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"Serious Nonsense, Choral Fun"
A not too serious look at some challenging choral music,

Saturday, June 8, 2002 at 8 p.m.
at the Luther Memorial Lutheran Church

818 Tinton Avenue Tinton Falls, NJ 07724

A Little Nonsense
On the Nature of Things
Robert Starer

Modern Music
Meet America's William Billings

William Billings

Aftonen (Evening)
Hugo Alfven

Ola! O che bon echo
Orlando di Lasso

Nani, Nani
Yehezkel Braun

Alleluia
Brazilian Psalm
Jean Berger 

Madrigal
Gabriel Fauré

Oh Dear, What Can the Matter Be?
Arr. by John Carter

Black, Black, Black
Arr. by Robert Shaw
and Alice Parker

La Cucaracha
Michael Hennagin

Beautiful Dreamer
Stephen Foster
Arr. by Gail Kubik

Polly-Wolly-Doodle
Arr. by Gail Kubik

Oh, I Can't Sit Down
from Porgy and Bess
George Gershwin

Pavane
Gabriel Fauré

Valse
Ernst Toch

Much Ado About Nothings
Norman Luboff

Something Lovely; Punctuality
Prayer; Age Before Beauty
Mother; A Fool; Two Heads;
My Aunt; Love;
Tally Ho; That's All

Evening  
Zoltán Kodály

Ezekiel Saw De Wheel
William Dawson

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No Translation Required
English choral music, not necessarily written by Englishmen!
Saturday, March 23, 2002 at 8 PM
First Presbyterian Church
118 West Main Street, Freehold NJ 07724
First Presbyterian Church of Freehold

Program:

Purcell's “Symphony” from Now Does the Glorious Day Appear  
"My Beloved Spake” Anthem for Soloists, Chorus, String, and Continuo
Quartet: Linda McCall, Pat McCall, Pete Arnold, Jack Burdy
Tenor Solo: (The fig tree putteth forth) Steve Leech

Bononcini's When Saul Was King
Anthem for the funeral of the Duke of Marlborough,
for soloists, chorus, strings and continuo
Duet: Sondra Lohnes, Bradley Gates
Alto Recitative and Aria: Linda McCall

Serenade to Music for chorus, strings, and piano
featuring: Gina Barnett, Bob Spencer, Steve Leech, Sondra Lohnes,
Shoshana Davidowitz, Jack Burdy, Marty Israel, Pete Arnold, Don Robinson,
Cindy Allen, Susan Gardiner and Linda McCall

Intermission

Handel: Selections from Allegro ed il Penseros
for soloists, chorus, strings, and continuo:
Featuring: James Archie Worley, Cindy Allen, Gina Barnett, Pete Arnold,
Marty Israel, Joy More and Susan Gardiner.

L’Allegro Tenor Recitative: Hence! Loathed Melancholy
Il Penseroso Alto Recitative: Hence! Vain deluding joys
L’Allegro Tenor Air: Haste thee, nymph, and bring with thee
  Chorus: Haste thee, nymph, and bring with thee
L’Allegro Tenor Air: Come, and trip it as you go
  Chorus: Come, and trip it as you go
Il Penseroso Soprano Recitative: There held in holy passion still
  Soprano Air [And join with thee calm peace and quiet]
L’Allegro Chorus: [Join with thee calm peace and quiet]
L’Allegro Tenor Recitative: If I give thee honor due
L’Allegro Tenor Air: Let me wander, not unseen
  Bass Recitative: Mountains, on whose barren breast
L’Allegro Tenor Air: Or let the merry bells ring round
  Chorus: [And young and old come forth to play]
L’Allegro Bass: Populous cities please me then
  Chorus: Populous cities please us then
Il Penseroso Tenor Air: These delights if thou canst give
  Chorus: These delights if thou canst give
Il Penseroso Soprano Recitative: But let my due feet never fail
  Chorus: There let the pealing organ blow
Il Penseroso Soprano: And let their sweetness
Il Penseroso Alto Air: May at last my weary age
Il Penseroso Soprano: These pleasures, Melancholy give
  Chorus: These pleasures, Melancholy give

Our Guest Tenor Soloist for the Handel:

JAMES ARCHIE WORLEY, our guest tenor soloist, was recently added to the roster of the Metropolitan Opera. He performed the role of La Sposo in Carl Orff's Trionfo di Afrodite with the American Symphony Orchestra at Lincoln Center's Avery Fisher Hall. He also sang the role of the Laboureur in Chausson's Le Roi Arthus with the American Symphony Orchestra and can be heard on its recently released recording of Strauss's Die Liebe Der Danae. He sang the role of the Gondolier in Rossini's Otello this past summer at the Caramoor Music Festival with conductor Will Crutchfield. In Beijing, he performed in Verdi's Requiem with the Oratorio Society of New York and members of the Chinese National Opera Chorus and Orchestra.

In New Jersey, Archie sang in Haydn's Creation with the Masterwork Chorus, in Mendelssohn's Elijah and Dominick Argento's Jonah and the Whale with the Monmouth Civic Chorus, and in J.S. Bach's Passion According to St. John with the Princeton University Chapel Choir. He recently sang with the New York Philharmonic in Michael Torke's Four Seasons under the direction of Maestro Kurt Masur and in a performance and recording of Stephen Sondheim's Sweeney Todd.

Archie premiered P.D.Q. Bach's newly discovered Four Next-to-Last Songs with Peter Schickele at the piano and sang in P.D.Q. Bach's Blaues Gras Cantata at Carnegie Hall. He also premiered and recorded Paul Moravec's song cycle, Naked Simplicities, and Christian Heim's Four Sufi Legends (written for Archie). His recordings also include: the role of the King in Philip Glass's The Witches of Venice.


Holiday Memories & Harmonies

Saturday, December 8, 2001 at 8 p.m.
First Presbyterian Church
118 West Main Street, Freehold NJ 07724


Our annual holiday concert featured three Marian motets by Anton Joseph Bruckner, 
Francis Poulenc - Hodie Christus Natus Est
Joel C. Phillips - Celebrate Chanukah
Randall Thompson - Nowel
Johann Walther - Joseph Lieber, Joseph Mein
William Billings - A Virgin Unspotted
Richard Dering - Quem Vidistis Pastores
Gian Carlo Menotti- Shepherds' Chorus from Amahl and the Night Visitors
Irving Berlin's - White Christmas
We hope you enjoyed other spiritual, English, American and German traditional carols.

Program:

Quem Vidistis pastores
Joseph, Lieber, Joseph Mein
Hodie Christus natus est
A Virgin Unspotted
Three Marian Motets:
1) Ave Maria
2) Antiphon (Tota pulchra es Maria)
3) Virga Jesse floruit
Nowel
The Shepherds’ Chorus
Celebrate Chanukah
All My Heart This Night Rejoices
Deck the Hall
Veinticinco de diciembre
Rise Up Shepherd and Follow
Good King Wenceslas
Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
Away in a Manger
O Little Town of Bethlehem
White Christmas