The Fifth Annual Spring Gala Concert



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Concerts at Christ Church

presents
The Fifth Annual

Spring Gala

Concert

Performed by

The Christ Church Festival Orchestra and Chorus

with

Carrie Culver, soprano Tynan Davis, mezzo-soprano

Bryce Westervelt, tenor Michael O’Hearn, bass-baritone
Michael C. Haigler, conductor
Sunday, June 13, 2010 at 4pm

Christ Church - 61 East Main St., Oyster Bay, NY


Welcome to Christ Church,
the Episcopal Parish of Oyster Bay!



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across the lane from the church.


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This afternoon’s concert is sponsored and presented by Concerts at Christ Church,
which is funded entirely by donations from individuals and businesses in the community.

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Program

Academic Festival Overture, Op. 80 Johannes Brahms 10’

(1833–1897)

Composed summer 1880. First performed: January 3, 1881 in Breslau, Germany with Brahms at the podium.

pause –




Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125 Ludwig van Beethoven 62’
for four soloists, chorus, and orchestra (1770–1827)
with words from Friedrich Schiller’s Ode to Joy

Composed 1822-1824. First performance: May 7, 1824 in the Kärntnertortheater in Vienna.
I. Allegro ma non troppo, un poco maestoso 14’
II. Scherzo: Molto vivace - Presto 13’
intermission –

III. Adagio molto e cantabile 12’


Andante Moderato
Tempo Primo
Andante Moderato
Adagio
Lo Stesso Tempo

IV. Presto (Recitative) 22’


Allegro ma non troppo
Vivace
Adagio cantabile
Allegro assai
Presto (Recitative)
Allegro assai
Alla Marcia: Allegro assai vivace
Andante maestoso
Adagio ma non troppo, ma divoto
Allegro energico, sempre ben marcato
Allegro ma non tanto
Prestissimo, Maestoso, Prestissimo
Soloists

Carrie Culver, soprano Tynan Davis, mezzo-soprano

Bryce Westervelt, tenor Michael O’Hearn, bass-baritone
Please join us after the concert for a reception in the Parish Hall!
Text and Translation

Original German Text English Translation

(by Friedrich Schiller) (by Robert Frankum)



Bass-Baritone Soloist:

O Freunde, nicht diese Töne!

Sondern laßt uns

angenehmere anstimmen,

und freudenvollere.


Freude! Freude!

Oh friends, not these tones!

Rather, let us raise

our voices more pleasantly,

and more joyfully!
Joy! Joy!


Men’s Chorus:

Freude! Freude!

Joy! Joy!


Bass-Baritone Soloist:

Freude, schöner Götterfunken*

Tochter aus Elysium,

Wir betreten feuertrunken,

Himmlische, dein Heiligtum!

Deine Zauber binden wieder

Was die Mode streng geteilt;

Alle Menschen werden Brüder,

Wo dein sanfter Flügel weilt.



Joy, splendid spark of divinity,

Daughter of Elysium,

We tread fire-consumed,

Heavenly one, upon your sanctuary!

Your magic reunites

What convention has sternly divided.

All humanity become brothers

Where your gentle wing dwells.


Chorus:

Deine Zauber binden wieder

Was die Mode streng geteilt;

Alle Menschen werden Brüder,

Wo dein sanfter Flügel weilt.



Your magic reunites

What convention has sternly divided.

All humanity become brothers

Where your gentle wing dwells.


Soloists:

Wem der große Wurf gelungen,

Eines Freundes Freund zu sein;

Wer ein holdes Weib errungen,

Mische seinen Jubel ein!

Ja, wer auch nur eine Seele

Sein nennt auf dem Erdenrund!

Und wer's nie gekonnt, der stehle

Weinend sich aus diesem Bund!



May whoever has had the great fortune

To be someone’s friend,

May he who has won a devoted wife

Add in his jubilation;

Yes, whoever could call

Even one soul his own on this earth!

And let him who never could,

Tearfully steal away from this bond!


Chorus:

Ja, wer auch nur eine Seele

Sein nennt auf dem Erdenrund!

