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An American Sampler
MAY 31, 1998
Unitarian Church of Monmouth County
1475 West Front Street, Lincroft NJ.  

The Program  included:

LEONARD BERNSTEIN:  Chichester Psalms
RANDALL THOMPSON:   The Peaceable Kingdom
GEORGE & IRA GERSHWIN:  I Got Rhythm from  "Porgy and Bess";  It Ain't Necessarily So and O Lawd, I'm On My Way
GEORGE & IRA GERSHWIN,
DUBOSE & DOROTHY HEYWARD:   Summertime
COLE PORTER:  Begin the Beguine     
DE ROSE/PARISH:   Deep Purple
ARLEN/HARBURG:   Over the Rainbow
YOUMANS/CAESAR:  Tea For Two
HORACE EVERETT & AARON COPLAND:  From "The Tender Land";  Stomp Your Foot
Adapted by AARON COPLAND:  Ching-A-Ring Chaw
STEPHEN FOSTER:  I Dream of Jeannie with the Light Brown Hair; Beautiful Dreamer
WILLIAM BILLINGS:  The Rose of Sharon (An Anthem)


A Tribute to  Schubert & Brahms

March 15, 1998
St. Anselm's Roman Catholic Church
1028 Wayside Rd, Wayside NJ

The concert was a tribute to the music of Franz Schubert and Johannes Brahms, 19th century composers who combine the best of the classical tradition in which they were schooled and the romanticism of their times.The concert was accompanied by piano and  included:

Franz Schubert's   Mass No. 6 in E-Flat Major (D950)
Johannes Brahms' Schicksalslied Op. 54 (Song of Destiny)
                       Zigeunerlieder Op. 103 (Gypsy Songs )(selections from)
                       Liebeslieder Waltzes Op. 52 (Love Song Waltzes) (selections from)

Schubert's E-Flat Major Mass, his final of six Mass settings, reflects Schubert's creative development as he moved away from his roots in Viennese Classicism and the norms associated with sacred music of his time, and broke with liturgical convention to write a choral Mass for concert performance.  He did not live to hear this Mass performed but at the time of his death, in 1828, Schubert's reputation as the father of German Lieder was well established by a body of more than 600 songs.Born five years after Schuberts's death, Johannes Brahms' compositions combine the best of the classical tradition with the emotional range of the romantic spirit of the time.  While he wrote in every medium (except opera), Brahms is recognized as the major composer "most oriented by inclination and experience toward the chorus as an instrument fro the expression of his most exalted ideas," according to music historian Thomas Pyle.  These beautiful harmonies and depth of vocal expression are most evident in the Brahm's lieder chosen for this concert.


Concert Christmas with the Chorale

November 29, 1997
at the First Presbyterian Church of Freehold
118 West Main St., Freehold NJ

The Chorale was excited to begin our concert performances with our Director Charles Harris.The Chorale was accompanied by a small instrumental ensemble.  The show was enjoyed by all and included the following works:

MAGNIFICAT ; Dietrich Buxtehude
'TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS; by Clement Clark Moore, set to music by Ken Darby and arranged by Harry Simeone
A MUSICOLOGICAL JOURNEY THROUGH THE TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS; Craig Courtney
HEAR THE BELLS RING; Dave Brubeck
A CHRISTMAS CAROL; Charles Ives
MERRY CHRISTMAS JAZZ; Tom Cunningham
DECK THE HALLS (IN 7/8);  arranged by James McKelveyWe also performed two suites of carols arranged by Robert Shaw and Robert Russell Bennett and a collection of carols arranged by David Willcocks and John Rutter.

Carols

GOOD CHRISTIAN MEN, REJOICE DING DONG MERRILY ON HIGH
SILENT NIGHT JESUS CHILD
PATAPAN NATIVITY CAROL
O COME, ALL YE FAITHFUL JINGLE BELLS
O SANCTISSIMA  TOMORROW SHALL BE MY DANCING DAY
JOY TO THE WORLD  WASSAIL SONG
AWAY IN A MANGER  WHAT CHEER?
FUM FUM FUM SHEPHERD'S PIPE CAROL
MARCH OF THE KINGS