Summer Concert:
Friday, June 18, 2010 @ 7:30 p.m. (Turner Auditorium)

Spirit of the World:
Global World Musics

Tickets are available from any Tallahassee Civic Chorale member
or by calling (850) 942-1893.

Concert
Tickets

Adult- $5
Senior- $3
Non-TCC Student- $3
TCC student, Staff & Faculty- FREE!

Registration and Rehearsal
Begins
Tuesday, May 4, 2010 6:30 p.m.
Room CH 165, Communications and Humanities Building
Tallahassee Community College
444 Appleyard Drive
Tallahassee, FL 32304-2895

Conductor's Notes...

World Musics

Voices of the People, Music of the World

With this Summer Program, the third in our year series, "Voces Humana, Musica Mundi", the Tallahassee Civic Chorale has focused on the genre of World Music, a diverse and demanding genre that allows contemporary choirs to sing with the voices of diverse peoples, often for those who have had little or no voice in contemporary world history. Palmer (2002) argued that the learning processes of a particular musical culture must be applied to that music when it is experienced in a classroom setting, He noted the music of a people will contain their answers to the fundamental questions of human existence, the truths of their living experience. Palmer concluded that multi-cultural music education enriches our understanding of what it means to be human.

To these ends, the Civic Chorale has attempted a diverse and demanding program. We have focused on three very human themes, Native Peoples, Love Songs and Prayers the World Over. Our selection of music from native peoples captures the power and courage of the Lakota peoples, the rare language of the Kraˇ Indian tribe of northwestern Brazil, the melancholic and haunting melodies of the European Roma Gypsies and the joyful expression of religious fervor of the Zambian nation. Our love songs run the gamut of Renaissance passion, artfully arranged by our own Dr. Jim Amend, to a contemporary love song by Gordon Sumner, better known as Sting. Our prayers from around the world tonight are songs of praise and gratitude, a Buddhist song of enlightenment, and our fervent wish for you for the joys of a lifetime of music. In exploring these themes, we hope that, as we have experienced, you too will be brought ever closer to the unifying aspects of what it means to be human.

Our special guest tonight is TCC's select vocal ensemble, Illuminare. You will see a masterful ensemble in action, a group that has brought inspiration to its directors. With a magnificent work ethic and passion for music and dance supported by talents and dedication far beyond their years, Dr. Liz Delancy (choreographer and colleague extra-ordinare) and I know you are in for a treat tonight! Thank you Mary, Saja, Savannah, Kristin, Rae, Ashley, Tricia, Angel and Kayla for the most amazing year of artistry and community.

For We Wish You Music is also my prayer and wish for each of you tonight, and all members of the Civic Chorale and Illuminare. Tonight is my final concert with the Chorale, and it is with a heart both brimming of gratitude and breaking with sadness that I take leave of this wonderful ensemble and glorious community college. In August, I will assume my new post as Visiting Assistant Professor of Choral Music Education at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA. These two years at TCC have been the most wonderful adventure in higher education at the community college level. I am humbled by the honor it has been to serve as Vocal Music Director at Tallahassee Community College, and with these wonderful groups of people. It has been a glorious experience, and far, far too short.

A wise friend once reminded me that a student needs a teacher in order to take their next steps, but that a teacher needs all their students to take their own. As such, it is with a heart full of gratitude that I extend my deepest thanks to Dean Marge Banocy-Payne, Dr. Liz Delancy, Chris Gorsuch and the Board of Directors, and most of all, to the members of the Tallahassee Civic Chorale and Illuminare. You have blessed me beyond measure, and I shall carry the joy, the vision and the beauty we have created together into my next steps as a choral music educator. There are no goodbyes in music, only "a joyful song, that sings your whole life long".

Program Notes...

Musics of Native Peoples

Lakota Wiyanki - Judith Herrington and Gail Woodside

Translation: The voices of the four winds call, call, giving courage. Courage beautiful woman, to walk forward, to walk forward with pride.

In Native American tradition, a song that has been "caught" belongs to the person who created it. The original Lakota words and melody were caught by Cara Willowbrook and gifted to Woodside and Herrington. This beautiful chant and melody celebrate the power of the four winds of change, to give courage and steadfastness to the walk of life. Lakota Wiynaki or Beautiful Woman, is a statement of empowerment for both women and the feminine principal in all people. Varied with sections of pentatonic chordal clusters, representative of the wind, and arching melodies that speak of courage and walking the path of life, Lakota Wiyanki is a powerful, evocative work.

Trŕs Cantos Nativos dos Indios Kraˇ - Marcos Leite

Relax into the exotic soundscape of the Amazon rainforest in this surprising and colorful number! Composed in 1982, Leite based this composition on melodies of the Krao tribe, an indigenous group of Indians who live in the Xing˙ river area of the northwestern Brazil. The meaning of the text is not known, and is treated by the composer as vocal phonemes. Animal sounds, rain, and an argument greet you in this work.

