August 17, 2014 – 21st Anniversary Concert
First Presbyterian Church
San Anselmo , CA
"COMING OF AGE"
Magnificat – Baldassare Galuppi
— Chorale Members —
— Program Notes —
Magnificat (Baldassare Galuppi 1706 – 1785)
Magnificat anima mea Dominum. Et exultavit spiritus meus in Deo salutari meo.
Baldassare Galuppi studied under Antonio Lotti in Venice. He spent time in London in 1741-47 composing operas that remained popular for some time (Handel’s Messiah was premiered there in 1742). He returned to Venice and continued his composing career until 1766 when Catherine II invited him to St. Petersburg. He returned to Venice in 1768.
Deus in adjutorium meum… (Benjamin Britten, 1913 – 1976)
Deus in adjutorium meum intende. Domine ad adjuvandum me festina.
Benjamin Britten was a major force in classical music in England in the last century.
Infusing classical forms with contemporary harmonies,
he birthed a new sound for his time. The text above is translated by sections so you can appreciate the word painting he created in this
O Magnum Mysterium (Richard Burchard, 1960-)
Richard Burchard is an American composer most noted for his Salzburg Mass, “Miserere Mei,” and “When David Heard.” He is the head of the music department at Bellarmine University in Kentucky and was recently Commissioned to compose a tribute anthem to Morten Lauridsen by the ACDA Western Division.
Moonlight and Rain (Kevin A. Memley, 1971-)
Kevin A. Memley is a refreshing and versatile composer whose works
have only recently appeared on the choral music scene. Today his
music can be heard around the world. Consort Chorale was fortunate
to perform two of his extended works, “Magnificat” and “Gloria in
Now Sleeps the Crimson Petal (Paul Mealor, 1975-)
Paul Mealor is a Welsh composer of primarily choral music.He came
Ihr Musici, frisch auf! (Hans Leo Hassler, 1564 – 1612)
Ihr Musici, frisch auf und laßt doch hören, Die lieblich Kunst tut euch
You musicians refresh yourselves and let us hear you sing once more; the
Hans Leo Hassler was a German composer and organist of the late Renaissance and early Baroque eras, elder brother of composer Jakob Hassler. He was born in Nuremberg and died in Frankfurt am Main
Too Much I Once Lamented ( Thomas Tomkins, 1572 – 1656)
Too much I once lamented, while love my heart tormented, fa la la la.
Thomas Tomkins was a Welsh born composer of the late Tudor and early Stuart period. The piece performed today bears the inscription: To my ancient, and much reverenced Master, William Byrd. In 1621, Tompkins became a Gentleman Ordinary and organist under his friend and senior organist, Orlando Gibbons.
In Paradisum ( Ēriks Ešenvalds, 1977-)
In paradisum deducant Angeli: in tuo adventu suscipiant te Martyres, et
A Latvian composer of mostly orchestral, chamber and choral works that have been performed in the Americas, Asia and Europe, Mr. Ešenvalds studied at a theological seminary in Latvia from 1995–97. He then studied at the Jāzepa Vītola Latvijas Mūzikas akadēmija – Jāzeps Vītols Latvian Academy of Music in Rīga, where he graduated in 2002. He later had postgraduate studies in composition there with Selga Mence from 2002–04. He served as music minister at the Baptist church Vīlandes in Rīga and sang as a member of the state choir Latvija in Rīga. He served as Fellow Commoner in Creative Arts at Trinity College, Cambridge from 2011–13. He taught at High School No. 31 in Rīga from 1998–2002. His music is captivating, mysterious and wonderfully original.
If You Visit Me (Kevin A. Memley, 1971-)
If one day, my dear friend, if one day you visit me at my grave, and you fi nd
This piece is dedicated to the 100th commemoration of the Armenian Genocide, April 24, 2015.
Hard Times, Come Again No More (Stephen Foster, 1826 –
Dr. Gerald Custer teaches music theory and composition at Wayne State University (Detroit), leads a multiple-choir program at the First Presbyterian of Farmington in Farmington Hills, Michigan, and serves as artistic director and conductor of the Seaway Chorale and Orchestra.
Hush! Somebody’s Callin’ My Name
Hush, hush, somebody’s callin’ my name. Oh my Lord, oh my Lord, what shall I do?
Brazeal Dennard was an African-American singer, educator, choral
director, and musical arranger. He has been a significant contributor
in the preservation and revitalization of the spiritual musical form.
His efforts helped moved the African-American spiritual beyond the
Notes on the text from Dr. Rosephanye Powell: “Hush” is to tell those weeping for us during
Four Choral Critters (Christine Donkin, 1976-)
Christine Donkin was born into a musically active family in northwest Alberta. Her writing reflects a delightful diversity of styles from classical to folk and jazz. Her music is now being performed across the continent and abroad.
Great God Almighty! (Arranged by Stacey V. Gibbs, 1965-)
God, great God almighty. Ridin’ in a hurrry, ridin’ like he angry, bull whip in one
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 the world over.
Consort Chorale consists of selected choral singers from the San Francisco Bay Area who are dedicated to the choral art form. Every summer, for the past twenty-one years, the group has auditioned in May, then gathered for almost-weekly rehearsals and 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, Ruth E. Wells, and Sanford Dole, whose assistance in preparation is immeasurable. Consort Chorale has toured Eastern Europe three times, and has just returned from performing in Russia, Estonia and Sweden.
Allan Robert Petker, founder-director of Consort Chorale, is an internationally known choral conductor, clinician and prolific composer with many published works. He is the Vice President of Publications for the Fred Bock Music Companies, and President of Pavane Publishing. 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 15 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,