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By George Basler George Frideric Handel wasn’t thinking about Christmas -- white, or otherwise -- when he wrote Messiah 274 years ago. He began work on the oratorio in late August and saw it performed for the first time in Dublin for Easter in April 1742. So the old boy might be surprised to come back and see how it’s become a staple during the Christmas season for choruses and orchestras across the United States and Great Britain. In Broome County, Messiah has been a tradition since 1983 thanks to...
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Reviewed by Lee Shepherd
The Binghamton Downtown Singers took a leap of faith Saturday night (June 1), tackling an innovative and challenging program just as their founding artistic director, Alan Crabb, would have wanted. Crabb, who died last September, was a strong leader who pushed his choir to stretch and grow. Although best-know for their annual performances of Handel’s Messiah, the Downtown Singers also have performed most of the large signature pieces in the choral repertoire. "This is for you, Alan," his widow, Marisa Crabb, said to the...
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Reviewed by Tony Villecco I attended Wednesday's final dress rehearsal (Oct. 24) of Giacomo Puccini’s operatic masterpiece La Bohème, and while there were a few kinks yet to iron out, it was beautiful and musically fulfilling. Tri-Cities Opera will present two performances this weekend with an overall strong cast. No dress rehearsal is without its challenges; at times, the orchestra overshadowed the principals, especially in ensemble. The excellent chorus was ahead of the maestro during the festive second act, and lighting cues were continuing to be adjusted. Still, all...
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[caption id="attachment_3231" align="alignleft" width="150"] Alan Crabb[/caption] By Barb Van Atta Alan C. Crabb, Artistic Director and co-founder of the Binghamton Downtown Singers, died Saturday morning (Sept. 15) at University of Philadelphia Hospital, of multiple complications following heart surgery. He was 70. Funeral arrangements are pending at Barber Memorial Home in Johnson City. A gifted singer, he was well-known in both local and national music circles. As a conductor, he was commended for his ability to inspire the musicians...
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Did you find artful ways to begin the month of June? BAMirror's Rebecca Sheriff was at Half Light Theatre's production of No Exit (see review below). I caught the wonderful Downtown Singers concert on Saturday -- kudos to Alan Crab and all the soloists, singers and orchestra members. How about you? Did you "art walk"? Were you at the final Madrigal Singers concert of the season? Please share....
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By Barb Van Atta Have you attended a concert or pageant to get into the holiday spirit? Or, like me, have you been too busy rehearsing to be in an audience? Either way, BAMirror welcomes your comments and reflections on seasonal music. As I said, I've been in rehearsal, as has my son, for the Downtown Singers' presentation of Handel's Messiah on Friday and Saturday (Dec. 16 and 17) at The Forum in Binghamton. Here is a link to a Good Times story that features chorus members who...
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