Aven Roma (Every Gypsy) I, II, V - Jiri Laburda

Translation: (I) Every Gipsy likes to sing and will sing as long as the world will be the world. Nothing is able to agate us as long as the song keeps us company. (II) Vocalise. (V) Vocalise.

Currently a faculty member of the University of Prague, Czech composer Jiri Laburda's collection of Gypsy songs captures within it the heart of the nomadic melancholy that typifies the Gypsy history in Europe. A gypsy is defined as member of a wandering race (by themselves called Romany), of Indian origin, which first appeared in England about the beginning of the 16th c. and was then believed to have come from Egypt. Roma are a subgroup of the Romani people, who live primarily in Central and Eastern Europe, as well as in the Balkans and Western Anatolia, and as recent immigrants in Western Europe and the Americas. Roma is also used as a synonym for the whole Romani people.

Throughout history, Roma have faced discrimination and prejudice from both private groups and national governments. Even unto today, the level of integration of Roma into society remains limited. Roma usually remain on the margins of society, living in isolated settlements and receiving only the basics of education.

Bonse Aba - Traditional Zambian, arr. Andrew Fischer

Translation: All who sing have the right to be called the children of God.

Bonse Aba is a Christian song of celebration that has become popular in Zambia. One of the earliest European explorations of Zambia was through the prominent David Livingstone, noted as the first European to see the magnificent waterfalls of the Zambezi River, naming them Victoria Falls after Queen Victoria in 1855. Livingston envisioned ending the African slave trade through the "3 C's" (Christianity, Commerce and Civilization). Its call and response nature, and natural harmonic progression make Bonse Aba a highly accessible a cappella work.

Love Songs

Bonjour, Mon Coeur - Orlando di Lasso, arr. J. M. Amend

French text: Bonjour mon coeur, bonjour ma douce vie, Bonjour mon oeil, bonjour ma chère amie! Hé! Bonjour ma toute belle, ma mignardise, Bonjour mes délices, mon amour. Mon doux printemps, ma deuce fleur nouvelle, mon doux plaisir, ma douce colombelle, mon passereau, ma gente tourterelle! Bonjour ma douce rebelle.

Translation: Hello, my heart, good morning, my sweet life. Good morning my eye, good day my dearest friend. Hey! Hello my most beautiful, my preciousness, Good morning my delight, my love. My soft springtime, my sweet gentle spring flower. My gentle pleasure, my sweet turtledove, my gentle songbird. Good morning, my sweet rebel.

A beautiful love song and Renaissance madrigal, artfully arranged by our own Dr. Jim. Merci mille fois, Jim! Hervé, merci a toi aussi, pour ton assistance avec le pronounciation!

Fields of Gold - G. M. Sumner

Gordon Matthew Sumner, better known to the pop culture world as Sting, is a multi-talented singer/songwriter. First on the scene in 1977 as bassist for The Police, Sting gained his nickname after he performed with the Phoenix Jazzmen wearing a black and yellow sweater with hooped stripes. Bandleader Gordon Solomon thought that the sweater made him look like a wasp, which prompted the nickname "Sting"; which stuck. Throughout his career, Sting has received sixteen Grammy Awards and is a member of both the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame. Sting has explored folk, renaissance and medieval genres in recent years and Fields of Gold is a cut from Ten Summoner's Tales, his fourth solo studio album, released in 1993. A romantic love song with lush choral harmonies and a lyric melodic framework, Fields of Gold reached #23 Billboard Top 100 Charts.

Prayers the World Over

Deo Dicamus Gratias - Johnson

Translation: That we may give thanks to God. Blessings and praise to God. Give thanks to God.

Deo Dicamus Gratias is a contemporary choral work (2003) by Victor C. Johnson. With a harmonic structure referencing Mixolydian modalities, it is a modern, lyric prayer that is a favorite of choirs the world over.

Gate, Gate - Tate

Translation: Gone, gone (the libration of suffering), gone all the way over, everyone gone to the other shore, enlightenment, halleluiah!

With an opening recitative, chant-like style, Gate, Gate takes us in the most playful, mixed metered manner through this glorious blessing and Buddhist prayer for enlightenment. Light, joyful, filled with clapping and joy, in the Buddhist tradition, this prayer of liberation is extended to all sentient beings.

For We Wish You Music - Wagner

For we wish you music, as you go your way,
May a song that cheers you, be with you every day.
For we wish you laughter, happiness and rest.
With a golden gift of melody may all your years be blest.

For we wish you music, as you go your way,
Music with you every day,
and in your heart a joyful song that sings your whole life long.

For we wish you music, as you go your way,
May a song that cheers you, be with you every day.
For we wish you laughter, happiness and rest.
With a golden gift of melody may all your years be blest.

And in your heart a joyful song that sings your whole life long.


Our 2009-2010 Concert Season Has Featured...

Voce Humana, Musica Mundi

("Voice of the People, Music of the World")
 

Corporate Sponsors for the 2009-2010 Season

The Tallahassee Civic Chorale wishes to thank the following businesses and civic organizations for their generous support during the 2009-2010 concert season: