Vienna Boys Choir charms at The Forum

Reviewed by Lee Shepherd

It’s been a very good week, musically speaking, starting with the Nowell Sing We Clear concert Dec. 6 at Binghamton’s Unitarian Universalist Congregation (a Cranberry Coffeehouse event) and the Vienna Boys Choir Dec. 9 at The Forum. If you missed the sadly under-attended Nowell concert by these four talented troubadours, kick yourself. Make a note on your calendar for December 2010 to get tickets, if we’re lucky enough to have them in Binghamton again!

Angels we have heard on high – the Vienna Boys Choir gives a whole new meaning to the phrase. The choir – a band of 23 little boys with angelic voices — and their devilishly handsome conductor, Manolo Cagnin, charmed the nearly full house at The Forum. The concert was a special event in the Binghamton Philharmonic Orchestra season. Read the rest of this entry »

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Young pianist dazzles at Phelps Mansion

Anastasia Rizikov, a 10-year-old Canadian-born pianist, raised more than one pair of eyebrows last weekend at her second appearance in Binghamton. Presented by the organization “Classical Pianists of the Future,” this phenomenon of nature left her audience dazzled. Child prodigies are always exciting to hear, and Rizikov delivered the goods. Read the rest of this entry »

“Geistchor” (Ghost Choir) voices fill St. Ambrose

The question asked by the audience at Basically Bach Ensemble’s spring concert was, “When is the chorus going to sing?” On Nov. 24, at the fall concert, the question was “Where is the chorus?”  for, as conductor Fitzroy Stewart and soloists Ghislaine Stewart, Hilerie Klein Rensi, James Gleason and Randolph Messing joined the 22-member chamber orchestra, the 25 chorus chairs in St. Ambrose Church’s chancel remained empty. 

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