Jon CurtisPast Concerts


if music be the food of love – David C. Dickau
O nata lux Guy Forbes
I Am In Need of MusicDavid Brunner
O Come Thou Sweet Redeeming FireDaniel Gawthrop
mass in b flat, "Heiligmesse" – Franz Josef Haydn
Scarborough fair
– Fred Bock, arr.
O My Luve’s Like a Red, Red RoseRene Clausen
Quando Corpus MorieturGioacchino Rossini
Kyrie & Hosanna (Mass from Two Worlds)Ariel Quintana

The Battle of Jericho
Moses Hogan, arr.


Director: Allan Robert Petker
Associate Directors: Martha Wall, David Irvine, RuthE Wells
Accompanist: Fay Manes
Dean of Music: Robert Friestad

Selma Ehrlich
Liz Johnstone-Cecchi
Phyllis Mart
Lily O’Brien
Naomi Peterkin Peck
Cynthia Scollon
Dolores Spratling
Izabela Tekiela
RuthE Wells
Jan Young
Suzanne Young
Lucy Arnold
Michele Baroody
Eleanor Hillyer
Chris Lindquist
Ruthann Lovetang
Erika Peterkin
Lucinda Ray
Nancy Scott
RuthE Wells
Martha Wall
Jon Curtis
David Hanchette
Ron Hawks
Martin Hillyer
Michael Petersen
David Raub
Joe Stewart
Bob Friestad
John Griffin
John Hart
David Irvine
Jim Kamphoefner
Charles Little
Donald Miller
Jim Turner
Byrne Newhart
Brian Lee
Wieslaw Pogorzelski
Kelly Maulbetsch
Fay Manes
If Music Be The Food of Love (David C. Dickau, 1953-)
Text by Henry Heveningham (ca. 1690)
If music be the food of love, sing on till I am filled with joy; For then my listening soul you move to pleasures that can never cloy. Your eyes, your mien, your tongue declare that you are music everywhere. Pleasures invade both eye and ear, so fierce the transports are, they wound, and all my senses feasted are; Tho’ yet the treat is only sound, sure I must perish by your charms, unless you save me in your arms. If music be the food of love, sing on.
David Dickau received his bachelor and doctoral degrees from USC and his Master’s from Northwestern in Chicago. He is the professor and Choral Chair at Mankato State University in Minnesota. He is married to Allan Petker’s sister (an excellent decision!).
O Nata Lux (Guy Forbes, 1957-)
O nata lux de lumine, Jesu redemptor saeculi, dignare clemens supplicum laudes preces que sumere. Qui carne quondam contegi dignatus es pro perditis. Nos membra confer effici, tui beati corporis.
O born light of light, Jesus, redeemer of the world, mercifully deem worthy and accept the praises and prayers of your supplicants. Thou who once deigned to be clothed in flesh for the sake of the lost ones, grant us to be made members of your holy body.
Guy Forbes is the Associate Conductor of Choirs and Chair of Music Education at Millikin University in Decatur, Illinois. A native of Jacksonville, Florida, Dr. Forbes received a Master of Music in conducting from Florida State University and a Ph.D. in Music Education from the University of Florida.
I Am In Need of Music (David L. Brunner, 1953-)
Text by Elizabeth Bishop (1911-1979)
I am in need of music that would flow over my fretful feeling fingertips, over my bitter-tainted, trembling lips, with melody, deep, clear, and liquid-slow. Oh, for the healing swaying, old and low, of some song, sung to rest the tired dead, a song to fall like water on my head, and over quivering limbs, dream flushed to glow! There is a magic made by melody: a spell of rest, and quiet breath, and cool heart, that sinks through fading colors deep to the subaqueous stillness of the sea, and floats forever in a moon-green pool, held in the arms of rhythm and of sleep.
David Brunner is a composer and conductor, currently the professor of music at the University of Central Florida, Orlando.
O Come Thou Sweet Redeeming Fire
(Daniel E. Gawthrop, 1949-) Text by Jane Griner (1950-)
O come thou sweet redeeming fire, O light of truth, resplendent love. O come thou spark in earthly clay thy power over death to life divine. Washed now of sin, reborn to glory; seal in holy fire thy promises. Born of flesh, thy blood atoning, Lamb of God. Our risen Lord. O come thou sweet redeeming fire, O light of truth, resplendent love. O come thou sweet redeeming fire. Grace confirm us, peace attend us. Come thou, Holy Spirit, come.
American composer, Daniel Gawthrop, composes music for choral organizations and symphonies and is one of the most frequently commissioned choral writers in the United States. Poet Jane Griner is his wife.
Missa St. Bernardi von Offida – "Heiligmesse"
(Franz Joseph Haydn, 1732-1809)
Kyrie eleison. Christe eleison.
Lord, have mercy. Christ have mercy.
Gloria in exclesis Deo. Et in terra pax hominibus bonae voluntatis. Laudamus te. Benedicimus te. Adoramus te. Glorificamus te.
Glory to God in the highest. And on earth peace to all those of good will. We praise thee. We bless thee. We worship thee. We glorify thee.
(soloist: Selma Ehrlich, Lucy Arnold, Michael Petersen, Jim Kamphoefner)
Gratias agimus tibi propter magnam gloriam tuam. Domine Deus, Rex coelestis, Deus Pater omnipotens. Domine Fili unigenite, Jesu Christe. Domine Deus, Agnus Dei, Filius Patris. Qui tollis peccata mundi, miserere nobis.
We give thanks to thee according to thy great glory. Lord God, Heavenly King, God the Father almighty. Lord Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son. Lord God, Lamb of God, Son of the Father. Thou who takest away the sins of the world, have mercy upon us.
Qui tollis peccata mundi, suscipe deprecationem nostram. Qui sedes ad dexteram Patris, miserere nobis.
Thou who takest away the sins of the world, receive our prayer. Thou who sittest at the right hand of the Father, have mercy upon us.
Quoniam tu solus sanctus. Tu solus Dominus. To solus altissimus, Jesu Christe. Cum Sancto Spiritu in gloria Dei Patris. Amen.
For Thou alone art holy. Thou alone art the Lord. Thou alone art the most high, Jesus Christ. With thy Holy Spirit in the glory of God the Father. Amen
Credo in unum Deum, Patrem omnipotentem, factorem coeli et terrae, visibilium omnium, et invisibilium. Et in unum Dominum Jesum Christum, Filium Dei unigenitum. Et ex Patre natum ante omni saecula. Deum de Deo, lumen de lumine, Deum verum de Deo vero. Genitum, non factum, consubstantialem Patri: per quem omnia facta sunt. Qui propter nostram salutem descendit de caelis.
