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San Francisco Lyric Chorus Summer 2011 Concert

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  • Helene Whitson
    The San Francisco Lyric Chorus, under the direction of Music Director Robert Train Adams, presents: An American Summer: The Old Testament in the New World
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      The San Francisco Lyric Chorus, under the direction of Music Director Robert
      Train Adams, presents:
      An American Summer: The Old Testament in the New World


      Aaron Copland‹In the Beginning
      Randall Thompson‹The Peaceable Kingdom
      William Dawson‹Ezekiel Saw de Wheel
      Jester Hairston‹Elijah Rock
      Moses Hogan‹The Battle of Jericho
      Stacey V. Gibbs‹Way Overt in Beulah Lan¹
      Undine Moore‹Daniel, Daniel, Servant of the Lord
      André Thomas‹Swing Down, Chariot

      Saturday, August 27, 2011

      St. Mark¹s Lutheran Church
      1111 O¹Farrell near Franklin Street
      San Francisco

      Sunday, August 28, 2011
      5:00 pm

      St. Stephen¹s Episcopal Church
      66 St. Stephen¹s Drive

      Tickets: General $20; in advance & for seniors, $18
      Free admission for students 5-18 with ID.
      Please, no children under five.
      For ticket purchase and further information, visit our website:

      Contact: (415) 721-4077 or email info@...

      For our Summer 2011 concert, the San Francisco Lyric Chorus presents a
      variety of American composer a cappella settings of Old Testament themes and

      Aaron Copland's In The Beginning (for chorus and soprano soloist) is his
      first major choral work, a dramatic and exciting setting of the King James
      Bible's version of Genesis, Chapter 1 and Chapter 2, verses 1-7, describing
      the seven days of creation.

      Randall Thompson's The Peaceable Kingdom is an eight-movement setting of
      different texts taken from the eloquent poetry of Isaiah. This work
      expresses a variety of moods, from the shape-note style of the first
      movement, Say Ye To The Righteous, to the gentle lament of The Paper Reeds
      By the Brook, and the glorious double chorus conclusion, Ye Shall Have A

      We also present exciting and very different spirituals by six
      African-American arrangers:

      William Dawson's Ezekiel Saw de Wheel is one of his classic arrangements,
      with varied, energetic rhythms and effects, including the sounds of wheels

      Jester Hairston's beloved Elijah Rock is filled with syncopated rhythms,
      alternating with smooth, legato phrases.

      In his arrangement of The Battle of Jericho, Moses Hogan brings the listener
      right to the very battleground, to hear the clashing of the different

      Contemporary arranger Stacey V. Gibbs' Way Over In Beulah Lan' is a
      contemplative vision of the Promised Land.

      One of the most prominent African-American women composers, Undine Moore,
      sets the heroic story of Daniel in the lion's den in her Daniel, Daniel,
      Servant of the Lord.

      André Thomas' delightful Swing Down, Chariot, another version of Ezekiel¹s
      story, is continuous energy from beginning to end.

      Helene Whitson
      President, San Francisco Lyric Chorus
      Co-Author, San Francisco Bay Area Chorus Directory
      Founder, San Francisco Bay Area Choral Archive
      1824 Arch Street
      Berkeley, California 94709
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