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Alex Binkley

Music Writer


A musical afternoon in paradisum

The Capital Chamber Choir and the Thirteen Strings Chamber Orchestra teamed up to present a concert at St. Joseph’s Church on May 1 that felt like a church service set entirely to music. The title of the concert and the opening presentation by the Choir was In Paradisum, an Eriks Esenvalds composition which means “In […]

Music for the season

There are undoubtedly many ways to celebrate the arrival of spring with music. The Divertimento Orchestra delivered an enjoyable and inspiring tribute to the end of winter at its final concert of the season April 22 and 23. It opened with Gaetano Donizetti’s Overture to Don Pasquale, a short piece that frequently changes tone and […]

A taste of Eastern European folk music

Except for the Hungarian Dance No. 5 by Johannes Brahms they played as an encore, the music that Carissa Klopoushak, Alexandru Sura and Thibault Bertin-Maghit presented at MacKay United Church on March 18 had a familiar-sounding ring to it. That’s because the folk music of the Ukraine and Romania the trio draw on influenced many […]

Music for good causes with Divertimento Orchestra

Music from movies and vintage stage productions highlighted the Divertimento Orchestra’s 2016 Pops Concert with two local charities benefiting from the full houses Feb. 5-6. The audiences were treated to a sampling of John Williams’ compositions for the Harry Potter movies and the soundtrack for Pirates of the Caribbean, written by Klaus Badelt. As featured was […]