I believe in one God, the Father almighty, maker of heaven and earth, and of all things visible and invisible. And I believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God, born of the Father before all ages. God from God, Light from Light, True God from true God. Begotten, not made, of one substance with the Father by whom all things were made. Who for us and for our salvation came down from heaven…
(soloist: Martha Wall, Selma Ehrlich, Lucy Arnold, Michael Petersen, John Griffin, Jim Turner)
Et incarnatus est de Spiritu Sancto ex Maria Virgine. Et homo factus est. Crucifixus etiam pro nobis sub Pontio Pilato: passus et sepultus est.
And was incarnate by the Holy Spirit of the Virgin Mary. And was made man. Crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate, he suffered, and was buried.
Et resurrexit tertia die, secundum Scripturas. Et ascendit in coelum: sedet ad dexteram Patris. Et iterum venturus est cum gloria, judicare vivos et mortuos: cujus regni non erit finis. Et in Spiritum Sanctum Dominum, et vivificantem: Qui cum Patre, et Filio simul adoratur et conglorificatur: qui locutus est per Prophetas. Et unum, sanctam catholicam et apostolicam Ecclesiam. Confiteor unum baptisma in remissionem peccatorum. Et expecto resurrectionem mortuorum.
And on the third day he rose again, according to the Scriptures. He ascended into heaven and he sits at the right hand of the Father. He shall come again with glory to judge the living and the dead; and of his kingdom there will be no end. And I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord and Giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son who together with the Father and the Son is adored and glorified, who spoke to us through the Prophets. And I believe in one, holy, catholic and Apostolic Church. I believe in the forgiveness of sins…
Et vitam venturi saeculi. Amen.
and the life everlasting. Amen.  
Sanctus, Sanctus, Sanctus Dominus Deus Sabaoth. Pleni sunt coeli et terra gloria tua. Hosanna in excelsis.
Holy, holy, holy Lord God of Hosts. Heaven and earth are full of thy glory. Hosanna in the highest.
Benedictus qui venit in nomine Domini. Hosanna in excelsis.
Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest.
Agnus Dei, qui tollis peccata mundi: miserere nobis.
Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world, have mercy on us.
dona nobis pacem.
grant us peace.
This remarkable and brilliant mass written in 1796 carries three names, the first being its key signature. The second is the dedicatory name: Bernard of Offida. He was a seventeenth century Capuchin monk who had been beatified just a year earlier. The Saint’s day was September 11, which was also the name day for the benefactor’s wife, Princess Marie Esterházy, who commissioned the work. The third is its most common, a nickname, “Heiligmesse,” which refers to a well-known German hymn tune “Heilig, Heilig” (Holy, Holy) which is concealed cleverly in the Sanctus.
Scarborough Fair (Arr. Fred Bock, 1939-1998)
A cappella setting by Allan Robert Petker
Are you goin’ to Scarborough Fair? Parsely, sage, rosemary and thyme; remember me to one who lives there, for (s)he once was a true love of mine.
A prolific composer and arranger, Fred Bock was also a renowned organist in church and recording studio venues. His music publishing endeavors were legendary, including numerous hymnals. “Scarborough Fair” was the very first piece he published to launch his own firm, Gentry Publications. Permission was granted to rearrange Fred’s classic for a cappella voices.
O My Luve’s Like a Red, Red Rose (René Clausen, 1953-)
Poem by Robert Burns (1759-1796)
O my Luve’s like a red, red rose that’s newly sprung in June. O my Luve’s like a melodie that’s sweetly played in tune. As fair art thou my bonny lass so deep in luve am I, I will luve thee still my dear till a’ the seas gang dry. I will love thee still my dear, while the sands of life shall run, till the seas gang dry, my dear, and rocks melt with the sun. As fair art thou my bonny lass so deep in luve am I, I will luve thee still my dear tho’ it were ten thousand mile.
René Clausen is the conductor of the Concordia Choir of Concordia College in Minnesota. His compositions are performed the world over. Robert Burns was a Scot who was born into poverty. He became one of the greatest poets, satirists and song writers of his day.
Quando Corpus Morietur (Gioacchino Rossini, 1792-1868)
Quando corpus morietur, fac ut animae donetur Paradisi gloria.
When my body dies, grant to my soul the glory of paradise. Amen.
Rossini was a very successful composer for his day, first in Italy, then in Paris. He is best known for his operas, especially his final one, “William Tell.”
Kyrie and Hosanna from “Mass from Two Worlds”
(Ariel Quintana, 1965-)
Kyrie eleison. Christe eleison.
Lord, have mercy. Christ have mercy.
Hosanna in excelsis.
Hosanna in the highest.
Born in Argentina, Ariel Quintana graduated from the Universidad Adventista del Plata, later earning a Master’s Degree in Piano Performance from the National Conservatory of Music in Buenos Aires. Currently he is the conductor of the Cathedral Choir at the First Presbyterian Church of Hollywood and is in the doctoral program in choral conducting at USC. He was recently appointed assistant conductor of the Los Angeles Master Chorale.
The Battle of Jericho (Arr. Moses Hogan, 1957-2003)
Joshua fit the Battle, the Battle of Jericho…Joshua fit the Battle of Jericho and the walls come tumbalin’ down. Talk about your kings of Gideon, talk about your men of Saul, but none like good old Joshua at the Battle of Jericho. That mornin’ Joshua fit the Battle, the Battle of Jericho…Joshua fit the Battle of Jericho and the walls come tumbalin’ down. Right up to the walls of Jericho, he marched with spear in hand. “Go blow that ramhorn!” Joshua cried, ‘cause the battle am in my hand. God, almighty, then the lamb, ram, sheep horns begin to blow and the trumpet begins to sound. Joshua commanded the the children to shout! And the walls come a tumbalin’ down.
Until his untimely death in 2003, Moses Hogan was one of the most celebrated contemporary directors and arrangers of spirituals. In his short life, he created dozens of original arrangements of classic spirituals, and formed several choirs that performed them with new vitality.

