HOPE YOU CAME TO OUR FIRST ANNUAL FALL FAN FARE! WE
REALLY BLEW OUR OWN HORN!
saluted our New Director, Stephen
October 16, 1999 @ 7 P.M.!
hall of Morganville Volunteer Fire Co. #1
78 Tennent Rd, Morganville NJ
Festive Cabaret - Showcasing our members' talents!
"everything from folk to opera, arty to rowdy"
non-subscription event** *Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control,
We had a great line-up of knockout
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.
on to our first set!
All first set pieces accompanied by Charles Harris.
(On all images, click to see the big
was a doll performing
Dad, he is
The Greatest Man
on her flute.
Oh, HUSH! We listened
when Gina Barnett
Dale Ofei-Ayisi, Susan Gardiner,
Bob Spencer and Pete Arnold,
wooed us with
Set 2 began:
As Marcia Giffin &
gave us all
The Blues in the Night
No Two People
have ever been so in love
as these two!
Fran & Art Reiff
Our Queen and Madam President
Ellen Rubinstein and
Edna Larsen took us on a
Of the dragon
Written and performed by
To Becky Kutz;
It Might as Well be Spring
Joy More and
and the Prince
Jack Burdy was
the one for:
Who's got the winner?
Fugue for Tinhorns
Jack Burdy, and
Wasn't it romantic, as
Marcia Giffin and
sang the mellow
Gini Calcerano, and
second set pieces
Where would we be without:
Clair (he) is the True Embodiment,
Pat McCall and The Chorale
Accompaniment, Clair Maxwell and Linda McCall
(Pat McCall, Jack Burdy, Jatin Garg, and Peter Goldsmith);
(Marilyn Brace, Barbara MacPherson,
Grayce Armstrong, Gretchen Hawkins);
and The Chorale
Accompaniment, The Shrewsbury Wind and Brass
Clair Maxwell, Steve Leech, Linda McCall and Charles
Now You Know Who We Are —
Stephen Smith is Our Director
(Give the man a t-shirt!)
The Chorale; Accompaniment, Clair Maxwell
are some candid shots:
(click to view
Thanks to everyone for a wonderful evening!
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
Herbert Howells -
A Spotless Rose
Here is the little door
Dixit et Magnificat
O Magnum Mysterium
Make we joy now in this fest
Es ist ein Ros' entsprungen
O Come, all ye faithful
Quelle est cette odeur agreable?
Il est ne le divin enfant
Devo (Ave Maria)
J. Kirkpatrick (Arr. Willcocks)
Away in a Manger
Malcolm Sargent - Hawaiian Lullaby
you there? If you were,
we appreciate your support!
Sunday, March 12, 2000
at 3 P.M.
Our performance was
The First Presbyterian Church
at Red Bank
(known as Tower
255 Harding Rd, Red Bank, NJ
da Requiem, by Gaetano
of wedding guests"
from Lucia di Lammermoor,
by Gaetano Donizetti
of Scottish refugees"
by Richard Wagner
from Boris Godunov
by Modeste Mussorgsky
le dôme épais"
by Leo Delibes
aria/Che soave zeffiretto"
from Le Nozze di Figaro
by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
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
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
"Chorus of Wedding Guests" was
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"
hope you didn't miss our final concert of our '99-'00 season!
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 Taveners Song
for Athene. Representing
the lighter side was Randall Thompsons Frostiana:
Seven Country Songs, and the indescribable
PDQ Bachs The Seasonings, S. 1 ½ tsp. We
were accompanied by Chamber Orchestra.
Tavener: Song for
Randall Thompson, Frostiana:
Seven Country Songs, (with piano)
The Road Not Taken
A Girl's Garden
Choose Something Like a Star
Yamada Kosaku, arr. Berger
A. Doyo: Medley