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Rehearsals

Tuesdays

7:15-9:30 p.m.

Sept. - May

Disciples Christian Church

3663 Mayfield Road

Cleveland Hts.

 

Past Concert Programs 2004-16

2016-17 25th Anniversary Concert Program

 

  
Sun. Dec. 4 2016, 7:00 p.m. at Disciples Christian Church
, Cleveland Heights
 

"Behold the Star" William Dawson
"Belehememu" (Nigerian Carol) arr Barington Brooks
"Break Forth of Beauteous Heavenly Light" Johann Sebastian Bach
David's Song upon Absalom arr. James Dearing
"Ding Dong Merrily on High" arr. Charles Wood
"Dormi Jesu" Kim Andre Arnesen
"Even When He is Silent" Kim Andre Arnesen
Fantasia on Christmas Carols R. Vaughan Williams
"Hine Ma Tov" arr. Ginsberg
"Hodie Christus Natus Est" Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina
"Jingle Bells" arr. David Willcocks
"Laude alla Vergine Maria" Giuseppe Verdi
"Mary had a Baby" William Dawson
"To Shorten Winter's Sadness" Thomas Weelkes
Snowflakes Seth Houston
Wassail Song R. Vaughan Williams

 

2015-16 Concert Program

 

Sun. June 5, 2016 at 4:00 p.m. at Cedar Hills Baptist Church, Cleveland Heights

Choruses from Operas and Operettas

 

"Hail Poetry" (The Pirates of Penzance) Gilbert and Sullivan
Bell Chorus (Pagliacci) Leoncavallo
Bridal Chorus (Lohengrin) Wagner
"Bridegroom and Bride" (The Gondoliers) Gilbert and Sullivan

March of the Toreadors (Carmen)

Bizet
Pilgrim’s Chorus (Tannhauser) Wagner
"Dance a Cachucha" (The Gondoliers) Gilbert and Sullivan

Witches’ Chorus (Macbeth)

Verdi
Triumphal Scene (Aida) Verdi
Entr’acte and Chorus from Die Fledermaus J. Strauss
Dido's Lament (Dido and Aeneas) Purcell
Chorus of Hebrew Slaves (Nabucco) Verdi
Huntsmen’s Chorus (Der Freishutz) Weber
Anvil chorus (Il trovatore) Verdi
Chorus of Peasant Girls (Eugene Onegin) Tchaikovsky
Easter Hymn (Cavalleria Rusticana) Mascagni
"Make Our Garden Grow" (Candide) Bernstein

 

 

Sun. March 13, 2016 at 3:30 p.m. at Gesu Catholic Church, University Heights

W.A. Mozart: "Vesperae Solones de Confessore" (K. 399)
Josef Haydn: Mass No. 12 in b flat major "Theriesenmesse" (Hob. XXII/12)

 

  
Fri. Dec. 11, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. at Disciples Christian Church

 

"Te Deum" John Rutter
"Christmas Cantata" Daniel Pinkham
"In Ecclesiis" Giovanni Gabrieli
"A Spotless Rose Herbert Howells
"O Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem" Herbert Howells
"Balulalow" Peter Warlock
"Angels We We Have Heard on High" Justin Burke
"Lo, How a Rose/The Rose" Arr. Craig Hella Johnson
"A Musicological Journey
through the Twelve Days of Christmas"

Craig Courtney
"With a Voice of Singing" Martin Shaw


2014-2015 Program

 

June 7, 2015  7:00 p.m. at Grace Lutheran Church, Cleveland Heights
       and
June 9, 2015, 7:30 p.m., at Federated Church, 76 Bell St., Chagrin Falls

"Back to the Bard – For Love of Shakespeare, Act II"

"Tell Me Where is Fancy Bred" Mathew Harris
"Dirge" Ned Rorem
"Live with Me" Ned Rorem
"Fear No More" Matthew Harris
"Song for Athene" John Tavenner
"Music to Hear" (5 pieces) George Shearing
                    "Music to Hear"
                    "Shall I Compare Thee to a Summer's Day"
                    "Is it for Fear to Wet a Widow's Eye"
                    "Sigh no More, Ladies"
                    "Blow, Blow, Thou Winter Wind"

