Temple Israel will hold the concert “Music of Violinsky: Binghamton’s Eccentric Genius of Violin and Piano” on Saturday, October 29, at 7 pm. Theresa Lee Whiting and the Women’s Trio of the Binghamton Madrigal Choir, accompanied by Jean Henssler, will perform. Also included will be a brief presentation of the life of Violinsky, telling of how he found his way from Binghamton to vaudeville. The event is free of charge and light refreshments will be served. For more information, contact 607-723-7461.
“Come hear the songs of Binghamton’s native Jewish star of Vaudeville,” said organizers of the event. “The performers will tell the fantastic story about how the son of Binghamton’s first rabbi, Louis Ginsberg, became the great Violinsky – a famous vaudeville performer and songwriter.”
Whiting has appeared at many venues, including Temple Concord as part of First Friday, and the Roberson Museum and Science Center, where she presented on “Ragtime and Vaudeville in Early 20th Century Binghamton.” The Madrigal Choir has been singing in Binghamton for more than 40 years.
“Rooted in a cappella music, the 45-voice auditioned choir, led by Dr. Bruce Borton, performs music from Palestrina and Gesualdo to Lauridsen and Whitacre for a faithful audience of all ages,” organizers said. “The Madrigal Choir performs a variety of styles from medieval chant to Broadway, in languages ranging from Latin to Mandarin!”