Und wer's nie gekonnt, der stehle

Weinend sich aus diesem Bund!



Yes, whoever could call

Even one soul his own on this earth!

And let him who never could,

Tearfully steal away from this bond!


Soloists:

Freude trinken alle Wesen

An den Brüsten der Natur;

Alle Guten, alle Bösen

Folgen ihrer Rosenspur.

Küße gab sie uns und Reben,

Einen Freund, geprüft im Tod;

Wollust ward dem Wurm gegeben,

Und der Cherub steht vor Gott.



All beings draw joy

From the breasts of nature;

All the good, all the evil

Follow her trail of roses.

Kisses she gave us, and the vine,

A friend faithful unto death;

Pleasure was embraced by the serpent,

But the cherub stands in the presence of God.


Chorus:

Küße gab sie uns und Reben,

Einen Freund, geprüft im Tod;

Wollust ward dem Wurm gegeben,

Und der Cherub steht vor Gott.



Kisses she gave us, and the vine,

A friend faithful unto death;

Pleasure was embraced by the serpent,

But the cherub stands in the presence of God.


Tenor Soloist:

Froh, wie seine Sonnen fliegen

Durch des Himmels prächt'gen Plan,

Laufet, Brüder, eure Bahn,

Freudig, wie ein Held zum Siegen.



In joy, as his suns soar

Through heaven's glorious design,

Run, brothers, your course

Joyfully, like a hero to victory.


Tenor Soloist and Men’s Chorus:

Laufet, Brüder, eure Bahn,

Freudig, wie ein Held zum Siegen.



Run, brothers, your course

Joyfully, like a hero to victory.


Chorus:

Seid umschlungen, Millionen!

Diesen Kuß der ganzen Welt!

Brüder, über'm Sternenzelt

Muss ein lieber Vater wohnen.

Ihr stürzt nieder, Millionen?

Ahnest du den Schöpfer, Welt?

Such' ihn über'm Sternenzelt!

Über Sternen muss er wohnen.



Be embraced, millions!

May this kiss be for the whole world!

Brothers, beyond the starry canopy

Must a loving Father dwell.

You are downcast, millions?

Don’t you feel the creator’s presence, world?

Seek him beyond the starry canopy!

Above the stars he must dwell.



In the final section, all repeat the following text:


Seid umschlungen, Millionen!

Diesen Kuß der ganzen Welt!

Brüder, über'm Sternenzelt

Muss ein lieber Vater wohnen.

Seid umschlungen,

Diesen Kuß der ganzen Welt!

Freude, schöner Götterfunken

Tochter aus Elysium,

Freude, schöner Götterfunken,

Götterfunken!



Be embraced, millions!

May this kiss be for the whole world!

Brothers, beyond the starry canopy

Must a loving Father dwell.

Be embraced,

May this kiss be for the whole world!

Joy, splendid spark of divinity,

Daughter of Elysium,

Joy, splendid spark of divinity,

Spark of divinity!



About the Performers
Soprano Carrie deLapp Culver is a seasoned performer and educator. She is currently an Associate Professor of Voice at the College of Wooster in Wooster, Ohio. With more than twenty years of teaching experience, she has served on the faculties of several state and private universities including Emory University, Washington State University, University of Texas at El Paso, Jacksonville State University, and Long Island University and Five Towns College in New York. She has performed and recorded with such diverse organizations as the Atlanta Symphony Chamber Chorus under Maestro Robert Shaw, the El Paso Opera, the Colorado Gilbert and Sullivan Festival under the direction of John Cox, O.B.E., and Boulder’s Dinner Theatre. She is also in demand for her skills as a stage director and conductor for numerous academic productions and, while in New York, for the Gilbert and Sullivan Light Opera Company of Long Island and the Cultural Arts Playhouse. She is a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing, the National Opera Association and served its companion organization Opera For Youth as editor of the Opera for Youth Journal. She remains active as a recitalist with recent performances in Barcelona, Spain, and as an oratorio soloist specializing in the music of Bach and Mozart. Dr. Culver served as a soloist for Christ Church from 2001-2007, returned in 2008 to direct and perform in Amahl and the Night Visitors, and was the soprano soloist for the Mozart Requiem in 2009.

