Broome Arts Mirror

Reviewed by Lee Shepherd It’s been a very good week, musically speaking, starting with the Nowell Sing We Clear concert Dec. 6 at Binghamton's Unitarian Universalist Congregation (a Cranberry Coffeehouse event) and the Vienna Boys Choir Dec. 9 at The Forum. If you missed the sadly under-attended Nowell concert by these four talented troubadours, kick yourself. Make a note on your calendar for December 2010 to get tickets, if we’re lucky enough to have them in Binghamton again! Angels we have heard on high – the Vienna Boys Choir...
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Anastasia Rizikov, a 10-year-old Canadian-born pianist, raised more than one pair of eyebrows last weekend at her second appearance in Binghamton. Presented by the organization “Classical Pianists of the Future," this phenomenon of nature left her audience dazzled. Child prodigies are always exciting to hear, and Rizikov delivered the goods. (more…)
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The annual smorgasbord of holiday entertainment has begun: "Hansel and Gretel," "A Christmas Story," "The Russian Nutcracker," concerts by Irish entertainers and theater organists, ... I'm only touching the surface here and only talking about this week's fare (starting Dec. 4). Please share your impressions of these performances. And, as always, we'd love to know what you saw and did at First Friday and First Saturday....
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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.

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