Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Wonderful Spring Concert

Our Spring Concert was really a thrill. I'm sure all of the other singers also still have the Mozart Requiem running in their heads. We had a good and enthusiastic audience too. We are so grateful to our singers who practiced this music many months. We got to know it well, and this is a benefit of singing in a chorus like ours. We lean so much from this music every time we get to study it. We are grateful to the many who came to the concert. I don't think most people know how much it means to us who have lived with and love this music to have others come to share it with us.

Next on our agenda is a month off. Our next meeting will be June 15. We will start rehearsing for our Christmas Concert! Anyone interested in joining us is welcome to attend this rehearsal.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Spring Concert Program


Exultate Jubilate, K. 165
Rebecca Tomlinson, soprano

1. Aria
Exsultate, jubilate, o vos animae beatae, exsultate, jubilate, dulcia cantica canendo; cantui vestro respondendo psallant aethera cum me.

Rejoice, resound with joy, o you blessed souls, rejoice, resound with joy, singing sweet songs. In response to your singing let the heavens sing forth with me.

2. Recitative
Fulget amica dies, jam fugere et nubila et procellae; exortus est justis inexspectata quies.Undique obscura regnabat nox, surgite tandem laeti qui timuistis adhuc, et jucundi aurorae fortunatae frondes dextera plena et lilia date.

The lovely day glows bright, now clouds and storms have fled. A sudden calm has arisen for the just. Everywhere dark night held sway before, but now at last, rise up and rejoice! You who are happy and not afraid in the blessed dawn, make offerings of garlands and lillies.

3. Aria
Tu virginum corona, tu nobis pacem dona, tu consolare affectus, unde suspirat cor. Alleluia.

You, O crown of virgins, grant us peace, console our feelings, from which our hearts sigh. Alleluia

Requiem, K626
W.A. Mozart
Completed by Franz Xaver Sussmayr in its traditional form
Rebecca Tomlinson, soprano
Danielle Perrault, alto
Andrew Crane, tenor
Monty Joham, bass

1. Introitus - Requiem, Chorus and Soprano Solo
Requiem aeternam dona eis, Domine, et lux perpetua luceat eis. Te decet hymnus, Deus, in Sion, et tibi reddetur votum in Jerusalem.

Grant them eternal rest, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. A hymn, O God, shall be sung in Zion, and a vow shall be paid in Jerusalem. To thee all flesh shall come. Eternal rest give to them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them.

2. Kyrie Eleison, Chorus
Kyrie eleison. Christe eleison. Kyrie eleison.

Lord, have mercy. Christ have mercy. Lord have mercy.

3. Sequenz

Dies Irae, Chorus
Dies irae, dies illa Solvet saeclum in favilla, Teste David cum Sibylla.
Quantus tremor est futurus Quando judex est venturus Cuncta stricte discussurus.

Day of wrath, that day will dissolve the earth in ashes as David and the Sibyl bear witness. What dread there will be when the Judge shall come to judge all things strictly.

Tuba Mirum, Solo Quartet
Tuba mirum spargens sonum per sepulcra regionum coget omnes ante thronum.
Mors stupebit et natura cum resurget creatura judicanti responsura.
Liber scriptus proferetur in quo totum continetur, unde mundus judicetur.
Judex ergo cum sedebit quid quid latet apparebit, nil inultum remanebit.
Quid sum miser tunc dicturus,quem patronum rogaturus, cum vix justus sit securus?

A trumpet, spreading a wondrous sound through the graves of all lands, to bring all before the throne. Death and Nature shall be astonished when all creation rises again to answer to the Judge. A book, written in, will be brought forth in which is contained everything that is, out of which the world shall be judged. When therefore the Judge takes His seat whatever is hidden will reveal itself. nothing will remain unavenged. What then shall I say, wretch that I am, what advocate entreat to speak for me, When even the righteous may hardly be secure?

Rex Tremendae, Chorus
Rex tremendae majestatis, qui salvandos salvas gratis, salve me, fons pietatis.

King of awful majesty, who freely saves the redeemed, save me, O fount of goodness.

Recordare, Solo Quartet
Recordare, Jesu pie, quod sum causa tuae viae, ne me perdas illa die.
Quaerens me sedisti lassus, redemisti crucem passus, tantus labor non sit cassus.
Juste judex ultionis Donum fac remissionis ante diem rationis. Ingemisco tamquam reus, culpa rubet vultus meus, supplicanti parce, Deus. Qui Mariam absolvisti et latronem exaudisti, mihi quoque spem dedisti. Preces meae non sunt dignae, sed tu bonus fac benigne, ne perenni cremer igne. Inter oves locum praesta, et ab haedis me sequestra, statuens in parte dextra.

Remember, blessed Jesus, that I am the cause of your pilgrimage. Do not forsake me on that day. Seeking me you did sit down. Weary, you redeemed me, suffering death on the cross. Let not such toil be in vain. just avenging judge, grant remission before the day of reckoning. I groan like a guilty man. Guilt reddens my face. Spare a suppliant, O God You absolved Mary Magdalene and heard the plea of the thief, to me also you have given hope. My prayers are not worthy, but your merciful goodness grant that I burn not in everlasting fire.Place me among your sheep and separate me from the goats, setting me on your right hand.

