UMS Concert Program, July 24, 1984: Ann Arbor Summer Festival -- The Northwood Orchestra
Power Center For The Performing Arts Ann Arbor, Michigan
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The Northwood Orchestra
DON JAEGER Music Director and Conductor
Ann Arbor Summer Festival Chorus
Donald Bryant, Music Director and Conductor James Westwater, Multimedia Artist
Tuesday Evening, July 24, 1984, at 8:00
Power Center for the Performing Arts
Ann Arbor, Michigan
Selections from the Celebrated "Water Music" .................George Frideric Handel
Symphony No. 1 in C major .........................................Georges Bizet
Allegro vivo Allegro vivace
Adagio Allegro vivace
"Death's Echo" (poetry by W. H. Auden).............................Donald Bryant
(b. 1918) Premiere performance--commissioned by the University Musical Society
Ann Arbor Summer Festival Chorus and Double Quartet Donald Bryant, Conducting
Symphonic Movement ("Blumine")...................................Gustav Mahler
"The Wilderness Suite"....................................music by Aaron Copland
(b. 1900) A threescreen photographic presentation by James Westwater
The Rocky Mountains (music excerpt from The Tender Land) The Grand Canyon (music excerpt from The Red Pony) The Cascade Range (music excerpt from The Tender Land)
"Stomp Your Foot" and "The Promise of Living"
from The Tender Land...............................................Copland
Ann Arbor Summer Festival Chorus This concert is made possible, in part, by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Northwood Institute.
A poem by W. H. Auden
Set to music by Donald Bryant
Commissioned by the University Musical Society for the 1984 Summer Festival
The composer comments: "At first glance, the title of W. H. Auden's poem would appear to be a dour subject but, on the contrary, it is basically the opposite. Death, which is represented in this music by the double quartet (and whose words are printed in italics), speaks, often bluntly, to the living, and urges 'Dance while you can.'
"The music is influenced by graceful Baroque rhythms, mainly the slow Saraband dance step, but other vigorous dance rhythms as well. The two vocal quartets echo each other and are joined occasionally by the chorus."
'O who can ever gaze his fill,'
Farmer and fisherman say, 'On native shore and local hill, Grudge aching limb or callus on the hand Father, grandfather stood upon this land, And here the pilgrims from our loins will stand.'
So farmer and fisherman say
In their fortunate heyday:
But Death's low answer drifts across
Empty catch or harvest loss Or an unluck May.
The earth is an oyster with nothing inside it, Not to be born is the best for man;
The end of toil is a bailiffs order, Throw down the mattock and dance while you can.
'O life's too short for friends who share,'
Travellers think in their hearts, 'The city's common bed, the air, The mountain bivouac and the bathing beach, Where incidents draw every day from each Memorable gesture and witty speech.'
So travellers think in their hearts,
Till malice or circumstance parts Them from their constant humour: And slyly Death's coercive rumour
In that moment starts.
A friend is the old old tale of Narcissus, Not to be born is the best for man;
An active partner is something disgraceful, Change your partner, dance while you can.
'O stretch your hands across the sea,'
The impassioned lover cries, 'Stretch them towards your harm and me. Our grass is green, and sensual our brief bed, The stream sings at its foot, and at its head The mild and vegetarian beasts are fed.'
So the impassioned lover cries
Till the storm of pleasure dies: From the bedpost and the rocks Death's enticing echo mocks, And his voice replies.
The greater the love, the more false to its object,
Not to be born is the best for man; After the kiss comes the impulse to throttle,
Break the embraces, dance while you can.
'I see the guilty world forgiven,'
Dreamer and drunkard sing, 'The ladders let down out of heaven, The laurel springing from the martyr's blood, The children skipping where the weeper stood, The lovers natural and the beasts all good.'
So dreamer and drunkard sing
Till day their sobriety bring: Parrotwise with death's reply From whelping fear and nesting lie, Woods and their echoes ring.
The desires of the heart are as crooked as corkscrews,
not to be born is the best for man; The secondbest is a formal order,
The dance's pattern; dance while you can. Dance, dance, for the figure is easy,
The tune is catching and will not stop; Dance till the stars come down from the rafters;
Dance, dance, dance till you drop.
