Week of December 19, 2016

Home practice for January rehearsals and performances

Thank you to everyone for the magnificent performances you gave in the Cantare Choir's concerts on Dec. 9 and 10 and Concert & Treble Choirs' concert on Dec. 11. Your dedicated home practice and conscientious attendance at rehearsals created performances that truly brought light, peace, and incredible beauty to those who attended. All best wishes for a joyful holiday!

Cantare Choir - Mandatory Rehearsal Monday Jan. 2, 2017 -Read and heed this carefully! Have all music prepared for January 2nd rehearsal. Thank you.
Repertoire for Cantare Choir for January 8 Westminster Canterbury Epiphany Concert:
Sun. Jan. 8, 4:00 p.m. Epiphany Concert at Westminster Canterbury Retirement Community, 1600 Westbrook Ave. 23227- Cantare Choir  - Hope and Pete - 39 min. music, 52 min. total
Be sure you have all new music! If you don't have one of these, call Mrs. Hope to get it as soon as possible.
All music memorized! New music to be memorized by the Mandatory Rehearsal January 2nd! 
Epiphany 136- O Wondrous Type - verse 1 Pro Arte, verse 2 Cavalieri, verse 3 All. This plainchant is much trickier than it looks in order to get words and notes together and memorized. 
Hymn: Abide with Me - verse 1 Unison, verse 2 & 3 in parts, verse 4 altos, tenors, basses sing melody, sopranos sing descant part on the back. 
Siyahamba - Make sure you learn the part assigned you for THIS year (not whatever part you might have learned before.)
Top part: William, Brock, Chip, Lillian, Dominique, Grace, Samantha
Middle part: Emmett, Xander, Katherine, Nina, Sharita, Faith
Bottom part: Owen, Martin, Meaghan, Lauren, Sarabeth, Naomi
Pro Arte: Let It Shine! Pages 2-8 sopranos sing part 1, altos sing part 2. Pages 9 -11 divide in 3 parts as listed above for Siyahamba. Page 12 All sing "Gonna let it shine!" both times. This is tricky because it is a familiar song from the folk tradition, so every arrangement is slightly different from another. Learn written notes and rhythms carefully!
Cavalieri: Magnificat Movement #4 - solo sung by all tenors and basses - Practice with beautiful tone and vowel sounds.
Thank you to Meaghan, Lauren, Faith, Brock, Emmett, Xander, and Chip for attending the extra rehearsal on Dec. 18 and practicing the readings for the Epiphany concert.
Program order with all music and readings/readers:

Welcome! 5 min.

Hey, Hello, Bonjour, Guten Tag                                                                                   Jutta Gorschlüter

Let's Say Hello                                                                                                                L. Maierhofer

Translation 30 sec                                                                                            Reader: Faith 

Mi Chamocha 3:30                                                                                            Allan Blank (1925-2013)

                   Who is like You, Lord, among the mighty, majestic in holiness, awesome in splendor, working wonders?

                                            Your children beheld your sovereignty as you divided the sea before Moses.

                                    "This is my God," they responded, declaring, "The Lord shall reign forever and ever."

                                                                    Naomi Simon, cantor

Matthew 3:13-17 - The Baptism of Jesus 30 sec                                              Reader: Meaghan 

O wondrous type! 1:30                                                 Aeterne Rex altissime, plainsong, Mode 1, 14th c.

O How Amiable 3:30                                                                   Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958)

Translations 1 min                                                                                          Reader: Brock 

Magnificat                                                                                Giovanni Battista Pergolesi (1710-1736)

      I.   Magnificat (My Soul Doth Magnify God) 2:30                  edited by Virginia Stroh and Buryl Red

Cantare Choir


      IV. Suscepit Israel (He Hath Holpen Israel) 2 min.

Translation 30 sec                                                                                                   Reader: Xander 

Lína Avatárá 4min                                                                       Indic Carol, arr. Gil Robbins (1931-2011)

                                        He took birth on the earth; only He is the King of the world.

                                           How can there be anyone greater than He in this world?

                                   He is in the body of everyone; there is no space without Him in it.

                                                                      Beth Almore, cello

                                                                        Cavalieri Choir


Vocalise, Opus 34, No. 14 for cello & piano, trans. Leonard Rose         Sergei Rachmaninoff( 1873-1943)

                                 Beth Almore, cello & Hope Armstrong Erb, piano 6-7min


Isaiah 60:1-6 Arise, shine; for your light has come. 1 min.                                Reader: Emmett 

Adam lay ybounden 2:30                                                                            Martha Jones Burford (b. 1964)

Let It Shine! 3 min.                                                                             Traditional Spiritual, arr. Don Besig

                                                                        Pro Arte Choir


Translation 30 sec                                                                                              Reader: Chip W

Kekeli Tso Kekeli Me 1:30 min.                                                                          T. W. Kwami (1916-1987)

                                                             Light comes from light within.

                                                  Today is a day to rejoice. Make this day holy.

                                                            Let your songs resound with joy.

Introduction 1 min                                                                                                 Hope Armstrong Erb

Siyahamba 4 min.                                                                                     South African Freedom Song

      Zulu:                                    Siyahamb’ e-ku-kha-nye-ni kwen-kos.

      English:                                We are marching in the light of God.

      Spanish:                                  Mar-cha-re-mos en la luz de Dios.

      East Coast Algonquin:         Ki kanti ke-shaw-tewh O-kee-se-men-to.

                                                                        Cantare Choir

Isaiah 42: 1-9 He will bring forth justice to the nations. 1:30                                   Reader: Lauren 

Congregational Hymn:

Abide with Me 2:30                                                          Eventide, William Henry Monk (1823-1889)

                                    Descant, David Willcocks (1919-2015) 

Repertoire for Jan. 27 All Choir Performance - new songs in bold
Fri, Jan. 27, 7:00 p.m., St. John's Episcopal Church, 2401 E. Broad St, RVA 23223– All GRCC Choirs
All: Hello Songs, Peta kupa, Kekeli
Treble & Concert Choirs: I Hear America Singing
Treble Choir alone: A Windy Story, The Anteater, Travellers' Tales
Concert Choir alone: Gavotte, All Praise to God, Hashivenu
Pro Arte: Let It Shine, Edelweiss, Adam Lay Ybounden
Cavalieri: Pergolesi #4 Suscepit Israel, A Tree Toad, Lina Avatara
Cantare: Precious Lord, Peck Kyrie, Mi Chamocha

Concert Choir - Rehearsal Monday Jan. 2, 2017
Have "Gavotte" fully memorized.
Review "I Hear America Singing" to secure parts, especially top part. 
Write in solfege and practice singing Vivaldi "Et Exultavit" in solfege. B-flat is "DO".

Treble Choir - Mandatory Rehearsal Tuesday Jan. 3, 2017
Concentrate on learning "A Windy Story" for the Jan. 27 concert.
Practice 23rd Psalm in solfege and with words. F is "DO".
"Amazing Grace" We have made cuts to this arrangement:
Sing in unison pages 4 through top of 6. At the end of measure 35 cut to measure 52 at the bottom of page 7 "When we've been there...." Stop at the bottom of page 8. We can sing the whole song in unison, but we could have one person sing as a solo the line marked "Small Group" at measure 53 if someone would like to learn it and audition for the part.