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UMS Concert Program, December 4, 1983: Messiah -- George Frederick Handel

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Season: 105th
Concert: Twentieth
Hill Auditorium, Ann Arbor, Michigan

George Frederick Handel
Kathryn Bouleyn, Soprano Joseph Evans, Tenor John Ferrante, Countertenor Jay Willoughby, Bass
UNIVERSITY SYMPHONY AND PHILHARMONIA ORCHESTRA MEMBERS Nancy Hodge, Harpsichordist Marilyn van der Velde, Organist
Sunday Afternoon, December 4, 1983 at 2:30 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 cricth in the wilderness, 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.
Chorus: 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 messen?ger of the covenant, whom ye delight in: be?hold, 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.
Countertenor and Chorus: Behold, a virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Emmanuel: God with us. O thou that tcllest good tidings to Zion, get thec 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 flock 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. Be?hold, thy king cometh unto thee. He is the righteous Savior and He shall speak peace unto the heathen.
Countertenor: Then shall the eyes of the blind be open'd, and the cars of the deaf unstopped. Then shall the lame man leap as an hart, and the tongue of the dumb shall sing.
Countertenor 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 burden is light.
Countertenor: 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 in?iquities; the chastisement of our peace was upon Him.
And with His stripes we are 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: All they that see Him laugh Him to scorn: they shoot out their lips, and shake their heads, saying:
Chorus: 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: Lift up your heads, O ye gates; and be ye lift up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in. Who is this King of glory The Lord strong and mighty, the Lord mighty in battle. Who is this King of glory The Lord of hosts, He is the King of glory.
The Lord gave the word; great was the com?pany of the preachers.
Soprano: How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things.
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 dwellcth 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 anything to the charge of God's elect It is God that justificth. 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 makes intercession 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 wisdom, and strength, and honor, and glory, and blessing. Blessing and honor, glory and power, be unto Him that sitteth upon 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.
About the Soloists
Kathryn Bouleyn is equally distinguished as an oratorio, opera, and concert performer, appearing with major opera companies, orchestras, and at music festivals throughout the United States and in Europe. She has sung with the orchestras of Cleveland, Philadelphia, and Minnesota; the symphonies of Boston, St. Louis, Detroit, Pittsburgh, Memphis, and Oakland; the New York Philharmonic, the National Symphony, the National Arts Center Orchestra in Ottawa, and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra. Her festival participations include Tanglewood, Saratoga Springs, Same Fe, Mostly Mozart, Caramoor, Wolf Trap, Marlboro, and Spolcto (both U.S. and Italy). She has sung on opera stages in Houston, Washington, Central City, San Diego, Miami, St. Louis, San Francisco, and the New York City Opera, and in Europe with the Strasbourg and Netherlands companies. In Ann Arbor, Miss Bouleyn has sung in the Musical Society's Messiah concerts of 1976, 77, and 78.
John Ferrante's participation in these concerts exemplifies a long tradition which Handel himself often followed when conducting his Messiah performances -that of the adult male voice singing in the contralto range. This voice, called the countertenor, can be trained by cultivating the falsetto of the male voice, which is, in essence, the boy's voice in both range and quality. The countertenor is frequently used in English cathedral choirs, where it is also known as the male alto.
Mr. Ferrante is one of the outstanding countertenors of our day. His versatility takes him from a Bach oratorio to the comic concerts of P. D. Q. Bach (in which he first appeared in Ann Arbor in 1976), and to the operatic stage in such roles as Baba the Turk in Stravinsky's The Rake's Progress. His professional credits are extensive, starting with his debut in New York with the New York Pro Musica, followed by appearances with the Boston, Baltimore, and Hollywood Bowl Symphonies, and the New Orleans Philharmonic. He has performed with the opera companies of Houston, Central City, Atlanta, Washington, Boston, and in Europe with the Brussels National Opera. Mr. Ferrante was the founding countertenor of the famed Abbey Singers Quintet and sang with that ensemble for eleven seasons. He has recorded with the Abbey Singers and New York Pro Musica, as well as a Carmina Burana and the P.D.Q. Bach series. On Broadway he has appeared with Burt Lancaster in the revival of Knickerbocker Holiday, playing the role of the Town Crier, Corlear, a role especially tailored for his four-octave singing range.
Joseph Evans is making his third successive appearance in our Messiah concerts. Other activities of his current season include starring roles in Mozart's Don Giovanni with the Cleveland Opera, Bizet's Carmen with the Colorado Opera Festival, Rossini's The Barber of Seville with the Hawaii Opera Theatre, and Floyd's Susannah with the Chattanooga Opera Association. He is also featured in productions ofboth the New York City Opera and Opera Company of Boston. In concert, he returns to the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra for performances of Messiah and Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, both conducted by Julius Rudel. Orchestral engagements include performances with Leonard Bernstein and the New York Philharmonic, Lukas Foss and the Brooklyn Philharmonic, and with the orchestras of Pittsburgh, Atlanta, Indianapolis, and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra.
Jay Willoughby, who makes his Ann Arbor debut at these concerts, studied voice at Indiana University and spent some time in the business world before pursuing an international singing career. His repertoire includes such works as Bach's B-minor Mass and St. John Passion, Handel's Messiah and Israel in Egypt, Bloch's Sacred Service, Mendelssohn's Elijah, Orffs Carmina Burana, Walton's Belshazzar's Feast, Poulenc's Le Bal Masque, and the Brahms Requiem. A superb singing actor, Mr. Willoughby made his New York City Opera debut in 1981 in a new production of Weber's Der Freischiitz. He has made a specialty of the role of Rigoletto, singing it not only in Italian but in four different English translations, most recently in the new Andrew Porter translation with the Seattle Opera. In addition to an extensive operatic repertoire, he also excels in musical theater roles. Mr. Willoughby's interest in contemporary music led him to organize and participate in a 100th birthday salute to Charles Ives, a 17-hour marathon of 141 Ives songs.
Gustav Meier, Director
First Violins
Christopher Pulgram
Concerlmaster Mark Agnor Thomas Cappadona Jocelyn Gcrtcl Grazyana Hcrtcr Susan Katsarelis Jacquelyn Lee Stcphanus Schocmann Bruce Skclton Pamela Starrct
Second Violins Bonita Becker
Margaret Humphrey Jeffrey Nelson
Cynthia Ottc Betsy Thai Chin Sing Wang Amy Wright Hsiu-Hsiang Yang
Violas Cynthia Phelps
Principal Barbara Corbato Steffi Gurtner Katherine Kliemann John Madison Victoria Miskolczy
Lynn Pcithman Principal
Laura Bird Justine Foy Karen Krummel Theodore Weber James Wilson
Double Basses
Charles Tomlinson
Michael Crawford Arthur Marks Mark Wright
Adriana DalPra
Vicky Velich
Bassoon Stephen Wisner
Kevin Wauldron
Charles Lea
Timpani Pat Fisher
Orchestra Manager Charles Thomas
Donald Buyant, Conductor
Nancy Hodge, Accompatiist
Stephen Bates, Manager Beth Lipson, Assistant Manager
First Sopranos Mary Ellen Auch Patsy Auiler Jennifer Ause Lola Bradstrcct Suanna Breed Letitia Byrd Susan Campbell Stephanie Cowley Elaine Cox Cheryl Cunningham Kathryn Elliott Lisa Fishbaugh Barbara Gockcl Nanette Hagen Ann Hanscn Kathryn Hubbs Sylvia Jenkins Ingrid Johnson Mary Johnson June Krebs Kathleen Lin Doris Lucckc Gay McNally Lorctta Mcissncr Heidi Nciswender Anne Nisch Loretta Poisson Marilyn Ratliff Mattie Rhodes Linda Sanchie-
Claunch Alice Schneider Marie Schneider Caryn Spieman Charlotte Stanek Cassic St. Clair Lynn Tarrant Susan Topol Margaret Warrick Karen Woollams Marilee Woodvvorth
Second Sopranos
Darby Anderson Kathryn Berry Marilyn Buss Virginia Burr Barbara Carron Young Cho Claire Conrad Jane Covcnt Lorna Danz Ann Dills
Barbara Dombrowski Ellen Ferguson Deborah Forbes Anita Goldstein Karen Grassmuck Nancy Hancock Kim Richardson
Melissa Holladay Lee Ann Jackson Jacquelyn Karr
Ann Kuelbs Sharon Leftridge Judith Lchmann Mary Locwcn Kim Mackenzie Karen Myhre Marion Neiswender Sara Pcth Elaine Sargous Ann Schebor Judy Schwab Rachel Shcfncr Marcy Stalvey Elizabeth Stewart-Robinson Patricia Tompkins Jill VanDcttc Barbara Wallgren Emily Weber Kathleen Young
First Altos Yvonne Allen Jennifer Applebcrry Martha Ause Rosalyn Biederman Phyllis Bogarin Kay Sheridan Bohn Kathlyn Boyer Marion Brown Lael Cappaert Heidi Champney Ellen Collarini Cheryl Cox Mary Crichton Angeleen Dahl Jacqueline Delcvie Arlenc Dobbcrstein Carolyn Ehrlich Daisy Evans Ann Eward Marilyn Finkbcincr Ruth Gewanter Georgia Hartman Virginia Hmay Nancy Houk Carol Hurwitz Grctchcn Jackson Marta Johnson Olga Johnson Nancy Karp Rosemary Lewis Frances Lyman Bernice McCoy Tamber McPike Marian Miner Jean Morgan Lois Nelson Kathleen Nolff Arlenc Penning Linda Sue Sicbert Beth Slec Debora Slee Jari Smith Laura Smith
Christine Tait Helen Thornton Stacy Upton Jane VanBolt Jennifer Wallace Suzanne Williams Charlotte Wolfe-Bobbie Wooding
Second Altos Anne Abbrecht Sandra Anderson Marjorie Baird Eleanor Beam Alice Dobson Andrea Foote Lois Gucbert Mary Haab Linda Howcll Susan Jolly Kathenne Klykylo Elsie Lovelace Barbara Macs Barbara McCann Luclla Miller Margot Moore Rosalind Murphy Karen Nowak Mary Peterson Mary Price Mary Quade Joan Roth Wendy Rotz Margaret Sharcmet Marilyn Siegcl Carol Spencer Kathryn Stebbins Cynthia Urbytes Marian Vassar Alice Warsinski Helen Welford
First Tenors Charles Cowley Timothy Dombrowski Robert Domine Joseph Kubis Robert Lewis Paul Lowry Robert MacGregor James McNally Duane Novelly Bernard Patterson Frederick Schcbor
Second Tenors John Bulmer Harold Clark David Cone Kerwood Crutchficld Gary Gaticn Albert Girod Donald Haworth
Thomas Hmay Wayne Klug Michael Kopke Kenneth Nisch Kenneth Price Carl Smith Robert Stone Gary Ward Christopher White
First Basses William Abramson Robert Andres Marion Beam Richard Bachmann John Brucger Mark Carter Thomas Cox Robert Dills Phillip Dinehart James Ellenberger Don Francocur Thomas Hagerty William Hale John Hiraga Weng Hce Ho Martin Jean David Jelneck Marshall Jorgcnscn Paul Kaczmarck Daniel Kaller Klair Kissel Lawrence Lohr Sol Mctz Bradley Pritts Walter Roberts James Schneider John Sepp John Sonego Warren Stclzcr Richard Stock Albert Vegter Donald Williams
Secotid Basses Harry Bowen Charles Breed Bruce Dicey John Dunkelbergcr Alan Estes Lowell Fisher David Harari James Lecge Charles Lehmann William Liefert Bruce McCuaig Michael Migliore Robert Owens John Plant Raymond Schankin Robert Shellenbergcr Vergil Slee Robert Strozier Terril Tompkins John VanBolt
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