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Performing Arts | Choral Archive 2006-2007

Inaugural Washington D.C. Choral Festival

AU Symphony Chamber Singers
Daniel Abraham, conductors

May 21, 2007
John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Concert Hall

Tomas Luis de Victoria: O magnum mysterium
William Hawley: O mangum mysterium

Nils Lindberg: Shall I compare thee (William Shakespeare)
Andrew Carter: O mistress mine (William Shakespeare)
Robert H. Young: Contrasts (Christina Rossetti)
     I. For Sweet Things Dying  
     II. A Birthday

Matthew Harris: Shakespeare Songs IV
     I. Blow, Blow Thou Winter Wind (As You Like it)
     II. And Will a’ not Come Again? (Hamlet)
     III. When Daffodils Begin to Peer (The Winter’s Tale)

Cary John Franklin: With a Poet's Eye — I. The Uncertainty of the Poet (Wendy Cope)
Eric Whitacre: Waternight (Octavio Paz)
Eric Whitacre: Little Birds (Octavio Paz)

Bruce Sled: Jing-ga-lye-ya
Ysaye M. Barnwell: Wanting Memories
My God is a Rock (Spiritual, Arranged by Ken Berg)

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A German Requiem

American University Chorus and Symphony Orchestra
Daniel Abraham, conductor
Open Dress Rehearsal: Wednesday, April 25, 2007
Friday, April 27, 2007 & Saturday, April 28, 2007, 8 p.m.*
Sunday, April 29, 2007, 3 p.m.
Katzen Arts Center, Abramson Family Hall

*Saturday evening’s performance was presented in loving tribute to Charles Crowder, educator, humanitarian, and past chair of the Department of Performing Arts.

Johannes Brahms: Ein deutsches Requiem, Op. 45                        
     Laura Lewis, soprano
     James Shaffran, baritone

Shakespeare in Song: Choral Settings of the Bard

American University Chamber Singers
Daniel Abraham, conductor

Saturday, April 14, 2007, 8 p.m.
Sunday, April 15, 2007, 3 p.m.
Katzen Arts Center, Abramson Family Hall

*Shakespeare settings plus music in preparation for the Inaugural Washington D.C. Choral Festival (May 21, 2007)

William Schuman: Orpheus with his Lute (1961)
György Orbán: Come away (2003)                             
Nils Lindberg: Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day (1992)  
Robert H. Young: Contrasts (Christina Rossetti)
   I. For Sweet Things Dying  
   II. A Birthday

Tomas Luis de Victoria: O magnum mysterium (1592)   
William Hawley: O magnum mysterium (1994)
Robert Lucas Pearsall: Lay a Garland (1840)

Matthew Harris: Shakespeare Songs IV
   I. Blow, blow Thou Winter Wind (As You Like it)
   II. And Will a’ not Come Again? (Hamlet)
   III. When Daffodils Begin to Peer (The Winter’s Tale)

Cary John Franklin: With A Poet’s Eye (1987) — I. The Uncertainty of the Poet (Wendy Cope)

Jean Belmont: If Music be the Food of Love (1988)     
Lane Johnson: Sweet Love Remember’d (2005)
Andrew Carter: O mistress mine (2004)

Bruce Sled: Jing-ga-lye-ya (2000)                      
Ysaye Barnwell: Wanting Memories (1992)       
My God is a Rock (arr. Ken Berg)                   
Daniel E. Gawthrop: Sing Me to Heaven (1990)

 

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Sound the Trumpets: Music for a Royal Occasion

American University Chamber Singers
Jesus Manuel Berard, conductor
Daniel Abraham, chorusmaster

Saturday, February 24, 2007, 8 p.m.
Sunday, February 25, 2007, 3 p.m.
Katzen Arts Center, Abramson Family Hall

George Frideric Handel: Coronation Anthem for George II [1727]:
Let thy hand be strengthened, HWV 259

Henry Purcell: Come, ye sons of art, Z. 323
Ode for Queen Mary’s Birthday, April 30, 1694
   Claire Maude & Jennifer Corey, sopranos
   Mallika Kasturirangan, alto
   Mark Almy, bass
   Laura Petravage, conductor*

