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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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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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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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