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Madrigal Choir singer, board member, and director search committee member David L. Schriber reflects on 20 years of singing with the choir’s newly named artistic director, Bruce Borton.
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.
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.