Looking Back on 2017: Pops Success

The Binghamton Philharmonic has met with success stories with recent pops concerts and collaborations.   On May 4, 2017, the orchestra observed this day special to Star Wars fans with a special concert with narrator, “The Music of ‘Star Wars’: The Symphony Strikes Back.”  The result was a sellout:


The Harry Potter events in Binghamton and Ithaca on October 27 and 28, 2017 came about in part thanks to an invitation from the organizers of Wizarding Weekend in Ithaca.  The concert at the Forum Theatre in Ithaca sold out, and the concert at the State Theatre in Ithaca was a near sellout:



The Philharmonic collaborated with Cirque Musica for “Cirque Musica Holiday Presents: Believe” at the Floyd L. Maines Veterans Memorial Arena on December 7, 2017.  This exciting show also sold well and included various circus performers including acrobats and aerialists.


As we look back, we anticipate what lies ahead in the area of pops concerts and collaborations…so many creative possibilities for this orchestra!



Music Director Candidates in Review

Beginning in April, 2017, the Binghamton Philharmonic presented its finalists for the Music Director position.

Here is an overview of the three finalists:


Principal Guest Conductor Daniel Hege conducted the April 29, 2017 concert, which featured Stravinsky’s Firebird suite:


Matthew Kraemer conducted the September 9, 2017 concert, which featured Dvorak Symphony No. 8:


Chris Younghoon Kim conducted the September 23, 2017 concert, which featured Sibelius’ Symphony No. 7:


The musicians of the orchestra and concertgoers have provided input as to who the next Music Director should be:  the announcement is yet to come!