A fine and fitting farewell for Madrigal Choir's founder

An overflow crowd filled the Roman Catholic Church of the Holy Trinity on Sunday (Nov. 28) to hear the Madrigal Choir of Binghamton's Lessons and Carols for Christmas, Anne Boyer Cotten's farewell concert. It was a fine and fitting send-off from a choir and a community grateful for the her gift of high-quality a cappella music for 33 years.

By | 2010-12-01T10:07:26+00:00 December 1st, 2010|Arts Talk, Broome Arts Mirror|

Alice Parker teaches heart and soul of folksong

Alice Parker, legendary composer and arranger of folksongs and hymns, presented a Community Sing in Binghamton as part of a weekend with The Madrigal Choir of Binghamton, at whose concert she conducted several of her arrangements. Her Community Sing inspired listeners to sing folksong and hymns in the spirit of the story the text tells. Melody, harmony, rhythm and tempo should all reflect the mood of the song, she said. When we sing songs of other cultures as closely as possible to their original style and spirit, we make the best bridge to those cultures.

By | 2010-10-19T07:45:35+00:00 October 19th, 2010|Arts Talk, Broome Arts Mirror|

Madrigal Choir "Lessons and Carols" is more than a concert

The Madrigal Choir of Binghamton just offered its 32d season of “Lessons and Carols for Christmas.” This is both a concert and a worship service, the sacred and secular readings and classical and contemporary anthems and familiar Christmas carols recounting the story of the coming of Messiah. Sitting in the choir looking out over the audience, one can see family, friends and neighbors. Some have come for the enjoyment of the music, others as an act of seasonal devotion, from within this parish or some other across town. For still others, this is the closest they will ever come to being churchgoers. For all these groups, and particularly the last described, Artistic Director Anne Boyer Cotten says it’s not just about how well we sing the music but about how well we tell the story.

By | 2009-12-04T10:45:39+00:00 December 4th, 2009|Arts Talk, Broome Arts Mirror|