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We saluted our New Director, Stephen Michael Smith!

When: Saturday October 16, 1999 @ 7 P.M.!
Where: The hall of Morganville Volunteer Fire Co. #1
78 Tennent Rd, Morganville NJ
Featuring: Exotic  Hors D'oeuvres
Festive Cabaret - Showcasing our members' talents!    
"everything from folk to opera, arty to rowdy"
Delectable Desserts
Cash Bar*
Admission: $10. 

**a non-subscription event** *Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control, permit #00001410

We had a great line-up of knockout numbers!  
The evening began with Fanfares by Marty Krupp; 
then the Shrewsbury Wind and Brass Ensemble:  
Marty Krupp, Richard Freeman, Ray Radcliffe, Bob Spencer; 
and the entire Chorale singing 
If You Don't Know Who We Are.

Then on to our first set! 
All first set pieces accompanied by Charles Harris.
(On all images, click to see the big picture.)

Carol Cuneo 
was a doll performing
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Les oiseaux dans
la charmille

Dad, he is
The Greatest Man
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Carolyn Penna

Ellen Rubinstein
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serenaded on her flute.

Oh, HUSH!  We listened
 when Gina Barnett
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Stizzoso, Mio Stizzoso

A quartet:
Dale Ofei-Ayisi, Susan Gardiner,
Bob Spencer and Pete Arnold,
wooed us with
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Liebeslieder Waltzes

Set 2 began:
As Marcia Giffin &
 Peggy Noecker
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gave us all 
The Blues in the Night

Peter Goldsmith
My Concerto
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No Two People 
have ever been so in love 
as these two! 
Fran & Art Reiff

Our Queen and Madam President Liz Tolas
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sang Sensitivity
(assisted by
Carolyn Penna)

Carolyn Penna, 
Marilyn Brace, 
Ellen Rubinstein and 
Edna Larsen took us on a 

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Sentimental Journey

Of the dragon
at the
  Pendragon Institute
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Written and performed by
 Steven Leech

To Becky Kutz;
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It Might as Well be Spring

Ah, sisters!
Joy More and 
Diane Serine
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 serenaded Cinderella
 (Becky Kutz)
 and the Prince
 (Jatin Garg)

Jack Burdy was 
the one for:
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There’s Always One

Who's got the winner?
Fugue for Tinhorns

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Steve Leech, 
Jack Burdy, and  
Pat McCall

Wasn't it romantic, as Marcia Giffin and
Ray Radcliffe
sang the mellow
 sounds of
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The Closer I Get 
to You

Boogie Woogie
 Bugle Boy

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Cindy Allen, 
Gini Calcerano, and
 Christina Basile 
got down!

All second set pieces
 accompanied by
Carolyn Moore

Where would we be without:  
(he) is the True Embodiment,
and Liz

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For Clair:  
Pat McCall and The Chorale
Accompaniment, Clair Maxwell and Linda McCall

For Liz:  
(Pat McCall, Jack Burdy, Jatin Garg, and Peter Goldsmith);
Backup Group  
(Marilyn Brace, Barbara MacPherson, 
Grayce Armstrong, Gretchen Hawkins); 
and The Chorale
Accompaniment, The Shrewsbury Wind and Brass Ensemble
 joined by
Clair Maxwell, Steve Leech, Linda McCall and Charles Harris

Reprise So Now You Know Who We Are —
Stephen Smith is Our Director

And Finally!

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Alleluia Coronation Anthem #2

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(Give the man a t-shirt!)
The Chorale; Accompaniment, Clair Maxwell

 Here are some candid shots:
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Thanks to everyone for a wonderful evening!

A Garland of Holiday Music

We hope you joined us as we performed on
Saturday, December 11, 1999, @ 8 P.M.
@ First Presbyterian Church of Freehold
118 West Main Street, Freehold.
We began our second fabulous concert season under the baton of our Director
Stephen Michael Smith

The first concert of our season, on December 11, 1999, "A Garland of Holiday Music", featured two Coronation Anthems by George Frideric Handel:  "The King Shall Rejoice" and "Let Thy Hand Be Strengthened", Mozart's "Dixit et Magnificat", and Arvo Pärt's "Magnificat".  And, as we brought the 1900s to a close, we honored a number of 20th century composers with a selection of carols written or arranged by some of the most distinguished and prolific composers of our time, including Herbert Howells, Morten Lauridsen, William Walton, Hugo Distler and David Willcocks.  The Chorale was accompanied by chamber orchestra.

George Frideric Handel -
Coronation Anthem #3,
The King Shall Rejoice
Coronation Anthem #4,
Let Thy Hand Be Strengthened
Arvo Pärt - Magnificat 


Babatunde Olatunji, arr. Barrington Brooks Betelehemu
(Nigerian Carol)

Herbert Howells -
A Spotless Rose
Here is the little door



Dixit et  Magnificat


O Magnum Mysterium
Morten Lauridsen

William Walton
  Make we joy now in this fest
Hugo Distler
Es ist ein Ros' entsprungen
David Willcocks
O Come, all ye faithful
Quelle est cette odeur agreable?
 Il est ne le divin enfant

Bogoroditse Devo (Ave Maria) 
Sergei Rachmaninoff

  William J. Kirkpatrick (Arr. Willcocks)

Away in a Manger

Malcolm Sargent - Hawaiian Lullaby 


Were you there?  If you were,
 we appreciate your support!

