August 20, 2017 – 24th Anniversary Concert
First Presbyterian Church
San Anselmo, CA
“A CELEBRATION IN CONTRASTS”
The romantic colors of Camille Saint-Saen’s heroic “Requiem” for chorus, organ, and chamber orchestra contrasted with the brilliant hues of Sanford Dole’s recently completed “Songs of Isaiah” for chorus and chamber orchestra are the celebrated and featured works.
Missa Romana “Kyrie” – Giovanni Pergolesi
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— Program Notes —
“Kyrie” from MISSA ROMANA (G. B. Pergolesi, 1710 – 1736
Kyrie eleison. Christe eleison. Kyrie eleison.
Lord, have mercy. Christ, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.
Giovanni Battista Pergolesi was an Italian composer, violinist and organist. He was one of the most important early composers of opera buffa (comic opera). He died of tuberculosis at age 26.
Messe de Requiem (Camille Saint-Saens, 1835 – 1921)
Camille Saint-Saens, was a composer chiefly remembered for his symphonic poems — the first of that genre to be written by a Frenchman — and for his pioneering efforts on behalf of French music. He was a child prodigy, a gifted pianist and organist as well as a writer of criticism, poetry, essays, and plays. A special thanks is due to Norm Proctor, who re-engraved the scores for the chorus and organ — a monumental task. We also owe a tremendous debt of gratitude to Boris De Denko and Karen Brandreth who not only introduced the work to us but whose generous support made our orchestra a reality for this concert. It is with pride we acknowledge Amanda Hahn, one of our own singers, who will be featured on the flute in several movements.
Beth Carter, Soprano; Michele Baroody, Alto; Michael Petersen, Tenor; David Irvine, Bass
Requiem aeternam dona eis, Domine, et lux perpetua luceat eis. Te decet hymnus, Deus, in Sion, et tibi reddetur votum in Jerusalem: ad te omnis caro veniet. Kyrie eleison. Christe eleison. Kyrie eleison.
Give them eternal rest, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine on them. A hymn befits you, God, in Zion, and to thee shall be returned a prayer in Jerusalem: all flesh returns to you. Lord have mercy. Christ have mercy. Lord have mercy.
2. Dies irae
Beth Carter, Soprano; Michele Baroody, Alto; Michael Petersen, Tenor; David Irvine, Bass
Dies irae, dies illa solvet saeclum in favilla, teste David cum Sibylla. Quantus tremor est futurus, quando judex est venturus, cuncta stricte discussurus! Tuba mirum spargens sonum, per sepulchra regionum, coget omnes ante thronum. Mors stupebit et natura, cum resurget creatura, judicanti responsura. Liber scriptus proferetur, in quo totum continetur, unde mundus judicetur. Judex ergo cum sedebit, quidquid latet, apparebit, nil inultum remanebit. Quid sum miser tunc dicturus? Quem patronum rogaturus, cum vix iustus sit securus?
A day of wrath, that day, dissolves the world into embers, as attested by David with the prophetess. What trembling will there be, when the Judge is come, to examine everything in strict justice! The trumpet’s wondrous call sounding abroad, in tombs throughout the world, shall compel all before the throne. Death and nature stand amazed, when creation rises again, to answer the Judge. A written book will be brought forth, in which everything is contained, from which the world shall be judged. So when the Judge is seated, whatever is hidden will be made known, nothing at all will remain. What shall I, a wretch, say at that time? What advocate shall I entreat, when scarcely the righteous shall be safe?
3. Rex tremendae
Michael Petersen, Tenor
Rex tremendae majestatis, qui salvandos salvas gratis, salva me, fons pietatis. Recordare, Jesu pie, quod sum causa tuae viae: ne me perdas illa die. Quaerens me, sedisti lassus; redemisti crucem passus; tantus labor non sit cassus. Juste judex ultionis, donum fac remissionis ante diem rationis. Ingemisco tamquam reus; culpa rubet vultus meus; supplicanti parce, Deus. Qui Mariam absolvisti, et latronem exaudisti, mihi quoque spem dedisti. Preces meae non sunt dignae; sed tu bonus fac benigne, ne perenni cremer igne. Inter oves locum praesta, et ab haedis me sequestra, statuens in parte dextra. Confutatis maledictis, ammis acribus addictis, voca me cum benedictis.
