Historic organ gets a fourth life

Reviewed by David L. Schriber

A full church Sunday (March 27) witnessed the dedication of the Main Street (Binghamton) Baptist Church’s Russell organ, a rebuilt, renovated and upgraded instrument embracing parts of three  previous generations of pipe organs. Binghamton native Andrew Kotylo, currently Associate Director of Music at Trinity Church on the Green in New Haven, Conn., showed off the expanded organ’s capabilities. The concert celebrated the culmination of an eight-year project, inspired by Andrew’s father, Joseph Kotylo, who has been Main Street Baptist’s organist for 35 years. Read the rest of this entry »

French-Canadian organ accompanies British choral music

Reviewed by David L. Schriber

Organist and Church Musician Peter Browne and the Mixed Choir of Trinity Memorial Episcopal Church in Binghamton presented a concert May 23 of British choral music from “Byrd to Britten and Beyond.” This concert was the second in a series featuring the 50-year old Casavant organ. This program demonstrated the recently refurbished instrument for choral accompaniment. Four centuries of British composers were represented from William Byrd (1543-1623) to John Rutter (b. 1945), including three composers who had themselves been organists.

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