About the Artists
Donald Bryant came to Ann Arbor in 1969 as conductor of the University Choral Union of the Universi?ty Musical Society, and that same year he was instrumental in the formation of The Festival Chorus. The Festival Chorus made its first major appearance in the 1970 May Festival and has subsequently performed at Ann Arbor May Festivals with The Philadelphia Orchestra. Dr. Bryant has conducted the chorus in concert performances here with the Paul Kuentz Chamber Orchestra of Paris, the Mozarteum Orchestra of Salzburg, The Prague Chamber Orchestra, and the Orpheus Ensemble of New York. The chorus has also sung in Ann Arbor with visiting orchestras, which include the Leningrad, Hague, and Rotterdam Philharmonics, and the symphony orchestras of Detroit, Boston, Baltimore, and Melbourne (Australia). Dr. Bryant and The Festival Chorus represented Ann Arbor and the University Musical Society abroad in three highly successful concert tours: to Europe during the 1976 bicentennial year, to Egypt in March 1979, and to Spain in May 1982.
As a composer, Donald Bryant has written works for piano, choral works for youth and adult church choirs, and an opera, The Tower of Babel, commissioned by the First Presbyterian Church of Ann Arbor where he serves as music director. In 1980 he wrote choral settings for the poetry of Czeslaw Milosz and Sandor Weores, commissioned by the University's Center for Russian and East European Studies. The work heard this evening was commissioned by the University Musical Society for presentation in this Festival.
Dr. Bryant earned his bachelor and master of music degrees at The Juilliard School, where he studied piano, voice, and composition. Prior to his appointment at The University of Michigan, he was director of the Columbus Boychoir School for 20 years, performing with that group as conductorpianist throughout America, Europe, and Japan. He also composed a Mass which was performed in 1953 at the Chautauqua Festival in New York by his boychoir and the Chautauqua Festival Orchestra.
The Norlhwood Orchestra, a Michiganbased professional chamber orchestra, was founded in 1979 for the Northwood Institute Festival of the Lakes. It now performs in major cities across the country, with such renowned soloists as Lorin Hollander and Youri Egorov. Two. New York appearances have highlighted the Or?chestra's short history: In April 1981 the ensemble appeared with the Canadian Brass in a concert of twentieth century music at Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center, and they returned to New York in April 1983 to perform in Carnegie Hall at the presentation of the Albert Schweitzer Music Award to Van Cliburn. Soloists for the latter performance included Leontyne Price, Ralph Votapek, and Steven de Groote.
Don Jaeger has appeared as guest conductor with such orchestras as the Detroit and Chattanooga Sym?phonies, the Aspen Festival Orchestra, and abroad with the Philharmonic Orchestras of Antwerp and Lisbon and the State Orchestra of Thessolaniki. As conductor of the Midland (Michigan) Symphony prior to his current position, Mr. Jaeger was responsible for commissioning many works by American composers, including Lukas Foss, Dave Brubeck, Alec Wilder, and Leslie Bassett. He also directed the Northwestern Michigan Sym?phony before helping to found the Northwood Orchestra. In the spring of 1981 he was invited to the People's Republic of China, where he lectured, taught, and conducted. Recently Mr. Jaeger accepted the position of music director and conductor of the orchestra in San Bernadino, California.
This concert is the second of two performed by the Northwood Orchestra in this Summer Festival; it marks the Orchestra's fifth Ann Arbor concert and Mr. Jaeger's sixth appearance under University Musical Society auspices.
James Westwater's wide ranging interests have carried him from Alaska, where he photographed with the Institute of Polar Studies, to Antarctica, where he was artist for the National Science Foundation; and from photography filling hardcover books to orchestral photographic productions in many of the nation's concerts halls with distinguished orchestras. His artistic credentials include an awardwinning front cover photograph for Saturday Review, and his publication Ohio, an impressive book of color photography of his home state.