"When that I was and a Little Tiny Boy"

Matthew Harris

lntermission
"O Mistress Mine, Where are you Roaming" Emma Lou Diemer
"O Heart" Matthew Harris
"Perchance to Dream" Jan Wilke
"Sigh No More Ladies" René Clausen
"When Daffodils Begin to Peer" Matthew Harris
"You Spotted Snakes" Matthew Harris
"Shall I Compare Thee to a Summers Day" Randall Stroope
"lf Music be the food of Love" David Dickau

 

March 20, 2015
7:30 p.m. at Cedar Hill Baptist Church, Cleveland Heights

and

March 22, 2015
4:00 p.m. at Mary Queen of Peace Church, Parma OH

 

"The Peacemakers" by Karl Jenkins

 

 

December 7, 2014
7:00 p.m.
at Grace Lutheran Church, Cleveland Heights

 

"T'is the Season"

 

"Christmas Cantata"

Geoffrey Bush

Soloists: Angie Hayes, Stephanie Morris
Thomas Moore, oboe

"Glory to God in the Highest" Randall Thompson
"Lullay my Liking" Gustav Holst
Soloists: Jason Chance, Ginie Mast, Rosalyn Gaier
"Elohim Hashivenu" Solomone Rossi
"Angels We have Heard on High" arr. Drew Collins
"Hine Ma Tov" Neil Ginsberg
Thomas Moore, oboe
"Dormi Jesu" Luc Jakobs
"Hosanna to the Son of David" Luc Jakobs
Soloist: Robert Gaier
"Highland Carol" Ben Allaway
Soloist: Carleen Johnstone
"Huron Carol" Susan LaBarr
"Christmas Song"
 
Mel Torme and Robert Wells
arr. Kirby Shaw
"The Twelve Days of Christmas" John Rutter



 
June 1, 2014
3:30 p.m.
at Cedar Hill Baptist Church, Cleveland Heights

"Night and Day"
 

'You are the New Day' John David, arr. Peter Knight
'Heavenly Light' A. Kopylow, arr. Peter Wilhousky
'Ani ma'amin' arr. Robert Applebaum
'O Schone Nacht' Johannes Brahms
'Calme des nuits' and 'Les fleurs et les arbres' Camille Saint-Saens
'Offertory' and 'Agnus Dei' (from Requiem Mass) Gabriel Fauré

INTERMISSION

'Nanie' Johannes Brahms
'O Nata Lux' (from 'Lux Aeterna') Morten Lauridsen
'Hold the Light' Rollo Dilworth

The Women of WRC

'Sure on this Shining Night' Samuel Barber
'This Little Light of Mine' arr. Howard Helvey
The Men of WRC
Choose Something Like a Star' (from 'Frostiana') Randall Thompson
'In the Still of the Night' Cole Porter, arr. Roy Ringwald

Gina Ventre, alto

'Night and Day' Cole Porter: arr, Schmutte

This concert was supported in part by a grant from
Maison fran
çaise de Cleveland

 

March 16, 2014
4:00 p.m. at Waetjen Auditorium, Cleveland State University

Mozart: Requiem Mass

in collaboration with

the Nathaniel Dett Choir of Cleveland School of the Arts

and with the support of a grant from Cuyahoga Arts and Culture

 

December 8, 2013
7:00 p.m. at Grace Lutheran Church, Cleveland Heights

"'Tis the Season"
 

Selections from'The Alfred Burt Carols'

Alfred Burt

  1. Caroling, Caroling
2. All on a Christmas Morning
3. We'll Dress the House
4. Bright, Bright the Holly Berries
5. Come, Dear Children
 

 

Oh, Chanukah/Y'mei hachanukah  
from'Three Pieces for Chanukah'

Robert Applebaum

Haneirot halelu Stanley M. Hoffman

S. Paul Shand, tenor

Ocho Kandelikas (Eight Candles) arr. Joshua Jacobson

Elizabeth Gockel and Ginie Mast, soloists
Karen Smith and Lauie Staner , kazoos
Don Better, guitar