Henry Purcell: Funeral Sentences, second version [1679–81/1695]
Verse Quartet I                                  
     Claire Maude, soprano
     Anneke Mulder, alto
     Tomas Vail, tenor
     Von Gerik Allen, bass
Verse Quartet II
     Jen Corey, soprano
     Katie LaBarre, alto
  Joseph Berman, tenor
     Orren Saltzman, bass

George Frideric Handel: As pants the hart, HWV 251e
[For the Duke of Chandos (251b) and the Chapel Royal (251c)]
   Danielle Giusto, soprano
   Anneke Mulder & Laura Petravage, altos
   Von Gerik Allena & Mark Almy, basses

* Conducting student of Daniel Abraham

Christmas in Washington (25th Anniversary)

American University Chorus and members of the University Chorale
Daniel Abraham, conductor
National Building Museum, December 8-10, 2006
National Television Broadcast on TNT, December 13, 2006

On Freedom, Truth, and Democracy

American University Chorus
Daniel Abraham, conductor
Saturday, December 2, 2006, 8 p.m.
Sunday, December 3, 2006, 3 p.m.
Katzen Arts Center, Abramson Family Hall

Randall Thompson: The Last Words of David (1949)
Text: II Samuel XXIII: 3–4

Heinrich Schütz: Verleih uns Frieden (1648) from Geistliche Chor-music, SWV 372

BradleyNelson: In Flander’s Field from For Whom the Bell Tolls (2003)
Text: Lt. Col. John McCrae
   Gwyn Jones, flute
   Douglas Maiwurm, percussion
   Matthew Van Hoose, piano

Elizabeth Alexander: Praise Wet Snow Falling Early (2002)
Text: Denise Levertov
     Recipient of Highest Honors in the International Waging Peace for      Singing Project

John Scully: I have a dreamfrom A Drum Major for Righteousness (1992)
Text: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
   Orren Saltzman, baritone
   Calleen Sinnett Jennings, speaker
   Matthew Van Hoose & Lina Morita, piano
   Beth Mailand, harp
   Douglas Maiwurm & Henry Valoris, percussion

Randall Thompson: Testament of Freedom (1943)

Ysaye Barnwell: We Are from Lessons (1993)

Two South African Freedom Songs:
   Siyahamba
      
Oh Freedom

Across Many Centuries

American University Chamber Singers
Daniel Abraham, conductor
Saturday, November 4, 2006, 8 p.m.
Sunday, November 5, 2006, 3 p.m. at the Katzen Arts Center, Abramson Family Hall
November 11, 2006 at Frederick County Arts Council (Frederick, Maryland)

Claudio Monteverdi: Cantate Dominum (1615)

Tomas Luis de Victoria: O magnum mysterium (1592)   
William Hawley: O magnum mysterium (1994)

Johannes Brahms: O Schöne Nacht, Op. 92, No. 1 (1877)
   Laura Petravage, conductor*

Josef Gabriel Rheinberger: Abendlied (1855) from Drei geistliche Gesänge, Op. 69, No. 3

Carlo Gesualdo: Tenebrae Responsoria V (1611)

Hans Leo Hassler: Exultate Deo from Sacri Concentus (before 1601)

Gustav Mahler: Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen (1901)

Johannes Brahms: Ach, arme Welt, du trügest mich, Op. 110, No. 2

Pablo Casals: O Vos Omnes (1942)

Adolphus Hailstork: Seven Songs of the Rubiyat (1981)
Texts: Omar Khayyam                                           
   I. Come! Come fill the cup
   II. The worldly hope men set their hearts upon Turns ashes
   III. Ah my beloved
   IV. Ah make the most
   V. Oh threats of hell and hopes of paradise
   VI. The revelation of devout and learn’d
         Von Gerik Allena, bass-baritone
   VII. I sent my soul into the invisible

Eric Whitacre: Little Birds (2001) (b. 1970)
                                                                                                 
Hold On! (arr. Moses Hogan)
My God is a Rock (arr. Ken Berg)

* Conducting student of Daniel Abraham

 

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