Complete Series: 1
Hill Auditorium, Ann Arbor, Michigan
THE UNIVERSITY MUSICAL SOCIETY OF THE UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN
George Frederick Handel
UNIVERSITY CHORAL UNION Donald Bryant, Conductor
Kathryn Bouleyn, Soprano Claudia Catania, Contralto
Gary Glaze, Tenor John Ostendorf, Bfiss
MEMBERS OF THE UNIVERSITY SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
Nancy Hodge, Harpsichordist
Robert Clark, Organist
Friday Evening, December 1, 1978, at 8:30 Hill Auditorium, Ann Arbor, Michigan
In order that the continuity of the work be maintained, it is requested that the audience refrain from applause until the end of each part of the program.
Tenor--Comfort ye, My people, saith your God; speak ye comfortably to Jerusalem, and cry unto her, that her warfare is accomplished, that her iniquity is pardon'd. The voice of him that crieth in the wildncrness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make straight in the desert a highway for our God.
Every valley shall be exalted, and every mountain and hill made low; the crooked straight, and the rough places plain.
Chokus--And the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together; for the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it.
Bass--Thus saith the Lord of Hosts: Yet once a little while, and I will shake the heavens and the earth, the sea and the dry land; and I will shake all nations; and the desire of all nations shall come. The Lord, whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to His temple, e'en the messenger of the covenant, whom ye delight in:
behold, He shall come, saith the Lord of Hosts. But who may abide the day of His coming and who shall stand when He appeareth--For He is like a refiner's fire.
Chorus--And He shall purify the sons of Levi, that they may offer unto the Lord an offering in righteousness.
Contralto and Chorus--Behold, a virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Emmanuel: God with us. O thou that tellest good tidings to Zion, get thee up into the high mountain! Lift up thy voice with strength! Lift it up, be not afraid! Say unto the cities of Judah, Behold your God! Arise, shine, for thy light is come; and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee!
Chorus--For unto us a Child is born, unto us a son is given, and the government shall be upon His shoulder; and His name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, the Mighty God, the Everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace.
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Soprano--There were shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flocks by night. And lo! the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them, and they were sore afraid.
And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the City of David, a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.
And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying:
Chorus--Glory to God in the highest and peace on earth, good will toward men.
Soprano--Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion. Shout, O daughter of Jerusalem. Behold, thy king cometh unto thee. He is the righteous Saviour and He shall speak peace unto the heathen.
Contralto--Then shall the eyes of the blind be open'd, and the ears of the deaf unstopped. Then shall the lame man leap as an hart, and the tongue of the dumb shall sing.
Contralto and Soprano--He shall feed His flock like a shepherd, and He shall gather the lambs with His arm, and carry them in His bosom, and gently lead those that are with young. Come unto Him, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and He will give you rest. Take His yoke upon you, and learn of Him, for He is meek and'lowly of heart, and ye shall find rest unto your souls.
Chorus--His yoke is easy, His burthen is light.
Contralto--He was despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief.
He gave His back to the smiters, and His cheeks to them that plucked off the hair. He hid not His face from shame and spitting.
Chorus--Surely He hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement of our peace was upon Him.
And with His stripes are we healed.
All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the Lord hath laid on Him the iniquity of us all.
Tenor and Chorus--All they that see Him laugh Him to scorn; they shoot out their lips, and shake their heads, saying:
He trusted in God that He would deliver Him; let Him deliver Him, if He delight in Him.
Tenor--Thy rebuke hath broken His heart; He is full of heaviness. He looked for some to have pity on Him, but there was no man, neither found He any to comfort him.
Behold, and see if there be any sorrow like unto His sorrow.
He was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of Thy people was He stricken.
But Thou didst not leave His soul in hell, nor didst Thou suffer Thy Holy One to see corruption.
Chorus--The Lord gave the word; great was the company of the preachers.
Soprano--How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things.
Chorus--Their sound is gone out unto all lands, and their words unto the ends of the world.
Bass--Why do the nations so furiously rage together Why do the people imagine a vain thing The kings of the earth rise up, and the rulers take counsel together, against the Lord, and against His anointed.
Chorus--Let us break their bonds asunder, and cast away their yokes from us.
Tenor--He that dwelleth in heaven shall laugh them to scorn; the Lord shall have them in derision.
Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron; Thou shalt dash them in pieces like a potter's vessel.
Chorus and Audience--Hallelujah ! for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth.
The kingdom of this world is become the kingdom of our Lord and of His Christ; and He shall reign for ever and ever. King of Kings, and Lord of Lords.
Soprano--I know that my Redeemer liveth, and that He shall stand at the latter day upon the earth. And tho' worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God! For now is Christ risen from the dead, the first fruits of them that sleep.
Chorus--Since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.
Bass--Behold, I tell you a mystery; we shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet.
The trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.
Soprano--If God be for us who can be against us Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God's elect It is God that justifieth.
Who is he that condemneth It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is at the right hand of God, who maketh interces?sion for us.
Chorus--Worthy is the Lamb that was slain, and hath redeemed us to God by His blood, to receive power, and riches, and wis?dom, and strength, and honor, and glory, and blessing. Blessing and honor, glory and power, be unto Him that sitteth uDon the throne, and unto the Lamb forever and ever. Amen.
The University Choral Union invites the audience to join with them in singing the "Hallelujah Chorus." Unless you wish to keep it, please leave the music at the door when leaving.
OF THE ANN ARBOR
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Tuesday Eve., Dec. 16, 79.
President of the Society and Accompanist,
Mr. CALVIN B. CADY, Conductor.
The 'In,ml I'nI,,n will benaslslpd by the Ibllnwing Holo Tulrnt:
Mrs. IDA BLAKESLEE, Pianist, Mrs. E. ALLEN, Soprano, Miss MARIAN SMITH, Organist, Mh. SPEIL. Violoncellist.
A CENTURY OF MUSIC
This 100th year of the University Choral Union is an especially appropriate time to glance backward and trace the beginnings of this unique singing group. Those beginnings can perhaps best be described in the words of a man closely associated with Ann Arbor's musical activities for over sixty years--former President of the Musical Society, Charles A. Sink (b. 1879, d. 1972). The following is excerpted from an informal address given by Mr. Sink before the Washtenaw County Historical Society in 1954, and later printed in the Michigan Quarterly Review:
"In 1854, when the University was still in its infancy, it brought to Ann Arbor as head of the Department of Latin Language and Literature a very cultured gentleman from the East--Henry Simmons Frieze. Although just a young man, Mr. Frieze was a distinguished scholar, not only in his own specialty, but in related fields. He was also an accomplished amateur musician, and for twenty-five years he was the "spark plug" of Ann Arbor's musical life. At different times he served as organist or choir director in several of the churches. He often induced musicians from the East and elsewhere to stop off at Ann Arbor for some sort of musical performance in connection with his church activities. On such occasions, and at other times, he would invite music lovers to his home for a musical evening. He lived in the old stone house on Washtenaw Avenue near the intersection of Hill Street, which he built in 1858-59 and later sold to the Austin Scott family.
"Matters musical went on much in this way until the fall of 1879, twenty-five years after Professor Frieze's arrival in Ann Arbor. During that season several circumstances arose which later had an important bearing upon the history of music in the city and the University. It seems that a group of choir members in four of Ann Arbor's churches--Congregational, Methodist, Presbyterian, and Episcopal--conceived the idea of uniting to sing choruses from Handel's Messiah. They planned musical evenings in these churches in association with the respective women's societies. The first concert took place in the Congregational Church, the second in the Methodist Church, and for the third concert the Episcopalians and Presbyterians united in a performance in the Presbyterian Church. At these concerts there were usually more singers than people in the audience. Refreshments
were served by the ladies and business meetings were held.
"This group very shortly de?cided to increase their repertoire by the addition of other choral numbers. They also voted to ex?tend their membership outside of the realm of the four churches, and the organization became known as the Choral Union. Pro?fessor Frieze, of course, was an important factor in directing this policy.
"About the same time, another very cultured musician, Calvin 0. Cady, who had graduated from Oberlin College, came to Ann Arbor to teach music. Professor Frieze immediately took him in hand and gave him great encour?agement. Cady associated himself with several other musicians and opened studios known as 'The Ann Arbor School of Music' He wished to incorporate his institu?tion, but there were legal difficul?ties. Professor Frieze then sug?gested that both the Choral Union and the School of Music should become divisions of the University Musical Society, which had been organized at approxi?mately the same time, for the purpose of associating the music of the University with that of the community.
"This Society was made up of prominent members of the Uni?versity and the community. It was not a performing body, but rather a group organized to spon?sor, direct, and manage the ac?tivities of the local music pro?grams. Very shortly thereafter the University decided to offer courses in theoretical music in the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts, and Mr. Cady was invited
to accept an instructorship; thus he became musical director of the University Musical Society conductor of the Choral Union, director of the School of Music, and instructor of music in the
While various choruses from Messiah were performed for several years, the first Choral Union concert devoted entirely to Handel's oratorio took place in 1886. The Musical Society then sponsored Messiah performances sporadically until 1929, when, but for two seasons, the Choral Union Messiah became an annual fixture in Ann Arbor's musical life. The annual performance increased to two in 1946, and to three performances in 1965 to accommodate an expanding community of concert-gOcrSi
Each spring, since 1894 when the May Festival concerts were inaugurated, the University Uioral Union has performed major choral works with the Chicago Symphony (1894-1935) and the Philadelphia Orchestra since 1936. Conductors at these concerts have included Frederick Stock Gustav Hoist, Howard Hanson, Igor Stravinsky, Thor Johnson, Eugene Ormandy, Jindrich Rohan' John Pritchard, Aaron Copland, and Robert Shaw.
