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2002

SIXTY-FOURTH CONCERT SEASON

FED BY THE PSALMS

LET EVERYTHING: Psalm in Gospel Style
André Thomas
Dr. Thomas, Director of Choral Activities at Florida State University, provides this setting of the centuries-old Hebrew hymn of praise, Psalm 150.

SHEEP MAY SAFELY GRAZE
Johann Sebastian Bach
Cantata 208, composed for the 1713 birthday of Duke Christian of Sachsen-Weissenfels, included this aria. Bach later borrowed it for another sacred cantata. Katherine K. Davis arranged this English version for mixed chorus.

DAVID'S PSALM
Chi Coltrane
Popular singer/songwriter Chi Coltrane wrote this collage of psalms as an expression of her deep Christian faith.

MY GOD, HOW WONDERFUL THOU ART
Scottish Psalter, arr. Overby
This hymn-tune, Dundee, first appeared in Thomas Ravenscroft's 1621 Whole Book of Psalmes. Frederick William Faber wrote the text in 1849.

PSALM 148
arr. Gustav Holst
Probably best known for his orchestral work, "The Planets," English composer Gustav Holst wrote in many genres. The hymn tune Lasst uns Erfreuen on which Holst based this work was first published in a German collection of 1628.

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THE WORD MADE FLESH

THE GLORY OF THE FATHER
Egil Hovland
This contemporary Norwegian composer sets the opening of the Gospel of John in a style reminiscent of early chant.

HARK, THE HERALD ANGELS SING
Felix Mendelssohn
With text by Charles Wesley, Robert Hunter has arranged this favorite carol. We invite the congregation to join in the closing stanza:

Mild He lays his glory by, Born that we no more may die,
Born to raise us all from earth, Born to give us second birth.
Ris'n with healing in His wings, Light and life to all He brings,
Hail the Sun of righteousness, Hail the heav'n born Prince of Peace!
Hark! The herald angels sing,
"Glory to the new-born King!"

O SAVIOR, THROW THE HEAVENS WIDE
Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
Translation: Willis Wager Opus 74, no. 2
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 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
arr. 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.

JOY TO THE WORLD
Lowell Mason
Lowell Mason has been described as the "father of music education in America." Mack Wilberg arranged this setting of Mason's hymn-tune, Antioch, with the traditional text of Isaac Watts. Please join on the closing stanza:

He rules the world with truth and grace,
and makes the nations prove
The glories of His righteousness,
and wonders of His love, and wonders of His love,
And wonders, wonders of His love.

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PRESENT IN ALL TIMES AND PLACES

SIYAHAMBA
South African Freedom Song
One of the compelling songs to come from the anti-Apartheid movement in South Africa, it gives encouragement to the oppressed.

ON JORDAN'S STORMY BANKS
arr. K. Lee Scott
This American folk hymn, Promised Land, became a
theme song for the emigrants following the Oregon Trail.

SANTO SALVADOREÑO
Guillermo Cuéllar
Mark Sedio arranged this Sanctus from Cuéllar's Missa Salvadoreña. Refrain translation: Holy, holy, holy is our God, Lord of all salvation's story; holy is our God.

HE'S GOT THE WHOLE WORLD
arr. Ray Liebau
Liebau's arrangement of this popular spiritual folk song incorporates elements of jazz and blues. He serves on the faculty of the University of Mississippi, whose Ole Miss Concert Singers have premiered many of his choral compositions.

SPIRIT OF LOVE
Allen Pote
After many years as a parish music director, Allen Pote now devotes himself completely to composition. The text for this anthem is by Shirley Erena Murray, a New Zealand poet whose works appear in many recent hymn collections.

BATTLE HYMN OF THE REPUBLIC
Arranged by Peter J. Wilhousky
Julia Ward 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.