BU vocal ensembles excel in homage to Canada

Reviewed by Sarah Kuras

This past Thursday (March 15), I had the pleasure of attending the joint Harpur Chorale/Women’s Chorus concert at Binghamton University’s Anderson Center. The two groups performed vocal works by Canadian composers, folk songs and songs of First Nation People. This beautifully curated selection of pieces highlighted the cultural backgrounds of the many regions and peoples of Canada, a country that has been a longtime passion of conductor Peter Browne. Read the rest of this entry »

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Student ensembles and soloists featured this weekend at BU

By Sarah Kuras

This upcoming weekend, there will be two exciting concerts by Binghamton University students. At 3 p.m. Saturday (Oct. 22), the University Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Timothy Perry; the Harpur Chorale, conducted by Peter Browne, and the Women’s Chorus will perform in the Anderson Center’s Osterhout Concert Theater. Read the rest of this entry »

A fine and fitting farewell for Madrigal Choir’s founder

Anne Boyer Cotten never dreamed, when she invited a few friends to sing a cappella music in her dining room in 1978, that the gathering would evolve into one of the most recognized and respected choral groups in this community. 

More than three decades later, when she announced to the board of directors of the Madrigal Choir of Binghamton her intention to retire from the organization she birthed, she made it clear she wanted her last concert to be Lessons and Carols for Christmas, which is her favorite. It’s also a favorite with the public, causing this concert to be expanded some years ago into two performances on the weekend beginning Advent.

And so it was that a comfortably full house of 200 on Saturday (Nov. 27) and an overflow house of 400 on Sunday (Nov 28) gathered at the Roman Catholic Church of the Holy Trinity in Binghamton for what would be Cotten’s  farewell concerts. 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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Charming BU vocal ensembles deserved bigger audience

Reviewed by David L. Schriber

Among the many free musical events on the Binghamton University campus is the annual spring concert of the Harpur Chorale and Women’s Chorus. The treble-voice chorus, conducted by Danielle Sisson, and the mixed-voice chorale, conducted by Peter Browne, are the university’s select choruses of approximately two dozen singers each. On May 6, the two ensembles offered “Choral Florals,” songs themed around flowers and clouds, birds and bees, and springtime love. The hour-long program went quickly and provided a light-hearted escape for the evening.

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Madrigal Choir “Lessons and Carols” is more than a concert

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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