are available from the Broome County Arts Council located at 31 Front Street in Binghamton. Tickets may be purchased on-line at until 12:00 a.m. (midnight) Friday October 5th. Tickets may be reserved by calling 607-723-4620. Tickets also may be purchased at the Forum Box Office from 12 noon to 3:00 pm on the day of the Celebration, Sunday, October 7th. Immediately following the Celebration, those attending will enjoy a reception catered by PS Restaurant in the Forum Recital Hall.


The program for the Heart of the Arts event always shows off some of the talent and variety of music and performing arts that are available to Greater Binghamton and Broome County. This year for the 4th annual Celebration, there will be a performance by the string quartet known as novo4tet , featuring principal musicians from the Binghamton Philharmonic. Opera veteran Cynthia Clarey will sing a torch song from her one-woman show (I Used to Be Clarise Landon) which premiered last month at the Tri-Cities Opera Center. Singer/songwriter John Kanazawich will perform one of his original songs and accompany himself on acoustic guitar. A classic jazz song written by an American master will be sung by young operatic soprano Katrina Cox, accompanied by Daniel Katcher on piano. 16-year-old dancer John Michael O?Neill will perform a piece choreographed to the music of a contemporary pop star. Singer Hong Zhang and pianist Margaret (Pej Reitz), both Heart of the Arts Award nominees and Binghamton University faculty, will reprise a tune from their Song of Silk Concerts of Chinese Music held last year at the Anderson Center. The newly formed women?s drumming performance group Alode, led by drummer Elizabeth Orlesky, will close the show with African rhythms. And screened on-stage throughout the show will be the Heart of the Arts Digital Gallery Exhibition, featuring the juried images of paintings, photographs and other works by Broome County artists.

Proceeds from Heart of the Arts ticket sales and donations benefit the United Cultural Fund, the Broome County Arts Council?s local grant program. The UCF raises money from local government, foundations, businesses and corporate donors and awards grants to local non-profit arts organizations and individual artists. Since 1987, the Arts Council has given UCF grants totaling more than 5-million-dollars. The Heart of the Arts Awards Celebration this Sunday will kick off the 2008 UCF Campaign.


Respected painter Armondo Dellasanta and beloved lighting technician Bill Nurse will receive Lifetime Achievement awards for their significant long-term contributions to the arts in Broome County. And 10 nominees for 2007 Heart of the Arts Awards will be recognized for their near-term contributions. Three Heart of the Arts Awards will be presented during the show. The recipients are chosen by secret ballots distributed tothe Arts Council?s 100-plus membership and the results will not be revealed until they are announced from the stage during the Celebration. The nominees for the 2007 Heart of the Arts Awards are:

Elizabeth Cohen, Columnist & Reporter, Press & Sun Bulletin.

Gene Czebiniak, Designer.

Andy Horowitz, President & Director, Galumpha.

Ken Millett, Owner, Night Eagle Cafe'

Margaret "Pej" Reitz, Pianist/Accompanist.

Craig Saeger, Producing Director & Resident Scenic, Lighting and
Sound Designer, Cider Mill Playhouse.

Orazio Salati, Artist, Gallery Owner, Arts Educator.

Ann Doris Szymaniak, Owner/Artistic Director, The Dance Connection.

Stephen Wilson, Executive Director, Binghamton Philharmonic.

Hong Zhang, Singer, Educator, Founder & Director, Song of Silk Group.

*Event Details*
*Where: * The Forum, 236 Washington Street, Binghamton *
Cost: * $35 person *
Phone:* (607) 723-4620