Mezzo Soprano Tynan Davis is establishing a reputation as a vibrant, entertaining performer in opera and musical theatre alike. Ms. Davis recently sang the title role in Bizet's Carmen with the Rapides Symphony Orchestra. Other recent roles include The Mother in Menotti's Amahl and the Night Visitors, Cherubino in Le Nozze di Figaro, and Dorabella in Cosi fan tutte. In 2007 Ms. Davis received third place in the Southwest Regional Finals of the Metropolitan Opera National Council auditions. In 2009 she made her debut with the Fauxharmonic Symphony Orchestra and sang recitals in New York and Louisiana with pianist Arielle Levioff. She has also performed with New York’s Amato and Bronx Operas and the Spoleto Arts Symposium in Spoleto, Italy. A native of Texas, Ms. Davis is familiar to Concerts at Christ Church audiences, having performed as the mezzo soloist in the Vivaldi Gloria and Bach Magnificat, and in solo appearances with Michael C. Haigler and John Schwartzberg. This summer marks her debut as an apprentice artist with the Caramoor Bel Canto opera festival.

Tenor Bryce Westervelt is highly sought after as a soloist with opera companies, orchestras and choral groups across the country. He has been characterized as a “light tenor with a charming ease in the stylistic subtleties of early music” Washington Post, having a “delicately nuanced lyric voice” Washington Times, and as being both “vocally seductive and tonally impressive” Monterey Herald. Mr. Westervelt’s concert repertoire spans over 50 major works including those of Monteverdi, Bach, Handel, Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Rossini, Verdi, Dvorak, Britten and Blake. As concert soloist he has performed with several leading ensembles including the Albany Pro Musica, Annapolis Symphony, the Bach Festival of Central Florida, Bel Canto Chorus, Canterbury Choral Society, Cathedral Choral Society (Washington National Cathedral), Connecticut Choral Artists, the Florida Orchestra, Folger Consort, Hartford Symphony, National Chamber Orchestra, Southwest Florida Symphony Orchestra, Washington Bach Consort, and several other choral and orchestral groups throughout the United States. Recently, Mr. Westervelt has performed recitals in Bolzano, Italy as a resident artist at the Silver Bay Chamber Music Festival. He has also appeared in recitals in Clearwater, FL, at the historic Players in New York on the Bechstein Recital Series, the Arts Club of Washington, and at the University of Evansville. Later this June, Mr. Westervelt will record Franz Schubert’s Die schöne Müllerin for release in the fall of 2010. On the operatic stage, his roles include Nemorino in L’elisir d’amore, Ferrando in Cosí fan tutte, Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni, Idamante in Idomeneo, and Almaviva in I Barbiere di Siviglia. He has performed with Asheville Lyric Opera, Opera Naples, Opera Roanoke, Opera Tampa, St. Petersburg Opera, Concert Opera of Philadelphia, Summer Opera Theater, the 20th Century Consort, the Washington Savoyards, and the Maryland Opera Studio. Mr. Westervelt was a finalist in the 2000 Bethlehem Bach Festival Competition and received the prestigious Virginia Best Adams Fellowship at the Carmel Bach Festival in 2000.

