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2014-2015 Season


"My soul, there is a country" -
Sacred Poetry in Song

October 26, 2014 at 4:00 pm - Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, Doylestown PA
 
featuring:
vocal soloists: Suzanne DuPlantis, Mezzo Soprano and Kevin Deas, Bass-Baritone
with Beth Manus, piano
 
Hubert Parry – Songs of Farewell (for unaccompanied choir)
Pavel Haas – Four Songs on Chinese Poetry (performed in English by Kevin Deas)
Selected songs of Samuel Barber, William Bolcom, Paul Bowles,
Virgil Thomson, and Vaughan Williams' The New Ghost (Suzanne DuPlantis)
and also for choir alone:
Jackson Hill, Love is Life
William Dawson, Steal Away
Randall Thompson, Alleluia
 
Program Order:
Jackson Hill – Love is Life (1985)
Hubert Parry – Songs of Farewell (1918) – 1. My Soul, there is a country
Pavel Haas – Four Songs on Chinese Poetry (1944) – 1. I heard wild geese
Hubert Parry – Songs of Farewell – 2. I know my Soul hath power
Paul Bowles – Heavenly Grass
Ralph Vaughan Williams – The New Ghost
Samuel Barber – The Heavenly Banquet
Hubert Parry – Songs of Farewell – 3. Never weather-beaten sail
Pavel Haas – Four Songs on Chinese Poetry – 2. In the bamboo grove
William Dawson – Steal Away
Hubert Parry – Songs of Farewell – 4. There is an old belief
 
* * Intermission * *
 
Pavel Haas – Four Songs on Chinese Poetry – 3. Far away is the moon of home
Hubert Parry – Songs of Farewell – 5. At the round earth’s imagined corners
Virgil Thomson – A Prayer to St. Catherine
Samuel Barber – At St. Patrick's Purgatory
William Bolcom – Waitin'
Pavel Haas – Four Songs on Chinese Poetry – 4. Sleepless Night
Hubert Parry – Songs of Farewell – 6. Lord, let me know mine end
Randall Thompson – Alleluia

37th Annual Festival of Christmas Music

December 13, 2014 at 8:00 PM - Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, Doylestown PA
December 14, 2013 at 4:00 PM - Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, Doylestown PA
 
featuring the Tommy Shead Memorial Bell Choir of Doylestown Methodist Church, Diana Durbin, director
with Elaine Christy, harp and Beth Manus, organ
 
Bell choir prelude
 
Program Order:
Choir processional:
– O Come Emmanuel (Thomas Lloyd)

Choir, bell choir, and harp:
– Alleluia! Rejoice the Lord Shall come! (Patrick Liebergen)

Carol-sing with audience:
– Hark, the Herald Angels Sing (Felix Mendelssohn)

A Ceremony of Carols (Benjamin Britten)
Elaine Christy, harp
Kathy Fretz, Marie Tavianini, Cynthia Regan, Ruth Warneck, soloists

* * Intermission * *

Chamber choir:  Burt Family Carols
Some children see him (Alfred Burt)
Prayer for Peace (Abbie Betinis)
He might have come on clouds of heaven (Abbie Betinis)
Chamber choir, full choir, and organ:
– Gabriel’s Message (Zachary Wadsworth)

Carol-sing with audience:
– O Come all ye faithful (Wade/Dobrinski)

Hallelujah Chorus from Messiah (G. F. Handel)

Full choir:
– Heaven Sings (Nancy Gifford)
Elaine Christy, harp

Love came down at Christmas (Edwin Fissinger)
Come Join Their Song (Mark Shepperd) with bell choir and Kathyrn Morehouse, French horn

Carol-sing with audience and bell choir:
– Silent night (Grüber/Dobrinski)
with Wendy Lucci, flute


Johann Sebastian Bach – Mass in B Minor

March 22, 2015 at 4:00 PM - Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, Doylestown PA
 
featuring:
guest soloists Kelly Ann Bixby, soprano, Robin Bier, alto, Eric Rieger, tenor, and Brian Ming-Chu, baritone.
The Riverside Symphonia

A Night at the Opera

May 30, 2015 at 8:00 PM - Delaware Valley University Life Sciences Auditorium, Doylestown PA
May 31, 2015 at 4:00 PM - Delaware Valley University Life Sciences Auditorium, Doylestown PA
 
in collaboration with:
with the Academy of Vocal Arts, featuring AVA soloists Vanessa Vasquez, soprano,
Kristina Lewis, mezzo soprano, Dominick Chenes, tenor, Michael Adams, baritone.
 
Program Order:
Verdi – Triumphal Scene from Aida (Gloria all’Egitto/Vieni, o guerriero)
Donizetti – Bella siccome un angelo from Don Pasquale (Adams)
Mozart – Porgi amor from Le Nozze di Figaro (Vasquez)
Rossini – Ai capricci della sorte from L’Italiana in Algeri (Lewis, Adams)
Puccini – Nessun Dorma from Turandot (Chenes, chorus)
Mascagni – Easter Hymn from Cavalleria Rusticana (chorus, w/Vasquez)
 

* * Intermission * *

Bizet – Habanera from Carmen (Lewis, chorus)
Massenet – St. Sulpice scene from Manon (Vasquez, Chenes, chorus)
Borodin – Polovtsian Dances from Prince Igor
Copland – The Promise of Giving from Tender Land
Verdi - Va Pensiero from Nabucco

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