The Madrigal Choir of Binghamton Celebrates the Reformation

The Madrigal Choir of Binghamton presents ‘Celebrate the Reformation: 1517-2017’ with music from the Reformation and the Counter-Reformation. Conductor Bruce Borton talks about the various uses of the tune ‘A Mighty Fortress’ and, in contrast, music of the of the Roman Catholic Church that “saved polyphony.” He also tell us what is up next for the Madrigal Choir. http://wskg.org/audio/madrigalreform.mp3

 

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Bruce Borton Leads his Last Binghamton University Chorus Concert

The Binghamton University Chorus and Orchestra presents a concert of the ‘Missa in Angustiis’ by Franz Joseph Haydn, known as the ‘Lord Nelson Mass’, and two works by Gabriel Faure, the ‘Requiem’ and the ‘Cantique de Jean Racine.’ This is Professor Bruce Borton’s last concert with the ensemble before retirement. He tells us about the works on the program and why he choose them. http://wskg.org/audio/lordnelson.mp3

Binghamton University Chorus Performs Brahms’ ‘A German Requiem’

The Binghamton University Chorus and Orchestra present Johannes Brahms’ ‘A German Requiem’. Conductor Bruce Borton talks about Brahms’ long journey to complete his largest work, which was a great departure from any other requiem written until that time. http://wskg.org/audio/1130requiem.mp3

 

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Binghamton University Chorus Performs Brahms' 'A German Requiem'

The Binghamton University Chorus and Orchestra present Johannes Brahms’ ‘A German Requiem’. Conductor Bruce Borton talks about Brahms’ long journey to complete his largest work, which was a great departure from any other requiem written until that time. http://wskg.org/audio/1130requiem.mp3

 

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The Madrigal Choir Presents ‘Musical Migrations’

The Madrigal Choir of Binghamton is presenting ‘Musical Migrations’, music of composers who came to the United States for many reasons.  Selections include music from early settlers to New England, Moravian settlers to North Carolina, short-term resident Antonin Dvorak, and composers who fled Europe before World War Two.  Conductor Bruce Borton talks about the stories of these composers and what influences they brought to American music. http://wskg.org/audio/102016madrigal.mp3

 

 

The Madrigal Choir Presents 'Musical Migrations'

The Madrigal Choir of Binghamton is presenting ‘Musical Migrations’, music of composers who came to the United States for many reasons.  Selections include music from early settlers to New England, Moravian settlers to North Carolina, short-term resident Antonin Dvorak, and composers who fled Europe before World War Two.  Conductor Bruce Borton talks about the stories of these composers and what influences they brought to American music. http://wskg.org/audio/102016madrigal.mp3

 

 

Organist Peter Browne is Honored with a Memorial Concert

Organist, choral conductor, and composer Peter Browne died last year.  He was long-time organist/choirmaster at Trinity Memorial Episcopal Church and conductor of the Harpur Chorale at Binghamton University. This year a memorial concert has been organized in his memory.  Conductor Bruce Borton and organist Timothy Smith join us to talk about this concert. http://wskg.org/audio/browneconcert.mp3

 

Photo credit: Timothy Smith

Maestro Jose-Luis Novo Bids Farewell to Binghamton with Beethoven and Brahms

Maestro Jose-Luis Novo has led the Binghamton Philharmonic Orchestra since 2003.  His last concert is coming up on Saturday, April 16 in the Forum in Binghamton. The orchestra is joined by the Binghamton University Chorus, prepared by Bruce Borton.  The program includes ‘The Song of the Fates’ by Johannes Brahms and ‘Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage’ by Ludwig van Beethoven.  Beethoven’s Symphony No.9 in d minor comprises the second half. http://wskg.org/audio/novo041616.mp3

 

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Two Rarely Performed Works Require Dancing and Singing

The Madrigal Choir of Binghamton and Dance Stories, the resident dance company of the Endicott Performing Arts Center join to present ‘Tanzen und Singen’. The program features two rarely performed works, the Choral Dances from Benjamin Britten’s opera ‘Gloriana’ and Gian-Carlo Menotti’s madrigal fable ‘The Unicorn, the Gorgon, and the Manticore’, as well as madrigals about dancing and dance performance by Dance Stories. http://wskg.org/audio/unicorn.mp3

 

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The Madrigal Choir goes on the road

Bruce Borton, Artistic Director of the Madrigal Choir of Binghamton, talks about their upcoming concert, From Stage & Screen, music from opera and operetta and the Broadway stage, Academy Award-winning songs, and Disney classics.  For this concert the choir will perform their Saturday evening concert at Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Norwich, and their Sunday afternoon concert at United Presbyterian Church in Binghamton. http://www.wskg.org/audio/stagescreen.mp3

 

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The Madrigal Choir of Binghamton presents "Psinging the Psalms"

Conductor Bruce Borton leads the Madrigal Choir of Binghamton in a program called “Psinging the Psalms”. Psalms were meant for singing and Dr. Borton has collected musical settings from Gregorian chant up to the present, including Leonard Bernstein’s famous “Chichester Psalms”, written 50 years ago.  Guest musicians include Steven Nanni, countertenor; Joel Smales, percussionist; Jean Henssler, organist; and William Lawson, keyboard harpist.  

 

Photograph Courtesy of Madrigal Choir of Binghamton.  

 

The Binghamton University Chorus and Orchestra present a rare performance of Felix Mendelssohn's Symphony No.2

Conductor Timothy Perry speaks with WSKG’s Bill Snyder about a rare performance of Felix Mendelssohn’s Symphony No.2, “Song of Praise” being performed by the Binghamton University Chorus and Orchestra.  The chorus was prepared by Bruce Borton. It’s the first performance of this work in the area in over 30 years.  It was written to commemorate the 40oth anniversary of Gutenburg’s institution of the printing press. Timothy Perry:  “The texts in this case are drawn primarily from the Psalms.”  

 

 

 

 

 

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