Jon Curtis Past Concerts

"Gloria in Excelsis Deo "

gloria in excelsis deo - Kevin A. Memley
let music fill the air - Geyneth Walker
salmo 150 - Ernani Aguiar
maria magdalena - Andrea Gabrieli
abendlied - Joseph Rheinberger
les fleurs et les arbres - Camille Saint-Saëns
northern lights - Ola Gjeilo
ubi caritas - Richard Burchard
magnificat - Kevin A. Memley

Director: Allan Robert Petker
Associate Directors: David Irvine, RuthE Wells
Accompanist: Kevin A. Memley
Dean of Music: Robert Friestad

Ruth Baillie
Beth Carter
Jane Cheshire-Allen
Selma Ehrlich
Sally Johnson
Liz Johnson-Cecchi
Barbara McElroy
Phyllis Mart
Natalie Moon-Wainwright
Lily O’Brien
Naomi Peterkin
Izabela Tekiela
Suzanne Young
Lucy Arnold
Michele Baroody
Lynn Callendar
Debbie Hahn
Eleanor Hillyer
Jan Lappin
Laura Louis
Ruthann Lovetang
Erika Peterkin
Lucinda Ray
Carol Rehder
Nancy Scott
RuthE. Wells
Martha Wall
Sanford Dole
David Hanchette
John Hart
Martin Hillyer
Norlin Merritt
Michael Petersen
David Raub
Joe Stewart
Bob Friestad
John Griffin
David Irvine
Ralph Kalbus
Jim Kamphoefner
Bob Lappin
Charles Little
Don Miller
Jim Turner
Carole Klein
Laura Carpenter
Kevin Neuhoff
Alicia Telford
Ward Spangler
Kurt Patzner
Rehearsal Accomp.
Yvonne Wormer
Forest Byram
Martha Wall

Gloria in Excelsis Deo (Kevin a. Memley, 1971-)
Soloists: Soprano - Beth Carter, Alto - Ruthann Lovetang, Tenor - Michael Peterson
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Gloria in excelsis Deo. Et in terra pax hominibus voluntatis. Laudamus te. Benedicimus te. Glorificamus te. 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. Qui tollis peccata mundi, suscipe deprecationem nostram. Qui sedes ad dexteram Patris, miserere nobis. Quoniam tu solis sanctus. Tu solus Dominus. To solus altissimus, Jesu Christe. Cum Sancto Spriritu in gloria Dei Patris. Amen

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. we give thanks to thee according to thy great glory. Lord God, Heaenly 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. 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. 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.

Working with high school students in Fresno, CA, Kevin Memley is a dedicated teacher and pianist. ut his compositional craftsmanship is capturing the attention of musicians world wide. His Magnificat was written and dedicated to Dr. Anna Hamre at Fresno State University, his Gloria was written to honor Dr. Roy Klassen, Condutctor of the San Joaquin Valley Chorale.

Let Music Fill the Air (Gwyneth Walker 1947- )
Text: Adapted from a text by Plato, and from a passage in Handel opera "Rosalinda"

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.

Are you troubled? Music will calm you. Are you weary? Rest shall be there. Are you fearful, alone and silent? Raise your voice in song. Let music fill the air! Music gives sound to the universe, Music gives wings to the mind, Flight to the imagination, A charm to sadness, gaiety and life to everything. Let my voice speak. Let my heart rise on wings of song. It is the essence of order, and leads to all that is good, Just and beautiful, of which it is the invisible, But everlasting dazzling, passionate and eternal glow. Let my voice speak! Let my heart rise on wings of song! Let music fill the air.

Dr. Gwyneth Walker resigned from her post at Oberlin College Conservatory in 1982 to pursue a career as a full-time composer. A proud resident of Vermont, her catalog now boasts over 170 commissioned works for orchestra, band, chorus and chamber music.

Salmo 150 (Ernani Aguiar, 1949-)
Text : Psalm 150

Praise the Lord in his sacred places, Praise him in the firmament of his power. Praise him for his mighty acts, Praise him according to his excellent greatness. Praise him with the sound of the trumpet, Praise him with the psaltery and the harp. Praise him with the timbrel and the dance. Praise him with strings and pipes. Praise him with high-sounding cymbals, Praise him with cymbals of joy. Let everything that has breath praise the Lord!