Confutatis, Chorus
Confutatis maledictis flammis acribus addictis, voca me cum benedictis.
Oro supplex et acclinis, cor contritum quasi cinis, gere curam mei finis.

When the accursed have been confounded and given over to the bitter flames, call me with the blessed. I pray in supplication on my knees, my heart contrite as the dust, safeguard my fate.

Lacrimosa, Chorus
Lacrimosa dies illa qua resurget ex favilla judicandus homo reus. Huic ergo parce, Deus, pie Jesu Domine, dona eis equiem.

Mournful that day when from the dust shall rise guilty man to be judged. Therefore spare him, O God, merciful Jesus, Lord. Grant them rest; grant them rest.

4. Offertorium

Domine Jesu, Chorus and Solo Quartet
Domine, Jesu Christe, Rex gloriae, libera animas omnium fidelium defunctorum de poenis inferni, et de profundo lacu. Libera eas de ore leonis, ne absorbeat eas tartarus, ne cadant in obscurum, sed signifer sanctus Michael retraesentet eas in lucem sanctam, quam olim Abrahae promisisti et semini ejus.

Lord Jesus Christ, King of glory, deliver the souls of all the faithful departed from the pains of hell and from the bottomless pit. Deliver them from the lion's mouth. Neither let them fall into darkness nor the black abyss swallow them up. And let St. Michael, your standard-bearer, lead them into the holy light which once you promised to Abraham and his seed.

Hostias, Chorus
Hostias et preces, tibi, Domine, laudis offerimus; tu suscipe pro animabus illis, quarum hodie memoriam facimus: fac eas, Domine, de morte transire ad vitam, quam olim Abrahae promisisti et semini ejus.

We offer unto you this sacrifice of prayer and praise. Receive it for those souls whom today we commemorate. Allow them, O Lord, to cross from death into the life which once you promised to Abraham and his seed.

5. Sanctus, Chorus
Sanctus, Sanctus, Sanctus, Dominus Deus Sabaoth! Pleni sunt coeli et terra gloria tua. Osanna in excelsis.

Holy, holy, holy, Lord God of Sabaoth! Heaven and earth are full of your glory. Hosanna in the highest.

6. Benedictus, Solo Quartet and Chorus
Benedictus qui venit in nomine Domini. Osanna in excelsis.

Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest!

7. Agnus Dei, Chorus
Agnus Dei, qui tollis peccata mundi, dona eis requiem sempiternam.

Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world, grant them rest eternal.

8. Communio, Chorus and Soprano Solo
Lux aeterna luceat eis, Domine, cum sanctis tuis in aeternum, quia pius es. Requiem aeternam dona eis, Domine, et lux perpetua luceat eis, cum santis tuis in aeternum, quia pius es.

May eternal light shine on them, O Lord. with your saints for ever, because you are merciful. Grant them eternal rest, O Lord, and may perpetual light shine on them, with your saints for ever, because you are merciful.

In Honor of Armed Forces Day
Armed Forces Salute...................................Service songs arr. J. Eilers
Stars and Stripes Forever.............................J.P. Sousa

Requiem Notes
The Requiem was the last music written by Mozart who died in 1791 at the age of 35. The first 8 measures of the Lacrimosa are the last music he wrote. The Requiem was completed by his student Franz Sussmayr, probably according to Mozart’s instructions.

Quotations from Mozart’s Last Year by H.C. Robbins Landon
“Mozart never thought of beginning a Requiem at any other time, and often said to me that he undertook this work with the greatest pleasure, since church music was his favorite genre. He was going to compose it with such fervor that his friends and enemies would study it after his death, ‘If only I can stay alive that long. For this must be my masterpiece and my swan song.’”
--- Constanze Mozart (In a letter after Mozart’s death)

“I then ran back to my distracted sister. Sussmayr was at Mozart’s bedside. The Requiem lay on the quilt and Mozart was explaining to him how, in his opinion, he ought to finish it. His last movement was an attempt to express with his mouth the drum passages in the Requiem. That, I can still hear.”
--- Sophie Haibel (Constanze Mozart’s sister)

•Thanks to Our Savior’s Lutheran Church for providing this sanctuary for our concerts and space every Tuesday evening for Pass Chorale rehearsals.
•Thanks to our faithful and wonderful accompanist, Joan Frost.
•Thanks to concert angels Millie Plueger and Ernest and June Siva for donations to partially support this concert.
•Thanks to Pat Murkland, Jill Trick and Laura Trick for handing our programs and handling our reception.
•Thanks to Pass Chorale Members! Members of the Pass Chorale are volunteers who love this music and put in hours and hours of rehearsal to bring it to our community.
•Thanks to you for supporting fine music in the Pass by your presence at this concert. Please consider making a contribution to support the work of the Pass Chorale. Each concert costs far more than the money we take in from attendees. The Pass Chorale is a non-profit, 501c3 organization. All contributions are tax deductible. See a Chorale member or send contributions to The Pass Chorale, P.O. Box 589, Beaumont, CA 92223.