have ye not known/ye shall have a song – Randall Thompson
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— Lawrence Rose —
Have Ye Not Known? Ye Shall Have A Song (Randall Thompson 1899-1984)
Have ye not known? Have ye not heard? Hath it not been told you from the beginning? Have ye not understood from the foundations of the earth?
Randall Thompson is considered one of America’s greatest composers, especially well-known for his choral works, most notably Alleluia. After receiving a doctorate from Rochester’s Eastman School of Music, he taught at such notable institutions as Wellesley, Curtis, and Harvard University.
Stabat Mater (Kevin Memley, 1971- )
Stabat Mater dolorosa juxta crucem lacrimosa, dum pendebat Filius. Cuius animam gementem, contristatam et dolentem pertransivit gladius. Vidit suum dulcem Natum moriendo desolatum, dum emisit spiritum.
The grieving Mother stood weeping beside the cross where her Son was hanging. Through her weeping soul, compassionate and grieving, a sword passed. She saw her sweet offspring dying, forsaken, while He gave up his spirit.
Although Kevin Memley been composing since he was 12, his music is just beginning to catch the public’s eye. His setting of Ave Maria was premiered just a few years ago. His music is now performed all over the world. He is a music teacher, pianist and conductor in the Fresno area.
A Boy and a Girl (Eric Whitacre, 1970-)
Stretched out on the grass, a boy and a girl savoring their oranges, giving their kisses like waves exchanging foam. Stretched out on the beach, a boy and a girl savoring their limes,
Eric Whitacre earned a Master’s degree from the Juilliard School. He is perhaps the most popular living choral composer in the world. His ability to capture the essence of the text in music is quite remarkable. The text above could be interpreted many ways. The conductor of
The Gospel Train (Arranged by Jack Halloran, 1916-1997)
All aboard! Gospel train’s a-comin’. The gospel train’s a-comin’, I hear it just at hand. I hear the wheels a-rumblin’ and rollin’ through the land. Git on board little children, there’s room for many-a more. I hear the bell and whistle, they’re comin’ ‘round the curve. She’s loosened all her steam and brakes and strainin’ ev’ry nerve. Git on board little children, there’s room for many-a more. The fare is cheap and all can go, the rich and poor are there. No second class aboard this train, no diff’rence in the fare. Git on board little children, there’s room for many-a more.
Jack Halloran was a television music writer and conductor who
I Believe in the Sun (Jonathan Adams, 1962-)
I believe in the sun, even when it is not shining. I believe in love, even when I am lonely. I believe in love, even when feeling it not. I believe in God, even when He is silent.
A blossoming composer, Jonathan Adams is the choral director at Nettleton High School in Jonesboro, Arkansas. He wrote this setting in response and in dedication to victims of Hurricane Katrina.
Lux Aurumque (Eric Whitacre, 1970-)
Lux, calida gravisque pura velut aurum et canunt angeli molliter modo natum.
MISSA SOLEMNIS IN B FLAT (Franz Joseph Haydn, 1732-1809)
Composed in 1802, the Harmoniemesse (wind-band mass) was the last of the six great masses composed near the end of Haydn’s life. The largest in length and instrumentation, its name is derived from the extensive use of winds (oboes, clarinets, trumpets, etc.). The organ will be substituted for the winds in our performance today. We are especially grateful to John Hirten for his artistry and adaptability at the organ console.
Kyrie eleison! Christe eleison! Kyrie eleison!
Gloria in excelsis Deo, et in terra pax hominibus bonae voluntatis.
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 omnia saecula. Deum de Deo, lumen de lumine, Deum verum
de Deo vero, genitum, non factum, consubstatialem Patri, per quem omnia facta sunt.
Qui propter nos homines et propter nostram salutem descendit de coelis.
Sanctus, sanctus, sanctus dominus Deus Sabaoth.
Benedictus qui venit in nomine Domini. Hosanna in excelsis!
VI. Agnus Dei
Agnus Dei, qui tollis peccata mundi, miserere nobis!
VII. Dona Nobis
Dona nobis pacem!
Didn’t My Lord Deliver Daniel (Arranged by Stacey V. Gibbs, 1965-)
Oh, Lordy, if I could, you know I surely would stan’ on de rock where Moses stood. Didn’t my Lord deliver Daniel, then why not a-every man? He delivered Daniel from the lion’s den, Jonah from the belly of the whale, an’ the Hebrew chillun from the fi ery furnace then why not a-every man? Didn’t my Lord deliver Daniel, then why not a-every man? I set my foot on de gospel ship an’ de ship begin to sail, an’ it landed me down on Caanan’s shore an’ I’m nevuh comin’ back anymo’. Didn’t my Lord deliver Daniel, then why not a-every man? The wind blows east an’ the wind blows wes’, it blows like the Judgmen’ day, an evr’y poor sinnuh that nevuh did pray will be glad to pray that day. Didn’t my Lord deliver Daniel, then why not a-every man?
Stacey Gibbs is a relatively new name on the scene of choral music. A true amateur musician who makes a living outside of music, his arrangements of spirituals have quickly captured the attention of choral directors of professional, university and community choirs.
Hear My Prayer (Moses Hogan, 1957-2003)
O Lord, please hear my prayer, in the mornin’ when I rise. It’s Your servant bound for glory. O dear Lord, please hear my prayer. O Lord, please hear my prayer, Keep me safe within Your arms. When my work on earth is done and you’ve come to take me home, Just to know I’m bound for glory, and to hear You say well done. Done with sin and sorrow, have mercy. Amen.
Moses George Hogan was an African-American composer and arranger of choral music, best known for his settings of spirituals. Hogan was a pianist, conductor and arranger of international renown. He was a graduate of the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (NOCCA) and Oberlin Conservatory of Music in Ohio, and he also studied at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge and New York’s Julliard School of Music.
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 seventeen years, the group has auditioned in May, gathered for almost-weekly rehearsals and then an intensive week of nightly rehearsals, culminating in a crowdpleasing 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 Martha Wall, 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; Suzanne Young and Martin Hillyer for program assistance; Kimberly Ayers Petker, Kris Irvine, Allan McAllister, and Mary Carol Winkler, Reception; Kirk Austin, Recording Engineer; Good Shepherd Lutheran Church for rehearsal space, 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 2012 concert will be August 19. Mark your calendars now!