One of the best known living composers in Brazil, Ernani Aguiar writes choral and instrumental music, and is also a musicologist of Brazilian 18th century music.

Maria Magdalena (Andrea Gabrieli, 1510-1586)
Text: Luke 24:22-24

Maria and the other Mary went forth at dawn to the tomb: Jesus whom you seek is not here: He has risen and has gone before you into Galilee; There you will see him. Alleluia.

The uncle of better-known Giovanni Gabrieli, Andrea was celebrated widely in his own time. A friend of Orlando de Lassus, his famous pupils include Zacconi, Hassler and Sweelinck.

Abendlied (Joseph Rheinberger, 1839-1901)
Text: Luke 24:29

Bide (stay) with us, for evening shadows darken, and the day will soon be over.

Joseph Rheinberger became organist at Vaduz Parish Church at age 7; his first composition was performed when he was 8. Later a composition and piano professor at the Munich Conservatory, his music is enjoying a resurgence today.

Les Fleurs et les Arbres (Camille Saint-Saëns, 1835 - 1921)
Text: Anonymous

The flowers and the trees, The bronzes, the marbles, The golds, the enamels, The sea, the springs, The mountains and the plains console our pains. Eternal nature, You seem more beautiful to a heart in sorrow, And art reigns over us, Its flame illuminates the laughter and the tears.

Camille Saint-Saëns was not only an amazing composer but also a gifted mathematician, an astronomer and a playwright. Close friend to Liszt and Berlioz, he also became a dear friend to his pupil, Gabriel Faure.

Northern Lights (Ola Gjeilo, 1978 - )
Text: Song of Solomon 6: 4-5

Thou art beautiful, O my love, Sweet and perfect as Jerusalem, Glorious as an army set in array. Turn away thy eyes from me, For (I am overcome and) they have made me flee away.

The music of Manhattan-based Norwegian composer and pianist Ola Gjeilo has been performed in more than 30 countries and commissioned by many of the world's most prestigious artists and organizations.

Ubi Caritas (Richard Burchard, 1960-)

Where charity and love are, God is there. We are gathered as one by Christ's love. Let us rejoice and be glad. Let us revere and love the living God. And may we love each other with a sincere heart. Where charity and love are, God is there. In the same way as we gather into one body, be attentive, lest we be divided in mind. Cease wrongful quarreling and conflict. And let Christ, our God, dwell in our midst. Where charity and love are, God is there. May we along with the blessed saints see Thy face in glory, O Christ, our God: The joy that is immeasurable and goodm fir akk ages and into eternity. Amen.

Richard Burchard is Associate Professor of Music and Department Chair at Bellarmine University in Louisville, Kentucky. His dense writing style has been called "intense and beautiful" and he has won the hearts of singers throughout the U.S. and abroad.

Magnificat (Kevin A. Memley, 1971-)
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I. Magnificat
My soul doth magnify the Lord, and my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Savior. For He hath regarded the low estate of His handmaiden: for, behold, from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed. For He that is mighty hath done to me great things; and holy is His name. And His mercy is on them that fear Him from generation to generation.

II. He Hath Come to Aid His Servant Israel
He has come to aid his servant Israel. He has come to remember his promises of mercy.

III. Gloria Patri
Glory be to the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost. As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end.Amen.

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 and Ruth E. Wells, whose assistance in preparation is immeasurable. We are proud to share that Consort Chorale has twice toured Eastern Europe.

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. For the past 12 years he has served as Dean for two music conferences at Lake Tahoe.

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 and ticketing (with help from Jim O'Brien and Terry and Nancy Scott); Suzanne Young and Martin Hillyer for program assistance; Kimberly Ayers Petker, Allan McAllister and Will Toft, Reception; Martha Wall, contractor and much more; Sean Bush, Recording Engineer; Good Shepherd Lutheran Church for rehearsal space, and Stephen McKersie for his invaluable assistance.

Please join us for a reception on the patio immediately following the concert. Our 2013 concert will be August 18. Mark your calendars now!