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2001

SIXTY-THIRD CONCERT SEASON

SWELL THE FULL CHORUS George Frederick Handel
(1685-1759)
Handel, the "German who wrote like an Italian for the English," included this chorus in his lengthy oratorio, "Solomon".

WHEN I SURVEY THE WONDROUS CROSS
Lowell Mason (1792-1872)
Arranged by Gilbert M. Martin Isaac Watts (1674-1748)
Sign: Ahtia Clack
Lowell Mason, considered the "Father of American Music Education," directed his first church choir at age sixteen; Isaac Watts, the "Father of Reformed Hymnody," wrote his first hymn text at age fifteen. Martin's arrangement was dedicated to the 1968 graduating class of Westminster Choir College in Princeton, N.J.

LET THE PEOPLE PRAISE THEE, O GOD
William Mathias (b. 1934)
Psalm 67
The Welsh-born Mathias has often been commissioned to compose works relating to British royal occasions: this festive psalm-setting was for the 1981 wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer.

THIS IS MY FATHER'S WORLD
Arranged by A. Laurence Lyon F. L. Sheppard (1852-1930)
(b. 1934) Maltbie Babcock (1858-1901)
Flute: Carolyn Lindberg, Lois Jordahl
This text, perhaps the best-known of Babcock's spiritual poems, is most familiar in the Sheppard setting of an English folk song. Lyon, Professor of Music Emeritus at Western Oregon University in Monmouth, crafted this pastoral arrangement.

PRECIOUS LORD, TAKE MY HAND Thomas Dorsey
(1899-1993)
Gospel giant Dorsey adapted a melody of George Allen's (1812-1877) for this text, which he wrote upon the death of his wife in 1932. We ask you to join the choir on cue for the final stanza:

Precious Lord, take my hand, lead me on, help me stand,
I am tired, I am weak, I am worn;
Through the storm, through the night, lead me on to the light,
Take my hand, precious Lord, Lead me home.

*****FIRST INTERMISSION*****

HOW CAN I KEEP FROM SINGING? Robert Lowry
Arranged for men's choir by Bradley Ellingboe
Oboe: Christina Kinman
First appearing in Lowry's 1869 collection, Bright Jewels for the Sunday School, this arrangement for men's voices comes from the prolific American composer-arranger, Bradley Ellingboe, Professor of Music at the University of New Mexico.

CANTIQUE DE JEAN RACINE Gabriel Fauré (1845-1918)
English text by Harold Heiberg
This early work of the renowned French composer was written while he was yet a student at Niedermeyer's music school, and barely nineteen years old.

PRAISE TO THE LORD German Chorale tune, (1668)
Psalm 103 & 150
Joachim Neander (1680), translated Catherine Winkworth (1863) Arranged by F. Melius Christiansen
This traditional Reformation hymn appears in an arrangement by the towering figure in the twentieth century American revival of the Lutheran choral tradition: F. Melius Christiansen, founder of the St. Olaf Choir.

JESUS, DIN SØTE FORENING Norwegian folk melody Arranged by Kåre Arnesen (1985)
Text: Peder Jacobssøn Hygom (1740)
Molly Beiningen (2001)
Flute: Lois Jordahl, Carolyn Lindberg
This haunting ancient melody from Gudbrandsdalen is yet found in the current edition of the Norwegian Lutheran Norsk Psalme Bok. Here is a free translation:

Jesus, my heart and soul long and yearn
To taste sweet communion with You.
Tear me away from all that restrains me
And draw me to You, my Origin.
Clearly reveal to me my powerlessness, my humble nature,
Show me the abyss of my corruption,
That my earthly nature can bend, and my spirit live for You alone.
Most loving Jesus, have pity upon me,
Hide not Your face from me forever.
With precious riches replace my spiritual poverty--fill my emptied-out heart.
There let the light of Your Love be ignited;
Free me from mere outward Christian appearance!
Give me that faith that can be known by my living,
That I may truthfully call myself Yours.

PRAISE HIS HOLY NAME! Keith Hampton
Part of the Anton Armstrong series of multi-cultural choral music, this anthem celebrates the gospel tradition with quotes from familiar favorites.

BEAUTIFUL SAVIOR Silesian folk tune, "CRUSADERS' HYMN" Translation: Joseph A. Seiss (1873) Münster Gesangbuch
Arranged by F. Melius Christiansen
Solo: Dorothy Hochhalter Harry Hermansen
Another prime classic of the Lutheran choral tradition arranged by F. Melius Christiansen, first published in 1919. Please join the choir on cue for the final stanza:

Beautiful Savior! Lord of the nations! Son of God and Son of Man!
Glory and honor, Praise, adoration, Now and forevermore be Thine.

*****SECOND INTERMISSION*****

STAND ON THE ROCK Kirby Shaw
Solo: Penny Kenworthy, Melissa Standley
Kirby Shaw is one of today's most successful popular composers for choirs of all ages. He has dedicated this original work to the memory of Jester Hairston, whose many years of inspired leadership brought African-American music to generations of all races.

O SAVIOR, THROW THE HEAVENS WIDE
Johannes Brahms (1833-1897) Opus 74, no. 2, Versi I, II, V
Translation: Willis Wager
O Heiland, reiss die Himmel auf In this work, one of a series of motets based on Lutheran religious texts, Brahms shows himself a master of the polyphonic techniques of the earlier Renaissance and Baroque composers. In the first two of these chorale variations, the melody appears as a cantus firmus with surrounding imitations. In the final one, Brahms varies the tune in all four voices, (with a mirror-canon between soprano and bass), and ends with a canonic Amen.

A CHRISTMAS GARLAND
Arranged by John Leavitt
Kling, Glöckchen (Ring, Merry Bells)
Still, Still, Still
Oh, How Joyfully (O Sanctissima)
Contemporary composer John Leavitt has arranged these traditional carols as a German celebration of three aspects and moods of the Festival of Christmas.

BATTLE HYMN OF THE REPUBLIC
Julia Ward Howe
Arranged by Peter J. Wilhousky
Piccolo: Lois Jordahl
Trumpet: Larry Van Wyngarden
Percussion: Phillip Rudolph
Mrs. Howe wrote this text to the popular tune, "John Brown's Body," as an expression of her commitment to the abolition of slavery. After observing the effects of the Civil War on the lives and economies of both sides, she became a leader in the Women's Movement for Peace, organizing to reconcile Union and Confederate neighbors. The Wilhousky arrangement became a great hit when first performed by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir in 1954. Any past Lutheran Choral Association members are invited to join the choir in singing, and everyone is invited to stand on cue and join in the final chorus.

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