King of awesome majesty, those who are saved you save freely, save me, O fount of mercy. Remember, dear Jesus, that I am the reason for your journey: do not cast me away on that day. Seeking me, you sat down weary; you redeemed through the cross’s suffering; such labor be not in vain. Just Judge of vengeance, grant the gift of pardon before the day of reckoning. I groan like one accused; guilt reddens my face; spare the supplicant, O God. [You] who did absolve Mary, and heard the robber, have given me hope as well. My prayers are not worthy; but you, of your goodness, deal generously, that I burn not in unceasing flame. Grant me a place among the sheep, and separate me from the goats, setting me on your right hand. When the accursed have been confounded, and consigned to bitter flames, call me along with the blessed.
4. Oro supplex
Patricia Littman, Soprano; Michele Baroody, Alto; Sanford Dole, Tenor; Norm Proctor, Bass
Oro supplex et acclinis, cor contritum quasi cinis, gere curam mei finis. Lacrymosa dies illa, qua resurget ex favilla Judicandus homo reus. Huic ergo parce, Deus. Pie Jesu Domine, dona eis Requiem. Amen.
I pray, humble I pray, humble and kneeling, heart contrite like ash, care for me at my end. Tearful [shall be] that day, on which rises again from the embers to be judged the guilty man. This one therefore spare, O God. Merciful Lord Jesus, grant them rest. Amen.
Hostias et preces tibi, Domine, laudis offerimus. Tu suscipe pro animabus illis quarum hodie memoriam facimus. Fac eas, Domine, de morte transire ad vitam, quam olim Abrahae promisisti et semini eius.
Offerings and prayers to you, O Lord, we offer with praise. O receive them for the souls of those who today we commemorate. Make them, O Lord, to pass from death to life, as you promised Abraham and his seed.
Sanctus, Sanctus, Sanctus, Dominus Deus Sabaoth. Pleni sunt caeli et terra gloria tua. Hosanna in excelsis.
Holy, holy, holy, Lord God of Hosts. Heaven and earth are full of your glory. Hosanna in the highest.
Natalie Moon-Wainwright, Soprano; Melissa Muller, Alto; Sanford Dole, Tenor; Norm Proctor, Bass
Benedictus qui venit in nomine Domini.
Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord.
8. Agnus Dei
Naomi Peterkin, Soprano; Martha Wall, Alto; Sanford Dole, Tenor; Norm Proctor, Bass
Agnus Dei, qui tollis peccata mundi, dona eis Requiem. Agnus Dei, qui tollis peccata mundi, dona eis Requiem sempiternam. Lux aeterna luceat eis, cum sanctis tuis in aeternum, quia pius es.
Lamb of God, [you] who take away the sins of the world, grant them eternal rest. Let perpetual light shine upon them, with your saints forever, for you are merciful.
Mild the Mist Upon the Hill (Michael D. Atwood, 1990 – )
Poem by Emily Bronte, 1818 – 1848
Mild the mist upon the hill telling not of storms tomorrow; no, the day has wept its fill, spent its store of silent sorrow. I watch this cloudy evening fall after a day of rain; blue mists, sweet mists of summer pall the horizon’s mountain chain. The damp stands on the long green grass as thick as morning’s tears, and dreamy scents of fragrance pass that breathe of other years. O, I’m gone back to the days of youth, I am a child once more. Mild the mist upon the hill telling not of storms.
Consort Chorale is proud to present the West Coast premiere of this composition by Michael Atwood. A graduate of Minnesota State University Mankato, Mr. Atwood is an emerging musician in the Midwest with a Bachelors in Vocal Performance and a Masters in Choral conducting, and the winner of numerous composition awards and competitions.
The New Moon (Nicholas Ryan Kelly, 1986 – )
Poem by Bliss Carman, 1861 – 1929
The new moon hangs in the wintry tree, the spring rains march by the door, the summer comes and the roses blow, the mellow woods of autumn glow, and love is more and more. The seasons pass, the strong winds die, the sunlight steals from the wall, the glittering planets wheel and sink, the tides return to the ocean’s brink, and love is all in all.