Canite Tuba

Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina

Corollarium Cantionum Sacrarum, No. LXil  

INTERMISSION

Carols and Lullabies
Christmas in the Southwest

adapted by Conrad Susa
     

  1. Oh, mi Belen! (Biscayan)
2. El Desembre Congelat (Catalonian)
3. Alegria (Puerto Rican)
        soloists - Jeremy Bendik-Keymer,
             David BeIl, Jason Chance

4. A la Nanita Nana (Spanish)
5. Las Posadas (Spanish)
6. Campana sobre Campana(Andalucian)
7. En Belen Tocan a Fuego (Castilian)
        soloists - Stacia Dearmin,
        Gina Ventre, Joan McHugh

8. El Noi de la Mare (Catalonian)
        Small Chorus: Alice Bewie, Mary Gresky,
             Stephanie Morris, Linda Frank,
           Carleen Johnstone, Ginie Mast,
       Jason Chance, BanTwaddell, David Bell,
       Jererny Bendik-Keymer, Ryan Honomichl

9. Chiquirriquitin (Andalucian)
10. El Rorro (Mexican)
      
 Don Better, guitar Jody Guinn, harp
        Brian Sweigart, marimba Vibraphone
 
 
Selections from Anniversary Carols

 arr. by Jackson Berkey

 

1. O Come, All Ye Faithful
2. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
3. Still, Still Night
4.Joy to the World
 

Stephanie Motris soprano
Jody Guinn, harp and Brian Sweigart, percussion

  

 

June 2, 2013

     at Grace Lutheran Church, Cleveland Heights

June 4, 2013

    at Church of the Resurrection, Solon

 For Love of Shakespeare

  
Choral settings of Shakespeare over four centuries

"If Music be the Food of Love":  Purcell
"Take, Oh take those lips away!"  Diemer
"Blow, Blow Thou Winter Wind":  Arne
"Blow, Blow Thou Winter Wind":  Rutter
"Sigh no more, Ladies"  Harris
"Oh Mistress Mine!":

 Harris

"Tell me, Where is Fancy Bred":  Bartholomew
"It was a Lover and his Lass":  Morley
"Shall I compare thee to a Summer's Day":  Lindberg
"Full Fathom Five":  Wood

Intermission

Three Shakespeare Songs:

 Vaughan Williams

                                            1. "Full Fathom Five"
                                            2. "The Cloud-Capp'd Towers"
                                            
3. "Over Hill, Over Dale"
 

Songs and Sonnets from Shakespeare:

 Shearing

                                      1. "Live with me and be my love"
                                   
  2. "When daffodils begin to peer"
                                   
  3. "It was a lover and his lass"
                                   
  4. "Spring"
                                   
  5. "Who is Sylvia?"
                                   
  6. "Fie on sinful fantasy"
                                   
  7. "Hey, ho, the wind and the rain"
 

"Somewhere" (from "West Side Story"):

 Bernstein

  

March 9, 2013 at Breen Center, Cleveland                                                                                          Concert Overview

    and

March 10, 2013 at Cedar Hill Baptist Church, Cleveland Heights

           both performances in collaboration with The Singers' Club of Cleveland

 

"Cry of Freedom, Plea for Peace"

- The Civil War in Remembrance
David Gilson, Artistic Director

 

                          

               

"Beautiful Dreamer"
"My Old Kentucky Home, Good Night"

"Didn't My Lord Deliver Daniel"
"Tenting Tonight"
"Just Before the Battle, Mother"
"When Johnny Comes Marching Home"
"Dixie"
"Dear Sarah"
"Battle Hymn of the Republic"
       Intermission
"Dona Nobis Pacem"::

Foster
Foster
arr. Hogan
Kittredge (arr. Beck)
Root
Lambert (arr. Wilhousky)
arr. Luboff
Syler
Steffe (arr. Ringwald)

Vaughan Williams

Marian Vogel (soprano) Brian Johnson (baritone)

 

 

 

December 9, 2012

 

David Gilson, Artistic Director

Grace Lutheran Church

Cleveland Heights, Ohio  44118

 

Ceremony of Carols:

 Britten

Jody Guinn - harp

"Ding! Dong! Merrily on High":  Helvey
"Allon, Gay Bergères":  Costeley (arr. Shaw/Parker)
"O Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem":  Tomkins (arr. Thoburn)
"In Dulci Jubilo":  Pearsall
"Quelle est cette odeur":  Milkey
"Hail Mary!":  Dawson
"Carol from an Irish Cabin":  Wood
"Light the Legend":  Isaacson
"Go, Tell It on the Mountain":  arr. Best
"A Merry Christmas":  arr. Warrell

  

 

Sunday June 3, 2012

 

David Gilson, Guest Director

20th Anniversary Celebration

A Grand Night for Singing!

