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The Songs of Love and Life

Carl Orff, Carmina Burana
Johannes Brahms, Liebeslieder Waltzes


Saturday June 4, 2005, 8 PM
First Presbyterian Church
255 Harding Road Red Bank

Sunday June 5, 2005, 3 PM
With the Garden State Philharmonic Chorus
Toms River High School North
Old Freehold Road Toms River
(not part of Shrewsbury Chorale ticketing or subscription)

The Passion of the Season...

St. John Passion
Sunday, March 13, 2005, 3 p.m.
First Presbyterian Church
118 West Main Street Freehold NJ

Robin Massie, Soprano
Jan Wilson, Mezzo-Soprano
Arthur Shen, Tenor
Michael Reder, Baritone-Bass

Johann Sebastian Bach

Composed in 1723, the St. John Passion was originally intended for a Good Friday service for Saint Thomas’ Church in Leipzig. The texts recounting the passion story in recitative were chosen from existing passion poems of the time.

Chorus, soloists and instrumentalists present the passion story as told by gospel writer, John. The tenor soloist is the voice of John, with other soloists taking the parts of Jesus, Pilate, Peter and other story participants. The chorus sings the “group” roles of crowd, soldiers and others. In addition to their character roles, the chorus and soloists express, in arias and chorales, the sentiments of active listeners to the story. Instrumentalists, too play important roles, especially in the commentary sections.

It is interesting to note the structure of the St. John Passion with its nine choral movements symmetrically arranged around a central, pivotal chorus; the last four movements mirroring the first four. In addition to it being a work of structural ingenuity, St. John’s Passion is powerful example of Bach’s word and tone painting.

Working within the confines of the short gospel account of St. John, Bach created a highly emotional and deeply meditative work, which inspires the modern day listener.

The Joy of the Season...

Benjamin Britten

Saturday, December 11, 2004 @ 8 p.m.
Reception following the performance
Christ Church
90 Kings Hwy, Middletown NJ

The centerpiece of our program was Benjamin Britten's
A Ceremony of CarolsThe work was a Christmas
present for Elizabeth Mayer, written on an trans-Atlantic voyage through U-boat infested waters in May of 1942. The
first performance of the work was in December of that year by the Fleet Street Choir of London, an address made
famous by its demon-barber resident, Sweeny Todd.

The program also featured traditional holiday favorites such as
Leroy Anderson's Sleigh ride and Jerry Herman's
We Need a Little Christmas featured in the Broadway hit Mame. Carols from many countries will be showcased,
including the American spiritual Sweet Little Jesus Boy and the Austrian folk song Still Still Still. PDQ Bach
(1807-1742?), the last and least of JS Bach's many children will
be represented by his spirited Yule song,
Throw the Yule log on, Uncle John


Procession (Hodie Christus natus est)
Wolcum Yole!
There is no rose
That yongë child
Peggy Noecker, Soprano Soloist
Peggy Noecker, Soprano Soloist
As dew in Aprille
This little babe
Interlude (Harp solo)
In freezing winter night
Spring carol
Deo Gracias

Also on our program:

The Gift Carol Arr. Lloyd Pfautsch
Sweet Little Jesus Boy Robert MacGimesey
Two Christmas Miniatures T. F. Candlyn
The Little Road to Bethlehem Michael Head
Willie, Take your Drum arr. George Strickling
A Song to the Sleeping babe Fredrick Snell
Mary’s Little Boy Child arr. Ed Lojeski


The Three Kings of Orient arr. Samuel L. Forcucci
Shepherd’s Chorus from Amahl and the Night Visitors Gian Carlo Menotti
 Steve Leech - Tenor, Pete Arnold - Baritone,
and Ray Radcliffe - Bass
Still Still Still arr. Norman Luboff
Whisper! Whisper! Jay Althouse
The Sleigh Richard Kountz
Sleigh Ride Leroy Anderson
Monotone Angel Don Mcafee
Throw the Yule Log on, Uncle John PDQ Bach
We Need a little Christmas Jerry Herman