Hill Auditorium, Ann Arbor, Michigan
THE UNIVERSITY MUSICAL SOCIETY OF THE UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN
THE FESTIVAL CHORUS DONALD BRYANT, Conductor
Nancy Hodge, Pianist Marilyn van der Velde, Organist Sally Carpenter, Contralto
Sunday Afternoon, February 14, 1982, at 4:00 Hill Auditorium, Ann Arbor, Michigan
Ascendit Deus ........................ Gallus
Super flumina Babylonis ................. Palestrina
Three Coronation Anthems .................. Handel
Zadok The Priest The King Shall Rejoice Let Thy Hand Be Strengthened
Sally Carpenter, soloist, with women's voices
Toast pour le nouvel an..................Rossini
La Passegiata ....................... Rossini
Two Negro Spirituals ............ arr. Donald Bryant
My Lord What a Mornin' Deep River
On Angels (Czeslaw Milosz)..................Bryant
An Hour (Czeslaw Milosz) .................. Bryant
Antithin (Sandor Weores) .................. Bryant
The songs by Donald Bryant, set to the poetry of Hungarian Weores and Polish Nohel Laureate Milosz3 were commissioned by the U-M's Center for Russian and East European Studies and premiered by The Festival Chorus during the Center's "Cross Currents" Festival in May 1981.
Forty-sixth Concert of the 103rd Season
Founders Day Concert
TEXTS AND TRANSLATIONS
Asoendit Deus by Gallus--God goes up on high with merry noise and shouting, hallelujah; and Christ the Lord with sound of trumpet, hallelujah!
Super flumina Babylonis by Palestrina--Upon the rivers of Babylon there we sat and wept, when we remembered Thee, 0 Sion! On the willows in the midst thereof, we hung up our harps. --Psalm 136
Anthems for the Coronation of King George II, 1727, by Handel:
Zadok the Priest and Nathan the Prophet, anointed Solomon king. And all people rejoiced and said, God save the king; long live the king; may the king live forever. Amen. Alleluia. --I Kings 1
The king shall rejoice in thy strength, 0 Lord. Exceeding glad shall he be of thy salvation. Glory and great worship hast thou laid upon him. Thou has presented him with the blessings of goodness, and hast set a crown of pure gold upon his head. Alleluia. --Psalm 31
Let thy hand be strengthened, and thy right hand be exalted. Let justice and judgment be the preparation of thy seat; Let mercy and truth go before thy face. Alleluia. --Psalm 89
Three Songs by Rossini:
I Gondolieri (The Gondoliers)--Sail on, under a fast sky, beautiful is the resplendent sky. The moon is without a veil, without tempest the sea. To row, to rest upon the expanse of water, to the gondolier is given among good things the best. Sail on. No matter if the sun is brilliant, or sad appears the moon; always on the lagoon the gondolier is king.
Toast pour le nouvel an (Toast for New Year's Day)--On this day so sweet, everyone to the rendezvous, let the New Year be feted by us! Pleasures, songs, gifts, candy, hurry, boys and girls. Friendship, tender love, each in turn will celebrate this fine day's return. With joyful feasts, young hearts, old wines, isn't this heavenly happiness Yes, for us all, it's the image of heaven. Companions, in long draughts, drink! 0 Virgin mother, look favorably on us, guard on earth our blessed sons! On this day so sweet... Tra la la la la; Let champagne foaming, sparkling, froth, true happiness is there. Companions, without fuss pull out the corks, empty the bottles, feast, clink glasses! To the New Year, clink glasses!
La Passegiata (The Promenade)--As long as the sky is serene, limpid and quiet the wave; let us sail from shore to shore, love will guide us. To the wave, to the air, to the flowers, we will speak of love, and the beating of the heart will answer for them. But heaven! Already the wind is whistling, the lagoon is foaming. Quick! Rapidly we move the feet! Ah no! The moon appears, it was only a vain fear; in such a laughing land, let us sing. Behold, the sky is serene, it was only a vain fear. Yes, let us sing.
