2014-2015 season: "And So We Sing..."
37th Season

2014 – 2015

How can I keep from singing?

Sunday, October 19, 2014. 3pm
United Presbyterian Church, 42 Chenango Street, Binghamton

Featured Artist: Jean Henssler, piano

Our first concert deals with the many ways and reasons singing surrounds us in our lives. Taking our theme from the words of the old Shaker hymn which provides our concert title, it includes settings of texts about singing from Renaissance madrigals to contemporary part songs. Singing comforts us, inspires us, and occasionally even encourages us to part with our money as you will hear in some early street cries – the commercial jingles of an age before mass media. For fun, we will also include songs of the animal kingdom –birds, mammals, and insects. We will close with songs expressing great ideas of peace, hope, and fortitude.

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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