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Sunday Evening, April 17, 2016, at 8:30 Isaac Stern Auditorium / Ronald O. Perelman Stage
Changing Lives through the Power of Performance
Iris Derke, Co-Founder and General Director Jonathan Griffith, Co-Founder and Artistic Director
Maine Festival Chorus RICHARD NICKERSON, Co-Director ROBERT WESTERBERG, Co-Director DARRELL MORROW, Accompanist
DISTINGUISHED CONCERTS SINGERS INTERNATIONAL
WILLIAMETTA SPENCER At The Round Earth’s Imagined Corners
PHILIP STOPFORD For the Beauty of The Earth
ANDREW HIRST Twilight On the Beach
PAUL BASLER Alleluia Justin Drew, Horn
Z. RANDALL STROOPE Lamentations of Jeremiah
NICK MYERS Jenny
DOUGIE MACLEAN Caledonia arr. Richard Nickerson
KEITH HAMPTON Shout of Praise
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MISATANGO 20TH MARTÍN PALMERI, Composer/Conductor DISTINGUISHED CONCERTS ORCHESTRA
DISTINGUISHED CONCERTS SINGERS INTERNATIONAL
MARTÍN PALMERI Misa A Buenos Aires (Misatango) (20th Anniversary)
I. Kyrie II. Gloria III. Credo IV. Sanctus V. Benedictus VI. Agnus Dei
Carla Filipcic Holm, Soprano
Daniel Binelli, Bandoneón
Emmanuel Trifilio, Bandoneón
Rodolfo Marcelo Zanetti, Bandoneón
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Notes ON THE PROGRAM by Richard Nickerson & Robert Westerberg
Williametta Spencer (b. 1932) set At The Round Earth’s Imagined Corners to a poem by John Donne. This sonnet was written shortly after the death of Donne’s beloved wife, Anne, beginning a period of intense introspection
perhaps his most vulnerable writing. Since its publication in 1968, Spencer’s powerful composition has gone on to become a staple for High School and College choirs across the country.
MAINE FESTIVAL CHORUS AT THE ROUND EARTH’S IMAGINED CORNERS Williametta Spencer
Philip Stopford (b. 1977) was appoint- ed Director of Music at St Anne’s Cathedral, Belfast, Northern Ireland in 2003. The Cathedral Choirs under his
direction have recorded highly acclaimed CDs, as has his Ecclesium Choir. His touching For The Beauty Of The Earth was published in 2003.
FOR THE BEAUTY OF THE EARTH Philip Stopford
Twilight On The Beach is a commis- sioned work by the York (ME) High School Chamber Singers, composed by alumni Andrew Hirst (b. 1990). A graduate of the University of Maine, Mr. Hirst set his music to a poem by
Mary Dow Brine (1816-1913). Twilight was premiered in December of 2014: a thoughtful weaving of text and music that speaks to the sound and feel of the Maine seacoast.
TWILIGHT ON THE BEACH Andrew Hirst
Paul Basler (b. 1963) has been a Fulbright Senior Lecturer in Music at Kenyatta University, Teacher of the Year, and a College of Fine Arts Research Foundation Professor. Currently an Associate Professor of
Music at the University of Florida, Basler’s music has been described by the New York Times as “virtuosic and highly athletic.” His joyous Alleluia for choir, piano and solo horn was pub- lished in 2004.
ALLELUIA Paul Basler
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Keith Hampton (b. 1957) is an accom- plished musician, composer, and con- ductor, who has served as President of Dr. KT Productions, Inc. since founding the company in 1991. In recognition of his original works, the North Central
Choral Directors Association named Keith Hampton one of the Top 25 Contemporary Composers. His uplifting composition Shout of Praise was pub- lished in 2010 and is a fitting culmina- tion of our Carnegie Hall performance.
SHOUT OF PRAISE Keith Hampton
Jenny is a recently published contribu- tion by Nick Myers (b. 1987) is an award winning composer, orchestrator, producer, and a 2012 graduate of
NYU’s Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program. Ryan Kerr’s text cap- tures the essence of a lost loved one that is both touching and haunting.
