First Friday: Works of Charles Cohen

By Danielle Robinson

Published 02/06 2014 03:14PM

Updated 02/06 2014 05:19PM

A local ragtime composer is being featured at the Broome County Arts Council tomorrow night.

In honor of Black History Month, BCAC will host a special performance of the works of Charles Cohen, a West Side Binghamton resident from the early 1920s. The concert features vocalist Theresa Lee-Whiting and pianist Margaret Reitz. Lee-Whiting took a particular interest to Cohen when she bought his home on Haendel St.

"Charles Cohen started out in Vaudeville. He was known as a one-man-band. He played the piano, the mandolin, the guitar, the banjo, drums. And so he performed at a lot of the theaters. Then he started taking organ seriously. He became a silent theater-silent movie organist," said Lee-Whiting.

The free First Friday event features light refreshments. It takes place at 7 p.m. tomorrow night at 81 State St. in downtown Binghamton.

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