Bruce Borton, Artistic Director
Jean Herman Henssler, Accompanist

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Celebrate the Reformation
Sunday, October 22, 3:00 pm
Trinity Memorial Episcopal Church
44 Main Street, Binghamton
(across from Binghamton High School)

Guest Artists:
Jean Herman Henssler, organ
Members of the Binghamton Community Orchestra

The year 2017 marks the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther's posting his 95 Theses criticizing many of the teachings and practices of the Roman Church at the time, an act that is regarded as the beginning of the Protestant Reformation in Germany. This concert will feature music of the various early reformation movements, not only in Germany, but also France, the Netherlands, and England. It will also feature music of the counter reformation, the Roman church's response to the reformation. A special highlight will be the performance with orchestra of J.S. Bach's Cantata 80 which is based on Luther's famous chorale tune Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott (A Mighty Fortress is our God).

Artistic Director:

Dr. Bruce Borton

The Madrigal Choir of Binghamton, the select chamber choral ensemble founded by Anne Boyer Cotten in 1978, selected Dr. Bruce Borton as the next Artistic Director in 2011.

Selected after a 20-month search process, Dr. Borton brings a great deal of experience to the podium. He's Director of Choral activities at Binghamton University, where he's taught since 1988. For ten years prior to that, he was conducting assistant to the legendary Robert Shaw with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus. No stranger to the Madrigal Choir, Dr. Borton has sung with the group, led the singers as a guest conductor, and has served on the board of directors.

Anne Cotten didn't set out to lead a choir for 33 years. She and some friends just gathered around her dining room table to sing music they liked. After a while, they were saying "Hey, we're pretty good, we should perform!". Under Anne's leadership, the choir has premiered a new work by Alice Parker, commissioned and premiered a new piece by British composer Barry Seaman, and performed over 200 concerts in the Greater Binghamton area and beyond, including Anne's signature concert "Ceremony and Celebration for Twelfth Night." With her retirement from Broome Community College's Department of Fine and Media Arts, Anne has moved to Arizona, closer to family.

Founded in 1978 by Anne Boyer Cotten, The Madrigal Choir of Binghamton is a not-for-profit chamber choir dedicated to the art of a cappella choral performance. We perform sacred and secular works drawn from the medieval period through the present in concerts around the Binghamton, NY area.


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