Jon CurtisPast Concerts


So I’ll sing with my voice – Dominick Argento
Te deum laudamusFranz Josef Haydn
I carry your heart with me David C. Dickau
the cloud-capp’d towersRalph Vaughan Williams
the seal lullaby Eric Whitacre
kyrie eleison and festival gloriaRandall Johnson
TouchAllen Robert Petker
roll Jordan, roll Brian Tate, arr.


Director: Allan Robert Petker
Associate Directors: David Irvine, Sally Johnson, RuthE Wells
Accompanist: Jim Berry
Dean of Music: Robert Friestad

Jane Cheshire-Allen
Selma Ehrlich
Amanda Hahn
Phyllis Mart
Lily O’Brien
Naomi Peterkin
Dolores Spratling
Izabela Tekiela
RuthE Wells
Jan Young
Suzanne Young
Lucy Arnold
Michele Baroody
Eleanor Hillyer
Sally Johnson
Liz Johnstone-Cecchi
Chris Lindquist
Ruthann Lovetang
Erika Peterkin
Lucinda Ray
Nancy Scott
Martha Wall
Locke Anderson
Jon Curtis
David Hanchette
Martin Hillyer
Michael Petersen
David Raub
Joe Stewart
Christopher Zombres
Bob Friestad
John Griffin
John Hart
David Irvine
Jim Kamphoefner
Bob Lappin
Charles Little
Donald Miller
Bob Randig
Jim Turner
Michelle Maruyama
Darren Sagawa
Wieslaw Pogorzelski
Kelley Maulbetsch
Richard Duke
Jim Berry
Gary Woodward
Jessica Boulter
Michelle Sell
John Weeks
Tim Dent
Ben Paysen

So I’ll Sing With My Voice (Dominick Argento, 1927- )
Soloists: RuthE. Wells, David Raub

If I had a harp like David had a harp, I’d play on that harp ’till the glorious day! But I got no harp so I’ll sing with my voice, hallelujah! If I had a horn like Gabriel had a horn, I’d blow on that horn ’till the judgment day! But I got no horn so I’ll sing with my voice, hallelujah! If I had a lyre like Jubal had a lyre, I’d strum on that lyre ’till that beautiful day! But I got no lyre so I’ll sign with my voice, hallelujah!

Dominick Argento, professor emeritus at the University of Minnesota , earned a bachelor’s and master’s degree from the Peabody Institute. His compositions have won many awards, including a Pulitzer Prize in 1975 and a Grammy in 1994.

Te Deum Laudamus (Franz Josef Haydn, 1732-1809)

Te Deum laudamus; Te Dominum confitemur. Te aeternum Patrem omnis terra veneratur. Tibi omnes Angeli, tibi caeli et universae Potestates; Tibi Cherubim et Seraphim, incessabili voces proclamant: Sanctus, Sanctus, Sanctus Dominus Deus Sabaoth; Pleni sunt coeli et terra majestatis gloriae tuae. Te gloriosus Apostolorum chorus: Te Prophetarum laudabilis numerus, Te Martyrum candidatus laudat exercitus. Te per orbem terrarum sancta confitetur Ecclesia: Patrem immensae majestatis; Venerandum tuum verum et unicum Filium; Sanctum quoque Paraclitum Spiritum. Tu Rex gloriae, Christe. Tu Patris sempiternus es Filius. Tu ad liberandum suscepturus hominem, non horruisti Virginis uterum. Tu, devicto mortis aculeo, aperuisti credentibus regna caelorum. Tu ad dexteram Dei sedes, in gloria Patris. Judex crederis esse venturus. 

Te ergo quaesumus, famulis tuis subveni: quos pretioso sanguine redemisti. 

Aeterna fac cum sanctis tuis in gloria numerari. Salvum fac populum tuum Domine, et benedic hereditati tuae et rege eos, et extolle illos usque in aeternum. Per singulos dies benedicimus Te. Et laudamus Nomen tuum in saeculum, et in saeculum saeculi. Dignare, Domine, die isto sine peccato nos custodire. Miserere nostri domine, miserere nostri. Fiat misericordia tua, Domine, super nos, quemadmodum speravimus in te. In te, Domine, speravi: non confundar in aeternum.

We praise thee, O God: we acknowledge thee to be the Lord. All the earth doth worship thee: the Father everlasting. To thee all Angels cry aloud: the Heavens, and all the Powers therein. To thee Cherubim and Seraphim: continually do cry, Holy, Holy, Holy: Lord God of Sabaoth; Heaven and earth are full of the Majesty: of thy glory. The glorious company of the Apostles: praise thee. The goodly fellowship of the Prophets: praise thee. The noble army of Martyrs: praise thee. The holy Church throughout all the world: doth acknowledge thee; The Father: of an infinite Majesty; Thine honorable, true: and only Son; Also the Holy Ghost: the Comforter. Thou art the King of Glory: O Christ. Thou art the everlasting Son: of the Father. When thou tookest upon thee to deliver man: thou didst not abhor the Virgin’s womb. When thou hadst overcome the sharpness of death: thou didst open the Kingdom of Heaven to all believers. Thou sittest at the right hand of God: in the glory of the Father. We believe that thou shalt come: to be our Judge.

We therefore pray thee, help thy servants: whom thou hast redeemed with thy precious blood.

Make them to be numbered with thy Saints: in glory everlasting. O Lord, save thy people: and bless thine heritage. Govern them: and lift them up for ever. Day by day: we magnify thee; And we worship thy Name : ever world without end. Vouchsafe, O Lord : to keep us this day without sin. O Lord, have mercy upon us: have mercy upon us. O Lord, let thy mercy lighten upon us: as our trust is in thee. O Lord, in thee have I trusted: let me never be confounded.

We honor the 200 th anniversary of the death of this great classical composer by performing this masterpiece. Composed from 1798-1800, Franz Josef Haydn wrote the Te Deum late in his life when his reputation was well established. Returning in 1795 to the court at Esterhazy in Austria after visiting London , where he was hailed as an international celebrity, Haydn was now largely a figurehead for the current prince, Nicholas II. No longer required to meet others’ demands for concerts and operas, he could now write what he pleased. And during these, his final years, Haydn chose to write six Masses, the C major Te Deum, and his last two oratorios, The Creation and The Seasons. Haydn’s Te Deum was written for the Empress Maria Therese, the second wife of Emperor Franz II, who herself was a musician and admired Haydn’s work.

I Carry Your Heart with Me (David C. Dickau, 1953-)
Text by e. e. cummings (1894-1962)

i carry your heart with me (i carry it in my heart) i am never without it (anywhere i go you go, my dear; and whatever is done by only me is your doing, my darling). i fear no fate (for you are my fate, my sweet) i want no world (for beautiful you are my world, my true) and it’s you are whatever a moon has always meant and whatever a sun will always sing is you. here is the deepest secret nobody knows (here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud) and the sky of the sky of a tree called life; which grows higher than the soul can hope or mind can hide) and this is the wonder that’s keeping the stars apart. i carry your heart with me (i carry it in my heart)

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!).

The Cloud-Capp’d Towers
(Ralph Vaughan Williams, 1872-1953)
Text by William Shakespeare (1564-1616) from The Tempest , ca.1610

The cloud-capp’d towers; the gorgeous palaces, the solemn temples, the great globe itself, shall dissolve, and like this insubstantial pageant faded, leave not a rack behind: We are such stuff as dreams are made on, and our little life is rounded with a sleep.

Ralph Vaughan Williams, a prolific composer of symphonies, operas and chamber music, had a special love for song. He collected and preserved folk music from the British Isles , and wrote settings for many of these pieces.

The Seal Lullaby (Eric Whitacre, 1970-)
Text by Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936)

Oh! Hush thee, my baby, the night is behind us, and black are the waters that sparkled so green, The moon, o’er the combers, looks downward to find us at rest in the hollows that rustle between. Where billow meets billow, then soft by thy pillow; ah, weary wee flipperling, curl at thy ease! The storm shall not wake thee, nor shark overtake thee, asleep in the arms of the slow-swinging seas.

Eric Whitacre earned a Master’s degree from the Juilliard School of Music. His choral compositions are known for their unusual harmonies. The Seal Lullaby was originally commissioned as a film score.

Kyrie Eleison and Festival Gloria
(Randall Johnson, 1959-)

Kyrie eleison. Christe eleison.
Lord, have mercy. Christ have mercy.

Gloria in excelsis Deo, et in terra pax hominibus bonae voluntatis. Laudamus te, benedicimus te, adoramus te, glorificamus te. Gratias agimus tibi propter magnam gloriam tuam. Domine Deus, Rex coelestis, Pater omnipotens, Domine Fili unigenite, Jesu Christe. Domine Deus, agnus Dei, filius Patris. Qui tollis peccata mundi, miserere nobis! Suscipe deprecationem nostram .
Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace to men of good will. We praise Thee, we bless Thee, we adore Thee, we glorify Thee. We give thanks to Thee, we praise Thee for Thy glory. Lord God, heavenly King, almighty God and Father. Lord Jesus Christ, only begotten Son of the Father. Lord God, lamb of God, son of the Father. Thou who takes away the sins of the world, have mercy upon us. Thou who takes away the sins of the world, receive our prayer.

Randall Johnson received his Doctorate of Musical Arts in Choral Conducting from the University of Washington , Seattle . He serves on the music faculty at the University of Guam , is a conductor, singer, saxophonist and guitarist.

