UMS Concert Program, June 26, 1976: The Festival Chorus Of The University Choral Union -- Donald Bryant
Concert: Special Bicentennial
Complete Series: 4O04
Hill Auditorium, Ann Arbor, Michigan
The University Musical Society BBSS
The University of Michigan
The Festival Chorus
of The University Choral Union
DONALD BRYANT, Conductor
Saturday Evening, June 26, 1976, at 8:30 Hill Auditorium, Ann Arbor, Michigan
"God of our Fathers, whose Almighty Hand" . . . George William Warren
This processional hymn was written for the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence in 1876. The author of the text was an Episcopal rector in Brandon, Vermont. Warren, composer of the tune, "National Hymn," was organist at St. Thomas Episcopal Church in New York City from 1870 to 1900.
Ascendit Deus............Jacobus Gallus
God goes up on high with merry noise and shouting, hallelujah, hallelujah; (1550--1591) And Christ the Lord with sound of trumpet, hallelujah, hallelujah !
Super flumina Babylonis.....Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina
"Upon the rivers of Babylon there we sat and wept, (1525--1594)
when we remembered Thee, O Sion ! On the willows in the midst thereof, we hung up our instruments."--Psalm 136
Cantate Domino............Giuseppe Pitoni
O sing ye to the Lord, sing ye a new song, (16571743 )
O praise Him in the company of His saints. Let all of Israel rejoice now in Him who made all,
the sons of all Zion, and daughters of Zion, Be joyful, be joyful, and praise God on high.
"Life Triumphant," for Chorus, Flutes, and Brasses . . . Normand Lockwood
(1906 ) Dedicated to the memory of Thor Johnson (19131975)
Prelude (Flutes and Brasses).
Fricdberg (Unaccompanied Chorus). An arrangement of the hymn by Reverend Herbert B. Johnson (1920) ; tune by Marian Johnson Johns (1966)--(father and sister of Thor Johnson).
Requiem (Brasses; Choral Amen). Tune by Sir Joseph Barnby (1869).
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My comrade! (Chorus, Flutes and Brasses). Text selected from "Starting from Paumanock" by Walt Whitman.
Ground (Chorus, Flutes and Brasses). "Ye depths of God's infinite love"--text selected from A Col?lection of Hymns for the United Brethren (Philadelphia, 1813).
Gaudeamus pariter (Chorus, Flutes and Brasses). "Join we all with one accord"--hymn from The Hymnal of the Moravian Church; tunes by John Home (1544) and Hans Leo Hassler (1601) ; arr. Lockwood.
What is the grass (Chorus, Flutes and Brasses). Text selected from "Song of Myself" by Walt Whitman.
Interlude (Flutes and Horns).
Fanfare (Trumpets and Trombones). Free adaptation of a hymn tune by Bishop Christian Gregor, from ChoraleBuch (Leipzig, 1784).
Sing hallelujah (Chorus, Flutes and Brasses). Hymn by John Swertner (1798); tune by John C. Bechler, from The Hymnal of the Moravian Church; arr. Lockwood.
Normand Lockwood, whose most recent choral composition is being premiered this evening, was born in 1906 and formerly made his home in Ann Arbor. He received his early training at the University of Michigan School of Music, later studying with the Italian composer, Ottorino Respighi, in Rome, and Nadia Boulanger, in Paris. He has held teaching positions at Oberlin College, Columbia and Yale Universities, Union Theological Seminary, Trinity University (San Antonio), and the Universities of Oregon and Hawaii. He is the recipient of many commissions and honors including the Prix de Rome, Guggenheim Fellowship, Award in Music of the National Institute of Arts and Letters, and the Governor's Award of the State of Colorado. He is currently composerinresidence, Professor Emeritus, at the University of Denver.
The work we hear this evening was specially commissioned by the University Musical Society for performance during this Bicentennial year. "Life Triumphant," for mixed chorus, flutes, and brass ensemble, was written in memory of and dedicated to the late Thor Johnson, who for thirty years was guest conductor of the University Choral Union at the May Festivals, and a member of the Board of Directors of the University Musical Society. An earlier work by Lockwood, "Prairie," for chorus and orchestra, was commissioned by Dr. Johnson and premiered under his direction at the 1953 May Festival.
Psalm of Joy (excerpts).....compiled by Johann Friedrich Peter
(17461813) Make a joyful noise (Graun) O rest that softly cometh (KcllnerGregor) That in this our land (Gregor) Praise, O Jerusalem, the Lord (BrauGeisler) Hallelujah without ceasing! (anonymous)
The first official Fourth of July celebration was held on July 4, 1783, in Salem (now WinstonSalem), North Carolina, a tiny village inhabited by 180 members of the Moravian faith. The celebration took the form of "A Solemn Day of Thanksgiving for the Restoration of Peace," with three observances on that day, all planned by Johann Friedrich Peter, the pastor, schoolteacher, and musical director for the village. With less than two weeks preparation time, Peter collected suitable anthems from the town music library, wrote new chorale texts appropriate to the day, rehearsed the singers and players, and led the performance. He then wrote the full account of the event in the official town diary, recording every detail of the day from the first sounds of the Brass Choir waking the village at dawn to the Benediction that sent people home through the twilight.
The most elaborate musical program of the day was the Psalm of Joy. For this pacifist Moravian community, the key to the Psalm was its text; there is no praise of heroes on the battlefield, only rejoicing for the restoration of peace. After the celebration, life went on as usual in Old Salem, and the music and texts were largely forgotten with the passing of time. Recently, after much diligent research by the Moravian Music Foundation, the cantata was reassembled and performed again on July 4, 1966, in Old Salem, where it has been performed each year since then.
