The Binghamton Philharmonic is Broome County's only professional symphony orchestra.
Every year, the Binghamton Philharmonic presents live classical, pops and chamber music concerts to thousands of residents of Broome and surrounding counties. Its concerts also reach many music lovers throughout Central New York through broadcasts on WSKG Public Radio. Additionally, the Binghamton Philharmonic provides its community with a variety of educational programs that help introduce younger generations to the joys of making and listening to music as well as educating adults about classical music.
The Binghamton Philharmonic was founded in 1955 as the Binghamton Symphony and Choral Society under the artistic leadership of the late Fritz Wallenberg. The Binghamton Symphony was renamed the Binghamton Philharmonic in 1996 when it merged with the B.C. Pops. The two organizations, each with a rich history of presenting live orchestral music, merged in order to better serve the music and arts education needs of Greater Binghamton.
The Binghamton Philharmonic is led by Music Director and Conductor, José-Luis Novo. One of Spain’s most exciting conductors, Mr. Novo is also Music Director of the Annapolis Symphony and a member of the conducting faculty of the Eastern Music Festival in Greensboro, NC. He has held conducting positions with the Cincinnati Symphony and Cincinnati Pops and was music director of the Cincinnati Symphony Youth Orchestra, the Oxford (Ohio) Chamber Orchestra, the Miami University Symphony Orchestra, as well as associate conductor of the National Repertory Orchestra in Breckenridge (Colorado), and assistant conductor of the National Youth Orchestra of Spain, and the Yale Symphony Orchestra. He is also an active guest conductor having appeared recently with the Minnesota Orchestra, the Syracuse, Stamford and Abilene Symphonies.
Over the past 55 years, the Binghamton Philharmonic has achieved a level of artistic excellence rare for a regional orchestra. In addition to presenting the great masterworks of the classical repertoire, the orchestra has maintained a special commitment to the music of contemporary American composers, including the commissioning of several new works. The Philharmonic’s classical concerts also feature internationally renowned guest artists as well as important emerging soloists destined to become the great masters of the twenty-first century. The musical achievements of the Binghamton Philharmonic have been repeatedly recognized by grants from the New York State Council on the Arts. In 2007, the Binghamton Philharmonic received a prestigious grant from the New York State Music fund for its season-long exploration of Latin American music.
The Binghamton Philharmonic performs locally at the Anderson Center at Binghamton University and the Forum in Downtown Binghamton. This summer the Binghamton Philharmonic performed a free pops concert at the Broome County Arena as part of the Southern Tier Celebrates Summer Music Festival. The Binghamton Philharmonic has also appeared in concert at historic Hyde Hall (Cooperstown, NY), the Belleayre Music Festival (Highmount, NY), the State University of New York at Delhi (Delhi, NY) and the Chenango County Community Cultural Center (Norwich, NY).