Grace Lutheran Church

Cleveland Heights, Ohio  44118

 

"It’s a Grand Night for Singing":

Hammerstein/Rodgers (arr. Huff)

"With a Voice of Singing":

Jennings

"Chantez à Dieu" (Psalm 96):

Sweelinck

"Ubi Caritas", Op. 10, No.3":

Duruflé (adpt. Baker)

"Donde Hay":

Page

"Witness": (traditional spiritual)

Halloran (arr.)

"Sing me to Heaven":

Gawthrop

"Deep River": (traditional spiritual)

arr.Parker/Shaw (arr.)

"Speak to One Another":

Berger

"Hold On":

Simpson (arr.)

"Let there be Music":

Williams

John M. Roberts, Conductor

"The Paper Reeds by the Brooks":

Thompson

"Pines of Home":

Luvaas

"Of Love": Duson

"Fa Una Canzona":

Vecchi

"Valiant-for-truth":

Williams

"Crossing the Bar":

Mills

"Shenandoah":

Erb (arr.)

"Hallelujah!":

Brown

"Grace Before Sleep":

LaBarr

 

 

Friday March 23, 2012

 

Daniel Hathaway, Guest Director

Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist

Cleveland, Ohio  44114
 

"Let all mortal flesh keep silence"

Holst

Two Psalms

Holst

          "To my humble supplication" (Psalm 86) 

Coeli Ingold, soprano, JR Fralick, tenor

          "Lord, who hast made us for thine own" (Psalm 148)

Mass in C, op. 86

Beethoven

Coeli Ingold, soprano; Joanne Uniatowski, mezzo;
JR Fralick, tenor; Marc Weagraff, baritone

 

Sunday, Dec. 11, 2011

 

Mario Clopton, Guest Director

Daniel Hatthaway (organ)

Joanne Poderis (piano)

Grace Lutheran Church

Cleveland Heights, Ohio  44118

 

"For Unto Us a Child Is Born" Handel
:Carol of the Bells" Leontovich/Arr. Wilhousky
From Five Hebrew Love Songs Whitacre
          1. Temuna (A Picture)  
          2. Kala kalla (Light Bride)  
"Snowflakes" Houston
Tom Hciynish, Flute
"Sure On This Shining Night Lauridsen
"Noel" Smith, arr. Holmes
"Coppia Real" Vecchio
Brass Ensemble
"We Three Kings" Hopkins, arr. Courtney
"Gloria" Rutter
Trio: Lisa Peabody, Maty Gresky, Nancy Backhaus.

 

Sunday May 22, 2011

HEIGHTS CHAMBER ORCHESTRA
Anthony Addison, Principal Conductor
WESTERN RESERVE CHORALE
J.D. Goddard, Artistic Director
Marian Vogel Soprano, Brian Keith Johnson, Baritone

Church of the Gesu
2470 Miramar Blvd., University Heights

Symphony No. 31 in D major (Paris), K. 297/300a  Mozart
A German Requiem, op. 45  Brahms

 

Sunday March 13, 2011

J.D. Goddard, Artistic Director
Amanda Joyce Abbott, Soprano, Joanne Uniatowski, Mezzo-soprano
Timothy Culver, Tenor, Brian Keith Johnson, Baritone
Daniel Hathaway,
Guest Organist
Grace Lutheran Church
Cleveland Heights, Ohio  44118

"Lord, for Thy Tender Mercies’ Sake" Farrant

"Let All the World in Every Corner Sing"