Bass-Baritone Michael Blake O'Hearn has been hailed by critics for his abundance of personality, his authoritative singing and acting, and his wide impressive range and rich low tones. He has been featured with the NYCO National Company, Atlanta Opera, Augusta Opera, Bronx Opera, Tulsa Opera, Sarasota Opera, Opera Carolina, Piedmont Opera, DiCapo Opera Theater, National Lyric Opera, Mississippi Opera, Little Orchestra Society of New York, Amarillo Opera and the American Symphony Orchestra. Mr. O'Hearn also has an impressive operetta repertoire ranging from Gilbert & Sullivan to Sondheim. He has performed the roles of Don Alhambra in Gondoliers, Pooh-Bah in The Mikado, Lord Mountararat in Iolanthe, Sir Roderic in Ruddigore, Larry in Company, Sir Sagramore in Camelot, Baron Zeta in The Merry Widow, and Dr. Engel in Student Prince. Equally at home on the concert stage, Mr. O’Hearn has been often featured in performances of Mendelssohn’s Elijah and Saint Paul, Handel’s Messiah and the requiems of Brahms, Mozart and Verdi. Mr. O'Hearn attended Georgia State University, continued his studies with the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria, and participated in the Sarasota Opera Association Apprentice Program. He has been a finalist and prize winner in the AIMS Meistersinger Competition and received the Choral Guild of Atlanta Fellowship for eight continuous seasons. Mr. O'Hearn can be heard on the Grammy Award winning recording of Oedipus Tex and other Choral Calamities by PDQ Bach on Telarc, and Stravinsky's Les Noces and A Christmas Potpourri both on Newport Classics.

Conductor Michael C. Haigler has served as Artistic Director of Concerts at Christ Church for the past four years and also holds positions as Chorus Master and Assistant Conductor of the Bronx Opera Company, Assistant Conductor of the Orchestra of the Bronx, and Music Director of “Festival 56”, a summer theater festival in Princeton Illinois. A native of Atlanta, he graduated magna cum laude from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY, and moved to New York City in 2001. In the years since he has been active in opera, conducting productions with Brooklyn Opera, Riverside Opera (Staten Island), The New York Metro Vocal Arts Ensemble (NYC), and the Lehman College Drama Department (Bronx). In May of this year he made his conducting debut with the Bronx Opera in Donizetti’s comedy Don Pasquale, and is thrilled to conclude the most exciting season of his life today. Other recent credits include the Atlanta Opera Studio (GA), Sarasota Opera (FL), the Sarasota Pops Orchestra, Knoxville Opera (TN), and Virginia Opera. Upcoming productions include Handel’s Messiah at Leonia Presbyterian Church in New Jersey (December 2010), and Forever Plaid, Dames at Sea, and Lucky Stiff with Festival 56 (summer 2010). In 2001 Mr. Haigler was honored to be chosen as one of eight conductors out of over 350 applicants as a finalist in Lorin Maazel’s International conducting competition. Also an active composer, he has received commissions from the Goliard Chamber Ensemble (Queens), the Yale University Bluedogs (CT), and Irving Park Lutheran Church in Chicago. In addition to his church duties at Christ Church, Mr. Haigler also currently serves as hymnody editor of Synthesis, a monthly liturgical publication for clergy and church musicians.




Christ Church Festival Chorus

Sopranos

Diana Benton

Rita Downs

Elisa Dragotto*†

Debbie Held

Pamela Mericle

Denise Mullin

Ellen Nicoll

Marla Peltzer*

Krysten Peres

Martha Relyea

Hannah Rosenbaum

Cathy Schramm

Saundra Simoneé

Jenny Weiss
Altos

Claire Bellerjeau

Marguerite Casparian

Joan Davis

Patricia Hambrook

Tina Girardi

Donna Fiore Houman*†

Susan McLeod

Jennifer Miceli

Elisabeth Mooney

Susan Neuhaus

Eileen Relyea

Patricia Sands

Nancy Silber

Nancy Wielunski


Tenors

Chris Bellerjeau

Michael Fries*†

Ton Heijmen

Matt Koraus

Barry McLeod

Michael Sarnoff-Wood

Eric Schramm

Ed Wielunski

* Christ Church Section Leader


Soloist Cover (understudy)
Basses

Nicholas Connolly*†

Robert Frankum

Christopher Judge*

Adam Kimmick

Charles Markis

Dwight Peltzer

David Sarles

David Saybrook

Jim Seiler


German Diction Advisor: Robert Frankum





Christ Church Festival Orchestra



Piccolo
Jill Sokol


Flute
Amber Maly
Elaine Olschesky

Oboe
John Frisch
Karisa Werdon

Clarinet
David Gould
Kate Forman Quayle

Bassoon
Adrian Morejon
Daniel Hane

Contra Bassoon
Timothy Emerson

Horn
LeeAnn Newland
Ian Donald
Jeff Scott
Lauren Hossford

Trumpet
Hugo Moreno
Roberto Gándara
Kenny Leeper (Brahms only)