Membership in the Chorus, open to all by audition, now numbers in excess of three hundred and fifty singers, a blend of townspeople, University students, and faculty. The University Choral Union Conductors were: Calvin B. Cady, 1879-1888; Albert A. Stanley, 1888-1921; Earl V Moore 1922-1939; Thor Johnson, 1939-1942; Hardin Van Deursen, 1943-1947; Lester McCoy 1947-1969-Donald Bryant, 1969-.
The University Symphony Orchestra was organized by Calvin Cady, in his capacity as instructor of music in those early years, shortly after the formation of the Choral Union. The Orchestra first performed on Febuary 10, 1880, a concert which also included the second appearance of the Choral Union. Thus the School of Music, which in 1940 left the jurisdiction of the Musical Society to become an official division of the University of Michigan, will be celebrating its 100th season next year.
Activities of the Choral Union during the remainder of its 100th season are both numerous and significant:
February 24--A choral program commemorating the formal adoption of the constitution of the Musical Society on this date in 1880 will be presented by the Festival Chorus, one hundred and fifty selected singers from the larger Choral Union. A week later the Festival Chorus will travel to Egypt to present concerts, under Mr. Bryant's direction, in Cairo and Alexandria.
March 30--The Choral Union presents the world premiere of a new choral work by Gian Carlo Menotti, specially commissioned by the Musical Society for this year's celebration.
April 28--Verdi's "Manzoni" Requiem is the superb climax to this centennial season as the full Choral Union performs with the Philadelphia Orchestra and soloists, Eugene Ormandy conducting.
All three concerts are in Hill Auditorium at 8:30 p.m.
Special Sole: "Birds in Springtime," the Egyptian tapestry given to the Musical Society in honor of its 100th season, hangs in the main floor lobby for all concertgoers to view and enjoy.
THE STEARNS COLLECTION
Messiah concertgoers this weekend are cordially invited to view a display in the second-floor lobby featuring instruments from the Stearns Collection of Musical Instruments, a collection closely associated with the University Musical Society since 1899. Donated that year to the Uni?versity by Frederick A. Stearns, a Detroit pharmaceutical magnate, the Collection was then com?petently judged to be one of the two or three most important of its kind in the country. As it has continued to grow through these many years, interest in the Collection has greatly increased and its value as a teaching and research resource is becoming more evident each year.
The Collection was originally installed and housed in the University Museums Building under Francis V. Kelsey, who was both Director of Museums and President of the Musical Society, ith the construction of Hill Auditorium, the enlarged Collection was moved in 1914 to the second-floor lobby where Earl V. Moore, a student assistant later to become conductor of the Choral Union and 'first Dean of the School of Music, played a large role in setting up display cases for public viewing. A few years later Albert A. Stanley, another great figure in Musical Society history, spent much time and effort upon a catalogue of the Collection which appeared in 1918, a significant contribution to scholarship in the field. The instruments remained in Hill Auditorium until 1974 when the still-growing Collection was moved once again to a newly-acquired building on the iSortn Campus, named in honor of Frederick A. Stearns. Here the display and storage facilities are greatly improved, the instruments have the protection of climate control, and expanded visiting hours allow an increasing number of visitors. A Friends organization, established in 1977 has undertaken an active program for acquisition and restoration. Personnel from the Friends and the Collection will be in the second floor lobby to provide information and talk with viewers.