Vaughan Williams
"How Lovely are the Messengers" (from "St. Paul")" Mendelssohn
"Zadok the Priest" (Coronation Anthem no. 1)" Handel
Requiem Mass in C minor" Michael Haydn

Sunday December 12, 2010

Music for Chorus and Brass
J.D. Goddard, Artistic Director
Joanne Poderis, Accompanist
Brass Choirs
Grace Lutheran Church
Cleveland Heights, Ohio  44118

Canzon Septimi toni No. 2: Giovanni Gabrieli

"Resonemus Laudibus" arr. Willcocks
"To Shorten Winter’s Sadness Weelkes
"There is No Rose" (from Ceremony of Carols) Britten
"Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring" J.S. Bach
"Blow, Blow, Thou Winter Wind" Rutter
"The Shepherds Farewell" Berlioz
"Greensleeves" arr. Chilcott

Mary Gresky, Linda Frank, Steve Lord, Phil Rein

"Silent Night" arr. Lindner

Marissa Williams, James Njui, Susan Marshall, Lisa Peabody

"Hallelujah, Amen" (from Judas Maccabeus) Handel

Rigaudon: Campra

"Plaudite Omnis Terra" Giovanni Gabrieli, arr. Metheny
Christmas Cantata Pinkham
"Wassail" Vaughan Williams. arr. Hens

 

 

Follow the links below to see full program details.

  • 2009 - 2010 Season

    • Fall Program - Music of Artman, Ruffo, Warlock, Rossi, Lewandowski, Crotch, Crookall, de'Liguori, Rameau and Piazzola.  Also works for Brass Quintet (The Cleveland Brass Quintet) and Chorus by Calvert, de Victoria, Rheinberger and Metheney.

  • 2008 - 2009 Season

    • Fall Program - A capella and accompanied works by Mendelssohn, Rheinberger, Lauridson and works for Brass, Chorus and Organ by Gallus, Praetorius, Schultz, Gabrieli and Pachelbel

    • Winter Program - A Haydn Celebration featuring his Mass in the Time of War (Paukenmesse) No. 9 in C Major plus excerpts from The Seasons, The Creation, St. Anthony Chorale and The Bear Symphony

    • Spring Program - Dvorak's Mass in D Major, Daniel Hathaway, organist; other selections by Dvorak & Brahms, guest soloists

  • 2007 - 2008 Season

    • Fall Program - Daniel Pinkham's Christmas Cantata and John Rutter's Gloria

    • Winter Program - Maruice Durufle's Requiem with the Hawken Chamber Chorale

    • Spring Program - Leonard Berstein's Chichester Psalms with the R. Nathaniel Dett Concert Choir

  • 2006 - 2007 Season

    • Fall Program - Francis Poulenc's Gloria

    • Winter Program - Ernest Bloch's Avodath Hakoesh (Shabbat Sacred Service) with Choral Arts Cleveland and the Suburban Symphony Orchestra

    • Spring Program - Johannes Brahm's Liebeslieder Waltzes plus Madrigals and Love Songs of old and new

  • 2005 - 2006 Season

    • Fall Program - Antonio Vivaldi's Gloria

    • Winter Program - John Rutter's Mass of the Children with the Hawken School Chamber Chorale

    • Spring Program - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's Regina Coeli and Grand Mass in C Minor with the Choral Arts Society of Cleveland

  • 2004 - 2005 Season

    • Fall Program - Ralph Vaughn Williams Fantasia on Christmas Carols, Craig Courtney's Musicological Journey through the Twelve Days of Christmas, Ida Ruth Meisel's Chanukah Suite

    • Winter Program - John Rutter's Requiem. and other selections with the Hawken School Chamber Chorale

    • Spring Program - Carl Orff's Carmina Burana in conjunction with The Choral Arts Society of Cleveland and the Suburban Symphony

  • 2003 - 2004 Season

    • Fall Program - John Rutter's Gloria and Benjamin Britten's Ceremony of Carols

    • Winter Program - Gilbert & Sullivan's Trial by Jury

    • Spring Program - 'Sense and Nonsense' David Bobrowitz and Steve Porter's The Creation and a collection of pieces by Randall Thompson, P.D.Q. Bach, John Rutter and others