A Note from Sharon Ball, Executive Director, Broome County Arts Council: Our 10th Heart of the Arts Awards Celebration on Monday (Sept. 22) featured a special and very moving Memorial Roll Call researched, written and presented by Broome Arts Mirror Editor Barb Van Atta. We wanted to share it with you:
Before I begin, a special thank you to Kari Bayait and Rene Neville of Binghamton University, John Rozzoni of Tri-Cities Opera, Guido LeBron, Tony Villecco and, most of all, Chris Kocher of the Press &-Sun-Bulletin, who provided the photos that Greg Keeler graciously assembled for me here.
In alphabetical order, we remember:
Jane Stuart Andrus: educator, literacy advocate and co-founder of RiverRead Books.
Robert Boettger: longtime member of community music ensembles such as the Kirby Band, the Maine Community Band and the Vestal Community Band
Carol Ann Brunelli: fabric artist and matriarch of an artistic family
David Buttolph: Binghamton University faculty member and founder of the Harpur Chorale, the University Chorus and BU’s Elizabethan Madrigal Feast
Jim Chvatal: pipe organist and church musician
George Corino: founder and director of Opera Cabaret of Endicott
Leona Curatolo Davison: mezzo soprano and one of the founding singers of Tri-Cities Opera
Robert Eckert: Broadway investor and strong supporter of the Endicott Performing Arts Center
Rick Fabrizi: drum teacher and performer
Linda Giese: former BU costume designer and managing director of Starry Night Puppet Theater
Floyd Herzog: producer and director of Binghamton University’s Anderson Center
John Klehr: accomplished musician on banjo, guitar, dulcimers and other stringed instruments
Susan J. Peters: Binghamton University faculty member and musical director for the BU theater department and for the Cider Mill Playhouse
Cecil Popolo: painter, teacher and art curator
Laura Pratt: cellist with the Binghamton Community Orchestra
Ted Ronsvalle: Community Orchestra bassist and director of the Kirby Band for 25 years
Harold W. “Butch” Skeene: smooth-voiced vocalist with popular local bands
Duane Skrabalak: vocal coach, Operalogue host and longtime conductor, chorus master and artistic director of Tri-Cities Opera
Loretta Tolleson: wardrobe seamstress for the Theatrical Stage Employees Union Local 54
Richard Warner: a member of the BU Theater Department staff and one of the
familiar “faces” of the box office at the Cider Mill Playhouse
Dianne Lynne (Hodack) Zeigler: artist and frequent contributor to the Rude and Bold Women art shows
Angelo Zuccolo: actor, stage director, published poet and professor emeritus of theater at SUNY Broome
Please join me in a moment of silence.
(As chime fades away). Thank you.
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