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From Sea to Shining Sea

Saturday, May 31, 2003, 8 PM
Pre-Concert lecture at 7 PM
Music Director Anthony LaGruth
The First Presbyterian Church at Red Bank
(known as
Tower Hill Church)
  255 Harding Rd, Red Bank, NJ

Aaron Copland, Old American Songs
Howard Hanson, Text by Walt Whitman, Song of Democracy,
Leonard Bernstein, Chichester Psalms
Samuel Barber, Agnus Dei,
Randall Thompson, Alleluia
Yankee Doodle, arr. Robert DeCormier
America the Beautiful, arr. Roy Ringwald
Battle Hymn, arr. Peter J. Willhousky

Song of Democracy
Text by Walt Whitman (1819-1892), from ""An Old Man's Thoughts of School", written for the inauguration of a Public School, Camden, New Jersey, 1874; and from "Thou Mother with thy equal brood" (Fourth Part).

An old man's thoughts of school,
An old man's gathering youthful memories and
     blooms that youth itself cannot. Now only do I know You,
O fair auroral skies - O morning dew upon the grass!And these I see, these sparkling eyes,
These stores of mystic meaning, these young lives,
Building, equipping like a fleet of ships, immortal ships,
Soon to sail out over the measureless seas,
On the soul's voyage.

Only a lot of boys and girls?
Only the tiresome spelling, writing, ciphering classes?
Only a public school?
Ah more, infinitely more.

And you America,
Cast you the real reckoning for your present?
The lights and shadows of your future, good or evil?
To girlhood, boyhood look, the teacher and the school.

Sail, Sail thy best, ship of Democracy,
Of value is thy freight, 'tis not the present only,
The Past is also stored in thee.
Thou holdest not the venture of thyself alone,
     not of thy Western continent alone.
Earth's resume entire floats on thy keel, O ship,
     is steadied by thy spars,
With thee Time voyages in trust, the antecedent
     nations sink or swim with thee.
With all their ancient struggles, martyrs, heroes,
     epics, wars, thou bear'st the other continents,
Theirs, theirs as much as thine, the destination -
     port triumphant;
Steer then with good strong hand and wary eye
     O helmsman, thou carriest great companions,
Venerable priestly Asia sails this day with thee,
And royal feudal Europe sails with thee.
And royal feudal Europe sails with thee.


Crowning Glory

Our Music Director, Anthony LaGruth, 
presented a pre-concert lecture at 2 pm.

Sunday, March 16, 2003 @ 3 PM
First Presbyterian Church
118 West Main Street, Freehold NJ 07728

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Four Coronation Anthems
Coronation Mass


First Night

We performed two sets of "lighter fare" at
Red Bank's New Year's Eve First Night Celebration!
Our audiences enjoyed P.D.Q. Bach, Stephen Foster,
a few patriotic numbers and more!
Red Bank Methodist Church on Broad St.

Brought to you by
the Red Bank Alliance to Prevent Alcoholism & Drug Abuse,
John Austin, Former Coordinator.


Christmas in Leipzig

Bach's Christmas Oratorio
Sunday, December 15 2002 @ 3 PM

Luther Memorial Lutheran Church

818 Tinton Avenue Tinton Falls, NJ 07724

A lovely reception was enjoyed by all
immediately following the concert.

Cantata No. 1
   Jauchzet, frohlocket, auf, preiset die Tage!

Cantata No. 2
   Und es waren hirten in derselben Gegend

Cantata No. 3
   Herrscher des Himmels erhöre das Lallen

Cantata No. 4
   Falt mit Danken, falt mit Loben

Cantata No. 5
   Ehre sei dir, Gott, gessungen

Cantata No. 6
   Herr, wen die stolzen Feinde schnauben

The Christmas Oratorio (selections)
Johann Sebastian Bach

Sopranos: Joy More & Peggy Noecker
Altos: Judy Capraro & Marcia Giffin
Tenors: Steve Leech & Pat McCall
Basses: Pete Arnold, Jack Burdy & John Schoening

Part I
Chorus: Shout ye exultant
Recitative – Evangelist  (Tenor - Steve): And it came to pass
Recitative – Alto (Marcia): ...At last, beloved Saviour mine
Chorale: How can I fitly greet Thee
Recitative - Evangelist (Pat): ...And she brought forth
Chorale (Soprano - Joy) and Recitative (Bass - John): He came among us
Chorale: Ah, Jesus Child

Part II
Recitative – Evangelist (Steve): ...And in that country
Chorale: ...Break forth, O beauteous
Recitative – Evangelist and Soprano (Peggy & Pat): And the Angel said
Recitative – Bass (Jack): What God to Abraham had sworn
Chorale: ...Behold! In gloomy stable stall
Recitative – Bass (Jack): So go ye there, ye shepherds
Aria – Alto (Judy): Slumber, my darling
Recitative – Evangelist (Steve): ...And suddenly there was
Chorus: Glory to God
Recitative – Bass (Pete): ‘ Tis well, ye angels
Chorale: In chorus here to Thee we raise

Part III
Chorus: Ruler of Heaven
Recitative – Evangelist (Pat): When the Angels had gone
Chorus: Let us even go now to Bethlehem
Recitative – Bass (Pete): Redeemer of His folk
Chorale: That God has ever blessed
Duet – Soprano and Bass (Peggy & John): Lord, Thy mercy
Recitative – Evangelist (Steve): And they came with haste
Recitative – Alto (Marcia): ...Ah, yes. My heart
Chorale: Thee, my Master, faithful serving
Recitative – Evangelist (Pat): ...And the shepherds turn’d them back
Chorale: ...Rejoice and sing

Part IV
Chorus: Bow ye, thankful
Duet – Soprano and Bass (Joy & Pete): ...Behold! Thou, Jesus
Chorale: Jesus, be my firm foundation

Part V
Chorus: Glory be to God!
Recitative – Evangelist (Pat): Now when Jesus was born
Chorale: Thy splendour drives the night away
Recitative – Evangelist (Steve): ...When Herod the King had heard
Recitative – Alto (Judy): ...And why are you thus shaken?
Recitative – Evangelist (Steve): And when he had gather’d

Part VI
Chorus: ...When, Lord, our haughty foes
Recitative – Evangelist and Bass (Pat & John) Then, Herod, when he had called
Recitative – Soprano (Joy): ...Thou Serpent! Thou but seekest
Chorale: ...I stand beside Thy cradle here
Recitative – Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Bass (Peggy, Marcia, Steve & John): The evil, sinful world is past
Chorale: The triumph is completed