Trombone
Rex Enderlin
Julie Josephson
Justin Comito

Tuba (Brahms only)
Tim Eckstrum

Timpani
Deane Prouty

Bass Drum/Cymbals
Roxan Jurkevich

Triangle
John Ostrowski

First Violin
Julianne Klopotic (concert master)
Diane Block
Silvia P. Grendze
Rieko Kawabata
Mioi Takeda

Second Violin
Galina Zhdanova (principal)
Ervin Dede
April Johnson
Whitney LaGrange
Laura Padegs Zamurs

Viola
Surai Balbeisi (principal)
Colin Benn
Caterina Longhi
Alejandra Mahave

Cello
Tara Chambers (principal)
Adrian Daurov
Peter Howard

Double Bass
Mark Wade (principal)
Chris Finet

Assistant Conductor: Matthew Koraus

Contracting: Julianne Klopotic and Michael C. Haigler



The Artistic Director wishes to thank the following contributors,
without whom these concerts would not be possible.



Friends of Concerts at Christ Church

(June 4, 2009 through June 10, 2010)


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Benefactor ($1000-$2499)

Mr. & Mrs. David Relyea


Impresario ($2500-$4999)

Archangel ($5000-$9999)
Sponsor ($10,000 or more)

Mr. & Mrs. Bryan Hunt Lawrence





Note: All donations made to Concerts at Christ Church are used entirely for
concert events and are not applied toward any other church related activities.

Acknowledgements
Heartfelt thanks are offered to the following people whose help, support,
and encouragement made this concert possible:

Fred and Patti Bauerschmidt

Susan Peterson Neuhaus

Marguerite Casparian

Rev. Peter Casparian

Hector Henriquez

Danny McGowen

Arielle Levioff

Eileen Relyea

David Layton

Ann Harhoff

Matt Koraus

Eric Kramer

Ellen Nicoll

and

Amber Maly



And also for…

The generous hospitality of Debbie and Michael Held


and

The talented expertise of all of our performers, especially:

Julianne Klopotic
and

Tynan Davis




And all others who have given of their time, talent, and treasure, most especially:


Rosemary Bourne

Mr. & Mrs. David Relyea

and


Hunt and Betsy Lawrence

If you enjoyed today’s concert, please make a donation at the


back of the church. If you wish to be credited for your contribution,
leave a check payable to “Concerts at Christ Church” and your
donation will be acknowledged at future concerts.

Concerts This Summer

SATURDAY, JUNE 19 AT 8PM – VOCI DA CAMERA

In this reunion concert, founder and Artistic Director Kathleen Blixt leads works by the Renaissance composers William Byrd, Thomas Morley and Thomas Weelkes, romantic composers Frederick Delius and Josef Rheinberger, and contemporary works by Samuel Barber, David Conte, and Steven Sametz—plus a few surprises! Tickets are $20 at the door.


SUNDAY, AUGUST 8 2010 AT 4PM – BELLA VOCI

In its seventh year, Bella Voci Women’s Choir, Directed by Jennifer Scott Miceli, Ph.D., performs and markets its CD recordings for the purpose of raising funds for cancer prevention and cure. All proceeds from concert ticket sales and CD recordings are donated to The American Cancer Society.

What will next season hold
for Concerts at Christ Church?

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All performances presented by Concerts at Christ Church are
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If you enjoyed this afternoon’s musical offering, consider worshiping with us!
CHRIST CHURCH

The Episcopal Parish of Oyster Bay

61 East Main Street Oyster Bay, NY 11771

Voice: (516) 922-6377 Fax: (516) 922-0802

The Rev. Dr. Peter Frasius Casparian, Rector

Michael C. Haigler, Music Director


WEEKLY SCHEDULE:

Holy Eucharist Rite I (Said) - 8:00 am

Choral Eucharist Rite II - 10:00 am

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