Pairing Shakespeare and Gardening

Master Gardener Eve Berman joins us to talk about ‘Much Ado in the Garden’, a Shakespeare-themed event taking place in the Cutler Botanic Garden at the Cornell Cooperative Extension grounds on Front Street in Binghamton.  There will be music, food, readings, and costumed characters.

The BCO Presents ‘Bach to the Future’

The Binghamton Community Orchestra performs Bach transcriptions by Leopold Stokowski, Erich Leinsdorf, and Gustav Holst on Saturday, November 18 at 7pm. Conductor Timothy Perry joins us to talk about the program, as well as STMTA Youth Soloist Tayler Otis, who is soloist for Camille Saint-Saens Piano Concerto No.2. Then the Madrigal Choir of Binghamton joins the orchestra for a selection from Bach’s Cantata 80.  The concert ends with the Grand Oratorio ‘The Seasonings’ by the oddest of JS Bach 20-odd children, PDQ Bach. http://wskg.org/audio/bcobach.mp3

 

Photo credit: Binghamton Community Orchestra

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

 

Photo credit: Madrigal Choir of Binghamton

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

 

 

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

 

Photo credit: Tomais Ashdene via Flickr

Holiday Harmonies, Season One Compilation

Allow WSKG to get you in the Holiday spirit with a compilation of performances from our first season of Holiday Harmonies! Many timeless classics are included in this hour including, “Sing We Now of Christmas”, “Sleigh Ride” and “Jingle Bells”. Performers include the Madrigal Choir of Binghamton, the Whitney Point Aquila Chorus, Novo4tet and The Southerntiersmen. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bNcqewsVPFc

SETLIST:
1) Madrigal Choir of Binghamton “Sing We Now of Christmas”
2) Novo4tet “Riu Riu Chiu”
3) Whitney Point Aquila Chorus “Sleigh Ride”
4) Milk and Honey “The Christmas Song”
5) Binghamton University Harpur Chorale “Al Hanissim”
6) Windsor Middle School 8th Grade Chorus “Come See The Lights”
7) Carousel Harmony Chorus “Christmas Chopsticks”
8) Bronzissimo “Carol of the Bells”
9) Madrigal Choir of Binghamton “Gaudete”
10) Novo4tet “Christmas Concerto”
11) Kaskeset “V’ahavta”
12) Horseheads High School Select Womens Chorus “Niska Banja”
13) Corning Community College Womens Ensemble “My Favorite Things”
14) The Southerntiersmen “Jingle Bells”
15) Union-Endicott High School Jazz Choir “A Holiday Jazz Trio”
16) Carousel Harmony Chorus “Santa Claus Is Coming To Town”
17) Whitney Point Aquila Chorus “Deck The Halls”
18) Madrigal Choir of Binghamton “Ding Dong Merrily On High”
19) Novo4tet “We Wish You A Merry Christmas”

All of the performances on this program were recorded in the 2007 Holiday Season and this program originally aired on WSKG-TV on December 9, 2010.