Consort Chorale consists of selected choral singers primarily from the San Francisco Bay Area who are dedicated to the choral art form. Every summer, for the past fourteen years, the group has auditioned in May, gathered for almost-weekly rehearsals and then an intensive week of nightly rehearsals, culminating in a crowd-pleasing concert. The unique “intensive” format comes with certain limitations, but provides an opportunity for singers to share in their love of choral music through the ages. We are indebted to the artistic rehearsal contributions of David Irvine, Martha Wall and Ruth E. Wells, whose assistance in preparation is immeasurable.
Allan Robert Petker, founder-director of Consort Chorale, is an internationally known choral conductor, clinician and prolific composer with over 250 published works. He is the Director of Publications for the Fred Bock Music Companies, President of Pavane Publishing and serves as U.S. representative for several distinguished English publishing firms. He is the Artistic Director and Conductor of the Santa Clarita Master Chorale and the Director of Music at the First Presbyterian Church in San Pedro.
Special thanks to the First Presbyterian Church of San Anselmo; Bob Friestad, Consort’s unflappable Dean; The Madison Company for their assistance with our publicity; Kimberly Ayers Petker and Marsha DeZwarte, Reception; Clyde Niesen, Recording Engineer; Good Shepherd Lutheran Church and Stephen McKersie for his invaluable assistance and especially Fay Manes, accompanist.