Mr. Bryant conducting from the piano
Gott im Ungewitter (God in the Storm)......Franz Schubert
Thou fearful one, who can stand before You in Your thunder (17971828)
The Lord is great, why do we spite Him
He beckons and we pass out.
He clothes Himself in the black night and the people tremble.
A winged death waits around His fearful'throne.
Glowing redly His hand throws lightning from the dark heights.
Thunder crashes down on the land in a sea of fire,
so that even the firm ground of earth shakes from the anger
of the thunder and all that lives on it and in its depths. Trembling nature recognizes the Lord and His arm,
so that all around Heaven and earth burn. Who shall protect me--mortal one--me--dust--if He who is in
Heaven and picks worlds like dry leaves does not protect me We have a God full of grace. Even when He appears angry, He rules with protective patience.
Friend of great persons.
Gott der Weltschopfer (God the Creator)......Franz Schubert
Fly up to God above all the spheres,
sing unto the Eternal One, a joyful song. He ordered the void to give birth and His allpowerful word
From all creatures praise is given to Him, the source of all being. In Heaven and earth praise to His wise power. Fly up to God, my song.
Chor der Engel (Chorus of Angels).......Franz Schubert
Christ is arisen. Joy be to mortal men.
My Lord, What a Mornin'........arr. Donald Bryant
Same Train............arr. Robert Shaw
Deep River............arr. Donald Bryant
Roll, Chariot, Roll...........arr. Noble Cain
Choral Selections from Porgy and Bess......George Gershwin
This worldwide favorite American folkopera was written during a fourmonth period in 1934, eight years after Gershwin had read and was profoundly moved by DuBose Heyward's novel, Porgy. The Catfish Row of Heyward's story had a reallife counterpart: Cabbage Row in Charleston, South Carolina, a neighborhood of dilapidated buildings surrounding a courtyard, providing the locale for this warm yet powerful basic human story.
Ironically, Porgy and Bess was not an immediate success, quietly closing after only 124 per?formances. A fastermoving version was revived on New York's Broadway seven years later, in 1942, and was a huge success. The rest is history--Porgy and Bess has traveled the world, playing to millions. Unfortunately, Gershwin did not live to see any of this belated success. He died in 1937 at the age of thirtyeight of a brain tumor.
THE FESTIVAL CHORUS
Donald Bryant, Conductor and Pianist
Nancy Hodge, Rehearsal Accompanist Robert Johnson, Manager
First Sopranos Letitia Byrd Elaine Cox Phyllis Denner Gladys Hanson Joann Hoover Sylvia Jenkins Ann Keeler Cathy Keresztesi Carolyn Leyh Doris Luecke Loretta Meissner Karwyn Rigan Alice Schneider Alane Simons Mary Ann Sincock Beth Smeltekop Joanne Westman
Second Sopranos Kathy Berry Joyce Bleby Doris Datsko Tina Datsko Sheryl Halsey Mary Hiraga Alice Horning
Patricia Klettke Frances Lyman Karen Myhrc Susan Petcoff Sara Peth Eleanor Overdeck Sue Schluederberg Patricia Tompkins Rachelle Warren Judith Weber Christine Wendt
First Altos Martha Ausc Alice Cambron Lael Cappaert Meredy Gockel Kathy Greene Janice Johnson Nancy Karp Nancy Keppelman Geraldinc Koupal Joan Mclntire I.ois Nelson Susan Nevins Lydia Partlow
Anita Scherzer Charlotte Wolfe
Second Altos Marjorie Baird Mary Crichton Sandra Festian Mary Haab Joan Hagerty Dana Hull Kathy Klykylo Elsie Lovelace Linda Ray Beverly Roeger Carol Spencer Marian Vassar
First Tenors Marshall Grimm Larry Holcomb Paul Lowry Robert MacGregor Dennis Mitchell Dennis Rigan Rockwell Scherzer Marc Setzer
Second Tenors Peter Bleby Albert Girod Donald Haworth Thomas Hmay Robert Johnson Dwight Klettke
First Basses Viktors Berstis Robert Damashek Thomas Hagerty Edgar Hamilton Klair Kissel Steven Olson Dennis Powers Riley Williams
Second Basses John Mclntire Richard Munsen Philip Pierson Raymond Schankin Wallace Schonschack Thomas Sommerfeld Robert Strozier Terril Tompkins
Ronald Copes Rico McNeela Alison Xeufcld Karen Medhus
Michelle Makarski Roderick Bieber Laura Mock Barbara Whale
Patricia Dabbs Davin Pierson Gail VanAernum
Doublf Bass Clark Suttle
Flutes Robin Kani Deborah Hanson
Trumpets Melvin Harsh Cheryl Waldenmyer
Trombones Marshall Drown Michael Daniclson
With this special concert, the Festival Chorus begins its seventh season in a most unique and ambitious way--on June 30, seventyone singers of the Chorus will depart for a threeweek concert tour of Europe, presenting eight concerts in the cities of Prague, Vienna, Venice, Bad Hersfeld, Tubingen, and in Chartres Cathedral near Paris. A sampling of their larger repertoire is heard this evening, with the European tour emphasis to be on works uniquely American in honor of our nation's Bicentennial Celebration.
While in Tubingen, Chorus members will enjoy the hospitality of Ann Arbor's sistercity residents and will be assisted in their concert by the Tubingen Chamber Orchestra. As a special Bicentennial exchange, the Tubingen Chamber Orchestra, under the direction of Mr. Helmut Calgeer, is making a threeweek tour in the United States, which will conclude with a concert in Ann Arbor on Friday, July 9, at 8:00, in Rackham Auditorium. Their appearance is under the sponsorship of the UM School of Music, and the public is cordially invited to attend, admission complimentary.
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