JENNY Nick Myers
Dougie MacLean (b. 1954) has built an international reputation as songwriter, composer and performer. His anthem Caledonia has topped the Scottish charts and become one of Scotland’s
most popular contemporary songs. This original arrangement by Dr. Richard Nickerson was written for his Windham (ME) Chamber Singers and truly cap- tures MacLean’s love of homeland.
CALEDONIA Dougie MacLean arr. Richard Nickerson
Z. Randall Stroope (b. 1953) is the Director of Choral and Vocal Studies at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Oklahoma and a renowned American composer, conductor and lec- turer. He chose the text for
Lamentations of Jeremiah because of its “human-ness”, seeking to capture a wide array of emotions, ending in a sudden overwhelming feeling of confi- dence and unleashed power in his Lord.
LAMENTATIONS OF JEREMIAH Z. Randall Stroope
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Misa A Buenos Aires (Misatango) was composed between September of 1995 and April of 1996. The premiere per- formance was given by the Orquesta Sinfonica nacional de Cuba, the Choir of the Faculty of Law of the University of Buenos Aires and the Polyphonic Town Choir of Vicente López (choirs to whom the work is dedicated). Misatango was first recorded in Liepaja, Latvia by the Liepaja Symphony Chorus led by Fernando Alvarez with bandoneon player Pablo Mainetti, Martín Palmeri on piano, and mezzo-soprano soloist Alejandra Malvino. In December of 2000, at the request of Maestro Mario Benzecry, a new symphonic arrangement was pre- miered by the Coros Facultad de Derecho of the Universidad de Buenos Aires. This concert was broadcasted throughout the country by Channel 7 via UBA TV.
Misatango has been performed in Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Chile, the United States, Israel and in many European countries under the direction of prestigious conductors such as Fernando Alvarez, Mario Benzecry, Nestor Andrenacci, Nestor Zadoff, Joseph Prats, Ligia Amadio, Eberhard Metternich, Michel Piquernal, Thomas Kammel, Roberto Luvini, Alejandro Rutty, and many oth- ers. Misatango has also been pro- grammed on various festivals: the 2013 Festival Internazionale de Musica e Arte Sacre in Rome (by Coro de la Catedral de Koln) and the 2014 Festival C’est pas Classique in Nice, France (by Choeur PACA).
From two important musical experi- ences in my personal musical history— arranging tango music and directing
choirs—the idea emerged to write a work that somehow integrates these two experiences that developed inde- pendently. It was always my intention to arrange tango for choral groups, attempting to maintain the “essence” of the genre. The existing choral reper- tory lacked neither “a cappella” nor accompanied tango arrangements, but while previous arrangements were sometimes acceptable, they have not been satisfactory. Though the technical and expressive possibilities of choral voices is great, for some reason it is dif- ficult to achieve the precision that the tango genre requires. Taking this into account, my objective in this composi- tion was to maintain the harmonic lan- guage, rhythms, melodic designs, and all of the characteristics of tango within the orchestral score, thus allowing the chorus to have full liberty to just “sing the mass.” My decision to use the Latin text could be explained by the place of the Latin language among centuries of choral music and the universal connec- tion to the language. But I have to say that my decision also carries the weight of my aesthetic requirement: Latin gives the work a reserved, esoteric quality which, from my point of view, has much to do with tango—especially progressive tango.
Thank you to all of the singers who participated in this incredible concert— thanks for your energy, passion and enthusiasm you demonstrate in the moment. Thank you to the directors of each chorus, who in some cases have been dear friends to me along my musi- cal journey throughout the years. Thanks to DCINY for having chosen Misa A Buenos Aires for the 2016 con- cert series and for promoting this con- cert to such heights.
MISA A BUENOS AIRES (MISATANGO) Martín Palmeri
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Twilight On The Beac