Nicholas Ryan Kelly is an American composer now teaching, composing and living in British Columbia. The piece we are performing tonight was the winner of the 2016 Edwin Fissinger Composition competition, sponsored by North Dakota State University. Mr. Kelly has been the recipient of numerous composition awards and has been a student of famed composer Stephen Chatman.
Songs of Isaiah (Sanford Dole, 1955 – )
From the Book of Isaiah
Movement I – Canticle 9 The First Song of Isaiah Isaiah 12:2-6
Surely, it is God who saves me; I will trust in God and not be afraid. For the Lord is my stronghold and my sure defense, and God will be my Savior. Therefore you shall draw water with rejoicing from the springs of salvation. And on that day you shall say, Give thanks to the Lord and call upon his Name; Make God’s deeds known among the peoples; see that they remember that God’s Name is exalted. Sing the praises of the Lord, for he has done great things, and this is known in all the world. Cry aloud, inhabitants of Zion, ring out your joy, for the great one in the midst of you is the Holy One of Israel.
Movement II – Canticle 10 The Second Song of Isaiah Isaiah 55:6-11
Seek the Lord while he wills to be found; call upon him when he draws near. Let the wicked forsake their ways and the evil ones their thoughts; And let them turn to the Lord, and he will have compassion, and to our God, for he will richly pardon. For my thoughts are not your thoughts, nor your ways my ways, says the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts. For as rain and snow fall from the heavens and return not again, but water the earth, Bringing forth life and giving growth, seed for sowing and bread for eating, So is my word that goes forth from my mouth; it will not return to me empty; But it will accomplish that which I have purposed, and prosper in that for which I sent it.
Movement III – Canticle 11 The Third Song of Isaiah Isaiah 60:1-3, 11a, 14c, 18-19
Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has dawned upon you. For behold, darkness covers the land; deep gloom enshrouds the peoples. But over you the Lord will rise, and his glory will appear upon you. Nations will stream to your light, and kings to the brightness of your dawning. Your gates will always be open; by day or night they will never be shut. They will call you, The City of the Lord, The Zion of the Holy One of Israel. Violence will no more be heard in your land, ruin or destruction within your borders. You will call your walls, Salvation, and all your portals, Praise. The sun will no more be your light by day; by night you will not need the brightness of the moon. The Lord will be your everlasting light, and your God will be your glory. Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen.
Sanford Dole is Artistic Director of Bay Choral Guild, a 45-voice community choir based in Palo Alto, and of North Star Vocal Artists, a recently formed chamber choir in the North Bay that focuses on contemporary choral music. In his 24th year as Music Director at St. Gregory of Nyssa Episcopal Church in San Francisco, Sanford was a founding member of the accclaimed vocal ensemble Chanticleer.
Elijah Rock (Arr. Moses Hogan, 1957 – 2003)
Elijah Rock. Come on sister help me to pray tell me my Lord don’t pass this way. Satan nothin’ but a snake in the grass. He’s a conjur, he’s a liar. Hallelujah Lord. If I could I surely would stand on the rock where Moses stood. I’m comin’ up Lord.
Moses Hogan was an American composer and arranger of choral music. He was best known for his settings of African-American spirituals. Hogan was a pianist, conductor, and arranger of international renown.
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-four 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 our associate conductors, David Irvine, RuthE Wells, and Sanford Dole, whose assistance in preparation is immeasurable. Consort Chorale has toured Eastern Europe three times, and performed at Carnegie Hall. They have just returned from a concert tour in Argentina..
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 Los Cancioneros Master Chorale in the Los Angeles area. For the past 18 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; Lily O’Brien and The Madison Company Realtors for their assistance with our publicity; Jon Curtis for managing our web site; Barbara McElroy for rehearsal accompaniment assistance; Alexandra Amati-Camperi and Martin Hillyer for program assistance; Kimberly Ayers Petker, Allan McAllister, Kris Irvine, Terry Scott, Gregory Curatolo, Will Toft and Tim Proctor, Reception; Cinematiks LLC, Videography; Good Shepherd Lutheran Church for rehearsal space, and Stephen McKersie for his invaluable assistance.