Commissioned by St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, Sonoma , California
(Allan Robert Petker, 1955-)
Text by Allan Robert Petker,
based on Scripture and Chinese poetry and inspired by the art of He Qi
Multimedia design by Susie Woo

Movement 1-“God Touches Us”
Your caress is so gentle it can hold the smallest child. Your touch is so great it sets the stars in place. Your embrace is so loving it calms the anguished heart. Your reach is so complete it surrounds the world with grace.

When you call me by name I feel your hand take mine. When you anoint my service I receive your guidance. When you befriend the outcast I witness your acceptance. When you send manna from heaven I am nourished by your wonders. When you travel beside me I am blessed by your presence.

When your angels sing “Gloria in Excelsis” I encounter your magnificence. When you clothe yourself in flesh I am overcome with humbleness. When your hands are nailed to the cross I am ashamed. When you break the bonds of death I discover redemption. When you knock upon my door I answer your invitation.

Movement 2-“We Touch God”
And God said! But the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, Lest ye die! And they heard the voice of the Lord God walking in the cool of the day, And Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God amongst the trees of the garden. And the Lord God called unto Adam And God said! Where art thou? Genesis 3:3,8-9)

We want to touch what is beyond our reach To have all doubt and fear removed. Accepting the mystery is where faith begins. To worship is to touch the hem of God.

Then he said to Thomas, “Place thy fingers here and behold my hands And touch now my side, And be not faithless, but be believing.” (John 20:26-29)

Then took Mary a pound of costly ointment And anointed the feet of Jesus And wiped his feet with her hair. And the house was filled with fragrance.(John 12:3-8)

We want to touch what is beyond our reach To have all doubt and fear removed. Accepting the mystery is where our faith begins. To worship is to touch the hem of God. Alleluia!

Movement 3-“We Touch Each Other”
Dedicated to the Honorable Robert E. Woodward (1914-2008)

Can you cleanse your inner vision Until you see nothing but the light? Can you love people and lead them Without imposing your will? (poem by Tao Te Ching)

Having without possessing, Acting with no expectations, Leading and not trying to control: This is the supreme virtue. (poem by Tao Te Ching)

Everything has its beauty, but not everyone sees it. I hear and I forget, I see and I remember, I do and I understand. Our greatest glory is not in never falling, But in getting up every time we do. (poem by Confucius)

The Lord bless you and keep you, The Lord make his face to shine upon you. The Lord be gracious unto you. The Lord lift his countenance upon you And give you peace. Amen. (Numbers 6:22-26)

Dr. He Qi was among the many people sent to the countryside during the Chinese Cultural Revolution. As a young man, he escaped hard labor by painting pictures of chairman Mao Zedong. During those years, he once found a copy of Renaissance artist Raphael’s Madonna and Child in a magazine, and was so moved by it, that he began to paint copies of it at night.

He Qi earned a doctorate in religious art from Nanjing Art Institute, having studied medieval art in Hamburg , Germany . He was a professor of Christian Art at Nanjing Theological Seminary before moving to St. Paul , Minnesota in 2004.

One can better understand the art of He Qi when it is seen as a reinterpretation of sacred art within an ancient Chinese art idiom. Chinese religious art, being an expression of Buddhism, was historically typified as a tranquil and utopian portrayal of nature, often painted with black ink and water. He Qi is especially influenced by the simple and beautiful artwork of the people in rural China . Within that framework, he seeks to redefine the relationship between people and spirituality with bold colors, embellished shapes and thick strokes. His work is a blend of Chinese folk art and traditional painting technique with the iconography of the Western Middle Ages and Modern Art.


Roll , Jordan , Roll (Arr. Brian Tate, 1954-)
Soloists: RuthE. Wells, Lucy Arnold, David Raub, Jim Turner

Roll, Jordan , roll, I wanna go to Heaven when I die to hear old Jordan roll. O, sisters, you ought-a been there, O, brothers, you ought-a been there, Yes, yes Lord. A-sittin’ up in the Kingdom, to hear old Jordan roll. I gotta roll, you gotta roll, we gotta roll! Roll on, Jordan , roll! I wanna go to Heaven when I die to hear old Jordan roll!

Brian Tate received his undergraduate degree from the University of British Columbia and studied in London and Toronto . He specializes in spirituals and multicultural choral music. His compositions and arrangements are performed around the world.

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 fifteen 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, Sally Johnson 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 President of Pavane Publishing and the Director of Publications for the Fred Bock Music Companies. 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; Marty Friesen for managing the web site, ticketing and finances; Susie Woo for the Media production on “Touch”; Suzanne Young and Martin Hillyer for program assistance; Kimberly Ayers Petker and Erna Randig, Reception; Sean Bush, Recording Engineer; Good Shepherd Lutheran Church and Stephen McKersie for his invaluable assistance and especially Jim Berry, accompanist.

Please join us for a reception on the patio immediately following the concert. Our 2010 concert will be August 15. Mark your calendars now!