Tag Archives: Bruce Borton

My Thanksgiving weekend (not spent locally) was full of food, family and home viewing of 2016 movies that I missed in both first and second run (Loving, A United Kingdom). But what about you? Did you attend (or perform in) a concert or play? Did you visit a museum? Did you paint a picture? How were the arts part of your Thanksgiving weekend?

-- Barb Van Atta

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We're entering the holiday entertainment season, and BAMirror reviewers are going to be as busy as elves, either writing about other people's performances or participating in their own concerts and shows. Therefore, it seems like the perfect time to revive our once-regular "what did you do" Monday query. In the comment section, BAMirror readers -- and writers -- can offer a quick summary of their weekend's entertainment adventures. Over the past two weekends, I've attended the exuberant EPAC production of The Producers and Tri-Cities Opera's powerful presentation...
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By Lee Shepherd

Saturday’s “Unlimited Wonders” concert (March 18) at The Forum with the Binghamton Philharmonic Orchestra and the Madrigal Choir of Binghamton afforded me, a choir member, an orchestra-side view of concert preparation rarely seen by audiences.

Daniel Hege, interim conductor for the 2016-17 season, is a first-rate talent, both as an instrumental and vocal conductor.

He programs diverse and interesting concerts, a mix of beloved warhorses and new...

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Editor’s note: BAMirror’s Lee Shepherd usually reviews Binghamton Philharmonic Orchestra concerts. Last weekend, however, she was a participant in a BPO performance. Here are her reflections: By Lee Shepherd Joy and brotherhood -- that's what Beethoven's Ninth Symphony is all about, and that's what we experienced singing the massive choral and orchestral work with the Binghamton University Chorus and Binghamton Philharmonic Orchestra in front of a sold-out crowd last Saturday (April 16) at The Forum in Binghamton. Months of preparation went into the concert, with excellent coaching from Bruce...
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Reviewed by Nancy Oliveri Is there a more beautiful sound than the harmonies of a professional choir singing sacred songs for Christmas? What if they are accompanied by Paul Sweeny on guitar, Barbara Kauffman on recorders, Peter Browne on the organ, and directed by Bruce Borton? Having just heard the first of two performances of “Lessons & Carols for Christmas, East to West,” as sung by the Madrigal Choir of Binghamton, I think the answer has to be “no.” If you’ve never been to a Lessons and Carols service...
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By Barb Van Atta My son and I attended the Madrigal Choir of Binghamton's fabulous "American Masters" concert last Sunday (Oct. 20) at United Presbyterian Church (formerly First Presbyterian) in Binghamton. What a wonderful performance, focusing on four 20th century composers near and dear to our hearts: Norman Dello Joio, Samuel Barber, Morten Lauridsen and Aaron Copland! The ambitious mix of full choral and ensemble pieces, conducted by Bruce Borton, reminded us yet again of the depth and breadth of vocal talent in this community. I wish...
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Reviewed by Nancy Oliveri At Binghamton's Trinity Memorial Episcopal Church Sunday afternoon (April 21), the Madrigal Choir of Binghamton  celebrated earth, air, fire and water, keeping with the spirit, if not the letter, of yin and yang, the Chinese concept for which the concert was named. The program was divided into parts that celebrated first “The Elements,” then “Waking and Sleeping,” “Spring and Summer” and one more that I’ll save until the end of this review. I never managed to catch the choir when led by its celebrated founder, Anne Boyer...
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