Sunday, March 12, 2000
at 3 P.M

Our performance was held at

The First Presbyterian Church
at Red Bank

(known as Tower Hill Church)
  255 Harding Rd, Red Bank, NJ


Messa da Requiem, by Gaetano Donizetti

"Chorus of wedding guests"
from Lucia di Lammermoor,
 by Gaetano Donizetti

"Chorus of Scottish refugees"
from Macbeth

Giuseppe Verdi
Giuseppe Verdi

by Richard Wagner

"Bridal Chorus"
from Lohengrin

"Coronation scene"
from Boris Godunov

by Modeste Mussorgsky



"Sous le dôme épais"
from Lakme
by Leo Delibes

"Sull' aria/Che soave zeffiretto"
from Le Nozze di Figaro

by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

The second concert of our season, “Return to the Opera,” featured the rarely performed "Messa da Requiem", by Gaetano Donizetti.  Though best known for his operatic works such as "Lucia di Lammermoor", "Don Pasquale", and "L'elisir d'amore", Donizetti was trained as a church musician and his dual musical personality is evident in his "Messa da Requiem."   Completed in Paris in 1835, "Requiem" was written for his friend and musical rival, Vincenzo Bellini, with the earliest documented performance to have taken place in April 1870.  The work remained unpublished until the 20th century.  The Chorale will perform a newly edited version (1975) by Volmos Leskó based on the autograph preserved in the library of the Conservatory in Naples.

The concert also featured favorite opera arias, duets, and choruses, including Gaetano Donizetti's "Chorus of wedding guests" from "Lucia di Lammermoor", Giuseppe Verdi's "Chorus of Scottish refugees" from "Macbeth", Richard Wagner's "Bridal Chorus" from "Lohengrin", Piotr Tchaikovsky's "Waltz Scene" from "Eugene Onegin", the "Coronation scene" from Modeste Mussorgsky's "Boris Godunov", "Sous le dôme épais" from "Lakme" by Leo Delibes and "Sull' aria/Che soave zeffiretto"
from "Le Nozze di Figaro" by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Our Bass soloist for
"Coronation Scene"
Stephan Kirchgraber.

Our Tenor soloist for
"Chorus of Wedding Guests" was
Chip Sanford

Stephan Kirchgraber, Bass, after studies at the University of Illinois, and in Munich, Germany, made his professional debut with the Greater Miami Opera in La Gioconda, and has returned there for roles in Macbeth, Norma, Turandot, and the American premiere of Franchetti's Cristoforo Colombo.

Mr. Kirchgraber has toured frequently with the New York City Opera National Company as Colline in La Boheme, and in two different productions of La Traviata. With the Opera Theatre of St. Louis he created roles in the world premieres of The Woodlanders by Stephen Paulus, Joruri by Minoru Miki and the Japanese premiere of Joruri at the Nissei Theatre in Tokyo, a performance released on videodisc.

Mr. Kirchgraber made his European debut in Die Meistersinger at the Festival dei due Mondi in Spoleto, Italy, and has also appeared at the Opernhaus Zurich in Salome. Other American appearances include performances with the Augusta, Baltimore, New Orleans, Orlando, Palm Beach and Utah opera companies And in recent seasons he has been seen in critically acclaimed performances as all the Villains in Les Contes D'Hoffmann and Prince Gremin in Eugene Onegin with OperaDELAWARE, as Wurm in Luisa Miller for the Sarasota Opera, and in productions of La Fanciulla del West and Street Scene for the Central City Opera.

Mr. Kirchgraber is the 1998 recipient of the Robert M. Lauch Memorial Grant presented by the Wagner Society of New York, under whose auspices he made his New York recital debut in May 1998.

Charles "Chip" Sanford, tenor, hails from Bradenton, Florida, where he sang the role of Alfred in "Die Fledermaus" and Don Pelagio in Haydn's "La Cantarina" with the Orlando Opera.  He has also appeared as Rodolfo in "La Boheme" at Lyric Opera Cleveland, and most recently sang the role of Dick Johnson in Puccini's "Fanciulla del West" with Central City Opera in Colorado. Recently relocated to New York, his upcoming roles include Tebaldo in Bellini's "I Capuleti e i Montecchi" and Baccus in "Ariadne auf Naxos"

We hope you didn't miss our final concert of our '99-'00 season! 

The final concert of the season, on May 20, 2000 was, “Light Eternal & the Lighter Side,” a concert which explored choral music from its most poignant to its most playful.  Included on the program was the hauntingly evocative, “Lux Aeterna” by Morten Lauridsen and John Tavener’s “Song for Athene.”  Representing the lighter side was Randall Thompson’s “Frostiana: Seven Country Songs,” and the indescribable PDQ Bach’s The Seasonings, S. 1 ½ tsp.”   We were accompanied by Chamber Orchestra.

The Program

John Tavener: Song for Athene Morten Lauridsen:  Lux Aeterna


Randall Thompson,  Frostiana: Seven Country Songs, (with piano) 
The Road Not Taken
The Pasture
A Girl's Garden
Choose Something Like a Star


Adolphus Hailstork

Yamada Kosaku, arr. Berger A. Doyo:  Medley


The Seasonings