UNIVERSITY CHORAL UNION
Donald Bryant, Conductor Nancy Hodge, Accompanist Stephen Bates, Manager
Pam Armstrong Patsy Auiler Patricia Austin Melodic Blacklidge Lola Hradstreet Carol Brechemin Medina Burns Letitia Byrd Susan Campbell Maureen Casey Susan Clark Susan Courdway Elaine Cox Christine Crockett Barbara Deur Kathryn Elliot Elizabeth Engelhardt Carole ('.alias Emily Gershowilz Julie Giuliani Barbara Gockel Gladys Hanson Joanne Hoover Sylvia Jenkins Karil Kochenderfer Karol Krohn Carolyn Leyh Kathleen Lin Doris Luecke Lois Malthaner Marilyn McCallum Gay HcNally Loretta Meissner Cathy Moen Cheryl Murphy Anne Nisch Andrea Parmelee Agnes Pearson Karen Persello Sarah Raiss Mary Rumman Margaret Schilt Alice Schneider Kim Smith Charlotte Stanek Cassie St.Clair Heidi I'nger Cheryl Waldenmyer Linda Woodman Denise Zellner
Darby Anderson Christine Arnison Angie Austin Judy Barber Regina Benjamin Kathy Berry Jessica Briefer Carol Brodbcck Virginia Burr Marilyn Buss Young Cho Barbara Colwell Jane Conrad Shei'a Curran Christina Dindoffcr Frances Edwards Katharine Fielder Carol Fleeter Melissa Forbes Norma Gentile Sondra Herold Mary Hiraga
Rachel 1c Warren
Margaret Amrine Patricia Anderson Margo Angelini Martha Ause Claudia Beckwith Phyllis Bogarin Kay liohn Beth Broad Ella Brown Marion Brown Barbara Barron Alice Cambron Susan Cameron Cynthia Chang Julie Cohen Mary Crichton Christine Dailey Julie DeMay Arlene Dobberstein Ann Doyle Judith Eaton Jeanne Erickson Daisy Evans Lucy Feldkamp Amy Fick Audrey Fick Marilyn Finkbeincr Amy Flectttood Mcrian Frederick Ruth Gewanter Nancy Girbach Marilyn Glover Edith Goldman Miriam Graff Kathleen Graham Beverly Grins Debbie Halper Lesley Haney
Jane Van Bolt
Sandra Anderson Lois Aroian Marjorie Baird Dorian Bartley Eleanor Beam Carolyn Bedell Carolyn Calas Karen Coleman Joyce Delamarter Judy Friedrich Julie Garmel Lois Gucbert Mary Haab Joan Hagerty Dana Hull Kathy Klykylo Meredith Lloyd Elsie Lovelace Barbara Madsen Barbara Maes
Hugh Baker Hugh Brown Ken Burdett Glen Butterfield Tim Dombrowski Robert Domine Marshall Franke Peter Humphery Paul Lowry Robert MacGregor James McNally Robert Miller Duane Novelly Bernard Patterson Larry Reemmer Richard Schneider
Charles Benz Dick Bohlander Todd Bradley William Bronson Harold Clark John Comfort Ed Cullen
Merle i lalbraith Albert Girod Roy Glover Joseph Gradisher Donald Haworth Thomas Hmay Brady Johnson Hill Kinley Jay Klein Philip Mclcher Rick Melvoin Thomas Moga Kenneth Nisch James Priore Robert Reizner Phillip Rogers Michael Rubin Nicolas Williams Dennis Zoenger
Robert Andres Richard Andrews Tim Armstrong Mark Avenmarg Barry Babok Joel Beam Marion Beam Kent Berke Gary Blacklidge Dean Bodley Harry Bowen John Brueger Charles Burr John Conroy Gerald Creason Richard Dargis Peter DeHart George Dental Edward DeVol Curtis Dyck Thomas Farrell Greg Flynn Thomas Flynn Dave Gitterman Thomas Hagerty Jon Hosier K. John Jarrett
Klair Kissel Charles Liang William Liefert William Ling Lawrence Lohr Richard Meader Robert Meader Sol Metz Wayne Morrow Richard Nicholson Steven Olson Kent Overby Dennis Powers J. Raymond Pearson Jonathan Penn Bradley Pritts Richard Rector David Schmidt Bill Stolkel Richard Stock Richard Straub Wade Sutton Chris L'chrin David Varner Robert Vonderhaar Thomas Wang
Victor Abdella Gabriel Chin Lowell Fisher Tom Hadfield Robert Hall Charles Lehmann David Matthews Michael McCarthy John Mclntire Alfred Meyer Thomas Rieke Raymond Schankin Wallace Schonschack Mark Sebastian Vergil Slee Robert Stawski Kevin Stewart Terrill Tompkins John Van Bolt Robert Ziola
MEMBERS OF THE UNIVERSITY SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Gustav Meier, Director
David Gable, concertmaster
Alison Neufeld, principal Rick Schwabe Cynthia Stutt Hal Grossman Camille Ameriguian Kirsi Perttuli Klizabeth Child Susan Shipley
Margaret Lang, principal
Luis Biava, principal I.cnnie LaGuire Mark Brandfonbrener Young Sook Lee Laura Sicgel David Moulton
Tim Meyer, principal Jan Thorwaldsen David Crandall Michelle Robinson
Margaret Heifer James Johnston
Roger Muki Jennifer Kelley
John Shuler John Eick
Timpani Matt Barber
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