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2013-2014 Season


Songs of Faith, Courage, and Consolation -
A History of the African-American Spiritual

October 27, 2013 at 4:00 pm - Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, Doylestown PA
 
with:
vocal soloists: Lourin Plant, Kristina Lewis, and Milo Morris
the Hopkins Sisters of the Second Baptist Church of Doylestown, Esther Dinkins, director
the Welch Singers, from Maureen M. Welch Elementary School, Churchville, Susan Johnson, director
 
Part I: History
Before the Civil War (the "Ante-bellum" period):
Processional "Ring Shout": Kumbayah (with audience participation)
as arranged by Sweet Honey in the Rock from Gullah sources
(Lourin Plant, soloist and leader)
Crossing the divide:
Thomas Lloyd - Camp Meeting
(Ruth Hook and Kristina Lewis, soloists)
Underground railroad:
Rollo Dilworth – Hush! Somebody’s calling my name
(children's choir)
After the Civil War and Emancipation:
The first Fisk Jubilee Singers ensemble
Steal Away - as sung by the original ensemble of 9 singers
Vocal quartet period:
O Mary don't you weep don't you mourn
as sung by the Fisk Jubilee Singers Quartet
The early gospel style (1930's)
Storms Passing Over - Charles Tindley
performed by the Hopkins Sisters
The solo spiritual of the 1920's and 1930's:
"Two Wings" by Roland Hayes, performed by Lourin Plant
"Sometimes I feel like a motherless child" by Harry T. Burleigh, performed by Kristina Lewis
"Cert'ny Lord" by Hall Johnson, performed by Lourin Plant and Kristina Lewis
Concert spirituals for large choirs (1930’s):
Hall Johnson - Ain’t got time to die (Kristina Lewis, soloist)
William Dawson – Ezekiel saw de wheel
Adaptations from outside the United States:
Deep River, the closing movement from Michael Tippett's A Child of our Time (1944)
Marie Tavianini, Kristina Lewis, Lourin Plant, and Milo Morris, solo quartet)
Songs of justice return in the Civil Rights Movement (1960's):
Jester Hairston - Hold On! (with civil rights lyrics "Keep your eyes on the prize")
 
* * Intermission * *
 
Part II: The full range of emotion
Processional (with audience participation):
Hall Johnson - Walk together chillun (Lourin Plant, soloist)
Sorrow:
Harry T. Burleigh - Nobody knows de trouble I seen (Milo Morris, soloist)
Hall Johnson - I’ve been ‘buked 
Trust in God’s justice and deliverance:
Undine Smith Moore - Daniel, Daniel, Servant of the Lord (Plant, Morris) 
Moses Hogan - Wade in the Water (children's choir)
Eugene Thamon Simpson - Sinnuh, Please don’t let dis harves’ pass
(Kristina Lewis, soloist)
Clayton White - Lord, I ain’t no stranger now 
Joy and Consolation:
William Dawson - In his Care-O
William Dawson - Balm in Gilead (Lourin Plant)
Cristi Cary Miller - Let me fly! (children's choir, with Michael Rabayda, piano)
Moses Hogan - This Little Light of Mine (Kristina Lewis)
Courage:
William Dawson - Soon-ah will be done
Moses Hogan - Elijah Rock
Closing selection (with audience participation):
Swing Low, Sweet Chariot (arranged by Thomas Lloyd)

36th Annual Festival of Christmas Music

December 14, 2013 at 8:00 PM - Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, Doylestown PA
Cancelled due to weather
December 15, 2013 at 4:00 PM - Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, Doylestown PA
 
with:
the Bel Canto Children’s Chorus, Joy Hirokawa, Director
the Fairmount Brass Quintet
Timothy Urban, hurdy-gurdy
and Beth Manus, organ
 
Brass Prelude
 
Entrance:
Carol of the Bells - Leontovich/Wilhousky (from back of the sanctuary)
Processional carol with audience and brass: Deck the Hall (Welsh traditional)
My Soul Doth Magnify the Lord (Magnificat) – Richard Yardumian from Six Christmas Chorales
The Night he was born - Bob Chilcott (with brass)
Coventry Carol - Kenneth Leighton (Kristen Kozub, soprano)
Sing-along carol with organ and brass
Away in a manger – Kirkpatrick
As Well for the Poore as the Peere! – Thomas Lloyd (premiere)
for full choir, children’s choir, brass, and hurdy-gurdy
 
* * Intermission * *
 
Bel Canto Children’s Choir, Joy Hirokawa, director
Cuncti simus – Ricardo Soto
I sing of a Maiden - Eleanor Daley
The Gentyle Stork - Michael Sitton
Up Above My Head, arr. Andrea Ramsey
Processional: O Come all ye Faithful, arr. Willcocks, with brass, organ, and audience
Hallelujah Chorus from Messiah - Handel with organ and 2 trumpets
Rutter - Nativity Carol
I saw three ships - arr. McNeff (with brass)
The Little Drummer Boy - Simeone
See amid the winter’s snow - Willcocks (with organ, brass, and children’s choir)
Silent Night (with brass, children’s choir, and audience)

Vaughan Williams - A Sea Symphony

March 30, 2014 at 4:00 PM - Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, Doylestown PA
 
featuring:
Kelly Ann Bixby, soprano and Jarrett Ott, baritone
The Riverside Symphonia
also on the program: Vaughan Williams - Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis

A Celebration of American Musical Theater, Past and Future!

June 1, 2014 at 4:00 PM - Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, Doylestown PA
 
featuring:
soloists Jennie Eisenhower and Ben Dibble
with:
accompaniment led by pianist/arranger Dan Matarazzo with a 7-piece instrumental ensemble
 
Cole Porter
"Another Opening, Another Show" from Kiss Me, Kate
Rodgers and Hammerstein from South Pacific
"I’m gonna wash that man right out of my hair" (Jennie Eisenhower)
"There is nothing like a dame" (Ben Dibble)
Lerner and Lowe
"Almost like being in love" from Brigadoon (arr. Huff)
Gershwin
"Nice work if you can get it" from Crazy for You (arr. Althouse)
Robert Maggio
"Baby-proof" from Candy Hearts (Amy Buchwald, lyricist)(duet - Dibble and Eisenhower)
"The Rose Bush" from Touchtones (Michael Hollinger, lyricist) (solo - Eisenhower)
Bock and Harneck
"Sunrise, Sunset/Sabbath Prayer" from Fiddler on the Roof (arr. Brymer)
Hollmann and Kotis
"Run Freedom, Run" from Urinetown (Dibble)
 
* * Intermission * *
 
Rodgers and Hammerstein
"Oklahoma!" from Oklahoma! (arr. Stickles)
Jerome Kern
"All the things you are" from Very Warm for May (arr. Ringwald)
Jeremy Lloyd (music and lyrics)
"A man like that" from I guess, I wish (Dibble)
"Sing to me" from Love, Rose (Dibble and Eisenhower)
Frank Loesser
"Sit down you’re rockin' the boat" from Guys and Dolls (Dibble)
Stephen Sondheim
"Our Time" from Merrily we roll along (arr. Page)
Jason Robert Brown
"Stars and the Moon" from Songs for a New World (Eisenhower)
Leonard Bernstein
"Something’s Coming / Tonight" (arr. Lojeski) (Dibble and Eisenhower)
Encore:
Stephen Sondheim
"Sunday" from Sunday in the Park with George (arr. Huff)

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