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Our Fall 2010 Concert...
Tuesday, December 7, 2010
Tuesday, December 7 at 8:00 p.m. (Turner Auditorium)
Registration and Rehearsal
Tuesday, August 24 at 6:30pm
Room CH 165, Communications and Humanities Building
Tallahassee Community College
444 Appleyard Drive
Tallahassee, FL 32304-2895
or by calling (850) 942-1893.
All 3 Concerts!
Fall, Spring, Summer
Although most often remembered for the Four Seasons and other instrumental works, Vivaldi’s choral music contains a beautiful mix of the instrumental style many love while paying close attention to the overall mood of the text. Written for the girls Vivaldi taught at the orphanage at Ospedale della Pieta, it contains beautiful solos, duets and trios along with triumphant choral movements.
This "Silver Bells" concert is the first in a series of three celebrating the chorale’s twenty fifth anniversary. The first half of the program features choral works representing five different country’s depiction of the winter season spanning 500 years. The concert opens with American John Leavitt’s arrangement of Hodie! Moving across the Atlantic, John Rutter’s Blow, Blow, Thou Winter Wind provides a winter scene that elegantly portrays the cold text penned by Shakespeare. From there the journey leads to Spain, with a setting of the traditional carol Riu, Riu, Chiu. Moving North to Russia, Serge Rachmaninoff’s Bogoróditse Ďevo provides a stunning homage to the Virgin Mary. Finally, travelling to Venice, Vivaldi’s Magnificat completes the first half of the program. The second half is a tribute to the program’s title. It opens with sounds of the season from First Baptist Church’s “Bells of Praise.” The choir returns to close the program with several familiar Christmas songs, Carol of the Bells, An Irving Berlin Christmas featuring White Christmas, Silver Bells and Sleigh Ride. We hope you have an enjoyable evening and leave enriched by the beauty of music and the joy of the holiday season.
Hodie!- John Leavitt
John Leavitt, a Kansas native, has uniquely arranged this familiar text for mixed chorus. Leavitt's majestic piano accompaniment along with percussion provides a foundation for the voices to rise above in bell-like fashion.Today Christ is born; today the Saviour has appeared; today the Angels sing, the Archangels rejoice; today the righteous rejoice, saying; glory to God in the highest. Alleluia! Translation by Ron Jeffers
Blow, Blow, Thou Winter Wind – John Rutter
John Rutter is noted for many works for choir, both large scale works and intimate octavos like Blow, Blow, Thou Winter Wind. The text for this work is from Shakespeare's "As you like it." Rutter's use of continuous eighth notes provides a serene foundation for the choir to paint the coolness of the text.
Riu, Riu, Chiu – Arr. Linda Spevacek
Riu, Riu, Chiu is a traditional sixteenth century carol proclaiming the call of the nightingale. The work is a proclamation of the birth of Christ. Although the carol contains several verses, Spevacek chooses three for this arrangement.
Bogoróditse Ďevo – Sergei Rachmaninoff
Sergei Rachmaninoff, born in 1873 just south of St. Petersburg, Russia, was a virtuoso pianist and gifted composer. Bogoróditse Ďevo is part of the larger work All Night Vigil, Opus 37. Premiered on March 10, 1915 in Moscow, the work took Rachmaninoff only two weeks to compose. Using chants from the Eastern Orthodox Church, Rachmaninoff set the vigil in Church Slavonic. This movement is often extracted for performance and remains one of Rachmaninoff's most popular vocal works.Rejoice, O Virgin Theotokos, Mary full of grace, the Lord is with You. Blessed are You among women, and blessed is the Fruit of Your womb, for You have borne the Savior of our souls. Translation by Musica Russica
Magnificat – Antonio VivaldiAlthough most often remembered for the Four Seasons and other instrumental works, Vivaldi's choral music contains a beautiful mix of the instrumental style many love while paying close attention to the overall mood of the text. Written for girls Vivaldi taught at the orphanage at Ospedale della Pieta, it contains beautiful solos, duets and trios along with triumphant choral movements. Magnificat
My soul magnifies the Lord.
and my spirit has rejoiced
In God my saviour.
For he has regarded the low estate
of his handmaiden:
For behold, henceforth all generations
shall call me blessed.
For he who is mighty
has done great things to me;
and holy is his name.
and his mercy is on them
who fear him from generation to generation.
He has shown strength with his arm;
He has scattered the proud,
even the arrogant of heart.
He has deposed the mighty from their seats,
and exalted the humble.
The hungry he has filled with good things;
and the rich he has sent empty away.
He has helped his servant Israel,
in remembrance of his mercy.
As it was spoken to our fathers,
to Abraham and his seed for ever.
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son,
and to the Holy Spirit.
As it was in the beginning, is now,
and ever shall be, world without end, Amen.