Twice a National Endowment for the Arts Resident Artist, Mr. Westwater has pioneered the integration of multiple screen photography and live symphonic music. His production seen this evening, The Wilderness Suite, was premiered by the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington's Kennedy Center for the Perform?ing Arts. Two of his most recent works are Appalachian Suite (performed on the opening concert of this Festival), premiered by The Cleveland Orchestra, and Antarctic Images, his most abstract piece to date, premiered by the Honolulu Sumphony Orchestra to music by Debussy. On commission of the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, Mr. Westwater produced an orchestral photographic performance based on the life and music of John Lennon, which was performed with the orchestra and singer Roberta Flack. That production was premiered at Music Hall in Cincinnati before touring the East Coast, culminating in a gala performance at Radio City Music Hall in New York.
Mr. Westwater earned a Ph.D. in Educational Development, with studies in philosophy, aesthetics, art history, cinema, and multimedia production. He is a recipient of the Antarctic Medal, a past fellow of the Explorers Club, and has produced multimedia presentations in cooperation with the National Geographic Society and the Institute of Polar Studies.
The Northwood Orchestra
Don Jaeger, Music Director and Conductor
Concerlmaster Philip Mason
Associate Concertmaster Renata Artman Knific Roderick Bieber Margaret Chapman Cooper Amy Shevrin
Joel Levin Melanie Levin Julia C. Kurtyka Stephanie Preucil
Anne Hegel Clough Margaret Lang Van Lunen Carol Grohs Reed Anderson
Crispin Campbell Elizabeth Chryst Walter Preucil Stephen Kanack
?Rip Pretat Duane Rosengard
Jacqueline Hofto Darlene Drew
Catherine Paulu Nancy Brammer
Frank Kowalsky Mark Gallagher
'Elizabeth Johnson Drew Hinderer
William Coffindaffer Karl Hill
Dennis Horton Larry Herman
Trombone David Sporny Tuba John R. Bland
Timpani David Wiles
Percussion Eric Schweikert
Personnel Manager and Librarian
Julia C. Kurtyka
Stage Manager Donald Beyer
Technician Eric Paulu
General Manager John R. Bland
Double Quartet Soloists
Julia Broxholm, soprano Sally Carpenter, mezzosoprano Raymond Shuster, tenor Philip Pierson, bassbaritone
Jill Pierce, soprano
Barbara Hilbish, mezzosoprano
Jeffrey Willets, tenor
R. Eugene Goodson, baritone
Ann Arbor Summer Festival Chorus
Donald Bryant, Conductor Mark B. Smith, Accompanist Beth Lipson, Manager
Mary Ellen Auch Sharon Barlow Mary Anne Bord Susan Campbell Sylvia Jenkins Carolyn Leyh Doris L. Luecke Loretta Meissner Margaret Nesse Marie Phillips Marilyn Ratliff Suzanne Schluederberg Alice Schneider Margaret Warrick Joanne Westman
Kathleen Bergen Lois Briggs Barbara Carron Doris Datsko Judith Lehmann Mary Loewen Barbara Nordman
Sara Peth Beth Slee Patricia Tompkins Rachclle Warren Christine Wendt
First altos Yvonne Allen Martha Ause Kathlyn Boyer Ellen Collarini Mary Crichton Angeleen Dahl Carolyn Ehrlich Carol Hurwitz Gretchen Jackson Olga Johnson Grace Jones Nancy Karp Mary Anne Long Marian Miner Jari Smith Leah Stein Suzanne Williams Charlotte Wolfe Bobbie Wooding
Anne Abbrecht Carol Carpenter Alice Dobson Mary Haab Elsie Lovelace Cheryl Melby Margaret Sharemet Carol Spencer Kathryn Stebbins Alice Warsinski
First tenors William Branson Charles Cowley Joseph Kubis Paul Lowry Robert MacGregor
Second tenors Albert Girod Donald Haworth James Priore Carl Smith Robert Starring
William Hale Ramon Hernandez William Ling Brad Pritts James Schneider Donald Williams
Glenn Davis Bruce Dicey Don Faber Charles Lehmann Raymond Schankin Robert Shellenberger Virgil Slee Robert Strozier Terril Tompkins John Van Bolt
University Musical Society