San Francisco Lyric Chorus Spring 2011 Concert
- The San Francisco Lyric Chorus, under the direction of Music Director Robert
Train Adams, presents: Voices of Immigration: Stories From Our Chorus
Members, Expressed Through Music
Ernst TochGeographical Fugue
William ByrdAll As A Sea
Salamone RossiAl Naharot
Heinrich IsaacInnsbruck, Ich Muss Dich Lassen
Antonín DvorákSongs of Nature
Janika VanderveldeCançao de Embalar
Dale Warland, arr.Boyo Balu
Robert De Cormier, arr.Dortn, Dortn
Stephen HatfieldTake A Step
Stephen Hatfield, arrMayn Rue Platz
Donald Patriquin, arr.Ah! Si Mon Moine Voulait Danser
Donald Patriquin, arr.J¹Entends le Moulin
J. David Moore, arr.How Can I Keep From Singing?
Jerome Lenk, Piano
Marguerite-Marie Ostro, Violin
Mark Rosengarden, Percussion
Saturday, May 7, 2011
First Unitarian Universalist Church
1187 Franklin Street at Geary
Sunday, May 8, 2011
Martin Meyer Sanctuary
2 Lake Street at Arguello
Tickets: General $20; in advance & for seniors, $17
Free admission for students 5-18 with ID.
Please, no children under five.
For ticket purchase and further information, visit our website: www.sflc.org
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For our Spring 2011 trimester concert, Voices of Immigration, we are
presenting music inspired by stories from our chorus members. Members of
the San Francisco Lyric Chorus come from all over the country and abroad.
Their family journeys tell stories about the amazing variety of life
adventures our chorus members and their ancestors have had before and after
coming to the United States. Our program will include the following:
Austrian-American composer Ernst Toch (1887-1964)¹s Geographical Fugue is a
spoken geography lesson. It is his most famous work, part of a suite
entitled Gesprochene Musik (Spoken Music).
William Byrd¹s (ca,1540-1623) five-part madrigal, All As A Sea, uses the
life and activities of a 16th century sailor and ships at sea as a metaphor
for our own lives.
Italian Jewish composer Salamone Rossi (ca. 1570-ca. 1630) sets text from
Psalm 137, Al Naharot Bavel (By the Rivers of Babylon), in which captives,
who have been forced to emigrate to another land, long for their homeland.
Renaissance composer Heinrich Isaac¹s (ca. 1450-1517) beautiful lament,
Innsbruck, Ich Muss Dich Lassen, expresses the pain of having to leave a
place one loves and travel far away.
Our major work, Antonín Dvorák¹s (1841-1904) five Songs of Nature, speaks of
the beauty of the natural worldfarm, field, forestand how that world
Wisconsin composer Janike Vandervelde (1955- ) wrote the text (in
Portuguese) and composed the theme for the lullaby, Cançao de Embalar.
Minnesota composer-conductor Dale Warland (1932- ) has created a a variation
on that theme, Boyo Balu.
American composer and conductor Robert De Cormier¹s (1922- ) arrangement of
Dortn, Dortn, is the song of a lover who has been ³far away across the
water, far away across the bridge² from his beloved for three years, and
begs her to write.
Canadian composer Stephen Hatfield¹s (1956- ) Take A Step, deals with an
immigrant mother watching her baby daughter, and wondering how to find an
equilibrium between the country they've left and the country they've found.¹
Hatfield¹s setting of Morris Rosenfeld¹s poem Mayn Rue Platz, shares the
experience of a Jewish immigrant who works on machines in a sweatshop. The
poem was written in response to the horrific Triangle Shirtwaist Factory
fire of March 25, 1911.
Gabriel Fauré¹s (1845-1924) Madrigal tells of the fickleness of love and
how we can love those who flee from us, as well as flee from those who love
Canadian composer, organist, and choral conductor Donald Patriquin (1938-)
sets two Canadian folksongs: Ah! Si Mon Moine Voulait Danser (Oh, If The
Monk Would Dance With Me) and J¹Entends le Moulin (I Hear The Millwheel).
J. David Moore¹s (1962- ) arrangement of the hymn, How Can I Keep From
Singing?, is a San Francisco Lyric Chorus favorite and plays a part in one
of our chorister¹s stories.
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