Three Songs by Donald Bryant:
On Angels--All was taken away from you, white dresses, wings, even existence, yet I believe you, messengers. There, where the world is turned inside out, a heavy fabric embroidered with stars and beasts, you stroll inspecting the trustworthy seams. Short is your stay here, now and then at a matinal hour if the sky is clear in a melody repeated by a bird or in the smell of apples at the close of day when the light makes the orchard magic. They say someone has invented you, but to me this does not sound convincing, for humans invented themselves as well. The voice, no doubt it is a valid proof as it can belong only to radiant creatures, weightless and winged (after all, why not), girdled with the lightning. I have heard that voice many a time when asleep and, what is strange, I understood, more or less, an order or an appeal in an un?earthly tongue: day draws near, another one, do what you can...
An Hour--Leaves glowing in the sun, zealous hum of bumblebees. From afar, from somewhere beyond the river echos of lingering voices, and the unhurried sounds of a hammer gave joy not only to me. Before the five senses were opened and earlier than any beginning. They waited, ready for all those who would call themselves mortals so that they might praise, as I do, life, that is, happiness.
Antithin--At last it has leaked out! Thin men are the cause of every?thing. They wait in ambush on street corners, and if an old woman comes by they don't even greet her. They are more concerned with exchanging their straw hats for lottery tickets and with naturalizing crocodiles in the waters of Europe so that everywhere, there would be no safety. They always begin their fishy deals in their beds at dawn, and afterwards go to the street, some work in offices, others ostensibly are waiters or locksmiths. They all disguise themselves, but their true trade is thinness. At last it has leaked out, thin men, et cetera, et cetera, et cetera...
The first preliminary meeting for the organization of the University Musical Society was held on this day, February 14, in 1880 -a meeting called by Henry Simmons Frieze who had arrived at the U-M in 1854 as Professor of Latin Language and Literature. Those present were nine members of the Choral Union, a newly-organized choral group which began giving concerts in the fall of 1879. At that meeting a committee was charged with drafting a constitution for the fledgling organization. The committee presented its report on February 24, when the formal con?stitution was adopted and "The University Musical Society" came into being. Professor Frieze served as its first President. We pay tribute this afternoon to these founders.
THE FESTIVAL CHORUS
Holly Boundy Letitia Byrd Susan Campbell Beth Duncan Ann Holz Sylvia Jenkins June Krebs Rebecca Kress Carolyn Leyh Doris Luecke Loretta Meissner Linda Mickelson Margaret Nesse Karwyn Rigan Alice Schneider Mary Ann Sincock Margie Warrick Joanne Westman
Harriet Bell Doris Datsko Alice Horning Mary Loewen Kim Mackenzie Linda Munoz Karen Myhre Barbara Nordman Eleanor Overdeck Virginia Reese Carolyn Richards Suzanne Schluederberg Marcia Stalvey Barbara Wallgren Rachelle Warren Christine Wendt Kathleen Young
Sandra Anderson Rosalyn Biederman Kathlyn Boyer Ella Brown Marion Brown Lael Cappaert Jari Carver Cheryl Cox Carol Hurwitz Gretchen Jackson Marta Johnson Olga Johnson Nancy Karp Geraldine Koupal JoEllen Mahs Barbara McCann Anne Merenda Lois Nelson Kathleen Nolff Cathy Selvius-DeRoo Georgiana Swinford Helen Thornton Charlotte Wolfe
Marjorie Baird Carol Carpenter Sally Carpenter Mary Haab Dana Hull Elsie Lovelace Susan Nisbett Beverly Roeger Kathryn Stebbins Margaret Thompson
David Boundy Hugh Brown Tim Dombrowski Paul Lowry Robert MacGregor Dennis Rigan
William Bronson John Comfort Albert Girod Donald Haworth Jay Klein James Priore Carl Smith David Woods
Richard Bachmann Thomas Cox Thomas Hagerty Klair Kissel Charles Lovelace Sol Metz James Schneider Donald Williams
Bruce Dicey John Dietrich John Dunkelberger Michael Migliore John Van Bolt
Manager Stephen Bates
Trumpets: Richard Chasin, Patrick Reynolds, Fernando Pullum Trombones: Daniel Saylor, Laurie Penpraze, Mark Scatterday